RIM launches new BlackBerry smartphones

By Emeka Aginam
Research In Motion on Monday announced the new BlackBerry® Bold 9790 smartphone in Nigeria featuring a compact design and offers users a fully loaded, high performance smartphone with the dual benefits of a high-resolution touch display and a highly tactile keyboard.

With the BlackBerry embedded with 7 operating system (OS) and a 1 GHz processor, the new product, according to RIM has the capacity to deliver fast, smooth performance for browsing the web, running apps, working with documents, and enjoying multimedia, including 8GB of on board memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB of additional storage.

The new product, according to RIM introduces an enhanced browser that provides a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience. It also offers optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences. In addition, the popular universal search capability has been enhanced with support for voice-activated search, so users can simply speak to begin searching their device and the web for information.

The Regional Director for East, West and Central Africa at RIM,  Waldi Wepener, said that , “The BlackBerry Bold 9790 combines a fluid touch display with the iconic BlackBerry keyboard in an impressively slim and stylish design.

“It’s powered by the new BlackBerry 7 operating system and delivers a truly outstanding mix of communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features. BlackBerry is very popular in Nigeria and we are excited to be expanding our portfolio of smartphones in this market.”

The BlackBerry Bold 9790, according to him, includes built-in support for Augmented Reality and NFC, allowing users to connect with the world around them in fresh new ways.

With the Wikitude Augmented Reality application, he informed that users can find nearby BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) contacts in real-time, read reviews on nearby restaurants, or get the story behind interesting landmarks and points of interest.

Article source: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/03/rim-launches-new-blackberry-smartphones/

Find out what you missed overnight in our Wednesday Sports Fix

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Simon Gerrans (left) is just shaded in the run to the line by Spain’s Alejandro Valverde in the third stage of the Paris-Nice race in France.
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GERRANS PIPPED AT POST

Cycling: A FEW measly centimetres were all that stood between Simon Gerrans and GreenEdge’s first international stage victory, with the Aussie narrowly missing out on winning the third stage of Paris-Nice.

In the first European outing of Australia’s homegrown team, Gerrans was mowing down Spaniard Alejandro Valverde but ran out of road to catch him, finishing second, with Belgian rider Gianni Meersman third.

Valverde, a convicted drug cheat who recently returned to the sport after serving a two-year ban, pulled back 10 seconds on overall leader Bradley Wiggins.

He now sits just 20 seconds behind the Briton, with Gerrans another couple of minutes back.

NO ANDRE, NO WORRIES


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Soccer: CHELSEA has booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a win against Birmingham City just days after manager Andre Villas-Boas was sacked.

Two goals in six minutes approaching the hour mark from Juan Mata and Raul Meireles gave Roberto di Matteo a winning start to his reign as caretaker boss.

Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez has scored his first goal for Manchester City since his five-month club-imposed ban, with the striker scoring for City’s reserves side against Bolton.

City’s twos won 3-1 in front of about 1000 people in Manchester as Tevez earlier struck an equalising goal in the 51st minute, finishing off Harry Bunn cross from close range.

SRI LANKA LEVELS ONE-DAY SERIES


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Cricket: AS STRANGE as it sounds, Dave Warner’s century against Sri Lanka may actually have cost the Aussies any chance at victory in what turned out to be a crushing one-day finals loss last night.

Warner made his 100 runs off 140 balls, leaving Australia (6-271) with wickets in hand at the end of their innings but without enough overs to make use of them.

Australian captain Michael Clarke (117 off 91 balls), who is in serious doubt for the deciding match on Thursday with another hamstring strain, did his best to make his side’s total competitive on an Adelaide table top, but Sri Lankan pair Tillakaratne Dilshan (106 off 119) and Mahela Jayawardene (80 off 76) virtually did as they pleased.

Clarke levelled the blame for the loss squarely at his bowlers, with James Pattinson (1-47) the best of a bad lot as his side watched the tourists reach their total with a handful of overs to spare.

ADELAIDE UNITED MAKE WINNING START


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Soccer: A-LEAGUE form counted for bugger all late last night when a battling Adelaide United started their Asian Champions League campaign with a 2-1 away win against Bunyodkor.

Nigel Boogard headed the ball home in the 11th minute to get the visitors off to a perfect start in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and Antony Golec made sure of the result early in the second half.

The result belied Adelaide’s 2012 credentials, which have them sitting second bottom after winning just one of their last 10 A-League games, as they took on a side that has won Uzbekistan’s national title for the past four seasons.

The news wasn’t so flash for Brisbane Roar, who were given a 2-0 touch up at home by Tokyo FC.

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HANDS OFF BRITISH ATHLETES

Olympics: BRITAIN’S Olympic athletes aren’t being rude if they refuse to shake your hand at this year’s Games.

They’re just following the advice of the team’s top doctor, who has advised the home nation’s athletes to avoid physical contact with other athletes and dignitaries to avoid the spread of germs.

Dr Ian McCurdie said it was vital that his country’s sporting stars had “minimising exposure” and “getting bugs into the system” at the forefront of their minds.

“Hand hygiene is it. It is all about hand hygiene,” Dr McCurdie said.

HOCKEYROOS DROP SERIES OPENER

Hockey: THE Hockeyroos will be hoping a 4-2 loss to Korea is just a blip on the radar as they start their four-match series and begin finalising their Olympic squad.

The Aussies were blitzed 4-2 after a sluggish second-half in Perth, although they did show glimpses of the kind of form they’ll be hoping to take to London.

The world No.8 Koreans opened the scoring in the fifth minute through Kim Jong Eun, but Emily Smith equalised for the home side seven minutes later.

It took until the second half for another goal to be scored, and it was again the Koreans who broke through, but Casey Eastham quickly found an answering goal in the 46th minute.

But the Aussies barely raised a whimper after that, conceding two goals in four minutes to fall a game behind in the series.

VID OF THE DAY

TOO much time on their hands? Probably, but these two University of Queensland students sure know how to make a frisbee work for them.

OTHER SPORT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

Cycling: CADEL Evans will be looking to emulate last season’s success when he opens his bid to defend his Tirreno-Adriatico cycling title tonight. Evans won the Italian race last year to open the floodgates for his most successful season, ultimately leading to his Tour de France triumph.

Olympics: IOC officials have begun a three-day trip to Rio de Janeiro to discuss the city’s preparations for the  2016 Olympics, and organisers plan to take advantage of the visit to announce the designer of the golf course for the Games. Local organisers will reveal who they have picked to design the first Olympic golf course in more than 100 years later today.

Soccer: TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp has ruled himself out of the running to succeed sacked Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas. “It would be difficult. I wouldn’t be able to come back to north London,” Redknapp said today after Villas-Boas was given the flick on Sunday.

Article source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/sports-fix/find-out-what-you-missed-overnight-in-our-wednesday-sports-fix/story-fn89guyk-1226291432531

Pegasus Solutions brings responsive hotel web design to life

Hotel Customer Realizes Half a Million USD through iPad Bookings Alone in January 2012

Pegasus Solutions brings responsive hotel web design to life

Mar 06, 2012

BERLIN, Germany – Pegasus Solutions is the first hotel reservation solutions provider to offer responsive web design for hotels, which allows hotels to deliver hotel content correctly formatted to any mobile device. The solution, OpenFlex, is available now through Pegasus’ Open Hospitality® division, and is credited for helping one customer realize half a million US dollars through iPad bookings alone in January 2012.

Responsive design offers hotels affordability and efficiency in providing mobile booking as an option for guests. Leveraging fluid widths, scalable images, and adjustable layouts, it allows bookers to quickly access important details via their preferred point of mobile contact – any smartphone, tablet, or operating system.

“Mobile is no longer a novelty or ‘nice-to-have’ for hotels that are competing for global business. It has become a must for generating revenue,” said David Millili, Chief Executive Officer of Open Hospitality and Chief Web Officer for Pegasus Solutions. “Displaying a desktop version of a website on a smartphone will frustrate a customer, and spending additional budget designing multiple mobile sites for each mobile tool will frustrate the hotel. With OpenFlex, we are the first hotel reservation solutions provider to offer hotels responsive design to optimize the significant business opportunity in mobile bookings.”

With OpenFlex, Pegasus also addresses the discord created when hotels create a mobile site that then links to the existing desktop booking environment, which will create attrition in the reservation process from mobile bookers.

“If you’re going to create an effective mobile hotel site, the guest must be able to enjoy the shopping and booking experience, or even the convenience of accessing hotel information, location details, and dynamic mapping features in a highly-compatible display size,” added Millili, “Make sure the experience is doable – ask whether they could manage it while walking the show floor at ITB, or hailing a cab at the airport. If not, your mobile bookers will go where they can book.”

Pegasus also offers hotels RezView® Mobile, a product that gives hotels using Pegasus’ RezView NG central reservations system (CRS) enterprise delivery platform the ability to design downloadable native applications for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. With RezView Mobile, RezView NG customers can maintain centralized content and rate management while also establishing a brand presence in Apple and Android stores to encourage loyal consumers to access their hotel for bookings from their mobile device. Flagship customer Utell® Hotels Resorts’ app is already available in both app stores.

More information on OpenFlex and Pegasus’ other reservation, online marketing, distribution, financial services, and representation solutions are available at ITB Berlin, Hall 8.1, Stand 111.

ABOUT PEGASUS SOLUTIONS

Pegasus Solutions is the world’s lead provider of technology and services to hotels and travel distributors, serving approximately 90,000 hotels around the globe, and the majority of the world’s travel agencies. Offering award-winning solutions for booking, distribution, and commission processing services, Pegasus also offers a full array of strategic online marketing solutions and accommodation booking options through its Open Hospitality division. The company also delivers hotel marketing representation services through Utell® Hotels Resorts, and powers the niche consumer website www.hotelbook.com™, which is dedicated to promoting independent and boutique hotels worldwide. Through its widely followed monthly data report, The Pegasus View, Pegasus is also recognized as the only hospitality company to report regularly on both business and leisure bookings, for which it was awarded a Stevie Award in 2011.

Pegasus has 22 offices in 12 countries, including regional hubs in Dallas; Frankfurt; London; Madrid; New York; Sao Paulo; Singapore; and Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, please visit www.pegs.com , www.openhospitality.com , or www.utell.com .

Article source: http://www.eturbonews.com/28191/pegasus-solutions-brings-responsive-hotel-web-design-life

Outraged at outsourcing of website design






The City of Salmon Arm has just announced their intention to hire a Kansas website design firm to redesign our community’s website.

I fail to understand that a capable web design company could not be found at least in the province of B.C. to undertake the redesign of the City of Salmon Arm’s website. For $25,000 of taxpayer’s money to leave this community, not even stay in the Province of B.C. and be so easily given to a U.S. company astounds me.

Perhaps Dorothy’s house has fallen on city hall and knocked some of our community leaders senseless.

I’m sure the Kansas company will have a keen sense of the nuances that make Salmon Arm such a unique community when designing the new website…. and gladly recycle the money in the Shuswap.

 

Kari Wilkinson

Article source: http://www.saobserver.net/opinion/letters/141658413.html

Romney Seeks Breakout Super Tuesday

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Mitt Romney in Zanesville, Ohio, on March 5, 2012.

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Economy to Drive Primary Voters, Sununu Says

March 6 (Bloomberg) — Former U.S. Senator John Sununu, a New Hampshire Republican and a Bloomberg contributing editor, talks about today’s Super Tuesday primaries and the outlook for the Republican presidential nomination.
Sununu speaks with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle on Bloomberg Television’s “InsideTrack.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Senator Rob Portman on Romney and Ohio Primary

March 5 (Bloomberg) — U.S. Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, talks about the outlook for tomorrow’s presidential primary in the state.
Ohio is among 11 states holding primaries and caucuses. Portman speaks with Peter Cook in Youngstown, Ohio, on Bloomberg Television’s “Money Moves.” (Source: Bloomberg)


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Rick Santorum at a a campaign rally on March 3, 2012, in Blue Ash, Ohio.

Rick Santorum at a a campaign rally on March 3, 2012, in Blue Ash, Ohio. Photographer: Eric Gay/AP

Mitt Romney is reaching for breakout
victories today to propel him to a commanding lead in the
Republican presidential race, as Rick Santorum presses for
enough Super Tuesday support to keep his bid alive and stoke
doubts about the front-runner.

Polls showed Romney ahead of his competitors among
Republican voters nationally, gaining momentum in the swing
state of Ohio — one of today’s most coveted prizes with voting
under way — and running competitively in Tennessee, a Super
Tuesday state the Santorum camp has focused on.

“If he wins most of the states, he’ll be the presumptive
nominee; he’s close to that right now,” Bob Bennett, a former
Ohio Republican chairman who represents the state on the party’s
national committee, said of Romney. “He’ll be able to start
down the path of the presumptive nominee and sew it up in
April.”

Both men braced for a possible mixed result that could
further muddle the contest as voters in 11 states weighed in.
With more than 400 of the 1,144 delegates needed for the
nomination at stake, Santorum unleashed fresh attacks against
Romney yesterday, saying he can’t be trusted on key Republican
principles. Romney cast himself as the only candidate capable of
beating President Barack Obama and improving the economy.

Obama was asked at a White House news conference today what
he would like to say to Romney about criticism the candidate has
aimed at his handling of the presidency. Obama said with a
smile: “Good luck tonight.”

Jobs Message

“What you have with Romney is someone who is simply not a
genuine article,” Santorum told reporters in a conference call,
echoing a message he has been making to voters. “He’s not
someone that you can trust on the issue of big government.”

Romney, 64, made a jobs-centered pitch as he toured Ohio by
bus, voicing growing confidence in his chances based in part on
a refusal to veer off his spotlight on the economy and Obama.

“I look at this campaign right now, and I see a lot of
folks all talking about lots of things, but what we need to talk
about to defeat Barack Obama is getting good jobs and scaling
back the size of government — and that’s what I do,” the
former Massachusetts governor told voters at a guardrail
manufacturing company in Canton, Ohio.

Santorum, 53, questioned Romney’s singular focus on fiscal
issues. “This country is more than just the economy,” the
former Pennsylvania senator said at a Christian school in
Miamisburg, Ohio. “I’m someone who has gone out and delivered
that message against all the odds.”

Pro-Israel Group

Santorum, Romney and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich took time today to criticize Obama on Iran, telling a
pro-Israel group in Washington they would be more forceful in
stopping the government in Tehran from developing nuclear
weapons. Obama, addresssing reporters at his news conference
today, suggested that campaign criticism of his handling of Iran
is political “bluster” and said he is intent on preventing
Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Santorum, addressing the annual meeting of the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee, said Obama has “been
reticent” in his efforts. “He says he has Israel’s back,”
said Santorum. “From everything I’ve seen, he has turned his
back on the people of Israel.”

Romney said he would “bring the current policy of
procrastination to an end.” He spoke by satellite, as did
Gingrich, who told the group that in his administration, “we
would not keep talking while the Iranians keep building.”

The stakes for Romney and Santorum are as high in Ohio as
any other state voting today. A win for Romney would quiet
concerns about his ability to carry a state regarded as a
battleground in the general election, while a loss would
underscore worries about his appeal to working-class and
religiously conservative voters.

‘Start Organizing’

In Youngstown, Romney said that if he got sufficient
support from people in Ohio and other states, “I can get the
nomination, and then we can start organizing our effort to make
sure that we replace President Obama.”

For Santorum, an Ohio victory would give his candidacy
momentum it lost after Romney beat him in Feb. 28 primaries in
Michigan and Arizona. A defeat in Ohio — where he had led in
polls until recent days — would undercut his argument that his
standing with factory workers and social conservatives can
propel him to the nomination.

A Quinnipiac University poll yesterday showed Romney
leading Santorum in Ohio, 34 percent to 31 percent. Gingrich had
15 percent and U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas 12 percent.
The telephone poll questioned 753 likely Republican primary
voters was conducted March 2-4 and has a margin of error of plus
or minus 3.6 percentage points. Last week, a Quinnipiac poll
gave Santorum the lead over Romney, 36 percent to 29 percent.

CNN/ORC Poll

In a CNN/ORC poll also released yesterday and conducted
March 1-4, Romney and Santorum each had 32 percent, followed by
Gingrich with 14 percent and Paul with 11 percent. The telephone
survey of 546 likely voters in Ohio’s primary has an error
margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

“The campaign really has heated up” in Ohio, said John C. Green, a University of Akron political scientist. “Whoever wins
the popular vote, even if it’s by a smidgen, is going to be able
to take some bragging rights out of Ohio, which is a very
important state in the presidential election, particularly for
Republicans.”

No Republican has ever won the White House without carrying
Ohio.

The candidates also were battling in the South, where
Gingrich pressed for a win in Georgia, the state he represented
in Congress.

A CNN/ORC poll of 527 likely voters in Georgia’s primary
showed Gingrich with 47 percent, followed by Romney with 24
percent, Santorum with 15 percent and Paul with 9 percent. As in
Ohio, the March 1-4 survey has a sampling error of plus or minus
4 percentage points.

Tennessee a Battleground

Tennessee also emerged in new polls as one of the day’s
battlegrounds. An American Research Group poll released March 4
showed Santorum with a 4-point advantage over Romney. In mid-
February, Santorum led by 18 points in a poll by the Tennessean
newspaper and Nashville, Tennessee-based Vanderbilt University.

Nationally, support from conservatives gave Romney the lead
in the race in a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released
yesterday. Romney was supported by 38 percent of those surveyed
and Santorum by 32 percent; Gingrich and Paul were tied at 13
percent. The telephone poll was conducted Feb. 29-March 3 among
400 Republican primary voters and has a margin of error of plus
or minus 4.9 percentage points.

New Romney Backers

As the candidates made their closing arguments, influential
Republicans swung behind Romney in what his campaign called a
sign that the party is increasingly eager to coalesce behind him
and concentrate on challenging Obama. Former U.S. Attorney
General and Missouri Governor John Ashcroft offered his support
yesterday, a day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of
Virginia and Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn endorsed Romney.

While Romney’s campaign wouldn’t predict a win in Ohio or
any state today — and conceded that he expects to lose in
Georgia, where Gingrich is favored — a top adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, said his candidate will win the majority of
delegates at stake.

“We’re looking forward to a good day,” he said yesterday.
“The party has already begun to coalesce behind Mitt Romney,
and we expect that we’ll pick up more endorsements after
Tuesday.”

Other Votes

Primaries are also being held in Massachusetts, Oklahoma,
Vermont and Virginia, a state where only Romney and Paul are on
the ballot. Caucuses occur in Alaska, Idaho and North Dakota.
Wyoming begins its delegate-selection process at county
conventions that start today, with some results reported, and
end on March 10.

Paul is making a push in Idaho, campaigning there yesterday
and today.

In Ohio, Romney’s fundraising advantage was evident. Ad
spending by Romney’s campaign and a political action committee
backing him outpaced expenditures on behalf of Santorum in Ohio
by about 10-1, according to data from New York-based Kantar
Media’s CMAG, an advertising tracking company.

The Romney campaign and Restore Our Future, a super-PAC
that supports him, spent $1.8 million to air ads 3,713 times on
Ohio broadcast television through March 1, CMAG reported. The
Red White and Blue Fund, a super-PAC backing Santorum, had spent
$181,250 to air ads 371 times.

To contact the reporters on this story:
Julie Hirschfeld Davis in Zanesville, Ohio at
jdavis159@bloomberg.net;
Lisa Lerer in Richfield, Ohio at
llerer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Jeanne Cummings at
jcummings21@bloomberg.net

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Sprout Announces Partnership with Hearst Digital Media

PRNewswire/ — Sprout, the leading global platform for mobile brand advertising, today announced its partnership with Hearst Digital Media, a unit of Hearst Magazines. The partnership establishes Sprout as the mobile and tablet rich-media ad creation platform for Hearst’s digital portfolio, including brands like Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and Seventeen.

Sprout offers a self-service platform that allows clients to create, manage, and optimize display advertising on smart-devices including phones, tablets, game platforms, and TVs.  Hearst will use the Sprout platform to develop high-engagement HTML5 ad units for their brand advertisers to run on its mobile optimized websites.

Laura Schooling, Hearst Digital Media’s executive director of marketing services, said, “Sprout’s technology will better enable us to create deeply engaging advertising experiences for our clients across the mobile and tablet web. With a comprehensive suite of HTML5 applications, we can develop solutions that tap into the inherent functionality of each device—tailoring solutions to consumer interests and behaviors.”

Carnet Williams, VP of Sprout, said, “We are excited Sprout will be Hearst’s mobile ad creation technology partner, and look forward to enabling Hearst’s creative team to create engaging ads for consumers that reflect the quality of the world class editorial that defines Hearst brands.  Hearst and Sprout share a mutual commitment to innovation and creativity, and we look forward to growing our partnership.”

About Sprout

Sprout, an InMobi company, is the leading global platform for mobile brand advertising. The cloud-based tool enables designers, creative agencies and brands to build mobile rich media ad units to run across Android, iOS and the mobile web. The drag and drop interface requires no knowledge of code and the output is high performance HTML5 creative. Designers using the tool can incorporate interactivity and increase engagement with animation, sound and video. Sprout is compatible with most major mobile ad networks and hundreds of premium mobile publishers.

Sprout is a wholly owned subsidiary of InMobi. Venture-backed by investors including SoftBank, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Sherpalo Ventures, InMobi has offices in Bangalore, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo.

To learn more, please visit www.sproutinc.com.

About Hearst Digital Media

Launched in March 2006, Hearst Digital Media, a unit of Hearst Magazines, is dedicated to creating and implementing the digital strategy for Hearst’s magazine brands and other sites, which serve the company’s consumer audience. The unit oversees more than 28 websites and 14 mobile sites for brands such as CosmopolitanELLEELLE DECOREsquireGood HousekeepingMarie ClairePopular MechanicsRoad Track and Seventeen, as well as digital-only sites such as Delish.com, a food site in partnership with MSN; and RealBeauty.com. Hearst Magazines has published more than 150 applications and digital editions for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as the Android platform. In addition, the company includes iCrossing, a global digital marketing agency.

Media ContactsFor Sprout: Jill Ivey, Hotwire PR | 215.806.2951| jillian.ivey@hotwirepr.comFor Hearst: Michael Volpatt, Larkin/Volpatt Communications | 415.994.8864 | michael@larkinvolpatt.com

SOURCE Sprout

Article source: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/03/06/3920632/sprout-announces-partnership-with.html

Melbourne start-up Booki.sh goes into OverDrive

Melbourne start-up Booki.sh has been acquired by US-based eBook distributor OverDrive for an undisclosed sum, with Booki.sh continuing to operate under its original name.

 

Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading eBooks.

 

Booki.sh uses HTML5 to make titles available via the customer’s web browser rather than requiring them to install apps.

 

It was founded in 2010 by Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz, all of whom will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand OverDrive’s publishing, library and school initiatives.

 

Based in Cleveland in the US, OverDrive is a global distributor of eBooks and audio books.

 

In a bid to leverage Booki.sh’s browser-based platform, OverDrive will expand the Booki.sh distribution platform and digital bookstore platforms.

 

It will also integrate Booki.sh HTML5 and EPUB reading technologies into OverDrive library and school services.

 

Haasz says Booki.sh couldn’t have hoped for a better partner than OverDrive.

 

“Working together means we can continue to innovate and improve upon the services we provide to Australian readers, publishers and booksellers, while for the first time taking our world-leading Australian technology to a global reading audience,” he says.

 

While there are no immediate changes for Booki.sh’s bookselling partners, Haasz says there will be changes over time as Booki.sh receives more resources and investment from OverDrive.

 

“It’s about the scalability and sustainability of what we are already doing,” Haasz says.

 

Haasz says Booki.sh is excited about the opportunities that will open up as a result of the acquisition, identifying school and library supply as “an area of future opportunity”.

 

He says one of the most appealing outcomes of the deal is that OverDrive is committed to Booki.sh maintaining its independence, as seen in the decision to leave Booki.sh in Melbourne.

 

According to OverDrive chief executive Steve Potash, Booki.sh has created “a fresh, direct and immersive reading experience that uniquely serves the mission of our libraries and schools”.

 

“Their innovative technologies streamline the access and convenience of eBooks.” Potash said in a statement.

 

“[These technologies] will help shape how millions of readers and students enjoy eBooks from OverDrive’s network of thousands of libraries, schools and booksellers in over 20 countries.”

Article source: http://www.startupsmart.com.au/buy-a-business/melbourne-start-up-booki.sh-goes-into-overdrive/201203065596.html

W3C CEO calls HTML5 as transformative as early Web

HANNOVER, Germany – “How many people have heard of HTML5?” World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeff Jaffe asked the crowd at CEBIT on Tuesday. Almost everyone put their hand up. “Now how many of you have figured out a plan for how you’re going to use HTML5 in your business?”

Decidedly fewer hands were raised.

Even if they haven’t fully explored its potential, though, Jaffe told the conference crowd that HTML, just one of a series of specifications that make up the W3C’s Open Web standard, will be among the most disruptive elements to hit organizations since the early days of the Internet.

“We’re about to experience a generational change in Web technology, and just as the Web transformed every business, (HTML5) will lead to another transformation.”

This is in part because of HTML’s cross-browser capability, its improved data integration and the way it handles video, but Jaffe also said the spec makes Web pages “more beautiful, intelligent,” and would offer new avenues of Web accessibility to the disabled.

It’s a lot of promise for a standard spec that hasn’t been fully baked yet. “It won’t really be a standard until 2014, but in the Web ecosystem,” nobody waits,” said Jaffe, who worked as CTO at Novell prior to his role at the W3C. “They’ll make minor adjustments once the standard is done.”

While CEBIT is filled with vendors pitching products, Jaffe’s talk offered a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the W3C, a non-profit organization set up to ensure the Web remains free and opened. Working with a relatively small staff of less than 70 people out of MIT, Jaffe said the W3C has added 22 large vendors to its roster of 340 members in less than two years, including Facebook, Motorola Mobility and LG. A key area for the Open Web standard right now, he said, is the development of protection from tracking on the Web, an issue that ties into the CEBIT 2012 theme of “managing trust.” Tracking protection has become enough of a hot button that Jaffe said the W3C has created a working group to address it.

HTML5 already has significant traction in the Canadian market, where startups like Vancouver-based Mobify have launched products that use it to help optimize Web sites for mobile devices such as tablets. There’s enough interest and enthusiasm that Microsoft Canada developer evangelists John Bristowe and Andrew Howell created an HTML5 logo with a Canadian coat of arms that has been placed on T-shirts. Last month, Toronto-based training provider InfiniteSkills launched a new HTML5 training course specifically for the Apple platform.

Article source: http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/w3c-ceo-calls-html5-as-transformative-as-early-web/145014

Developers Create 60 New HTML5 Games in 60 Days Using Pokki Desktop App …

SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
SweetLabs, the makers of Pokki, today announced the winners of the Pokki 1UP Game Developer Contest, which were demonstrated at the Social Online Games Summit at GDC 2012. The winners, who topped a field of 60 submitted games, are:

1st Place: 4 Horsemen by Nicklaus Liow – $30,000 and a trip to GDC

2nd Place: Tupsu by Evgeni Gordejev – $13,000

3rd Place: Onslaught! Arena by Matt Hackett – $7,000

Additionally, 4 Horsemen also won the “People’s Choice” award – receiving the most active players between the close of the 1UP contest (Feb. 20) and the start of GDC (Mar. 5). To download the winning games and notable mentions, visit
www.pokki.com/1up .

“The results of the Pokki 1UP Contest, in terms of both the quality and quantity of the games submitted, surpassed our wildest expectations, and caused productivity to plummet in offices around the world during the last 60 days,” said Adrian Bourke, Co-Founder and VP of Products at SweetLabs. “Pokki lets indie developers differentiate their games by offering a simple and easy way to get in front of players on the desktop beyond traditional social networks and in-browser game play. These great games show that HTML5 is not just a buzzword for web and mobile games, but can enable great content across multiple platforms, including the desktop.”

Pokki makes it easier than ever for developers to create awesome, connected desktop apps and games using standard web languages like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Users can access their favorite services like Gmail, Facebook and social games from EA and Kabam through beautiful desktop apps just a click away, with real-time notifications to keep users up-to-date. Pokki is currently available for Windows and coming soon to Mac.

Press appointments for Pokki and the winning 1UP developers are currently being accepted during the Summit and Expo, coordinated by Zach Fuller at zfuller@triplepointpr.com.

About SweetLabs

SweetLabs was founded in 2008 to empower developers to reach new users and monetize great applications. The company’s first product was the OpenCandy advertising network, which powers user-friendly software recommendations during the download and installation process. In June 2011, SweetLabs launched Pokki, an application platform that brings the modern “app” experience to the desktop, enabling developers to create engaging, connected desktop applications using standard web languages like HTML5. SweetLabs is based in San Diego and funded by Intel Capital, Google Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Visit
www.sweetlabs.com for more information.

SOURCE SweetLabs

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Article source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/developers-create-60-new-html5-games-in-60-days-using-pokki-desktop-app-platform-pokki-1up-contest-winners-take-home-50000-in-cash-2012-03-06

Website Design Issues

Admittedly, I was venting some frustration over what the free market sometimes comes up with. So I’ll relate it to this website’s thrust by noting that if the free market has problems satisfying consumers and the market has the profit incentive, how much worse must government be when its incentives to satisfy its citizens are horrendously worse?

Website design issues go way back, to 2001 and before. I do not seriously believe that common sense has vanished. It’s always a better hypothesis that economic and organizational issues give rise to the imperfections we witness. And very often the hand of government induces sub-optimality and a supposedly free market is not free at all. A number of helpful people, whom I thank as a group, provided me with explanations that I’ll mention.

More than one person told me that top-down or higher or corporate management or the project manager was the culprit. Web designers actually have a set of good and useful standards (W3C) but they are made to deviate from them. This is an age-old problem for all organizations with bureaucratic structures of control. The designers have the best specific knowledge, but the managers face a different set of incentives that are not fully aligned with their customers. The standards require attention to customers, and that is costly. The managers often want to cut costs. The basis on which they are paid and promoted may lead them away from satisfying customers or simply ignoring them. They view the web designers as low men on the totem pole and are just interested in getting it done “two weeks ago,” and this shows a lack of appreciation for the importance of marketing. The higher-ups might be people from finance or from some other function who do not appreciate marketing.

One person told me that aesthetics sometimes predominated over functionality and that project managers might not actually try to use the site to see how it worked. The manager might use the standard functionality documentation but not test out the result. This is cutting corners. A more technical issue is that a site might be used by several devices and that may limit design.

Another explanation is that change has become endemic, change for its own sake, or change to grab attention. The sites are revised, but not necessarily for the better, under the faulty notion that this somehow expands consumer choice. A deeper reason is that the manager’s project budget depends on his making “upgrades,” so that he has an incentive to make changes where none are really warranted.

Some sites simply cut back. As a user of Big Charts, I can attest to this. I believe it was taken over by a new outfit. The site drastically cut back the use of historical data to 10 years, so that really long-term charts disappeared. In addition, they got rid of the advanced charting which was a very nice feature. So basically they destroyed value to their clientele.

One person said that the organizational problem lay with a designer-marketing combo that had gained influence over the programmers.

And last, one person said we are living in an Ayn Rand world.

Common sense means sound judgment in practical matters. If that ever seems to be missing in some endeavors, the question is always why it’s missing. There will typically be some sort of organizational structure that creates a disincentive to the use of common sense. It will be a case where appropriate prices are lacking quite often, and then the system gets into a Mises-type situation where calculation is impossible.

The TSA lacks all common sense! There is no opportunity or way to communicate that one is not a terrorist risk in their system except by a physical search of one sort or another. There is no price at which one can bond oneself and demonstrate that one is not a risk. There is no way to deliver alternative information that one is not a risk. Short of a private charter, there is no way, if one wants to fly, to express the flyer’s demand that all his fellow passengers be safe bets, other than by all submitting to the top-down edicts of the TSA.

Article source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/107078.html

Seven WordPress Hacks for Bloggers

There are tons of awesome blogging platforms to consider, but WordPress is definitely one of the most popular content management systems out there – and with good reason. It’s easy to use and easy to customize, even if you’re a beginner.

But as you begin to use it more and more, you start learning little tricks. I’ve stumbled upon some fantastic time-savers that make me almost want to scream, “WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THIS SOONER?!?!”

So I’m going to tell you these things, and I apologize for not telling you sooner! Experiences users, hopefully you still find a gem or two in here, and please leave your own favorite hack with a comment below!

1. Expand to Fullscreen for Easier Typing

Let’s start out with a simple tip, but one I didn’t realize was an option until well into my blogging career. It can be annoying to type a post in such a small box. First and foremost, if you scroll to the bottom of the left-hand sidebar when signed into your blog and editing a post, you’ll see “collapse menu.” Click on this text to get rid of that sidebar (don’t worry – you can easily get it back). It’s instantly a little more space. But an even better option is WordPress’ Fullscreen Mode.

There are actually two fullscreen modes. If you click the button that looks like a, square with arrows pointing at the corners (see picture), you’ll get a full screen mode with limited button options for easy, quick typing. If you press Alt+Shift+G you’ll get a version with the full bar of buttons for easier formatting. Both are great, especially if you’re working with a lot of pictures or block quotes.

2. Use Windows Live Writer for Formatting

How your final post looks will depend on the WordPress theme you’re using. You can continuously preview using WordPress itself, but that can be a little tedious, especially if you’re working with pictures and trying to get things to line up just right. Instead, download a desktop client to make formatting easy. I use Windows Live Writer (Mac fans, help me out with a comparable version?), which I like because I can sync it with all the blogs I have. As long as you keep it updated, you can use the WYSIWYG editor to add posts and see what they’ll look like on your blog when published. Adding pictures and videos is super easy.

Sometimes, you have to do some major updates that will cause you blog to look crummy for a few hours. Rather than scaring users away, download and install a plugin like Maintenance Mode and your readers will get a simple message that you’re working on your blog at the moment. I like this plugin specifically because you can even choose to include a countdown clock that will tell users when you get back. No coding knowledge necessary!

There are other maintenance mode plugins out there; this is just the one I like to use on my personal blog. Of course, you can also manually point code your site to give users a maintenance message, but who has the time/knowledge/ambition to do that? This makes it super easy!

4. Use Zemanta for Easy Linking

Finding links can take time, but it makes your posts more valuable to readers. For example, in the previous tip, I linked to the plugin page so you could easily find it. Otherwise, you would have probably had to search for it, and there would be no guarantee that you’d find the plugin I was talking about. Zemanta totally takes the hassle out of linking. This plugin gives you a list of potential in-text links you can add, which updates as you type. In addition, it gives you a list of related articles based on your post, which you can update as you type. You just link on their recommendations to add links as you see fit. Super easy! You can even choose to create a profile and tell Zemanta the blogs you like most so it will draw links from those sites when possible.

5. Prevent Images from Being Too Wide

If you’re working with images, it can sometimes be annoying to remember the max width they can be to fit on your blog. I have a lot of trouble with this one since I blog on multiple sites, all using different themes. If your image is too wide, it will either cut off or overlap onto your sidebar, depending on the them you’re using. Both look pretty bad.

It’s an easy fix. I learned this one from WPHacks. You have to go into the code, but don’t be scared! It’s easy; I promise! Under “appearance” on the left-hand dashboard sidebar, you want to click on editor and find your theme’s .css file (probably the one that comes up by default. Then, just follow the instructions here to add a snippet of code. That’s it! If you can handle copy/pasting, you can do this one. Once you change the max to fit whatever your theme’s max width is, you won’t have to deal with cut off or overlapping pictures ever again.

6. Install the Editorial Calendar Plugin

Recently, we added this plugin here on the BlogWorld blog and it has been a total game-changer for me! I like to stay organized and am a very visual person. The editorial calendar plugin gives me a way to see when posts are being updated, and for a multi-author blog, it allows you to understand when others are planning to publish so you can strategically plan out your content schedule. I also like that you can jot down ideas quickly using the calendar when you have a post idea, and the visual nature makes it easy to see where you’re faltering: Are you uploading too many posts about a specific topic? Are you updating enough? Is your content always bunched instead of spread out? You can also use the calendar to schedule your content easily. Love it.

7. Split Long Posts

Depending on your theme, long posts may or may not look good on your homepage. You can use the “more” tag to split the post after a few teaser paragraphs. It’s the little split button beside the link buttons on your tool bar (see picture) or you can just hit Alt+Shift+T.

By default, this will create a link that says “Continue Reading” or “Read More” or something of that sort, depending on the theme you use. Want to change the text? It’s pretty easy. It requires you to go into your code again, but don’t be scared! Under Appearance on your sidebar, click on editor and then find the index.php file (Main Index Template). Search for:

?php the_content(‘Read more …’); ?

If your blog by default has different text, the theme editors already changed it, so that’s what you should search for. In other words, if when you split the text and publish the post, it says on your site, “Click here for more…” you should search for:

?php the_content(‘Click here for more…’); ?

Search for whatever that text might be. Then, once you find that line in the code, you can change the text to read whatever you want.

It’s a great way to get more page views out of a single long post.

So there you have it, seven of my favorite WordPress hacks for bloggers. Now it’s your turn to tell us your favorite hacks and tips with a comment below!


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Article source: http://www.blogworld.com/2012/03/06/seven-wordpress-hacks-for-bloggers/

iOS Smokes Android in HTML5 Drag Race

Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) iOS handles HTML5-based games as much as three times better than Google’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android in HTML5, according to a new study from Spaceport.

The report specifically measured how many images could be moved around the screen at a time while maintaining a rate of 30 frames per second (FPS). The researchers tested on the latest versions of iOS and Android and on BlackBerry Tablet OS 1.0.8. The most current version of BlackBerry Tablet OS is 2.0. [*Correction - March 7, 2012] A variety of devices, including the new versions of the iPhone and iPad, the iPod touch, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola XOOM, were used for the testing.

iOS was the clear winner, according to the findings. On the iPad 2, developers can expect to have more than 300 moving objects, and 200 on the iPhone 4S, the report states. In comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, which runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, was the best Android phone tested. It showed about 100 moving objects.

Testing showed a wide range of results. The Motorola Droid 2 didn’t maintain even one image at 30 FPS, Spaceport reported. Comparably, the worst iPhone tested, the 3GS, showed 50 moving objects at 30 FPS. The Kindle Fire maxed out at 25 moving objects, slightly better than the Motorola Droid but still behind the worst-performing iPhone 3GS.

All Part of the Game

With apps and games becoming a more integral part of the online and mobile experience, especially with social networking and e-commerce applications, this information may be important for developers and vendors trying to determine a platform in which to design.

“iOS has always had smoother rendering performance in the browser, and with iOS 5, it’s not even close,” Pascal Rettig, co-owner of Cykod Web Development, told TechNewsWorld.

Part of that comes from commitments from Apple and sites like Facebook to favor HTML5 over Flash on its mobile devices and applications.

“iOS has always had the best HTML5 support on mobile,” Allen Pike, founder of Steam Clock Software, told TechNewsWorld. “Steve Jobs long championed it, specifically as an alternative to Flash. Although it’s great for Apple if people write native apps for their platform, they also understand the importance of a first-class mobile browser.”

Becoming the Platform to Beat

Regardless of which operating system runs HTML5 better, the language is gaining substantial traction in the mobile world.

“Flash is essentially dead on mobile,” said Pike. “It’s still supported on legacy devices, but even Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) is no longer pushing Flash for mobile. Great HTML5 support is very important for any operating system going forward, and everybody knows it.”

Apple and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) were on to that idea before Google, even though Google is hoping that with its Chrome browser the system can run faster, according to Joe Lind, principal developer at Terrible Labs.

“Apple committed to HTML5 when they decided not to allow Flash on iOS,” Lind told TechNewsWorld. “The popularity of iOS means that any mobile sites that want to provide a rich experience are pretty much forced to go HTML5 over flash, which makes HTML5 optimization a priority for mobile browsers.”

Just because Apple’s iOS is currently running games that appear faster and sharper in HTML5 now, though, may not necessarily mean the company has the upper hand going forward with the platform.

“Android is an open platform that supports multiple different browsers, where competition is leading to lots of different advances and so may force Apple’s hand in providing features that make iOS a more friendly HTML5 platform for interactive developers,” said Rettig.

With the right moves in developing Chrome or other browsers so it can more effectively run games in HTML5 and attracting talent to its platform, Android has time to catch up to iOS’ performance, Lind added.

“This should be even more important for Android, which has traditionally suffered from a lack of quality in its apps compared to iOS,” said Lind. “If development talent is used to create cross-platform HTML5 apps instead of native apps, Android has much more to gain than iOS in this respect.”


*ECT News Network editor’s note – March 7, 2012: The original version of this story stated that Spaceport ran its tests on the latest versions of iOS, Android and BlackBerry Tablet OS. In fact, an outdated version of BlackBerry Tablet OS was used in its tests.

Article source: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/74575.html

30000 WordPress blogs infected to distribute rogue antivirus software

Almost 30,000 WordPress blogs have been infected in a new wave of attacks orchestrated by a cybercriminal gang whose primary
goal is to distribute rogue antivirus software, researchers from security firm Websense said in a blog post on Monday.

The attacks have resulted in over 200,000 infected pages that redirect users to websites displaying fake antivirus scans.
The latest compromises are part of a rogue antivirus distribution campaign that has been going on for months, the Websense
researchers said.

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Fake antivirus scan pages are nothing new. In fact, a couple of years ago this type of social engineering was one of the primary
methods of distributing scareware to Internet users.

However, many cybercriminals gangs have since switched to drive-by download attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in outdated
browser plug-ins to automatically download and install their rogue software.

The large number of infected Web pages seen in this campaign is an indication that these scams still work, said Elad Sharf,
senior security researcher at Websense Labs. “Vulnerable websites are a rich source of opportunity for cybercriminals.”

More than 85 percent of the compromised sites were located in the U.S., but their visitors were geographically dispersed.
“The attack may be specific to the U.S. but everyone is at risk when visiting these compromised pages,” Sharf said.

Many of the blogs compromised in these recent attacks were running outdated WordPress versions, had vulnerable plug-ins installed
or had weak administrative passwords susceptible to brute force attacks, said David Dede, a security researcher with website
integrity monitoring firm Sucuri Security. “It seems the attackers are trying everything lately.”

Sucuri researchers have also been tracking this scareware distribution campaign and found that a rogue WordPress plug-in called
ToolsPack has been installed on many of the compromised blogs. The plug-in masquerades as a collection of WordPress administration
tools, but in reality it contains a backdoor that attackers use to maintain their unauthorized access to the affected sites,
Dede said.

“My advice to webmasters is to always make sure their WordPress (and all plug-ins) are updated and that they use strong passwords,”
the Sucuri security researcher said. “That by itself will go a long way to protect their sites.”

Article source: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/030612-30000-wordpress-blogs-infected-to-256993.html?hpg1=bn

30000 WordPress blogs infected to distribute rogue antivirus software

Almost 30,000 WordPress blogs have been infected in a new wave of attacks orchestrated by a cybercriminal gang whose primary goal is to distribute rogue antivirus software, researchers from security firm Websense said in a blog post on Monday.

The attacks have resulted in over 200,000 infected pages that redirect users to websites displaying fake antivirus scans. The latest compromises are part of a rogue antivirus distribution campaign that has been going on for months, the Websense researchers said.

Fake antivirus scan pages are nothing new. In fact, a couple of years ago this type of social engineering was one of the primary methods of distributing scareware to Internet users.

However, many cybercriminals gangs have since switched to drive-by download attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in outdated browser plug-ins to automatically download and install their rogue software.

The large number of infected Web pages seen in this campaign is an indication that these scams still work, said Elad Sharf, senior security researcher at Websense Labs. “Vulnerable websites are a rich source of opportunity for cybercriminals.”

More than 85 percent of the compromised sites were located in the U.S., but their visitors were geographically dispersed. “The attack may be specific to the U.S. but everyone is at risk when visiting these compromised pages,” Sharf said.

Many of the blogs compromised in these recent attacks were running outdated WordPress versions, had vulnerable plug-ins installed or had weak administrative passwords susceptible to brute force attacks, said David Dede, a security researcher with website integrity monitoring firm Sucuri Security. “It seems the attackers are trying everything lately.”

Sucuri researchers have also been tracking this scareware distribution campaign and found that a rogue WordPress plug-in called ToolsPack has been installed on many of the compromised blogs. The plug-in masquerades as a collection of WordPress administration tools, but in reality it contains a backdoor that attackers use to maintain their unauthorized access to the affected sites, Dede said.

“My advice to webmasters is to always make sure their WordPress (and all plug-ins) are updated and that they use strong passwords,” the Sucuri security researcher said. “That by itself will go a long way to protect their sites.”

Article source: http://www.itworld.com/security/256248/30000-wordpress-blogs-infected-distribute-rogue-antivirus-software

30000 WordPress Blogs Infected to Distribute Rogue Antivirus Software

Almost 30,000 WordPress blogs have been infected in a new wave of attacks orchestrated by a cybercriminal gang whose primary goal is to distribute rogue antivirus software, researchers from security firm Websense said in a blog post on Monday.

The attacks have resulted in over 200,000 infected pages that redirect users to websites displaying fake antivirus scans. The latest compromises are part of a rogue antivirus distribution campaign that has been going on for months, the Websense researchers said.

Fake antivirus scan pages are nothing new. In fact, a couple of years ago this type of social engineering was one of the primary methods of distributing scareware to Internet users.

However, many cybercriminals gangs have since switched to drive-by download attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in outdated browser plug-ins to automatically download and install their rogue software.

The large number of infected Web pages seen in this campaign is an indication that these scams still work, said Elad Sharf, senior security researcher at Websense Labs. “Vulnerable websites are a rich source of opportunity for cybercriminals.”

More than 85 percent of the compromised sites were located in the U.S., but their visitors were geographically dispersed. “The attack may be specific to the U.S. but everyone is at risk when visiting these compromised pages,” Sharf said.

Many of the blogs compromised in these recent attacks were running outdated WordPress versions, had vulnerable plug-ins installed or had weak administrative passwords susceptible to brute force attacks, said David Dede, a security researcher with website integrity monitoring firm Sucuri Security. “It seems the attackers are trying everything lately.”

Sucuri researchers have also been tracking this scareware distribution campaign and found that a rogue WordPress plug-in called ToolsPack has been installed on many of the compromised blogs. The plug-in masquerades as a collection of WordPress administration tools, but in reality it contains a backdoor that attackers use to maintain their unauthorized access to the affected sites, Dede said.

“My advice to webmasters is to always make sure their WordPress (and all plug-ins) are updated and that they use strong passwords,” the Sucuri security researcher said. “That by itself will go a long way to protect their sites.”

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/251374/30000_wordpress_blogs_infected_to_distribute_rogue_antivirus_software.html

A first look at Simple.tv’s HTML5 app

Simple.tv made a splash at CES with the announcement of a budget-priced DVR service that’s geared toward the cord-cutting crowd. The company will start selling its DVR by the end of spring for $149, and Simple.tv CEO Mark Ely told me during a recent meeting that the company’s iPad and Roku apps will be available as soon as the first devices ship.

However, Simple.tv is also working on an HTML5 app for Boxee, Google TV and other connected TV platforms that will be made available soon after, and he shared some first screenshots exclusively with GigaOM.

Take a first look at Simple.tv’s HTML5 app below:

 

Ely cautioned that the HTML5 app is still a work-in-progress and that things may look different once it gets released later this year.

Simple.tv’s DVR will come without a hard drive, instead utilizing USB drives that customers connect to the device. It will stream video within the local network as well as to mobile devices on the go. Ely said that the company is saving every recording with three different bitrates to accommodate different streaming needs. Simple.tv does so by HTTP live streaming, also known as HLS. The company hasn’t settled on final bitrates yet, but Ely told me it is currently testing 5Mbps for its highest-quality 1080p stream.

Customers will get basic recording capability for free; Simple.tv will charge $5 per month for an advanced EPG. Simple.tv isn’t the only company trying to make money with DVR services for cord cutters: Boxee seems to be working on DVR capabilities for its live TV dongle as well, and TiVo has been doing a number of promotions geared toward cord cutters in recent months. Ely, however, told me he’s playing in a bit of a different league, because Simple.tv is not competing with Boxee or TiVo as a platform. “I’d much rather be the app that you launch,” he said.

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Article source: http://gigaom.com/video/simpletv-dvr-html5-app/

Apple iOS HTML5 performance far exceeds Android

A new study from Spaceport says Apple’s iPhones and iPads do a far better job of handling HTML5 in the browser than competing
Android-based devices.

Spaceport reports on the handling of HTML5 in Android and iOS.

Spaceport reports on the handling of HTML5 in Android and iOS.

(Credit:
Spaceport)

Both iOS and Android support HTML5 in the browser, but according to a new study, Apple’s platform is doing a much better job of handling it.

Spaceport, a company that provides tools for developers to create multiplatform mobile games, revealed in a study published yesterday that Apple’s iPad is about four times better at handling HTML5 in the browser than competing Android-based
tablets. On the smartphone side, the average
iPhone performance about triples Android-based handsets.

In order to arrive at those figures, Spaceport examined the maximum number of images that could be smoothly pushed through HTML5 in mobile browsers. The best Android tablet, which Spaceport did not reveal, was able to smoothly translate less than 100 images at 30 frames per second. Apple’s iPad 2, on the other hand, smoothly translated more than 300 images at 30 frames per second.

The worst-performing iPhone model currently available, the 3GS, was able to handle 50 moving objects at that frame rate, while the worst Android handset, the Motorola Droid 2, couldn’t handle a “single moving object on the screen across all possible animation techniques,” Spaceport found.

HTML5 performance is increasingly important in the mobile space, considering that the gaming and video technology will carry mobile browsers for the foreseeable future. Late last year, Adobe Systems announced that it would no longer support mobile platforms with its Flash technology, leaving HTML5 to take control.

For Apple, that was music to its ears. Since iOS launched, the company balked at supporting Flash in the browser. Android, on the other hand, supported Flash, and many vendors tried to use that as a marketing tool. It didn’t take. And judging by Spaceport’s findings, they might have wanted to focus more on HTML5 than they have.

However, Spaceport found that things might be looking up for Android. In its testing, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the only Android-based device able to effectively handle two animation techniques–CSS 3D background and CSS 3D image. Here’s why: the Galaxy Nexus was the only Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) device included in the study.

Neither Apple nor Google has immediately responded to CNET’s request for comment on the Spaceport report.

“With the Samsung Galaxy Nexus being an Android 4.0 phone, we can conclude that there have been significant improvements implemented in the Android browser with this upgrade,” Spaceport wrote in its study. “For this reason, we do not recommend playing HTML5 games on an Android device with [version] 3.0 or below.”

Still, don’t get too excited about accessing HTML5 content from your smartphone or tablet browser. According to Spaceport, HTML5 applications running natively on the software perform much better than on iOS or Android.

“It will probably take years for HTML5 to reach native-quality performance,” Spaceport wrote in its report.

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-57391463-17/apple-ios-html5-performance-far-exceeds-android/