Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 6, 2013

The Real Privacy Implications of Google Glass – One thing Google hasn’t done is talk about the privacy implications of Glass, which has a built-in camera that can sneakily take photos and video at any time. It seems the company would rather let the debate play out on its own. The real concern with Google Glass and privacy doesn’t have to do with surveillance or collection of personal data, but with the way it will make us behave in the real world.

ORBX streaming tech could revolutionize computing – The first notes in a dirge for traditional computing have been sounded, says Brendan Eich, the inventor of JavaScript — and he couldn’t be happier.

Infographic: The Internet of Things – These days, it’s hard to escape the Internet. It seems like everything from your espresso maker to your eyeglasses are connected to the Web. While there’s been a lot of discussion about whether the Internet makes us dumb, a new infographic from SAP explores how companies and municipalities deploying so-called smart technologies can improve our lives rather than turn us into bleary-eyed dummies.

How to Create Google Calendar Events Straight from Gmail – If you use both Gmail and Google Calendar for your e-mail and planning needs, respectively, you can now create calendar events from directly within Gmail messages.

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Samsung Defends Low Free Storage Levels on Galaxy S4 – Got a problem with the Samsung Galaxy S4? If you’re one of the many complaining that your 16-gigabyte version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone isn’t quite as empty as you were hoping, Samsung has a suggestion for you: Deal with it. We paraphrase, of course.

The new Debian Linux 7.0 is now available – After two years of waiting, Debian Linux, one of the most important core Linux distributions, has a new release: Wheezy.

MobiTexter lets Android phone owners text from their PCs – If you have a friend who communicates only by text–but your fingers fumble at phone keyboards–MobiTexter could be the answer. This service works with an app on your Android phone to let you text from the comfort of your computer browser.

Windows 8 Blue Update Set to Address Issues With Ultra High Resolution Displays – The next generation of devices are shipping with ultra-high resolution panels that are 10 inches or less in size, but when you try to hook these up to a larger external monitor to get real work done, finding a setting that works with both is a bit of a nightmare. One is always too big, or too small, and you can’t set the scaling separately. Newer laptops are going to run into a similar problem, but the new Windows Blue update may finally be tackling this issue head on.


Website ‘spoofing’ still fools users, security study reveals – A close look at vulnerabilities in about 15,000 websites found 86 percent have at least one serious hole that hackers could exploit, and content spoofing is the most prevalent vulnerability, identified in over half of the sites, according to WhiteHat Security’s annual study published last week.

IBM takes a big new step in cryptography: practical homomorphic encryption – IBM just released an open source software package called HELib. HE stands for homomorphic encryption, and HELib is an important cryptographic milestone. HE is also a surprisingly relevant topic right now, with our ever-increasing attraction to cloud computing. Bear with me, and I’ll try to explain.

IE8 zero-day flaw targets U.S. nuke researchers; all versions of Windows affected – According to multiple security research firms, the vulnerability has been used to launch specifically-targeted “watering hole” attacks aimed at U.S. government workers — such as those at the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Energy — the latter which focuses on nuclear weapons research and testing.

Do unseen passwords really need masking? – The latest beta version of Red Hat’s Fedora operating system now chooses not to mask passwords by default in its installation, but should this become a standard practice? It’s not a new issue. Well-known information security advocate Bruce Schneier argued back in 2009 that there’s not much point in showing asterisks or bullets in place of a user’s password — masking it — while they enter it, as anyone who’s close enough to read over the user’s shoulder can simply look at the keyboard.

Company News:

Google plans video subscription service on YouTube – Google plans to offer a video subscription service on YouTube, which according to a newspaper report, the company may announce this week. The new model to be offered by YouTube will apply to as many as 50 YouTube channels, and viewers will be charged US$1.99 a month, reported The Financial Times, citing people familiar with the plan. The company has nothing to announce at this time, the YouTube spokesman said.

Amazon beats Google to paid apps in China – Amazon’s Appstore for Android has launched in China, offering both free and paid applications while Google China is still only distributing free titles. The new download store opened its virtual doors this weekend, Amazon confirmed, relying on having a trusted brand name to lure in consumers in a market where malware is rife.

HP announces new ProBooks, including touchscreen model – Hewlett-Packard on Monday kicked off a series of upcoming PC announcements with new ProBook 400 series laptops, including a 15.6-inch model with a touchscreen. The new laptops are 36 percent thinner and 18 percent lighter than their predecessors, HP said. The five laptops, which are targeted at small and medium-size businesses, have screen sizes between 13.3 inches and 17.3 inches.

Windows 8 app developers hunger for ad revenue – Microsoft has long supported its developer community, but even there it can stumble on occasion. Developers of ad-supported apps for Windows 8 have been left high and dry for the month of April with no in-app advertising. Since March 31, however, even the Bing ads stopped and now ad-driven apps aren’t getting a thing. So apps will get millions of impressions (translation: users) that are not being converted into income, and developers are upset, to say the least.

Webopedia Daily:

Swivel chair interface – Swivel chair is a slang term for a common interface work-around that involves manually entering data into one system and then entering the same data into another system. The term is derived from the practice of the user turning from one system to another using a swivel chair. The swivel chair interface can be eliminated with better network management and unified interfaces and data integration.

Games and Entertainment:

Zombie Games Roundup – Zombie games have matured. They’ve mutated beyond simply being zombie-themed shooters, and redefined what we know as the zombie FPS into more of a genuine survival game. You still have to get headshots and avoid getting gnawed, but there are new threats to manage. Thirst. Hunger. Darkness. Scarce resources. Untrustworthy strangers.

SNL mocks Google Glass (because, well, who isn’t?) – Somehow, the group of those who feel Google Glass is a touch pointless is growing. Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen and Seth Myers are the latest.

SMITE – SMITE is a free online battleground between gods. Players choose from a selection of gods, join session-based arena combat and use custom powers and team tactics against other players and minions. SMITE is inspired by Defense of the Ancients (DotA) but instead of being above the action, the third-person camera brings you right into the combat. And, instead of clicking a map, you use WASD to move, dodge, and fight your way through the detailed graphics of SMITE´s battlegrounds.

Nvidia Rumored to Release GeForce GTX 780 Graphics Card on May 23 – Analysts can talk all they want about the demise of desktops and the rise of tablets, we’re not buying it. And you know what? Neither are discrete graphics card makers. If they were, Nvidia wouldn’t be getting to release a GeForce GTX 780 video card, which if the latest web chatter is true, will be launching in just a few weeks. After that, Nvidia has another GTX 700 Series card to unleash.

Off Topic (Sort of):

7 Unsung Heroes of the PC Universe – If you built your first PC more than a decade ago, you know that PC building has come a long way. Modern conveniences like cases with holes for cable routing, motherboards with labels, and right-angle SATA cables certainly help with the cumbersome bits. This article aims to pay respect to these unsung heroes of the PC universe.

Cracked: If The Internet Ran the World – Look, it’s only a matter of time before the Internet culture invades every facet of our lives. We asked our readers to give us a glimpse of the terrible future waiting for us.


Courtesy – Cracked.

Muggers starting to prefer Samsung over Apple as their stolen brand of choice – If the mobile fanboy war didn’t already have enough fuel keeping the fires going, a new report from an unlikely source is about to fan the flames. Whereas once Apple devices were the fruits of nefarious, pilfering labor, Samsung devices are now the sought-after prize.

Dash Cam Video: AK-47 Shootout – A dashcam video released by Ohio police captured a dramatic shootout between two Middlefield police officers and a suspect during a routine traffic stop. A report released by the Geauga County prosecutor’s office said Gilkerson fired 33 rounds at the officers. His gun had a 40-round magazine attached. Officer Savage fired 29 rounds. (One in the breech, and two in the mag – that’s all that should be allowed. EVER.)

Most innovations fail in the ‘Valley of Death,’ analysts say – More than four in five technologies developed globally never make it to the commercial world, due to their inability to cross the “Valley of Death”—the virtual chasm that separates applied research from technology demonstration—according to analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. Often this is due to businesses and investors failing to understand the true market potential of a given technology platform and evaluate the risk-reward elements.

Super tool: Canada enshrines robot space arm in museum – It was once described as a “glorified crane,” but was so much more than that. Tireless cargo handler, astronaut platform, and critical inspection tool, the Canadarm was an essential component of NASA’s space shuttle fleet from 1981 to 2011. This past week, it became a permanent exhibit at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

Today’s Quote:

Humans value equality, cooperation, honesty and freedom of individual expression. Corporate style mono-culture and allegiance to strict hierarchy are not human values. They stifle us and make us feel wrong for being human. They want us to choose employer over family. They demand allegiance and submission. They have no respect for the core of who we are, and what we represent.”

–        Reverb256

Today’s Free Downloads:

Notepad++ 6.3.3 – Notepad++ is a free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.

SlimCleaner – SlimCleaner is the world’s first software that lets you clean and optimize Windows systems using a crowd-sourced approach. Crowd-sourced and cloud-based, SlimCleaner combines a powerful PC cleaning engine with a community of tech-expert users who provide real-time feedback about the apps and items on a PC, to help others improve their own computer’s performance.

Password Security Scanner 1.17 – This utility scans the passwords stored by popular Windows applications (Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and more…) and displays security information about all these passwords. The security information of every stored password includes the total number of characters, number of numeric characters, number of lowercase/uppercase characters, number of repeating characters, and password strength. You can use this tool to determine whether the passwords used by other users are secured enough, without watching the passwords themselves.


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