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Winning in the online dating space

Jeronimo Folgueira, CEO of premium online dating platform , discusses the current state of the dating industry and gives his views on going mobile and premium pricing in the digital economy. The Current State of Online Dating Online dating in the UK has steadily developed into a multi-million pound industry. And it’s showing no signs of slowing down. By our own approximations, the sector is estimated to be worth around £185 million and is expected to grow by around 6% this year. The challenge is that the online dating industry is getting crowded. In the UK alone, there are more than one thousand different online dating services. As the industry continues its impressive growth, we need to see consolidation in the market. Online dating has been around for more than 20 years -...
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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.  
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Why fibre should be at the heart of operators’ connectivity strategies

Access to superfast broadband and speedy 4G services – we all have that as standard, right? Well, actually no. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case across the UK. While those in larger metropolitan cities such as London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester might be lucky enough to have consistent, high quality connectivity, it is not an equal playing field for those in rural areas like North Wales, the Midlands and many areas across Scotland.  
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What you don’t know WILL hurt you

Gone are the days when attackers had to breach your perimeter to get inside your network and steal data. Businesses are expanding to the cloud, SaaS, mobile, and social channel to boost visibility and interact with customers, leading to a dramatic increase in the attack surface available to hackers and giving rise to an entirely new threat landscape outside the firewall. A CEO's social media presence, meant to build trust and visibility with customers, can turn into hundreds of rogue accounts impersonating him. A third-party plugin that makes a website more interactive can pose a significant vulnerability if compromised (remember the Panama Papers breach?).  

What will the connected home connect to?

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What will the connected home connect to?

The concept of connected homes is all the rage these days. Home appliances of all sorts are reaching the market that can be controlled from the homeowner’s smartphone and are giving homeowners mobile control of electrical outlets, thermostats, lights and much more. Before we even know it, there will be little in the home that cannot be controlled from our smartphones, if in fact we want to. However, interestingly, much less attention has looked at how a connected home can connect to other things.  
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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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Understanding bots and security: Why not all bots are beneficial

Does your company have a bad bot problem? And if it does, what are you doing to address the issue? If you’re not sure it has a problem, what are you planning to do to find out? These are not trivial questions. Bad bots can cause significant damage to a business if they’re left unaddressed. Bad bots are automated attacks that can target specific holes within company websites or simply abuse a website while impersonating legitimate human traffic. showed that the likely risk of bad bot impact can range from 1.8 to 7.6 per cent of a website’s contribution to annual revenue. On average, the likely median for this is about 4 per cent. If your company site helps generate $10 million in revenue a year, then bad bots are likely to cost you around $400,000 annually. The likelihood of risk ...
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The university of the future: Why universities should embrace learning analytics

Энди Алферовс, управляющий директор , ведущего поставщика решений для цифровых учебников в Великобритании, обсуждает, как инновации в сфере образовательных технологий и аналитики приводят к кардинальным изменениям в высшем образовании, которые могут привести к более гибкой и персонализированной среде преподавания и обучения. Цифровая трансформация только четверо из десяти студентов в настоящее время считают, что плата за обучение в университете является соотношением цены и качества, и, согласно данным, 68% студентов жалуются, когда оценки ниже ожидаемых.  На это нет ответа серебряной пули, но важной частью решения является то, что университеты дают студентам возможность брать на себя ответственность за свою судьбу, предоставляя им инструменты, необходимые для улучшения своих о...
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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...

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.