Modern enterprises focus on enhancing the productivity of employees. One way of doing so is by allowing the use of tablets and smartphones in their workplace. Still, lack of necessary mobile device management and security strategies may introduce risks to the resources of the company, as well as the privacy of the users themselves.

 

BYOD at Work

It is expected that security complexity will increase further as technology increases and when BYOD strategies are being put to work. Data contained in the devices of the employees are critical and quite sensitive to the business enterprise. There are issues that need to be dealt with, such as compliance, security, trust, legality, device ownership, as well as data leakage.

This calls for the need to have and maintain a strong corporate policy working with good security practices. They are very important in order to have a good initiative towards mobility. As what the latest Forrester research report shows, smartphones that are being used by US based workers are expected to grow and triple by the year 2015.

At the same time, using smartphones and tablets at work is increasing at a very steep rate. These days, within the Canadian and US businesses alone, half of the devices and smartphones are not really issued by the company. But they are very useful since the owners of such devices are able to perform their tasks quite conveniently.

 

Corporate Security Policies

Enterprises need to enforce their currently existing security practices, such as authentication access, password protection and others for the mobile devices. Mobile devices that access the corporate networks need to comply with the business authentication and security processes. In line with this, proper implementation should be observed, such as having a strong password.

Employees can now freely use their personal devices and gadgets in order to do their tasks at work. However, in their free time, they can still use those gadgets to play their favorite online gambling games, such as lotto, but of course, they can do so during their free time. Usually, it is mandatory for enterprises to encrypt all their data on the mobile devices in order to comply with all the state and federal notification laws. In this way, even if there is an attempt to forge data, the encryption system would prevent them from doing so. In this way, company data is still protected.

 

Great Moment for Humans

March 13th, 2013 | Posted by i.nconspicuo.us in Tech/Web - (0 Comments)

What do we have here, in our present day and age, which enables all these powerful technologies and personal tools that we talk about? What is the main change in society, at a great historical moment, now, that will be remembered as a great turning point, a watershed?


 

A New Earth

 

Our momentous moment is much more than just a range of new devices and technologies. People on this planet have always communicated, played games, traveled and so on.

Those sorts of things don’t change over time much. Deep changes don’t happen in what people do, but how they do it. Over time, our awareness of what we do, and why, can shift. This is the way trend-watchers and some technologists interpret history.

One area where this change is expressed clearly is in the human race’s conception of the planet earth itself. We always had some idea of terra firma, and yet ever since NASA landed men on the moon, that image changed dramatically.

Great astronomers like Carl Sagan have pointed out that shift: a shift in humanity’s understanding of their home within the universe. With those incredible first images of the earth, taken from the moon, humans had their first ever look at the very planet on which they lived.

 

 

 

New Basis of Technology

 

We might say that technology was changing radically at the same time as our picture of the world was changing. Modern digital inventions were being created, and a few decades after the lunar mission, the Internet was born at a simple stage (not yet with the Web added to it, for use by the general public).

At the same time as humanity had gained a powerfully cohesive image of its home planet, its escalating sciences and (some would say out of control) technology were threatening to blow it up!

But a profound shift was already taking place in the degree to which people all over the world were sharing their cultures and concerns, through modern media like television, film and music.

The Web has continued that trend, making sharing ever more possible. Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, a kind of landmark in human communication history, basically consolidated and focused this major trend.

 

 

 

 

Where We Are Now

 

These days, far beyond the basic technologies that have made physical life so much easier, humanity uses virtual technology that has created another sphere of life, wherein great amounts of experimentation, art, communication, collaboration and fun can happen without much limitation.

It all started in our imagination! This great moment in human history, arguably, kicked off with a great boost for the global mind, or ‘collective intelligence’.

It wasn’t as if children all starting doing quantum physics, however — the change actually showed up in simple things like playing video games, actually. Meanwhile science fiction encouraged people to think out of the box.

Strange as it may seem, for instance, if we play at Classy Casinos online or any other popular Web-powered games we are experiencing something that could only be available after the progress we have discussed above — it’s proof of a new way to live and play on earth.

 

 

The evasi0n team claims to have finally made a working jailbreak for iOS 6/6.1. This comes months after the release of iOS 6.

The team has outlined many of the requirements that will be attached to the tool once its released. First and foremost, the jailbreak will be compatible “with all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 6.0 through 6.1.” Yes, this means the first iPhone 5 jailbreak tool is on the way after more than three months of waiting.

It appears that the jailbreak tool will only take five minutes to install and get running on a device and that it will indeed be available to those running OS X, Windows and Linux. Windows XP will be the minimum for Windows users, Mac users will need at least OS X 10.5 and Linux users will need to be running or x86 / x86_64 or higher.

They also make it clear that a USB cable will be needed for the process as well.

Check the evad3rs site frequently for the release:

http://evasi0n.com/

Are you a home brewer? Do you like beer? Would you rather pour beer from a tap than from a can or bottle? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions then you need to visit Keg Outlet. They’ve got a great selection of corny kegs and other kegging equipment that will help you get up and running to serve draft beer at home.

With the release of Google Product Listing Ads, many e-commerce companies have been left scrambling to figure out how to not lose all the traffic that they currently get from Google Products (previously Google Shopping). However, the problem is that many people and companies have had problems getting their Product Listing Ads to even show on Google, and it has been even more difficult for Multi-Client Accounts within Google Merchant center to get their product listing ads to show.

I’ve been trying to setup PLAs for a client, but have had no luck thus far. I’ve successfully linked my Adwords account to my Merchant Center account (successfully is a relative term), but upon trying to create PLAs from within Adwords, I am constantly given the following error message:
This target does not match any products in your Google Merchant Center feed.
 I’m having a hard time trying to figure out if it the multi-client account within Google Merchant Center that is causing the problem, or if I have another problem with the configuration somewhere. I feel like this is going to be an ongoing battle.
Product Listing Ads are a great idea in theory, however it is really going to hinder small companies who don’t have the time and/or resources to put toward creating, managing and spending money for product ads.

Spotify uses too much hard drive storage space. They cache most of your songs, and use upwards of 1gb of drive space. They do this only to reduce bandwidth to their servers. If you have an enormous hard drive, this isn’t as big of a deal (though I still don’t like when programs use more resources than they need to).

But if you have an ultrafast SSD (such as the 60gb one I have), then hard drive space is once again at a premium. The following simple steps will allow you to limit the space Spotify uses, freeing back up your disk space, while still allowing Spotify to work just fine.

STEP 1: Eliminate the current cache

Open windows explorer and navigate to:
C:\Users\[computer username]\AppData\Local\Spotify\Storage

… replacing [computer username] with the name you are logged into Windows with. Note: you may have to first set explorer to display hidden files to see all the files.

Delete all the folders / files in this directory.

STEP 2: Manually edit the settings file

Since Spotify’s preferences only allow you to set the minimum storage space at 1 gb (i.e. 1024 mb), you’ll have to manually edit the settings file to set it lower. I’d recommend no lower than 20 mb, in order that at least the current song you’re listening to and a couple more can be cached. I’m using a value of 50.

Once again in windows explorer, go to:
C:\Users\[computer username]\AppData\Roaming\Spotify

Open the file “settings” in Notepad. Find the phrase “cache_size”, and change the value following it to your desired size. Example:    “cache_size”:1024   ** changed to **   “cache_size”:50

Notes:

These instructions are for windows 7. Another OS should only differ in where these files are located.

As with anytime you are editing files, backup the original files first (e.g. copy and rename to “settings.old”).

I was recently updating a site that was using the s3Slider jQuery library, when I noticed it had stopped working, and I was constantly receiving the javascript error: s3slider is not a function

Upon doing a little research, I realized that this was a fairly common problem that quite a few people had run into, however, my solution was not the same as all the solutions that I found. One solution that I found online was to not use the minified version of s3slider. The minified version of s3slider apparently contains some errors, so using the default version will oftentimes solve whatever error you’re receiving. If this solution doesn’t work for you, you may have the same problem I was having. My problem stemmed from where s3slider was being loaded on the page. It was being loaded before the jQuery library was being loaded. By updating my HTML to load jQuery first, I was able to resolve the issue.

s3slider is not a function in my case was the error being caused by the jQuery library not being initialized first. Easy fix, by just moving the s3slider.js file above the jquery declaration.


I recently started encountering a problem with OS X Lion. I’m running a pretty sick Hackintosh setup that has always operated without problem. Then recently, out of nowhere, Google Chrome has suddenly started to cause my computer to crash. I get the gray screen prompting me to reboot my computer. Upon rebooting, if I open Google Chrome, my computer will crash again. If I leave Chrome closed and use Safari instead, everything runs fine. I know the simple solution is to stop using Google Chrome, but that’s not really a solution for me. I like Google Chrome. It is the 1 browser that is most similar between Mac and PC, so it is the browser that I choose to use on my work and personal computers.

Has anyone out there encountered a problem when running Google Chrome on Mac OS X Lion? If so, have you found a way around the crashing issue?

The odd thing in all of this is that the crashes do not even generate error/crash dump reports. So I guess I really don’t know that it is Chrome that is causing the crash, but I’ve been using my computer for 3 hours without incident. I’m writing this post in Safari. I’m fairly certain that opening Chrome will cause my computer to crash.

UPDATE
Yes, opening Chrome did, in fact, cause my computer to crash.


So I’m not sure why this is, but I had previously updated my iTunes libraries to “match” so that I could sync my iPhone to 3 of my computers – my laptop, my home office and my office computer. It worked fine, but with the release of iTunes 10, Apple has apparently nixed this and I haven’t wanted to test (waiting for some other poor sap to try), so I’ve just been plugging my phone into each computer seperately as always, there are some things that puzzle me though.

My home desktop computer is now new, doesn’t have a matching iTunes library ID #, however when I plug my iPhone in to it, I am still able to manage pictures, music, movies, etc. I can copy anything that I want to/from the phone. When I click the “Sync” button on the bottom right from the iPhone Summary page in iTunes, the phone runs through its normal syncing process. No problems at all. Same thing when I plug it into my laptop of office computer. Weird, right?

Update on Syncing to multiple computers

So I found out what is happening. You ARE able to sync/copy content form multiple computers (it seems), however you cannot change settings on your phone on a computer other than the main computer that your phone is synced to. When I try to change the setting “Manually manage music and videos” from unchecked to checked, I get the following message:

Does this make any sense? I don’t know why Apple doesn’t just remove their restrictions.


This is one of my favorite new features of iOS 5 (I’m easily amused). But all joking aside, this feature is very handy, especially when you leave your phone for a couple hours and it gets bombarded with texts, twitter updates, calendar notifications, etc. Regardless of what is on the lock screen, you can simply swipe the icon of the notification that you want to see and iOS 5 will take you directly into the proper app, and if necessary, the proper page. Try it out next time you get a notification!