The Managed WordPress Hosting service from Trent Studios, LLC, allows the business owner to focus on their business while Trent Studios keeps their website safe and secure. They can rest easier knowing that their WordPress website on Trent Studios’ dedicated server environment is secure, kept backed-up, and up-to-date with the latest software.
WordPress is a content management system and blogging platform. Think of WordPress as website-building software. It’s free and gets installed into the website. It’s not something that’s installed on a personal computer. The appearance of a WordPress website can be changed with what’s called a ‘theme’. The functionality of a WordPress website can be changed by installing plug-ins, such as a contact form plug-in, or a shopping cart plug-in.
Think of hosting as the place a website lives. It’s like the lot a house sits on.
The developers of WordPress, the theme, and any plug-ins installed, release updates from time to time that include new features or security patches. Those security patches are why it’s a good idea to keep a WordPress website kept up-to-date. But before the website is updated, it needs to be backed-up, in case something goes wrong.
There’s more to a secure WordPress site than just keeping software up-to-date. As part of Trent Studios’ Managed WordPress Hosting service, they also make changes to how WordPress gets installed and who, or what, can have access to it. For example, the first thing hackers do to gain access to a website is try to figure out where the log-in page is, and what the username and password is. The default log-in URL is somewebsite.com/wp-admin/. The folks at Trent Studios, LLC, simply change this to something different. They also use strong passwords. A few of the many things they do to secure a WordPress website are highlighted on their website at http://trentstudios.com/managed-wordpress-hosting/
If there’s been a breach to the website, they try to find out how the hacker got in and fix it, find and quarantine the injection, and evaluate what can be done to prevent that from happening again.
The reason security is so important is because hackers all around the world are looking for vulnerable websites they can hack into. If a WordPress website has a plug-in that has a known security vulnerability, hackers will find it eventually, and when they do, they may use it to send spam or replace the home page with a Viagra ad.
Just about everybody offers WordPress hosting. But not everybody offers Managed WordPress Hosting or goes to the length Trent Studios, LLC does to keep a WordPress safe and secure. Security is their primary concern.
You may have noticed a shift in the digital world recently, where websites and brand identities have been stripped back to a very simple, minimalistic design.
Minimalism has been “in” in the design world for a number of years, but it has only just started to appear on the web. While the trend’s stripped back look and feel might not be right for all applications, there are some principles that can be applied to any design project.
1. Easy Navigation
Having too many elements in a website design can be confusing – and frustrating – for users. Cluttered, busy layouts make it difficult to work out where to go to find the information or functions they’re looking for.
With more people using smart phones and tablets as their primary internet access source, there is a real need for information to be displayed clearly on the smaller screen size and suit the “swipe” style browsing habits of the modern internet users.
2. Faster Reading
Studies have proven that people don’t spend the same amount of time paying attention to detail on digital displays as they do when reading print material. They tend to scan the page quickly rather than taking in every word. Pairing the content back to well written basic copy means that people are more likely to take notice of what the website is trying to tell them.
3. Easier to Keep Up To Date
One way that designers can minimise the wordiness of website copy is to hide older stories. News websites have been doing this for some time, as have bloggers and other digital publishers. Typically a handful of up to the minute or particularly newsworthy articles are highlighted, with older content condensed into a list view.
4. It’s Trustworthy
Just as a cluttered layout can frustrate or confuse users, it can also make them wary about what you’re actually offering. A minimalistic approach can help instil confidence in the organisation as site visitors don’t feel that they are trying to hide anything or go for the ‘hard sell’.
It’s just a simple, ‘this is what we do and how we can help you’ style of approach that makes people feel they can trust the organisation.
5. It’s An Art Form
There is a fine line between a minimalist design and having your website look unfinished. If you’re thinking about stripping back the look of your web page, it’s advisable that you contact a digital marketing agency like Simple to manage your redesign. Professional designers can create the look and functionality you need while ensuring that your website remains on brand with clear messaging.
The old adage ‘less is more’ can translate into a really effective – yet still aesthetically pleasing – web design principle. The internet can be a very busy place with multiple messages being broadcast simultaneously. Taking a clean, simplistic approach is sometimes the best way to make sure that your website stands out.
Have you seen any great examples of minimalist web design done well?
If you want to own a robust business website that gives you the flexibility to customize the themes and content to match your needs, then WordPress web development is surely made for you.
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WordPress is an outstanding open-source blogging tool as well as content management system, which can be customized easily. Powering over 17% of the internet, this incredible CMS is used to create all sorts of websites from simple blogs, to sophisticated and enterprise sites. It combines convenience for publishers and users with underlying product implementation complexity for the programmers. This makes WordPress flexible yet easy-to-use CMS.
Interesting Facts About WordPress That Make It The Top Choice Among People • Currently, there are more than 69760000 WordPress websites worldwide • Nearly 20% of top 10 million websites are built using WordPress • Amazingly, 52% of top technical blogs make use of WordPress • Moreover, it has been translated into 73 distinct languages
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Why Plugins are important for website?
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Alfresco has teamed up with document viewing technology provider Snowbound Software to integrate Snowbound’s VirtualViewer HTML5 into its collaborative ECM platform, Alfresco One.
The web-based viewer allows end users to view all major document formats including PDF, TIFF, HTML, JPEG and MS Office. Features include a multiple document viewer, text search and a full range of annotation tools. Billed as “zero footprint” tool, VirtualViewer HTML5 works in any browser and requires no additional downloads or plugins.
“VirtualViewer’s configurability makes it easy for administrators to control permission-based access of multiple groups while providing a universal viewing experience regardless of the users’ browser or device,” said Snowbound’s Director of Marketing, Jody Spencer.
Vendors in the tech industry as a whole seem to favor splashy announcements, but Alfresco has a history of quietly creating partnerships that bring simple yet necessary options to its users.
It reflects a culture that former FierceContentManagment Editor Ron Miller mentioned after interviewing company founder John Newton last year. “They want to be ‘simple and smart,’” Miller said. “What that means is they strive to give end users the simplicity they crave. They don’t want to think about managing records or adding metadata, or doing any of the tasks we have always associated with content management products. They just want to do their jobs and let the software take care of all that.”
For more: - view a slide deck from an Ignite Talk about VirtualViewer - read the details from Snowbound
This is the third post in a series on WordPress security. The story starts when my site was hacked and continued as I diagnosed the hack. In this post I’ll get into how I identified and then cleaned up the malicious code on my site. I’ve never done this before yet I found no good resources on this topic so hopefully this information is useful to those that need to clean up their WordPress site after a hack.
If you have better advice, please add it in the comments; I’m looking to provide the best advice possible.
First of all, let’s get it out of the way. Best practices say the only way to be sure you have a clean site is to do a full reinstall of the site. That requires a fresh install of WordPress, your theme, your plugins, any other software you use AND your WordPress database. I learned this after my site was cleaned so the advice didn’t help me. Not to mention, starting all over and hoping my site will work once you piece it all back together is pretty frightening. With that said my host, Dreamhost, provided guidance and security scans to let me know how my clean up was progressing. If you don’t have a host that can provide help, you’re wise to consider reinstalling or finding a WordPress expert to clean up your site for you.
1. Upgrade, reinstall and remove
In the first post in this series I mentioned that I restored my WordPress site from backups. In my case, I had to do that to get access to the WP admin login. Once your site is running again, you still need to upgrade WordPress and reinstall essential plugins. Notice that plugins need to be reinstalled not just upgraded. Upgrading WordPress is too trivial to describe, just click the “upgrade WordPress” button.
With your WordPress updated turn your attention to your plugins. Take screen shots of your installed plugins as well as those plugins that have settings. The settings should be stored in your database, but I liked having a record of everything before proceeding. With a list of all your plugins, use the administrative console to deactivate and delete all your plugins. Then reinstall your essential plugins.
In my case, my themes were infected and new malicious themes were installed. I removed every theme not in use.
2. Identify malicious code
Now it’s time to understand how extensively your site has been hacked. Dreamhost was good enough to provide a listing of hacked files. I had over 2,700 infected files on my server.
I had over 2,700 infected files on my server.
I used this output to carefully clean up my site. Knowing what was infected was crucial. Had I not have known I would have been stuck and been forced to reinstall WordPress, which I’m told works, but seems scary.
3. Remove unnecessary code
Next, any infected files that you aren’t in use. This will include themes and older versions of your site. Infected themes could be default, those I installed or installed by the hack. I was able to remove the bogus directories with the “rm” command.
cd //wp-content/themes rm -r bogustheme1 bogustheme2
Working off the list of infected files, I kept a log of files I was removing. Just keep ticking your way down the list. You’ll likely find that removing unnecessary directories will go a long way in cleaning up your site.
4. Manual remove PHP
After removing the directories you don’t need, you need to go in and surgically remove the infected php files. By this point, the number of infected files remaining should be in the dozens, not thousands. For the remaining files you can manually remove the infection. My infected php files had base64 code at the top of the file. It was easy to remove since it was actually one long line. I used the universal Unix file editor “vi” to edit the files. “vi” is a weird program and insufferable to get accustomed to. You may have better luck with the tools provided by your hosting company.
A php infected php file will contain such code
If you’re tech savvy, you can create a webpage on your WordPress site that will allow you to find all the “base64″ files on your site by using these instructions.
Hopefully you site is now clean. The next post will discuss lessons learned from this awful experience.
If you have ideas on how to clean up a hacked WordPress site, offer them in the comments.
No matter what you do, a website is a must have. It is simply the easiest and most cost effective way to connect with prospective clients and to stay connected with the ones you’ve already got.
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The LithiumCard is a portable power solution. Simply charge it up at home and take it with you in case your device runs out of power when you need it most. Plug your phone or tablet into the LithiumCard via Lightning connector or Micro-USB and it will begin charging your device at up to 1% per minute. That means your mobile device will have up to 15% charge in only 15 minutes!
The LithiumCard is stylish, lightweight, and compact. In fact, with it’s ultra-thin design, it can fit in most wallets. Plus you can simultaneously charge your LithiumCard while your LithiumCard charges your device.
Allan Blocker is the lead editor at StackSocial;, an e-commerce platform offering flash sales on digital tools, web apps, and tech gear. He sleeps, breathes, and would probably eat Mac apps if it was at all possible. Follow Allan on Twitter @allanblocker.
Los Angeles, CA — (ReleaseWire) — 09/17/2014 — PowerUpHosting, a Los Angeles based company that offers cheap web hosting, is pleased to announce that they now offer high performance SSD WordPress hosting for the unbelievable rate of only $9.95 per month. “We are very excited to offer the most reliable WordPress hosting available, using the latest hardware and software, while offering the best prices and customer support. We have expert WordPress technicians available to assist our customers 24/7 with any questions or troubleshooting help that they require,” stated PowerUpHosting’s Udit Goenka.
Unlike most companies that offer WordPress hosting, PowerUpHosting includes several features at no additional cost to their customers. Udit Goenka of PowerUpHosting explained, “We provide automated backups free of charge. Our customers select when and how often they want their websites backed up and it is all handled automatically without them having to do anything. This gives them the peace of mind that their data is always backed up fully. We also offer unlimited SSD storage, so our customers don’t have to worry about how much site space they are consuming or how much traffic they are receiving. Our WordPress hosting doesn’t have any fine print. We also keep every customer updated with the latest version of WordPress automatically. Not only is this convenient, but it also provides another level of security.”
With so many benefits of SSD hosting, PowerUpHosting encourages businesses and bloggers alike to look into upgrading their hosting; not only for the money savings, but also for the performance and convenience features. “The hardware and software that we use is far superior to the competition. Not only do we offer a less expensive alternative, but we also include several features such as Litespeed caching and access to level 2 and level 3 technicians around the clock. If that isn’t enough, we also offer a 45 day money back guarantee. Show me one other hosting provider that has this much confidence in their hosting service – I’ll save you some time, there isn’t one! We welcome businesses of all sizes as well as individuals to give us a try,” stated PowerUpHosting’s Udit Goenka.
PowerUpHosting provides affordable web hosting for those that demand the best hardware and system performance but don’t want to be over charged for it. The company uses newer hardware and SSD to provide the most reliable and affordable hosting for both businesses and individuals that demand the best performance at a very affordable price. PowerUpHosting has a very simple sign up process, which gives customers access to their account in less than 30 seconds, and pricing is as low as $9.95 per month.
Winning five WebAwards for our five submissions is just a nod to our talented team.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (PRWEB) September 17, 2014
Pyxl, a leading digital marketing firm named to the 2014 Inc. 5000 list, announced today that it has won five WebAwards for websites across five different industries. The WebAwards are produced by the Web Marketing Association which is composed of Internet marketing, online advertising, PR, design and development professionals who help set the industry standard. After 17 years, the WebAward program is the longest running annual website award competition dedicated to naming the best websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development.
“Winning five WebAwards for our five submissions is just a nod to our talented team,” said Josh Phillips, president of Pyxl. “Every member of this team excels in their specified area of expertise, from digital marketing to web development and design, and the group collectively keeps up with the cutting-edge, industry trends. It is this dedication and passion that will continue to push us toward success.”
The WebAwards focus on the entirety of a website, with particular emphasis on the creativity and functionality of the overall interactive experience. Judges score the websites on a scale from 1-10 based on these seven criteria: design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use. Four sites Pyxl created won “Standard of Excellence” awards, which are given to websites who are setting the standard for the industry. Additionally, one site Pyxl created won the “Outstanding Website” award that recognizes work above and beyond the standard of excellence.
The Pyxl website wins include:
Pyxl website – Professional Services Standard of Excellence award
Carpathia website – Outstanding Website award
My College Path website (Maryville College microsite) – Education Standard of Excellence award
Rainbow Child Care Center website – School Standard of Excellence award
TEAM website – Faith-based Standard of Excellence award
Following a 299 percent growth rate throughout the past three years, Pyxl landed on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies in both 2013 and 2014. With a strong client focus and an integrated, results-driven strategy, Pyxl serves national clients in the healthcare, technology, retail and education industries, including Pilot Flying J, Carpathia, Maryville College, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, ABT Molecular Imaging and many others.
For more information about Pyxl’s proven digital and inbound marketing expertise with a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, visit http://www.thinkpyxl.com/projects.
About Pyxl, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Pyxl designs and develops custom websites, web applications and mobile apps that balance technology and design with an effective user experience. With offices in Boulder, Colo., Knoxville, Tenn., and Scottsdale, Ariz. Pyxl utilizes its digital marketing experience to help clients meet their digital goals, whether that means developing and implementing a customized inbound marketing strategy, driving traffic through an integrated digital marketing and public relations campaign, encouraging online engagement via social media or increasing sales through e-commerce functionality. Pyxl builds online tools for nationwide brands seeking enterprise level support. For more information, visit http://www.thinkpyxl.com.
Position: HTML5 Game Client Developer – WGR Location: Gibraltar
Reporting into the Studio Manager, the ideal candidate should be extremely creative, hands-on, enthusiastic, has an exceptional eye for detail (great games are all about the finer points), and has an appetite for quickly putting concepts together in an effort to bring a final product to life.
The main responsibilities of the Game Client Developer are to:
Develop enterprise-grade HTML5 game clients (via web applications, not native)
Assist with the conceptualization and design of games
Rapidly prototype proof-of-concept game ideas and interfaces for usability evaluation prior to full implementation
Provide feedback on business requirements, particularly as they relate to browser capabilities
Analyze business requirements and subsequently implement those requirements
Apply an iterative agile methodology to development to ensure regular milestone deliverables and feedback to both technical and business stakeholders
Create well-documented common game library components that can be reused for future games
Ensure that best practices are applied to both design and implementation
Carry out intensive performance optimisation of game code as to provide the best user experience possible on low end devices as well as minimising the impact on game quality
Candidate Experience and Skillset
The candidate must have proven experience in the design, implementation and delivery of web-based game products
Understanding of the process from conception to completion is essential
Comfortable with 3D-space modeling and advanced mathematical concepts
Familiar with cutting-edge HTML5 specifications with particular emphasis on 3D transforms, transitions, and animations
Able to work with the Odobo GDK (Game Developer Tool Kit) and where necessary liaise with the server and core team to integrate the client components into the existing infrastructure
Experienced with cross-browser debugging and specific nuances – while this position will not be targeting older browsers, it is critical to understand the capabilities of the various modern and impending browsers
Designed ubiquitous HTML5 web applications for use on mobile handsets, tablets, and desktop browsers alike
Understands mobile-specific capabilities such as the particulars of running web applications on iOS, Android, and Blackberry OS
Experience with canvas is optional
Experience with 3D game engines and OpenGL is optional, as this position may later require WebGL work
Experience with the SCRUM methodology
Experience in real money gaming and game development highly desirable
If you are interested in this position apply at https://odobo.recruiterbox.com
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Plug-ins are essentially the powerful snippets of code that are specifically designed to serve a purpose. These are perhaps the most intriguing attribute of WordPress that allow developers and users to make modifications or enhancements to its functionality, besides its core installation. Currently, there are around 29,000 plug-ins available in the WordPress library. Using these plug-ins, you can customize your site based upon your unique requirements.
Examine The Optimal Strategies For Seamless WordPress Plug-in Development
Use Of Namespacing: There are two distinct ways to develop a WordPress plugin: either as a class or as a set of functions. Remember that the function inside the plug-in are tossed into the global namespace along with other non-namespaced functions. This means that a function with name plugin_init may conflict with the similar function created by someone else at any point. The issue can be fixed by prefixing the name of function with something different or unique. However, it is better to build a class for the plug-in. In this way, all the functions would be namespaced inside the class name and even you can use short and common function names.
Access Web Services Carefully: The web is loaded with web services, rendering us everything from the latest tweets from social site ‘Twitter’ to weather forecast and stock quotes. Use of HTTP API is the most effective way for an extension to access the remote data. It handles the request in the background through an efficient remote method. It is just like a one-stop destination for the access of the web service.
Turn ON WordPress Debug: In order to ensure that you are doing the things correctly, it is good to turn on debug as the WordPress debugger finds the error in your plug-in and prevents it from crashing.
Avoid Deprecated Functions: There are some obsolete methods in WordPress that may be supported for the current versions but might not be compatible with the future releases. So, it is recommended to check if the specific function is marked deprecated. A link will also be available for the new function.
WordPress Function Library: WordPress provides some functions that simplify the programming task. There is a single function for which you may be writing a lengthy code. You can check the function library in order to make sure that you have not written lengthier code than required.
Thus, it is recommended to consider the above-mentioned strategies before you start with WordPress plug-in development. These will surely help you acquire 100% error-free and secure plug-ins for your website.
Last week, Reddo Mobility, formerly called Gizmox, released the latest in a flurry of app-refactoring platforms. If you’ve heard of Gizmox before last week, you’re probably a developer. Their claim to fame for the last seven years has been a Visual Studio plugin that allows you to build web apps with rich, HTML5 driven UIs. Recently, though, they’ve restructured and spun out the “old Gizmox” products into other entities while creating Reddo Mobility.
There’s a lot going on around app-refactoring these days, from PowWow (the co-darling of BriForum, along with Devolutions) and Capriza, not to mention the Citrix Mobility SDK. These solutions have their limitations, though. Capriza only re-factors web applications. The Citrix Mobility SDK requires access to an application’s source code, so it only works on homegrown apps. PowWow works for any Windows or web app, but it does it by reading the window calls from RDP streams which means there’s an extra layer in the mix.
Reddo Mobility’s platform (simply called “Reddo”) runs inside Windows and watches the Windows application controls in between the OS and Presentation layer. Positioned there, it can figure out what the app is trying to tell the OS (and vice versa), then use that information to create a customized mobile interface for the application. It’s not screen scraping or transcoding at all. Rather, it’s intercepting the direct UI calls and transforming it for mobile devices.
Reddo has a designer that administrators can use to map aspects of the Windows app to the mobile interface, as you would expect. In the designer, you can change the flow of an application, break up the application into multiple screens (like tabs), and theme the apps to look like native iOS or Chrome apps. They have a feature called “Smart Suggestions” to help with application flow, too. The designer is also aware of different device types, so you can create the most appropriate layouts for each type of device your users have.
On the client side, nothing is required other than a browser. All the transformation is done on the backend (if you could see the console, you could see the apps being used as if someone were sitting there). Without going completely overboard, I think that the browser-only requirement is probably the most important part of the announcement. Clients are just one more thing to manage, so eliminating them is key to adoption.
As with the other products, there are a few limitations to the Reddo solution:
They are focused on Win32 apps right now, so there’s no help for web apps that aren’t HTML5 or mobile-ready. It’s not impossible, but just not on the radar for this release.
Since the app is running in the session, using this on physical desktops means that someone could watch the console. As of now, Reddo doesn’t have a solution for this. If you’re using VDI, it’s not a huge deal, but if you’re using physical desktops, you’d have to find a third-party solution to lock the console and/or blank the screen.
Highly graphical apps are not ideal for a solution like this. The most appropriate applications are data-centric.
Gestures and UX tweaks are great, but they’re no match for custom interfaces to Windows applications, so I think it’s absolutely fantastic to see this space exploding the way that it is. With these companies identifying and plugging the gaps that others leave, we should see a lot of innovation in a short period of time. I wouldn’t be surprised if VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and others get involved and acquire these companies, either. In fact, VMware recently announced a partnership with Capriza, so you can move them over to the short list. I think we’ll continue to see a lot of activity around this well into next year.
New Offering Comes on the Heels of iCrossing SearchAi and Extends the Agency’s Proprietary Audience-Based Technology Solutions
NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwired) — Sep 16, 2014 — iCrossing, a leading digital marketing agency, launched Responsive Audience Intelligence (ResponsiveAi), the first responsive web design offering to deliver contextually relevant content and experiences based on anonymous audience data.
iCrossing combined its unique mix of content strategy, creative services, data science and technology development with its preferred agency access to the premium audience data of Hearst Corporation’s over 200 million worldwide users, augmented by client-owned first party and other third party data to develop ResponsiveAi, which allows marketers to custom-tailor site experiences by audience segment, including specific attributes such as age, gender, income, education, and interests.
Using its proprietary technology, ResponsiveAi looks up each site visitor’s audience profile in milliseconds and matches it to the predefined characteristics of a targeted consumer segment. Then based on that individual’s audience profile, it serves contextual site copy and landing page content in real time.
“Conventional responsive web design allows marketers to optimize a site’s content and design across different devices,” said Brian Powley, global president at iCrossing. “ResponsiveAi takes it one step further by responding directly to an individual consumer, and giving marketers the power to deliver the right message at the right moment in that customer’s journey.”
Brands can use ReponsiveAi to accurately target their website content, features and functionality to different visitors based on their audience profile, creating a personalized and more effective website experience. For example, a financial services company can show tips about mortgages for first-time homebuyers to one consumer, while displaying information on retirement to another, based solely on his or her anonymous audience data.
Previously marketers had to rely on “authenticated consumers” — consumers who have established a formal relationship with a company through a registration process — to serve individualized content on their website. However, ResponsiveAi can use data to ‘implicitly’ identify and create audience profiles, including interests, intent, product preferences and history, without the need for consumers to register or log in to the site.
“ResponsiveAi is a breakthrough for responsive web design. Never before have we been able to dynamically target such highly relevant content and features at an individual level without the need for consumers to self-identify through registration,” said Shiva Vannavada, head of technology center of excellence at iCrossing. “Through our use of big data and proprietary technology, iCrossing is able to deliver audience-based offerings that fulfill the promise of one-to-one marketing.”
Recently iCrossing also announced iCrossing SearchAi, the first agency solution to drive audience-based search targeting through Google Remarketing Lists for Search Ads (RLSA). Through the use of Hearst audience data, SearchAi creates a more complete picture of who is searching for a given keyword — including elements such as age, gender, life stage, purchase intent, and interests — allowing advertisers to more effectively target specific audiences.
iCrossing’s audience intelligence offerings also leverage Hearst’s Core Audience trading desk, which allows brands to infuse audience insights into their premium media buys and extend their customized messages across the web.
iCrossing, recently named a “Leader” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for global digital marketing agencies, builds connected brands for some of the world’s most recognized companies including Beam Suntory, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company and LG Electronics. The agency combines its expertise in media, creative and analytics to create moments that build close relationships between brands and their customers in real time. iCrossing, a unit of Hearst Corporation, is headquartered in New York and has 900 employees in 17 offices globally. For more information, visit www.icrossing.com or its social spaces.
The Shoreditch-based startup has created a virtual gaming world for children and teens to
explore through code.
Founded in 2012 by the investors behind iPhone’s
Siri, Kuato Studios focuses on the “21st century
skills” of problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative learning, as opposed to the “19th
century model” of learning which involves content followed by tests.
Kuato Studios is backed by Horizon Ventures, a Hong-Kong based investment company focused on
telecommunications, media and technology.
Mark Horneff, the managing director of Kuato Studios, has 20 years’ experience at major games
studios, including Ideaworks and Sony where he worked on Call of Duty and Playstation
“Instead of ‘gamification’, which is having the syllabus and adding a game, we are about
‘learnification’, which is applying a game to learning skills,” said Horneff. ”It is about
picking up those 21st century skills, such as exploration and storytelling, and illustrating them
with the subject matter on top.”
Kuato’s games range from dinosaur adventures to monster-crushing girls and robot battles. In its
weapons of choice.
All games are powered by Kai, which is a conversational agent to interact with students during
their game play. This can include questions about how to make a character do something or even
questions about the weather around the world.
“There is also a dashboard behind it for teachers to use to personalise the learning experience
and see who is doing well or who is behind,” said Horneff.
“Game play is about igniting creativity. Bad games should not be part of the curriculum, just as
any other bad learning experience should not be part of it. The boys will blow things up without
question. The girls will blow things up too, but they need a purpose first.”
David Miller, director of learning at Kuato Studios, said skills learnt during the games can
easily be shared via social media.
“It’s important to share these skills with communities, almost as a life CV which you can share
on social media and future employees will be able to see what you have learnt and what you are
capable of,” he said.
In January 2014, Kuato Studios pledged 100 hours of coding sessions to schools across the UK.
visited was Holme Valley Primary School in Scunthorpe, where it ran a coding session with some year five
“In the next five years, there will be a shift in the understanding of code, even if you do
not code yourself. It will be about understanding the terms at least, and appreciating
that,” said Horneff.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt once proclaimed almost all applications would be built using HTML5 – and now it seems the web browser is about to take a step closer to that ideal.
Historically, the browser has struggled to transcend its humble origins serving documents and make the move to handling the advanced graphics processing used in tasks such as games, photo-editing suites and computer vision.
SIMD operations allow the same instruction to be carried out on multiple data simultaneously, which is faster than applying the same instruction to each piece of data individually.
That sort of parallelism is particularly useful when manipulating images – for instance, when adjusting the contrast of a picture, multiple pixels in the image need the same operation applied to them.
A wide range of game engines, as well as image- and audio-processing and cryptographic software libraries capable of supporting sophisticated applications, could run acceptably in the browser once SIMD support becomes a reality, Intel senior principal engineer Moh Haghighat said.
“Our expectation is that it’s going to have a huge impact on the web domain and bring all these classes of application into the web platform,” he said.
“We look forward to libraries that are really useful in such domains as games, image processing, signal processing, video processing and what Intel calls perceptual computing, such as computer vision among others. They typically are compute-intensive. They are operating on large arrays of data, and SIMD capability is going to help those applications.”
“What we’ve found is that it’s pretty easy to get that initial version with C++, to get the very first thing running but what developers typically want to do is to optimise the experience,” he said.
One optimisation is disguising the large amounts of data that needs to be downloaded before some applications can run. Goman gives the example of a browser game using the Unity engine loading in hundred of megabytes of textures. To address this issue, some developers opt to stream in assets on the fly, loading in only as much as is needed for someone to start playing.
The SIMD API
The proposed API introduces three new data types, each representing a vector holding multiple numbers. There is float32x4, which can store four 32-bit single-precision floating-point values, int32x4, which holds four 32-bit signed integer values, and float64x2, which holds two 64-bit floating-point values. It also creates new arrays for each of these new data types.
To create an instance of these data types, the developer calls the constructor, passing it the arguments to set each of the values.
var a = SIMD.float32x4(1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0);
var b = SIMD.float32x4(5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0);
The developer can then carry out a range of mathematical functions on these new data types by calling the desired method. Here the variables a and b, defined above as vectors each holding four floating-point values, are added together.
var c = SIMD.float32x4.add(a,b);
The range of functions that can be carried out on these vectors include: abs, neg, add, sub, mul, div, clamp, min, max, reciprocal, reciprocalSqrt, scale, sqrt, shuffle, lessThan, lessThanOrEqual, equal, notEqual, greaterThanOrEqual, greaterThan.
Work on the SIMD API spec is ongoing and not yet finalised.
As part of a precautionary measure, Automattic, which operates hosted blogging service WordPress.com, has reset 100,000 user accounts which use a similar password as that found on the associated Gmail addresses list.
The latest move from the content management giant comes after a number of emails on the leaked Gmail addresses list matched email addresses used by WordPress.com bloggers.
Automattic’s Daryl Houston said the pre-emptive measures have been taken to protect users after a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts.
Houston said everyone affected by the password reset has been sent email notifications containing instructions on how they can regain access to their accounts.
Affected ones were asked to hit the Login button on the homepage and make a request for a new password.
Houston added that nearly 600,000 email addresses were discovered on the Gmail list that matched WordPress accounts, but as these users were not immediately vulnerable, so the company decided not to reset their passwords or send emails. The company will however be enabling a notification in their dashboards so that they can assess the security of their passwords at their leisure and with all of this information in hand, he said.
Furthermore, Houston has urged users to use two-step verification to add an extra layer of security to their online accounts.
This is something Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg understood a decade ago when he launched the online publishing platform WordPress. Today his global workforce of 260 still doesn’t operate with a central location (its San Francisco headquarters are nearly always close to empty.) Instead of investing money into office perks, Automattic invests that money into meet-ups for its employees.
Last year at a Lean Startup conference, Mullenweg said the following about the traditional workplace: “We have this factory model, and we think someone’s working if they show up in the morning and they’re not drunk, they don’t sleep at their desks, they leave at the right time. But that has so little to do with what you create. And we all know people who create a lot without fitting into those norms.”
Research indicates employees greatly value autonomy. This is part of what’s driving millennials to leave traditional offices and go out on their own. “It’s a cultural phenomenon,” says Alex Abelin, co-founder of Liquid Talent, a startup that matches creative professionals with local work in real time. “Everything is pointing in that direction. We care more about mobility and independence.”
Automattic started out as a distributed workforce because it was the easiest way to attract the best engineering talent from around the world.
Mullenweg, who took the CEO role in January, spends one-third of his time on hiring and auditions employees before bringing anyone on full time. Automattic hires about 40% of applicants who go through tryouts. “Many of our workers were self-employed or freelance at some point in their careers, which helps them understand how to be self-directed,” he wrote in the Harvard Business Review.
Allowing employees to work from anywhere makes it easier to focus on the work itself, without the distractions of office politics. Around 70% of Americans work in open-plan offices, and research shows that the open spaces actually have a negative impact on productivity and overall happiness. In his paper “The Transparency Paradox,” Harvard assistant professor Ethan Bernstein measured the effect of privacy on employee productivity, and concluded that there is a cost to too much transparency. “Privacy is just as important for performance,” he writes in an upcoming issue of Harvard Business Review.
Former Automattic team leader Scott Berkun told Quartz: “We have this belief that most work is not distributed, that it’s local. But people are spending most of their time looking at screens. If you are looking at screens, you could be anywhere.” Still there were moments—about every three or four weeks—during his 18-month tenure when he wanted to “get everyone into a room with a white board” to work on a problem while observing everyone’s facial expressions.
Both Berkun and Bernstein stress that the success of companies like Automattic aren’t necessarily tied to being decentralized or not. Operating remotely is just another way of working. Success is more directly related to the types of people the company hires, including whether they are good communicators, and the underlying power structures at play—factors that influence whether any company sinks or swims. Berkun says that Automattic is “pretty flat, non-hierarchical,” which gives employees freedom to launch product updates whenever they want. Managers (or “leads”) aren’t incentivized with additional pay.
All the benefits of technology aside, the most successful companies trust their employees—whether they’re across the world, or right under the boss’s nose.
For enterprise organizations looking to jump into content marketing, they should go where large media sites and independent bloggers are going – WordPress, the popular content management system and blogging platform.
That’s according to a new report from the Digital CIO Network, affirming that WordPress, beloved among bloggers and content marketers alike, can also be a handy tool for the enterprise.
The group’s argument is that as a free, cloud-based web app, WordPress can help organizations publish a lot of content. However, as enterprise organizations have different needs, Enterprise WordPress Hosting provides extra security controls and technologies for boththe web app and its hosting environment, high capacity hosting connected to Akamai content distribution, and deep domain expertise built into the hosting service.
While it may seem as though WordPress is geared towards basic blogs and small sites, the Digital CIO Network points to a lot of major media sites that use the tool as well. For example, the National Post uses WordPress’ Liveblog add-on, a plug-in that helps journalists cover events in real-time. The National Post newsroom has used the tool to follow the Grammy Awards, U.S. president Barack Obama’s inaugural address, and the Newtown, Conn. shooting.
Other big publishers using WordPress include the BBC Americas, EM Music, and the Metro, as well as TechCrunch, GigaOm, Forbes, the New Yorker, and Time.
What’s especially attractive about WordPress is that it comes with more than 40,000 plug-ins – enough to sate the desires of the individual blogger writing a few personal posts here and there, as well as to work for the enterprise user who needs to push out content and generate thousands or millions of page views.
And with their eyes on the enterprise, companies like Toronto-based Carbon60 Networks have built whole businesses around creating WordPress platforms or the enterprise, designed to host WordPress code, plug-ins, and content while distributing it all globally, masking a customer’s source servers behind caching algorithms and edge servers around the world.
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