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Top Five Warning Signs That Tell You When to Redesign Your Site

Posted in Tips on 31 July 2014

Website technology is constantly evolving. That is because website redesign is a necessity especially for businesses whose brand, label, products, and services rely on online marketing and whose customers, leads and prospects are mostly online. The question to ask yourself while looking at your website is, does it need a virtual makeover?  Here are the top indicators:

Website Isn’t Parallel with Your Business

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does your website accurately reflect your brand?
  2. Have you ever changed your logo?
  3. Is your website still designed to accurately represent your current customers or clients and prospects?

If you answered NO to questions 1 and 3 and if you answered yes to question 2, then it’s high time for a redesign.

Unclear and Outdated Content

  1. Does your website offer high-quality, relevant content?
  2. Is your company’s mission, vision and objectives accurately represented by your website?
  3. Is your logo consistent with your brand?
  4. Does your website list comprehensive information on the services and products your company offers?
  5. Is your website still in Flash?

A NO for an answer for questions 1 through 4 and a YES for question 5 signifies your website needs a total makeover. Furthermore, if you find it difficult to update content or to add a new category or service,  that is another indication. Poor visibility, stagnant traffic, low conversions and decreased sales are results of having a website that is not beneficial to your customers, clients, and prospects. Flash-based websites mean poor customer service and almost zero customer satisfaction rate.

Having a website that’s easy to update is important to ensure it stays accurate and fresh. Try using a content management system (CMS) to keep your site current.

Overall, if you feel like your site is no longer consumer-focused, then now is the perfect time to for a re-design.

SE-phobic Website

  1. Is your website hidden from search results?
  2. Are you proud to give out your URL?
  3. Are users able to find you when searched online?
  4. How is your search engine rankings?

A YES for question 1 and NO for questions 2 and 3 indicate your site needs some re-designing. Call your SEO manager to work with your graphics artist, programmer, and webmaster to get workimg on imprroving your site. Creating your site with SEO in mind will also ensure that potential customers, future clients, and prospects can find you online.

Incompatible with Select or All Mobile Devices

  1. Does your website work on your phone, tablet, desktop, etc?
  2. Is your website responsive to any mobile device?
  3. Is your website mobile-optimized?

If you answered NO to all three questions, then it’s time to re-design your website. Why? Just do the math out of the following statistics:

A study by Google showed that 61 percent of people they surveyed will leave a website if the site doesn’t display well on their phones. According to Econsultancy, 62 percent of companies that designed a website with mobile in mind saw increased sales. So go ahead and work on a responsive re-design of your website. Did you know that you could be penalized for not having a mobile-friendly website?

Stuck in the Old Season

  1. Does your website feel and look old?
  2. Is your website obsolete in terms of layout, design, content and overall appeal?
  3. Do you have a complicated and messy site?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to all three questions then what are you waiting for?  Go ahead and plan out your site’s re-design now.

Website re-design will definitely mean more expenses and will require a whole lot of patience. But it will be worth it in the end. Who knows? A new website could be just what you need to bring luck and grow your business in the future.

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Source Codes Should be Handed Over: Russian Government

Posted in News on 31 July 2014

Apple and SAP Identified in Statement Suggesting Need for Disclosure

Source codes from Apple and SAP are being requested by the Russian government.
 
The suggestion those codes be handed over came from Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov who suggested the two companies hand over the information to prove they don’t have “undeclared capabilities” for spying on Russian agencies.
 
As Engadget speculated, Nikiforov has not said whether or not certain government institutions will continue using products from companies who will not provide codes. However, if that is the outcome it could mean Microsoft — known for its co-operation with the Russian government for more than a decade — could scoop up that business.
 
Russia’s communications ministry, The Globe and Mail Reported, issued a statement Tuesday implying the move could prevent spying. The worry of surveillance is linked to statements made last year by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
 
The statement said Snowden’s “revelations in 2013 and U.S. intelligence services’ public statements about the strengthening of surveillance of Russia in 2014 have raised a serious question of trust in foreign software and hardware.”
 
Not handing over such codes, Nikiforov said, could indicate a company that is hiding something.
 
“Obviously, companies which disclose the source code of their programs are not hiding anything, but those who do not intend to establish cooperation with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products,” he said.
 
A source code is the main instruction controlling the functions of a software program. Companies are known to protect their source codes closely due to their value.
 
While neither company has issued comment on the statement or request, it comes just after Nikiforov met Apple general manager Peter Engrob Nielsen in Russia and SAP’s Russian managing director, Vyacheslav Orekhov last week.

 

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European Commission Expected to Launch Google Investigation

Posted in News on 31 July 2014

Concerns Over Company's Mobile Arm and Contract Requirements

Google may find itself in hot water as a new investigation is expected to be launched into its practices when it comes to its mobile arm.
 
A report by Reuters shows the European Commission in ready to launch an investigation about Android. Part of the investigation will include questionnaires to companies regarding any dealings they have had with Google and the use of software.
 
In the article, two sources “with direct knowledge” on the case are identified as the sources saying a new antitrust chief took over last year and European regulators are interested in determining if the Internet giant abuses the 80 per cent market share of the mobile operating system to promote a variety of services.
 
As CNet reported, Android software is free for companies to use but those looking to acquire the most up-to-date version must sign a contract. That contract stipulates the company must have a certain amount of Google services pre-installed.
 
This isn’t the first time Google and the commission have locked horns.
 
Earlier this year, the pair reached a settlement surrounding Google’s practices around surfacing search results in relation to the company’s own products. That settlement includes Google agreeing to display search results to all such services in the same manner, without a preference shown toward their own products and services.
 
That settlement, though, has been critiqued by rivals such as Yelp Inc. and Microsoft as being inadequate.
 
That investigation is expected to conclude soon, but, it appears, as that one wraps up another could be launched.

 

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Driverless Cars Coming to British Roadways in January

Posted in News on 31 July 2014
Driverless cars will hit U.K. roads in January, the British government has announced.
 
Unit now, British engineers experimenting with driverless cars have been restricted to private roads due to legal and insurance concerns. To prepare for the change, the government has launched a review to look at current road regulations to make sure there is a suitable system for testing driverless cars in the U.K.
 
It is also giving cities the chance to bid for a share of a $17-million competition to host a driverless cars trial. Interested cities are asked to partner with businesses and research organizations to draft proposals to become a test location. Up to three cities will be selected to host the January 2015 trials which are expected to last between 18 and 36 months. The deadline for applications is Oct. 1
 
Business Secretary Vince Cable, who today made the announcement, described the technology as an opportunity to better the country’s economy.
 
“The excellence of our scientists and engineers has established the U.K. as a pioneer in the development of driverless vehicles through pilot projects,” he said. “Today’s announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society. Through the government’s industrial strategy we are backing the automotive sector as it goes from strength to strength. We are providing the right environment to give businesses the confidence to invest and create high skilled jobs.”
 
The U.S. has been testing driverless cars for some time. Tests have run in Nevada and Florida as well as California where Google’s driverless car has already driven more than 300,000 miles.
 

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LinkedIn Makes Mobile Profiles More Tantalizing

Posted in News on 30 July 2014
LinkedIn is making introductions a little more personable via mobile with amped up profiles that it promises will make you “look ridiculously good.”
 
The new profile styles tells your story to anyone who searches for you on their Smartphone or iPad. And, if there are some holes in your profile, LinkedIn will let you know what’s missing and tell you how you can add it. The new profile includes professional and personal details as well as “in common” and endorsements sections.
 
“What if, minutes before you met me for the first time, someone whispered in your ear and reminded you not only where I work (LinkedIn) and what I do (product management), but also who we both know in common, whether we overlapped any years in school, or if we worked at the same company?” LinkedIn mobile product manager Charlton Soesanto said in a blog post.
 
“If you knew what we had in common or any of my interests (say biking or Latin poetry), chances are that we’ll probably have a pretty great first conversation.”
 
The new profile, Soesanto said, is a “great ice breaker” because you can actually learn a bit about a colleague before meeting him or her for the first time — meaning you can “talk about something other than the weather.”
 
The new profile experience is coming to mobile first, accommodating the 43 percent of members using their Smartphones to access the professional social network. It is available to English speaking Android and iPhone users and across all languages for iPad users.
 

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BlackBerry to Acquire German Encryption Firm Secusmart GmbH

Posted in News on 30 July 2014
BlackBerry’s security offerings are receiving a boost as the Canadian Smartphone maker prepares to purchase German voice and data encryption specialist Secusmart GmbH.
 
The acquisition is a good move for BlackBerry, which is renewing its focus on clients such as government agencies that require top-notch security.
 
According to BlackBerry CEO John Chen, the deal is proof positive of the firm’s commitment to being the best in enterprise mobile security.
 
Secusmart is known globally for its anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service providers.
 
“We are always improving our security solutions to keep up with the growing complexity of enterprise mobility, with devices being used for more critical tasks and to store more critical information, and security attacks becoming more sophisticated,” Chen said in a press release. “The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security. This acquisition bolsters our security solutions with leading voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping technologies, and furthers BlackBerry’s security leadership in end-to-end mobile solutions.”
 
BlackBerry and Secusmart have partnered in the past and last year offered the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 — a solution used by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security for classified communications for the country’s highest public officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.
 
“This transaction is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate growth in the market for high-end secure communications solutions, driven by the need to combat electronic eavesdropping and data theft,” said managing director Secusmart Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle. “Secusmart and BlackBerry’s solution already meets the highest security requirements of the German federal authorities and NATO for restricted communications. We see significant opportunities to introduce Secusmart’s solutions to more of BlackBerry’s government and enterprise customers around the world.”
 
The deal, the terms of which were not revealed, must still receive regulatory approvals before being finalized.
 

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Apple Makes Upgrades, Lowers Price

Posted in News on 30 July 2014
Faster, more memory and cheaper.
 
It’s not the slogan but it’s a pretty accurate summary on Apple’s news regarding MacBooks as the new 15-inch model Retina’s were given a bit of an overhaul and the non-Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch model received a $100 price slash.
 
In a press release issued Tuesday, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing said the popular computers will only get better as upgrades roll out in the fall.
 
“People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminum unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X,” said Philip Schiller. “The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory, more affordable configurations and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this fall.”
 
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a new, lower starting price of $2,499. The 15-inch model features faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, up from 8GB in the entry-level notebook, and can be configured with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz.
 
As reported by The Register, the timing of the news could be linked with the end of summer nearing.
 
The updated models are scheduled to arrive just in time for school bells to begin ringing again meaning many students will be asking their parents for a new computer.
 
This summer has seen Apple working behind the scenes to upgrade a variety of its hardware and products. On top of the MacBook Pro update, Apple has improved the iPod Touch and worked on an option on the iMac desktop which is cheaper.
 

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Frontend Software Developer

Posted in Jobs on 29 July 2014

Company: BearningPoint, Dublin

The Role 
 
Responsibility for design and implementation of software projects and play a key role in ensuring the quality of solutions we build. 
 
The candidate must possess: 
- At least 3 years design and development experience in enterprise solutions using modern web technologies based around HTML, CSS and Javascript (up to latest versions)
- Experience with frontend based frameworks such as:
  -- Angular, Ember, Backbone, JQuery, Bootstrap or similar
- Strong foundation in Javascript programming with good working knowledge of either .NET or Java
- Experience with frontend integration using:
  -- AJAX, HTTP, JSON and REST based architectures
- Understanding of UI/UX design concepts
- Good understanding and experience in Test Driven Development, Automated Testing Frameworks and Continuous Integration using tools.
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Practical experience in all phases of development lifecycle
- Estimation and risk escalation knowledge and experience
- Strong organisation and co-ordination skills
 
The candidate should possess: 
- Knowledge of mapping tools and frameworks such as Google Maps, ArcGIS and Leaflet
- Cloud deployments and associated tooling
- Understanding and experience of Agile based development methodologies
- Experience in a client facing environment
- Experience with issues diagnosis and performance optimisation
 

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Java Developer

Posted in Jobs on 29 July 2014

Location: Limerick

JEE, Spring, Hibernate, Design patterns, API, SQL, JAVASCRIPT
 
Experience & skills required:  
- Passion for software
- 4+ years’ experience in JEE environment.
- Good knowledge of design patterns
- Good knowledge of Spring and Hibernate
- Familiarity with Java annotations and dependency injection
- Good knowledge of RESTful API
- Very good knowledge of SQL including stored procedures
- Good knowledge of JavaScript frameworks (AngularJS, ExtJS, jQuery)
- Knowledge of web technologies (HTML5, CSS, CSS3)
- MongoDB knowledge
 
Excellent opportunity to join a technology driven company, and work in a cross functional and collaborative environment, in a role that will allow you to have a great deal of influence. As a  Senior Software Engineer you have a strong passion for software technology, an ability to directly contribute to product development, and will make sure that the delivered product is highly reliable and of good quality. 
To apply for this exciting new role please contact Laura Guiney- laura[at]frsrecruitment.com with an updated cv. You must be eligible to work in the EU for any employer.
 

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Yelp Adds Video Function to Review Site

Posted in News on 29 July 2014
Yelp is turning to video to enable users of its site to personalize their reviews.
 
The online review site has updated its iPhone app to give its users the chance to post three- to 12-second video reviews of local eateries, hotspots and other businesses.
 
Visuals are important, Yelp said in a blog post, noting that 23,000 photos are uploaded daily from mobile apps. In fact, Yelp users spend 2.5 times longer on business pages with pictures than on those that have none.
 
Kicking it up a notch with video better enables users to capture details of an establishment that photos alone can’t.
 
The feature is not meant to be an oral video review but, rather, an opportunity to show the décor, ambiance and size of an establishment.
 
“These short videos are great for conveying the atmosphere of a business, which helps others anticipate their experience before stopping by,” Yelp said in the blog post. “For instance, imagine scrolling through pics of delicious dishes at a new bistro but not really being able to tell if the ambiance is more ‘date night’ or ‘family friendly.’ Yelp video is here to help.”
 
Although the feature is currently only available for iPhone users, the tool is coming soon Android.
 

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