Many organizations are taking steps to adopt devops best practices, investing in version control, continuous integration, automated testing, continuous delivery, deployment containers, infrastructure as code, centralized monitoring, and other approaches to automate and systematize aspects of managing applications and infrastructure.The list of practices, tools, and maturity levels is growing and it’s no longer a trivial matter for devops teams and technology organizations to easily determine what areas to prioritize, what approaches are most viable, and what level of maturity is good enough.[ Devops best practices: The 5 methods you should adopt.• How to align test automation with agile and devops.• InfoWorld explains monitoring in the age of devops.• What is devops, exactly?
IoT Application Development solutions are made up of a group of technologies, some already existing and some entirely new.Each has its own way of development, and when they’re combined, they can create an environment that is complex and rapidly changing.Today lack of industry best practices to help companies write code, manage life cycle of certain IoT-related hardware and software, and deal with different types of breaches that can occur, including intrusions that are initiated at the device level comes across as a main problem.While not simple and assured, connecting legacy equipment and systems brings benefits and is an important way ahead in the IoT initiatives implementation.With focus on innovation, companies are equipped to handle the speed of change that comes with the IoT and fully realize its benefits.Bringing Data In From The Edge: Networking Challenges
Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota are planning to strike during Prime Day on July 15, one of the company’s biggest sales events.Bloomberg reports that about 100 employees are expected to walk out for a total of six hours to demand changes in labor practices, including converting more temporary workers to employees and relaxing productivity quotas that they say create unsafe working conditions.Striking workers at Amazon’s warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota will be joined by several engineers in a show of solidarity.The activism is being led by the Awood Center, a workers’ rights advocacy group, and backed by the Service Employees International Union, the Teamsters and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.In a statement to Bloomberg, Amazon claimed that it “offers already what this outside organization is asking for,” including hourly rates from $16.25 to $20.80 with benefits.It also said that “on average” 90 percent of workers at the Shakopee warehouse are full-time Amazon employees and it provides coaching for people who are not reaching their productivity quotas.
You can write better controllers by adhering to the best practices.controllers with less code and fewer responsibilities—are easier to read and maintain.And once your controllers are thin, you might not need to test them much.Rather, you can focus on testing the business logic and data access code.Another advantage of a thin or lean controller is that it is easier to maintain multiple versions of the controller over time.This article discusses bad habits that make controllers fat and then explores ways to make the controllers lean and manageable.
Companies which have understood beforehand and have trapped the power of video content for advertising today leads the market with their efforts.For example, a simple search for Red Bull or Monster Energy the search will show video results right on the top of the search page which means these brands have been focusing a lot more on creating their niche through video content.This means the popularity of video on the online portals cannot be underestimated as it would be greatly helpful in generating high SERP rating.How do videos help SEO?It is quite easy to convey emotions, actions, explain the concept or an idea to the new clients, or entice the prospectus clients in a short period.This means high conversion rates and ROI on the top with the videos.Google co-relates dwell time directly to recognize your video and page video on which it is featured.
Welcome to this transcribed edition of The Operators.Speaking from experience at companies like Google, Brex, Slack, Docsend, Facebook, Edmodo, WeWork, Mint, etc., these experts share insider tips on how to break into fields like product management and enterprise sales.This week’s edition features Lorilyn McCue, product manager at Slack, the fastest growing enterprise software company ever that recently skipped its IPO to do a direct listing (like Spotify), and Jamal Eason, a senior product manager at Google, a company recognized as a training ground for the best product managers.They are experienced operators in not just Silicon Valley but also from their days serving in uniform.Tim is the CEO & Founder of Media Mobilize, a media company and ad network, and a Venture Partner at Digital Garage.Neil is an early-stage investor based in San Francisco with a focus on companies solving serious problems, including Andela, Clearbit, Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Vicarious Surgical, and Kudi.
The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into US chipmaker Broadcom which it suspects of restricting competition via a number of exclusivity practices in markets where it holds a leading position such as for systems-on-a-chip, front-end chips and wifi chipsets.Earlier this year press reports suggested US authorities are broadening their own antitrust probe of the company.The FTC opened its investigation into Broadcom back in January 2018.Commenting in a press release announcing the antitrust action against the chipmaker, the EU’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said: “TV set-top boxes and modems are part of our daily lives, for both work and for leisure.This would prevent Broadcom’s customers and, ultimately, final consumers from reaping the benefits of choice and innovation.We also intend to order Broadcom to halt its behaviour while our investigation proceeds, to avoid any risk of serious and irreparable harm to competition.”
YouTube may face fines from a late-stage investigation by the US government into the video giant's handling of children's videos, according to a report by the Washington Post citing unnamed people familiar with the probe.The investigation at the Federal Trade Commission has propelled YouTube to reconsider some of its most fundamental elements, like its influential algorithm that suggests the next video to watch.The news came the same day as a report that YouTube is weighing significant changes to protect its youngest viewers and its content creators.Executives at the Google-owned video giant were reportedly debating whether to move all children's content off the main site to the standalone YouTube Kids app, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing unnamed people briefed on the talks.(The Post reported such a drastic move was unlikely.)In the midst of a parade of crises about content moderation on its massive video service, YouTube has been under fire for allowing content that exploits children.
Office of the Inspector General brings lab back down to EarthNASA's Jet Propulsion Lab still has "multiple IT security control weaknesses" that expose "systems and data to exploitation by cyber criminals", despite cautions earlier this year.Following up on a strongly worded letter sent in March warning that NASA as a whole was suffering cybersecurity problems, the NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has now released a detailed report (PDF).The JPL's internal inventory database is "incomplete and inaccurate", reducing its ability to "monitor, report and respond to security incidents" thanks to "reduced visibility into devices connected to its networks".One sysadmin told inspectors he maintained his own parallel spreadsheet alongside the agency's official IT Tech Security Database system "because the database's updating function sometimes does not work".An April 2018 cyberattack exploited precisely this weakness when an unauthorised Raspberry Pi was targeted by an external attacker.
Just Capital released its annual ranking of the best companies for the environment, or those with the most robust sustainability practices.Microsoft's unique climate practices earned it the top spot in this year's ranking of the most environmentally friendly companies.Among its practices, the tech giant has given out 230 grants to fund the use of artificial intelligence to address climate change.This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Artificial intelligence can already help make medical diagnoses and weed out terrorists.
Employees within Facebook have dug up “emails that appear to connect Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to potentially problematic privacy practices” in the course of responding to a Federal Trade Commission investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the matter.”The Journal was not able to review the emails directly, but wrote they could complicate efforts at Facebook to quickly reach a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over alleged violations of a 2012 agreement known as a consent decree.That agreement resolved charges that Facebook “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public,” according to the FTC.To avoid penalties, the agency required the company agree to obtain “express consent before sharing [users’] information beyond their privacy settings” as well as implement a “comprehensive privacy program to protect consumers’ information.”At least one of the email chains from April 2012 (after the decree was announced but before it went into effect) appears to show Facebook and Zuckerberg “grappling” with what type of practices it should permit under the order, namely a third party service that claimed to be offering access to user profiles no matter what privacy settings they had enabled.In one email exchange from April 2012 that has caught regulators’ attention, according to a person familiar with the matter, Mr. Zuckerberg asked employees about an app that claimed to have built a database stocked with information about tens of millions of Facebook users.
Facebook emails shared with government regulators show CEO Mark Zuckerberg debating how to address certain privacy issues, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing anonymous sources.The emails do not show Zuckerberg clearly advocating for the disregard of user privacy policies or any action that would violate the company's 2012 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission regarding user privacy, according to the report.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Internal Facebook emails shared with government regulators show CEO Mark Zuckerberg questioning some of the company's privacy practices, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that cited anonymous sources.While the emails in question do not appear to show Zuckerberg advocating anything that would clearly violate the company's protections of user privacy, the discussions see the CEO debating the propriety of certain actions in a way that could feed negative perceptions about the company's attitude toward privacy, according to the report.The emails are part of Facebook's efforts to provide information to the Federal Trade Commission as the agency investigates whether Facebook has complied with a 2012 consent decree over the social network's privacy practices.
Apple is facing a major antitrust case related to the App Store, involving whether the App Store operates as a monopoly, and now the company has launched a website in defense of its practices — in an attempt to prove that the App Store is not a monopoly.According to the website, Apple has paid out $120 billion to developers on the App Store since it first launched.The company also says around 60 percent of the 100,000 apps and app updates that are reviewed every week are approved.The main reason an app wouldn’t be approved?Most of the time, it’s related to minor bugs, with privacy concerns a secondary reason.Perhaps more interesting than the stats is the section related to how Apple believes it encourages competition.
Here are some practices that I do that owners really appreciate.Some want to be involved in all decisions, others want nothing to do with decision making.Others want to talk to just one person, not everyone in the office.A homeowner’s insurance policy, in many states, is not a landlord’s policy.Are there any leaks (sinks, tubs, roof, basement), are there child safe screens on the windows, do the safety features of the asset work (smoke/CO2 detectors)?Having an answering service is great, the landlords having your cell # is better.
Faced with a recent Supreme Court ruling that has opened the door to antitrust lawsuits over its App Store commissions and policies, Apple today launched a defense in the form of a web page spotlighting its principles and practices.The page offers justifications for its 30% share of developers’ App Store revenues, which it notes are offset by its own significant operating expenses and the presence of numerous free apps with no profit-sharing opportunity.The company explains that its “rigorous app review process” uses a combination of human experts and automated systems and has removed over 1.4 million apps due to compatibility issues alone.Thanks to a pool of over 20 million developers, Apple now reviews 100,000 apps per week and approves 60% of them, rejecting 40% for minor bugs, privacy concerns, or other factors, while giving developers the opportunity to re-submit for rapid approval.Though the company says developers have earned over $120 billion from the App Store, 84% of apps in the store are free, the company claims, and “developers pay nothing to Apple.” While that percentage seems high, many apps begin with “free” downloads but charge later for in-app purchases, advertising, subscriptions, or other systems that under some circumstances might give Apple a cut.Apple is using this as an opportunity to tout its commitment to competition, saying it “believe[s] competition makes everything better and results in the best apps for our customers” and that it goes so far as to point out competing apps in the store.
Ireland's data protection watchdog has launched an investigation into Google's collection of personal data for the purpose of online advertising."A statutory inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 has been commenced in respect of Google Ireland Limited's processing of personal data in the context of its online Ad Exchange," the Data Protection Commission said in a statement Wednesday.Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.The DPC, one of the lead authorities over Google in the European Union, wants to know whether the search giant's "processing of personal data carried out at each stage of an advertising transaction" is in compliance with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.The GDPR is a sweeping law that gives residents of the European Union more control over their personal data and seeks to clarify rules for online services.The DPC inquiry comes after privacy-focused browser maker Brave in September filed a complaint against Google in Europe saying Google violates GDPR by broadcasting personal information to companies bidding to show targeted ads.
A U.S. federal judge has reportedly ruled that Qualcomm violated antitrust laws with its patent licensing practices.According to the New York Times (paywall), the decision by Judge Lucy Koh marks a victory for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).The commission sued Qualcomm in 2017 for charging “onerous” fees to use its patents.Furthermore, she ruled that the company must be monitored by the FTC for seven years.Read: Sony Mobile will be dropping (or reducing) operations in these marketsThe judge noted that “Qualcomm’s licensing practices have strangled competition” in the cellular modem sector.
MFA is where not only a password is required, but also a second factor, such as a text message sent to a mobile phone (frowned upon as vulnerable to interception) or a code from an authenticator app.MFA is top of the list when it comes to basic security advice for Office 365.Exact figures are hard to come by, but it turns out that Microsoft publishes information about the security practices of its users, via a security dashboard available to Office 365 administrators.In fact, even by flinging a document or two into OneDrive, Microsoft will reward you with 10 points.This global average is no doubt pulled down by millions of tiny accounts and will improve as seat count increases.It is fair to say that there is a great deal of nothing being done about adopting the vast array of security options on offer.
By Brenna Lofquist, Marketing Consultant for Heinz MarketingThis blog post was inspired/updated from a previous Heinz Marketing blog post written by Matt Heinz “10 best practices for better cold calling”.I am no sales expert but through my experience at Heinz Marketing, research I’ve done for clients, recommendations/project deliverables, and personal experience (being the receiver of sales outreach) I have developed quite a few best practices and tips for better sales outreach.All of Matt’s tips are still applicable but there’s probably some sprucing up to do given the post was written in 2011.While I have never been in a sales role and am no expert, as previously mentioned, I have the opportunity to view sales from an outsider’s perspective.Enough about my experience – hopefully I have given myself some credit and you might at least consider the tips I have for you.
In this the article, we are going to help you with a clear vision about web design best practices.These include, but not limited to color strategy, value propositions appearance, the location of sign up button, bars and popup animations, quality of the pictures used in your website, the position of the search option, locations of social media pages icons, and much more.Apart from these, a good website design practice also follows some universal standards like brand, coding and accessibility standard.Below is a list of 10 web design best practices that you should implement in your website today for higher conversion and business success.The reason behind is, the company logo is the representation of your brand and keeping it on every page of your website helps you to keep up the consistency of your brand.So, do not forget to work a little harder on this particular part.