Flock Browser – Official End of Support

flock-icon-250x250The original Kingof social browsers is as good as dead. The Flock web browser will dieon April 26th. Back in January, we told you that Zynga Acquires Flock; May Take Social Gaming To A New Level. As you probably know, Zynga is the social gaming power-house behind Farmville, Mafia Wars and a dozen other popular social games.

What wasn’t expected by many Flock users, was that they’d be abandoned so quickly, without anything to take Flock’s place. I just received my End of Supportletter today. Apparently they made the announcement on April 13th.

Flock said the following it their FAQ:

Flock will no longer be actively maintained, which means you can keep using the product, but key features will stop working after 4/26/11 and over time the browser will no longer be secure as software updates and upgrades will no longer be provided.

Here was one of the immediate responses from the Flock faithful.

David S: This sucks big time! Zynga’s decision to shut down this fabulous browser is an outrage and should be condemned. I have officially boycotted all other Zynga products and encourage others to do so as well. … I curse the day they purchased the property …

Since Zynga has decided to kill the Flock browser, what do they recommend that their users do now? Here’s what they said:

There are many browser choices. We recommend either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

I think most people expected that Zynga/Flock would work on a new browser that is designed to work with social gaming. All bets are off now, but if you still want to use a good social web browser, I’d recommend Rockmelt, which gives you built-in access to Facebook and Twitter.

Speeding Ticket? Give Us All Your Cell Phone Data

The Michigan State Police have been testing a high-tech device that can be used to extract information from cell phones. The CelleBrite UFED is able to copy most of the data on over 2500 different mobile devices, often in less than 2 minutes. A sales brochure says this device offers the following:

cellebright-ufedThe UFED system extracts vital information from 95% of all cellular phones on the market today, including smartphones and PDA devices (Palm OS, Microsoft, Blackberry, Symbian, iPhone, and Google Android). Simple to use even in the field with no PC required, the UFED can easily store hundreds of phonebooks and content items onto an SD card or USB flash drive.

For nearly three years, the ACLU of Michigan (American Civil Liberties Union), has repeatedly asked what the State Police were doing with the UFED. So far, their FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests have been delayed or ignored by Michigan officials.

An ACLU spokesman says:

policemanThrough these many requests for information we have tried to establish whether these devices are being used legally. It’s telling that Michigan State Police would rather play this stalling game than respect the public’s right to know.

The ACLU fears that the next time you get stopped for speeding in Michigan, you’ll be handing over your cell phone, and your entire mobile history, to the nice officers.

Check out this video of the Cellebrite in action on CSI NY. Deleted cellphone data isn’t really deleted?


More New Easter Screensavers

[Windows Only]

Last week, I announced the addition of 4 new Easter screensavers at NewFreeScreensavers, and I thought I might be posting too early. I was right, because they’ve added 9 more Easter themed screensavers. Take a look for yourself. Don’t be afraid to grab one or two. The screensavers there are always safe to install.



There are plenty of free screensavers and wallpapers on the net, but you have to be careful to visit only safe websites when you are looking for them. As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

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W i n d o w s 7 t h e m e s?

easter-themeSpring is here. If you have Windows 7, be sure to check out the Easter Desktop theme. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still snag the wallpapers by using this trick.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Beware of the Fake System Tool


The other day, I spotted a warning at the Microsoft Malware Protection Center. They presented some great information about a piece of malware called    Winwebsec,  which is more commonly seen as “System Tool“. Apparently it’s popping up more often now, so I decided to put out a warning to our readers.

I’ve actually run into this one before, while fixing some of my friends and family’s computers. It wasn’t much trouble to get rid of at the time, but I’ve read that some of the newer versions are more difficult to remove.

An infected computer will start getting fake warnings like the one shown here. These warnings are very realistic. Their purpose is to try to fool you into buying some more fake software that will make things even worse for you.


I looked around and I found one or two good articles that tell you how to remove the fake System Tool, but I decided to put together my own little guide.  Below you’ll find a slideshow that I’ve put together. It will give you a better idea of what to look for and some suggestions on how to remove this Fake System Tool.

If you can’t see the slideshow here, you can view it at Google.  For those interested, here are some cool technical details about this infectious fake.

Splashtop OS – New Version for Laptops and Netbooks

Are you tired of waiting for Windows to boot up? Let’s say that you are on the road and you want to stop briefly at a wifi hotspot to check on directions or weather. What might take you 3 or 4 minutes in Windows, can easily be done in less than a minute in the Splashtop OS (operating system).

Previous to the latest version of Splashtop, you either had it installed from the factory, or you didn’t. Now Splashtop can be installed on many Windows laptops and netbooks.

According to the website:

If your device is not one of the currently supported platforms … , you can still install and try Splashtop OS you will be given a pre-boot menu with the option to launch Windows (default) or Splashtop OS.

I’ll show you how easy this OS is to install, but first, take a look at Splashtop in action:

Local Player – Plays Your MP3 Collection in Chrome Browser

I’m sure you all have your favorite music players. Why would you even need to play your MP3 collection using a web browser? I found one good reason. Recently, I was testing Splashtop, an operating system (similar to Browser Linux) that doesn’t have a music player installed. All I had was the Chrome browser. I was inspired to take a look in the Chrome Web Store for a solution, and that’s how I found Local Player.

Here are the main features:

  • A music player in your browser for LOCAL FILES.
  • Drag mp3/ogg files from file browser into the window.
  • You can also add files from a file dialog, which appears when you click the ‘+’ button.
  • You’ll find the file names show up, and the player will automatically start playing.
  • If you double-click a file name in the file list, it’ll play that file.
  • Supported file types – mp3, ogg, aac, and m4a

Once installed, you’ll find the app shown by it’s icon in Chrome’s New Tab page.


The player controls are easy to figure out. Everything you need is there, including Forward, Back, Pause/Play, Progress, Volume, Random Play, Repeat and Color Themes. I chose the dark theme, as you can see in the image below.

24 Funny Venn Diagrams from Across the Net

Have you seen diagrams like these before? For those of you who feel asleep in Math class, they are known as Venn Diagrams.

The internet is often a funny place. It’s not surprising that a few people have taken something as boring as superset logic and made it into a new form of entertainment. Here are 24 Funny Venn Diagrams that were gleaned from the internet by someone I know.

Beware of Facebook Chat-Jacking Scams

How would you like it if someone was pretending to be you, so that they could rip off your friends? Yesterday, Keith warned us about the Photoshop scam at Facebook, I’ve decided to fill you in on some of the details about this type of  Facebook scam.  So what is Chat-Jacking and why should you care?

What is Chat-Jacking?

While in Facebook, you might get a message from a friend that goes something like this:

10 Free April Fools Day Screensavers

[Windows Only]

Do you like a good joke? April Fools day is coming up and you need to get ready. One good prank is to secretly install a joke screensaver on your friend’s or family’s computer. Your only problem is finding the right time to install it without the victim finding out before you spring your surprise.

Below are a few of the April Fool screensavers at NewFreeScreensavers.com, and first up, I’ll show you

TeamViewer – Best Desktop Sharing App for Linux

Have you ever had to help someone with their computer over the phone or using text chat? It’s not easy. You can’t be sure that they are in the right place, doing what you want them to do. That’s why remote desktop (screen) sharing applications are so great.

These applications are called by a variety of names such as, remote access, remote support, remote desktop, screen sharing, and desktop sharing. The main idea behind them is that they allow one computer to see another computer’s screen over a network or the internet.

My wife and I have many friends and relatives that come to us for PC help and advice. We’ve used a number of desktop sharing apps over the years and discovered that TeamViewer is one of the best, and it’s free!

Since I’ve been spending a lot of time using Linux lately, I was happy to find that TeamViewer is also available for Linux, as well as Windows, Mac and Smartphones. It’s almost as good as being there, because I can control the remote computer as if I were sitting directly in front of it. When I need to, I can change the direction to show my PC’s screen to the other person. It even makes it easy to share files with the person on the other end.

This image below shows how simple it is to set up. (click image to enlarge it)