Category Archives: Tech News

New! AWS Migration Hub

AWS iconJust announced today is a new collection of tools to help businesses move applications to the cloud – the AWS Migration Hub.

The Hub is organized into three categories which guide users through the process and offer status tracking and updates:

  • Discover (understand all the moving parts)
  • Migrate (connect tools and start the move)
  • Track (track the status of your migrations)

The hub itself is free to use (but you will be charged for the use of AWS Services during the move.)

Read more about it here and let us know if you decide to give it a try!

T!m3 f0r n3w P4ssw0rd rul3s!

SSL padlockI’m sure most people have had the experience of needing to change a password frequently for security reasons, but do you really know why?

The origin of this practice can be traced back to a password primer written by a man named Bill Burr in 2003 when he was a manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He’s the reason I’ve sometimes had passwords based on whatever was in my line of sight at the time of the change (like Stapl3r2015!) and sometimes had password themes like colors+date (like Red!20160310, Blue!20160608, Yellow!20160906). Continue reading

Google Glass is Back

Remember when everybody was talking about Google Glass? If you were in a major city a few years ago, you couldn’t help but see early adopters sporting the latest in wearable technology everywhere. Reaction was extremely mixed – generating questions around safety and privacy – and less than a year after its public release, production was stopped with a tentative promise to revisit in 2017.

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IT’S HERE! X2 Framework for Node.js

We are ecstatic to announce the arrival of our newest product: the X2 Framework for Node.js! Designed and developed in-house by our VP of R&D, Lev Gimelfarb, X2 is a collection of modules published with NPM and designed to provide a complete toolset for creating back-end applications that expose RESTful APIs and are backed with a SQL database.

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Google Attribution is Coming

Most website marketing strategies include efforts across a multitude of platforms including search, email, social, affiliates, remarketing, the list keeps growing. And if you have ever been involved with evaluating the performance of marketing (especially when it is paid marketing), you know that one of the biggest challenges is figuring out the best approach to source attribution. 

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Data Wars in Ad Tech

In today’s digital economy, data is one of the most valuable assets of any organization. For online advertising, quality data is a requirement for ensuring that the right ad is seen by the right audience at the right time. In the ongoing battle for acquiring this data, several ad tech companies announced last week a new technology consortium to enable the sharing of a common, omni-channel, people-based identifier, between publishers and advertisers who are members.

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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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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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