Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 2, 2013

The simple, practical way to share a Dropbox folder – Dropbox offers two approaches to sharing: a regular share and a share link. The regular share is the best known, but in most cases a share link makes more sense.

Speakerfy: A Free App for Whole-Home Audio, or Silent Discos – Playing music in multiple rooms around the house can be an expensive endeavor. If you’ve already got a handful of phones, tablets and laptops, why not sync them together so they’re all playing the same songs at the same time?

Get Organized: Change Your Wi-Fi Name and Password – When guests arrive, do you fumble to find that secret slip of paper with random numbers and letters that is your Wi-Fi password? Get organized, and change your Wi-Fi network name and password.

The Secunia Personal Software Inspector – Stay secure by updating insecure programs on your computer with the Secunia PSI. Simply put, it scans software on your system and identifies programs in need of security updates to safeguard your PC against cybercriminals. It then supplies your computer with the necessary software security updates to keep it safe. The Secunia PSI even automates the updates for your insecure programs, making it a lot easier for you to maintain a secure PC.

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Infographic: Techspeak Ruining Kids’ Grammar – Two Northwestern University researchers recently found that techspeak is handicapping students’ abilities to form strong language and grammar skills.

GNOME 3.8 delivers more privacy and a new ‘classic’ mode – Linux fans may recall the GNOME project’s announcement late last fall that it was planning to drop its “fallback” mode aimed at systems incapable of 3D rendering and to deliver a brand-new “classic” mode instead. Sure enough, last week saw the launch of GNOME 3.8, and there among numerous major new features and enhancements was the promised GNOME Classic traditionally flavored desktop.

Playboy Launches Nudity-Free iPhone App – Playboy is bringing its scantily clad bunnies to the iPhone, but the women featured in the app will remain clothed, so as not to run afoul of Apple’s rules regarding adult content.

BlackBerry 10 tells your friends when you’re watching porn – Anyone out there who’s the proud owner of a new BlackBerry Z10, be warned. The BlackBerry Messenger integration will tell all your friends (and family members, if they’re in your BBM contacts) when you’re watching videos on the web.

Preview BlackBerry 10 on your phone – If all the hype about BlackBerry 10 has piqued your interest — even the slightest bit — you can catch a glimpse of the new operating system directly from your iPhone or Android browser.

Why stop at talking phones? Nuance intros voice ads – Nuance powers speech interfaces in phones, TVs, cars and websites. Now its creating advertising that will both listen to your questions and respond to them. (suggested by Aseem S.)

All out of Pi: $25 Raspberry Pi sells out in U.S. – The U.S. distributor of the $25 Raspberry Pi computer quickly exhausted its limited supply of the devices Monday. Allied Electronics, which distributes the single-board computer in the United States, has posted a no mas notice at its website.

8 secrets to no-regrets telecommuting – Working from home sounds like a dream, but it takes effort to stay productive and motivated. Here’s how to do it right.

Ask Alex: Tech Etiquette Advice – How to deal with the dreaded movie theater texter; what to do when Facebook interferes with real life; and more.

China slams U.S. for discriminating against nation’s tech vendors – China has slammed a new U.S. funding law that will tighten scrutiny of information technology purchases from the country, and said it could severely damage the mutual trust between the two nations.

Security:

Ransomware boosts credibility by reading victims’ browsers – The authors of police-themed ransomware have started using the browsing histories from infected computers in order to make their scams more believable, according to an independent malware researcher.

How hackers can switch on your webcam and control your computer – A 14-year-old boy motivated by revenge is probably one of the last people you’d want to have unmitigated access to your computer. Especially if you’re female, given that one of the most commonly exploited features of RAT software is the ability to spy on a user’s webcam. Many modern laptops will display a green light when the webcam is in use; however, RAT developers have long since worked out how to disable that tell-tale sign on some computers. (suggested by Mal C.)

“Rude password – login denied”: the AT&T April Fool that wasn’t – Why, and more importantly, how, would you go about weeding out rude passwords? Surely an April Fool? It looks as though this is a true-but-wacky story rather than an April Fool.

Fake Google Play apps scam Japanese porn seekers – Security firm Symantec says these fraudulent Android apps are using a one-click method, tricking Japanese-language porn lovers into registering for a paid service that doesn’t exist.

Mobile device security in the US military comes under fire – A recent report by the US Inspector General revealed staggering flaws in the US military’s management of mobile devices, and a severe lack of basic IT security protection in place for such devices.

Company News:

Apple owns up to gouging Chinese – After an internet campaign by Apple fanboys protesting its innocence, Cupertino has finally confessed to cheating its Chinese customers.

BlackBerry Moves 1 Million Z10 Smartphones – BlackBerry recently announced that it has sold 1 million BlackBerry Z10 smartphones, the first device to sport the company’s BB10 operating system.

Bitcoin surges past $100, gains Expensify support – At the time of this writing on Monday, the last price listed for one Bitcoin was a whopping $103.90 on exchange Mt.Gox. For perspective, it closed at $34.59 one month ago. Last month it hit $1 billion in total value.

The Pirate Bay captures the file-sharing crown – It’s often said that the fight against piracy is like a game of Whac-a-Mole, when smacking down one site just causes a few more to pop up. But The Pirate Bay is no average mole; the popular BitTorrent site is now the number one destination for file-sharing on the Internet, despite numerous attempts to sink it over the years.

Google Privacy Director Alma Whitten Leaving – GoogleAlma Whitten, the director of privacy at Google, is stepping down from that role and leaves behind her a complicated legacy in regards to user privacy. Whitten has been the company’s top product and engineering privacy official since 2010 and was at the helm as the company navigated a number of serious privacy scandals and controversies.

Amazon Beefs Up Cloud Drive With File Sync – Amazon on Monday updated its Cloud Drive desktop app for Windows and Mac with a Dropbox-like file synchronization feature aimed at making it easier to manage files across multiple computers.

Webopedia Daily:

Linux server – A Linux server is a high-powered variant of the Linux open source operating system that’s designed to handle the more demanding needs of business applications such as network and system administration, database management and Web services. Linux servers are frequently selected over other server operating systems for their stability, security and flexibility advantages. Leading Linux server operating systems include CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu Server, Slackware and Gentoo.

Games and Entertainment:

Our 10 Favorite Android Games – There’s an endless supply of Android games, but you only have time to play a few. We help you pick.

3Dmark for Android separates performance champs from chumps – With its latest version of 3DMark, Futuremark attempts to create a benchmark that allows for cross-platform comparisons between all tablets, smartphones, and PCs.

Game of Thrones creators say piracy doesn’t harm profits – The show’s popularity with pirates isn’t slowing, either. Game of Thrones is back on top of the piracy charts with Season 3 episode 1, which made its debut Sunday night. The show is currently the most popular torrent on The Pirate Bay, with six different torrent files for the episode making the site’s top 100 chart. Game of Thrones was the most pirated TV show for 2012 with more than 4 million downloads per episode.

Getting ready to go Under the Dome – This is a great time for genre TV. Not only is Game of Thrones back for its third season, The Walking Dead also had a triumphant return, not to mention Bates Motel and Hannibal have also been getting good reviews as well.

How Microsoft is trying—but failing—to court indie game developers – At last week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, record numbers of industry players converged to showcase their latest titles. In full force were smaller, independent developers, showing off their indie games on a variety of hardware: Mac and Windows laptops, and iOS and Android devices. Windows-based devices, however, were conspicuously absent—outside of the Microsoft booth, of course.

Rope Escape offers unique side-scrolling action – See how far you can get in this unique side-scroller that lets you swing from tree to tree, Spider-Man-style.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The humorous side of IT – Some geek humor is only appreciated by IT pros. Alan Norton discusses clueless user stories, silly names, and more, as well as when humor and IT don’t mix.

Realistic Human CGI: It’s no joke – For real: Activision’s computer-generated character animation is strikingly realistic, generated in real-time, and coming soon to a computer near you.

The most honest three and a half minutes of television, EVER… – Beginning scene of the new HBO series The Newsroom explaining why America’s Not the Greatest Country Any Longer… But It Can Be.

Robot Swarms of the Future (Because Sometimes It Takes a Village) – Watch what happens when you put 40 tiny robots in a room and let them go nuts?

Audio-based virtual gaming aims to help the blind navigate – Using only audio-based cues within the context of a video game metaphor, blind users in a study out of Harvard are able to explore a building’s layout.

Cheerleader assaults centurion? Must be a new Samsung ad – How else do you show your new TVs are really, really smart? Well, with UFOs and wars and a cheerleader who kicks a centurion in the privates.

Today’s Quote:

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”

–      Chinese Proverb

Today’s Free Downloads:

Wise Folder Hider 1.34.70 – Wise Folder Hider is a free file/folder hiding tool. User can use it to hide files and folders on local partitions or removable devices.

FatBatt 1.2.0 – No one we know is happy with their battery life. We built FatBatt in response to this failure of power management. It offers improvements in power management choice architecture in several key ways.

Spotify 0.8.8.454 – Any track you like, any time you like. Just search for it in Spotify, then play it. Any artist, any album, any genre – all available instantly. With Spotify, there are no limits to the amount of music you could listen to.

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