Our first edition of WIG for March is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Telefonica’s signing up for Mozilla’s mobile Web OS, Foursquare’s switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap, Linus Torvalds blasting of openSUSE, and more.
Weekly News Links
- Windows 8 beta grabs 1 million downloads over one day
Just one day after hitting the Web, the Windows 8 beta, aka the Consumer Preview, reached a milestone, according to Microsoft.
- Windows 8 on Intel is unlike ARM in crucial way, Microsoft confirms
Microsoft made it clear this past Wednesday why Windows 8 on an Intel-based tablet will be different from competing tablets based on ARM chips.
- Windows 8 and bundling: What a difference a decade makes
Microsoft is taking some emboldened steps toward bundling formerly separate apps and services in Windows 8.
- Telefonica signs up for Mozilla’s mobile Web OS
The Firefox developer has a serious partner to bring its browser-based mobile OS to market, and Qualcomm is helping with hardware.
- Telefonica: Mozillaphone is ‘ten times cheaper than an iPhone’
A powerful Latin American mobile operator will carry Mozilla’s browser-based B2G OS, a challenger to iOS and Android, into Latin America. Deutsche Telekom is showing interest, too.
- Foursquare switches from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap
Foursquare has announced that it is now using open map data from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project for its popular location-based social networking service.
- What is a Raspberry Pi and why you should care
Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer that runs Linux for, drum-roll please, $35.
- Torvalds blasts openSUSE, security policies (Security policies too intrusive, Linux creator argues)
It’s not often Linux creator Linus Torvalds makes a public statement about one of the distros he’s using. But when he does, it’s a doozy.
- Add-ons behaving badly: the challenges of policing the Firefox ecosystem
Firefox’s powerful add-on system is arguably one of the browser’s best features, but it is also occasionally a source of problems for Mozilla. Policing the add-on ecosystem to ensure that third-party code doesn’t degrade the quality of the Firefox user experience is a major challenge.
- ASLR to be mandatory for binary Firefox extensions
A patch that was recently introduced to the Firefox repository is designed to make the browser more secure by forcing certain binary extensions to use ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomisation) under Windows.
- RSA: Security industry going through ‘hell’
The security industry has “gone through hell in the last 12 months”, with the rising sophistication of cybercriminals outflanking traditional perimeter defenses and organizations not keeping up with technology savvy employees.
- Mozilla proposes Do Not Track at OS level on mobile devices
Alex Fowler, privacy and public policy spokesperson for Mozilla, has laid out plans for a next generation Do Not Track proposal to be implemented by mobile operating systems.
The European Union’s Justice Commission says that several agencies across the Eurozone have serious worries about the Internet titan’s “simple” privacy experience.
- In the world of Big Data, privacy invasion is the business model
Apps snooping on your address book, sneaky ad cookies, and social networking are bad. But the real privacy demon is the shadowy data brokers slurping up every last byte about you.
- Facebook denies accessing users’ text messages
Social network says a Sunday Times report that it is using smartphone apps to access text message data is “completely wrong.”
- Android smartphones infected via drive-by exploit
At the RSA Conference 2012, former McAfee executives George Kurtz and Dmitri Alperovitch have presented a Remote Access Tool (RAT) that infects Android smartphones (version 2.2). They used an as-yet unpatched bug in Android’s WebKit browser to inject the malware.
- iOS security loophole lets apps grab user photos
A software feature that lets apps access user location has also been found to give developers access to that user’s entire photo library.
- Photo theft security loophole found in Android too
A new security issue has been found with Google’s Android OS that lets apps access user photos without asking.
- New Kernel Vulnerabilities Affect Ubuntu 11.04 and 10.10
New vulnerabilities were found in the Linux kernel packages, this time affecting the Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating systems.
- Report: Thousands of embedded systems on the net without protection
Over the past few years, researchers have repeatedly demonstrated how easily web servers that are embedded in devices such as multi-function printers and VoIP systems can be tracked down over the web; however, thousands of machines remain unprotected.
Random TinyHacker Links
Photo courtesy of Microsoft Singapore.
- How to install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview
A complete step by step guide, that includes information also about the product key required to activate the product.
- Did You Know Windows 7 Calculator Has These Features?
Microsoft has added several amazing features to this native Windows tool, which surely makes it better than any of the easily available desk or office calculators.
- Reviewing the Best Mouse for a Windows Laptop
Even though this product was launched at the end of 2010, it is still one of the best looking mice you can find on the market.
- Easily Bypass Ads on YouTube
A guide to skipping the video ads that YouTube usually shows for each video.
- Easily Hide Private Photos/Videos on Android
Got some photos and videos on your Android that you want to keep safe from prying eyes? This article tells you how to do that.
- Simultaneously Search Various Music Sites
A site to simultaneously search sites like Spotify, Grooveshark etc.
- Schedule Emails For Future Sending in Gmail
A nice web service to help you schedule email sending in Gmail.
- Quickly Create Beautiful Event Pages
A cool web app to quickly create event splash pages.
- Warren Buffett’s 2011 Letter to Shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway
The Oracle of Omaha’s annual missive on the state of the company and macro matters as well. Always an interesting read. In .pdf
Super User Questions
- How do I uninstall Windows 8 Consumer Preview?
- Where does the Windows 8 Consumer Preview setup store its files?
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview Upgrade keeps on failing
- Error 0xc0000260 when installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on an old laptop
- Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview returns an error
- After Windows 8 installation I can’t access BIOS settings anymore
- Why must a computer have a BIOS?
- Why is the 64-bit version of Windows bigger than the 32-bit version?
- Can I turn off Google Chrome’s new prerendering?
- How do I check CPU temperature in Windows 7?
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
- 10 Amazing Uses for Wolfram Alpha
- How to Search Google Like a Pro: 11 Tricks You Have to Know
- Here’s How to Download Windows 8 Beta (Consumer Preview) Right Now
- How to Send Self-Destructing Sensitive Information to Someone via Email
- HTG Explains: Everything You Know About Resolution Is Probably Wrong
- How to Shut Down or Reboot Your Windows 8 PC
- The Best Articles for Learning More About Editing Images and Photos
- How To Install XBMC On Your iPad
- Beginner Photoshop: How To Make Convincing Fake Tattoos
- Get to Know the New Shortcut Keys in Windows 8
Geeky Goodness from the ETC Side
- Gmail to the Rescue! [Funny Image]
- How to Splice Wires to NASA’s Standards
- Hardcore Old School Gaming Setup [Humorous Image]
- When Your Desktop PC Fights Back [Funny Video]
- Add LED Glove Box and Foot Well Illumination to Your Car
- Firefox versus Chrome – Fight! [Humorous Image]
- Are Mobile Devices Destroying Your Body? [Infographic]
- The Machete Order Reorganizes The Star Wars Movies For Enhanced Viewing
- Learn About Windows 95 with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry
- I.T. Agony Bingo [Humorous Image]
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How-To Geek Comics Weekly Roundup
- Very Slow Android
- Craigslist Nightmare
- Evil Foreclosing
- Repurposed Relationship
- A Long Frustrating Tech Support Call
- Had the Blocker Removed
- A Different Idea of Fun
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- Published 03/4/12