Web Programming: Yahoo discontinues YUI Project

Posted by John Onwuegbu | Monday, September 01, 2014 |

Yahoo User Interface library (YUI) is a JavaScript library, prepackaged with collection of useful features that web programmers can include on their sites for easy graphics, sliders or drag-and-drop actions. But, as large JavaScript is no longer favored by developers and YUI receiving less attention from the community, hence discontinuation of the project became expedient.

Yahoo formally killed YUI last Friday, according to the company blog, while reiterating the mission to continue to deliver the best next-generation presentation technologies with an initial focus on internal developers.

YUI releases will likely be few and far between, and will only contain targeted fixes that are absolutely critical to Yahoo properties, stated Julien Lecomte, engineering director for Yahoo Presentation Technologies.

Yahoo is definitely not killing its Web programming ambitions, and are eager to continue working with the external front-end community to share and learn together.

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Special Report: The Future of Backup as a Data Protection Strategy

Posted by John Onwuegbu | Friday, August 29, 2014 |

Backup, as applicable to information technology, refers to the copying and archiving of computer data as a safeguard to be used in restoring the original information in case of any data loss. Its primary purpose is to recover data when lost, be it by accidental data deletion, data corruption or cyber attack.

A recent survey found that 66% of respondents had lost files on their PC, while Data loss has been enlisted as common experience amongst computer users.

And enterprises are equally experiencing similar problems. Albeit, with so many technologies and security solutions, it's difficult for data managers to know where to begin when it comes to building a safety plan.

Iron Mountain offers guidance in the form of five questions any data management professional must ask before getting a backup security system off the ground. Get a detailed picture of how to begin safeguarding your data against theft and corruption. Download the free white paper on "The Future of Backup as a Data Protection Strategy" today.

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Twitter Marketplace: Get ready to Buy direct from a Tweet!

Posted by John Onwuegbu | Monday, August 25, 2014 |

Twitter is reported to be working on an e-commerce initiative that will allow users to purchase items direct from a tweet according to sources at Re/code. The initiative which is supposedly powered by Stripe, an online payment service facilitator, integrates a "buy" button into tweets making the social network a ready-made e-commerce hub for users to market their products and services.

The company is set to unveil "buy button" below tweets; and on clicking on the button, users are able to enter in payment and possibly shipping information without leaving Twitter’s platform.

Twitter as a marketplace will give the currently struggling company, a solid revenue stream, leveraging on its massive pool of informed users. Twitter and Stripe representatives, however have declined to comment about the initiative, but strong indications support the report.

Albeit, other web service companies have been leveraging on Twitter for e-commerce, like Amazon which allow users to add items to their Amazon shopping cart by replying to a tweet of a product link with #AmazonCart hashtag, it won't be surprising if Twitter join the bandwagon.

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Special Report: Enterprise Mobility for Dummies

Posted by John Onwuegbu | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 |

Enterprise mobility simply put, is the increasing array of mobile devices and related services that enable broad use of mobile computing in a business context. It is increasingly important nowadays following the BYOD enterprise setting, which allow workers bring any smartphone and tablet devices and have support for using the devices in the workplace.

The main challenges of determining the right enterprise mobility strategy for an organization is to relate the available mobile technology to the overall purpose of the work conducted, and how to support mobile workers when they are using these devices in the workplace.

Even as the influx of high capability smartphones and similar handheld computing devices soar, accelerating and transforming the enterprise with mobility remains far fetched.

The "Enterprise Mobility for Dummies" guide outlines how your organization can leverage mobility to gain real-time access to vital business information and meet customers needs. Download the free whitepaper now to learn how to accelerate and transform the enterprise with mobility.

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African E-commerce: Emerging Trends to Watch in 2014

Posted by John Onwuegbu | Wednesday, August 13, 2014 |

The African e-commerce landscape is really an interesting one, even as McKinsey, a global consulting company, had recently published a report on the role of Internet in Africa. The company predicted that the e-commerce market in Africa will grow to about $75 billion by 2025.

Analysts pinpointed the process of enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty by improving the usability, ease of use, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the customer and the product as main area of challenge for e-commerce business in Africa.

Initially, e-commerce ventures in East Africa used to focus on the affluent and the diaspora customers, with payment by credit cards, mostly in the gifting industry - but, the trend is fast giving way with innovative approach such as payment via mobile money. And lately, payment in e-commerce in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are mostly in mobile money, such as M-Pesa, rather than credit cards (which have only 10% penetration in Kenya, for instance).

Trends like "Buy online / Pay offline", for people who need to see the product first before spending their money has given rise to free classified ad spaces, with offers like Post free ads in Tanzania making a success story.

E-commerce as utility providers (electricity, telcos) and government services (taxes, fines, benefits) are equally seizing the mobile money opportunity. And subsequently, making mobile money as a preferred way to pay for goods and services more popular.

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What you need to Protect your Mobile Devices against damage?

Posted by John Onwuegbu | Friday, August 08, 2014 |

Smartphones are pretty popular nowadays, so too the risks associated with carrying mobile devices. You may have paid only $150 for your latest smartphone, but if you had to replace that device before you became eligible for a subsidy from your carrier, it could cost you more than $500. That's why it pays to ensure your device is protected against damages.

Exofab team spent hours on the drawing board trying to find the most effective and non-intrusive way to protect a mobile device.

The company prides itself as leading developer & manufacturer of specially designed “guards” for device protection with the use of innovative materials. After trial and error they found that a thin guard made of Smart materials will offer the same level of protection a regular case would.

Perhaps, unsatisfied with how regular mobile phone cases made our most prized possessions look like, "we searched for other alternative ways of protecting them", the company stated.

Exofab is proud to offer innovative products that provide extreme Scratch - Impact - Drop protection without sacrificing safety or appearance. Check out the company's new generation of guards that make fat and bulky mobile phone cases obsolete for iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S5 now.

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Pinterest getting Pinteresting with direct Messaging

Posted by John Onwuegbu | Thursday, August 07, 2014 |

The iconic social network, Pinterest has added a new feature that allow users to send direct messages or pins to one another. The direct messaging makes it easier for users to have a good old fashioned conversation about those Pins that interests them, and also works for group communication.

When organizing a camping trip with friends - you can try sending Pins to the whole gang so as to figure out stuffs like where to go and what to bring along.

Pinterest averages over two million pins every day, now you’ll be able to reply with a direct message or send a Pin back. And the notifications addition helps pull up the conversation when you need a reminder.

The company hopes to help users swap creative ideas and share best discoveries with each other according to the official blog.You can learn more about sending and replying to Pins here.

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