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Author Archives: Drew Gannon
When even the mighty Google can’t ward off cyber attacks, you know the recent hacking frenzy has reached its peak. Google announced on its official blog that hackers originating from Jinan, China amassed “hundreds” of passwords for personal Gmail accounts to change their forwarding and delegation settings. The attack targets senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries, military personnel and journalists, among others.
With technology, a good thing is never good enough. New generations, editions, and updates perpetually hit the market, making even year-old technology obsolete. Since it began connecting wireless devices to the internet, Wi-Fi has undergone several improvements to produce faster and faster internet connections. Now, it’s ramping up to reach full speed.
Computer hacking is a nuisance for anyone, but at the Pentagon, it’s now an act of war. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon has mapped out a formal cyber strategy identifying computer sabotage from of another country as an potential attack on America. This new policy, unclassified portions of which to be made public next month, prepares against hackers that could interfere with U.S. nuclear reactors, subways, or pipelines in an equally destructive way as a physical militant force.
Much as they grumble and groan about women’s shopping habits, it seems even men are not impervious to the sensation of money burning a hole in their pocket. At least not when it comes to gaming. According VentureBeat, a study of 1,500 social gamers on MocoSpace’s mobile entertainment platform found that men outspend women by a 9 to 1 ratio with purchases of virtual goods in mobile social games.
In February, Facebook introduce iframe tabs for Facebook Pages, a new model for building apps on pages. This new update was designed particularly for brands to increase their marketing campaigns through social media with more sophisticated content. At the BlogWorld & New Media Expo, Webtrends’ senior manager of social product managing Justin Kistner walked his audience through this new technology, demonstrating how to build these frames and use them to cultivate your brand.
Playing games is no longer just a way to pass time. More and more marketing campaigns are incorporating game mechanics to build business and customer loyalty. At the BlogWorld & New Media Expo Wednesday, digital media agency and vendor thought leaders David Tyler, Mike Schneider, and Chris Pirillo joined in an animated discussion on “gamification” and its place in digital marketing.