EaseUS Software has made the process of salvaging data from corrupted, or inaccessible secondary storage media when normal access has failed easier with its array of innovative solutions. EaseUS Data Recovery software helps to recover deleted files due to formatted or damaged hard drive, virus attack or a lost partition on your computer.

There is also a free version to EaseUS Data Recovery which covers the basic requirements for an individual usage. The free program recovers up to 1 GB of data and there is plenty of support and tutorials available in case you run into a problem.

Now available in more than 180 countries, EaseUS Software has built reputation and formidable business intelligence on reliable data recovery and backup solutions around the world.

And with the enormous data now carried over the mobile web, the company also pride itself as a leader in mobile data recovery scenario with its innovative free iPhone data recovery solutions. To ensure you do not lose your most important files, recovery tools should be downloaded and installed beforehand.

EaseUS Software: Backup and Data Recovery with Ease

The emerging web development standard, HTML5 is a response to the fact that the HTML and XHTML commonly in use on the Web are mixture of features introduced by various specifications, along with those introduced by software products such as web browsers, and as a result has given rise to many syntax errors in existing web documents.

It is an attempt to define a single markup language that can be written in either HTML or XHTML syntax.

HTML5 includes detailed processing models to encourage more interoperable implementations; and introduces markup and application programming interfaces (APIs) for complex web applications, which makes it a potential candidate for cross-platform mobile applications. And many features of HTML5 have been built with low-powered devices such as smartphones and tablets in mind.

The current momentum is causing companies to reconsider their mobile strategies and question why enterprises, software application providers and device makers are adopting HTML5 and whether they should as well.

This free whitepaper on "Does HTML5 Make Sense for Mobile Enterprise Applications?" will help you determine if HTML5 is right for your mobile environment.

Special Report: Does HTML5 Make Sense for Mobile Enterprise Applications?

In the wake of National Security Agency (NSA) Surveillance saga, encryption has taken a new level of priority in the scheme of web service providers who have privacy of users in mind. Google has led the way in encrypting users' data, and have also promised extending same level of encryption to searches by users.

Whilst other internet companies have equally implemented digital defenses in response to reports that the NSA has been tracking online communications without the companies' knowledge or cooperation, privacy advocates had described the moves as long overdue, albeit, warning that the companies' efforts may not be a permanent safeguard, as encryption technology continues to evolve.

Privacy will remain a major debated topic in 2014, and as targeted tracking technologies gains upper hand, may even pose serious security concerns. 

Social networking platforms like Facebook has already demonstrated the business side of the social web, even as analysts remain wary of Twitter IPO, latest indication proves otherwise as WSJ reports that shares have nearly tripled since their initial public offering last month, including an almost 5% gain on Thursday, making the microblogging site's IPO one of the best performing this year.

Microsoft generation-shift to embracing users' feedback in enhancing its service offerings cannot be denied, and the innovative approach has seen it regaining immense number of users, especially across its web services including Outlook.com.

The whole of 2013 can be summed up as a new beginning for the enthroning of web-based application and services over conventional technologies. And the coming year will witness an unusual level of engagement and development in that regard.

Flashbacks: 2013 in Retrospect

THE AFFAIR is a geeky designers outfitters which recognizes and target the discerning intellect of men who read. As such every design has its literary inspiration printed on the inside neck, so you’re primed for chatting about something other than the weather.

It all began in late 2007 when a strange thing happened amidst the rubble of broken dreams and the boozers of East London, bringing the foreseen union of  industry experience, raw talent and shamelessly egotistical aspirations to live.

And now, they're extending the Christmas joy with a Bad Ass Boxing Day sale. Anything and everything at THE AFFAIR will be up to half off, with their three most popular styles at 70% off the regular price.

So use your spirit of giving wisely and give yourself something awesome this holiday season, also included is free hand screened Art Print with any purchase of two or more t-shirts. Get the scoop here: http://the-affair.com/boxing-day-sale/; and enjoy the season. Merry Christmas!

THE AFFAIR: Invite for Geeks to Indulge

Hashtag, a word that attained notoriety with the advent of social networking and microblogging, is a non-spaced phrase prefixed with the symbol #, that makes it possible to group messages, whereby someone can search for the hashtag and get the set of messages that contain it.

It represents a shift in the way consumers communicate with each other and about brands. So what does this mean for marketers?

Hashtags are popping up everywhere - from Twitter to Facebook feeds, and now Google+ including offline billboards to our TV screens. Ignite your marketing campaigns with hashtags and take advantage of the social layer with this special report.

We'll share strategies for running hashtag campaigns to ignite buzz about your brand and drive social commerce. Download the free whitepaper on "The Definitive Guide to #HashtagCampaigns" now.

Special Report: The Definitive Guide to #HashtagCampaigns

Microsoft's commitment to ensuring secured online experience for users continue to get attention as the company announced "Recent activity notification" feature for Microsoft Accounts. The recent activity log serves to notify users of various point and means through which access has been gained into accounts, so as to be able to ascertain when an unauthorized access is gained.

The “Recent activity” page shows info about the activity in your Microsoft account, within the last 30 days, including any time that you signed in to your account, whether on a web browser, your phone, an email app, or a third-party app.

Microsoft is equally adding more control over security notifications for certain activities, such as resetting your password or logging in from a new device.

The company had recently pushed out Two-Factor Authentication to all users, ensuring maximum security through a second authentication method outside the common password. And with the new feature, promises to provide a fallback for users who have enabled two-step authentication on their accounts.

Security: Recent Activity Log coming to Microsoft Account

Microsoft has launched Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1, bringing full 3D capabilities and zooming on a 3D globe to users worldwide. The new app comes as a true analogue to "Google Earth", with street-level scenery, routes from point to point, and virtual Earth views.

The new Maps Preview also feature a compass and a permanent search bar, which allows users to search out a destination or map out a route.

Now available for download in the Windows Store, Bing Maps Preview bring icons to toggle back and forth between 2D and 3D views, a feature that was lacking in the default Maps.

And Microsoft has integrated Maps with Skype, making a click-to-call functionality possible on the new Maps app. Also, boasting of a "street view" capabilities, accessed by swiping up on the screen, the new Maps Preview is truly a "Google Earth" challenge.

Bing Maps Preview debut on Windows 8.1

The recent SAP Economist Intelligence Unit survey of 179 business executives from retailers across the globe, reveals just how much the consumer-retailer dynamic is changing - as well as how far retailers still have to go in capitalizing on social media as a business tool.

While 58% of the survey respondents use Facebook to communicate with customers, more than one in five (21%) say they are not using any digital channels to interact with their target audience.

Although a growing number of retailers are sold on the potential benefits of social media, it’s clear that many remain wary about how much they should be leveraging them to connect with their customers. And these reservations are fairly consistent among hard-line, soft-line (e.g., apparel) and grocery retailers.

Regionally, North American retailers are ahead of the curve in social media adoption; for example, 68% of North American respondents are using Facebook to communicate with customers, compared with 56% in Asia-Pacific, 55% in Latin America and 53% in Western Europe. Download the free whitepaper to get the detail scoop on the survey: "The Social Shopper Harnessing the Disruptive Influence of Social Media" now.

Special Report: The Social Shopper Harnessing the Disruptive Influence of Social Media

Facebook announced update to News Feed ranking in recognition that people want to see more relevant information and see how their friends react to such news. The company in a post on Monday iterated on its plans to prioritize news articles, differentiating it from random posts from other sources.

What this means is that users will start to notice links to articles a little more often in News Feed, especially on mobile, the company stated that people enjoy seeing articles on Facebook, and so they're now paying closer attention to what makes for high quality content.

According to its surveys, people on average prefer links to high quality articles about current events, their favorite sports team or shared interests, to the latest meme.

So, the company intends doing a better job of distinguishing between a high quality article on a website versus a meme photo hosted somewhere other than Facebook when people click on those stories on mobile. And also, looking at ways to show people additional articles similar to the ones they've just read.

News Feed takes Priority on Facebook

The advent of new communication channels has led to more marketing and advertising furore, many marketers are discovering that relying solely on tried-and-true tactics such as broadcast emails, generalized web copy and broad segmentation are producing diminishing returns.

Many companies rely too heavily on generic messaging that only speaks to a small percentage of their contacts.

There are countless ways you can customize email and web content for each person and deliver a fantastic customer experience that will build engagement, strengthen loyalty and boost revenue.

If you are looking to deliver an awesome customer experience to a larger portion of your database? Then this special white paper on "20 Ways to Personalize Email and Web Content to Deliver an Awesome Customer Experience" is for you. Download the free whitepaper now.

Special Report: 20 Ways to Personalize Email and Web Content to Deliver an Awesome Customer Experience

Microsoft's Xbox Video service is now live on the web at XboxVideo.com, the company announced the launch on Wednesday, promising more fun and entertainment with ease, allowing users to watching TV shows and movies on the browser.

This means users can now watch movies and TV shows from the Xbox Video store on browsers using Microsoft's Silverlight plug-in, and the service is available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs, Macs, and with Windows Phone app still in the works.

The cloud-based service has been made available starting with 21 countries, and allowing users to watch their favorite movies on supported devices. However, support for HD playback is lacking at the moment, but the company promises to bring HD support soon.

TV shows are available in episodes and seasons in the Xbox Video store. Microsoft has already listed several deals on select TV shows and movies for the Black Friday weekend deals, and up to 50% discounts available.

Microsoft launches Xbox Video Service on the Web

Google has made available a Chrome extension, Google Voice Search Hotword, that will enable users on desktop to initiate a search without typing, just by speaking. The browser extension allow users to do voice search on Google.com by the command, "Ok Google", plus the search term.

The tool which is still in beta can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store and it's available both on desktop and laptops.

Chrome's active tab is required to be on Google.com for the feature to work, however, users can also conduct a new voice search directly from the search page, and it's ready when the microphone icon becomes bold.

Google has been readying some amazing voice features since the company's I/O conference in May, and working to improve the search algorithm especially on voice related commands along its semantic search technology.

Google's Automatic Voice Search debut on Chrome

Social media is now the "Holy Grail" of online marketing, brands have come to leverage on its trends to keep abreast of consumers' behavior and to stay ahead of competitions. For those of us in digital marketing, to keep our brand current, we must stay on top of social media trends, but what are the fundamental truths that guide social media approach?

This white paper explores 10 social media rules that stay true through any trend in online marketing and constant through passing and lasting trends.

Besides practical insight on how social media serves business development and online marketing, you'll need to gain valuable knowledge on the fundamentals of social media and ensure your brand is relational as well as current.

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Special Report: Top 10 Social Media Truths for 2014

The online pinboard, Pinterest is perhaps exploring the highly profitable location services with the introduction of Place Pins. Place Pins feature will allow users to see the location of businesses with complete mapping capabilities and to get direction from one place to another.

Place Pins will make it easier for users to plan trips and locate places of interest, making Pinterest more useful on the go and also share their pin-filled maps with others.

The tool is expected in the coming update of Pinterest apps for both iOS and Android, and on the web according to the company.

Pinterest has partnered with mapping developers MapBox and Stamen to design and customize the maps for Place Pins, adding  more location data to destinations or other places of interest accessible through the site.

Place Pins: Pinterest's Dabbling with Location Data

LinkedIn announced a milestone in the service's integration to Pulse, the notorious social newsreader app, which it acquired in April. LinkedIn Today, the service's news curation feature, will be making way for Pulse, meaning more relevant news experience with content tailored to users' interests.

LinkedIn Pulse will become the main vehicle for social news experience across mobile and desktop and will ultimately replace LinkedIn Today.

And for the first time, social actions like commenting and liking on Pulse are possible and will sync with your LinkedIn.com experience. When you download the new Pulse app on iOS or Android, you'll be prompted to sign-in using your LinkedIn profile. Once you’ve done this, the channels, influencers and LinkedIn content you already follow in your Pulse experience will be automatically added.

The overall search functionality has been improved with faster auto-complete suggestions, making it easier for you to find “What’s New” across timely world events and what’s trending.

Also, you can create unique lists in the “My Lists” section around professional topics like green technology, real estate or business, and discover new suggested topics via recommendations or easy right-to-left scrolling to see the next article within a channel or publication. You can check out the new Pulse experience on LinkedIn.com by clicking here now.

What Pulse integration with LinkedIn means for Users

Microsoft Nigeria in conjunction with The Future Project (TFP) yesterday at the Civic Centre, Lagos unveiled Aiki Nigeria, an employment enabling  program that seeks to bridge the gap for job seekers, entrepreneurs, artisans and secondary school leavers by availing them networking opportunities for mentoring, and accessibility to various job openings.

The Aiki Nigeria web platform will among other things provide free resources, training and career guidance services to young Nigerians.

The program is designed to serve as a networking hub where young people can connect for development at a continental level. The Future Project is leveraging on its extensive knowledge in engaging the youths over the years to help Microsoft in achieving its aim of equipping thousands of young Nigerians with the right tools, skills and matching employment opportunities.

The Aiki.ng web portal is expected to go live early December, and with key features such as: Online learning on skills and personal development, meeting advisers and mentors from different occupational fields among others.

Aiki.ng - Web-based Career Development Platform

As internet marketing continues to evolve, the place for keeping proper email performance metrics can never be over emphasized. From opened to unsubscribed to click-throughs and beyond, email marketers love benchmarks.

And of course, emailers have a special preference for numbers because email marketing has so many ways you can use it to measure success.

With so many metrics and so little time, it can be tough to gauge customer engagement. Accurately gauging your marketing success requires looking beyond industry benchmarks to see whether your email program met, exceeded or fell short of your goals while adding value to the customer/prospect relationship and maximizing conversions and revenue.

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Special Report: 2013 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

Google on Monday announced a new service, Helpouts, that can avail internet users professional assistant from people in a capacity to help through live video chat. It's aimed to use the convenience and efficiency of the web to enable everyone, irrespective of time or place, to easily connect with someone who can help.

Helpouts makes it easy for getting help for a computer glitch, a leaky pipe, or a homework problem as clicking a button?

It might be learning a new skill, like how to speak a foreign language or graphic works; or it might be general advice on how to improve your fitness or your writing. With Helpouts, you can choose who you get help from based on their qualifications, their availability, their price, their ratings and reviews.

The company, however assured that the number of people giving help on Helpouts and the type of help available will grow over time. And that it will take time to get used to interactions via real time video. If you're interested in giving help on Helpouts yourself, simply hit the link.

Helpouts - Get and Give Help over Live Video

Microsoft on Saturday warned users still stuck on Windows XP that the operating system will be prone to malware attacks more than ever before starting April 8, 2014. The warning came on the heels of the company's bi-annual security intelligence report.

Tim Rains, director at Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group, in a blog post iterated on the risks posed by the aged operating system, stating that users should expect an increase in malware attacks when support for the OS is dropped next year.

Windows XP will become more prone to attacks, continued Tim, and that after support ends, attackers will have upper hand over security tools on the operating system.

The company perhaps for the first time has been open about the risks customer may face after dropping support for an OS, which is unusual to its norm of simply ignoring an old operating system without accompanying danger tag. While there could be other reasons for the purported increase in infections, lack of updated security software been among, main reason remains the fact that XP SP2 has not been patched.

Windows XP Users warned on Malware Increase

Mozilla announced what it calls an experimental pilot project, Mozilla Location Service, which is invariably a geolocation lookup based on publicly observable cell tower and Wi-Fi access point information. Albeit, it is still in early developmental stages, but it already provides a basic service experience in select locations.

The company is aiming the mobile ecosystem with the new service, especially mobile phones with weak GPS signal and additionally, laptops without GPS hardware can use this service to quickly identify their approximate location.

And before now, there's no large public service to provide this crucial part of any mobile ecosystem. Mozilla intends to tackle the technical challenges by getting real data, and leveraging on open-source technology to improving privacy issues which have hitherto plagued such related service offerings.

Even as geolocation data is by its very nature personal and privacy sensitive, the fact that the signals are publicly accessible posed some risks.

The service is evolving rapidly and already provides basic coverage in select locations within the following countries: U.S., Brazil, Australia, Indonesia and Russia.

Mozilla Location Service: What You need to Know

Google+, the internet giants second bait to break into reckoning within social media is perhaps garnering a whole lots of attention lately. What was once dubbed "a ghost town" has suddenly taken a new dimension of popularity and importance, and has almost turned into a bee-hive of activities.

It has invariably become the fulcrum of Google services, and anyone with Google Account that has not yet signed up for the service can be likened to someone still lurking in the dark.

Joining Google+ simply means you will be poised to take advantage of all that Google has to offer. And maybe you've just started to explore the world of social media. Either way, you have probably wondered, “Why should I sign up for Google+?”

From personalized search results to instant photo uploads, you will soon see the value of Google+ even beyond its main benefit: sharing and discovering content that you are interested in. Being familiar with Google+ and how it works is a good idea - and not just for your online social life.

In this special report series, we'd expose you to the benefits and main reasons to join Google+ and whatever your reason for joining Google+, you won't regret being familiar with the Internet giant's social network. Download the free whitepaper on "Getting into Google+" now.

Special Report: Why You need to Join Google+



The internet has continued on an astronomical rise; since 2006, the number of internet users has more than doubled. And as access to internet via mobile: smartphones and tablets increases, it makes us wonder what that means for the demography of users and their experience on the web.

Statistics by Internet Service Providers puts the current number of internet users at 2.4 billion globally, with yearly growth rate at 39 per cent, that number is expected to reach 2.7 billion by end of the year.

What then do the next billion internet users look like?

The Next Billion Internet Users: What Will They Look Like?

INFOGRAPHIC: Next Generation of Internet Users

MakeMyBrowser.com is a new tool that enables anyone create a private and customized browser experience. It is Chromium based, meaning it is built with security in mind from the architectural point of view.

All the extensions that support Chrome also support MakeMyBrowser personal browsers, all the themes can be implemented and feels no difference. You can create a private customized browser for each of your family members, with icon, bookmarks and themes.

Why a Private Browser?

As users' privacy is increasingly a much debated topic nowadays, having a browser in which you're in total control certainly is a great point. And the good part, all at no cost.

Why create a Personalized Browser?

As many computers are used by more than one person, each user is expected to log in and out from Windows, which really takes a lot of time and effort. With MakeMyBrowser, you can let your mom keep on using Chrome, while you use your own browser. You can actually create as many browsers as you wish.

If you have your own computer, you might have two or more Gmail/Facebook accounts. Creating your own personal browser, allows you to navigate quickly between the two, and identify your browser by your own selected image. No need to type in password all over, login and log out etc. Also, you might want to have your “fun browser” with links and extensions to YouTube, Hulu, and other sites, but alongside have your “work browser” with links and extensions that are work related.

And in case of a stolen PC, it is recommended that users should log in to their personalized browser using any Google Account. This will save all your bookmarks and passwords online, and you can always login back from chrome or other chromium browser and restore all your information.

MakeMyBrowser.com - Create Your Own Customized Browser

Apple announced the availability of OS X Mavericks on Tuesday, and for the first time, the premium OS is coming completely free. The company has dropped the price on its desktop operating system, making room for cheaper PCs, as the days of spending hundreds of dollars to get the most out of your computer are gone.

And the release OS X Mavericks, also brings Flash Player now protected by an OS X App Sandbox.

Apple Mac suffered many security breaches in the past owing to vulnerabilities associated with Flash plug-in, now with Flash Player sandboxed under Safari in Mac OS X, means better restriction on the ability of attackers to exploit any vulnerabilities in the browser plug-in.

The sandbox also limits Flash Player’s local connections to device resources and inter-process communication (IPC) channels, which in turn limits Flash Player’s networking privileges to prevent unnecessary connection capabilities. And the end point is that Flash Player’s capabilities to read and write files will be limited to only those locations it needs to function properly.

Mac OS X Mavericks is available as a free download from the Mac App Store.

Mac OS X Mavericks arrives, Free with Flash Sandboxed

Open Source is increasingly the preferred approach to proprietary development models, and IT security is gradually shifting to embracing open source security solutions. As a development model, it promotes universal access via free license to a product's design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.

However, when choosing between proprietary and open source security solutions, many organizations are misled by open source myths.

They often than not ask the wrong questions when evaluating their options and unnecessarily limit their IT solutions. Is it risky to trust mission-critical infrastructure to open source software? Why should we pay an open source vendor when open source is supposed to be free? Will a shift to open source add complexity to our IT infrastructure?

All these questions have come to makeup the Open Source Security Myths, and in this special report, we'd be concerned in dispelling the myths.

This whitepaper will explain and dispel, allowing IT decision makers to focus on more important organizational issues: return-on-investment, ease-of-use, agility, reliability, and control. Download the Free Whitepaper on "Open Source Security Myths Dispelled" now.

Special Report: Open Source Security Myths Dispelled

Google Ideas, which is an initiative of the internet giant to serve as a think/do tank that explores how technology can enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability or repression - now, has scheduled a summit in New York with partners to discuss on the theme "Conflicts in a Connected World".

Google hopes to leverage on the ideas generated to better understand how to protect people confronting online censorship.

The summit brings together “hacktivists,” security experts, entrepreneurs, dissidents and others to explore the changing nature of conflict and how online tools can both harm and protect, according to the official Google blog.

And along with partners, the company intends to launch several new technology products to help with fighting censorship, such products includes: Project Shield (which protects websites against DDoS attacks), Digital Attack Map (live data visualization that maps DDoS attacks) and uProxy (new browser extension that allows contacts share trusted pathway to the web).

Google believes access to the free flow of information is increasingly critical, and have gone ahead in taking necessary steps to help those fighting for free expression around the world.

Google set to Unleash new Tools to fight Censorship

Google is currently pursuing a really ambitious project, Google Fiber aimed to bring the experience of super fast and hybrid internet connectivity comprising digital television to communities, of course within the United States.

Google announced plans to install Google Fiber internet service in Provo, Utah, which was the third city after Kansas City that the company has marked for the initial roll-out plan.

What exactly is Google Fiber and How would it affect Consumers?

Google Fiber is a hybrid internet infrastructure service powered by Google. It's aimed to bolster super fast internet service with plans starting from 5Mbps all the way to a blistering fast 1,000Mbps. The 1,000Mbps service comes with a bevy of perks, including 1TB of Google Drive storage with the television service equipped with a 2TB DVR recorder in addition to the Google Drive storage.

Google Fiber is perhaps inspiring other ISPs to lessen the broadband gap. Or, as put on DSLReports the goal is to “…light a fire under the pampered behinds of incumbent broadband operators.”

Though Google Fiber is not yet available everywhere, nor gigabit internet in general for that matter, it mostly has to do with areas internet infrastructure. Only a handful of cities in the U.S. are wired up for fiber optics, which means only so many places can get Google Fiber or the gigabit internet service. And It’ll be a long time before it reaches every nook and cranny of the U.S. (if it even does).

Google Fiber: The Projected Future

Microsoft has announced a new student advantage program which will allow any academic institution that licenses Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty to provide Office 365 ProPlus to its students for free. This new campaign allows college students to try office 365 for free for up to six months.

The Student Advantage makes it easy for qualifying institutions to provide students with the latest version of full Office at school and at home. Combined with Office 365 for Education plan A2, which is free for schools, Student Advantage gives students access to the same set of world-class productivity tools and services used by Fortune 500 companies all over the world, according to Microsoft blog.

The cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 Education is currently used by 110 million students, faculty, and staff. At the time of kick off, more than 35,000 educational institutions that are already subscribed to Office 365 will be automatically eligible to participate in the Student Advantage service.

And the actual launch date has been set on Dec. 1, beginning which the free campaign will kick off. For any academic institution that doesn't have Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus, individual students, faculty members, or staff can pay $79.99 for a four-year subscription to Office 365 University.

Microsoft: Free Office 365 for Students

LinkedIn on Wednesday announced the introduction of a mobile app, linkedIn Recruiter to aid job recruitment on the go. Albeit, the company had made available various recruiter tools on the web version of the social network, a mobile app to cover same purpose had been lacking before now.

LinkedIn Recruiter is aimed to enable job seekers pitch for potential employers on the go, via mobile devices, as mostly this top executives with final decision making powers are always on the go following their usual busy schedules.

The company puts it that people are more mobile than ever before, while recruiters and the recruiting process, are still chained to the desktop, which has made it painstakingly difficult for candidates to search for, discover and apply for jobs via mobile. And this has also limited users productivity because they can’t interact with candidates and hiring managers while on the go.

Recruiter Mobile is free to existing LinkedIn Recruiter customers and is available today in the App Store for iPhone users. Not an iPhone user? You can also access it from your mobile device’s web browser at www.linkedIn.com/recruiter.

LinkedIn Recruiter: Mobile App for Recruiting on the Go

Pinterest may have perhaps scored a great point in the collaboration feature announced by Microsoft's Bing in a blog post on Wednesday. According to the post, Pinterest Boards, which brings together curated collections of images from people around the web is now available on Bing image search.

Bing in the post iterated on the fact that computer-generated contents cannot yet match the accuracy and precision of users' generated contents, citing the example of Pinterest to support the notion.

On Pinterest, passionate curators can build up a collection of ideas that shows off their unique style, giving rise to most interesting pictures on the web. Bing, albeit, using cutting-edge computer vision, powerful filtering tools, and lots of computational horsepower to sift through billions of images on the web has come to acknowledge that the most interesting pictures on the web are being collected by people, not computers.

Bing image collections are great for searches like Halloween decorating ideas, bringing together cute and unique pictures from around the web with creative collections by people who are both passionate and ready to share their ideas.

Bing, added that this is only the beginning of exploration of ways to showcase social communities within Bing image search, promising more in the weeks and months ahead. If you wish to get started, go to bing.com and click on the Images tab to take Bing image search for a spin.

Bing brings Pinterest Boards to Image Search

Microsoft introduced Office 365 to address the critical enterprise challenge presented by Google Apps, which includes data portability and seamless access irrespective of devices used. Google Apps for Business and Microsoft Office 365 are both comprehensive office productivity and communication tools essentially for businesses looking to move over to the cloud.

Moving to the cloud means someone else now handles server and application setup, configuration, and system management, reducing personnel costs and increasing convenience and access for your employees.

But as the two solutions have significant differences; which is Right for Your Business? This special report provides a breakdown of the differences and demonstrates each solution’s strengths.

The breakdown of the differences and demonstrations on each solution’s strengths to help guide decision-makers based on company’s priorities and needs are what we'd be concerned with in this special report series. Download the free whitepaper on Office 365 vs Google Apps now.

Special Report: Office 365 vs Google Apps

Social marketing is taking a huge chunk out of internet marketing budgets, and the notorious visual bulletin board, Pinterest, in order not to be left out in the windfall, is exploring ways to open up the platform to advertisers as it announced plans to launch "Promoted Pins".

Pinterest's great appeal to users, coupled with beautiful interface and compelling contents are what may perhaps endear the social platform to retailers for marketing purposes.

Promoted Pins is certainly a preview on how the company will go about pursuing a scalable revenue generation system, and see how it appeals to its ever growing user base, according to Ben Silbermann, Pinterest's CEO in a blog post.

And the initial test-run will include promoting a few pins in search results and category feeds, which the company has assured will not be obstructive as the usual banner ads we're accustomed. Silbermann, however, promised pinners that the promoted pins will be relevant, and improved based on users' feedback, and of course, no flashy banners or pop-up ads.

The company also assures on transparency by letting users know when a pin is actually paid for. The testing has not started, but will be rolling-out soon.

Finally, Here comes Promoted Pins

Facebook video ads rumor which has been making round since late July, now substantiating on the hints, the company have gone ahead to announce the test run for the new feature. The TV-styled ads, according to the Facebook Newsroom report, has already commenced with a select group of Facebook mobile users.

The new video feature automatically plays video to users who pause on the box when scrolling through their news feed.

This feature will be limited to videos posted by individuals, musicians and bands with verified pages. And that only videos uploaded to Facebook; not videos posted from YouTube or elsewhere are supported.

The company, however, declined to specify when the video feature will be opened up to advertisers. 

The implementation on desktop is quite different from mobile application, as clicking on video on desktop opens up a new window. While Facebook mobile users who do not wish to watch the video ads can simply scroll through to other items on the news feed.

Facebook: Gearing up for Video Ads?

Internet security has become a much debated topic in IT circles lately, with the proliferation of smartphones and tablet devices, keeping tab on who is peeping into your organization database is now a wild goose chase. How enterprises can effectively safeguard their enormous data has gone beyond full disk encryption system, which no longer makes sense in view of the modern and now extended enterprise settings.

As enterprises are turning to encryption as a backstop to prevent corporate and customer information from ending up in the wrong hands, its essential to learn about next-generation encryption and why your organization needs it.

First-generation encryption technologies often deliver less than promised—either leaving critical gaps in security, preventing the legitimate recovery of data or, even worse, encouraging operational compromises that can be exploited. More reasons organizations today need intelligent, multilayered approach to encryption that automatically safeguards data without complicating essential IT and user operations.

This whitepaper series examines the limitations of first-generation encryption processes that often deliver less-than-promised performance, spur user resistance, conflict with operational infrastructure and process requirements, and can even leave data stored in unencrypted locations where it is easily visible to unauthorized users. Download the free whitepaper on "The New Encryption Generation - Closing the Gap" now!

Special Report: The New Encryption Generation

The growing trend of web technology vendors persistently tracking users activities online for ads targeting purposes have continued to be debated across different fora. And recently, the NSA was reported to be circumventing manufacturers' controls to access users data on mobile devices, all these pointing to the fact that users cannot rely on vendor provisions in guarding their privacy.

Smart mobile devices have made it almost impossible to maintain effective privacy control online, and the debate as reviewed on the prolific mobile lifestyle blog, Mobility,  posits that the National Security Agency (NSA) can go as far as hacking into these devices to get information, according to documents released by the German news magazine, SPIEGEL.

The report maintains that the issue is not about having access through the companies behind these smart devices, but actual hacking of those devices.

Now, what other options do users have, since smart devices cannot be trusted? Encryption is perhaps the only solution, albeit, not 100 per cent foolproof, as even encrypted messages can be decrypted. However, it remains that the act of deciphering a single word in an encrypted message is a task not many such agency can be subjected.

So, smart security approach is the way out - the data itself should be protected. And to ease the process of the encryption on social networking platforms, BlockPRISM can be availed to cover such social privacy issues.

How Encryption can Eliminate Web Tracking

Google's web-based application revolution with its operating system, Chrome as the pivot of the new beginnings, is hitting up the debate over native-application continuum. Albeit, native applications have hitherto shown a better performance rating compared to web apps, innovations coming to the later has demonstrated that equal, if not better feat is possible.

Google had earlier released Chrome Apps Launcher for Windows, allowing users to launch Chrome standalone apps directly from Windows taskbar, even without launching the browser. Now, Chrome Apps have landed on the browser in a near-native experience, capable of working in offline mode, and storing data locally.

The new Chrome Apps can interact with PC hardware as a native app, while still retaining the everywhere availability advantage of web-based applications. Google on Thursday announced the availability of the new Chrome Apps on Chrome Web Store.

Mac users, however, will have to wait till the next version, Chrome 30 to enjoy the new feature, as its currently available for only Windows and Chrome, starting form OS 29.

Native Experience comes to Chrome Apps

Pinterest is simply a 'visual bulletin board', bringing the beauty and power of images to live to convey specific message in the social platform. The project which started around December 2009 has attracted over 20 million loyal users. In fact, a recent report by The Social Habit notes that 21% of social media users have a Pinterest account, and the number just keeps on growing. Forbes calls Pinterest the third most popular social networking site (after Facebook and Twitter).

What is it about Pinterest that keeps users signing up and coming back? The combination of a beautiful interface and compelling content is the key to Pinterest’s success. By providing a way for you to save images to a single web page, Pinterest helps users easily organize and share content.

How many times have you been browsing the internet and come across an image of a product you want to remember?  All the time, right?  Whether you find a great gift for someone in your life, a must-have product for your home, a hairstyle you might want to try, or a recipe that sounds delicious, Pinterest is a great way to save, organize, and share the products and ideas you like (Pin your interests).

Now, learn how to utilize this great social phenomenon in our special report series: "Your Guide To Pinterest" by requesting the Complimentary Guide NOW!

Special Report: Your Guide To Pinterest

Oracle released Java 7 update 25 in June 2013, while admitting the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) bug (CVE-2013-2463) in the later version, Java 6 and advised that users should upgrade to the most recent version. Now, security experts within last few days have uncovered an active exploitation of the vulnerability in Java 6 "Proof of Concept for CVE-2013-2463" attack code to compromise users systems.

The Neutrino crimeware kit which was first uncovered in March 2013, seems to be the point of exploit for the vulnerability according to security analyst, Timo Hirvonen of F-Secure.

The mode of attack include exploitation of Java vulnerability to install ransomeware on users PC, while such users are coaxed into paying some fines citing law enforcement agents involvement among others. The bug could be "exploited by malicious local users to disclose certain sensitive information, manipulate certain data, and gain escalated privileges and by malicious people to conduct spoofing attacks, disclose certain sensitive information, manipulate certain data, cause a DoS(denial of service), bypass certain security restrictions, and compromise a vulnerable system," according to Secunia.

Java 6 was officially retired in February, which is more reason the company did not make available a patch for it, but instead, recommend that users should upgrade to Java 7. Albeit, almost 48% of all Java users in the U.S. are still stuck to Java 6 according to statistics released March, 2013.

Security: Experts warn on Java 6 Vulnerability

So much hype has come to surround Big Data lately, owing to the general adoption of cloud computing by large enterprises. The term "Big Data" simply means complex data-sets that are difficult to process using on-hand database management tools, and there's a lot of buzz about how it will transform businesses.

The challenge of managing Big Data in your organization and unravel the myths behind what it is and the management solutions that will work to unlock its value is what we will be concerned with in this special report series.

As Big Data is all the rage today, the truth is if organizations have a way to utilize, and gain real-time insight from Big Data, it may lead to an intelligence that will be most valuable for businesses and their customers.

Businesses need the ability to collect data, and aggregate into an intelligent format, so that real-time alerting and reporting can take place. So, how do we get started? Download the free eBook on "The Truth about Big Data" now.

Special Report: The Truth about Big Data

The ubiquity of the internet has strongly influenced modern communication systems, with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) haven hitherto exerted enormous pressure on traditional communication players (Telcos), and the competition is even now fiercest as the new technology, WebRTC is gaining traction on the web.

WebRTC (Web-based Real-time Communication) is an open-source project (of course, free) that enables browser-to-browser applications with real-time communication capabilities through simplified JavaScript APIs without plug-ins.

The prototype comprises codes that Google open sourced  in May 2011, and followed by an ongoing work to standardized the relevant protocols in the IETF and browsers APIs in the W3C. The implementation revolves on works on HTML5 and related technologies supported by the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG). The project is supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera, increasingly spreading amongst other major web technology vendors.

Google is equally responsible for the key voice and video codecs WebRTC currently support - VP8 (video), iSAC (wide-band links) and iLBC (narrower connections).

What does all these mean? It won't be long after the point of aligning to standards for developers to start building applications into web-pages for voice and video calls. Albeit, such capabilities are possible already, but are specific to vendors implementing them. What WebRTC does is open the technology to all, not just to vendors that can afford to license a proprietary system.

Now, the revolutionary drive behind WebRTC is that ordinary Web developers using just JavaScript APIs can build fully functioning voice, video and data collaboration applications or have same embed within other applications or website with just a few lines of code.

The new technology, WebRTC will make voice and video call enabled web pages pervasive, with no plug-ins to download and install that may not be compatible with all the browsers you use, on the desktop or on your mobile devices. And that may ultimately be the future of voice and video calls for all.

WebRTC: Real-Time Communication between Browsers

Microsoft's revolutionary web-mail service, Outlook.com has already garnered a lot of accolades from tech industry watchers as regards bridging the communication gap with real-time social networking features right within the inbox, and now the company have also added Skype support.

Skype is perhaps one of the largest communication service on the web, making it possible for internet users to communicate with friends and family through instant messaging and video calls, all at no cost.

Microsoft had earlier made the announcement of bringing Skype to Outlook.com late April, and have now gone ahead to launching the service starting with North America as a first point of call, including United Kingdom according to Outlook blog

The company also intend to demonstrate the effect of visual communication in sales promotion, especially as it concerns local businesses, by announcing a contest in the United States whereby consumers can submit a recipe with a chance to make a video call with Gail Simmons, the food expert and television personality.

And for every entry, Microsoft will donate $10 to Common Threads, a charity that promotes healthy eating with kids, while entry direct from Outlook.com account attracts $20 donation. If you wish to learn more about the contest and enter, go to: chow.com/outlook.

Microsoft brings Skype to Outlook.com

LinkedIn, the unparalleled professionals network, is honing their great pool of user base to avail prospective students of relevant information as regards various universities by providing a ready made information hub, University Pages.

The University Pages on LinkedIn is aimed at helping students attain critical milestone in their campus life to a fulfilling, successful career.  And foremost, to serve as an information hub for students making that initial search for universities to attend.

Beginning on September 12, LinkedIn intends to open up the University Pages for high school students to explore schools worldwide, along with expanding their opportunities on the after school scenario, by building on a network of friends to help at every milestone.

And currently, about 200 universities have adopted their pages, including INSEAD, NYU among other notable citadels of learning.

LinkedIn had accordingly made some changes to its terms of service, most notable being the change in minimum age to 14 for eligibility to join. Also, stressing on the openness and prospect of adding "thousands of schools" along the line.

LinkedIn Introduces University Pages

VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) is basically the transmission of  voice communications and multimedia sessions via internet protocol (IP) networks, for instance the web. While early VoIP service providers offered business model on the architecture of legacy telephone network, the modern generation providers (i.e Skype) have built closed networks offering the benefit of free calls with minimal charges on access to other communication networks.

The system employs session control and signaling protocols to control signaling and setup of calls. But, instead of being transmitted over a circuit-switched network, however, the digital information is packetized and transmitted as Internet Protocol (IP) packets over a packet-switched network.

And the pros of VoIP services includes being less expensive than standard telephone network services. But call quality can be a factor in one's decision to switch to VoIP. Albeit, constant innovation and upgrades are making VoIP comparable in quality to the traditional phone system.

In this whitepaper, VoIP for Beginners, you'll be introduced to how VoIP works. Along the lines of the key technical terms and learn the issues that affect bandwidth and call quality. Also, learn three issues to consider when defining VoIP call quality. Download the Free whitepaper on "VoIP for Beginners" now!

Special Report: VoIP for Beginners

Social networking has greatly influenced online conversation, the line between strangers keep getting blurrier, while privacy have been utterly relegated to the background. Privacy as regards users personal information will continue to draw attention in lieu of targeting advertisements, and for those users who do not wish to be tracked, there is finally a solution.

BlockPRISM is nonprofit project undertaken by a group of computer science students at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam and a mechanical engineering student at Stanford University in Palo Alto, with the aim of allowing users encrypt their private messages on social networking platforms.

The goal of BlockPRISM is to enhance secure communication on the internet by creating programming tools that allow seamless integration across social media, without the user having to go through any trouble to encrypt his or her messages.

While the cryptographic technology to make this possible has existed for some time, encryption has not been widely adopted because it can be too complicated. And as a first prototype, the team have programmed a Chrome browser plugin to serve as a proof of concept.

Also, in order to complete the development cycle and to make it available on mobile devices (iOS and Android), they have equally launched what they called the indiegogo campaign.

The team is hoping to reach the widest possible audience with their campaign to meet the goal of encrypting every personal information across the social networking platforms and thus create a secure communication on the internet.

BlockPRISM: Encrypt Messages in Social Networking Platforms

Online privacy has indeed taken a center stage in modern internet usage, given the proliferation of tracking technologies aimed to bolster advertising efforts, even at the expense of users personal information. Internet users, on the other hand have always clamored for more control over their data, and had reacted with outrage whenever such rights have been abused.

AdChoice, is a familiar web icon for those who are used to surfing the internet. It's an initiative of Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), which serve to educate users on personal data collected by targeted ads, availing them the option to opt-out of such tracking.

Now, the coalition have devised plans of bringing same user control to mobile browsers, with a disclosure icon that will give users option to Do Not Track command on their mobile devices.

The overriding idea, however, is for internet users to have control over who or what gains access to their personal data, and preventing unwanted intrusion to users privacy.

And the timing is perhaps, even more accurate given the dominance of smart mobile devices in modern internet usage, which has correspondingly driven advertising thereto. The project is still in early developmental stage and according to DAA will be coming on board by next year.

Privacy: "Do Not Track" Icon for Mobile browsers?

Google on Wednesday announced the upgrade of Chrome 28 to the stable channel, with Chrome 28 for Android sporting new features of data compression, translation and fullscreen support which hitherto had been available only on the web version.

Data Compression had been a highly sought after feature for mobile browsers owing to the high consumption of data especially on Android devices. Chrome support for data compression utilizes Google's SPDY network technology to optimize web pages for mobile devices.

Google Translate for Chrome, on the other hand, means automatic translation of web pages right from within the browser, making it easy for users to access information presented in foreign languages. While fullscreen support allows users to display web contents in full-screen mode.

However, the downside of Chrome's data compression is that encrypted websites are not supported, unlike what is obtainable with Opera Mini.

Google's push on Chrome to take a center stage on the web is very much evidence in the current slew of improvements coming to the browser. And also recently have gone ahead to switch to its own rendering engine, Blink

Chrome 28 for Android brings Data Compression

vCloud Suite is an initiative of VMware on cloud computing which allow users to migrate work on demand from their internal cloud with the flexibility allowed by virtualization. The vCloud architecture relies on vshield edge, while routed networks needs a VM running vshield edge software, which acts as the default gateway for the network.

The virtualization is implemented on a free host on the system and provide services to VMs on that host and any other hosts on the network.

The major components of vCloud and the virtual datacenters they provide is what we'll be primarily concerned with in this special report series; detailing how vCloud could be beneficial in addressing specific IT needs.

Secondly, is to generate a better understanding of the cloud in both the business and IT communities. It's brought to you by VMware vCloud Suite. Download the free Whitepaper on "Simplifying VMware vCloud" now.

Special Report: Simplifying VMware vCloud

Google announced its acquisition of QuickOffice mid 2012, while assuring on the goal of getting more done with the Productivity Suite through the enabling of seamless interoperability with popular file formats. Now, Google's QuickOffice has made its first appearance in the ability to edit Office Documents right within Chrome OS.

The ability to edit Office Docs in Chrome OS comes as an answer to compatibility challenge presented by Microsoft's Office Mobile, while filling-in the gap on Google Apps incompatibility problems.

Google's attempt in deploying QuickOffice within a browser has long been rumored, and now has eventually found its way on Chrome OS. The company has labored to bring the compatibility aspect along with the functionality of Google Apps.

Google's QuickOffice, however, does not present any threat to Microsoft's Office Suite, because its functionality cannot yet match the later. But given the fact that it's running on the unstable Dev channel of Chrome OS means the feature has not been made available for the public, hence not fully ready.

Eventually, within the coming months will see the arrival of the feature to the stable channel. Before then, if you would like to give the new feature a spin, you'll need to get a Chromebook while ensuring its running version 29.0.1547.2 or later.

Google's QuickOffice: Edit Office Docs within Chrome OS

Smart webmasters have come to rely on a cache-based Content Delivery Network (CDN) to deliver high-demand contents to widely dispersed internet users while ensuring richer experience and optimal end-user performance. Today's internet users are drawn to fast and responsive websites.

How then can Content Delivery Networks improve the performance, reliability and capacity of a website and lead to a more stable and resilient environment? The major problem they address is latency: reducing the amount of time it takes for a host server to receive, process and deliver on a request for a page resource.

Latency depends on the distance between the user and the server, and equally on the number of resources a web page contains.

A Content Delivery Network caches resources in distributed networks across a region or worldwide, bringing resources closer to users and reducing round-trip time. Now, all CDNs are not created equal. A CDN, in which geographically distributed "nodes" delivers the same contents as a company's primary server is a better approach. For instance, MaxCDN's Catchpoint test recorded round-trip time improvement from 9ms to 3ms, measuring 40-77% speed improvements across the board.

Download the Free Whitepaper on "Improving Websites Performance with Content Delivery Networks" to learn how to choose the right CDN for your website now.

Special Report: Enhancing Website Performance with CDNs