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Sessions What is it {6}

When we were doing the project this past week I heard a bit about sessions and I really did not get what it was all about so that is what I am going to do my article abut this week so I can learn a little more about what session is and what it is all about. Session is kind of like a cookie but is actually not stored on the users browser like a cookie would do. A cookie can keep a lot of information such as user name and password so when you use session it does not keep the information. It is like a token it alles access and passing of information while the user has the browser open. But once you close the browser you will lose the session and will have to re log in when you come back to the site because your information is not stored on the computer.

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IBM takes action to secure its data {2}

New technologies such as cloud services and Apple’s dictator software Siri might help employees to be more productive but IBM is concern about the company’s security. According to the article, employees are not aware of the risk that these services constitute to the company’s data. Many voice-recognition services like Siri actually transmit the words spoken to them to a database so developers can improve the service, however, this seems to be benign to businesses. Before, companies would manage mobile communications within the company deciding what to get in and out of the company, however, nowadays employees use their own devices to work with company’s data. Because companies do not have access to a person’s individual devices, IBM requires to set up personal devices before accessing IBM’s network to be able to remotely erase its memory if it is lost or stolen. As far as cloud computing services, IBM is aware that employees depend on this services to be productive that is why IBM created their own cloud service called MyMobileHub. IBM also established some guidelines with banned services.

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Anonymous Hacks Apple Server {3}

This Article talks about how one of Apples servers were hacked into by a group named Anonymous. The group Anonymous broke into one of Apples less important servers which is used to process technical support follow-up surveys. The hack ended up revealing only 27 customer Apple User name and Passwords. Apple has made it clear that no personal customer data has been retrieved from the attack. Anonymous posted on their twitter account that they should not need to worry because they are busy hacking elsewhere. However, Apple immediately took the affected server offline just incase of any more risk. Lulzec, which is a former hacker group used a similar style of hack with the user name and password dump of the mysql database on the Apple machine. Lulzsec used SQL injections to pilfer information from Sony Pictures  and PBS, as well as the website of the Mosman Council in Sydney, Australia. Lulzec has made former claims that it has broken into Apples ICloud server by claiming, “After mapping their internal network and thoroughly pillaging all of their servers, we grabbed all their source code and database passwords, which we proceeded to shift silently back to our storage deck.” Apple has yet to make a comment on either attacks.

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Apple offering new application to help you build an App {1}

Recently, apple has applied for a patent for software they are planning to release in the near future.  The software would eliminate the need for programmers to create a basic application for an iOS device.  The programming platform allows users to create a program without the need of understanding computer code and logic.  Although this software could be useful if developed in more depth, right now it has limited capabilities and it would still require that users make edits to the code such as cascading style sheets.  If this software was released to the public, probably for a price and knowing apple it might be a steep price, it would create a new era of user-defined applications.  Programmers would still dominate the stage, but it would just add to the ever expanding market that is phone applications.

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Apple Is To Blame For Malware Outbreak {2}

As everyone might know, there recently has been some talks about how some Mac systems were infected by some malware. The article that I read pretty much talks about how Apple to blame for this issue. The malware is known as Flashback, an attack that relies on vulnerabilities in Java to talk over systems. Originally, everyone thought it was Oracle’s fault for not creating a patch for this since Java is owned by Oracle. However, many people are saying that Apple is the one to blame for this incident. Oracle has long created a patch to prevent this form happening, but Apple is in charge of the Java patching cycle. So Mac users did not receive the update until two months after the patch was released from Oracle. The outbreak was said to be preventable had Apple release Java update in a timely fashion instead of taking their security updates too lightly. Apple is also notoriously known for being slow when releasing patches so hackers had six weeks to discover the vulnerabilities and exploit it. So far, about 2% of Mac users are infected with Flashback which making it one of the largest botnets on the planet.

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CSS Is Vital To Learn {1}

Cascading style sheets have been around for a while they have been around since 1997 so they have been around for 15 years. Cascading style sheets are useful for any web developer. There are really no web developers now that do not know how to use css because it is so common and is now so important. Style sheets are good because they will override peoples defaults settings so it is good becuase it will be seen like that across all web pages. CSS is very important because it can affect the entire mood of a web page. It can make or break your page because it creates consistancy across pages. CSS is not that hard it is just a little harder than plain HTML and it is vital to learn because without knowing how to use CSS will prevent you from getting a job in the web development field.

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Facebook’s Mobile HTML Dilemma {1}

With the new wave of mobile HTML5 applications coming through, Facebook is displeased with the rate Google and Apple have added HTML5 compatibility to their mobile browsers. Facebook recently announced that their HTML5 website has twice as many users than their Android or iOS counterparts (Constine, 2012). The problem with the applications that iOS and Android is that users are not able to use many of the basic Facebook features (photo uploads and high-performance HTML5 animations) that HTML5 users are able to enjoy. Faced with this problem, Facebook decided to create the W3C community group, a group dedicated to mobile device/application advancement, however, Apple and Google, the two big companies that control the mobile operating system market, have refused to join. This has become a huge problem as Facebook had over 105 million users on iOS and 100 million android users. Facebook is trying their best to convince these two companies to advance their browser’s HTML5 compatibility because the ads that they will be able to run under HTML5 compatible websites will be able to garner more revenue than the ones that are currently being used on the applications themselves. The W3C community group will become a huge factor in Facebook’s future probability; due to the fact that Facebook will soon be a public company and that Facebook’s ad revenues will be able to gain a significant lift which will make the company even more desirable (Constine, 2012). Though companies such as Mozilla and Opera have joined the group, iOS and Android are the companies that Facebook desire to attain. On the developer side, if HTML5 were to gain more compatibility with Android and iOS, developers would be able to port their applications to either of those two platforms with greater ease. This will be able to make more applications readily available to the general public and give developers more time to improve their current apps rather than investing time into porting them.

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HTML5 is here to stay!? {4}

The articles I read had to do with this week’s topic of course which was, HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language, which is the universal tongue of our web browsers. In particular HTML5, which to a lot of people is considered the next big thing in HTML, but of course not everyone will agree with this statement. One of the articles gave its reasons to why HTML5 should be implemented by everyone now and they mean now! It gave some compelling reasons to why every web developer, be they professional or beginner should get on the HTML5 bandwagon. According to the author, “HTML5 is the revolution that the web needed and the fact is, it is the future whether you like it or not — suck it up and deal with it. HTML5 isn’t hard to use or understand and even though it’s not fully adopted yet, there are still plenty of reasons to start using it”. The author had a comprehensive list of reasons, 10 in fact which supported his argument and although I cannot get into great detail about all of them I will list some of his points starting from 10th  all the way down to his number one reason;

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The New Web HTML5 {2}

A summary of what I read this week was a journal about HTML 5. HTML 5 is not a accepted by the World Wide Web Consortium. It is being approved by many companies becuase many people know that HTML 5 is going to be the future of the web. Today we see sites that are actually haveing to format and make two sites one that is made more mobile phones while the other one is formatted for computers. If HTML 5 comes out and is accepted it will help developers because there will only have to be one page developed and it will be written with html5. The things that are changing with html 5 is cascading style sheets. HTML 5 will help developers with animation, video, and other multimedia elemenys into websites without using software such as Flash. Flash has been critized by Apple from Steve Jobs because Flash has to much power and that is how computers are getting viruses. So with HTML 5 in place Flash may becomce obsolete unless Adobe can jump on the bandwagon and work with developers of HTML5.

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iOS and HTML 5 {3}

For this week, I read an article in PC World on implementation of HTML 5.  It’s no secret that mobile phones have revolutionized the world of telecommunications.  Besides the obvious applications of fun and electronic entertainment, mobile phones have brought on countless business level applications such as the use of a smart phone to remotely access a company intranet.  Two major factors in the success of a particular kind of smart phone are its operating system and app quality/availability.  As predicted by many tech experts, HTML 5 is quickly becoming the standard for web-based apps.  Due to this fact, the true test of a smart phone’s capabilities is its operating system’s ability to deliver and implement HTML 5 directly.  This will determine how smoothly the phone runs as well as the quality of its apps.  PC World did a cross comparison between the Apple iOS used for their line of iPhones/iPads and Android which is found in different products such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  What was discovered was that Apple iOS outperformed Android in their ability to deliver HTML 5 properly.  The article concluded by stating that this might be the key to higher user satisfaction with Apple products; meaning that the true key to success in the smart phone industry is use of HTML 5.
I wrote about this article because we have been discussing more lately the importance of HTML 5 and how it’s becoming the industry standard.  In the cross comparison test mentioned in the article, the iPhone 4S handled approximately 200 moving objects at once while maintaining a frame rate of 30 FPS without slowing down.  On the other hand, it was determined that almost all Android smart phones could only handle one moving object without slowing down to a frame rate below 30 FPS.  Older versions of the iPhone such as the iPhone 3GS are capable of at least 50 moving objects while retaining 30 FPS.  From this it is no wonder that there has been so much talk of the importance of HTML 5.  Extensive knowledge of HTML 5 combined with some programming abilities can lead to a highly lucrative career.

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