Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 27, 2013

The Best Antivirus App for Windows – Windows has more antivirus programs than we can count, and none of them are quite perfect. Right now, we recommend Avast Free Antivirus for the best balance between protection, ease of use, and cost.

Sex, Lies, and Email From Infants: Inside Social Network Scams – In the past months, we’ve seen popular social networking services like Facebook, Twitter, and others targeted for attack by hackers. However, these same services are being used by Internet scammers in far more insidious and personal attacks against users.

Add SkyDrive cloud storage to your Android tablet – Jack Wallen discusses how to install, configure, and use Microsoft’s SkyDrive app on an Android tablet.

Dropproxy Hides Your Dropbox Username from Public Files – Sharing links from Dropbox is great, but when you do so you’re always throwing your username out there to the public. If that bothers you, Dropproxy is a webapp that hides your Dropbox username and creates a proxy address for sharing with the public.

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Mobile batteries: Everything you need to know – The batteries in your mobile devices are miracles of chemical engineering, holding huge amounts of energy that can keep your devices running for hours. How do they work, and how can you get the most out of them?

Buyer beware: unbranded battery packs may be full of sand – There’s a good reason we are urged to only buy branded products from trusted sources. If you don’t, then the product you are purchasing may be counterfeit, faulty, or even dangerous, and won’t be covered under warranty. Inevitably, counterfeit products end up costing the consumer money while allowing the individuals selling them to keep on trading.

Evernote (for Android) – Evernote’s Android app, now in version 5, has some exclusive new features that make this amazing service and program even more enticing. Five stars for version 5.

Home networking explained, Part 5: Setting up a home router – CNET editor Dong Ngo explains the best way to set up most Wi-Fi routers: via the Web interface. This guide can be applied to all consumer-grade routers in the market, save those from Apple. (Note: This post is part of an ongoing series. For the other parts, check out the related stories.)

Reduce tab clutter in Chrome with OneTab – This ingenious Chrome extension converts all your open tabs into a single one, thus freeing up considerable memory and making Chrome (and perhaps your entire PC) run quite a bit faster. Once installed, OneTab adds a little filter-like icon to the far end of Chrome’s address bar. Click it and every open tab disappears, replaced by, well, a OneTab tab. Within that you’ll find all your tabs in a convenient list; click any one of them to reopen that tab, or click Restore all if you want them all back.

App tracks the wise who hate their bosses on Twitter – FireMe! takes note of all those who tweet about how much they loathe their hardworking bosses. It even has a leaderboard.

Sick of bad spelling in your browser? So is Chrome – The latest update to Chrome offers a boon to grammarians everywhere: an improved homonym- and spell-checking function, right in your browser.


Forget Passwords! EyeVerify Knows You by Your Eyes – EyeVerify says that their technology allows them to identify you by the unique patters of blood vessels within your peepers. The company believes that their product could succeed where so many other biometric verification methods haven’t, and might be the solution to the password problem.

Worldwide spam war breaks out – A spam-a-lam-a-ding- dong has erupted between a group dedicated to fighting spam and a Dutch outfit which hosts a few spammy sites. According to the New York Times, it has escalated into one of the largest computer attacks on the internet, causing widespread congestion and jamming crucial infrastructure around the world. Apparently the attacks are becoming increasingly powerful, and computer security experts worry that if they get worse people may not be able to reach basic internet services.

Don’t Make Users A Security Punching Bag – Security blame game makes it easy to point the finger at ‘dumb’ users, but the delivery mechanisms of today’s undetectable Web malware will get past even the savviest and most educated users.

New Microsoft study says your software is counterfeit – A malware investigation conducted by IDC and commissioned by Microsoft alleges 33% of software is counterfeit and sizes the malware market at $114 billion.

Wells Fargo warns of ongoing DDOS attacks – Wells Fargo warned on Tuesday that its website is being targeted again by a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack. The bank said most of its customers were not affected. “For customers who are having difficulty accessing the site and mobile banking, we encourage them to try logging on again as the disruption is usually intermittent,” Wells Fargo said in a statement.

Company News:

AMD builds a game console monopoly – AMD has quietly gained control of the game consoles currently shipping (with the exception of the PS3), and the company recently confirmed it will be providing the core technology for Sony’s upcoming PS4.

Walmart to test product locker system at stores – Walmart says it will test out a new locker system that lets shoppers buy goods online and pick them up in stores.

Microsoft hit with complaint over Windows 8 Secure Boot – A Spanish Linux group files a competition complaint with the European Commission over the implementation of UEFI Secure Boot for Windows 8.

Facebook’s Plan B: New ads in News Feed – The social network, currently under pressure to grow revenue, is now letting advertisers run a more familiar, albeit less holistic, ad type in the News Feed.

Ericsson in talks with Microsoft to buy television streaming software – According to reports, Ericsson is in talks with Microsoft to buy Microsoft’s IPTV business.

Microsoft Acknowledges Windows Blue Ahead of Build 2013 – Microsoft issued a blog post that discussed how Redmond plans to “advance our devices and services” in the coming months.

Webopedia Daily:

DNS – Short for Domain Name System (or Service or Server), an Internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses. Because domain names are alphabetic, they’re easier to remember. The Internet however, is really based on IP addresses. Every time you use a domain name, therefore, a DNS service must translate the name into the corresponding IP address. For example, the domain name might translate to The DNS system is, in fact, its own network. If one DNS server doesn’t know how to translate a particular domain name, it asks another one, and so on, until the correct IP address is returned.

Games and Entertainment:

Mojang’s next game, Scrolls, goes open beta in April – Around two years ago, after Minecraft had already become an indie darling, Mojang revealed their second full-featured game. Called Scrolls, the game is a digital CCG, and is completely different from Minecraft in every way — right down to the smooth, cartoon-like graphical style.

Our 25 favorite lifestyle websites – Welcome back to our week-long celebration of relatively obscure, but infinitely awesome web destinations. In today’s installment, we name the sites we haunt when we’re indulging our hobbies, learning how to do things, shopping for hidden treasures, or just gathering factoids to share with friends over a beer.

Unmechanical for iOS is the best PC port ever – As more and more people play games on mobile devices, and the hardware driving these portable computers continues to scale, we’re going to see more blurring of the lines between PC and mobile gaming. The most recent example, Unmechanical, manages to move from the desktop to iOS without skipping a beat.

Video: The first 14 minutes of SyFy’s Defiance are here – Syfy has posted the first 14 minutes of Defiance a few weeks before the official premiere of the long-awaited series.

Off Topic (Sort of):

How Much Does Owning an iPhone Cost? – If you’re an iPhone user considering upgrading to an iPhone 5 and/or switching carriers, one of the biggest considerations is cost–not only of the handset but also the monthly cost, the activation fee, and tax. takes a look at the least–and most–expensive options for Apple’s top handset on all the major carriers.

What Is Bitcoin and What Can I Do With It? – Bitcoin is a digital currency used to pay for a variety of goods and services. In many ways, it works the same as paper money with some key differences. Although physical forms of Bitcoin exist, the currency’s primary form is data so you trade it online, peer to peer, using wallet software or an online service.

‘Ogooglebar’ … and 14 Other Swedish Words We Should Incorporate Into English Immediately – Today brought the news that Google has officially objected to one of the best words that has ever graced this planet: ogooglebar, which translates — if such a glorious word must be subjugated to the indignities of translation — to “ungoogleable.” That the wondrous word is Swedish is unsurprising. Many of the world’s most delightful expressions, it seems — among them smörgåsbord, sliddersladder (“gossip”), and kackerlacka (“cockroach”) — are, indeed, Swedish in origin. (suggessted by Michael F.)

Five things to consider before buying LED bulbs – More than ever, there is also an overwhelming number of LED varieties, and choosing an LED is entirely different from picking up an incandescent. Before you head to the store, find out what you need to know about choosing the right LED bulbs.

Woman breaks into house to browse Facebook, police say – A student at the University of Georgia allegedly breaks into another woman’s house and takes over her laptop. Purely for social purposes.

Today’s Quote:

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.”

–      W. H. Auden

Today’s Free Downloads:

Better than BackTrack? Kali Linux offers new brand of pen-testing tools – BackTrack Linux no more. The popular open source package of penetration testing tools now has a new platform and a new name. More than 300 penetration testing tools included. Still funded by Offensive Security Easter Printables Roundup and New Recipe Cards – In this week’s newsletter, I have a roundup of Easter printables, including letters from the Easter Bunny, at as well as coloring pages, certificates, cards (20 new ones!), and more from other sites.

KeyScrambler – KeyScrambler encrypts your keystrokes deep in the kernel, foiling keylogging attacks with scrambled, undecipherable data.


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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 27, 2013

  1. It’s always nice when lifehacker agrees with something I’ve known for almost 10 years..
    avast! has been protecting my system for that long and has done an excellent job while still remaining light on system resources.
    For anyone interested in a trouble free installation, they are welcome to follow the tutorial that I’ve put together:

  2. delenn13

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for the heads up about Mojang’s new game called Scrolls. Looks interesting. The nephew is into Minecraft but I just never got it.

    Now for some PC spring cleaning…Got GodMode, Take Ownership, Win7 in a Box and my Ninite setups..Oh what fun.

    • Hey Delenn13,

      The World is into Minecraft it seems – but, not you and NOT me. 🙂

      Just started actual “spring clean-up” around here – what a drag!!