Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 30, 2013

Spring ushers in US tax scam season – In the US, it’s spring, aka tax fraud season. To remind taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams ranging from identity theft to return-preparer fraud, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Tuesday posted its Dirty Dozen list of tax scams for 2013.

Track blocked calls and texts on Android with Current Caller ID – Current Caller ID by WhitePages helps you block people who call or text too often, whether they’re in your address book or not.

Move, clone, and remove objects with Handy Photo – Available for iOS and Android, Handy Photo boasts the usual allotment of photo-editing tools plus a handful of unique features that let you remove, clone, and move objects in your photos.

Facebook ‘Likes’ can reveal your sexuality, ethnicity, politics, and your parent’s divorce – Big data is not your friend because it can easily be used to reveal highly personal information…

Infographic: What Your Instagram Filters Say About You – Turns out, the Instagram filter you choose to art-up images of sunsets, coffee cups, and last night’s dinner says more about you than the picture itself.

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Rohypnol, rape and other disturbing content. Isn’t it about time Facebook cleaned up its act? – Facebook should be doing more to protect its billion users from abuse, argues Graham Cluley. Can any social network defend taking no proactive action against pages which promote date-rape drug Rohypnol and have obviously offensive content?

Breathometer Turns Smartphones Into Breathalyzers – This gadget may prevent your fun night out from turning to tragedy.

Vine moves beyond Twitter with new embed feature – Previously, Vine posts could only be shared within users’ networks on Vine itself as well as on Twitter and Facebook. But with an update launched Friday, users can now pull the embed code for any post to embed it on pages across the Web.

Use Google Translate offline by downloading language packs – Google has made it even easier to use its language translation app on Android by supporting offline language packs. Here’s how to get started.

How To: Chrome Browser Privacy Settings – In the latest installment of Threatpost’s occasional how-to video series, we look into the ways we can manage Google Chrome privacy settings and security while navigating the web in the Chrome browser.

How to find truly free wireless access – Gaps in free wireless Internet access are slowly being filled in by public and private organizations, as well as by ad hoc groups of wireless-network users offering a portion of their bandwidth to the public.

Best Android tablets (April 2013 edition) – Don’t want to give your money to Apple in exchange for an iPad or iPad mini? No problem! Here are my top 5 Android tablets for April 2013.

Windows Blue under the hood – There’s been talk that the Windows 8 update would include more than just UI tweaks. Now, there are clues about deeper changes.

Balancing ISO and digital noise for sharper low-light photos – Life is full of compromises. One example in photography involves shutter speed and aperture: To achieve the right exposure, slower shutter speeds must be offset by smaller apertures. A similar balance exists between ISO and digital noise.


Major Bitcoin exchange slammed with denial of service attack as the currency surges – Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox faced a distributed denial-of-service attack late Thursday, at a time the digital currency is seeing an upward swing. The Japanese company, which is rated as the largest exchange for bitcoins, was hit by a DDoS attack that was “stronger than the average,” the exchange’s support team said. Such attacks aim to overwhelm systems by sending an overload of requests to websites.

Phishing Campaign Using Military, Illicit Attachments – The malware is fairly old and not particularly advanced, but a lot of it has been trying to pass through the Kaspersky security network lately and on a very regular basis. Godwood advises that you just don’t open attached documents with titles like: “EAT FOR BETTER SEX.doc,” “How to last longer in bed.doc,” “6 Awkward Sex Moments, Defused.doc,” “9 ways to have better, hotter, and more memorable sex.doc,” and “10 Ways to Get More Sex.doc.”

Cisco Fixes Seven Critical Security Bugs – Cisco Systems issued seven security updates yesterday, all of which patched vulnerabilities in the networking giant’s internetwork operating system (IOS), the software it deploys on the majority of its routers and network switches.

Understanding the SpamHaus DDoS Attack – Experts agree that the recent Distributed Denial of Service attack against SpamHaus was the biggest ever. What can be done to head off this type of attack?

Company News:

Dell’s directors forecast a grim future for the PC industry – A Special Committee sees a gloomy future for the PC industry and even worse prospects if Dell tries to compete with more agile rivals.

Google, Nokia face off in video codec dispute – Nokia says Google is trying to force VP8 down the computing industry’s throat, but Google is backing up its free video technology with patent deals and help with HTC’s legal defense against Nokia.

Report: Facebook prepping Android-powered smartphone OS – Rumors have been circulating for quite some time now about an indigenously branded Facebook smartphone powered by Android and ready to take on Apple’s wildly popular iOS.

Microsoft changes pave way for smaller Windows tablets – If you’ve been holding out hope for a 7-inch tablet running Windows 8, you may soon get your wish. Recent Microsoft policy changes, leaked software builds, and supply chain rumors suggest it’s not a matter of if a small-fry Windows 8 tablet is headed your way, but when.

Report: Apple builds a gaming controller – Apple has reportedly designed a dedicated gaming controller that it plans to launch at some point in the relatively near future.

Webopedia Daily:

SugarSync – An online cloud storage service that offers online data backup to the cloud. The service synchronizes files using a lightweight client utility that works in the background. Using SugarSync enables businesses to sync any file or folder from any device to the cloud service and collaborate by sending files of any size from any device to anyone with options to control permissions for all shared files.

Games and Entertainment:

The Room you won’t want to leave – This puzzle game has everything, including challenging puzzles, a unique and beautiful graphic style, and an inherent eeriness that keeps you coming back for more.

Your smartphone may be your console’s best friend – Phones and video games might just be the next peanut butter and jelly.

Games grow more social, ditch Facebook – The growth of smartphones and tablets around the world has made mobile development the king of casual games. That doesn’t mean the social element is gone, though. Game developers still view social connections as a key part of their game design, or at the very least, an important way to get their game noticed and shared among friends.

The Ouya console, apps, and the future of gaming – The “appification” of gaming has now come to the console. Hardcore games are next, says Ben Parr.

GameStop: PlayStation 4 demand to outpace supply at launch – The retailer used its earnings call to offer early indicators of strong interest in the PS4 — and expressed concern with demand for the Wii U.

Off Topic (Sort of):

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.When you actually have some of the currency, you can then use it to purchase anything that accepts it. In some cases, Bitcoin is the only accepted form of payment and you’ll have to acquire it in order to complete a transaction. While this basic explanation might answer most of your initial questions, it likely brings up quite a few more. Let’s discuss how you can acquire Bitcoin and why you’d use it.

Cracked: If You Could Tell Companies One Thing About Their Products – Here’s a sample of some very funny stuff.


Best April Fools’ Day pranks in recent Internet history – While the suits put the kibosh on tomfoolery sneaking onto company home pages most of the year, all bets are off come April Fools’ Day. We expect this year websites and associated geek portals will again unleash an unholy barrage of “cray cray” on the public. Google, in particular goes friggin’ bonkers every year. Here are some of our favorite standouts from past April Fools’ days.

Top 7 products that should still exist – Despite glowing reviews from the press and public alike, sometimes a good product goes to end-of-life or just fails. Here are seven products that we wish were still around.

FCC finally opens review of cell phone safety standards – Nine months after the FCC said it would take a closer look at its standards for cell phone safety to see if the agency needs to revise the 15-year-old guidelines, it finally opened the official inquiry.

Today’s Quote:

Fools rush in where fools have been before.”

–      Unknown

Today’s Free Downloads:

WirelessNetView 1.46 – WirelessNetView is a small utility that runs in the background, and monitor the activity of wireless networks around you.

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit Beta – Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is a handy and reliable application designed to scan, detect and clean malicious rootkits that reside on your computer.

Belarc Advisor – The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.


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