Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 30, 2013

21 tips for supercharging your cloud storage – Enjoy offline access to essential files, get more gigabytes for free, and squeeze more productivity out of your cloud storage.

Twitter warns of more hacks, threats to come; issues media memo – The microblogging giant has warned news outlets that “these attacks will continue,” particularly against high profile media organizations.

BoxCryptor vs. DropSmack: The battle to secure Dropbox – Can DropSmack malware be stopped? Michael P. Kassner asks the creators of BoxCryptor if it is up to the task of securing the Dropbox file-synchronization service.

12 ways Windows 8 dominates the OS competition – Beyond the vilified modern UI lies a bounty of basic desktop functions that blow the competition out of the water. Seriously. Remember how hard Windows 7 rocked? All that awesome is still there in Windows 8, just buried beneath Live Tiles. Speaking of which, while we were all busy whining about those shifty squares, Microsoft snuck some handy functionality into the modern UI—aspects of which have no peers among Windows’ rivals.

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Make a Movie With Your Smartphone – Smartphones have gone from showing movies to making them. Here are some of the accessories you’ll need to help your entry hit Cannes.

Troll admits to making death threats against children on Facebook – A 24-year-old UK man has admitted to posting threats on the Facebook tribute page of a teenager killed after being thrown from a truck. He told police he didn’t think anybody would take the threats seriously. He was very wrong.

Google Now available for iPhone and iPad – Google Now is one of the best features of the Android platform, and it is now available for iOS devices.

Your guide to Google Now on iOS – Until this release, Google Now was only available on Android devices, but as of Monday, it’s also available for iOS. So what is it and why should you care?

Quick Tip: Count and itemize files in Google Drive – You can quickly find out how many and what type of files are in a Google Drive folder with this little trick.

Here’s why Bitcoin is the future of money – Bitcoin may not last, but crypto-currency is here to stay. It’s only a matter of time before a government replaces paper with more traceable, secure digital money. But is that a good thing?

New Linux 3.9 kernel gets a boost and adds new features – The Linux 3.9 kernel brings with it an SSD caching, improved performance for multi-threaded network server apps and a host of other new perks.

How to install GNOME 3.8 on Ubuntu – If you want to try Ubuntu 13.04, but prefer a different desktop than Unity, Jack Wallen shows you how you can install the latest iteration of GNOME Shell (3.8) and why you should give it a try.

Wattwave brings power line technology into the smarter home – Smart homes are about to get a whole lot smarter with Wattwave power line technology from startup enModus. Wattwave runs on a low-cost, off-the-shelf 32-bit ARM microprocessor, with an analog subsystem coupling it to the mains. The analog subsystem was recently moved from a set of 350 discrete components to a semi-custom analog array chip — a more compact (7x7mm) and lower-cost ($2.50) solution.

Security:

How cybercriminals can target you on public networks – Mobile technology boosts a connected cafe culture – consumers feel safe and comfortable checking Facebook, sending and receiving emails, downloading pictures, shopping online, conducting mobile banking and even accessing sensitive documents over public Internet connections. Often, consumers are unaware of the severe cybercrime risks posed by these seemingly harmless tasks.

Hit by LivingSocial Hack? Get a Password Manager Now! – This past Friday, LivingSocial disclosed that an attacker gained access to over 50 million accounts. For users of the popular deals website, it’s scary—even though the financial information remained secure and the passwords remain encrypted. But a password manager can make future attacks less likely and less damaging.

Why changing your LivingSocial password won’t save you – LivingSocial revealed last week that it was the victim of a cyber attack that compromised the account details of its 50 million customers. To address the situation, LivingSocial sent a notice to customers, and reset users’ passwords to force people to create new ones. Don’t make the mistake of believing that changing your password is your only concern.

Would you let a spammer give you a root canal? Sure you would! – When someone contacts you entirely for their benefit, out of the blue, and pitches you a concept that is peculiar at best, and outright alarming at worst……you really do find yourself thinking, “Why? WHY? What can the sender POSSIBLY hope to get out of this?”

Company News:

IBM launches MessageSight, appliance aimed at M2M – The IBM MessageSight appliance is aimed at the auto industry, cities and states managing traffic, oil and gas and home appliances.

Infographic: 25 Years of Linksys Routers – Iconic networking company Linksys is celebrating its 25th birthday today. President and CEO Victor Tsao founded the company in 1988 with his wife in their home garage. Within five years, Linksys surpassed Intel, 3Com, and Netgear in the retail market as the top networking hardware manufacturer.

Yahoo continues to recast itself and debuts two new ad features – Aiming to make Yahoo more “personal, intuitive, and immersive,” CEO Marissa Mayer announces ad units that cater to users’ interests.

Leaked doc shows Foursquare’s big plans for your check-in data – Ads centered on location data seem like a no-brainer — so long as members keep checking in.

Microsoft’s Azure gets competitive with $1B in revenue – A jump in subscriptions to the software giant’s cloud computing software reveals that the company may be starting to edge into Amazon’s territory.

Webopedia Daily:

Offline Storage Table (OST) – An OST file, or offline storage table (.ost) file, is an offline Outlook Data File used by Microsoft Exchange Server that enables users to work with their messages and mail data even when access to the mail server isn’t available. OST files are used in two scenarios: with Microsoft Exchange Server’s Cached Exchange Mode and with the Outlook Connector for Windows Live Hotmail when accessing Hotmail mail. While a Microsoft Exchange Server user’s e-mails and other data items are normally saved directly on the mail server, OST files are an available option that enable a local copy of all the data to be stored on the user’s computer. These items are then automatically synched when access to the mail server is restored.

Games and Entertainment:

Microsoft Teases Immersive ‘IllumiRoom’ for Gamers – IllumiRoom brings a more immersive gaming experience right to your living room. IllumiRoom is described as “a proof-of-concept system that augments the area surrounding a television with projected visualizations to enhance traditional gaming experiences,” which means everything from extending gameplay to the borders of your living room to making it appear as though it’s snowing inside the house.

MLB brings live game streaming to YouTube, but not in U.S. – MLB offers two live games per day to fans in most countries around the world. But fans everywhere finally get access to thousands of hours of archive footage dating back 60 years.

The best action games for Android – Sometimes, you just need a quick game fix. And even if you have a high-powered gaming rig at home that’s raring to go, it won’t do you any good while you’re standing on a corner, waiting for a bus. That’s where mobile action games come in.

HuffPost Live Internet Shows Coming to Cable – The Huffington Post’s Internet video network has sealed a deal to bring its programming to cable television.

Game Dev Tycoon battles digital piracy with digital piracy – A new game called Game Dev Tycoon is forcing software pirates to take a long, hard look in the mirror. The game, which costs $8 on Windows, Mac, and Linux, lets players run their own game development studios. Players start off in their garages in the 1980s, and slowly become multimillion-dollar corporations.

‘All My Children,’ ‘One Live to Live’ Return on Hulu, iTunes – New episodes of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” become available on Hulu and Hulu Plus.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Designing your digital legacy – We lead rich virtual lives on social networking sites like Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. So what happens when real life catches up, and our flesh-and-blood bodies succumb to mortality? For our virtual selves, at least, some concrete answers are available—ways to settle our digital affairs after death, while minimizing hassle and heartache for loved ones.

What is Amithings – Amithings is a service designed to store information based on seven principles which are standardization, organization, structure, centralization, security, reliability and completeness, in order to provide a perfect integration between the real world and the virtual world with minimum effort. We believe that its concepts are capable of causing a paradigm shift in how we create our virtual world and interact with him. Amithings is not “just another Internet project”, and you will soon find out why.

Cracked: 21 Mind-Blowing Facts That Will Put a Smile On Your Face – Contrary to what you might think following the last two weeks of news, the world isn’t completely full of doom and gloom. We asked our readers to come up with some of the happiest, least terrifying, most joy-inducing pieces of news they could find.

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Courtesy – Cracked.

China’s unique PC buying trends revealed in survey – China took the title of world’s largest market for PCs in 2012, and a survey by IHS iSuppli revealed that computer buyers in the country had unique preferences compared to counterparts worldwide. The research firm said that last year a majority of PCs in China shipped without an operating system pre-installed, and a large chunk of laptops had a 14-inch screen. Desktops remained well and alive in China, with shipments equalling laptops in 2012.

Android’s two killer innovations since the iPhone 5 launch – Since Apple announced the iPhone 5 over 7 months ago, Android has made two big leaps forward. One came from Google and the other from a third party app.

SAP study: Brazil, China, Germany and India ‘most ready’ for M2M tech – A new international survey pinpoints where machine-to-machine technology has the best chance to enable smarter cities right now.

Today’s Quote:

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”

–      Thomas Jefferson

Today’s Free Downloads:

Data Crow 3.9.22 – Data Crow is the ultimate media cataloger and media organiser. Always wanted to manage all your collections in one product? You want a product you can customize to your needs? Your search ends here! Using Data Crow allows you to create a huge database containing all your collected items. You can use the excellent online services to retrieve the information instead of typing all the information yourself.

iSpy – iSpy uses your webcams and microphones to detect and record movement or sound and provides security, surveillance, monitoring and alerting services.

Free Ringtone Maker – Free Ringtone Maker is an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones. Make Your Own Ringtones in 3 Easy Steps.

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