BrandPost: Cloud for the enterprise

Portions of this post were originally posted on the Puppet blog, and are republished here with Puppet’s permission.

Enterprise companies turn to the cloud for lots of reasons: to quickly and economically provide development and testing environments; to burst at times of peak customer demand; and to generally be able to make changes faster and more flexibly.

Whatever you think you may need from the cloud — and whatever concerns and reservations you may have — others have been there.

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Portions of this post were originally posted on the Puppet blog, and are republished here with Puppet's permission.

Enterprise companies turn to the cloud for lots of reasons: to quickly and economically provide development and testing environments; to burst at times of peak customer demand; and to generally be able to make changes faster and more flexibly.

Whatever you think you may need from the cloud — and whatever concerns and reservations you may have — others have been there.

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Micromax Vdeo VoLTE smartphones have Gorilla Glass protection says Corning

Corning Incorporated today said that Micromax’s Vdeo series of smartphones have its Gorilla Glass to help protect against damage. Budget smartphone rarely have protective glass since OEMs don’t spend a lot in the segment. So far Micromax has launched four smartphones in the Vdeo series – Vdeo 1, Vdeo 2, Vedo 3 and Vdeo 4 and is … Continue reading “Micromax Vdeo VoLTE smartphones have Gorilla Glass protection says Corning”

Corning Incorporated today said that Micromax’s Vdeo series of smartphones have its Gorilla Glass to help protect against damage. Budget smartphone rarely have protective glass since OEMs don’t spend a lot in the segment. So far Micromax has launched four smartphones in the Vdeo series – Vdeo 1, Vdeo 2, Vedo 3 and Vdeo 4 and is … Continue reading “Micromax Vdeo VoLTE smartphones have Gorilla Glass protection says Corning”

Facebook records $8.81B revenue, hits 1.86B MAUs, 1.23B DAUs in Q4, 2016

Facebook has announced financial results for Q4 2016. The social network has recorded $8.81 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.  Mobile-ad revenue accounted for 84 percent of the total revenue, up from approximately 80% of advertising revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015. Facebook recorded 1.23 billion daily active users (DAUs), an increase … Continue reading “Facebook records $8.81B revenue, hits 1.86B MAUs, 1.23B DAUs in Q4, 2016”

Facebook has announced financial results for Q4 2016. The social network has recorded $8.81 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.  Mobile-ad revenue accounted for 84 percent of the total revenue, up from approximately 80% of advertising revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015. Facebook recorded 1.23 billion daily active users (DAUs), an increase … Continue reading "Facebook records $8.81B revenue, hits 1.86B MAUs, 1.23B DAUs in Q4, 2016"

Fraud for online holiday sales spikes by 31%

Fraud attempts on digital retail sales jumped 31% from Thanksgiving to Dec. 31 over the previous year, according to a survey of purchasing data from ACI Worldwide.

The fraud increase was based on hundreds of millions of online transactions with major merchants globally. Also, the number of e-commerce transactions grew by 16% for the same period, ACI said.

Some of the fraud attempts came from the use of credit card numbers purchased in underground chat channels, ACI said.

“Given the consistent and alarming uptick in fraudulent activity on key dates, merchants must be proactive in their efforts to identify weak spots and define short and long-term strategies for improved security and enhanced customer experience,” said Markus Rinderer, senior vice president of platform solutions at ACI.

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Fraud attempts on digital retail sales jumped 31% from Thanksgiving to Dec. 31 over the previous year, according to a survey of purchasing data from ACI Worldwide.

The fraud increase was based on hundreds of millions of online transactions with major merchants globally. Also, the number of e-commerce transactions grew by 16% for the same period, ACI said.

Some of the fraud attempts came from the use of credit card numbers purchased in underground chat channels, ACI said.

“Given the consistent and alarming uptick in fraudulent activity on key dates, merchants must be proactive in their efforts to identify weak spots and define short and long-term strategies for improved security and enhanced customer experience,” said Markus Rinderer, senior vice president of platform solutions at ACI.

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IDG Contributor Network: How tech pros can build a professional development roadmap

IT professionals enjoy a relatively fluid career path, with opportunities ranging from network administration to application development and security. However, this level of flexibility introduces some challenges, including difficulty creating a personal road map for professional development. When anything is an option, it can be challenging to choose a specialization and hone your skill set.

On the other hand, many experienced IT professionals know what they need to do to advance their career, but simply lack the resources to do so. Especially for technology workers in small- to mid-sized organizations, opportunities to acquire management experience or gain firsthand insight into other businesses’ IT strategies can be limited.

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IT professionals enjoy a relatively fluid career path, with opportunities ranging from network administration to application development and security. However, this level of flexibility introduces some challenges, including difficulty creating a personal road map for professional development. When anything is an option, it can be challenging to choose a specialization and hone your skill set.

On the other hand, many experienced IT professionals know what they need to do to advance their career, but simply lack the resources to do so. Especially for technology workers in small- to mid-sized organizations, opportunities to acquire management experience or gain firsthand insight into other businesses’ IT strategies can be limited.

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Lambdascript adds functional programming to Python

Lambdascript, a pure functional language built atop Python 3, provides a bridge between Python and functional programming, in yet another nod to a software development paradigm that has been attracting plenty of attention lately.

The Haskell-influenced language uses several Python features and benefits from modules written in Python, according to the project’s GitHub page. “Once a public version [is] released, it should be able to compile very well-written modules to be used in pure Python programs — or even in other Lambdascript programs,” the documentation states. The language is presently in an alpha release stage.

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Lambdascript, a pure functional language built atop Python 3, provides a bridge between Python and functional programming, in yet another nod to a software development paradigm that has been attracting plenty of attention lately.

The Haskell-influenced language uses several Python features and benefits from modules written in Python, according to the project's GitHub page. "Once a public version [is] released, it should be able to compile very well-written modules to be used in pure Python programs -- or even in other Lambdascript programs," the documentation states. The language is presently in an alpha release stage.

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Twitter rolls out 360-degree video streaming on Periscope

Twitter has introduced live 360-degree video streaming on Periscope. Users will now be able to watch 360 degree live broadcast videos from its apps and website right from their Twitter stream. Videos highlighted with a LIVE 360 badge can be seen by moving your phone or swiping the screen while watching it live. Everyone on Twitter … Continue reading “Twitter rolls out 360-degree video streaming on Periscope”

Twitter has introduced live 360-degree video streaming on Periscope. Users will now be able to watch 360 degree live broadcast videos from its apps and website right from their Twitter stream. Videos highlighted with a LIVE 360 badge can be seen by moving your phone or swiping the screen while watching it live. Everyone on Twitter … Continue reading “Twitter rolls out 360-degree video streaming on Periscope”

9 big small business social media no-nos

These days, just about every business, regardless of size, has a presence on social media. It might be just a Facebook or a Pinterest page, but chances are if you are a small business owner, especially a retailer, you have an account on one of the m…

These days, just about every business, regardless of size, has a presence on social media. It might be just a Facebook or a Pinterest page, but chances are if you are a small business owner, especially a retailer, you have an account on one of the major social media platforms. And while having a Facebook and Pinterest (as well Twitter and Instagram) page can be beneficial, it can negatively impact your business if you make one (or more) of these nine small business social media mistakes.

[ Related: Facebook, Snapchat and the future of live video ]

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PHP 7 user migrations are well underway

PHP users are slowly but surely migrating over to PHP 7, the upgrade to the server-side web development language that came out a year ago. But issues like incompatibility and IT user policy restrictions are stalling their progress.

A recent survey of nearly 1,300 PHP users taken by PHP tools producer Zend found that nearly 20 percent had already made the move, 21 percent were in progress, 15 percent planned to move in the next six months, and 17 percent planned to move in less than one year.

But 14 percent were putting off the migration for more than a year, and another 14 percent were not planning to move at all. Barriers to migration include incompatibility with custom code (nearly 31 percent), lack of support for third-party frameworks and libraries (17), lack of available extensions (11), IT policy restrictions (11), and customer requirements (10).

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PHP users are slowly but surely migrating over to PHP 7, the upgrade to the server-side web development language that came out a year ago. But issues like incompatibility and IT user policy restrictions are stalling their progress.

A recent survey of nearly 1,300 PHP users taken by PHP tools producer Zend found that nearly 20 percent had already made the move, 21 percent were in progress, 15 percent planned to move in the next six months, and 17 percent planned to move in less than one year.

But 14 percent were putting off the migration for more than a year, and another 14 percent were not planning to move at all. Barriers to migration include incompatibility with custom code (nearly 31 percent), lack of support for third-party frameworks and libraries (17), lack of available extensions (11), IT policy restrictions (11), and customer requirements (10).

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Apple offers views on automated car policy, but cagey about its plans

Apple has said in comments to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is “excited” about the potential use of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.

The company’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner wrote that Apple is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.”

Kenner did not say if the company would design or make self-driving vehicles or perhaps only license some of its machine learning software to car makers, reflecting Apple’s continued reticence on its plans for the automated vehicles market. The company could not be immediately reached for more information on its plans.

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Apple has said in comments to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is “excited” about the potential use of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.

The company’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner wrote that Apple is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.”

Kenner did not say if the company would design or make self-driving vehicles or perhaps only license some of its machine learning software to car makers, reflecting Apple's continued reticence on its plans for the automated vehicles market. The company could not be immediately reached for more information on its plans.

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