This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness such as Microsoft’s roll out of new SkyDrive features, delivery has begun for the first units of Raspberry Pi’s $35 Linux computer, Google may face a fine over the Safari privacy bypass issue, and more.
Weekly News Links
- Google enters spring cleaning mode by dropping several services
Google is slashing a lot of programs and services this spring, but maybe trimming out some of the extra fluff will allow for more resources to be dedicated to projects like Google+ and Google Play.
- Go ahead, bring your Windows 8 gadgets to work, says Microsoft
Employees are bringing their personal laptops, tablets, and smartphones to work rather than using the devices assigned to them by the organization they work for. No problem, the company says.
- The Windows 8 Enterprise SKU: Windows To Go and new Software Assurance benefits
Microsoft’s introduction of the Windows 8 SKUs this past Monday left many of the details of the corporate-oriented Enterprise edition unknown. The company has started to fill in the blanks in a new blog post.
- Microsoft Rolls Out New SkyDrive Features
Microsoft’s SkyDrive service now has some more features to offer to its users, following a quiet update that the software giant rolled out.
- Delivery begins for first units of Raspberry Pi’s $35 Linux computer
The Raspberry Pi foundation has started shipping units of the much-anticipated $35 Linux computer. The organization has already started handing out the first units and conducting educational seminars with students.
- Microsoft evangelist goofed on Windows Phone 8 upgrade claim
The Microsoft evangelist who said that Windows Phone 7 devices would be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8 now admits he made a mistake.
- Microsoft pulls Office 2011 SP2 from AutoUpdate
Following problems with identity database corruption after installing the latest update, Microsoft has pulled the update from its automatic update service.
- Data, not devices, vital to enterprise security
As cloud computing continues to mature and more companies incorporate it within their IT infrastructures, there is a need to focus on protecting access of corporate data over the hardware used to house the information. This would include beefing up one’s monitoring and access management practices, says Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen.
- Ex-FBI cyberexpert: Potential for digital Pearl Harbor is real
Shawn Henry talks to CNET about why he left public service and joined a private-sector firm, and he predicts that we will see an attack on critical infrastructure that has physical consequences.
- Web could vanish for hordes of people in July, FBI warns
If your computer is infected with the DNSChanger virus, your summertime Internet activities will be seriously curtailed — as in buh-bye. But a special Web site can help you fix the problem.
- FBI seizes US anonymisation server
The FBI carried out a midweek raid in New York to confiscate a server belonging to the European Counter Network (ECN), which was running a mixmaster service for sending out anonymised email.
- Google may face fine over Safari privacy bypass
The FTC is considering sanctions against the Web giant for sidestepping user privacy settings in Apple’s Safari Web browser, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
- Mozilla blocklists Java on older Mac OS X systems
Mozilla has moved to block the Java plugin in Firefox running on versions 10.5 and earlier of Mac OS X, as these versions of Apple’s operating system will not be getting an update to the installed Java on their systems.
- Oracle accidentally release MySQL DoS proof of concept
Recently Oracle accidentally released a MySQL denial-of-service (DoS) proof of concept in the process of fixing the same problem.
- As many as 100,000 WordPress blogs infected 700,000 Macs with malware
If computer security is your thing — it really should be everyone’s — and you own a Mac, Kaspersky’s analysis of Flashfake malware, also called Flashback, is a must-read.
- Google warns the operators of thousands of hacked web sites
The head of Google’s Webspam team, Matt Cutts, announced on Twitter that Google has sent out a message to the webmasters of 20,000 sites informing them that their sites may have been hacked.
- Scammers create fake Instagram app on Android
According to security company Sophos, a Russian web site has sprung up which offers a fake version of the popular Instagram app for Android. The Russian language site emulates the look of the official Instagram product page but the download link doesn’t lead to the actual app on Google’s Play store.
- Critical vulnerability in IrfanView plugin
The official plugin package for the popular image viewer IrfanView is currently shipped with a vulnerable version of the FlashPix plugin.
- New report says Flashback infections remain high
Russian security firm contradicts Symantec, warns that infections of Mac OS are not declining.
- New Mac OS X Trojan unearthed. Call it SabPub
The folks at Kaspersky Lab report that there’s new Mac malware in the wild, called Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a. There are at least two variants being spread through Java exploits.
Random TinyHacker Links
- A thorough review of Avira Internet Security 2012
Is it worth purchasing Avira Internet Security 2012? Learn from this thorough review.
- How many viruses are out there?
An interesting blog post, trying to explore the answer to this question.
- Limited Edition Artist Series theme (Win7)
Swirling dragons, floral profusions, and cacophonies of color – this dazzling free theme for Windows 7 celebrates the innovative work of artists like Kenzo Minami, Sally Zou, Stina Persson, and more.
- The Touch Mouse from Logitech Reviewed
The M600 is Logitech’s take on building a touch mouse. Is it any good? How does it compare to Microsoft’s Touch Mouse?
- An 8 Day Test & Review of Nokia Lumia 900
Paul Thurrott has bought a Nokia Lumia 900 and posted an 8-Days journal of his experience.
- Infographic: Details that should be tested about a banner
An ad design cheat sheet for online advertising.
Super User Questions
- What affects installation speed?
- 3TB Seagate hard drive shows 249GB free when installed
- Will my USB Flash Drive die sooner if I watch movies directly from it?
- Creating a copy of cracked (broken) CD-ROM or DVD
- Why is there a difference between ping “localhost” and ping “local IP address”?
- How can uptime be used to trigger an action?
- Restoring the Windows 7 boot loader after uninstalling Windows 8?
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
- How To Check Out Library Books on Your Kindle for Free
- How to Benchmark Your Web Browser: 4 Free Tools
- Application Not Responding? Here’s How to Kill Processes with PowerShell
- HTG Explains: What’s the Difference Between Sudo & Su?
- The Best Ways to Lock Down Your Multi-User Computer
- How to Benchmark Your Windows PC: 5 Free Benchmarking Tools
- Desktop Fun: Ghost in the Shell Wallpaper Collection
- Ask HTG: Fixing Laptop Time Errors, Monitoring a Wireless Access Point, and Price Comparisons On the Go
- How to Benchmark Your Android Device: 5 Free Apps
- How to Tweak the New Multi-Monitor Taskbar in Windows 8
Geeky Goodness from the ETC Side
- No Problems Here, Working Smooth as Silk [Humorous Image]
- Tiny DIY Waterproof LED Lights Perfect For Summer Parties
- Interactive Map Displays Global Population Densities
- Should You Accept That Friend Request on Facebook? [Humorous Flowchart]
- Should You Check Your E-mail? [Humorous Flowchart]
- Super Moon due to Appear on May 5th, 2012 [Video]
- Restore Faded Knobs with Antibiotic Ointment
- Soldering Is Easy: A Free Comic-Style Guide to Soldering and Beginning Electronics
- Download the Ubuntu Desktop Theme for Your Favorite Windows 7 System
- Fleet of Starships Leaving Planetary Orbit [Wallpaper]
One Year Ago on How-To Geek
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- Remove Backgrounds Automatically with a Free Photoshop Action
- How To Save, Share, Download, and Install Custom Photoshop Actions
- How To Create and Run Your Own Audio Podcast
- How To Record From Multiple Audio Devices Simultaneously
How-To Geek Comics Weekly Roundup
- Watch What You Ask and Do It Carefully
- More Than One Type of Applet
- Not One in a Million
- A Guest Blogger Situation
- Not a Fly-by-Night Operation, But…
- A Contradicting Survey Result about Surveys
- Computers for Beginners
How-To Geek Weekly Trivia Roundup
- What Is The Most Popular Video Game Franchise Of All Time?
- What Is The Name of Wikipedia’s “Official” Theme Song?
- Which Video Game Maker Issued Gaming Gloves In Response To A Lawsuit?
- What Was Apple’s Code Name For The iPod?
- What Product Was The First To Be Advertised Into Deep Space?
- The First Google Server Was Built From What?
- What Are The Blocks In Tetris Called?