Sunday, May 22

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Get your eCommerce site ready for a bumper holiday season

With the Christmas holiday shopping frenzy starting earlier every year, now’s the time for online retailers to start planning ahead for a bumper season. This is an opportunity not to be missed for online retailers, especially as the festive season is when internet users are more likely to buy. But while the conversion rate is much higher than the rest of the year, businesses should develop an action plan to take advantage of the spike in customers. Follow these 7 techniques to boost online sales in the coming months. With just a little advance planning your e-commerce site can reap the rewards of the Christmas shopping season.  
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Why is the UK such an attractive target for DDoS attackers?

DDoS attacks have become many things over the last decade; weapons of cyberwarfare, security breach diversions and service impacting strategies. The motivations for these attack campaigns are endless – financial, political, nation-state, extortion and everything in between. The reported increase in attacks against the UK over the last six months coincides with a warning issued by the City of London Police in May of this year, where the public was warned of a new wave of ransom driven DDoS attacks orchestrated by Lizard Squad, in which UK businesses were told that they would be targeted by a DDoS attack if they refused to pay the bitcoin ransom.  

The growth of social commerce and how online retailers can capitalise

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The growth of social commerce and how online retailers can capitalise

Social commerce is no longer the channel of the future. Any online retailer worth their salt simply must have a social commerce strategy in place. Put simply, it’s big – and it’s only going to get bigger. Here, we discuss the rapid growth of the channel over the past two years, and explain how to fine tune your social efforts to maximise return on investment.  

Google Calendar goes down, everyone panics

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Google Calendar goes down, everyone panics

If you happened to miss any important meetings today, just blame it on Google. Google Calendar went down for millions of users this afternoon, starting at approximately 2.45pm and lasting until just a few minutes ago (around 4.30pm). page says there is 'service disruption,' so some users may still be struggling to piece together their previously highly-organised lives. Luke Whitehead, Head of EMEA marketing at Couchbase commented: 'The need to scale to keep up with online demand is an all too familiar challenge for modern businesses. Google is no exception. To keep up with demand, speed, flexibility and scalability are crucial, this will allow Google to support millions of users across the globe, and devices, all at once. You must deliver great user experience, with a high...
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3 IoT integrations needed for the future of smart cities

While the reach of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand daily and globally, few organisations realise the groundbreaking impact this approach can have for enterprise security and public safety. Conversely, while IoT is still considered an emerging market, 68 per cent of businesses are already using IoT applications. The significant percentage of present adoption proves that organisations realise the value of IoT, even as some struggle with its strategic implementation.  
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What the HTTP makeover means for the Internet

There are many things you may remember about the technology of the 90s – whether it’s playing on your Nintendo 64 and paging your friends, or listening to your Walkman CD player whilst out for a jog. Some of you might look back at the technology with disdain, like the music skipping on your Walkman if you knocked it accidentally, or how you used to have to page someone before mobile phones were commonplace. But others can still bring back fond memories – even today, the Nintendo 64 still holds a place in some households and pubs, giving off that 'retro' vibe. One thing most of us won’t reminisce about, however, is slow Internet speeds and webpage loading. Did you know that the last major version of the protocol used by the World Wide Web, HTTP, was introduced in 1997? It wasn’t unti...
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Q&A: GoDaddy exec Jeff King and the value of a WordPress solution

GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, recently announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire WordPress site management tool ManageWP. ManageWP enables web designers and developers to manage multiple WordPress sites from a single dashboard, no matter where they are hosted. I spoke with Jeff King, SVP of Hosting at GoDaddy, to find out more about what this acquisition means for GoDaddy and ManageWP customers, what drives GoDaddy’s continued investment in WordPress, and to get his thoughts on how the online industry is shaping the SME segment. 1. Why has GoDaddy acquired ManageWP? With customer demand and experience at the very heart of everything that we do, GoDaddy has acquired ManageWP to offer a game-changing product fo...
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How big data can make cities smarter

Urban transition is today increasingly a global reality: According to the UNO, two out of three people will be living in cities by 2030, compared to 30 per cent in 1950 and 54 per cent today. In certain countries, the rate of urbanisation could even reach 80 per cent! Back in 2000, there were 213 cities with more than a million inhabitants and 23 metropolises with more than 10 million inhabitants. 2.5 billion more people will soon join the ranks of city dwellers with non-negligible consequences on transportation, housing, health, work, safety, etc. Although they currently only occupy approximately 3 per cent of the planet’s land mass, cities are already home to half of the world's population, consume 75 per cent of the energy produced and generate 80 per cent of global CO2 emissions...
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Gmail outage affects millions of corporate Google for Work users

An outage to Google's Gmail email service yesterday left many corporate users frustrated that they were unable to access their mail.Users of the company's Google for Work were unable to access their email with those in the UK and US being hit the hardest by the disruption. Google has investigated why the outage occurred and it is currently working on bringing the service back online.On its App status page, the company posted an update regarding the outage, saying: “We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail.  We will provide more information shortly. Based on reports, it affects only Google for Work Gmail users.  The users are redirected to a page with 'Service not available, contact your administrator'.”The issue, which was apparently caused by a technical glitch, is con...
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Mirai IoT botnet source code publicly released online

The source code responsible for the huge distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack launched against KrebsOnSecurity last month has been publicly released online, which will likely lead to numerous attacks using the Internet of Things (IoT) botnet.The English-language hacking community Hackforums announced the leak of the source code for the malware which has been dubbed “Mirai.” The malicious code works by spreading to vulnerable devices by continuously scanning the web for IoT systems that are protected by either factory default or hard-coded usernames and passwords.Mirai that seeds these vulnerable devices with malicious software which turns them into bots that report to a central control server. The bots can than be used in conjunction with one another to launch powerful DDoS attacks ...