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Before co-founding Kaazing Jonas served as VP of Product Management for Brane Corporation, a leader in platform and technology independent solutions for any type of application software technology, automating the entire application development process required to maximize the business value of software.

Prior to Brane Corporation, he spent over 8 years at Oracle where he served as a Java EE and open source Evangelist, and product manager responsible for the product management of JavaServer Faces, Oracle ADF Faces, and Oracle ADF Faces Rich Client in the Oracle Application Server division.

Jonas is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has written numerous articles for leading IT magazines such as Java Developer’s Journal, JavaPro, AjaxWorld, and Oracle Magazine. Mr. Jacobi is co-author of the best-selling book Pro JSF and Ajax: Building Rich Internet Components, (Apress).

Article source: http://www.sys-con.com/node/2217910

Q&A: Zipline CEO Todd Hooper, Mobile Games and the HTML5 Hype Cycle

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Zipline, Moai and HTML5

Hooper and Zipline Games are about ready to release Moai 1.0, the company’s “backend-as-a-service” designed specifically for the needs of gamers. It is optimized to give game developers the right experience for their apps where both the front end of and app and the cloud it is tied to can be written in Lua, a popular code for game developers. While other mobile cloud service providers like Kinvey can run Lua through their REST APIs, Moai is specifically designed for the challenges game developers face.

ReadWriteMobile readers will recognize Hooper as a frequent commenter to the site as well as the “HTML5: Hype vs. Reality” infographic we published earlier this week. While he does not fundamentally believe that HTML5 will ever be a standard for top end mobile games, he does think it can provide a lot of utility for app developers at large. Hooper is not anti-HTML5, he is just looking at the reality of the ecosystem and his particular niche of it.

Below is a transcript of our conversation with Hooper touching on HTML5 issues, Moai’s advantages, Facebook and mobile Web app deployments.

Hooper vs. ReadWriteMobile

ReadWriteMobile: HTML5 — Not ready for games or will it never be the standard that games are created with for mobile?

Todd Hooper: Good question. Not ready is the answer now, never ready is what I am certainly hearing from a lot of folks. It really is: what is the problem that you are trying to solve with HTML5? If the problem you are trying to solve is that you need a language that you are trying to develop cross-platform for, then sure, JavaScript is a language. Is it ideal for games? I say no. There is no language that most professional developers actually use today. I see a lot of Web developers talking about game development but I don’t see a lot of game developers talking about HTML5.

The other angle is that it is great for corporate apps but not for games. What I keep hearing is, apart from those two topics, are people doing and end-run around the App Store. I think that is a little bit out of their mind, honestly. We have this great app economy, a multi-billion dollar economy that is built on the cellphone manufacturers, the carriers and the Apple and Google. I don’t see why HTML5 will disrupt that. There is the tiniest evidence to the contrary because consumers are already well-trained in the ways of apps and there is just credible evidence that anybody is going to be able to disrupt that economy. If there is any disruption starting then you have, you know, vested interest. If you want to pitch HTML5 as a technical solution to some of the problems for developing cross-platform apps, that is fine. Probably not optimal for games and definitely not going to see any disruption of app economies or distribution channels. That is out there with, ‘I’m going to build open source phones’ and that whole HTML5 thing from Mozilla. It is just a pie in the sky, I think.

RWMobile: What about Facebook? It is big enough, it has enough mobile market depth to create an HTML5 app store, could they pull it off? Or will Facebook end up just being social games that people kind of play, kind of don’t but not the higher end games that people have come to expect on the iPad?

Hooper: I think that is exactly it. You can create simple games with HTML5. When you put those games into a browser as opposed to into an app, then you have the whole monetization problem. Anybody that does mobile apps or does mobile games will tell you, every additional step that you make the user jump through when they are in the game, you are going to lose a percentage of your users. You look at a company like Moblyng, which recently just closed their doors, formally they were known as one of the primary HTML5 game developers, went out of business because they couldn’t monetize their users. There is sort of a core problem there that no one seems to be addressing which is that we have all these great systems to monetize apps [in native environments] but there aren’t any systems to monetize apps in HTML5. There is no incentive for Apple or Google to develop systems to monetize players on mobile. I don’t understand, there really is no magic that can be created to solve that problem but you do have people in the ecosystem that are vested in solving this problem.

I think Facebook’s launch of Project Spartan last year, you have played Facebook games on mobile, right?

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RWMobile: Yup.

Hooper: It is terrible, frankly. I have not seen any numbers published for any of those games but I do know that one if not two of those companies that published those games are out of business since the launch of Project Spartan. The reality is that people will go to the App Store to look for games that are state of the art. There was a comment from David Bluhm, CEO of Z2Live, up here in Seattle, I think it was a couple of weeks ago during GDC but it was an event up here [in Seattle] and they started talking about HTML5 and he said that it will basically never catch up with what is state of the art in cross-platform game development and he said that he is seeing nobody using it whatsoever. I think that once people get interested in the technology, in terms of game developers, they get into and go, you know what? This doesn’t really solve the problems we need to solve. It just introduces a different set of problems. It doesn’t let me deliver the performance and visual punch that game players are looking for.

Next Page: Hooper on the best utilities for game development, the nature of Adobe, PhoneGap and advice to build your mobile games.

Article source: http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2012/03/qa-zipline-ceo-todd-hooper-mob.php

Safari vulnerability in iOS 5.1 allows URL spoofing

By AppleInsider Staff

Published: 05:00 PM EST (02:00 PM PST)

A newly-discovered mobile Safari web browser vulnerability allows a malicious website to display a URL that is different than the website’s actual address, and can trick users into handing over sensitive personal information.

The issue, first discovered by security firm Major Security, is an error in how Apple’s mobile Safari app in iOS 5.1 handles URLs when using javascript’s window.open() method that can be exploited by malicious sites to display custom URLs.

“This can be exploited to potentially trick users into supplying sensitive information to a malicious web site,” Major Security explains, “because information displayed in the address bar can be constructed in a certain way, which may lead users to believe that they’re visiting another web site than the displayed web site.”

The exploit was tested on an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and third-generation iPad running iOS 5.1, and it seems that any iDevice running Apple’s latest mobile OS is affected by the vulnerability. Users can test the vulnerability themselves by visiting this webiste from a mobile device. After a user clicks the “demo” button on the test page, Safari will open a new window which shows “http://www.apple.com” in the address bar, but that URL is in fact being displayed through an iframe being hosted by Major Security’s servers.

By spoofing a URL and adding some convincing images to a malicious site, users can easily be tricked into thinking they are visiting a legitimate website such as Apple’s online store.

Safari Major Security
“Apple” iPad webpage through Major Security servers (left) compared to official Apple site (right).

The vulnerability was originally found in iOS 5.0 and reproduced on iOS 5.1 earlier in March. Apple was made aware of the issue on March 1 and posted an advisory regarding the matter on March 20. A patch has yet to be pushed out, though the iPhone maker is expected to do so in the near future.

Article source: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/03/22/safari_vulnerability_in_ios_51_allows_url_spoofing.html

Telerik’s Kendo UI Expands to Support Mobile App Development

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Telerik,
an end-to-end provider of software application lifecycle and content
management solutions, announces the next major release of Kendo
UI
Complete,
a collection of Web, DataViz and Mobile tools targeted at professional
software developers providing everything needed for front-end
development with JavaScript and HTML5 for sites and mobile apps.

“We have officially
introduced Kendo UI Mobile, which provides mobile UI widgets that
automatically adapt to the native look-and-feel of iOS, Android, and
BlackBerry devices. It’s the fastest way to build a mobile app that can
reach the biggest audience.”

“With this major release of Kendo UI we are taking a huge step towards
simplifying mobile app development with HTML and JavaScript,” said Todd
Anglin, Vice President, HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools. “We have officially
introduced Kendo UI Mobile, which provides mobile UI widgets that
automatically adapt to the native look-and-feel of iOS, Android, and
BlackBerry devices. It’s the fastest way to build a mobile app that can
reach the biggest audience.”

Building on top of the popular jQuery JavaScript library, Kendo UI
leverages the latest in CSS3, HTML5, and JavaScript web standards, while
still delivering broad support for all major browsers, including
Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, and mobile browsers
on iOS and Android.

The official Q1 2012 release of Kendo UI includes the following
three tools:

  • Kendo UI Web ($399) – More than a dozen rich HTML5 JavaScript
    UI widgets, including a Grid, plus essential framework components like
    a powerful Data Source, touch-enabled drag-and-drop, validation,
    globalization, and more.
  • Kendo UI DataViz ($399) – A dedicated suite of HTML5-powered
    data visualization widgets, including animated charts and, with the
    latest release, gauges.
  • Kendo UI Mobile ($199) - Rich application framework and HTML5
    JavaScript UI widgets built specifically for solving the problems of
    developing mobile apps with HTML5.

Available with Commercial or OpenSource Licenses

Kendo UI Web is available under Commercial or Open Source (GPLv3)
licenses, making it accessible to a diverse range of projects. Kendo UI
DataViz and Mobile are only available under a commercial license.

A commercial license for all three Kendo UI tools can be purchased
together for $699.

Kendo UI Q1 2012 Online Keynote – Thurs. March 22, 2012

Join the Kendo UI Team to learn more about the latest Kendo UI bits and
introduce the official release of Kendo UI Mobile. To register for this
event, visit the official
registration
.

This online keynote will quickly highlight some of the major
enhancements in the Kendo UI Q1 2012 release, showing how together Kendo
UI Web, DataViz, and Mobile give you everything you need to build rich
sites and mobile apps with HTML5 and JavaScript.

One randomly selected live attendee will win a Kendo UI Mobile Device
Pack, including an iPad, iPod Touch, Android Tablet, and Blackberry
PlayBook. Two live attendees will receive custom-etched HTML5 logo iPad
Smart Covers. And 100 live attendees will receive Kendo UI Complete
commercial licenses.

About Kendo UI

For more information about Kendo UI, please visit www.kendoui.com
or follow @KendoUI
on Twitter.

About Telerik

Telerik is a market-leading provider of end-to-end solutions for
application development, automated testing, agile project management,
reporting, and content management across all major Microsoft development
platforms. Telerik’s award-winning software development products enable
enterprises and organizations of every size to generate tangible
productivity gains, reduce time-to-market, and deliver on time and under
budget. With tens of thousands of users in more than 90 countries around
the world, Telerik’s customers include numerous Fortune 2000 companies,
academic institutions, governments, and non-profit organizations.

For additional information about Telerik, please visit www.telerik.com
or follow @telerik
on Twitter.

Article source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120322005319/en/Telerik%E2%80%99s-Kendo-UI-Expands-Support-Mobile-App

HTML5 Goes Mainstream and BYOD Picks up Steam: Five Disruptive Trends Changing …

ORLANDO, Fla.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Kony
Solutions
, the leading mobile platform provider, has released its
list of key mobile market developments for 2012 from Chief Technology
Officer Sriram Ramanathan. Working with the nation’s largest brands,
including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, two of the three
largest U.S. banks, and 3 of the top 5 U.S. airlines, Ramanathan has a
street-level view of how IT organizations are deploying mobile
technology.

“HTML5 functionality is exploding, revolutionizing consumer expectations
of mobile apps, and at the same time, BYOD is compelling IT
organizations to adapt quickly”

Tapping into his experience developing both business-to-consumer (B2C)
and business-to-employee (B2E) mobile applications, Ramanathan predicts
that organizations adopting a “mobile first” mindset and taking
advantage of HTML5 will be the ones to maintain their competitive
advantage and succeed in today’s increasingly mobile-savvy market.
Additionally, Ramanathan concurs with widespread 3rd party
forecasts that Business-to-Employee deployments will take off this year
as organizations make mobile a more strategic part of their IT
infrastructure. Five key mobile market trends companies should prepare
for now include:

1. The Rise of Mixed Mode Apps

Not all apps are created equal. To take advantage of the benefits of
HTML5, along with the ever-expanding capabilities of mobile devices,
organizations will rely on mixed mode apps that combine HTML5 features
like enhanced animations and transitions, along with the
performance-oriented abilities of native apps to achieve the best
individual user experience across phones, tablets, kiosks and desktops.

2. HTML5 Goes Mainstream, Pushes the Boundaries of Handset
Capabilities

There are more than 9,000 mobile devices on the market and new devices
are entering the market at a ferocious pace. ABI Research projects that
44 billion apps will be downloaded by 2016–it’s clear consumers are
expecting to have a high-quality and feature-rich app for just about everything.
Even though HTML5 isn’t expected to be ratified until 2017, support
for this evolving standard is on everyone’s roadmap, and developers and
IT departments are hustling to incorporate this functionality to meet
consumer demand.

3. The New JavaScript?: App Developers Tackle HTML5 Using
Prior Expertise

Embracing HTML5 does not mean organizations must start from scratch to
implement optimized mobile solutions. Tapping existing JavaScript
knowledge, organizations will leverage their current resources when
integrating HTML5 technology, thus redefining the developer’s job
description.

4. The Mobile Workforce: How HTML5 And BYOD Come Together

In the age of the mobile workforce, today’s employees bring their own
devices to work and expect more than a cookie-cutter enterprise
application. Organizations will be hard-pressed to find an executive who
does not expect feature-rich data, location awareness, and visualization
tools when surveying company analytics on-the-go via their mobile
devices. And as more organizations implement B2E mobile solutions, we
will increasingly see HTML5 as a key enabler of these offerings.

5. The Enterprise Is Evolving: Organizations Restructure To
Adapt

As BYOD evolves, organizations will restructure the roles of IT
departments. This change will manifest itself in the role of a Mobile
CIO and the build-out of new Mobile Centers of Excellence, charged with
assigning application policies, regulating internal practices and
ensuring solutions are optimized to take full advantage of the mobile
channel. No longer will teams look first to the Web Development
department – instead, expect mobile to lead the charge on business
strategy.

“HTML5 functionality is exploding, revolutionizing consumer expectations
of mobile apps, and at the same time, BYOD is compelling IT
organizations to adapt quickly,” said Sriram Ramanathan, CTO of Kony.
“We’ve heard of ‘consumerization of IT’ but what we’re really working
with is the mobilization of the entire workforce, from sales to HR to
C-level executives. I predict that organizations in 2012 will feel
greater pressure to develop engaging mobile enterprise apps with the
agility and adaptability to meet current demand and prepare for future
advancements.”

Ramanathan has more than 20 years of experience at leading companies in
telecommunications, wireless and mobile technology. Most recently
Ramanathan was an IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Master Inventor, and
CTO of wireless, mobile and communications for IBM Global Business
Services. Ramanathan has filed for more than 85 patents in the mobile,
wireless, digital media and smart grid domains.

About Kony Solutions

Kony enables companies to provide innovative mobile solutions on every
mobile device. Leveraging the KonyOne Platform, an application is
defined just once, and deployed across more than 9,000 devices, 7
operating systems and multiple channels, including native, HTML5 and
mobile web, hybrid, social media, SMS/MMS, kiosks, desktop and tablet
applications. KonyOne provides a universal framework that ensures the
best user experience by optimizing all native capabilities for each
device operating system and browser. Given the market’s rapid rate of
device and platform upgrades, Kony future proofs applications against OS
and browser updates, providing SLAs guaranteeing timely support of the
newest operating systems and devices. Leading brands have built mobile
enterprise applications with KonyOne, including Hotwire, Huntington
Bank, Hyatt, Toyota and Capital One.

In 2011 Kony was positioned as a “Visionary” in the Gartner Magic
Quadrant for Mobile Consumer Application Platforms (MCAP) report. Kony
has been named a Gartner Cool
Vendor, a ‘Most
Innovative Company of the Year’
by the American Business Awards and
was chosen as one of Fast
Company’s
 100 innovative Apple-affiliated achievers.

For more information, please visit www.kony.com.
Connect with Kony on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Article source: http://eon.businesswire.com/news/eon/20120321005533/en

Facebook Is Said to Buy 750 IBM Patents to Boost Defenses

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Facebook Said to Acquire 750 Patents From IBM as Lawsuits Mount

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Facebook Said to Acquire 750 Patents From IBM as Lawsuits Mount

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Facebook Inc. (FB) acquired 750 patents
from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), adding intellectual
property that may help it counter allegations of patent
infringement, a person with knowledge of the transaction said.

The patents cover various technologies such as software and
networking, said the person, who asked not to be identified
because the deal hasn’t been made public. The acquisition would
swell the size of Facebook’s portfolio, which includes at least
56 issued patents and 503 filed U.S. patent applications.

Facebook, the world’s biggest social-networking service, is
bolstering its legal defenses amid a standoff with rivals that
have broader intellectual property portfolios. Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) sued
Facebook this month, accusing it of infringing patents covering
critical website functions. Facebook may have shelled out
hundreds of millions of dollars for the IBM patents, said Erin-
Michael Gill, a managing director at MDB Capital Group LLC.

“This is a very big deal,” said Gill, who is chief
intellectual property officer at MDB, an investment bank focused
on intellectual property. While it’s not clear how strong the
patents are, “Facebook is now where it’s supposed to be.”

The Yahoo suit involves patents covering Internet privacy,
advertising and information sharing. Sunnyvale, California-based
Yahoo asked for an order barring Facebook from infringing the 10
patents. It’s seeking triple damages.

Jonathan Thaw, a spokesman for Menlo Park, California-based
Facebook
, declined to comment, as did Ed Barbini, a spokesman
for IBM.

Earlier Deals

Facebook already has been acquiring patents from other
holders, including early social-networking site Friendster and
computing company Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), according to the U.S.
Patent Trademark Office. Yahoo, Google Inc. and Microsoft
Corp. all have at least 1,000 patents, according to MDB, based
in Santa Monica, California.

Facebook’s IBM deal could help assuage concerns that the
company lacks the intellectual property it needs, Gill said. The
social network filed for an initial public offering last month,
increasing investor scrutiny of the business.

Facebook, which had almost $4 billion in revenue last year,
announced earlier this month that it set up a new credit line of
$5 billion, replacing a $2.5 billion revolving line, that will
be used for working capital and other general corporate
purposes. The funds also will help Facebook cover the potential
legal costs of patent litigation with Yahoo, according to a
person familiar with the matter.

Record IPO

Facebook also had 33 corresponding patents and 149 filed
applications in foreign countries as of the end of last year,
according to the IPO filing. The company is seeking to raise $5
billion in the offering, making it the largest Internet IPO on
record.

Facebook expects more patent lawsuits in the future,
according to the filing.

“We expect the number of patent and other intellectual
property claims against us to grow,” the company said in the
Feb. 1 document, prior to Yahoo’s actions. “We may introduce
new products, including in areas where we currently do not
compete, which could increase our exposure to patent and other
intellectual property claims.”

Already, Facebook ranked No. 28 on the list of companies
most frequently targeted in patent cases last year, with 22
suits, according to LegalMetric.com. That’s more than companies
such as Cisco Systems Inc. and Yahoo.

‘Weapons in Arsenal’

“They need to have some weapons in their own arsenal,”
Thomas Scott, a lawyer at Goodwin Procter LLP in Washington,
said in an interview last week.

Acquired patents made up $51 million of Facebook’s goodwill
and intangible assets in 2011, up from $33 million in 2010,
according to Facebook.

IBM, meanwhile, has been offering portions of its patent
hoard to Internet companies. The Armonk, New York-based
computer-services giant has made a series of intellectual-
property deals with Google (GOOG) over the past year.

IBM continues to add to its patent trove, receiving 6,180
new patents last year. The company has topped the list of U.S.
patent recipients for 19 straight years.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Brian Womack in San Francisco at
bwomack1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net

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Article source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-22/facebook-is-said-to-buy-750-ibm-patents-to-boost-defenses.html

Most Webmasters Don’t Know How Their Websites Got Hacked, Report Says

Most owners of compromised websites don’t know how their sites got hacked into and only 6 percent detect the malicious activity on their own, according to a report released by StopBadware and Commtouch on Thursday.

The new “Compromised Websites: An Owner’s Perspective” report is based on a survey of over 600 website administrators and owners that was carried out over several months by security vendor Commtouch and StopBadware, a nonprofit organization that helps webmasters identify, remediate and prevent website compromises.

The leading cause of website compromises appears to be outdated content management software (CMS). This was indicated as a reason for their websites being hacked by 20 percent of respondents.

Twelve percent of webmasters said that a computer used to update their website was infected with malware, 6 percent said that their credentials were stolen credentials, and 2 percent admitted logging in while using wireless networks or public PCs. However, 63 percent of respondents didn’t know how their websites got compromised.

The CMS platform most commonly installed on compromised websites was WordPress, as indicated by 28 percent of respondents. However, WordPress accounts for over 50 percent of the entire CMS market according to data from w3techs.com, so the rate between hacked WordPress websites and the platform’s actual install base is better than that of other CMS platforms like Joomla or osCommerce.

Almost half of respondents — 49 percent — learned that their websites had been compromised through browser or search engine alerts. Eighteen percent were notified by their colleagues or friends, 10 percent by a security organization and 7 percent by their hosting provider. Only 6 percent of respondents discovered the compromise on their own by noticing suspicious or increased activity on their websites, the report said.

A third of respondents didn’t know how their websites had been abused after being hacked. Those that did know pointed to the hosting of malware and rogue redirect scripts as being the most common forms of abuse — 25 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

Many webmasters — 46 percent — managed to fix the compromise on their own, using information available on help forums and other websites. Twenty percent fixed the problem by following instructions received from security companies and 14 percent with the help of their hosting providers.

However, more than a quarter of respondents indicated that their websites remained compromised after trying several approaches.

Overall, 28 percent of webmasters said that they are considering switching Web hosting providers after their hacking experience. The survey found that webmasters were three times more likely to consider leaving Web hosting providers that charged extra for helping them address the problem or refused to provide support.

The report concluded that many webmasters are not fully aware of the threats their websites are exposed to and how to deal with possible compromises. Taking basic security precautions like keeping CMS software and plug-ins up to date, using strong and varied passwords that aren’t stored on local machines, and regularly scanning computers for malware can go a long way to prevent website hacking incidents, the report said.

Improved methods of proactively notifying webmasters that their websites have been hacked are needed to complement browser and search engine alerts. Web hosting providers have an opportunity to strengthen the reputation of their brands by educating and helping customers whose websites have been hacked, the report said.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/252354/most_webmasters_dont_know_how_their_websites_got_hacked_report_says.html

Masterclass Presenter Pinpoints Web Design Mistakes

Helga Letowt-Vorbek from Mantaray, host of the upcoming UX Masterclass Conference in Johannesburg on 30 March 2012, shares the five worst user-experience mistakes made by South African web designers.

“So many South African websites are memorable for all the wrong reasons,” says Letowt-Vorbek. “Websites are products used by customers and the customer’s experience of the website should be the first and last consideration when creating a site. There are some common design flaws on South African websites that damage brands by making the user’s interaction with the website an unpleasant or incomplete experience.

“Our knowledge and insight into user experience, supported by the research of our UXalliance colleagues globally, has revealed these five website no-no’s that South African web designers should address,” she says.

Choosing the wrong navigation device

Tab-based navigation excludes around 80% of website users, particularly those surfing via their mobile phones. Testing has shown that it is only highly educated users that understand tab navigation. Good content categorisation is vital and cross-links are very important. This is particularly essential when designing for mobile, which is where the majority of potential lies in the South African market.

Assuming that everyone knows what banners are and how they work

Using banners on a site assumes that website users understand that they need to click on them to view new content. New online users, particularly in the mobile arena, see images as content – they rarely understand, without instruction, that an image is clickable, and that it will lead to more content or advertising.

Marketing speak thinly disguised as content

The general rule is that you have less than 10 seconds to grab the attention of a visitor to your website. You will be successful in grasping their attention with eye-catching images that provide context, strong headlines and well-crafted copy. If you copy and paste your entire corporate profile onto your website verbatim, nobody is going to read it. In fact, they will most probably get irritated, and they are likely to move on to the next search result.

Design-oriented content

Do not include content on your website because you think it looks good. Create concise content that gets your message across in 500 characters (not 500 words) for online, and in 250 characters for mobile websites.

Article source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201203221167.html

Benchmark Email Releases Free Email Marketing Plugin for WordPress Bloggers

The Benchmark Email Free WordPress Plugin

Many bloggers know that promoting a blog can take far more time than actually creating content. This email plugin, which includes a signup box widget, does all the work for you.

Los Alamitos, California (PRWEB) March 22, 2012

Benchmark Email, an award-winning, global email marketing service, has created a free WordPress email marketing plugin designed for WordPress bloggers. Created with the developers from BeAutomated, the Benchmark Email Lite plugin gathers email signups on blog pages, then lets bloggers quickly send out newsletter versions of their WordPress posts to subscribers.

“Many bloggers know that promoting a blog can take far more time than actually creating content. This email plugin, which includes a signup box widget, does all the work for you,” says Curt Keller, CEO of the email marketing company Benchmark Email. “It’s a very simple process. Visitors go to your blog and sign up for your emails, and after you write a blog post, you hit a few buttons to send out the email version. It’s really that easy.”

Benchmark Email Lite lets bloggers create a signup box matching their blog’s theme, and use up to 28 custom fields to gather information beyond an email address or name. The widget can be placed on any or all blog pages, if the theme allows it (a third-party plugin can be used for this). Benchmark Email Lite also allows multiple API keys, and bloggers can create up to five different email lists in the WordPress back-end for sending posts to subscribers.

Once a WordPress blogger signs up for a free 30-day trial at Benchmark Email, they can use the plugin and widget for free, indefinitely. Benchmark Email also features online surveys and polls, a free email marketing app for the iPhone, social media tools, and other features, with paid plans starting at $9.95 a month.

About Benchmark Email

Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Benchmark Email is one of the world’s most critically-lauded
email marketing services for small businesses, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. The email marketing company serves clients in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, with award-winning, top-notch email marketing features developed with the input of users.


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Google: HTML5 Doesn’t Give You A Boost But Has No Downside

HTML5It has been about a year and a half since we last reported on Google’s view of HTML5 where John Mueller of Google said “our crawlers are used to not being able to parse all HTML markup,” adding “HTML5 is still very much a work in progress.”

But now, the same John Mueller 1.5 years later said there is no downside to using HTML5, in fact, HTML5 generally makes for cleaner code that is more applicable to add meta formats to it.

John wrote:

Our crawling and indexing systems currently don’t do anything special for HTML5, so there is no “bonus” for using HTML5 constructs, but similarly also generally no downside.

That said, most of the pages with HTML5 markup that I’ve seen tend to be very clean – with little “cruft” and unnecessary elements. While having clean markup isn’t something that our algorithms explicitly look for, we occasionally see pages that are almost unparseable. Also, clean markup makes it much easier to maintain the website, easier to add new elements like microformats, and frequently makes the pages more portable across a variety of browsers and devices. So with that in mind, there’s nothing holding you back (from a search point of view) from creating an awesome site in HTML5 :)

As you can see from the tone of John’s message, he wouldn’t advise against going the HTML5 route now. In fact, he seems to recommend it when it makes sense. Two years ago, his tone was a bit different, at least, the way I read it.

So feel free to go the HTML5 route – of course animation, movies and such need content for Google to index, without it, it won’t rank for much.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

Article source: http://www.seroundtable.com/google-html5-14912.html

Telerik’s Kendo UI Expands to Support Mobile App Development

WALTHAM, Mass., Mar 22, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
Telerik,
an end-to-end provider of software application lifecycle and content
management solutions, announces the next major release of Kendo
UI Complete,
a collection of Web, DataViz and Mobile tools targeted at professional
software developers providing everything needed for front-end
development with JavaScript and HTML5 for sites and mobile apps.

“With this major release of Kendo UI we are taking a huge step towards
simplifying mobile app development with HTML and JavaScript,” said Todd
Anglin, Vice President, HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools. “We have officially
introduced Kendo UI Mobile, which provides mobile UI widgets that
automatically adapt to the native look-and-feel of iOS, Android, and
BlackBerry devices. It’s the fastest way to build a mobile app that can
reach the biggest audience.”

Building on top of the popular jQuery JavaScript library, Kendo UI
leverages the latest in CSS3, HTML5, and JavaScript web standards, while
still delivering broad support for all major browsers, including
Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, and mobile browsers
on iOS and Android.

The official Q1 2012 release of Kendo UI includes the following
three tools:


Kendo UI Web ($399) – More than a dozen rich HTML5 JavaScript
UI widgets, including a Grid, plus essential framework components like
a powerful Data Source, touch-enabled drag-and-drop, validation,
globalization, and more.


Kendo UI DataViz ($399) – A dedicated suite of HTML5-powered
data visualization widgets, including animated charts and, with the
latest release, gauges.


Kendo UI Mobile ($199) – Rich application framework and HTML5
JavaScript UI widgets built specifically for solving the problems of
developing mobile apps with HTML5.

Available with Commercial or OpenSource Licenses

Kendo UI Web is available under Commercial or Open Source (GPLv3)
licenses, making it accessible to a diverse range of projects. Kendo UI
DataViz and Mobile are only available under a commercial license.

A commercial license for all three Kendo UI tools can be purchased
together for $699.

Kendo UI Q1 2012 Online Keynote — Thurs. March 22, 2012

Join the Kendo UI Team to learn more about the latest Kendo UI bits and
introduce the official release of Kendo UI Mobile. To register for this
event, visit the official
registration.

This online keynote will quickly highlight some of the major
enhancements in the Kendo UI Q1 2012 release, showing how together Kendo
UI Web, DataViz, and Mobile give you everything you need to build rich
sites and mobile apps with HTML5 and JavaScript.

One randomly selected live attendee will win a Kendo UI Mobile Device
Pack, including an iPad, iPod Touch, Android Tablet, and Blackberry
PlayBook. Two live attendees will receive custom-etched HTML5 logo iPad
Smart Covers. And 100 live attendees will receive Kendo UI Complete
commercial licenses.

About Kendo UI

For more information about Kendo UI, please visit
www.kendoui.com
or follow @KendoUI
on Twitter.

About Telerik

Telerik is a market-leading provider of end-to-end solutions for
application development, automated testing, agile project management,
reporting, and content management across all major Microsoft development
platforms. Telerik’s award-winning software development products enable
enterprises and organizations of every size to generate tangible
productivity gains, reduce time-to-market, and deliver on time and under
budget. With tens of thousands of users in more than 90 countries around
the world, Telerik’s customers include numerous Fortune 2000 companies,
academic institutions, governments, and non-profit organizations.

For additional information about Telerik, please visit
www.telerik.com
or follow @telerik
on Twitter.

SOURCE: Telerik


        Telerik
        BJ Holtgrewe, 888-365-2779
        bj.holtgrewe@telerik.com
        or
        Interprose Public Relations
        Lisa Brandli, 425-653-1246
        Lisa_Brandli@interprosepr.com

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Article source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/teleriks-kendo-ui-expands-to-support-mobile-app-development-2012-03-22

Why Choose Professional Custom Website Design Services?

If you have always wondered why your website has not been
able to live up to the expectations, it is time for you to have a thorough
analysis and most often than not you will find that the design of your website
is not up to the standards or expectations of the site visitors.

If you really want your website to do well in search engine
results and entice visitors to turn regular customers, it is time that you
emphasize on the most important aspect of a website–web design.

In this piece of information, we will be accessing common
mistakes that are seen on most sites and find out how these can be corrected by
seeking the specialized services of a professional website consultancy firm.

Some of the biggest mistakes seen on most sites are
horizontal scrolling, “under construction” pages, pages without navigation,
absence of search box, hidden or false links, typos and grammatical errors,
images without the alt attribute, and improper image format. If that was not
all, some web designers do not pay heed to industry standards and commit
mistakes such as confusing content and design, auto-play sounds, cross-browser
inconsistencies, and opening too many windows.

Another mistake that can be commonly noticed on most sites
is the failure to provide information that described the website. It is
worthwhile to remember that a website must be very clear and forthcoming about
its purpose and vision. Moreover, some sites display information that has no
direct or even indirect relation with purpose of the website.

The list of web design
mistakes does not end here. Some sites display busy and crowded pages that can
surely drive customers away while some emphasize too much on images and
graphics that make the site load slowly or get in way of the text site visitors
are accessing, or distract their attention. The point to be conveyed is that only
useful images that relate to the site and help in communicating the message of
the site page should be used and no image should be strewed over the site to
make it look appealing.

If you want to avoid all these and many more mistakes that
are generally committed by inexperienced web design companies, the best option
before you is to seek the professional and reliable services of a custom website design
company that specializes in web design and can make your site friendly to
search engines.

If that was not all, you can even opt for database
management services offered by a website consultancy firm. These solutions can
easily help you reduce operational costs by as much as 40 percent besides
reducing downtime and improving productivity. Furthermore, these services leads
to superior, proactive, and on-demand customer service along with improving
returns on investments by capitalizing on existing information technology
infrastructure investment. Database management services can also be highly
beneficial for transforming disparate information into a valuable resource
besides improving the quality and consistency of information. The best part is
that the use of database technology in your business can be customized
according to the specific requirements of your business at budget-friendly
prices.

All in all, if you want the best, hire the best professional
custom website design company, and start climbing on the ladder of success.

 

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Lincolnshire Based Agricultural Supplier Appoints New Website Designer from …

Website Designers In Lincolnshire

However, as the world has gone more online, we need to move with the times…

Basingstoke, UK (PRWEB UK) 22 March 2012

Website designers in Lincolnshire are few and far between due to the rural nature of the county; many of the larger design agencies are based in Lincoln, Grimsby or Scunthorpe. This was the problem that a large agricultural equipment supplier in Grantham faced as they were looking for a larger website design agency that had resources and facilities to build a more professional website to replace the basic one that was set up by a temporary student in 2003.

There are tens of thousands of website designers around the UK, but the client in Grantham was looking for a local designer that did have experience in designing farming related websites. Websites are websites, however if a designer does know the sector and has designed similar websites in the past, then there will naturally be more synergy.

The owner of the agricultural plant supplier said, ‘The site we had was so basic, but was designed in the early days; we are not really web based as all our business comes from direct sales to our customers. However as the world has gone more online, we need to move with the times and were looking for a skilled design agency to create something really punchy. We selected a website designer suggested to us by Marketing Quotes that is based in Grimsby purely based on their experience. They had some nice websites in their collection and know the agricultural sector, they should start work on the new site shortly, hopefully it will look good.’

Anne Richards works with Marketing Quotes website designers and added ‘industry experience does play a roll with how a site looks, websites do need to stand out as unique, but also need to communicate a message to the visitors. We understand there have been a couple of meetings so all being well, the site should look good and work great.’

About Marketing Quotes – Marketing Quotes is a free service to UK businesses to help them get free advice and quotes from local marketing agencies that have experience in their industry sector.


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Tampa Web Design Firm, Bayshore Solutions, Launches Website Redesign for the …

Tampa, FL, March 22, 2012 –(PR.com)– Bayshore Solutions, a leading Tampa Web design firm, is proud to announce the launch of a custom website design for Student Health Services (SHS). SHS came to Bayshore Solutions in need of an updated website design with better functionality to serve its University of South Florida community.

Student Health Services at the University of South Florida is a clinic dedicated to its mission of “providing students high quality health care and education to strengthen student learning and promote lifelong success through health and wellness.” The services provided by SHS helps students achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, which in turn helps support academic success.

Student Health Services needed a redesign of its existing student health portal as well as the capability to link to other USF departments. Bayshore Solutions developed a website that provides this information supporting the well-being of the entire USF student population. Students can now schedule appointments, download all necessary forms prior to arriving at the center, and find several useful links on the website including information on insurance, fees, hours of operation and more.

Through the integration of Bayshore Solutions’ WebModules CMS, or Web content management system on the new website, Student Health Services can readily update information for students and parents, share articles and promote wellness within the USF community.

“Bayshore Solutions is pleased to develop this value-building online asset for Student Health Services which now serves as the central location for USF students, parents, staff and faculty to access wellness information and resources,” said Kevin Hourigan, President and CEO of Bayshore Solutions.

The new student healthcare website design for USF’s Student Health Services can be found at: http://www.shs.usf.edu/default.aspx.

About Bayshore Solutions
Interactive marketing agency Bayshore Solutions, offers award-winning capabilities for custom Web design, Web site development, e-commerce, and Internet advertising. Founded in 1996, the Tampa Web site design company has delivered custom Web applications and Interactive Marketing Services throughout the USA and internationally with physical offices accessible to Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Dade County, and Broward County in Florida. Bayshore Solutions integrates technology and Internet marketing services to ensure measurable results for clients. For more information about Web site design and Internet marketing services visit http://www.BayshoreSolutions.com.

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How to Build Your Own HTML5 Video Player

Sometimes, good things start out a little sketchy. HTML5 video, for example, has more than its share of rough edges. In his presentation on building an HTML5 video player at the recent HTML5 Video Summit in Los Angeles, Steve Heffernan, co-founder of cloud encoding company Zencoder and creator of the open-source Video.js video player, told how he himself started out with problems.

Showing a picture of himself at six, Heffernan told about the many misfortunes he suffered that year.

“This is me at six-years-old. This is probably the best picture of me at six-years-old. A little while after this I fell out of a hammock and killed my front two teeth, and they had to put big metal caps over my front two teeth. It was really attractive. I also had a lazy eye. In order to correct the lazy eye they had to put a patch over my good eye. It wasn’t a cool patch, like a pirate patch; it was a big Band-Aid. Then I had glasses on top of than. And I also had a speech impediment because I couldn’t say my Rs. In order to correct that, they had to put plastic tubes in my ears to help me say my Rs. So there was me with my metal caps, patch, glasses, speech impediment, tubes out of my ears,” said Heffernan, setting the stage.

“HTML5 video is kind of like me at six-years-old. It has the potential to someday be a fully-functioning HTML tag, but at the moment it’s got some issues. We have to know what those are in order to work with it and build video players on top of it. Eventually it will be that dominant playback method, or, at least, I think it will be,” Heffernan added.

For step-by-step instructions on creating your own HTML5 video player, watch Heffernan’s presentation below. Also, read Heffernan’s Streaming Media article on building an HTML5 player.

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By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C
found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/.
–>

<!–
This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon
as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after
the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line.
–>

How-To: Building an HTML5 Video Player

This live coding session will demonstrate how to develop from scratch your own interface for HTML5 video, including embedding a video using HTML5, building custom controls using the JavaScript API, fallback strategies for older browsers and devices, and fixing known playback bugs on the iPhone and Android. By the end of the session you should feel comfortable adding HTML5 video to your own site.

Speaker: Steve Heffernan, Creator, VideoJS

Article source: http://www.onlinevideo.net/2012/03/how-to-build-your-own-html5-video-player/

Multi-Threaded Compiled Performance for JavaScript and Python

Canadian multi-threading specialist Fabric Engine has officially launched v1.0 of its eponymously named high-performance computing (HPC) platform this week under the AGPL license. This new release aims to combine the power of multi-core hardware to bring multi-threaded and compiled performance to dynamic languages such as JavaScript and Python.

Fabric Engine has highlighted the speed of usability advantages of dynamic languages, but says that they are ultimately slow compared to compiled languages unless rebuilt to provide performance — which in turn introduces additional costs.

The company’s USP rests upon its claim that Fabric Engine will give the “same performance” as multi-threaded C++, yet retain the ease of use and speed of iteration of dynamic languages.

The firm’s customers have gone on the record saying that Fabric Engine also benefits from using a language very similar to JavaScript for high-performance operators (vanilla JavaScript/node.js for everything else) — and that this reduces the need to use C++. The upshot being that developers can then potentially avoid the whole code-compile-run cycle and use a more immediate execute model.

According to the company’s official news stream, “On the server and in the cloud, Fabric Engine is ideal for addressing compute-bound problems that require raw execution performance. With node.js, Fabric Engine provides an asynchronous compute model that works well alongside the other services that node provides.”

NOTE: High-performance applications (HPC) encompass such apps as those used in game development, animation, film production, GIS, medicine, and other industries that are greedy for performance.

Fabric Engine currently runs as a browser plug-in and is currently in beta for a Python/QT desktop framework.

Article source: http://drdobbs.com/jvm/232700036

Multi-user HTML5 Light Table Demo with WebSockets – SYS

This demo highlights the extreme low latency and full duplex nature of WebSockets. The same Web page is accessed from a desktop and a tablet computer. Images on an HTML5 canvas element are rendered and moved around using multi-touch and mouse gestures. Best of all: mouse gestures originating from the desktop and touch gestures from the tablet can happen simultaneously. Well worth the less than 2 minutes… Enjoy!

Read the original blog entry…

More Stories By Jonas Jacobi

Jonas Jacobi is President and CEO of Kaazing, a privately held company that delivers next generation high-performance Web communication platform providing distribution of live data to the online financial trading, betting, gaming, auction, social, and media industries.

Before co-founding Kaazing Jonas served as VP of Product Management for Brane Corporation, a leader in platform and technology independent solutions for any type of application software technology, automating the entire application development process required to maximize the business value of software.

Prior to Brane Corporation, he spent over 8 years at Oracle where he served as a Java EE and open source Evangelist, and product manager responsible for the product management of JavaServer Faces, Oracle ADF Faces, and Oracle ADF Faces Rich Client in the Oracle Application Server division.

Jonas is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has written numerous articles for leading IT magazines such as Java Developer’s Journal, JavaPro, AjaxWorld, and Oracle Magazine. Mr. Jacobi is co-author of the best-selling book Pro JSF and Ajax: Building Rich Internet Components, (Apress).

Article source: http://www.sys-con.com/node/2216078

Attending School for Web Layout

Web Layout Can Possibly be a Compensating Field Choice

If you fancy the concept and task that conforms into producing a fascinating and performing website, you may want to deal with a profession as a web designer. This can be an excellent choice for imaginative people. If you are acknowledging this profession, it can be advantageous to go to a web layout institution to support you acquire the expertise you must have to be successful. Although there are no assurance with tough grind and devotion, a web layout credential can build you up for a compensating profession.

What do Word Wide Web Designers Do?

What particularly web designers do? They draft and administer websites that look excellent, and function well. With a web design course, you will master how to build websites for computers, mobile gadgets and many more. With a lot of technological progress, there is consistently something to be acquired. A web layout institution can grant you a chance to grasp fresh learning institutions and study with business software and plans. All of these abilities can assist you a long way in your web layout profession.

Where do Web Designers Perform their Tasks?

Web creators can discover career in a broad array of environment. You may like to work for a huge firm, or work for a little firm as a sole web designer. Excellent web layout abilities persist to be required in today’s consistently evolving cyberspace and technological globe. There are a lot of careers applicable to web layout masters. When acknowledging web layout educational institutions, you may be anxious about the expense of instruction. The great revelation is there are monetary assistance alternatives possible if you comply. You can work with a monetary assistance advocate to better comprehend your alternatives.

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If you are hunting for a brand-new profession alternative, think out on becoming a web layout learner. By going to a web layout learning institution, you can acquire knowledge on how to build websites that work effectively and look excellent. Although there are is no assurance, you can apply the skills acquired during your study to aid you in developing your profession and achieve your objectives.

A web layout course will develop you to build captivating websites. The great revelation is that monetary assistance is immediately handy for joining the finest web layout institutions.