Oath: Verizon’s latest promise

Last week, Verizon confirmed that AOL & Yahoo would be merged under a new umbrella brand called Oath. The general expectation is that combining the two will help Verizon scale its ad tech opportunity by better connecting advertisers with content across these platforms – which themselves already include many disparate sub-brands acquired through past acquisitions and mergers.

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Want 11 CDs for free?

HTML for DummiesIt was completely unexpected. Out-of-the-blue I was asked today by one of my co-workers to write a blog post. I thought hard about which new front-end development tools I have been using lately, but couldn’t think of anything that had had a significant impact on my professional life recently. Then I looked at today’s date and I realized that it is my 20-year anniversary here at Boyle Software. These twenty years certainly had a significant impact on my life…

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Goodbye, Internet Privacy Rules

Mr. FlakeIt’s no surprise that we’re very interested in how our current administration is impacting topics like Net Neutrality and Internet Privacy. When Ajit Pai was appointed to be FCC chairman a couple months ago, we encouraged everyone to stay informed and keep an eye out for new issues. Well, this week the House voted to undo rules which prevented Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from selling user data to the highest bidder, just the latest roll back of protections that had been put in place by former President Obama. Although President Trump has not yet signed the roll back into effect, the White House has suggested that he will and the implications for Internet privacy concerns are pretty significant. (Update – As expected, President Trump did sign the bill in question on April 3rd, 2017, to repeal online privacy protections established under the previous administration.)

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Got ERP?

Microsoft Dynamics GP logoBoyle Software is pleased to be assisting our client, online used car-retailer Vroom, with the implementation of their Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. We’re not limited to only Web and mobile development – in fact we have years and years of experience helping clients with their back office needs!

Does your business need assistance with an ERP that is not performing up to snuff? Are there other parts of your back office tools that need a helping hand? Please drop us a line and let’s see if we can’t help iron out the rough spots…

Header bidding and page load speed

Ad TechAlthough improving page load time is the second biggest reason to use header bidding vs. daisy chaining (after the increased revenue), it has its own problems when it comes to site speed. Due to the single-threaded nature of browser JavaScript runtime and the limited number browser / OS resources, header bidding is likely to add seconds to your average page load time.

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Amazon AI: Rekognition, Lex, Polly

Amazon launched AWS over 11 years ago, and it’s fair to say they’ve been the leader in Infrastructure as a Service for nearly all of the time since then. However when it comes to higher, application level services, they’ve lagged a bit behind the competition. However with the recent launch of several new offerings, they’re beginning to close that gap. At Amazon re:Invent 2016 in November, they launched a suite of services focused around Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing.

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WordPress Security Breach

WorePress logoWe’re seeing reports this morning that a massive security breach associated with WordPress 4.7.0 and 4.7.1 has apparently led to the defacement of up to 1.9 million pages across almost 40,000 domains.

Upgrading to version 4.7.2 should fix the issue and WordPress urges anyone who hasn’t already updated to do so immediately. WordPress actually announced the security issue in a blog post at the beginning of February, but apparently there are still many sites that either weren’t aware or didn’t realize how serious the issue really is.

If you or anyone you know is running a WordPress site, please make sure it is updated to 4.7.2 as quickly as possible.