Geek Software of the Week: Bluestacks!

BluestacksAs my earlier post described, this software allows you to run Android apps on your computer, whether PC (Windows) or Mac!

Bluestacks – Android on Your Computer!

“Gaming on mobile draining your battery? Play and message as long as you want while keeping your phone at 100%.
Save battery. Play on BlueStacks.

For the first time, you can play Castle Clash on a big screen and message on Whatsapp at the same time. You can also share files from your PC and Mac onto mobile, for example posting photos on Instagram from your computer.

Download apps onto to your computer with a single click. Bluestacks merges your Windows or OSX and Android experiences seemlessly. Applications and games can now live behind a single desktop icon.”

Edge Will Not Support Silverlight

The new browser called “Edge” in Windows 10 will be really stripped down, and that is a good thing!

Microsoft confirms its new Edge browser won’t support Silverlight

Windows Central – By: John Callaham – “Microsoft has already announced that its new Microsoft Edge web browser in Windows 10 will not be using many of the features that were a part of its old Internet Explorer browsers. That includes support for ActiveX-based plug-ins. Today, Microsoft confirmed that the ditching of ActiveX also means Edge won’t support the company’s own Silverlight web-based media player.

In a blog post. Microsoft said:

‘Support for ActiveX has been discontinued in Microsoft Edge, and that includes removing support for Silverlight. The reasons for this have been discussed in previous blogs and include the emergence of viable and secure media solutions based on HTML5 extensions. Microsoft continues to support Silverlight, and Silverlight out-of-browser apps can continue to use it. Silverlight will also continue to be supported in Internet Explorer 11, so sites continue to have Silverlight options in Windows 10. At the same time, we encourage companies that are using Silverlight for media to begin the transition to DASH/MSE/CENC/EME based designs and to follow a single, DRM-interoperable encoding work flow enabled by CENC. This represents the most broadly interoperable solution across browsers, platforms, content and devices going forward.’

Silverlight was first introduced in 2007 as an alternative Adobe’s Flash player for web-based media. It was most famously used by Netflix for its desktop streaming video service. The last major release was Silverlight 5 in 2011 and Microsoft has not indicated plans to release a major new version. Most sites have now abandoned Silverlight and Netflix is transitioning its web player to HTML5.”

Cisco to Buy OpenDNS

I use OpenDNS at home, and have for years… it is kinda cool that they are being acquired by Cisco, I just hope that the free service doesn’t change!

Cisco to buy cybersecurity firm OpenDNS in $635m deal

ZDNet – By: Charlie Osborne – “Cisco has announced its intention to purchase threat protection security firm OpenDNS in a deal worth $635 million.

Announced on Tuesday, the tech giant said the move will accelerate the development of the Cisco Cloud Delivered Security Portfolio, and OpenDNS will prove a boost to advanced threat protection services for Cisco clients.

In addition, the OpenDNS cloud delivered platform will give Cisco better visibility and more insight into the threat landscape.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will play $635 million in cash and equity awards, as well as ‘retention-based incentives’ for OpenDNS.

Cisco’s latest portfolio addition will be made in light of the Internet of Everything (IoE), linked to the Internet of Things (IoT) concept. With over 50 billion devices expected to become connected by 2020, the rush to create smart devices and appliances also gives threat actors a far wider reach and more opportunities to breach networks and break corporate security.

This is where cloud-based security solutions come in — bolt-on Software-as-a- Service (SaaS) models which can provide better security for the enterprise without requiring vast in-house teams or expertise.

‘In a world in which devices and people can connect from anywhere at anytime, enterprise IT teams have increasingly limited visibility into potential threats from these unmonitored and potentially unsecure entry points into the network, creating tremendous security risk,’ Cisco says.

‘Combining OpenDNS’ broad visibility, unique predictive threat intelligence and cloud platform with Cisco’s robust security and threat capabilities will increase awareness across the extended network, both on- and off-premise, reduce the time to detect and respond to threats, and mitigate risk of a security breach.’

The OpenDNS team, based in San Francisco, will join the Cisco Security Business Group organization led by David Goeckeler.

Hilton Romanski, Cisco chief technology and strategy officer said in prepared remarks:

‘As more people, processes, data and things become connected, opportunities for security breaches and malicious threats grow exponentially when away from secure enterprise networks. OpenDNS has a strong team with deep security expertise and key technology that complements Cisco’s security vision. Together, we will help customers protect their extended network wherever the user is and regardless of the device.’

The deal is expected to close in the first financial quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory approval.”

Dr. Bill.TV #387 – Video – “The Alexa Sasses Me Edition!”

Peppermint Linux Six is released. Turn your iPhone into a DSLR, a new 1 TB Playstation, Amazon Echo has been released to the public, Oracle signs a deal to hijack your browser for Yahoo! GSotW: SuperAntiSpyware! The Woz thinks that we will be AI’s pets!

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TechPodcasts Network

International Association of Internet Broadcasters

Blubrry Network

Dr. Bill Bailey.NET

SuperAntiSpware – Malware Search and Removal Tool for Your System


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Dr. Bill.TV #387 – Audio – “The Alexa Sasses Me Edition!”

Peppermint Linux Six is released. Turn your iPhone into a DSLR, a new 1 TB Playstation, Amazon Echo has been released to the public, Oracle signs a deal to hijack your browser for Yahoo! GSotW: SuperAntiSpyware! The Woz thinks that we will be AI’s pets!

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Will You Like Being a Computer’s Pet?

We’ll all be pets of computers, says the Woz! Yike!

Apple’s co-founder: We’re all going to be robots’ pets one day

Fortune – By: Benjamin Snyder – “Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks we’re all probably going to become robots’ pets.

Speaking at a recent technology conference, Wozniak said that at first the thought of artificially intelligent beings in charge of everything scared him. But now it’s a comforting thought.

Fast forward hundreds of years to when robots are in charge. At that time, humans will probably be treated in a similar fashion to dogs, Wozniak said during an event at the Freescale Technology Forum 2015 in Austin, Texas.

‘It’s actually going to turn out really good for humans,” he added. ‘And it will be hundreds of years down the stream before [artificially intelligent beings would] even have the ability.”

‘They’ll be so smart by then that they’ll know they have to keep nature, and humans are part of nature,” he continued. ‘So I got over my fear that we’d be replaced by computers.”

Wozniak believes robots will helps us because we’re the ‘gods originally.’

At the event, Wozniak also took the time to discuss the Internet of Things. He likes it, but cautioned that connected devices in the home have the potential to attack humanity.

Wozniak isn’t the only tech leader with thoughts on future human and robot interaction. In a recent interview with scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk warned that robots will use humans as pets once they achieve a level of artificial intelligence known as ‘superintelligence.”

They’ll treat humans like ‘pet Labradors,” he said.”

Geek Software of the Week: SuperAntiSpware!

SuperAntyiSpyware!And, speaking of malware!

SuperAntiSpware – Malware Search and Removal Tool for Your System

This one has spotted and fixed more malware than other malware attack systems that I have used. It is nice!

“SUPERAntiSpyware 6.0 will give customers a superior user experience, with improved scan times and enhanced real-time protection,” said Support.com president and CEO Elizabeth Cholawsky. “Over the last decade we have helped millions of loyal customers keep their computers safe. Their trust underscores that SUPERAntiSpyware 6.0 is among the industry’s best and most powerful defenses against spyware and malware.”

New Features

  • New User Interface – Simplified interface for easier navigation to the most commonly used features, and touch screen capable.
  • System Investigator – Shows what’s running on your PC in a new and exciting way. Customers and technicians can use this tool to quickly determine if a file on the system is potentially malware.
  • Faster scan speeds, smaller foot print, enhanced program stability and an expanded Help Menu to improve ease of use.
  • Receive scheduled scan results through the new e-mail alert system.

Advanced Detection and Removal

  • Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
  • Light on System Resources and designed not to slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Designed not to conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution!
  • Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!

Real-Time Protection

  • Real-Time Blocking of threats! Prevent potentially harmful software from installing or re-installing!
  • E-mail Notifications: Configure SUPERAntiSpyware to send you an e-mail with the results from specific actions. Monitor the health of PCs remotely (family members, computers in a small office, etc.)
  • Schedule either Quick, Complete or Custom Scans Daily or Weekly to ensure your computer is free from harmful software. Remove spyware automatically.

Oracle Signs a Deal With Yahoo to Hijack Your Browser!

Oracle / Yahoo HijackThis is evil at it’s worst! Oracle has signed a deal such that, if you download Java, during the install, if you are not VERY careful, and uncheck a box, the install will change your web browser search to Yahoo! Man! This is rotten on Oracle and Yahoo’s part. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to uninstall browser hijackers off friends computers! Grrrr!

The checkbox is checked by default, so users have to uncheck it to opt out of the Yahoo setting. Anyone rushing through a Java installation in an effort to get some piece of Web software working quickly could pass over this screen and accidentally reset their browser settings.

‘We have definitely made sure that our onboarding process is one that is highly transparent and gives users choice,’ a Yahoo spokesman said in an interview.

Oracle has bundled software with Java downloads for years. The deal with Yahoo replaces a previous exclusive deal with Ask.com.

Amazon Echo Has Been Released to the Public

Amazon EchoThis notice went out today about the Amazon Echo:

“Dear Customers,

Today, we are excited to announce that Amazon Echo is available to everyone.

We launched Echo as an invitation-only program in November to learn how customers would use and enjoy it most. The response has been overwhelming.

Echo was born from a simple idea: create a computer, controlled entirely by your voice. This idea required some incredible invention. It had to understand natural language requests, from many voices, from across a room, even when music is playing. It also needed to be informative, entertaining, and useful—while always getting smarter.

With seven microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo achieved this goal by enabling far-field voice recognition. And Alexa, our cloud-based voice service that powers Echo, provides information, music, news, weather, and more—and she is constantly learning new skills.

Since launch, we have added streaming music from Pandora, audiobooks from Audible, calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, Amazon.com re-ordering, control of connected devices such as lights and switches from WeMo and Philips Hue, and more. Many of these features are a result of feedback and suggestions from our customers—thank you.

I am excited by what the team has done in a short period of time with your help—and we’re just getting started. We hope you enjoy Amazon Echo.

Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO”

I have been “playing” with mine, and I should have a review for you this weekend on the show!

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