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HTML5, Reviving the “Dead Web” {1}

by Jongwoo Y
Technology revolving around users and the internet has been constantly evolving over the past twenty years. It has finally gone through the crux of personal computers and evolved into the focus of the development of mobile applications found on many mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android. This trend has left the normal “web” in a state of danger as developers focus more on applications, which hide data from the web while taking select information from it (Lohr, 2012). Due to these circumstances, the web has been left in a state in which it is not being constantly updated as it’s mobile application counter-parts. Tim Berners Lee, the “father” of the internet, was recently quoted in december saying “The web as we know it is in danger, the web can be broken down into fragmented islands (Lohr, 2012).” With this statement, Lee is able to explain the dire situation that the web is in; however, with the push of HTML5 technology, the web may still be able to bounce back. Popular internet browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer have recently implemented HTML5 technology while Google’s Chrome has been the posterchild for HTML5 browser technology for ages now. Apple’s Safari browser has actually taken it a step forward and nearly replaced it’s flash functionality by embracing HTML5’s media player capabilities. Jeffrey Jaffe chief executive of  the World Web Consortium, states that HTML5 is the “next big step of progress” for the internet. HTML5 will be able to allow browsers to run more apps with it’s rich technology and also help with the development of mobile applications due to it’s easier to code technology. Another thing that HTML5 will help is to get news organizations out to their customers in a more profitable fashion, without Apple as a middleman. Many web based developers have high expectations for the changes that HTML5 will bring and hope that it can revive the relatively dead “web”. read more...

Google’s BigQuery {3}

by Ronny W
BigQuery is a cloud-based service from Google. It is use for analyzing very large sets of data. It was unveiled at the Google I/O developer conference two years ago, and it is now publicly available after a period of limited-availability testing. BigQuery is an online analytical processing system that is able to process larger amount of data in real time. Pricing can vary according to the usage of query and the amount data stored. BigQuery is not for OLTP(online transaction processing) task. read more...

More than 20,000 websites are likely infected with malware {Comments Off on More than 20,000 websites are likely infected with malware}

by Taylor G
Google warned this week that as many as 20,000 websites could have been hacked and injected with JavaScript redirect malware.  Google sent out a message this week that said, “Specifically, we think that JavaScript has been injected into your site by a third party and may be used to redirect users to malicious sites.”  They warned owners to look for files containing “eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,r)”.  Apparently the code can be placed in HTML, JavaScript, or even PHP files.  The malware could’ve even affected the owner’s configuration files.  Google wanted to make it clear that this malware should be removed to fix the vulnerability to protect site visitors, as well as updating this software and maintaining contact with their web hosts for technical support.  This isn’t the first time Google has had an anti-malware campaign, in July Google excluded more than 11 million URLs from a specific domain, “co.cc”, because they were said to be used by cybercriminals to spread antivirus programs and conduct drive-by attacks. read more...

The Google Warning {3}

by Ermie C
This article is about how Google has warned over 20,000 websites that they could be infected by Malware.  They suggested that some pages may be hacked with certain javascript that will lead their users to pages that they install Malware.  Many of the type of codes are used are HTML, PHP, and JavaScript.  Also, the websites were warned that their server configuration files may be compromised.  Last July, Google started to crack down on many websites that may be infected and that’s Google trying to show their concern and help for webmasters. read more...

Google Drive : Privacy {5}

by Abel R
Google drive is a place where you can upload almost anything you want and  access it anywhere at anytime. If that is not enticing enough, Google offers 5gb of free data storage for free!!  But, what many don’t know or never read are Google’s unified terms which covers all its products. Taken from Google: “When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations, or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, and distribute such content.” After reading this, you get the sense that your data is basically Google’s and it can do as it wishes with it. read more...

Google Drive Privacy {2}

by Ricardo C
This article talks about the new Google cloud service called Google Drive. Microsoft’s cloud service and DropBox have been the largest cloud storage services for many years and many people were expecting Google to come up with a cloud service. A lot of internet users have services from Google such as email, web based applications such as Google docs, Blogger, etc, and a cloud service would consolidate all of the essential internet services in one provider. However, people need to be aware of the terms and conditions of each provider. For instance, Microsoft and DropBox do not claim ownership of the files that one uploads to their cloud service and maintains them private, on the other hand, Google Drive explicitly says that “Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.
The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps).” read more...

Controversies over Wi-Fi Data {3}

by Jim J
 

The FCC recently cleared Google of wrongdoings regarding their actions in the breech of data two years ago. Google is accused of harvesting data from their “Street View” cars that they gathered from Wi-Fi networks. In the process of aggregating data with people’s wireless networks, Google also accidentally gathered private information such as passwords and email addresses from the wireless networks. Though this was not their purpose in collecting the information, Google inadvertently did so because of plethora of data they were collecting. And to top it off, they got away with it as not being a crime because the data use public airwaves that are accessible by anyone; the argument is that its similar to one sending vital information using Walkmans on a frequency others can listen into. The final point is the only way for personal information to truly be secure is through encryption and with password-protection. read more...

CSS Is Vital To Learn {1}

by Michael M
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. read more...

Facebook’s Mobile HTML Dilemma {1}

by Jongwoo Y
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. read more...

HTML5 is here to stay!? {4}

by Bernard T
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; read more...