Cowboys extend punter Chris Jones through 2021 season

The Dallas Cowboys have locked up their kicking specialists into the next decade. Today they inked punter Chris Jones to a four-year extension that will keep him with the team through the 2021 season. He was scheduled to be a free agent after 2017. The Cowboys previously signed Dan Bailey to a contract that will keep him in Dallas through the 2020 season.

Jones replaced Mat McBriar and has had a successful career in Dallas but has yet to receive any post-season honors like a Pro Bowl berth. He has been a solid punter with excellent skills at pinning the opposition deep.

Jones is entering his sixth NFL season. He’s averaging 45.2 yards per punt; in 2016 he averaged 45.9 yards per punt. He’s also good at pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line. He has the Cowboys’ all-time highest percentage of punts downed inside the 20 with 39.9 percent (113 of 283).

But of course, when you bring up Chris Jones, most Cowboys fans think of only one thing.

“The Puntisher”

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partypoker Reveals New Lobby and Table Themes

partypoker seems to continually be in the headlines of late — and for all the correct reasons. From assembling a roster of professional poker players and celebrities, to the launch of its partypoker LIVE tour, there is a lot to smile about at partypoker HQ.

The general consensus is that partypoker, which launched in 2001, is making all of the right noises in its attempt to improve the experience for its players whether they are playing online or in the live arena.

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On Aug. 8, partypoker launched the first phase of its software upgrade, which was met with dozens of positive comments on the site’s social media channels. Upon opening the partypoker client, players alerted to the fact there is an update taking place, and a few moments later the new, improved lobby is revealed.

The new darker theme has been designed to help it be easier on the eyes for all players, but especially those who prefer to play longer sessions on their computers and mobile devices. In addition to looking more modern and sleek, some of the changes implemented during Phase 1 included:

  • Improved game navigation
  • Collapsible filter to allow more space to view game choice
  • New darker lobby and table theme
  • Updated Sit & Go Hero lobby to differentiate between three and four-handed games
  • Removal of the one-click lobby as almost all players prefer the traditional view

Phase 2 of the upgrade is scheduled to launch during the next quarter of the year, so should hit the screens of partypoker’s players before the curtain comes down on 2017. Several improvements are in the pipeline and include:

  • Ability to view the lobby in full screen
  • Further filter, display, game and tournament information improvements
  • Enhanced tournament lobby displays
  • Better table look and feel and more customization options
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partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard, who has been instrumental in some of the positive changes to the tournament schedule and structure, believes partypoker will become a ‘dream poker room’ once the upgrades are completed.

Speaking to the partypoker blog, Leonard said: “The upcoming software release is another step in the direction of getting our ‘dream poker room.’ We see an improvement to the lobby and to the table as well as lots of small tweaks all around the client. I tested the software with a dozen or so guys and the feedback was all extremely positive. We’ve given extra feedback about how to further improve the software and from now till the end of the year you should see additional impressive improvements to the overall software.”

Tom Waters, the managing director of partypoker who is overseeing the transformation of the former world number one poker site, said: “We acknowledge that our poker product needed some love. We have been working on this project for a number of months with the support of a large group of players. We have been testing the phase 1 release over the past couple of weeks and the feedback from the players has been extremely encouraging. There are many more enhancements in the pipeline and I am confident that by the end of 2017 our players will be delighted with the improved look and feel and the usability of the software.”

You can take the new partypoker software for a test drive by firing up your account if you already have one. If you do not have a partypoker account and want to see what all of the fuss is about, download partypoker via PokerNews, enter the bonus code “PNCOM” when making your first deposit and partypoker will match your initial deposit 100 percent up to a maximum of $500.

Be sure to complete your PokerNews experience by checking out an overview of our mobile and tablet apps here. Stay on top of the poker world from your phone with our mobile iOS and Android app, or fire up our iPad app on your tablet. You can also update your own chip counts from poker tournaments around the world with MyStack on both Android and iOS.

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Wipro’s Big Data Analytics-as-a-Service Available On Microsoft Azure

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BENGALURU, AUG 7 (IANS) SOFTWARE MAJOR WIPRO ON MONDAY ANNOUNCED THAT ITS BIG DATA ANALYTICS-AS-A-SERVICE SOLUTION ON MICROSOFT AZURE DATA DISCOVERY PLATFORM IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR INDUSTRIES.

Wipro’s ‘Data Discovery’ platform enable businesses, including banking and financial services, retail, energy, education and manufacturing, to bridge the gap between the insights required by business and the information that is available.

“Together, Microsoft and Wipro have built an industry sector-specific apps ecosystem on the Data Discovery Platform. Today, the platform is a significant enabler of Analytics led Digital Transformation delivering Analytics-as-a-Service to organisations,” Pallab Deb, Vice President and Global Head-Analytics, Wipro Limited, said in a statement.

Wipro ‘Data Discovery’ platform is available in an outcome-based ‘pay-per-insight’ cloud delivery model.

“Wipro’s Data Discovery Platform leverages the data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities of Microsoft Azure cloud to build novel domain-specific business applications across industry verticals, added Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Cloud AI Platform, Microsoft.

“By developing pre-built domain specific apps on the platform, Wipro is able to accelerate time-to-value while ensuring scalability and performance,” Sirosh added.

The platform leverages Microsoft’s ‘Cortana Intelligence Suite’ which includes ‘Data Lake Analytics’, ‘Machine Learning’ and company’s business analytics service ‘Power BI’ to build analytical applications.

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RPT-GRAPHIC-Take Five: World markets themes for the week ahead

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LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them.

1/ AUGUST ANGST

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average touching 22,000 in the past week, some investors and traders are bracing for a rocky second half of 2017. The August through October time frame is the only three-month period to have a negative average return going back to 1928, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Some U.S. stock market internal measures are showing signs of rally fatigue, as the number of new stocks striking 52-week lows on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq has risen for seven straight days while the number marking fresh highs has declined in five of the past seven sessions. While new highs still outnumber new lows, they do so by the slimmest margin in about a month and stand at roughly a quarter of the 200-day moving average difference between the two. A similar dynamic is evident in the recent shift in the number of stocks advancing versus those declining on a daily basis. After a long period when gainers broadly outnumbered decliners, the table has turned in the last two weeks. On average over the past 10 days, the number of stocks falling has outnumbered those rising by the widest margin in four months.

* Dow pole vaults 22,000 but beware the landing

* BREAKINGVIEWS-Earnings power gives U.S. market rally new impulse

2/ WEAK DOLLAR, STRONG STOCKS

Not so long ago, some investors were worried that a strengthening dollar, as the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates, would drive the long rally in global stocks into the sand. In fact an 8-percent fall since May in the greenback against a basket of other currencies has coincided with ever more record highs in MSCI’s All-Country World stocks index. While the fall in the dollar index also happened alongside a reduction in expectations of more Fed rate hikes, many analysts say the dollar weakness does not reflect concerns over the U.S. economy or over the uncertainty emanating from President Donald Trump’s White House. Instead, it reflects the relatively loose monetary conditions and confidence to invest in higher-yielding assets that could see the “risk-on” stocks rally maintained for a while yet.

* INVESTMENT FOCUS-Weak dollar a green light for the global stocks rally

* COLUMN-Raise rates? Inflation shows central banks should be keeping it easy

3/ ASIAN SMALL-CAPS STRUGGLE

Even as Asian main stock markets bask in the glow of improving earnings estimates and scale new peaks, the region’s small-cap markets have been sold off in quick succession. This week, it was Japan’s Mothers start-up market sinking to fresh lows and marking a loss of almost 10 percent from a one-year peak hit in June. Hong Kong’s small-cap Growth Enterprise Market has been under pressure for weeks and China’s tech-heavy start-up board index ChiNext has likewise been sliding on worries about growth prospects and valuations of technology firms. The broader stock markets have so far not seen a spillover, and MSCI’s Asia index has been on a sustained uptrend. These markets have been fairly correlated with Nasdaq in the past. If global stock markets succumb, earnings growth and rising currencies may not insulate Asian stock markets. Researchers at MSCI point out that the first signs of stress in U.S. mortgage markets in 2007 triggered liquidity needs in multi-strategy funds which then were forced to unwind equity positions. The first to feel the hit were small-caps.

* Japan’s start-up stock market plunge could pressure small-caps —

* Small cap plunge drags China stocks lower despite strong GDP growth —

4/ TECH THAT

Inflows this year into tech stocks globally are running second only to the rush into EM debt, according to data from EPFR and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Surprisingly strong quarterly results from Apple and hopes of a blockbuster launch of the 10th anniversary iteration of the game-changing iPhone lifted its shares to a record high. The tech behemoth is now worth more than $800 billion and potentially on its way to becoming the world’s first $1 trillion company. In Asia, the tech sector, led by Samsung Electronics, is at the forefront of earnings upgrades. That, along with the sweet spot that tech is in as a beneficiary of low rates, global growth and disruption underway across industries from retail to banking, has ensured that tech stocks are the best performers by some distance across each of the world’s major market regions and the gap with sectors such as energy is particularly wide. Slowing inflows into the sector over the past week, as BofA-ML points out, could be the first signs that investors are keen on banking some profits.

* Apple shares sail to record high on healthy iPhone sales

* Investors dump healthcare stocks, appetite for tech fades

5/RESILIENT RAND

With South African President Jacob Zuma facing the ninth no-confidence motion of his career on Aug. 8, the rand and other markets are remarkably resilient, with the currency near three-week highs against the dollar and local rand-denominated stocks at record highs. Five-year CDS near 2-1/2-year lows, according to IHS Markit. If passed, the motion would require the cabinet to step down along with Zuma. While Zuma is unpopular with investors and citizens alike, it would add political turmoil to the mix for South Africa, which is in recession and has suffered a ratings downgrade to junk and seen joblessness soar to 14-year highs. One reason for market calm is that the dollar is at 16-month lows – a plus for the deficit-ridden South African economy – and second, the scandal-prone leader is likely to survive the vote as usual. There is potential for a surprise with the parliament speaker allowed to decide if the motion can be held under a secret ballot. The motion needs a simple majority to pass but this would still be unlikely, given it would need a fifth of the ruling ANC Party’s MPs to vote against Zuma, said John Ashbourne of Capital Economics.

* ANC MPs would have to be “bewitched” to vote out Zuma – chief whip

* GRAPHIC-Fragile no more: emerging market funding gaps shrink from 2013

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Five Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Consider SEO As An Investment

CEO at CharlotteSEOFirm.com, overseeing day to day operations including strategic planning for all online marketing brand campaigns.

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Entrepreneurs who are new to online marketing strategies may have read somewhere that search engine optimization is dead. While most people may believe that the era of the SEO is long gone, Trond Lyngbo of Search Engine Land wrote a list of reasons a few years ago about why entrepreneurs should be optimistic with their investment in SEO.

Contrary to popular belief, the so-called “death” of SEO is just a rumor. According to Lyngbo, “The digital marketing strategy is not a cost but an investment.” Rumors become irrelevant if entrepreneurs look at what top Google placement can do for business growth over the coming years.

With over a decade of experience and knowledge in the online marketing field, I agree with his reasoning on the importance of investing in SEO as an entrepreneur and how impactful the results can be. Therefore, I have five reasons for entrepreneurs to consider search engine optimization as a long-term investment instead of a cost:

It’s cost-effective.

The No. 1 reason why I find SEO to be a smart investment for entrepreneurs is the cost effectiveness. Almost any business can hire a specialist to help grow their business by shifting around unnecessary expenses or cutting advertising mediums that aren’t producing. With proper optimization, businesses can expect long-term results and benefits. Unfortunately, we should also consider how much we spend for the service. Forbes contributor Jayson DeMers recently wrote about the dangers of “cheap” SEO services. You can expect low-quality content, black hat techniques, and inexperienced optimizers usinga cheap SEO. Look for a reliable professional with a track record and a knowledge that surpasses textbook answers. Overall, your investment in a sound digital marketing strategy is crucial to your business growth and success.

It levels the competition.

I often encourage my clients to dream big because I know we can dominate their competition online. With the help of proper optimization, you can reach your target audience with efficiency. Rebecca Stickler, a content marketing specialist, wrote, “With a strong SEO strategy, your small business can compete with even the biggest business organizations.

The biggest advantage of online marketing is that it levels the playing field for small businesses. The highest rank doesn’t go to the company with the most money, but instead goes to the business that understands and deploys effective SEO techniques.

It can yield attractive long-term results.

Rhea Drysdale, CEO of Outspoken Media, told a Search Engine Land writer that “website owners should invest in long-term goals rather than the short-term goals.” She also pointed out that short-term goals will do more harm than good to the business. Although instant reward from a pay-per-click campaign might be enticing, it is better to invest in slow yet effective long-term SEO results that can yield a much higher ROI over time. Google pays attention to how fast links are built to a site. Because of this, entrepreneurs should focus on building their business toward the top with a slow-yet-consistent pace.

In an interview, Lane Ginsberg of Freedom Retirement Advisors told me that, “Investing in your business is a lot like investing in stocks: The short-term stuff can be exciting and can bring some results, however, the long-term investment is where you really see the payoff, but it requires patience and confidence.”

It helps people find your business.

In our modern, digital world, information is just a few clicks away for anyone at any moment. “Times have changed,” Jason Hennessey wrote a few years ago in a Business Insider article: “SEO marketing campaigns ensure businesses make a unique impression to connect with customers.”

With the accessibility of the internet, most people turn to search engines for anything and everything. A well-optimized website can reach new audiences across the globe. With quality content, proper keyword research, the right use of social media platforms and other marketing techniques, your business will be visible to potential consumers across the internet.

Forbes Agency Council is an invitation-only community for executives in successful public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies. Do I qualify?

It can help increase your profit.

The last and most important reason of all is the increase in profit for your business. In one post, Seth Godin wrote about two ways SEO can help your organization earn a profit. While there are more ways to make money with a digital marketing strategy, I agree with the points he made throughout his article. When used correctly, entrepreneurs can reap the financial reward, which is a significant increase in profit.

Michael Corcoran of AquaOx – a company that I am a partner in – told me, “Without proper search engine placement, we wouldn’t be doing near the amount of business we are currently doing. It’s amazing how skeptical I was at first, but after gaining visibility online, we have more than tripled the ROI from our initial investment.”

Investing in strong SEO campaigns can turn a small business into solid competition even for medium-to-large businesses. The key is the business owners need to understand that SEO is a marathon and not a sprint. If you want long-term results and the ability to turn your business into a profit powerhouse, don’t forget to include SEO in your goals.

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Entrepreneurs who are new to online marketing strategies may have read somewhere that search engine optimization is dead. While most people may believe that the era of the SEO is long gone, Trond Lyngbo of Search Engine Land wrote a list of reasons a few years ago about why entrepreneurs should be optimistic with their investment in SEO.

Contrary to popular belief, the so-called “death” of SEO is just a rumor. According to Lyngbo, “The digital marketing strategy is not a cost but an investment.” Rumors become irrelevant if entrepreneurs look at what top Google placement can do for business growth over the coming years.

With over a decade of experience and knowledge in the online marketing field, I agree with his reasoning on the importance of investing in SEO as an entrepreneur and how impactful the results can be. Therefore, I have five reasons for entrepreneurs to consider search engine optimization as a long-term investment instead of a cost:

It’s cost-effective.

The No. 1 reason why I find SEO to be a smart investment for entrepreneurs is the cost effectiveness. Almost any business can hire a specialist to help grow their business by shifting around unnecessary expenses or cutting advertising mediums that aren’t producing. With proper optimization, businesses can expect long-term results and benefits. Unfortunately, we should also consider how much we spend for the service. Forbes contributor Jayson DeMers recently wrote about the dangers of “cheap” SEO services. You can expect low-quality content, black hat techniques, and inexperienced optimizers usinga cheap SEO. Look for a reliable professional with a track record and a knowledge that surpasses textbook answers. Overall, your investment in a sound digital marketing strategy is crucial to your business growth and success.

It levels the competition.

I often encourage my clients to dream big because I know we can dominate their competition online. With the help of proper optimization, you can reach your target audience with efficiency. Rebecca Stickler, a content marketing specialist, wrote, “With a strong SEO strategy, your small business can compete with even the biggest business organizations.

The biggest advantage of online marketing is that it levels the playing field for small businesses. The highest rank doesn’t go to the company with the most money, but instead goes to the business that understands and deploys effective SEO techniques.

It can yield attractive long-term results.

Rhea Drysdale, CEO of Outspoken Media, told a Search Engine Land writer that “website owners should invest in long-term goals rather than the short-term goals.” She also pointed out that short-term goals will do more harm than good to the business. Although instant reward from a pay-per-click campaign might be enticing, it is better to invest in slow yet effective long-term SEO results that can yield a much higher ROI over time. Google pays attention to how fast links are built to a site. Because of this, entrepreneurs should focus on building their business toward the top with a slow-yet-consistent pace.

In an interview, Lane Ginsberg of Freedom Retirement Advisors told me that, “Investing in your business is a lot like investing in stocks: The short-term stuff can be exciting and can bring some results, however, the long-term investment is where you really see the payoff, but it requires patience and confidence.”

It helps people find your business.

In our modern, digital world, information is just a few clicks away for anyone at any moment. “Times have changed,” Jason Hennessey wrote a few years ago in a Business Insider article: “SEO marketing campaigns ensure businesses make a unique impression to connect with customers.”

With the accessibility of the internet, most people turn to search engines for anything and everything. A well-optimized website can reach new audiences across the globe. With quality content, proper keyword research, the right use of social media platforms and other marketing techniques, your business will be visible to potential consumers across the internet.

Forbes Agency Council is an invitation-only community for executives in successful public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies. Do I qualify?

It can help increase your profit.

The last and most important reason of all is the increase in profit for your business. In one post, Seth Godin wrote about two ways SEO can help your organization earn a profit. While there are more ways to make money with a digital marketing strategy, I agree with the points he made throughout his article. When used correctly, entrepreneurs can reap the financial reward, which is a significant increase in profit.

Michael Corcoran of AquaOx – a company that I am a partner in – told me, “Without proper search engine placement, we wouldn’t be doing near the amount of business we are currently doing. It’s amazing how skeptical I was at first, but after gaining visibility online, we have more than tripled the ROI from our initial investment.”

Investing in strong SEO campaigns can turn a small business into solid competition even for medium-to-large businesses. The key is the business owners need to understand that SEO is a marathon and not a sprint. If you want long-term results and the ability to turn your business into a profit powerhouse, don’t forget to include SEO in your goals.

[“Source-forbes”]

Who’s on The One Show tonight? The Script appear at the Heart of the Glens Food Festival as The Big Causeway Crawl continues

THE One Show is back on the box tonight for its second episode in Northern Ireland on The Big Causeway Crawl.

It’s coming straight to viewers from a village food festival, but what else do we know? Here’s the low-down…

 Matt Baker and Alex Jones are back on the sofa tonight

 
Matt Baker and Alex Jones are back on the sofa tonight

Who’s on The One Show tonight?

Irish rockers The Script will be on The One Show this evening, and will perform.

Viewers may know Dublin-born lead singer Danny O’Donoghue from his time judging The Voice UK during its first two series on the BBC.

Their fifth album Freedom Child is coming out on September 1 so it’s likely they’ll be discussing that.

The band formed in the early noughties and released their first EP in 2005, before their debut album came out in 2008.

Their best-known tracks include The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, Hall Of Fame, If You Could See Me Now and Superheroes.

Earlier this year they were criticised for an awkward interview about the One Love Manchester concert, in which Danny said: “That’s the first show of support that musicians got behind. Where the hell is Bono? Where’s Jay-Z? Where’s Beyoncé?”

 The Script are featuring on the programme tonight

 
The Script are featuring on the programme tonight

Who is presenting The One Show tonight and where is it being filmed?

Show regulars Matt Baker and Alex Jones will front tonight’s episode of The One Showfollowing its break.

Matt made his name on Blue Peter before fronting Countryfile and The One Show, while Alex started out as a TV researcher before bagging the prestigious BBC gig.

The show this evening is coming from Northern Irish village Cushendall, in Country Antrim, as it’s the second date in their Big Causeway Crawl which will see them end up at The Giant’s Causeway on Friday.

The annual Heart of the Glens Food Festival is currently happening in Cushendall so it’s likely Alex and Matt will be stuffing their faces with some local grub.

 The Heart of the Glens Food Festival provides the setting for tonight's show

The Heart of the Glens Food Festival provides the setting for tonight’s show

Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie confirms on the One Show the band will go on a global tour in 2018

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Soliloquy – Best WordPress Slider Plugins

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What is Soliloquy all about?

It is quite good with having great layout while creating a website or a new blog, but your design also needs something extra that catches the eye to important information you want to show off. A slider is an excellent way to improve the appearance of your website and drawing the attention of the new visitors to any additional content or extra information you are showing. A well-considered slider assists you in putting your audience in exactly where you would like them and also helps in boosting the conversion rates. There are so many different WordPress slider plugins are available and picking the absolute one is really a challenging task. Here comes the most powerful WordPress slider plugin “Soliloquy.” Soliloquy is one of the most popular and best responsive slider plugins for WordPress. With Soliloquy, you can incredibly make beautiful and responsive WordPress sliders. It is as easy as uploading your images, publishing the slider and adding it to your post or page.

 

Soliloquy Features

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Soliloquy comes with some outstanding features that make it an incredible slider plugin for WordPress. Some of these features are:

1. Responsiveness

Soliloquy has a responsive slider that looks great. It doesn’t matter where you are adding your sliders whether in the columns, areas, widgets, etc. If you are using responsive themes, your sliders will get automatically resized that will suit your theme’s layout on various responsive sizes.

2. Easy to use interface

The back-end slider administration area is not only very clean but also very easy to use and speedy. Here you get AJAX support for sorting and organizing your slide images and also the use of pop-up windows helps you in editing each slide.

3. Speed

Soliloquy allows you to create responsive sliders in minutes, not an hour. You can select your image dimensions in the slider settings, and thus you don’t have to serve giant images to your viewers. The plugin admin almost uses default WordPress styles to keep things fast.

4. SEO

The plugin offers full control over the title tags for any slide links and images and also control over the image alt tags as well. You are also giving the option to add a caption for extra content to any slide.

5. Security

Soliloquy is great in terms of security. The code has been audited by Mark Jaquith, a lead WordPress developer. It means that you are in safe hands with Soliloquy.

6. Scalability

With this plugin, you can add multiple sliders per page. A built-in function is also there that you can use as a theme developer if you want to use the plugin for premium themes.

 

Plans and Pricing

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Soliloquy comes with four pricing options:

1. Personal Plan

The plan is best for those who are just starting out. It will cost only $19 which is a one-time payment. Here, you will get unlimited sliders, one site, custom CSS, and one year of support and updates.

2. Multi Plan

For this plan, you have to pay $49 as a one-time fee, and you will get everything in Personal Plan as well as three sites, slider templates, image protection, schedule slides, Instagram integration, etc.

3. Developer Plan

Here you will get everything you need to build a perfect slider by paying a one-time fee of just $99. The plan offers everything in Multi Plan and additionally, carousel, lightbox addons, featured content, Woo Commerce, PDF slider, dynamic sliders, Thumbnail navigation, defaults add on, unlimited sites, and priority support.

4. Master Plan

The Master Plan is available for just $249 as a one-time fee. It is a lifetime VIP plan for professional users. Here you will get all the features of Developer Plan as well as premium support and lifetime updates.

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Add-Ons for Soliloquy

Soliloquy offers a selection of add-ons to improve the functionality of your slider. CSS add-on is available for free and lets you create custom CSS output for any slider on your website.

1. Basic Add-ons

The Basic add-ons are available with Multi, Developer, and Master Plans and includes addons like Schedule, Pinterest, Themes, and Instagram.

2. Advanced Add-ons

These add-ons are available with only Developer and Master plans and include Dynamic, Thumbnails, Carousel, Featured Content, and Lightbox addons.

 

Final words

Soliloquy is the best WordPress slider plugins with outstanding features. From the usability perspective, the plugin is excellent. Creating a slider with this incredible plugin is really very quick and easy and also most of all fun. Soliloquy beats its rivals in terms of both additional server requests and speed. And with the powerful add-ons they offer, you can create advanced sliders even faster than ever before.

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Fulfilling My Stereotype: Why I Love Being A Millennial

The label for our generation gets banded around so frequently that it’s almost become a stigma.

Tech addicts, self obsessed, unreliable… the list goes on.

Here’s the thing. I’m actually really proud to be a “millennial”, I feel incredibly lucky to live in the era that I do.

Let’s start by defining what a “millennial” actually is. Really, it’s anyone born between 1979 and 1996, which means with a 20 year difference in the oldest and youngest “millennials”, we’re the most divided generation yet. “Old millennial” vs “young millennial” is now a largely recognised phenomenon thanks to the occurrence of two major events: The financial crisis and the emergence of smartphones. Whether you fall into “young millennial” or “old millennial” depends on your age at the time of these, either still school age or just entering the workforce. The theory seems to hold up – I can clearly see differences in the way I use social media and look at jobs compared to my older millennial counterparts: I Instagram and Snapchat everything, whereas others check Twitter once a week.

Either way, we get quite a bit of stick from our baby boomer parents, and, at the risk of living up to the stereotypical “overly defensive” millennial, here’s why we’re not all as bad as you think…

1. I’m addicted to social media, but is it all that bad?

Ok, so it’s the reason we’re the most anxious and self-critical generation yet. Yep, I get FOMO, and I get it bad. But, on the flip side, social media has meant I’ve met so many people and been able to take advantage of so many opportunities that would have been unheard of in my parent’s time. Apps, startups, social media marketing, blogging….so much of what my life is built upon just wouldn’t be there.

2. I’m flakey and flit from job to job and place to place.

Well the title of my blog is “the fifth project“… but I’d rather poke my eyes out than spend years of my life stuck in a job that isn’t fulfilling just because I “should”. I’m proud of the fact the so many millennials are absolutely killing it by forging their own careers, building business out of doing what we love. Millennials have got the entrepreneurial bug big-time, in fact 49% of Millennials hope to start a business within the next three years, and I’d argue against anyone who says that’s a bad thing.

3. We’re entitled.

Hell yes, I’m entitled. What’s so wrong with expecting the good things in life, especially if I’m prepared to work hard to get them? And I’m not just talking about physical “stuff”, I’m proud to be part of a generation that stands up and expects things like real gender equality, fights racism and other unfortunate facts of life that somehow still aren’t just a thing of the past. Occasionally we hear how “life must be very hard for your generation, not able to afford a house, dealing with Brexit and all the other political messes, etc etc…” I don’t feel hard done by though. We’re lucky to live in a time where we can change and adapt quickly, and have the mindset of not settling and instead looking for a better way to do things.

4. Contrary to popular opinion, we’re actually not that materialistic.

Millennials spend more on experiences than products, fact. Now, that might be to do with how we all need to look like we’re having the best time on instagram and always need a decent snapchat story, but I’m pretty sure spending my cash on socialising with my friends will make me happier than sitting in my cushy new-build home alone with a pile of stuff and a mortgage.

5. Which brings me on to the housing thing

No, I’m not settled into a suburb with a mortgage just yet, I might have moved back home 3 times since leaving uni (true story), but it’s just not a priority. I’d rather build a business and have the freedom to take it anywhere in the world before I settle into a comfy 2-bed (if I ever have enough for a deposit…) Travelling, living in cities all over the world and with all sorts of people is life enriching and if I don’t do it now, then when?

So next time I get the eye roll and “you’re so millennial”, I’m going to say yeah, I am. I’m fiercely determined to make my own way in life, to make the world a better place and experience everything it has to offer. If that makes me a millennial, then I’ll take that.

So long as our phones don’t run out of battery, we can conquer anything…

[“Source-huffingtonpost”]

“Without a way to properly validate cloud application workload and security controls, customer QoE is at risk”

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With today’s complex IT environments, network administrators need end-to-end visibility into their networks from any point to eliminate blind spots. Without advanced network visibility seen through a single pane of glass, organizations put network security, compliance mandates, and application performance at risk. According to a survey done by Ixia, where it surveyed over 220 senior IT staff at enterprise organizations on this issue and found while 67 percent of respondents were running mission-critical applications in public clouds, 76 percent were “very concerned” or “concerned” about security in their cloud environment.   The survey, which was done earlier in 2017, showed that main security concerns about cloud usage were ‘loss of control over network data’ and being able to achieve full visibility across their networks. Ixia provides testing, visibility, and security solutions for the cloud and network, strengthening networks and cloud environments for enterprises, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers. The company, which is part of Keysight Technologies, helps enterprise customers to verify their designs, optimize their performance, and ensure protection of their networks and cloud environments to make their applications stronger.

Bhaskar Agastya, Country Manager- Sales, Ixia, India, tells HPC Asia why organisations should opt for end-to-end network visibility and the solutions that help in that:

Why is it important for an enterprise to have network visibility?

Most modern enterprises do not live solely in public or private cloud environments but use a hybrid approach. Moving IT infrastructure to public clouds creates a model of shared responsibility between the customer and the cloud provider. This shared model eliminates the operational burden on the organization using cloud services, however, they are still responsible for the security, availability, performance, and management of all the controls and processes associated with operating over the cloud infrastructure. The move to the cloud needs to deliver the same or better performance and similar security efficacy than the on-premises infrastructure.  Without a way to properly validate these cloud application workload and security controls, customer quality of experience (QoE) is at risk.

What does having network visibility entail? In which scenario is it most relevant and what are the benefits?

Enterprises have specific needs to secure and manage the nervous system of their IT system – which is their network. Network visibility helps ensure application performance because most applications are highly dependent on the network. Compliance, auditing, and security requirements demand visibility into how IT resources interoperate, and network visibility is required to gain insights into how well they are functioning. If IT organizations do not have complete network visibility, resulting blind spots may lead to missing critical security threats and availability or performance anomalies. The use cases that require complete visibility include the introduction of BYOD devices, unknown network devices, and integration with a multitude of security tools. In all cases, missing a complete view of the network can lead to mistakes in critical IT and business decision making, leaving the enterprise open to security vulnerabilities, as well as poor application and network performance that could be detrimental to revenue generation or even cause reputational damage stemming from security breaches. (Analyst Company) Enterprise Strategy Group’s research reports show that network security and performance are among the critical challenges reported by IT decision makers today. By implementing solutions offering modern network visibility, IT organizations can translate network insight into clear business value and derive superior ROI from these solutions.

What kind of security solutions are you bringing for securing the Cloud infrastructure within an enterprise?

There is a mass migration to cloud with 90% of organizations using cloud in some fashion. Coupled with increased internet and mobile traffic, total virtual traffic has proliferated in recent years. This creates a challenge for application performance and security monitoring. Ixia helps an organization get granular access to virtual traffic and help eliminate virtual blind spots that create risk. CloudLens, Ixia’s platform for public, private and hybrid cloud visibility addresses the challenges of granular data access in the cloud. CloudLens Private, the arm that supports private cloud technologies, is able to tap, filter, process and manipulate traffic all in a cloud environment.  It bridges the gap between virtual and physical networks, extending complete monitoring and access to virtualized environments, including inter-VM traffic.

How do you ensure that performance of the cloud environment is at its best, especially when there is a hybrid cloud infrastructure?

In such a scenario you need a platform that integrates network visibility across public, private and hybrid cloud deployments. It enables them to monitor data in the public cloud resources as much as in private cloud. The right hybrid resources give the enterprise maximum flexibility. The same way enterprise must choose the monitoring for maximum output.   Maximum flexibility of monitoring options across the widest range of cloud provider options gives a business a transition path from private cloud to public cloud. Customers of Ixia, which could include cloud providers, service providers and enterprises, can deploy virtual Ixia visibility services into the cloud and view the information in a centralized management platform. This provides a holistic view of all network traffic across all cloud platforms. Our platform offers organizations the visibility they need, while keeping aligned to “all cloud,” hybrid cloud, multi-cloud or any cloud strategy. It lets a partner choose whether they want to tunnel virtual data out to a centralized set of tools or leverage virtualized tools inside each cloud.

How would having Ixia’s CloudLens benefit an organization in maintaining a healthy cloud infrastructure?

While the benefits of cloud deployments are many, accessing and monitoring virtual traffic is a challenge. Without granular access to virtual traffic, organizations may suffer from blind spots in the network that compromise application performance or security. The CloudLens platform provides unprecedented visibility across all cloud environments – public, private, and hybrid clouds. This platform provides the framework for virtual taps and data filtering to meet the elastic demands of cloud customers in a multi-tenant self-serve model. Using products in the CloudLens platform, users are able to deploy a highly scalable traffic monitoring system in a matter of minutes, not hours or days. In future we are adding products in the CloudLens platform that will have powerful embedded automation capabilities to enable virtual taps and analysis tools to automatically shift to changes in demand or failures without the need for operator in-the-loop actions. Virtualizing the analysis tools directly in the customer’s cloud will also provide a significant bandwidth saving option to customers who do not want to tunnel their virtual data back to centralized physical analysis tools.

[“Source-hpc-asia”]

Hacked Chrome web dev plugin maker: How those phishers tricked me

The chap behind Chrome Web Developer, a popular third-party extension that was briefly hijacked to inject ads into browsers, today confirmed he was the victim of a phishing attack.

Chris Pederick, a Brit living abroad in San Francisco, California, said he received an email on Tuesday claiming to be from Google warning that his Chrome tool needed to be updated to comply with new store policies.

Occupied with work, Pederick says, he followed the link in the message to a webpage and typed in his developer account login details to continue. That page handed over his credentials to miscreants.

Pederick said he didn’t realize what had happened until about 6:30am the next day, when he was informed that a new version of the extension – which has over one million users – had apparently been uploaded earlier that morning and contained code that injected ads in users’ Chrome browser windows.

“I wake up to a number of tweets and emails from users reporting unusual logging and adware coming from Web Developer,” Pederick said.

“I realize that this is tied to the email from the day before and immediately change my developer account password. I log in to the developer dashboard and see that a version 0.4.9 has been uploaded by someone other than myself and immediately unpublish the extension from the Chrome store.”

Two hours later, Pederick was able to get an updated release of the plugin, version 0.5, uploaded. He has also since enabled two-factor authentication to prevent any further incidents.

“I could make excuses about how I am extremely busy at work or I seem to constantly be logged out of my Google account, so having to log in is not unusual, but the reality is that I am a bloody idiot and blindly logged into my developer account after clicking on a link in the email,” Pederick’s mea culpa reads.

“To add to my stupidity, the developer account did not have two-factor authentication turned on.”

Lest he feel too bad, it should be pointed out that Pederick wasn’t even the first Chrome plugin developer to fall for the scheme that week. A second Chrome plugin, Copyfish, was also compromised and started kicking out ads after one of its developers fell for the same phishing email.

Like Web Developer, the Copyfish attack only impacted the Chrome version of the plugin, not the Firefox build.

What’s worse, Copyfish said its developer account was briefly suspended by Google, even after it took down the ad-injecting version of its plugin. The extension’s team said it believes the attack originated from a machine in Russia. ®

 

[“Source-theregister”]