Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 3, 2013

Don’t want the DHS monitoring you online? Avoid these words – Been raving to your friends on Facebook about the delicious pulled pork sandwich you had at Subway and lamenting how it gave you gas? Bad news: three words in that update put you on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) social radar.

Find your own private Internet with Freenet – Anonymous peer-to-peer communication on the Internet isn’t just a handy tool for privacy enthusiasts; it’s critical for preserving free speech in the digital world. If you’re looking for a highly anonymous peer-to-peer network with websites, forums, and more, look no farther than the Free Network, one of the best-kept secrets in anonymous communication.

The 5 Best Android Office Suites – When the BlackBerry was first taking off, you’d hear stories about crazy employees hammering out reports one-handed on the train home. Back then, the idea of writing a whole email on a phone—let alone anything beyond a few sentences—seemed outrageous. Fast forward to today and the idea of writing on your phone isn’t so far-fetched.

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Leaky Apps Raise Privacy Concerns in This Week’s Dangerous Android Apps – Bad Android apps aren’t just about aggressive ad networks or sneakily signing users up for premium-rate SMS messaging services. There are also privacy concerns, too. SecurityWatch is partnering with a handful of security companies who monitor apps on Google Play and third-party marketplaces to spotlight some of the risky apps.

Microsoft’s Windows XP is still kickin’ — do you use it? – Think Windows XP is dead and buried? Think again. On Friday, figures from Net Applications (see graph at bottom) showed XP with a robust 37.74 percent of all Windows installations worldwide, down only slightly from 38.31 percent in April.

German Official: Xbox One Spying Capabilities a “Twisted Nightmare” – When Microsoft launched its new Xbox One console last week, rave reviews calling it “awesome” and “stunning” were quickly forgotten when gamers began complaining about how the device doesn’t work with their old favorites (among other things). Now Microsoft has a new Xbox-related headache courtesy of Germany’s privacy chief, who is alarmed by its potential intrusive surveillance capabilities.

Google Nixes Addition of Facial Recognition to Google Glass – In distancing itself from facial recognition capabilities—a particular bogeyman for critics of the technology—Google may be hedging its bets on the AR-driven future it’s embraced in past pitches for Glass and similar technologies.

In fog of browser wars, the victor varies with the metrics – In a classic example of lies, damn lies, and statistics, two research companies have released studies showing completely different leaders in the browser war. Why the discrepancy? It’s all in how the two outfits calculate their numbers.

The social network wars are over. The winner: email! – With every new social network and social service, with every new instant and not-so-instant way to communicate, email rises in importance. Columnist Mile Elgan explains how innovation has transformed email into the best social network.

Security:

Report: Android antivirus apps are less-than-stellar – Think your antivirus product is keeping your Android smartphone or tablet safe? Think again. Northwestern University researchers, working with partners from North Carolina State University, tested 10 of the most popular antiviral products for Android and found each could be easily circumnavigated by even the most simple obfuscation techniques.

Cybersecurity calls for government-private sector infosharing, report says – Sharing of critical security information between the federal government and the private sector is an important part of protecting the nation’s infrastructure and intellectual property from online attackers and thieves, but that knowledge flow isn’t always smooth, NSS Labs says.

Twitter’s new security plugs only some holes, experts say – Twitter’s long overdue rollout of two-factor authentication doesn’t plug every angle of attack and won’t guarantee that customer accounts aren’t compromised in future, experts have warned.

Malware Week: Ransomware surges, blackhole spreads – Police ransomware, a new Blackhole campaign, a scam involving Amazon’s good name and a Ruby on Rails exploit highlighted this week in malware.

S. Korea, HK, Japan lead Web threat origins – The three Asian markets are the origin of Web threats such as spam, phishing e-mail and Web sites, botnets, and servers hosting malicious content.

Company News:

As Adobe customers howl, Corel offers education discount – CorelDraw, VideoStudio, and PaintShop Pro are available at a deep discount for schools. Honest, it’s a coincidence the program arrived as customers fume over Adobe’s move to subscriptions.

Yahoo Mail reportedly loses key customer following mass hack attack – BT, the UK-based telecommunications company with more than 18 million customers, is dumping Yahoo Mail following a successful hacking campaign that hijacked e-mail accounts and used them to send spam, according to published reports.

ARM announces anti-piracy chip – Summary: It’s not all about DRM anymore — we’re entering the realm of hardware.

Webopedia Daily:

Electronic shopping cart – An electronic commerce tool (software or service) that is the user-interface for the customer to shop at online stores. It allows users to place items in a “shopping basket”, and the cart remembers these items for a predetermined length of time. Extra features such as different color or size options, quantity of order, and matching item links can be found linked from the shopping cart. Once a shopper inputs his shipping address, taxes and shipping costs can also be tallied from within the shopping cart. For the merchant, the shopping cart also provides important information, which is often transparent to the shopper including a cart number to track the order, and a cookie to provide you with some limited tracking details about your customer.

Games and Entertainment:

EA says goodbye to the Online Pass, we say good riddance – Why the about-face? EA VP of Corporate Communications Jeff Brown was blunt in an interview with Game Informer. “It never really caught on,” he said. “People didn’t like it. People told us that they didn’t like it and you know, we went through a cycle and we’re about to put out some new games and we just decided not to do that anymore.”

Bluestacks Android console has a $129 price tag – Bluestacks has confirmed that GamePop – its upcoming Android console – will carry a price tag of $129, making the device more costly than either the Ouya or GameStick. The console allows gamers to use their Android phones or tablets as gamepads/controllers. As you may recall, the Ouya will be retailing for $129, while the GameStick weighs in at $79.

You won’t forget Remember Me – Every year a handful of worthy games fly under the radar during the months leading up until their release. For whatever reason, some titles fail to generate the buzz they probably could harness under optimal conditions. Remember Me might be the prime example for such a game this year. It’s a game that surprised me when I began playing and presented enough interesting gameplay and narrative that kept me wanting to discover more about its beautifully realized world of Neo-Paris 2084.

Kinect-powered live action Asteroids makes you the spaceship – Imagine playing Asteroids on a 150-foot surface with your body and a smartphone as the controls. This incredible invention is real, and if Two Bit Circus has anything to say about it will be part of a travelling STEAM Carnival soon.

Film crew to dig up Atari landfill site, maybe score 3.5 million copies of E.T. – A documentary crew has received approval to dig up the New Mexico desert site where Atari supposedly buried millions of unsold pieces of Atari 2600 software and hardware. The crew hopes to finally confirm or refute one of gaming’s most enduring urban legends.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Science and a ‘cure’ for religious fundamentalism – An Oxford University researcher claims that, in time, deep-seated, extreme beliefs may be treated as a mental illness, rather than a product of free will.

Microsoft should stick to its guns and keep the Start button gone – If Redmond wants Metro apps to succeed, it needs education, not capitulation.

How Much Does the Mac Pro Need an Upgrade? The Infographic – A visual look at the slow-paced evolution of Apple’s professional desktop computer

Judge Orders Google to Give Customer Data to FBI – A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc. must comply with the FBI‘s warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company’s argument that the government’s practice of issuing so-called national security letters to telecommunication companies, Internet service providers, banks and others was unconstitutional and unnecessary.

Google’s balloon-based wireless networks may not be a crazy idea – Google is reportedly developing wireless networks for sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia that would combine a technology well established for such purposes (TV White Spaces) with one that’s a bit more exotic—balloons that transmit wireless signals.

Meet Fitwall, where tech and elite fitness get off the ground – Already popular with professional athletes, this quirky vertical training modality is making its consumer debut in a sunny beach town where appearances are everything.

Today’s Quote:

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”

–    Winston Churchill

Today’s Free Downloads:

Perfect Keyboard Free Edition – Perfect Keyboard Free Edition, a free macro builder and editor from Macro Toolworks, creates and plays macros in all Windows applications when triggered by keyboard hotkeys, mouse buttons, or autocomplete commands. It’s based on the developer’s automated macro software, although with fewer features than their shareware offerings. But Perfect Keyboard Free Edition is an excellent choice for frequent typists and anyone who would like a fast, easy-to-use alternative to entering the same data and clicking the same buttons over and over again.

Soluto – Soluto allows you to understand your boot, discover which applications are slowing it down (and keep running later in the background, affecting your ongoing experience), and allows you to significantly improve it. While Soluto focuses on the boot, it already researches for frustrations and helps map the PC Genome, allowing you to share your wisdom with others.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 3, 2013

  1. The Android AV Report gives very little detail.
    For those that may be interested, I found the actual report this article refers to:
    http://list.cs.northwestern.edu/mobile/droidchameleon_nu_eecs_13_01.pdf

  2. delenn13

    I am sure a few here can think of at least one person this fits…
    “My mom’s computer keyboard”

    Just waiting for some spammer to text me so I can use this….
    How to deal with spam text messages (SMS)

    A very young Beatles fan…
    Don’t Let Me Down – The Beatles