Programming and Tech Tips For All To Use

Programming and Tech Tips For All To Use

Programming and technology points have been rather prevalent and important to explore over the years. There is a clear need to take a look at such programming plans can be used in any spot though. There are a few sensible tips that may be used today in order to help people understand what is required of them when getting their setups ready for whatever it is they want to create and establish. These are all sensible tips that can work wonders for anyone these days. 


Code analysis programs are always helpful.
 
Code analysis programs are being used these days to help with testing out the codes that are being used in computers and if they are actually active and functional as desired. Programs like Klocwork, Polyspace, Pretty Diff and Black Duck Suite have been big hits with many who want to find ways to get their programming efforts to be as easy to handle as possible. All programmers need to take a look at what code analysis programs are available for use in their environments. Of course, these will vary based on what is available for use.

Always check the code before troubleshooting anything.

The most important tip to use is to check the code before any troubleshooting activities can take place. This is to ensure that there are not going to be any problems coming out of a program that could only be made worse if some professional troubleshooting functions are managed at any time.

Work with the Final variable.

The Final keyword needs to be used when drafting variables the right way. This is to see that values of items cannot be set more than once after they start running. This can be used to keep the items in the website as consistent and accurate as possible so nothing wrong can happen with them being used at a given time.

Use only one side effect at a time.

It is typically best to stick with one side effect at a given time. Side effects refer to what happens in addition to getting certain values ready in the programming process. It is best to keep the programming process as simple as possible in this case.

Create more accurate and direct names.

Finally, all processes must be used with their own unique and specific names. This is to ensure that the process of generating data will not be all that hard to handle. If the right plans are created in this case then the overall process of coding items will be a little easier for all to work with.

Watch for cut and paste processes.

While cut and paste processes may be useful and can help anyone to save time in the process of getting items ready, you need to be rather cautious. Use cut and paste if the program is a little easier to work with and is not going to be far too complicated. If the program is going to be easier to read though cut and paste processes then it should be just fine as it is. The key is to ensure that the programs being used are as easy to handle as demanded and will not be all that tough to use.

Programming and tech processes are all fascinating things for people to take a careful look at when it comes to finding ways to get a program to really stand out and to work as well as it needs to. The right plans must be established as a means of getting anything to work properly and with more than enough control as needed. After all, a good code setup needs to be designed to keep anything running with ease and clarity in mind.


Author Bio

David Miller is an educational researcher who has several years of experience in the field of teaching, online testing and training. He is associated with prestigious universities and many leading educational research organizations. Currently, he is pursuing research in eLearning software and is also a contributing author with ProProfs.

Free Apps That Can Save Your Money


Free Apps That Can Save Your Money

It is estimated that 96% of the world’s population (7.1 billion) or 6.8 billion are mobile users, according to the February 2013 report of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This represents a 13.3% increase over the 6.0 billion of 2011 and higher by 25.9% than the 5.4 billion subscribers in 2010. There was also an increase on time spent by the average US mobile user from 2 hrs and 38 minutes daily in March of 2013 to 2 hrs and 42 minutes daily as of March of 2014 as reported by Flurry news.

In addition to the huge number of mobile users, there is also the sheer number of mobile applications available on various App stores. From the  iTunes App store alone, downloaded Apps reached50 billion for the Month of May in 2013. And out of the 2 hrs and 42 minutes time spent on mobile devices, 86%of them were spent on downloaded Apps, a clear evidence of how Apps have dominated the mobile world.

In general, mobile Apps are supposed to make life easier. There are business Apps that literally put your business in your pocket. There are also apps that revolutionize learning and Apps for pure pleasure and leisure such as Apps to download music,movies and games, Apps to connect with friends  and more. What adds to the universal acceptance of Apps is the availability of free Apps, some of which make saving money easy.

Let’s look at these money saving free Apps:

* Pic2shop, MySuperList & Idealo

These are barcode readers or scanners that allow you to compare prices of what you need and get them at the cheapest price from a specific retailer. These Apps usually have an extensive database of products from a multitude of local and online retailers.

Pic2Shop is the pioneer barcode scanner and is one of the few Apps that can read barcodes even without autofocus on all Android and iPhone models. Meanwhile, MySuperlist has added features that allow you to enjoy cash backs and set price alerts.

* Spendometer

This is one of the best free mobile Apps for saving money. It’s a brilliant budgeting App that makes daily cash management easy and simple. You can create a budget, input your spending and generate a spending report on it. The Spendometer can also generate the data on how much cash is on hand and how much has already been spent on a weekly or monthly basis. All you need to do is input all your spending and Spendometer will do the rest.

* Skype

Skype save you on phone bills. It is a free App that allows you to send a message or make a call, even a video call for free. You can even send photos of any size to friends, family and associates without paying an exorbitant fee For Multi-Media Messaging Services. And you can do all these wherever you are or whenever you want to as long as there is an Internet connection.

* Livingsocial

Livingsocial offers huge discounts on vacations, gyms, spas, restaurants, live performances and events and more in your area as well as in the whole of Australia. Daily discount deals are available and you can buy directly using your mobile device. You can enjoy an active social life at very little cost with Livingsocial.

Conclusion
We have mentioned a few apps only, there are many apps but they're are all not free of charge. If you know any other apps that will save your money let us know by commenting on this post.

What Security Professionals Can Learn From The 5-Year Old Xbox Hacker

What Security Professionals Can Learn From The 5-Year Old Xbox Hacker
Sometimes news of poor security hits and it sends the whole web-o-sphere into panic. Heartbleed was an example of one such story. Other times, one can't help but to get a laugh out of weak security. A story that hit last week worth a laugh involved an Xbox account being hacked not by a teenager with a lot of time on his hands, not by a world class hacker or cyber criminals, but by a five year old kid who wanted to play some games he didn't have access to.

Shortly after Christmas last year, the child's parents caught him playing games on the Xbox that he shouldn't have been able to play, having somehow hacked his father's account to buy any game he pleased.

When asked how he broke into the account, the method used turned out to be... well, kind of ridiculous. He had tried guessing a password to his father's account. When that didn't work, he was taken to a password verification screen where... he hit the space-bar a bunch of times and logged in.

Interestingly, Microsoft actually offers a $10,000 bounty to hackers who can crack their system. Given that this seems to have been more of a fluke than a targeted hack, the family didn't get to reap the rewards, but it's kind of funny that educated, technical-minded hackers looking for backdoors and weak points have nothing on a little kid who really wants to play Minecraft.

Microsoft has fixed the hack, so don't bother trying to score some free games. In the future, a few tips that security professionals might want to keep in mind:
  • Don't Just Rely on Professionals
A professional coder is thinking from a professional perspective. They're not looking for dumb hacks that any five year old kid could employ, they're looking for, well, a challenge. When you put a $10,000 bounty on finding security flaws, hackers are looking for a ten thousand dollar hack.
  • Keep a Five Year Old on the Payroll
Child labor laws probably won't allow this, but rewarding children and casual gamers who can hack the system with free games or whatever prizes are appropriate to your website or gaming service wouldn't be a bad idea. You never know who's going to discover your weak points, so extending bounties to anyone who can find them can help to bring these weaknesses to light in the future.
  • Double Verification Can be Annoying, but Necessary
We might not like typing our credit card number in for every single purchase, but adding an extra security wall after login, at least where money is involved, can help to prevent unauthorized payments, so that even if someone can hack your Xbox Live or Steam account, they won't necessarily be able to make purchases in your name.

"Sometimes security science may seem like it's more, well, art than science," said Jason Hope, tech expert (https://medium.com/@jasonhope) "but with a rigorous approach to developing and testing systems for passwords, verification and online signatures, it's not impossible to build a rock-solid security setup." The five year old hacker doesn't get to keep all the games he bought, but if he keeps at it, he may one day land a job as a professional White Hat hacker. Companies like Sony and Facebook are known to hire professional hackers on a part time and full time basis in order to explore their security systems' flaws and offer tips to improve their verification processes.

Fortunately, it doesn't seem as if the hack has been discovered prior to now, as nobody seems to be coming forward with stories of having their accounts hijacked with the spacebar hack. Most of all, the whole affair has just been a little embarrassing for Microsoft, who generally has a better track record than this when it comes to online security.

In the aftermath of this, it's easy to imagine hundreds of gamers trying similar hacks on the PlayStation Network, Steam and Xbox Live in hopes of scoring a bounty, or at least a few games.

How to Send a Fax the Oldschool Way

How to Send a Fax the Oldschool Way
There are a few daily tasks at work that most of us try to avoid like the plague. One of the biggest offenders is the dreaded fax machine. What should be simple, is always an endless nightmare.

Well no worries! This sarcastic infographic takes you step by step through the grueling task of fighting with the fax machine just to send a measly signature form to a client a few cities over, poking fun at all of the headaches that occur along the way. From unhelpful tech support to paper jams and exploding toner, we’ve seen it all when it comes to conventional fax.

Luckily, step number five will finally give you all the answers you’ve been looking for - the online fax. In this final step you will do away with the bulky equipment, limiting landlines, and endless paper cuts, and switch over to the simple yet ever so effective online fax.

This infographic is brought to you by FindAFax.com.

Tread Carefully When Choosing A Content Management Solution For Your Business


Tread Carefully When Choosing A Content Management Solution For Your Business

Planning a company’s website strategy can be a tough. If you’re trying to decide on a content management system as the foundation to your organisation’s online presence, you’ve probably trawled through many possible options.

So what features are important? What CMS is right for your needs? Here’s some ideas to point you in the right direction:

What Are Your Goals?
How much content are you going to be publishing? What is the strategy for getting that content in front of your potential customers? If you’re leaving publication in the hands of your staff, then you need to consider ease of use. If you’re employing an outside company to help you, you need to consider the industry standard options. Once you’ve picked a CMS, you’re going to find it a real headache to change course if the feature set doesn’t allow for future expansion, or doesn’t offer the ease of use you require from day one.

Decide On A Budget
Open source software will offer huge savings over a proprietary system. You’ll have a wider range of customisation options and the opportunity to tailor every detail to your own needs. Open source solutions like Wordpress also allow you to tap into a huge pool of developer options, as this type of open source solution is hugely popular with a massive user base. On the flip side, a paid-for enterprise solution will likely be less customisable and cost more in terms of both monthly outlay and technical development, but will come with very strong security features and dedicated support staff for more complex applications.

Check Out The Competition
If large corporate organisations are using a particular CMS with a high frequency, it’s a good sign it’s a safe option. You need to know that your solution will be supported for years to come and that it has an active user base, or you could be left in the dark if it falls out of favour with developers and designers.

Behind The Scenes
Before you dive in and sign up for a CMS, you need to understand that the hosting required may differ in terms of software requirements and ease of set up. Not every CMS will work with every type of programming language, especially where databases are concerned. You need to make some investigations about this before you enter into a long contract with your hosting company.

Can You Use The CMS For Marketing Campaigns?
CMS systems from companies like Siteglide feature complex and comprehensive tools for managing your marketing campaigns. For more information please refer to : http://www.siteglide.com. If you need the ability to send emails, monitor your results and manage secure areas and ecommerce, then you might be better signing up for a paid-for, enterprise style service.

Can You Migrate?
It shouldn’t be a huge issue, but it’s worth making some checks to determine if your current content can be easily migrated and organised on the new CMS. This could be a potential headache that leaves you with unacceptable amounts of downtime and chaos.

Choosing a CMS for your business is a process that requires some careful planning and consideration. Check the competition, weigh up the available options, and only make a decision after you’ve checked out all of the options.

Wendy Lin is a freelance writer who specialises in guest blogging. She is a CIO of 2 businesses and is also a watercolour painter.

Which Phone To Buy? The HTC One M8 Or The IPhone 5S?

Which Phone To Buy? The HTC One M8 Or The IPhone 5S?
Once upon a time, the choice between Android phones and Apple’s flagship product were clear cut: If you wanted a well made premium phone, you chose Apple.

That sounds harsh, and whilst Android fans have constantly pointed to the greater openness and customisation options of Google’s OS, the truth was that really good, well finished phones didn’t really exist. Sure, you could find something powerful, but there were few handsets that came anywhere near the build quality of an iPhone.

That’s started to change in recent years, and arguably the nicest looking Android phone of late was the the HTC One. This year, its replacement, the HTC M8 is good enough to directly challenge Apple’s iPhone 5C. Which is the best though?

The Outside Specs
Both phones are available in only 3 colours. These colours are all relatively similar. In addition, the bodies are both machined from metal. The comparison ends there though, and the iPhone is much smaller and lighter than the HTC M8, in the main, due to the iPhone’s much smaller screen size.

That’s not a criticism of either phone. It just depends on your preferences. Android is going large screen crazy, and for now at least, the iPhone is the handset for those who want to keep their device to a more one-handed, pocketable design.

If you ignore the size differences, these two phones are equally well made, although slightly different in design. The HTC is curvy and smooth, whilst the iPhone is angular and sharp.

Hardware
The smartphone war of specs has meant that in reality, once you start paying the top prices for a handset, the hardware is all so similar that it feels exactly the same in operation. You could argue all day about which phone is more powerful, but to be honest, both of these phones are as good as it gets in terms of cutting edge technology.

Even their screens are similar in quality, except for the fact that if you want to watch movies and play games, the HTC has a huge size advantage ver the iPhone. another HTC win comes in the Micro SD card slot, which means you can quickly and cheaply upgrade the phone’s storage capacity.

This could be a deal breaker in itself when you consider a pay-as-you-go iPhone with 64GB of internal memory costs a staggering £700! A micro SD card of similar volume will only cost a few month’s worth of iPhone insurance premiums in comparison.

Camera
When it comes to the camera, the iPhone is the clear winner. It’s better in daylight, low light and everything in between. The HTC does have some interesting effects though, and it’s a novel implementation of a smartphone camera.

Battery
The HTC does have a much larger battery than the iPhone, but it’s also a more power hungry phone to run. Expect both handsets to last an equal length of time.

Which Should You Buy?
If you watch movies or play games, the HTC is the better choice. The iPhone is quite overpriced for its size, despite packing in similar hardware specs. If you’re keen on keeping your phone size down, and you take a lot of photos, the iPhone is the better handset. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with either of these amazing smartphones.

Wendy Lin is a guest blogger and entrepreneur. She has spoken at many women's rights conferences and "women in the workplace" events.

A Look At The HostGator Web Hosting Service

A Look At The HostGator Web Hosting Service

The HostGator web hosting company has a reputation within the industry for providing best hosting services. It has specialized in reseller and budget products that enable the operatives to increase the profitability of their businesses. The organization was started in 2002 and was primarily based in Dallas within Texas, USA. Their hosting is undertaken primarily from the jurisdiction but they have an international perspective. The support network is particularly effective and they offer different options for their clients. Their reputation within the industry is virtually unmatched. Nevertheless you have to be prepared to pay that little bit extra in order to get the service. 

The Site Builder is a great bit of help to the users who are not experienced in the more technical aspects of their work. According to an Independent Review Panel, this was as good as it gets in terms of budget hosting.

Services: The HostGator web hosting service enables the client to transfer lots of data within the month. The support network is provided on a 24/7 basis and there are multiple channels for the purposes of communication. A strong network means that this service can help even larger businesses to improve their competitiveness. If you want to make use of the site builder then you have to pay a bit more. It uses the Red Hat Linux 9 platform which is great for handling large volume transactions. There is a stepped series of categorized services that start at Budget. They then move on to Dedicated Servers and Reseller products. You will not be short of web space if you decide to use this product. The critical elements in the delivery include template designs, an ENOM domain reseller account and WHM Auto-Pilot billing managers. There are no restrictions on the amounts of principal domains and subdomains that you can use.

The MySQL database is expansive. It perfectly complements the CRON, PHP 4.3.1 service as well as the Curl facilities. There is the GD. Spam Assassin which is useful if you want to control the amount of communication which is available to you. Finally you get RV-Skin and Fantastico perks. A C-Panel is used to control the operations of your business. The action list includes the DOT Project, Master Flex, PHP-Auction and Nucleus. You also get the OS-Ticket and the Coppermine Photo Gallery. A multi-language platform improves the international credentials of this product. You get a multi-theme skin management software package which is particularly effective. The customization model improves the usefulness of system. The usage policy is somewhat restrictive. For example you are required to pay an extra $2 in order to gain access to the site builder. That figure is attached to every single website. However a non-reselling account can use this service for free. The confusion is not helpful.

Pros: We love the email ticket service. Other communication perks include the instant messenger and toll free phone service. The members of the team are very conversant with the technical details.

Cons: There is absolutely no reason why anyone should pay extra in order to enjoy the privilege of the site builder. The company has lost a step in terms of giving flexibility to consumers.

Rating: The HostGator web hosting service gets 4 stars out of 5. They could get more if there is a coherent pricing strategy.

Jonathan Griffin is the editor of Best Host News, a site dedicated to reporting on web hosting related consumer news. He is particularly keen to provide a place where people can find honest and up to date information on hosting providers.

Microsoft's year of change

Microsoft's 2014 changes

On Feb 04, 2014, Satya Nadella was appointed as the new CEO of Microsoft, changing the future direction of Microsoft. The organization had to change, the technology industry itself changes everyday, technology is upgrade, reinvented or simply created from scratch. If an organisation is to thrive in the field of technology, it must adapt and most importantly, it must innovate staying constantly ahead of all it's competitors.

Microsoft's past success has been built on that ability to innovate. For 30 years they have led the creation of new technology, creating products that met consumer demand. Their technology facilitated better business, a trait that has seen them corner the enterprise technology market. That innovation is core to Nadella's appointment and is crucial for Microsoft as the company enters the next chapter in product innovation and growth. The forseeable future of technology will be cloud led, putting Microsoft in a strong position. Nadella was ultimately responsible for the companies strategic and technical shift to cloud, overseeing the development of one of the worlds largest cloud infrastructures, Windows Azure.

The future for Microsoft looks exciting, if not yet certain, but before we dream of flying DeLoreans and robot butlers, lets take a closer look at that past history that has taken Microsoft to where they stand today. Using the follow infographic developed by Firebrand Training, let us go on a whistle-stop tour looking at the history of Microsoft Technology. Take a look at the first desktop operating system, discover email management products you didn't know existed, and puzzle at what exactly a relation database management product is.

This article was written by , Technical Writer for Firebrand Training. Edward is tasked with servicing the information needs of the technology industry, and spends his days writing how-to guides, news and opinion articles.

Best Free Windows Disk Clean Up Tools



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 Nowadays everyone uses computers constantly, as they are inevitable part of our lives. Whether at work, at school or just for pleasure we are always downloading applications, playing our favourite games or simply surfing through internet.


If your free disk is full with programs, movies or other types of applications you definitely need an effective tool for cleaning up your free disk space. It is essential not to forget to do this regularly, otherwise the computer will not function properly or at least not with the desired speed.


For that purpose we offer to your attention some of the best clean up tools for your computer. They will help you to provide a full and extensive care of it, without causing any problems or damages to the free disk space

· PrivaZer v2.4

This is a new type of effective cleaning tool that ensures the peace that once you delete the information it is gone for good. It is a free PC cleaner that is accessible to all users who want to take advantage of this tool. It is compatible with XP, Vista, Win7 and Win8. Its smaller size of 3,6 mb makes it a desired choice for the users. Normally when you use your computer you always leave sensitive traces that makes the PC slower and reduces the free space available. Instead of using expert recovery software you can trust this perfect cleaning tool which will help you to clean the free disk in an immaculate manner.

· Wise disk cleaner

This disk cleaner is designed to delete the unnecessary files on your computer and by unnecessary files we mean all those junk files and temporary internet files. Wise disk cleaner possesses interface that is easy for use and helps you to wipe out all the junk files from the computer. In case you are advanced user you can customize some of the operations and to select manually the folders that you want to be cleaned up or to erase files with certain extensions. If you are a beginner you can use the program's default settings to clean up the system effectively. When using this cleaning tool you can erase the files forever or you can firstly place them into the recycle bin. A great advantage is that this tool works fast when both scanning for files and deleting files.

· Little registry cleaner

The little registry cleaner is an open source, whose purpose is to clean up Microsoft Windows Registry. It is compatible with Win2k, XP, Vista and Win7. It deletes unwanted and obsolete items that are built up in the registry over time and in that way it guarantees for the stability and performance of the computer. This cleaning tool has translations for 17 different languages and is 100% Freeware. Another advantage of this disk clean up tool is that is offers portable edition, that allows you to run it anywhere you want. It manages files that are executed once the windows starts. It automatically backups the registry by using windows and an internal database.

· CC cleaner

CC cleaner is a freeware system optimization and a privacy tool. It allows the Windows to work faster and frees valuable hard disk space. A very important feature of this cleaning tool is that it cleans traces of your online activities like your Internet history. It is fast and it is compatible with Win2k, XP, Vista, Win7 and Win8. The CC cleaner removes temp files and recent file lists from a variety of applications such as Media player, eMule, Toolbar and Microsoft Office.

These are one of the best free disk clean up tools that will help you to organize the files and applications on your computer devices in the best possible way. Make sure that you have download one of these cleaning tools, for the proper care of your computer.


Author Bio: Silvia Marks loves to write for new technology and cleaning. She runs a company which offers low Prompt home cleaning services. Her hobby is to maintain things clean and pretty.

How To Troubleshoot Google’s Local Ranking Failures?

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After having put in a lot of time and effort towards building a flawless website, it can be daunting to encounter a fallout in Google’s local ranking. The trauma of suffering from a lower Google local ranking can lead into a reduction in the company’s reputation as a whole.

Fortunately, when there are problems, there are solutions as well. The same goes for reduced Google local rankings as well. Being familiar with the steps for troubleshooting this issue, you can easily combat the local ranking failure for your website. So, without letting you wonder anymore, let me walk you through a tutorial that will outline the steps that can turn beneficial when it comes to troubleshooting a website’s falling Google local ranking.

Step 1- Check for reports of mass issues or bugs
 
Searching Google for Local Rankings


As the first and foremost step in troubleshooting low or lost Google local ranking, you must gain an instant access to reports that contain a collaborated list of issues that might be present in the website. Look out for any unresolved bugs that might be interfering with the Google local ranking of your website.

Talking about mass issues, the thing that you need to discover is whether a single issue is causing your website’s Google local ranking fallout or whether there are a number of issues causing the problem. You can start discovering this by visiting the Google and Your Business Forum where you can search for the problem you’re experiencing with your website. If you detect multiple threads reporting your identical issue, right from the time you’ve been encountering the problem, then there are good chances that a specific bug or a recent Google update might have been the reason for the problem. Once you’re clear on the issue, you can re-access the forum for related solutions that have been provided by experts.

Step 2- Check out for any Google Quality Violations 


One of the most significant reasons behind a lower Google Local ranking is a possible violation of Google’s quality guidelines. So, if you’re a bit dicey about having violated any Google standard, then it’s better to go through the Google Places Quality Guidelines and check out whether your website follows each one mentioned here or has violated anyone of the rules mentioned here.

Check whether mistakes have been made in relation to the naming of your business, phone number, address and other related components. Remember, breaking even a single Google rule can cost you a lot on your Google rankings. Hence, be sure your website hasn’t violated any of these rules.

Step 3- Watch out for any duplicate Google+ Local Listings

Google Duplicate Listings
Excluding multi-partner practices like law firms, hospitals, restaurants etc. every business is allowed to have just a single Google+ Local Page per location. If your business website has more than one Google+ Local Page, it is likely to cause a lower/lost Google local ranking. While sometimes, duplicate Google+ local listings are created intentionally, there are times when they are built by spammers for undertaking hazardous manipulations. In either of the cases, duplicate local listings can cause a considerable harm to the website under focus.

Components that allow you to detect local listing duplicates include the name of business, address, phone number, product/service categories and product/service descriptions. Even if you find it challenging to detect any variance, it is better to check your website for duplicate listings, especially if your website is facing local ranking issues.

Step 4- Discover Website Quality Issues

Spelling Grammar Punctuation

Yet another critical reason behind a lower/lost Google local ranking is a bad performing website. As an entrepreneur, it’s your website’s on-page quality and methods you use for marketing it that play a vital role in the local search rankings. While troubleshooting local ranking issues for your website, it is recommended to look into aspects including the following:
  • Is your website optimized for the local search engines?
  • Do your website’s title tags contain related keywords?
  • Does your website feature clear and crawlable navigation?
  • Do Google Webmaster Tools indicate 100% crawling of your website?
  • Does your website look professional or is it full of spelling and grammar errors. 

Wrapping Up
So, these were the 4 basic steps, which if followed seriously can allow you to troubleshoot the lost/low Google local ranking for your website. I’m sure you’d have found these steps easy-to-follow. Don’t forget being friendly with Google means a greater customer base. Hence, make efforts to ensure that your website is in sync with all the standards that form the basis of a well-defined search engine friendly website.

Please don’t forget to share your views/opinions on the above post. 

Author Bio:
Edword Jones is a web developer by profession and a writer by hobby and works for OSSMedia Ltd a leading Custom Joomla Development company. He loves sharing information regarding Drupal, Joomla, Magento and Wordpress development tips & tricks. If you are looking for Joomla Developers for Hire then just get in touch with him.

High Amounts of DDoS Attacks in 2013

Largest DDoS Attacks

The year of 2013 saw high amounts of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Beginning in March, finance, banking, and insurance companies were the focus of an assault that lasted for 14.6 days. Through the year, the attacks ranged from 20.6 hours to 5.4 hours at the end of the year.

The finance, banking, and insurance industries faced the brunt of these attacks towards the beginning of the year, whereas media and entertainment saw these types of attacks around the end of the year. The majority of attack vectors were User Datagram Protocol (UDP), SYN and Domain Name System (DNS).

The floods and the peak bandwidth ranged between 111gbps and 179gpbs. Some saw a peak attack of 144 million packets-per-second. These attacks focused on major corporations in the fields of finance, marketing, or politics, as well as various social media platforms and hubs. DDos attacks target massive online shops or host sites for independent sellers. It is a detriment to business and creates a lot of stress for those who fall prey to these forms of attacks.

Created by the marketing team at Prolexic Technologies.

The Most Audacious Hacks in Computer History

Audacious Hacks




When we think of warfare, most people will speak of the horror. Guns, tanks, bombs and explosions. Death and destruction everywhere. This is what war brings to people and to places.

However, there’s another form of warfare that is becoming increasingly prevalent and it can often be just as destructive as traditional war; cyber warfare.

Yes, computers are not only a powerful tool, but used by experts can be a powerful weapon too. The recent troubles with the Ukraine and Russia have highlighted cyber-attacks on Ukrainian computer networks. The sophisticated nature of the ‘Uroburos’ cyberweapon has led experts to believe it was designed to hack government and telecoms networks. Is it a coincidence that this weapon originated from Russia? Who can say, but it is not alone in being a way to disrupt people, businesses and countries as a malicious action.

Here are other examples of computer hacking which are noteworthy for their sheer audaciousness.

US Nearly Explodes Siberia. All of it.
The year is 1982. It is the height of the Cold War between the USA and Russia. The CIA and their Soviet equivalent, the KGB, were constantly trying to outdo each other. In one of the first examples of a Trojan Virus, the CIA added it to software the Russians stole and then used to monitor and regulate Russian gas pipelines. The software would lie in wait until the program finished running a specific number of commands (in this case, 10 million cycles).

After 10 million, it would change the program slightly. This occurred after several months, and then things got serious. The code instructed the software to run a pressure test at higher than normal levels. However, the CIA did not take into account that Russian engineering might not be equipped to handle it. The result was a pipeline explosion in Siberia that was so big it was 20% the strength of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

The Best Spy in the Business Wasn’t a Person
Traditionally, secret agents and spies were men and women who put their lives on the line for their government. It didn’t take long for someone to figure out a computer could probably do the same job.
Enter Flame. 20 megabytes of code that was programmed to spy on several countries in the Middle East. Flame had the ability to do the following:
  • Copy files
  • Capture screenshots
  • Download instant messaging logs
  • Turn on computer microphones and cameras remotely
Basically, it acted like James Bond in many ways. In fact, it was also programmed to project a specific cryptographic sequence known as a ‘prefix collision attack’ in case of detection. This means that is basically disguised itself (like any good spy) by convincing antivirus software that it was supposed to be there.

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The amazing thing is that if it did get detected, it would delete itself and all traces from a system. It managed to operate for five years until eventually discovered in Iran. They claimed that the US was responsible for the virus. The US has denied all knowledge so we may never know the truth.

This post was written by Jake Messer on behalf of HANDD, a company specialising in data loss prevention services, file encryption and managed file transfer.

6 Free Cleaning Apps You Must Have on Your Mac


As your Mac ages, you’ll probably begin to notice it becoming less efficient. The start-up process can begin to take longer, internet browsing can slow down, and applications that once ran smoothly can become jittery or laggy.

Cleaning Apps for Mac

The good news is that these problems are easy to address, all you need to do is download one of the many free professional Mac cleaning software packages and have it clear up your machine.

Here’s a list of the 6 best options out there for your consideration:

1. MacKeeper
MacKeeper doesn’t just provide a deep clean service for your Mac (removing redundant files and speeding it up), it also monitors all of the applications you use for updates and streamlines the process of downloading + installing them.

Keeping your programs up to date plays a key role in maximizing their efficiency. Furthermore, MacKeeper provides protection against all forms of malware designed to infect your Mac and steal your personal information / adversely affect its performance, making it the ultimate all-round Mac maintenance tool.

2. CleanMyMac 2
With a track record stretching for more than 4 years of providing top quality Mac software, this latest addition to the MacPaw inventory doesn’t disappoint.

Built on the successes of its predecessor, the software provides a quick and easy means of cleaning up any and all troublesome files sapping your valuable processing power. It’s easy to use and doesn’t intrude upon your day to day use of programs.

3. AppCleaner
AppCleaner focuses on helping you locate all of the hidden cache storages, redundant user preferences and installation protocols likely to be clogging up your machine, and then displaying them in a unique and intuitive interface that makes the process of eliminating them quick and easy.

There’s nothing fancy or flamboyant about the software, but the simple drag and drop nature of interacting with it means it’s appropriate for even the least tech-savvy users.

4. OnyX
OnyX is a multi-purpose tool aimed at helping you to not just speed up the performance of your machine, but streamline the way you use it by reconfiguring a large number of folders, menus and option settings to make everything more efficient.

Traditional Mac cleaning mechanisms such as the removal of redundant files are of course included, but there’s a whole host of additional general maintenance tools included as well.

5. AppleJack
AppleJack is a comprehensive suite of Mac recovery and restoration tools designed to help not just to speed up machines that are becoming sluggish, but recover those that have succumbed entirely to technical difficulties.

The program itself is designed to be a user-friendly troubleshooting assistant for Mac OS X, and can help you address issues, even if you’re struggling to load the GUI.

You can address virtually any issue from cleaning up useless files to restoring corrupt applications simply by installing the software and then restarting your Mac in Single User Mode.

6. EaseUS
One of the most basic packages on offer, EaseUS nonetheless constitutes an effective means of completely removing useless files and speeding up your machine.

There are no supplementary features or gimmicks, but it does what it is supposed to do, it’s easy to use, and most importantly it’s free!


Your Turn
Try them all and find out which one(s) work best for you, before leaving a comment below. If you feel our visitors should be aware of any other such programs, feel free to mention them too!

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8 Free Apps For Crime Fiction Lovers

Do you love everything to do with crime and mystery? Are you looking for criminal investigation adventures to enjoy on your iPhone or Android? Then look no further, and enjoy the 8 games we’ve outlined and reviewed below!

8 Free Apps For Crime Fiction Lovers

1. Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand That Feeds
In this game, you’re charged with helping Lamonte and Turino get to the bottom of a case involving the murder of Carmody Phelps at her home.

The game itself focuses on locating hidden objects and piecing them together in a manner that sheds light on the mystery, whilst the narrative is pretty engaging and the artwork is highly detailed.

Some of the things you must locate might seem a little odd at times, but you can always call on the help of forensics expert Will Sheng for guidance.

2. Crime City
In Crime City, the tables are turned, and instead of helping to track down and arrest criminals, you are responsible for mugging, murdering and extorting your way to the top of the criminal ladder.

The aim of the game is to accumulate gold bars, which serve as a gauge of your progress and a means to acquire more weapons / vehicles.

The multiplayer element also allows you to team up with your friends and produce crime syndicates to rival others, or simply to engage in rampages against your peers in a bid to establish your dominance.

3. Crime Inc
Crime Inc. operates according to many of the same principles as Crime City, but instead of visually coordinating your criminal efforts from a bird’s eye view of the city, you do so via a series of shady, darkened room interactions with fellow mobsters.

Each successful completion of a criminal operation will boost your respect rating and bring you closer to the boss, opening up greater entrepreneurial opportunities.

Again, you can team up with or set out to destroy your friends online, a notion that has proved very appealing to the player base yielding well over 10 million active users.


4. Unlikely Suspects
Unlikely Suspects adds a quirky 70s twist to the familiar Cluedo / Clue game format, boasting 16 retro characters and a wealth of hidden objects that must be found in order to deduce who murdered who.

There are also in-game puzzles to solve and a wealth of additional aspects / clues like witness statements or airline tickets.

With over 4000 different scenarios to play out, this game also boasts some serious longevity.


5. The Room
The Room is a chilling, perplexing and ultimately enthralling puzzle game where you investigate a series of artefacts, pictures and locked boxes in order to discover the truth behind the ‘null element’.

Successful location of hidden keys will allow you to open mysterious boxes containing clues about this paranormal phenomenon, but there’s a long way to go before you discover the dark truth…

6. Crime Scenes: Hidden Unknown
This game sees you transferred to a city overrun with criminals and crime syndicates to head up Group A, an elite crime investigation team charged with cleaning up the streets.

Successful completion of puzzles and challenges will yield information leading to the capture of wanted individuals, and help you bring peace to a troubled population.

High quality graphics, an extensive list of challenges and an intuitive interface ensure a great gaming experience.

7. CSI Game
If you’re a big fan of the CSI TV series, then this is the app for you. Boasting a frequently updated database of trivia questions relating to characters and plotline, this is the ultimate way to prove to your friends just how much detective acumen you’ve picked from watching your favourite TV heroes.

A great way to relive the best moments from treasured episodes on the bus or train to work.

8. Crime Scene Investigation
In this game, you pick the story of Juliet, who worked in the city at a big, successful corporation, but suspected some of her coworkers were up to no good.

Upon investing time and finding evidence of their wrongdoing, she reports it to her superiors who subsequently have her killed. Your job is to find out exactly what she discovered and bring those responsible to account by locating a series of hidden items and interacting with them in the correct manner.

The game provides a good challenge, great graphics and an integrated walk-through to help you overcome some admittedly poorly translated text in places.

Your Turn
Tell us about your favorite or any other games you feel deserve a place on this list by leaving a comment below!
 
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Phone, Fax and Web Chat - The Evolution of Customer Service

Phone, Fax and Web Chat - The Evolution of Customer Service

If there's one job that will always be in demand, it's customer service. We can automate the production of many products, and Amazon is even toying with automating the delivery of smaller products with drones, but there's one thing that machines can't do as well as humans, and that's provide customer service.

Over the last few decades we've seen a huge amount of innovation in customer service, and today there are a huge number of different ways to contact businesses:
  • Letters
  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Email
  • Web forms
  • Live chat
  • Social Media
In spite of all of those contact options being available, most of us still prefer to pick up the phone. In fact, according to Maintel, who produced this fascinating infographic on modern customer service trends and the ways in which businesses are failing customers, around 79% of consumers prefer to pick up the phone instead of using other contact methods.

Over the last 20-30 years, technology has come a long way, but at the end of the day the most important thing in the customer service equation remains the same - dealing with helpful people.

3 SEO Content Bits to Boost Your Site’s Traffic

3 SEO Content Bits to Boost Your Site’s Traffic


Bells and whistles – you’ve managed to fill every page of your site with these. Intricate details sit and stare back at users, site visitors, even to those inanimate bots. Let’s assume you haven’t forgotten to do the same kind of pampering with your content. 

Wait... what?! You did forget. Frankly, you are not alone. A whole bunch of other SEO folks out there (you know who you are) neglect to integrate content in their daily duties. Sure, there are wide ranging SEO techniques waiting to get implemented, right?

But that doesn’t mean you can’t treat content with the same scrutiny and confidence. Content makes the bulk of pages and multiple sites. It is your primary offer to the unsuspecting net user.

To help your content get back to its tiptop shape, here are 3 bits of SEO Content awesomeness:

1. Keywords: the long tail trend
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It’s not that accurate keywords aren’t working anymore. It’s just the trend and the undeniable direction search engines have been prepping for. Most search engines have started to anticipate the coming of human-form search queries: question-like statements.

Long tail keywords support this type of statement queries. Search engines are adjusting in line to this anticipation; it’s time for your content keywords to catch up.

2. Review of existing literature
 

It’s safe to assume that what you’re giving your users is unique. But really, it is no longer safe to think so. In fact, to truly reach the peak of the content’s potential, it is important to assume otherwise: that the rest of the content curators out there are giving the same piece of advice.

Then what? Go act on this belief. If it were true, perhaps, you must study how others have been delivering the goods. If you are planning to give the same piece of advice, think of a different approach to presenting it. Then think of things that you can add in the mix: humor, insider’s tip, so forth.

3. Fusion of eye candy 


Investing in good texts – with zero grammar or plagiarism errors – is an established ingredient for helping SEO pros boosts their sites. But that is not the end of it. Content wordsmiths can do as far as adding videos, infographics, and thought-provoking images.

These extra sweets need to be relevant; otherwise,they only risk creating unhealthy distractions for your viewers. Also, try to create uncanny connections, like a Pokémon Psyduck (a symbol for dilemma and headache) plus a nagging issue. These kinds of connections don’t just reflect clever bouts of awesomeness; it also makes viewers laugh – a better substitute to a yawn-inducing piece of crap in front of them.

Creating powerful or compelling content is a challenge in itself. This is one sufficient reason to stick and work for it. This kind of attribute sits well among SEO pros, particularly, those who love challenges.

Ultimately, content is part and parcel of the most fundamental SEO techniques. That being such, there are no incentives in ditching it. So, why ditch it?

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So Just What Is Mozilla Up To With the Firefox OS?

Mozilla FireFox OS

Perhaps you have heard whispers of it in passing, or maybe you don’t know anything about the new Firefox open source mobile platform. That’s right. There’s a new kid on the block, so to speak. The Mozilla project was actually created in 1998, with the release of the Netscape browser suite source code.

The idea was to push the idea of the open web, and open source. For those not familiar with the term, open source is software that is “open” to the public, and possibly regulated, but not controlled by any for-profit company. The concept is that this allows thousands of programmers access to what otherwise would be closely guarded corporate secrets, thereby releasing unprecedented innovation in the browser market.
The project spread beyond expectations, first creating Mozilla 1.0, the first major browser from the open community. At the time, over 90% of the market used Internet Explorer for browsing, simply because they didn’t know there were alternatives.

In 2003, the non-profit Mozilla Foundation was created, funded by individual donors and a variety of companies. The role of the foundation was to manage the project and promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web over competition and profit.

Firefox 1.0 was released in 2004, and in less than a year had been downloaded over 100 million times. New versions have continued to come out, and the popularity has grown. On the tenth anniversary of Mozilla in 2008, Firefox reached a 20% worldwide market share, renewing competition, accelerating innovation and improved Internet for everyone.

Now Mozilla is attempting to do the same thing in the mobile field market. Firefox OS is planned as a community-based platform for mobile devices. It will utilize open standards and approaches such as making HTML5 applications that are just as robust as native apps on iOS and Android.

Though Android is supposed to be an open-source platform, it is not completely so. Windows Phone and iOS are nowhere close. Mozilla has repeatedly said the Firefox OS (nicknamed Boot to Gecko, or B2G) was construed not so B2G would succeed, but the web would. That is, the base motivation is to show that the standards-based open Web, cannot only openly compete with the two (or three) major platforms, but force the same type of innovation the Firefox browser has brought to the web.

Mozilla hopes to bring the browser back to the forefront of a mobile experience, rather than playing second fiddle to the native apps on the phones. The Firefox OS is designed to run apps from web technologies such as HTML5, allowing those apps to run on any handset (or any other device) with a browser, regardless of platform.

For developers this is a boon, because it removes the need to rewrite code for cross-platform operations. For users, it’s great because the apps can be used on whatever device is handy.

Mozilla has been working to introduce the Firefox platform as a cheap under £80 smartphone option in countries with little exposure to smartphones, such as Latin America and Eastern Europe. The idea is that it is easier to introduce a new platform and show its effectiveness in a market where the other platforms have not already secured a foothold.

So can the idea succeed? History and the numbers certainly support it. There are about 100,000 iOS developers and 400,000 Android developers compared to ten million HTML5 developers (roughly). The Firefox browser has just reached version 25, and the innovation charged by this open community has carried over to all the competitors.

Certainly there is still work to be done, but many people’s confidence lies in the advances web technologies have already made in the last 20 years. Things like including interactive animations and imbedding video in a webpage without a plug-in, as you can with HTML5 and AJAX, were less than a concept back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Mozilla is taking on a big challenge, and some mighty big opponents with deep pockets, but as the Linux-system demonstrates, open-source will always have a devout following, and Mozilla is on the path to opening up the entire mobile market.

Top Reasons Why PlayStation 4 Is An Interesting Choice

Why PlayStation 4 Is An Interesting Choice

Gaming consoles provide great entertainment to gaming lovers. With the advancement in technology, gaming enthusiasts are getting advanced consoles these days. PlayStation 4 from Sony Computer Entertainment is an interesting game console that was released recently.

Sophistication: PlayStation 4 is a highly sophisticated gaming device for the variety of features it has. All options are interesting and the flexibility of usage provides customers great satisfaction.
Enhanced Experience: PS4 is integrated with advanced graphics chip and processor. It also has an HDMI port and this facilitates playing games by connecting the console to high definition televisions of the day. This gives people a highly interactive playtime experience.
Rich Features: PS4 has a flash card reader and the hard drive can be upgraded. The inclusion of new features has given people high level of excitement.
Configurations: PlayStation 4 is available in two configurations including basic and premium. Premium configuration provides advanced features and specifications and is therefore expensive.

PlayStation 4 can throw away people from boredom. It is a great feel to sit with family and play games and spend time in gaming. And, PS4 has created great buzz in the entertainment market with highly advanced features and people love it a lot.

Christina Jones is a professional technical blogger and she writes regular shopping review for gaming consoles.

How To Make Videos Responsive with CSS

How To Make Videos Responsive with CSS

A responsive website means It will respond to your browser sizes or I can browser stretches. The basic idea of it is to give optimal viewing experience to visitors, nowadays you will rarely see a unresponsive website. If you remember a Jquery snippet I posted about detecting browser real time size It is also responsive. So basically in order to make websites responsive on load you need a meta tag that helps you to stretch/resize the elements of your website but It's not required for this tutorial.

So for this tutorial, only videos with iframe, embed or objects works. You can get the iframe code of any videos from popular websites like YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, MetaCafe etc.

Let's make our style, here's the css we need(if you are a beginner make sure you put the codes within <style>) :

 .Responsive-Video {
    position: relative;
    padding-bottom: 56.25%;
    padding-top: 30px;
    height: 0;
    overflow:
    hidden;
}
   
.Responsive-Video iframe, .Responsive-Video object, .Responsive-Video embed {
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    width: 100%;
    height: 100%;
}


So after adding the css to your web page, add your video embed code within the div class given below(I know this is NOOB! )  :

<div class="Responsive-Video">

    </div>


Example :

<div class="Responsive-Video">
    <iframe width="760" height="720" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Mu4ARzSZOmg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    </div>


Screenshot : 

YouTube Responsive Video

If you're using Blogger or Wordpress you can just add the css code within the body and whenever you post a video in your post you can add the embed code within the div class.

Top 10 Architectural Software Recommended For Students

Architectural design professors won’t be successful in building the educational foundation for their students without introducing a reliable architectural design software.

However, there’s no guarantee that a single program will give you everythingyou need, and this is why most companies use several tools for this kind of operation.

Hence, we created a list of outstanding architectural designing tools to get you started. Here are 10 programs we recommend:

10. AutoDesk Building Design Suite 
Building Design Suite allows you to edit and view saved designs through the cloud where you can visualize, organize, and clean large file sets. It features built-in BIM (Building Information Modeling) software which also includes integrated structural analytical tools.

Other features include clashes detection, intelligent 3D accuracy, and extensive quantification tools. The only downside we see here is that you need to purchase the ultimate version to enjoy all its features.

9. ArchiCAD 
ArchiCAD has a built-in rendering program known as Artlantis which creates 3D renderings in high resolution. It has green building designing tool to assist you in analyzing alternatives for environmental efficiency. Its virtual building explorer can also help you develop effective 3D presentations for design communication.

However, the software is only available for specific regions.

8. Chief Architect 
This software features both manual and automatic designing tools including truss and stick, dimensioning, elevations, and other task-specific CAD tools. You can use its style and finishing toolsets to create interior designs like kitchen and bathrooms.It can import AutoCAD files and other formats including PDF, DXF, and DWG. You need to buy the premiere edition to get all its features.

7. SoftPlan
SoftPlan has a wide list of symbol layouts, giving you an array of 3D renderings and furniture models from the leading manufacturers in the market.

All light models in this tool are embedded with light sources. This allows the program to automatically calculate shadow and lighting as you add 3D models to your design. The pricing varies from one-time payment of monthly subscriptions.

6. Home Designer
Home Designer has at least 3,600 landscaping models which include plants and trees for outdoor designing. Its built-in Cabinet Designer gives a list of more than 1,000 cabinet designs for interior modeling.

Home Designer also includes How-To videos to familiarize beginners with the program. It comes in academic release, allowing you to save more without removing any features.

5. Envisioneer Construction 
This architectural design software has integrated quote generator to help you manage gross profit, selling prices, and markups which you can export in PDF format. Its 3D framing has additional features like steel and wood frames, rafter layout, and ceiling or floor layout. Its 3D modeling engine can help you insert stair railings, ramps, and easy-to-adjust stairs.

The software comes in 4 versions, including the Construction edition, which offers every feature you need.

4. SketchUp
SketchUp features pattern fills and enhanced zoom-in function which you can use to specify details in your designs.

You can also export your designs as presentation in several video formats including WebM and AVI. You can get a Pro license at no cost for teaching purposes by simply visiting their website.

3. Autodesk Revit
Architectural features of Autodesk Revit include building energy analysis, work sharing for multiple users, and enhanced API for accurate designs.

Its structural engineering functions include materials modeling, structural reinforcement, and parametric components. It has cloud-based rendering tool, high-speed visualization, and design preview in photorealistic view.

If you want all features, you should go toEducation Reseller of its ultimate version.

2. Punch Software
With Punch Software, you can instantly create customized rooms and columns with base styles and shafts. The drag and drop 3D function allows you to easily add, edit, and rotate models through its user-friendly interface.

There are also thousands of models for electrical outlets and switches, complemented by improved drawing tools for customization.

1. Vectorworks Architecture
Vectorworks allows you to immediately publish your designs in different formats through its cloud server. It features interactive viewing where you can zoom in and out, pan, select objects, and walk through your interior models.

Its new feature called the Twist Toolwill help you twist solid models to create stylish angles. Free trial is available via the official website.

Your Turn

Do you use one or more of the programs listed above? Tell us about the architectural design software you currently use by leaving your comments below.

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