Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 3, 2013

The Best Free Google Chrome Extensions 2013 – Picking the best from so many great browser add-ons was hard, but we did it. These are some of the greatest extensions you can and should add to your Google browser.

AwayFind – If you want to cut the ties that bind you to your inbox, but don’t want to worry about missing out on important messages, meet AwayFind, a handy service that lets your email find you. To use AwayFind, you sign up for an account by supplying a few basic details, or—if you use Gmail or Google Apps—connecting to that account. It works for anyone who has an email account and a phone, and it doesn’t even have to be a mobile phone.

Trolling linked to domestic violence – Online trolling against women is linked to domestic violence and abuse, experts have warned, and should not be dismissed as “obnoxious but harmless” behaviour.

3 Critical Tech Issues for Divorcing Couples to Address – If you’re in a rocky relationship or marriage, the technology you rely on can make a break-up or divorce even more challenging.

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Handshake Is A Personal Data Marketplace Where Users Get Paid To Sell Their Own Data – Handshake is a personal data marketplace startup aiming to cut out the market research middle man by building a platform where users can sign up to be approached by companies, negotiate a price for their data, and decide who to sell it to (and who not to).

Use Clipless to get deals based on your current location – Want access to tons of deal Web sites in the palm of your hand, with very minimal effort on your part? Clipless is a deal app that is worth trying for these reasons and more.

Beta test new features in Twitter – Twitter is letting a select group of Android users beta test new features in its app. Here’s how you can sign up to take part.

Kubuntu Linux rolls out commercial support for business users – For professionals who use Kubuntu in a business or similar setting, the dark days of scouring the Internet for troubleshooting and erstwhile help are nearing their end, with commercial support for the distro being announced.

Return to YouTube’s old way of buffering full videos – With a browser extension, you can disable YouTube’s Dash Playback to buffer full videos instead of segment by segment.

Enterprise social media: Is it a good fit for your organization? – Before deploying enterprise social media, consider your organizational nuances, what problems you’re trying to solve, and your company’s goals.

Swayy Launches Into Public Beta To Curate Content For Your Social Media Audience – By analyzing your posts, audience engagement and your followers’ interests, Swayy provides custom curated content that matches your brand’s image. After linking your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn account to the dashboard, Swayy provides a list of trending sources and topics that match your audience, so you’re tuned in to what your followers are interested in.

Acer’s Iconia A3 is a 10-inch Android tablet that won’t break the bank – Read on for all the details on Acer’s latest slate, which goes head-to-head with the iPad and Google Nexus 10.

Six things Nokia did to make the modern cell phone – Microsoft is buying Nokia’s phone business for $7.2 billion. For that cash, Microsoft is getting a lot of cell phone history.


Taiwan launches free malware database to boost security – Database said to be the first in the world to be open to the public for free, and contains information on malicious software, computer viruses, decoy IP addresses and how to detect, identify and remove them.

Security Researcher Discovers Bug That Would Let Hackers Delete Any Photo Off Facebook – In a nice example of how Facebook’s bounty program should work (in contrast with that mess a few weeks ago), a security researcher has unearthed a bug that would let anyone delete just about any photo from Facebook — whether the photo was yours, mine, or Zuckerberg’s — and was paid a solid chunk of cash for the discovery.

FinFisher range of attack tools – FinFisher is a range of attack tools developed and sold by a company called Gamma Group. Recently, some FinFisher sales brochures and presentations were leaked on the net. They contain many interesting details about these tools.

US Army ignores shared PC login flaw, asks soldiers to keep quiet – A soldier was allegedly made to sign a non-disclosure agreement by the US Army after pointing out a security flaw which allowed accounts on shared PCs to be accessed without proper authentication.

Spam leader’s arrest gives look into the world of junk mail and scams – We’ve all received spam mail at one point or another, with spam comments being the more common variety for those who run a website. Now one of the men behind this illicit industry, Igor A. Artimovich, has been arrested, giving us a look into what goes into spam generation.

Company News:

Microsoft Enters Into $7.2B Deal To Buy Nokia’s Devices And Services Business And License Its Patents – In a surprise move, Microsoft announced Monday evening that it has inked a deal with Nokia to acquire “substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.” The total price of the deal is EUR 5.44 billion in cash, which is currently worth $7.17 billion in U.S. dollars.

Yahoo closes its China portal after gradual phase-out – After seeing its popularity decline, Yahoo’s Internet portal in China has formally closed down, in a sign that e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is transitioning away from the brand. The portal went offline on Sunday. Its closure is rooted in an agreement Yahoo made last year with Alibaba Group, which has control over the Yahoo brand in the country.

HTC One designers jailed for allegedly stealing trade secrets – Three lead smartphone designers are arrested and detained on grounds that they pilfered company information to start their own mobile startup.

Online Marketplace GlobeIn’s Network Of Artisans Has Grown To Nearly 30 Countries – Startup GlobeIn is building an online marketplace for artisans from around the world. When it first launched in February, it said it was working with more than 100 sellers in nine countries. Now the site lists 238 artisans from 29 countries, including recent additions like Mexico, Guatemala, and Canada.

Games and Entertainment:

PlayStation 4 said to come with Kinect-like voice recognition – Using the PlayStation “Eye” Camera, the upcoming game console is said to have facial recognition technology and be able to follow navigational voice commands.

Plants vs Zombies 2 closing in on 25 million downloads – In fact, the folks at PopCap have recently shared some numbers and it looks like Plants vs. Zombies 2 has already topped the original in terms of downloads. And this comes with just iOS downloads as the game has yet to be released for Android.

Time Warner Cable and CBS end stalemate, sign content carriage deal – After a month of failed negotiations and back and forth spats, Time Warner Cable and CBS have finally arrived at terms they both can live with. The two companies have signed a deal that will bring back CBS content for the cable service provider’s subscribers.

Intel’s new Core i7 Extreme Edition series: Gaming power for those who can afford it – There are the “1 percent” of geeks who demand the best of the best for gaming and high-end computing. Intel built its three new Extreme Edition chips, including the six-core Core i7-4960X, for members of this elite. The new processors appear atop Intel’s price list, and you can expect to pay up to $990 for the processor alone—not including a CPU cooler.

Candy Crush: You play, you’re hooked. Now what? – If you count yourself a Candy Crush Saga holdout, you’ve probably been warned by friends not to start playing. Because once you do, you won’t be able to stop.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Automated video-coach could help people be more sociable – MACH, a PC-based system developed at MIT, can coach people to improve their social skills and perform better in job interviews. It could also help people who don’t have good interpersonal skills to be more successful at work.

The ten most embarrassing, exploitative, soul-killing, downright dangerous tech jobs – Before you start bemoaning your workplace’s lack of casual Fridays, take a gander at this list of the ten worst jobs in tech. You may just realize that an annoying cubicle neighbor isn’t such a bad deal.

Skyscraper’s natural death ray melts Jaguar – A man parks his car outside a London skyscraper — known as the Walkie-Talkie — under construction. He returns to find elements of his car have been melted by light reflected from the building.

Woman: In-flight entertainment system called me ‘idiot’ – Air India is investigating an incident in which a passenger claims that when she switched on the in-flight entertainment, the screen read: “Lie low… Sit down you idiot!”

Miley Cyrus out-twerks the NSA while foam fingers lose the will to live – Last Monday we told you that the NSA spying controversy would be a big thing unless there was another “wardrobe malfunction”. That same morning, mainstream media led with stories of Miley Cyrus having a malfunction of a “twerking” nature. Did we not tell you this would happen? VMA trumps NSA. Figures.

Something to think about:

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.”

–     Mark Twain

Today’s Free Downloads:

Avast! Free Edition 8.0.1497.376 Final – Based on the award-winning avast! antivirus engine, avast! antivirus contains all of the features you would expect in a modern antivirus program. It incorporates anti-spyware technology certified by West Coast Labs’ Checkmark process, as well as anti-rootkit and strong self-protection capabilities, but now provides even faster scanning with improved detection ability. It contains several real-time “Shields” which continuously monitor your email and internet connections and check the files on your computer whenever they are opened or closed.

Glary Utilities 3.9.1 – Glary Utilities is a smart and reliable application that offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC. It allows you to clean common system junk files, as well as invalid registry entries and Internet traces. You can manage and delete browser add-ons, analyze disk space usage and find duplicate files. Furthermore, Glary Utilities includes the options to optimize memory, find, fix, or remove broken Windows shortcuts, manage the programs that start at Windows startup and uninstall software. Other features include secure file deletion, an Empty Folder finder and more.

Dictionary .NET 6.2.4992 – Dictionary .NET is a tiny, easy and smart multilingual dictionary translating from/to 52 languages using Google´s services.

In Pursuit of Freedom – The Pushback Continues:

DEA supplied with access to vast database of AT&T phone records – Project Hemisphere, which was detailed in slides supplied to the New York Times, included access to phone logs dating back 26 years. Unlike the NSA’s collection of phone logs, the data covered by Hemisphere is stored by the company with access granted via administrative subpoena. The database, which includes records on every call that passes through the company’s network, not just AT&T customers, grows by 4 billion records a day.

Brazil, Mexico ask U.S. to explain if NSA spied on presidents – Brazil assailed the United States on Monday after new allegations that Washington spied on President Dilma Rousseff, complaining that its sovereignty may have been violated and suggesting that it could call off Rousseff’s planned state visit to the White House next month.

This Incredible Last Paragraph From A 1983 New York Times Article Predicted The NSA Scandal – Resurfacing through the fog of the past is this 1983 New York Times David Burnham article about the National Security Agency and its potential for abusive surveillance practices.

Saying ‘No’ to Our Right to Know – In the rush to condemn wholesale government snooping and defend citizens’ right to privacy, there’s a growing sense that Private Manning’s leaks were acceptable. But diplomats disagree.


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  1. Majorgeeks has a nice description of all the features in the latest release of avast! 8.0.1497. I was quite surprised that at the very bottom of the description, they still showed a screenshot of avast! 4.
    “Something old, something new…… “