Pictures of naked celebrities, you say? My response is to quote my teenaged son: “If you don’t want naked pictures of yourself showing up on the Internet … then don’t take naked pictures of yourself!”
Nowadays almost everybody is using some form of cloud storage. Whether you know it or not, you’re probably using cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and, of course, Apple’s iCloud. These services are easy to use, fast, and very often inexpensive or free.
OK, I have to say it: “I told you so!” Frankly, stolen pictures of naked celebrities may ultimately prove to be a good thing because previous online breaches involving the theft and loss of personal information (medical, SIN, credit card numbers) did not get much media attention. Remember the recent security breaches at Home Depot and Target? Or, more recently, the exposure of 868,000 credit cards that occurred at 330 Goodwill stores?
If you have concerns about cloud security (and you should have concerns), here are five basic security principles to follow:
In the end, if a hacker has set his goals on getting your personal information, making his life harder might get him to switch his target.
Last words: Always harbor a slight sense of paranoia … it’s useful before making any decision about what you’re about to do online with your personal information! You should ask yourself, “What if…”
Dolby’s new responsively designed website features a contemporary design, giving consumers and B2B visitors an engaging look into how Dolby Laboratories makes audio, cinema, and imaging experiences more captivating, more productive, and more powerful. Dolby’s marketing team partnered with us to create an innovative web platform that effectively delivers compelling brand and product stories. One of the main goals of the redesign project was to bring complex sound technologies to life in a visually intriguing and simplistic manner. The underlying design principle of the new site was to deliver educational and entertaining content in “snackable bites.”
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We’re happy to announce a strategic partnership with Typesafe, the San Francisco-based provider of the world’s leading Reactive Platform and the company behind the Play Framework, Akka and Scala.
Selected as a Typesafe Certified Consulting Partner, we are now recognized as a certified partner that provides implementation services on the Typesafe platform. Typesafe will play a pivotal role in the solutions that our Toronto office architects for its roster of global clients.
Typesafe’s Reactive Platform addresses the specific requirements of scaling modern applications across distributed architectures, and the need for the following characteristics:
A more flexible and iterative development environment for back-end systems
Less reliance on expensive hardware and software
Improved scalability and performance
Easy integration into existing infrastructure and minimal downtime.
We’ve already successfully leveraged Typesafe technology for the redesign of Walmart Canada’s website. After rebuilding its web application and mobile stack with Scala, Akka and Play, Walmart.ca experienced faster development and improved scalability. With the Typesafe Reactive Platform, conversions also increased by 20%.
We are happy to announce that Publicis Groupe (EURONEXT Paris: FR0000130577) has acquired Nurun from Quebecor Media for 125 million Canadian dollars. For more informaiton, please visit Nurun.com.
We’re proud to announce the launch of the new Hennessy V.S Limited Edition by Shepard Fairey online experience. Part of Hennessy’s broader digital campaign, “Wild Rabbit”, the Shepard Fairey Limited Edition webpage on Hennessy.com serves as the hub for the #ArtoftheChase campaign.
To promote Hennessy V.S Limited Edition, the world’s No. 1 cognac brand commissioned contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, who is best known for his Obey brand and iconic “Hope” poster, to design an exclusive label for its annual Limited Edition bottle in his distinctive, globally recognized style. As Hennessy’s digital agency, we created an integrated digital campaign that centers on the new Hennessy V.S Limited Edition by Shepard Fairey webpage to drive sales, create awareness, and engage consumers in the Hennessy/Fairey partnership.
The Shepard Fairey Limited Edition page on Hennessy.com progresses from a standard product page into an immersive digital experience. It culminates in an interactive experience where rich content is delivered as the story develops. Lush, captivating images and graceful animation make for a cinematic journey deep into Fairey’s creative process and tells the story of his collaboration with Hennessy.
Our Toronto office recently hosted its 4th meetup, and 2nd for the Scala/Reactive stream. This time we partnered with ReactiveTO, a meetup group founded by Nurun alumni, Kevin Webber, who is currently a developer advocate at Typesafe. It was a great success and by far our largest meetup yet, with close to 50 people in attendance.
The format of this meetup was a keynote talk, followed by three shorter presentations by local experts. In between was a short intermission where attendees were able to mingle and get to know each other better, as well as share some war stories on work they’ve done and development problems that they’ve tackled.
The keynote, presented by Kevin Webber, was about the principles behind Reactive Programming—what is Reactive and what all the rage is about. The talk was entertaining and informative, and could be enjoyed by both a layman and an expert in the field alike. This was followed by short talks by Dejan Glozic (IBM) on micro-services, Sergey Gavrilyuk (Qwerk Media) on Reactive iOS apps, and finally Aleksey Nikiforov (PagerDuty) walked through a prototype heartbeat service, built with Scala and Akka over a hackathon weekend.
Hosting meetups supports our goals of making a positive impact, continuing to learn from the community and increasing our industry presence. During this meetup, I saw the impact firsthand, with Nuruners from various project streams in attendance.
Special thanks to all of the team members that helped with the logistics of the event, presenters for sharing their knowledge and attendees who help make these meetups a success.