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Foundation for growth

Bulkmaster Photo

I was being productive (insert alternative word here – literary ed.) on Twitter the other day and noticed a tweet from a client proudly stating how successful their presence at an industry event in the Middle East had been and another tweet stating that their new business venture in the United Arab Emirates has been launched. My mind drifted back to a …

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Heartbleed

Heartbleed2

There is what-has-been-described-as a catastrophic bug affecting hundreds of thousands of websites worldwide. The bug, first publicly reported on April 7, has been labelled ‘Heartbleed’ and occurs within the software used to create a secure connection whenever a user accesses a website such as an online bank, a shop, an email provider and so on. The software is called OpenSSL …

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Phew!

Ant

Wow, what a year 2013 is turning out to be! We have received three commissions and, much like the bears that Goldilocks annoyed, one is small, one is medium-sized and one is large. (‘Yes’, if you’re wondering; I do have children.) What is more, these are commissions for three new clients, so we are delighted to welcome them and are …

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New website

Www

Welcome to our new-look website. We decided to overhaul our website for a number of reasons, the most important one of which, by far, is that we had found – much to our embarrassment – that the previous version of our website was not as responsive to browsers on mobile devices as we wanted. In fact, on phones the user …

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Working and cycling

Chain

We’ve not posted for a while. We seem to have been working non-stop for a couple of months. In early September we began working for a new client, supporting a social media platform and investigating the feasibility of developing a mobile app for it. We also have a number of ongoing projects, some for clients, some being internally developed as …

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Identity hack

Shredded Paper

A cautionary tale has emerged in the last few days centring around a person who works for Wired magazine who suddenly found his various online accounts being hacked and, at the same time, his Apple devices being wiped. It is a stunning illustration of how social engineering, company security policies and a sprinkling of individual naïveté can allow chaos to …

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Skeuomorphism

Leather And Laces

I learned a new word yesterday: skeuomorphic. It’s a great word. Wikipedia defines a skeuomorph as a “derivative object that retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original”. Wikipedia also supplies an alternative definition that makes it slightly easier to interpret: “an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the …

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Mac O.S. threats

Bugs

Mac security company Intego has discovered a new Trojan called “OSX/Crisis” (nice name). It works in OSX versions 10.6 (“Snow Leopard”) and 10.7 (“Lion”). There is no word on whether it works on 10.8 (“Mountain Lion”), which is available for purchase from the Mac App Store today. The worrying feature of this Trojan is that it installs silently, without requiring a password. Intego …

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Passwords

Keys1

This week’s kerfuffle about LinkedIn, eHarmony and Last.fm being hacked reinforces the fact that there is no such thing as a totally secure online service. I have no idea whether or not LinkedIn and eHarmony carry out best practice with regards to user credentials – and some commentators think not (see the quote towards the bottom of this NY Times article) …

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iPad video project

Shush

We have completed the first phase in an interesting iPad video project. The app combines interactive pages with video, text and sound effects. It’s an extremely interesting and exciting project but also, unfortunately, top secret.

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