Tech news – August 18th 2012 to August 27th 2012:

Tech news – August 11th 2012 to August 17th 2012:

I’m a big fan of the web app Remember the Milk. I love how flexible it is at letting you manage your tasks the way you want. One of the biggest struggles in any system you use is ubiquitous capture. That is, being able to capture an idea or task where ever you are.

A while back, I got to thinking that it would be really cool if I could quickly create a task in Remember the Milk (RTM) via SMS. RTM on the various mobile platforms is great but this way is even faster (for me at least) and you can do it from any SMS enabled phone. The magic that let me realize this dream is the wonderful IFTTT (If this then that) service.  It isn’t hard to set up as long as you have all the right pieces in place.

The things you’ll need are: Your RTM inbox address, an SMS capable phone, a Gmail account and an IFTTT account.

So, to get started, you’ll need your RTM inbox address. Get that by looking in the info tab of the settings section.

Next, go over to IFTTT and create an account if you haven’t already. Then click on Channels and go through the set up process to create an SMS channel and a Gmail channel.

Once all that is set up, head over to my channel You’ll need to put your RTM inbox address in the “To Address” field. That’s all your really have to do. It isn’t necessary to alter the body section. New SMS’s will go right into you RTM inbox.

Personally, I have other ways my RTM is set up so I don’t like email going into the inbox if there is no need. No reason to clear out a second inbox if I don’t have to. I have a catchall list called Central so I like to use that. I also like to automatically make these next actions so I pre-populate the tags section. You can add several tags separated by comma.

This is all based on the syntax RTM uses for mailed in tasks. More details on that if you haven’t used it is here:

So for example, this is how I have the Body section of my IFTTT channel filled out:

List: Central<br>
Tags: next<br>

Hope this helps you be more productive!

Tech news – August 8th 2012 to August 11th 2012:

Tech news – August 5th 2012 to August 7th 2012:

  • Amazon Quietly Closes Security Hole After Journalist’s Devastating Hack | Gadget Lab |
    – Nathan Olivarez-Giles
    Amazon closed a privacy hole on Monday that previously allowed hackers access to Amazon accounts over the phone using just a name, email address and mailing address — three pieces of information easily found for many on the web. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired
    Amazon changed its customer privacy policies on Monday, closing security gaps that were exploited in the identity hacking of Wired reporter Mat Honan on Friday.
    Previously, Amazon allowed people to call in and change the email address asso…  show all text

  • Please turn on two-factor authentication
    – Matt Cutts
    You should read Mat Honan’s heartbreaking tale of a hack attack and the ensuing discussion on Techmeme. Much of the story is about Amazon or Apple’s security practices, but I would still advise everyone to turn on Google’s two-factor authentication to make your Gmail account safer and less likely to get hacked.
    Two-factor authentication means “something you know” (like a password) and “something you have,” which can be an object like a phone. Here’s a simple video about how it works:

    I often  show all text

  • How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab |
    – Mat Honan
    Meet Mat Honan. He just had his digital life dissolved by hackers. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired. Illustration: Ross Patton/Wired
    In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook….  show all text

  • Chart of the day, HFT edition | Felix Salmon
    – Felix Salmon
    This astonishing GIF comes from Nanex, and shows the amount of high-frequency trading in the stock market from January 2007 to January 2012. (Which means that the Knightmare craziness of last week is not included.)
    The various colors, as identified in the legend on the right, are all the different US stock exchanges. You might think there are only two stock exchanges in the US, but you’d be wrong: there are only two exchanges where stocks are listed. There are many, many more exchanges where …  show all text

  • 41 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know
    – Lauren Drell
    Women comprise 47% of the U.S. workforce, but just 25% of the STEM workforce. While the tech sector has a reputation of being occupied by white males, women are making a go at careers in STEM fields.
    The success of prominent female leaders such as Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer are bringing more attention to women in the tech sphere. But beyond the Sandbergs and the Mayers, there's a crop of women who are not only leading, but also launching tech startups. Below, we highli…  show all text

  • One Race, Every Medalist Ever
    Usain Bolt’s 9.63 set an Olympic record in the 100. So how far ahead of every Olympic medalist is he?

  • Twitter / MarsCuriosity: No photo or it didn’t happen? …
    Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.

  • Apple Support Allowed Hacker Access to Reporter’s iCloud Account – Mac Rumors
    – Arnold Kim
    On Friday, Wired writer Mat Honan recounted the tale of how his iCloud account was hacked which resulted in his iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air getting remote wiped. The point of entry appeared to be his iCloud account which was then used to gain access to Gmail and then his and former-employer Gizmodo's Twitter accounts.
    At 4:50 PM, someone got into my iCloud account, reset the password and sent the confirmation message about the reset to the trash. My password was a 7 digit alphanumeric that I …  show all text

  • MPG – OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion – OS X Mountain Lion: Data Loss via ‘Save As’

  • Emptyage — Yes, I was hacked. Hard.
    So maybe you saw my Twitter going nuts tonight. Or you saw Gizmodo’s Twitter account blow up. Or you saw this in AllThingsD. Or this in the DailyDot. Although embarrassing, Twitter was the least of it. In short, someone gained entry to my iCloud account, used it to remote wipe all of my devices, and get entry into other accounts too. 
    Here’s what happened:
    At 4:50 PM, someone got into my iCloud account, reset the password and sent the confirmation message about the reset to the trash. My passwo…  show all text

Tech news – July 31st 2012 to August 4th 2012:

  • Zuckerberg’s No Longer a Top 10 Tech Billionaire
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a tough week: His sister went to work for his top competitor, Google, his company's stock price hit a new low and now he h

  • Cleaning up Microsoft’s Metro mess | ZDNet
    Summary: Microsoft's explanation that Metro was a "code name" is laughably bad spin. The company's sudden decision to throw the term down the memory hole is strange, and developers deserve a full, honest explanation of the reasons behind the change.

  • Edelman Appoints Adam Hirsch SVP, Emerging Media and Technology | Edelman Digital
    – Edelman Digital
    Edelman DigitalFormer Mashable COO Will Aid Edelman Digital in Identifying New Potential Opportunities for Clients and Firm
    August 2, 2012, NEW YORK, NY: Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, announced today that Adam Hirsch will join Edelman Digital as senior vice president of Emerging Media and Technology, effective August 6th. In the newly created position, Hirsch will help operationalize new partnership opportunities, platforms and technologies on behalf of Edelman Digital’s c…  show all text

  • Huffington makes her tablet magazine free, after five issues | Capital New York
    The magazine, O'Brien announced during a companywide meeting Wednesday afternoon, has switched to an unpaid model.

  • Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone
    – Brandon LeBlanc
    Today, I am excited to announce that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)! This means we’ve completed the product development and testing of the product and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they’ll introduce starting with General Availability. For more on RTM, I suggest reading this blog post from Steven Sinofsky on the Building Windows 8 blog.

    So when will folks be able to get their hands on …  show all text

  • Sign In
    Powerful free e-mail with security from Microsoft – Windows Live Hotmail is a best in class e-mail service that helps you organize and manage all your online stuff in one place

  • Twitter Blog: Our approach to Trust & Safety and private information
    – Twitter
    We want to take a moment to explain some of our general Trust and Safety policies and procedures, and address the specific case at hand that has unfolded over the past 48-hours (we normally don’t address matters pertaining to individual accounts for the privacy of the account, but here the relevant communications are now public). When our Trust and Safety team receives a report from a user explaining that his/her private personally-identifiable information has been posted on Twitter, we invest…  show all text

  • From Twitter – Windows 8 Released to Manufacturing today
  • The Twitter Hijacking of Stocktwits $ …The Cashtag | Howard Lindzon
    – Howard
    It’s interesting that Twitter has hijacked our creation of $TICKER ie. $AAPL. It only took four years to ‘fill‘ this hole, though a few months back they told me in a detailed email it was not a hole they wanted to fill.
    You can hijack a plane but it does not mean you know how to fly it.
    Twitter is about advertising dollars. They have $1 billion of venture money on the line. Lot’s of pressures I am not interested in.
    Go check out $HIT or $WAG (walgreen’s) on Twitter search or thousands of other …  show all text

  • Jonah Lehrer Resigns From The New Yorker After Making Up Dylan Quotes for His Book –
    Mr. Lehrer said in a statement announcing his resignation: "The lies are over now. I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologize to everyone I have let down, especially my editors and readers."

  • NBC’s No. 1 Tweeting Critic Has Been Suspended From Twitter
    Guy Adams is The Independent's Los Angeles bureau chief. During the Olympics so far, he has carved out a nice spot on the how-much-NBC's-coverage-sucks beat. Now his Twitter account has been suspended&mdash;supposedly because NBC had it cut off after he complained: