WindowsAndroid runs Google’s mobile OS natively on the Windows kernel

By Alexis Santos posted Jan 27th, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Sure, you could enjoy Android on your PC through dual-booting or virtualization, but the folks at Socketeq have whipped up yet another alternative: a port of Mountain View’s mobile OS, fittingly dubbed WindowsAndroid, that runs natively on the Windows kernel (under Vista, 7 and 8) instead of Linux. Not only does the operating system run speedily since its free of virtualization chains, but it serves up the appropriate tablet or smartphone UI based on window size, and plays nice with keyboards and mice, to boot. Socketeq’s solution serves up the full Android experience, but you’ll have to separately flash the Google apps that typically come baked in, according to Android Police. Ice Cream Sandwich is the freshest flavor of Android to have undergone the kernel-replacement treatment, and it’s currently being offered as a free “first-try” download at the source.

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Source: Socketeq

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The 5 biggest tech myths | Fox News

For an industry that’s based on math, science and engineering, technology sure spawns a surprising amount of myths.

Some of these myths are amusing or only mildly annoying. A relative might send you a chain email claiming that Microsoft will pay you cash to forward it on. Another rumor surfaces occasionally that Facebook is going to start charging users a subscription fee.

However, clinging to certain myths can cost you time and money. Let’s take a closer look at these serial offenders.

1. Macs never get viruses

Last year’s outbreak of the malicious Trojan called Flashback infected more than 600,000 Macs. The year before that, the fake anti-virus rogueware known as MacDefender also caused chaos for Mac users.

These high-profile security breaches were a wake-up call for Mac users who believed that Apple computers were immune to the viruses that plague PC users.

Apple once boasted in its ads that Mac users could relax and let the built-in defenses of OS X do all the heavy lifting to safeguard their data. The tech giant has since toned down that message.

Don’t let your purchase of a Mac lull you into a false sense of security. Like PC users, Mac users should make safe browsing and vigilant virus monitoring a top priority.

Download one of the excellent — and free — Mac security programs in my Security Center. And keep it up to date!

2. You get what you pay for with software

Even with budget systems available, computers are a sizeable investment. Fortunately, the software you install doesn’t have to add to the bill.

Modern computer users are lucky to have a vast and growing library of free, open-source software available. Open-source free software can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars over commercial programs without sacrificing essential features.

LibreOffice and Thunderbird, for example, are free programs that can effectively replace Microsoft Office and Outlook. GIMP is a popular free alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

Free software isn’t about all work and no play. VLC is one of the best media players available. It will handle nearly any video or movie format you throw at it, including DVD and Blu-ray.

Click here for a larger list of free software that you’ll love.

3. The more megapixels, the better the camera

Many consumers focus too much on megapixel count when buying cameras. A 16MP camera has to be better than a 12MP camera, right?

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The rest of the myths

via The 5 biggest tech myths | Fox News.

The Intermediate Guide to Mastering Passwords with LastPass

LastPass is easy, secure, and works across systems and browsers—it’s our favorite password solution. Here’s how to take LastPass further: force saving on uncooperative sites, manage notifications, “rate” your passwords, use two-factor authentication, and more.

If LastPass is intriguing, but you’ve not quite made the jump, consider our previous feature on why it works so darned well. Founding editor Gina Trapani also considers LastPass as the sweet spot between convenient and security, as detailed in this embedded entry from her Work Smart video series:

Once you’ve picked up the basics of importing and storing passwords, Secure Notes, and setting up your browsers with LastPass instead of insecure password storage, you can get more out of LastPass by exploring its features around the edges.

via The Intermediate Guide to Mastering Passwords with LastPass.

For a review and link to last pass

Security Holes Almost Everyone’s Vulnerable To

WEP/WPA Passwords on Your Router Are Easy to Crack

Chances are that your router is using either a WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) password or a WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) password. Unfortunetly, it’s pretty simple to crack a Wi-Fi network’s WPA password and a WEP password.

Both of these vulnerabilities exist for different reasons. In the case of WEP, it’s as simple as cracking the password with an automated encyrption program (and a lot of time), while in WPA, it’s more about a vulnerability in WPS (Wi-fi Protected Setup) on certain routers. This can be corrected by turning WPS off. If you can’t turn WPS off, you can install DD-WRT or Tomato so you can. DD-WRT should add a nice security layer to your home network.

via 5 Security Holes Almost Everyone’s Vulnerable To.

ScanNow for Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) | Rapid7

The free scanner checks whether your network-enabled devices might be vulnerable to attack through the UPnP protocol.

Recent research from Rapid7 revealed that around 40-50 million network-enabled devices are at risk due to vulnerabilities found in the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) protocol. UPnP enables devices such as routers, printers, network-attached storage (NAS), media players and smart TVs to communicate with each other. Three groups of security flaws in the protocol are exposing millions of users to remote attacks that could result in the theft of sensitive information or other criminal activity such as spying.

via ScanNow for Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) | Rapid7.

via ScanNow for Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) | Rapid7.