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German court clears Adblock Plus again in lawsuit appeal

Countless numbers of web users are completely in love with adblocking, but there are those who have tried to have it deemed illegal. Adblock Plus has been in court over this before, and today a German court has ruled, once again, that its operations are entirely legal. Publishing house Axel Springer sued Adblock Plus, saying that no company should be able to interfere with the display of ads. Axel Springer lost its case last year, but decided to appeal. Using a recent law to attack Adblock Plus' Acceptable Ads program, Axel Springer tried to get the adblocker banned. This failed, but Adblock Plus has been forced to offer free whitelisting to the publisher. : 'We have to change how we offer whitelisting to Axel Springer in Germany. Normally, because Axel Springer would probably qu...
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Making business sense out of Internet of Things (IoT) data

The potential benefit IoT can bring to an economy is growing at a rapid pace: recent figures show big data and IoT together are expected to generatein revenue for the UK economy from 2015 to 2020 alone. Analyst firmhas also recently highlighted the top IoT technologies that should be on every organisation's radar through the next two years. The analyst emphasised these technologies will have a very broad impact, affecting numerous key areas of an organisation, including its business strategy. looking at 150 specific IoT applications that exist today or are likely to be in widespread use within ten years. With the trillions of dollars of value they could bring it is estimated two-thirds will be generated in business-to-business settings. Getting to grips with IoT data Industri...

EU aims to certify connected devices for better security

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EU aims to certify connected devices for better security

In an effort to improve the security of internet-connected device such as set-top boxes, cameras and other consumer electronics, the European Commission is planning to push new industry governance measures that would make it more difficult for hackers to exploit these devices to carry out attacks. A senior Commission official revealed these plans at a conference in Brussels with the hope of being able to guarantee consumers that their internet-connected products could not be turned against them or utilised as part of a larger attack. . A users whose device had been compromised would most likely be unaware that a hack had even occurred. The European Commission has shifted its focus to IoT and has even created a group called the Alliance for Internet of Things innovation, backed...

IoT – Before talking profit, we need to talk security

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IoT – Before talking profit, we need to talk security

When a Mirai botnet made up of thousands of Internet of Things (IoT) devices took down major websites such as Twitter and Spotify in October, it merely confirmed the fears of many that such devices in general – and the smart home in particular – can’t be trusted. If half the internet can be shut down by a few thousand poorly secured devices, how can we believe they will keep us safe, warm and entertained? If consumers are truly going to buy in to the IoT, they need to feel safe and secure before they're prepared to invest. In other words, security is paramount to the long-term success of IoT.  
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The magic ingredients in mobile web performance

No doubt, the internet is fueling economic growth around the world. According to Statista, in 2016, the share of the internet economy in the GDP of the developing countries reached around 5.5 percent. And though there are more than a million tips out there about how to get your piece of the pie, there is no such thing as a universal recipe. Success in the digital economy hinges on many ingredients but there is one you can’t afford to miss: web performance. Web performance is priceless as it only takes a split second to lose a customer. Impatient visitors penalise slow websites by leaving; some never to return. Ten years ago, Amazon discovered during A/B tests that every 100ms of latency cost them one percent in sales. If anything people have become more impatient over the last 10 ye...
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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.