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Call for Production Leadership Team Nominations

Joomla! - 21 November, 2014 - 13:22

The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla CMS and Framework. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features, and creating documentation and translations.

We are looking for your nominations for new PLT members. We acknowledge that the greater worldwide Joomla community can help us a lot in this election process, and make us aware of potential candidates we might otherwise overlook.

Although the nomination form is available permanently to continuously gather suggestions, a number of PLT members are stepping down this month and we are additionally looking to fill some gaps in our skills base.  Consequently we are blogging this reminder that we need your nominations because we are actively looking to recruit new PLT members soon.

You can nominate yourself or someone else at any time. If you nominate someone else, please ask them first if they are interested and have the time available.

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The Weather Channel is using Drupal and Acquia Platform

CMS Report - 21 November, 2014 - 11:47

When I talk about Drupal, information technology and the weather all in the same breath, I'm known to be very enthusiastic and opinionated in such discussions. I can't help myself. I'm biased toward Drupal as it is one of my favorite content management systems. I'm also a former meteorologist working in information technology for a very large organization that is heavily involved with the weather. Needless to say, a year or two ago when I heard that The Weather Channel started using Drupal to meet the needs of it's customers and meteorologists, it caught my attention. I think the use of Drupal is a win-win for everyone around and given my background, I wish my own employer had adopted a similar solution. If for no other reason, it would have given me a chance to work with one of the hottest open source content management systems on the planet.

The news keeps getting better for Drupal fans. This week both Acquia and Mediacurrent announced that the The Weather Channel is standardizing on the Acquia Platform for Weather.com. Weather.com started using Drupal last year to increase the agility of its content creation and publishing. Now, the company has moved the entire website, which serves more than 20 million pages of content, to the Acquia Platform, which brings together Drupal and Acquia’s solutions for digital engagement and experience management. The team at Weather.com worked with Acquia and digital agency partner Mediacurrent for its site development and migration from its legacy web content management system Percussion.

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WordPress 4.0.1 Security Release

Wordpress - 20 November, 2014 - 18:55

WordPress 4.0.1 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 4.0.1 within the next few hours. If you are still on WordPress 3.9.2, 3.8.4, or 3.7.4, you will be updated to 3.9.3, 3.8.5, or 3.7.5 to keep everything secure. (We don’t support older versions, so please update to 4.0.1 for the latest and greatest.)

WordPress versions 3.9.2 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site. This was reported by Jouko Pynnonen. This issue does not affect version 4.0, but version 4.0.1 does address these eight security issues:

  • Three cross-site scripting issues that a contributor or author could use to compromise a site. Discovered by Jon Cave, Robert Chapin, and John Blackbourn of the WordPress security team.
  • A cross-site request forgery that could be used to trick a user into changing their password.
  • An issue that could lead to a denial of service when passwords are checked. Reported by Javier Nieto Arevalo and Andres Rojas Guerrero.
  • Additional protections for server-side request forgery attacks when WordPress makes HTTP requests. Reported by Ben Bidner (vortfu).
  • An extremely unlikely hash collision could allow a user’s account to be compromised, that also required that they haven’t logged in since 2008 (I wish I were kidding). Reported by David Anderson.
  • WordPress now invalidates the links in a password reset email if the user remembers their password, logs in, and changes their email address. Reported separately by Momen Bassel, Tanoy Bose, and Bojan Slavković of ManageWP.

Version 4.0.1 also fixes 23 bugs with 4.0, and we’ve made two hardening changes, including better validation of EXIF data we are extracting from uploaded photos. Reported by Chris Andrè Dale.

We appreciated the responsible disclosure of these issues directly to our security team. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.0.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now”.

Already testing WordPress 4.1? The second beta is now available (zip) and it contains these security fixes. For more on 4.1, see the beta 1 announcement post.

Categories: Content Management

How Big Data is Changing Talent Recruiting

CMS Report - 20 November, 2014 - 11:00

Big data is essential in helping recruiters assess candidates quantitatively, and find those candidates who can thrive in any environment – and make smarter decisions about who will be a good fit. So what does “big data” mean when it comes to recruiting?

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Drupal 7.34 and 6.34 released

Drupal - 19 November, 2014 - 18:39

Drupal 7.34 and Drupal 6.34, maintenance releases which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, are now available for download. See the Drupal 7.34 and Drupal 6.34 release notes for further information.

Download Drupal 7.34
Download Drupal 6.34

Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features or non-security-related bug fixes in these releases. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement. More information on the Drupal 6.x release series can be found in the Drupal 6.0 release announcement.

Security information

We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list.

Drupal 7 and 6 include the built-in Update Status module (renamed to Update Manager in Drupal 7), which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.

Bug reports

Both Drupal 7.x and 6.x are being maintained, so given enough bug fixes (not just bug reports) more maintenance releases will be made available, according to our monthly release cycle.

Changelog

Drupal 7.34 is a security release only. For more details, see the 7.34 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 7.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Drupal 6.34 is a security release only. For more details, see the 6.34 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 6.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Security vulnerabilities

Drupal 7.34 and 6.34 were released in response to the discovery of security vulnerabilities. Details can be found in the official security advisory:

To fix the security problem, please upgrade to either Drupal 7.34 or Drupal 6.34.

Known issues

None.

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Unplanned Outage (China Region): Thu Nov 13, 2014 - Wed Nov 19, 2014

Drupal - 19 November, 2014 - 18:01

On Thursday, November 13th, 2014, Chinese censorship authorities DNS poisoned Drupal.org's Content Distribution Network, EdgeCast. The Drupal Association and EdgeCast have been working together to fix connection issues to Drupal.org, and believe the issues have been resolved.

  • On Thursday (2014-11-13) we were notified of Drupal.org being blocked in China.
  • On Friday (2014-11-14) EdgeCast acknowledged network issues in China.
  • On Monday (2014-11-17) Drupal Association staff began implementing changes to DNS, in coordination with EdgeCast, to resolve the connection issues in China.
  • Yesterday (2014-11-18 16:00 UTC) DNS entries for Drupal.org sites were updated and pushed out.
  • Today (2014-11-19) the DNS updates appear to have resolved the issue.

Related Issue: https://www.drupal.org/node/2375023
More Information: https://en.greatfire.org/blog/2014/nov/china-just-blocked-thousands-webs...

Categories: Content Management

How Apple Pay Differs From Other Mobile Payment Services

CMS Report - 19 November, 2014 - 10:00

You better get used to paying with your phone. It’s already a popular method of making purchases in places like Japan and even some countries in Africa, but in the United States it hasn’t caught on quite as quickly. While so-called tap-to-pay methods have been around for a number of years already, Apple’s recent announcement of their own mobile payment service, called Apple Pay, has sent a new wave of excitement through the technology community.

Services like Google Wallet and CurrentC are certainly not new, but overall adoption and acceptance has been sluggish. Apple Pay might be just the thing to propel mobile payments to widespread popularity. But how does Apple Pay compare to other services that already have established methods and techniques? Read on to see how Apple Pay might completely change the game and if it could end up being one service you want to use.

Categories: Content Management

The How Much Does a Website Cost Infographic

CMS Report - 18 November, 2014 - 14:00

Over the years, I've talked about building a range of simple websites for personal use to implementing very complicated proprietary and open source enterprise content management systems. What I haven't talked about is the cost of building and maintaining those websites. Honestly, I've been too embarrassed for how little I spend and too stunned by the price tag for what the big companies pay for their websites. Who Is Hosting This? sent us a graphicthat we thought represented the typical costs small to medium size businesses can expect when building and hosting their new websites. So good was the infographic that we decided to post it here.

Much of the statistics came from Which Web Design Company. WWDC maintains a database of over 7000 web design agencies world-wide, and provided them with the average starting cost statistics for web development used in the graphic below. Whatever your costs and whatever you decide, assuming you're working with reputable companies, the bottom line is that you get what you pay for. That's not a threat, but just a reality of the market.

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Bryan Ruby: Social Media Killed My Family Website

CMS Report - 15 November, 2014 - 16:30

For the first time in 15 years, my family doesn't have a website to call their own. In January 2000, I registered the domain Bryansplace.com. This was the first website I ever built outside of work and it became a sandbox for me to express my interests as well as a way to seek personal growth. From handwritten HTML pages into Frontpage to a number of CMSs, the software and content at Bryansplace evolved as my life evolved.

Bryansplace.com was the website where my girlfriend and I announced our marriage to the world. As a married couple, we eventually publicly announced the birth of our son via the site. This domain was the site where I talked about camping, computers, and my latest beer recipes. It wasn't all about me either. My wife showcased her photography for the first time online via  our family website. This was also the website my son learned how to navigate the Drupal content management system and talk about his gaming skills. Bryansplace.com was synonymous with "family news". Despite how much I valued the domain, last week I unceremoniously killed the website.

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WordPress 4.1 Beta 1

Wordpress - 14 November, 2014 - 22:35

Welcome, everyone, to WordPress 4.1 Beta 1!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.1, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

WordPress 4.1 is due for release next month, so we need your help with testing. Here are some highlights of what to test:

  • Our beautiful new default theme, Twenty Fifteen. It’s a clean, mobile-first, blog-focused theme designed through simplicity.
  • A new distraction-free writing mode for the editor. It’s enabled by default for beta, and we’d love feedback on it.
  • The ability to automatically install new language packs right from the General Settings screen (available as long as your site’s filesystem is writable).
  • A new inline formatting toolbar for images embedded into posts.

There have been a lot of changes for developers to test as well:

If you want a more in-depth view of what changes have made it into 4.1, check out the weekly review posts on the main development blog.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed so far.

Happy testing!

Twenty Fifteen theme
The beautiful face which hides
Many improvements

Categories: Content Management

World's First Satellite-Powered Tablet To Use Newtec Technology For E-Learning

CMS Report - 14 November, 2014 - 19:39

Satellite solution provider Yazmi today announced a new e-learning scheme using the first satellite-enabled tablet, called Odyssey™, and Newtec's multicast technology to deliver content via satellite to rural, remote and low income regions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The end-to-end content delivery system aims to improve performance outcomes for students and teachers in areas where there is weak computing and Internet infrastructure. The first pilots of the technology are taking place in India (with 30,000 licenses) and the sub-Saharan region in Africa, with the latest trials in two schools in South Africa, in Rietkol, in Mpumalanga Province, and at Heathfield, in Western Cape.

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The Challenges of Bringing BYOD to the Military

CMS Report - 14 November, 2014 - 13:04

While improvements are still needed, the military does appear to be intent on implementing BYOD. There are definite benefits to an organized BYOD strategy, and the military wants to make the most of it while technology continues to advance. As long as security is improved and costs go down, personal devices will likely be part of the military sooner rather than later.

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Propeople Welcomes New Leaders for Digital Strategy & Marketing to Global Team

CMS Report - 13 November, 2014 - 21:43
Propeople, a full-service agency for the digital age, today announced that it is expanding its Global Executive Team with the appointment of two new positions - Gus Murray as Global Chief Digital Strategy Officer, and Troels Feodor Nielsen as Global Chief Marketing Officer. Both Gus and Troels will help to steer Propeople’s strategic initiatives in current and future markets.
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Cloud Technology Partners Launches CTP Labs for Amazon Web Services

CMS Report - 11 November, 2014 - 16:45

Expanded Services Will Help ISVs and Enterprises Cloud-Enable Traditional Software and Services On AWS, Accelerate Time-To-Market and Reduce Risk with the Right Cloud Technologies for Their Business

Cloud Technology Partners™, a leading cloud services and software firm, today announced the creation of CTP Labs for Amazon Web Services (AWS). CTP Labs is dedicated to transforming legacy software products and systems into multitenant, auto-scaling cloud services.

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CDC Selects Avere Hybrid Cloud Solution to Support its Genomic Sequencing Enviornment

CMS Report - 11 November, 2014 - 15:43

PITTSBURGH, PA – November 11, 2014 – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected Avere to help scale data center performance and capacity for its new genomic sequencing environment. Avere will be supporting the CDC’s Office of Infectious Diseases (OID), which aims to lead, promote, and facilitate science, programs and policies to reduce the burden of infectious diseases in the United States and across the globe.

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Why Businesses Shouldn't be Scared of BYOD

CMS Report - 11 November, 2014 - 15:33

BYOD can help employees get more work done while keeping them happier on the job. BYOD may also help business leaders keep costs down. But all those benefits will be forever out of reach if companies are too frightened by BYOD to use it. While bring your own device is still a relatively new concept that requires more time to perfect, businesses need to see how much it can benefit them and not let these fears paralyze them into inaction. With the right preparation and anticipation, companies will be ready to meet and overcome the challenges while reaping all of the benefits.

 
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Quoting IT: Do not envy success

CMS Report - 11 November, 2014 - 04:04

"Success should be respected and admired but never envied. If you envy someone's success it can only be because you have no idea of everything that came before that moment."

- Jennifer Janesko, Owner, Artist & Designer, Janesko.com, November 10, 2014

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Retention Science: The Impact of Big Data

CMS Report - 10 November, 2014 - 11:49

The world of e-commerce is tough, and it’s only going to get tougher as more and more companies shift away from traditional brick and mortar stores and go with online enterprises. Because of the increase in competition and products offered, it’s more important than ever that companies get their marketing strategies right. And in a world filled with so much noise from email, social media, apps and the like, that too is getting more and more difficult. Not only is it harder than ever to get a customer's attention, but it’s also harder than ever to keep them coming back to your site/store. With big data technology and programs like Hadoop Hive, however, it’s becoming much easier.

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End of Life for TYPO3 CMS 4.7 and 6.1, Eyes toward TYPO3 CMS 7

CMS Report - 8 November, 2014 - 15:18

TYPO3 has announced the discontinuation of TYPO3 CMS 4.7 and TYPO3 CMS 6.1. Both versions reached their end of life in in October 2014. Their latest versions are 4.7.20 and 6.1.12 which were released two weeks ago mark the last ones in these branches.

TYPO3 is encouraging its users to upgrade to the latest LTS version TYPO3 CMS 6.2, which they believe serves as the best basis for existing and new sites running with TYPO3 CMS. Only recently has TYPO3 updated their release cycle process which also gives us a glimpse of what to expect with TYPO3 CMS 7 and beyond.

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Drupal 7.33 released

Drupal - 7 November, 2014 - 15:37

Drupal 7.33, a maintenance release with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes) is now available for download. See the Drupal 7.33 release notes for a full listing.

Download Drupal 7.33

Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 sites is recommended. There are no major new features in this release. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement.

Security information

We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list.

Drupal 7 includes the built-in Update Manager module, which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.

There are no security fixes in this release of Drupal core.

Bug reports

Drupal 7.x is being maintained, so given enough bug fixes (not just bug reports), more maintenance releases will be made available, according to our monthly release cycle.

Changelog

Drupal 7.33 contains bug fixes and small API/feature improvements only. The full list of changes between the 7.32 and 7.33 releases can be found by reading the 7.33 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 7.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Update notes

See the 7.33 release notes for details on important changes in this release.

Known issues

None.

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