Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 10, 2013

10 great technologies to secretly install on Mom’s PC – Mom kept you safe and happy when you were a kid, and now you can do the same for her—or at least her PC.

Test Your Security IQ – Your security software says it offers “antivirus” protection, but in reality it protects against many other kinds of malware. See if you can identify the different types in our security IQ quiz.

Hacking back: Digital revenge is sweet but risky – As cyberattacks increase, victims are fighting back. But retaliation has its own consequences—and potential damages.

Nordstrom tracking customer movement via smartphones’ WiFi sniffing – Tara Darrow, a company spokeswoman, told CBS DFW that sensors in the stores are collecting information from customers’ smartphones as those phones automatically scan for WiFi service. Darrow said that the sensors monitor which departments you visit and for how long, but the sensors don’t actually follow your phone from department to department, and they don’t identify personal information tied to a phone’s owner.

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Virtual Piggy – Virtual Piggy, a safe online payment system for kids, is a great idea in need of some fine-tuning. Virtual Piggy is free to use. Parents sign up for an account, and then create profiles for each child they’d like to use the service. This requires entering the child’s name and date of birth, and then creating a username and password for that child.

Snapchat images that have “disappeared forever” stay right on your phone – Snapchat is a new way to share moments with friends. Snap an ugly selfie or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend (or maybe a few). They’ll receive it, laugh, and then the snap disappears. But – It’s stored on your phone, but you’d expect that because you took it, so that’s your lookout. And it’s stored on the recipients’ phones, from where it apparently won’t be deleted at all, though it will be marked “not for display,” which seems to be synonymous in Snapchat’s argot with “disappears forever”.

Linux code is the ‘benchmark of quality,’ study concludes – Fans of free and open source software (FOSS) may recall a report from Coverity last year that found open source code typically has fewer defects per thousand lines of code than proprietary software code does. Following the analysis of more than 450 million lines of software code through the Coverity Scan service, Coverity’s 2012 Coverity Scan Open Source Report, which was released Tuesday, concludes that “Linux remains the benchmark for quality.”

Weather forecasting becomes a smartphone affair – Although high resolution screens, elaborate application processors and cameras tend to grab all the smartphone headlines, another change is starting to take shape under the bonnet of our favourite toys.

What to do when you can’t boot from an external source – When you turn on a PC, you usually want and expect it to check the hard drive or SSD and, from there, load Windows or another operating system. But occasionally you need to boot into an alternative environment that isn’t on your hard drive. You might, for instance, need to install an operating system or scan for malware from inside a clean environment. That’s when you need to boot from a CD, DVD, or flash drive.

Chromebook is no Windows killer – Once touted as Google’s great white hope, it appears that Chromebooks are becoming a great white shark to the company’s bottom line.

Reset your password in Windows 8 – To reset a password in Microsoft Windows 8 you have to use the online version of the Reset your password tool.

Syria and 7 Other Places the Internet Has Been Shut Off – Internet outages in the Middle East have been more common than one might expect, given that the undersea fiber optic cables connecting the region and Europe are occasionally sliced by ship anchors. In recent years, however, building redundancy into the network or alternative routes have mitigated these problems, leaving government intervention a more likely culprit.

Senator John McCain pushes to end the cable bundle – The Arizona senator introduces new legislation that would kill the cable bundle and repeal blackout restrictions for local sports teams using publicly funded stadiums.


Adobe warns customers of unpatched critical flaw in ColdFusion – Adobe has warned users of its ColdFusion application server platform of a critical vulnerability that could give unauthorized users access to sensitive files stored on their servers. The company is working on a fix and expects to release it publicly on May 14. Until then, customers are advised to restrict public access to certain sensitive directories like CFIDE/administrator, CFIDE/adminapi and CFIDE/gettingstarted.

Sex and the City author hacked, draft of new book is leaked online – Candace BushnellCandace Bushnell, the author famous for “Sex and the City”, has fallen victim to a hacker who not only broke into her Twitter account, but also posted extracts of her as-yet-unfinished next book online.

Microsoft to Patch IE Flaw, 9 Others Next Week – The Microsoft Security Response Center announced today that it will ship ten bulletins in the March edition of patch Tuesday. MSRP considers just two of the patches critical, one of which supplements the currently available “Fix it” tool that resolved the IE vulnerability exploited recently in an attack targeting the U.S. Department of Labor.

Germany gears up for cyber war – The German Army held its first cyber warfare military exercise open to the public earlier this week and a select core of tech hacks were there to see what it was all about.

How the SEA Compromised America’s Finest News Source – The satirical Onion news website wrote a legitimate post-mortem describing how it was compromised by the Syrian Electronic Army.

Company News:

Facebook close to acquiring navigation app Waze so it can sell you ads while you drive – The Facebook rumor mill is churning with reports that Zuckerberg and company are inching ever closer to sealing the deal on a purchase of the popular crowdsourced navigation app, Waze. Waze has been the subject of a bidding war between both Apple and Facebook over the past year.

Report: Amazon Working on Smartphone With 3D Screen – Rumors about an Amazon smartphone have been circulating for some time, but according to a new report, the phone may have 3D capabilities. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed “people familiar with the company’s plans,” on Wednesday reported that Amazon is gearing up to expand its hardware lineup beyond its current slate of Kindle devices.

YouTube launches pilot program for subscription-based paid channels – In a move that will surprise precisely no one who’s been paying attention to the state of streaming media, YouTube announced a pilot program Thursday that will herald a new age of subscription-based paid channels on the Google-owned video site.

Canonical staff to get working Ubuntu phones by late May – Canonical on Wednesday announced its next moves on the way to market with a Linux-powered phone. By the end of this month Canonical plans to equip its employees with early versions of its widely hyped “Ubuntu phone” for testing and refinement.

Webopedia Daily:

Parallel processing – The simultaneous use of more than one CPU to execute a program. Ideally, parallel processing makes a program run faster because there are more engines (CPUs) running it. In practice, it is often difficult to divide a program in such a way that separate CPUs can execute different portions without interfering with each other. Note that parallel processing differs from multitasking, in which a single CPU executes several programs at once.

Games and Entertainment:

$99 Ouya game console delayed until late June – Ouya has delayed the retail launch of the console from June 4 to June 25. CEO Julie Uhrman told Joystiq that Ouya was pushing the launch date back to meet high anticipated demand at retail. The three-week delay, she said, would allow the company to “create more units and, basically, have more units on store shelves in June.”

Bluestacks Bites Back at Ouya with Free (at First) Android Game Console – The race to disrupt traditional game consoles already has a few hopefuls, including Ouya, Gamestick and Nvidia. Now, you can add GamePop to the list. GamePop is an Android-based console from Bluestacks, a company best known for software that lets you run Android apps on Windows and Mac. It will ship with a controller, and it will also allow users to control games from their smartphones by tilt and touch. But instead of charging up-front for the hardware, Bluestacks is giving GamePop away to those who pre-order in May.

Massive Lego Helm’s Deep awes (pictures) – Two Lego and “Lord of the Rings” fans combined their passions into a 150,000 piece Helm’s Deep model that encapsulates the epic battle.

First Ender’s Game trailer should make fans uneasy – After years of back and forth, rumors, and heartbreak, a movie adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game is set to be released later this year. The first official trailer dropped yesterday, and it’s chock-full of fast cuts and dialog delivered by a mildly disinterested Harrison Ford. There’s not much plot, but it looks pretty.

The Inexorable Decline of World of Warcraft – Blizzard’s turning heads that probably shouldn’t be turning today off news that World of Warcraft – the most successful online roleplaying game in history — lost 14% of its subscriber base over the past three months. Make that 1.3 million players. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Even with that sharp drop, the not-so-little fantasy MMO that could still has over eight million subscribers worldwide; most MMOs these days, say Star Wars: The Old Republic, are lucky to swing a million.

Off Topic (Sort of):

New Google timelapse project shows how Earth has changed over 28 years – The times, they are a-changin’—but a new Google timelapse project shows just how much the world’s geography is a-changin’ too, based on nearly 30 years of satellite imagery.

3D holograms show if baby’s smiling in the womb – Want to see how your unborn baby is reacting to life on the inside? Pioneer has started printing the expressions of tiny tykes as ultrasound holograms.

Why fear of 3D-printed guns is overblown – Despite worries about the dangers of 3D printed firearms, there’s little chance of anyone with a MakerBot gunning people down. Even gun-control advocates think the hype is too much.

U.S. State Department latest to crack down on 3D-printed guns – The State Department demands that Defense Distributed, which has created a series of 3D files used to print firearms, take down the files because they could violate export restrictions.

Dismantle the State: Q&A With 3D Gun Printer Cody Wilson – How did we get to 3D-printed guns, and what’s the endgame for the man who brought us here?

Three centuries of geek-milestone devices in one epic auction – A German “Auction of Firsts” includes relics and creations from tech luminaries from Pascal to Woz and Jobs.

Principal suspends teen for Instagramming her mug shot – In Georgia, a school principal is not happy to see her mugshot on Instagram. She allegedly tries to get a police officer to arrest the teen responsible. The police officer refuses.

Today’s Quote:

Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”

–      George Orwell

Today’s Free Downloads:

Google Translate for Android 2.7 – Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for Android. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.

The Uniform Server 8.8.3 – The Uniform Server is a WAMP package that allows you to run a server on any MS Windows OS based computer. It is small and mobile to download or move around and can also be used or setup as a production/live server. Developers also use The Uniform Server to test their applications made with either PHP, MySQL, Perl, or the Apache HTTPd Server.

SUPERAntiSpyware Free – Light on System Resources and won’t slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won’t conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution! Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!



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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 10, 2013

  1. I hope that 90% is a passing grade in the Security IQ Test.
    This only proves that no one is perfect.
    Remember, even your Antivirus program can miss a brand new virus, worm, root kit or Trojan so, always make regular image backups to keep your system safe.

  2. Reblogged this on kingmunuottawa and commented:
    For the love of mother’s day.

  3. Dave B.

    In re: U.S. State Department latest to crack down on 3D-printed guns; Apparently the US State Department hasn’t heard of torrents, all files are readily available for the taking.