SAN MATEO, Calif. – May 23, 2016 - Searchmetrics today announced it has secured nearly $8 million in new financing to fuel new growth opportunities and initiatives for the company’s award-winning search optimization and content performance software suite.
Searchmetrics, a leading vendor of global SEO software and analytics tools, has raised more than $31 million in equity funding over five rounds since it was founded in late 2007. Major investors include Holtzbrinck Digital and Iris Capital. The new financing, a 7 million euro ($7.96 million US) debt facility, comes from Kreos Capital, Europe’s leading provider of growth debt financing to high-growth companies.
“In Kreos, we found an ideal partner to refine and expand our investments in the product and in customer service,” said Searchmetrics Chief Executive Officer Volker Smid. “We look forward to continuing the momentum seen in the first five months of the year.”
Five key insights unveil technology trends and forecasts for the market future
SDL announced the release of its Translation Technology Insights research study, examining the role of technology in the translation industry. With nearly 3,000 respondents across 115 countries and nine languages, the survey findings are comprised of responses from freelance translators, employees of translation agencies and translation-related roles within business – making this the largest and most expansive within the translation industry to date.
With 30 years’ experience in the industry and over 70 percent market share, SDL is keen to better understand trends within the localization space and the challenges that stifle progress within it. The findings from this survey provide a realistic view of the issues, direct from the people within it. Centered around the role of technology within translation, SDL uncovered the following five critical insights...
RiskIQ Identifies 450+ Sites Serving Malware
London, UK. 18 May, 2016 – New research from RiskIQ, the leader in external threat management, has identified over 450 pirate content sites serving Malware to people trying to download or stream illegal versions of Game of Thrones. This reinforces recent RiskIQ research showing that 6 in 10 consumers access pirated content and 75% of this pirated content is often used as the bait to serve malware.
With season 6 of Game of Thrones in full swing and TorrentFreak confirming the show as “the most downloaded show [in 2015] for the fourth year in a row”, RiskIQ deployed its virtual user technology across 5 countries, running Google searches for Game of Thrones download or streaming content and interacting with the resultant list of URLs as real users would.
Cloud is no longer difficult for people to understand, express or accept. There were initial regulations and what not’s that did not make it through for cloud computing to become the stable of almost 95% of enterprise consumers.
If one looks at how everything started, thing were not looking good for cloud. The first and most basic issue for cloud computing was to make sense of the benefits they had to offer.
For those who did not understand that cloud was working in their benefit against a home grown full-fledged operation that runs through fully owned server farms. It was still difficult to explain how their data remained safe. Data sensitive domains such as government run businesses steered clear of cloud. However that too has changed. Why did that change transpire? Well it could have been because common sense prevailed.
As the need for fast, accurate and high volume translation continues to rise, global businesses increasingly rely on SDL’s sophisticated Machine Translation technology
WAKEFIELD, Mass. – May 17, 2016 – SDL (LSE: SDL) today announced that its Machine Translation (MT) engines have passed a major milestone and now translate over 20 billion words per month.
As demand for translation output increases, MT provides a significant advantage to doing global business and communicating around the globe. International companies are now using SDL’s MT for instant communication, translating and sharing user-generated content and analyzing Big Data sets. SDL has been developing MT technology for over 20 years, with the latest technology, XMT, released in 2015. This powerful engine helps organizations break down the barriers of multilingual communication by providing a scalable infrastructure for the development and rapid deployment of real-time translation capabilities.
Magnolia Conference Basel attracting speakers from around the world to share success stories and learn about new product direction
Generali, Migros, MOO and Coop Alleanza to headline the event
Basel, May 10: Magnolia, the Swiss digital business platform vendor, has announced the program for its seventh global conference, taking place in Basel on June 7-9. This year’s event has attracted speakers and attendees from around the world. Magnolia will be sharing some exciting progress on light development, which has made front-end development with Magnolia faster and more agile. It will also be revealing how it will enable companies to get to market quickly while ensuring high compliance and stability.
De-duplication delivers accurate, single search result set, eliminating need for multiple queries
SearchYourCloud (SYC), provider of real-time federated search for enterprise, today announces it has been granted a new patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the sorting and de-duplication of a search query from multiple sources into a single search result. SYC’s new patent specifically allows for a search engine to receive multiple search results from one search query, process the input and remove duplicate results to generate one set of results for the user.
SYC is the only search provider to receive such a patent and now leads the market in advanced federated search results that can’t be duplicated by another search provider. The newly awarded patent combines with SYC’s 2013 Improved Search Engine patent, covering advanced search phrase terms, to create a unique approach to federated search. This capability is especially beneficial to enterprises searching for documents across cloud, desktops and multiple applications, as well as enterprises aggregating results from multiple sources for comparison of results.
Global in-vehicle information solution provider selects SDL’s digital experience and language solutions to launch 44 websites in 39 languages and deliver a culturally relevant experience to its customers across the globe
WAKEFIELD, Mass. – 10th May, 2016 – SDL (LSE: SDL) today announced that Clarion, a global leading provider of in-vehicle information solutions, has significantly improved the consistency and engagement of its online experiences after deploying SDL’s Web and Language Solutions. Clarion launched two new corporate websites, one in Japanese and one in English, and subsequently rolled out 42 country websites in 39 languages, in just seven months. Before adopting the SDL solution, the process of localizing content for one country site could take up to six months.
AP partners with digital preservation specialist Preservica to safeguard its corporate records and keep the history of news alive
The Associated Press (AP) has begun a new collaboration with digital preservation specialist, Preservica, to future-proof its corporate records and unique news wires using Preservica’s digital preservation platform hosted in the AWS Cloud.
Established in 1846, AP is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news to all media platforms and formats. AP journalists work in 280 locations in more than 100 countries around the world.
WordPress 4.5.2 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.
WordPress versions 4.5.1 and earlier are affected by a SOME vulnerability through Plupload, the third-party library WordPress uses for uploading files. WordPress versions 4.2 through 4.5.1 are vulnerable to reflected XSS using specially crafted URIs through MediaElement.js, the third-party library used for media players. MediaElement.js and Plupload have also released updates fixing these issues.
Both issues were analyzed and reported by Mario Heiderich, Masato Kinugawa, and Filedescriptor from Cure53. Thanks to the team for practicing responsible disclosure, and to the Plupload and MediaElement.js teams for working closely with us to coördinate and fix these issues.
Download WordPress 4.5.2 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.5.2.
Additionally, there are multiple widely publicized vulnerabilities in the ImageMagick image processing library, which is used by a number of hosts and is supported in WordPress. For our current response to these issues, see this post on the core development blog.
Basque joins the officially released language packs for Joomla!, an award winning Content Management System (CMS). The Joomla Translations Working Group has accredited Basque as an official language pack for Joomla 3.5. With the addition of the Basque language, Joomla websites can now be published in 66 languages spoken around the world. These language packs come handy when developing both monolingual and multilingual sites using Joomla!
The users can now choose Basque as the language of their choice for the installation of Joomla! In addition, Basque can be used as the default back-end administration language and front-end site language. With this language pack, users will see the Joomla labels and messages in the Basque language. The language pack can be installed using the feature Install Languages or just like installing any other Joomla extension. If a user wants to customise any label or message, it can be done easily using language override for Basque.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Miel Loinaz and his team members Asier Sarasua, Mikel Lizarralde, Nagore Ruiz de Escudero who have created the Basque language pack. The information about the Basque language pack is available at http://community.joomla.org/translations/joomla-3-translations.html#eu-es.
The aim of the Joomla Translations Working Group’s Localisation Project is to continuously strive to provide an up-to-date translation of core Joomla into various languages. This is a significant project, and requires around ten thousand phrases to be translated. The current list of language packs for Joomla! 3 is available at http://community.joomla.org/translations/joomla-3-translations.html.
Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.We'll see you at DrupalCon!
DrupalCon New Orleans is about to get underway next week, and the Drupal Association will be there to talk about some of our recent work, to collaborate with the community, and to present some exciting things that are coming soon. We'll be giving a variety of presentations as part of the Drupal.org track, so if you'll be attending DrupalCon in New Orleans, please join us!
Laissez les bon temps roulez!Drupal 8.1.0 released
We're very happy to announce the alpha release of Drupal.org's Composer repositories. One of our Community Initiatives for 2016, adding Composer repositories to Drupal.org, has been a concerted effort here at the Association for the past several months. Composer is the tool for dependency management in PHP, and by using Drupal.org's Composer endpoints you can use Composer to manage Drupal modules and themes.
The Drupal.org Composer façade also handles the translation of Drupal.org versioning into the semver format that Composer needs, which should also allow the community to move forward choosing a semver format for contrib. For example, we could now fairly easily support a Platform.Major.Minor.Patch versioning scheme until the semver standard itself supports the same.
As the current release is an alpha, we don’t recommend relying on the Drupal.org Composer repositories in a production environment quite yet. If you would like to help us test the system, you can start with our documentation for the Drupal.org Composer repositories, and then leave us feedback in the Project Composer issue queue.
Our work on Composer specifically, like many of the initiatives we undertake, was made possible through the support of our generous sponsors. If you would like to sponsor our work on Drupal.org, please consider our Supporting Partner Program.PhantomJS testing in DrupalCI
More work will continue to improve our ability to test the front-end, and Drupal 8 continues to be among the most thoroughly tested open source projects in the ecosystem today.Visual design system for Drupal.org
In April, our lead designer, DyanneNova, outlined the new design system and principles we’re using in all of our work to improve Drupal.org. Our most significant undertaking is the long term restructuring of Drupal.org, which will be implemented in an iterative way as we work through the many different content areas of Drupal.org. The next area of Drupal.org to receive updates, as previewed in the post above, will be Documentation.Documentation
In our March update, we teased some of the upcoming Documentation features, and talked about the usability testing we performed at DrupalCamp London, and in the Drupal Association office here in Portland. In April, we took our observations from the usability testing, and began implementing these new features. We'll be previewing these upcoming changes in more detail at DrupalCon New Orleans next week, so stay tuned!Sustaining support and maintenance Infrastructure
In April, we began the build-out of a new staging infrastructure for Drupal.org, part of the continual process of upgrading and refining the tools we use to develop Drupal.org. At the same time, we've updated several of our management and automation tools to keep our stack running smoothly. Work refining our pre-production environments will continue into May.Maintenance and Bug Fixes
No month is complete without a bit of time spent on maintenance and bug fixes. In April, we spent some time cleaning up spam on archived sites of past DrupalCons, removed unneeded comment render cache code, fixed some bugs with featured job credits on Drupal Jobs, and worked on our payment processor implementation for our European DrupalCons.
As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.
Cognitive Search & Powerful Analytics Provide Deep Insights in Data and User Behavior Using Machine Learning
NEW YORK – May 3, 2016 – Sinequa today announced the general availability of Sinequa ES Version 10. Powered by Machine Learning capabilities at its core, this ground breaking version helps deliver deep analytics of contents and user behavior, offering information with continually improving relevance to users in their work environments. The self-learning platform makes information self-service a reality, even for non-experts, while keeping it simple for administrators to manage.
“Cognitively enabled applications, especially those dealing with unstructured data, are clearly the future for better information delivery to users in a wide range of industries and work environments,” said David Schubmehl, Research Director at IDC. “By 2020, 50% of all business analytics software will include prescriptive analytics built on cognitive computing functionality.”
DrupalCon New Orleans is May 9-13th. The schedule is now available on the website, so you can start planning out your week.
With 130 sessions in 13 tracks across 3 days, 88 Birds of a Feather (BOF) roundtable talks, plus keynotes, sprinting opportunities, an expo hall full of exhibitors, and Monday training sessions and summits galore, there’s no shortage of great things to do at DrupalCon New Orleans.
To view your schedule, just click the “My Schedule” button on the main schedule page. You’ll be able to sort by day, making it easy to see what your plans are every step of the way through the convention.
To add an item to your schedule, open the session information and click the “Add to schedule” button visible under the time and location information. You can also remove items from your schedule either under the specific session page or on your schedule.
To claim a BOF, select the day and time you’d like to hold your BOF and click on ‘Create a BOF’ button in an available room and add in information about what you’ll be discussing.
We have dozens of time slots to choose from, so the sooner you claim a BOF, the more likely it is that you'll reserve the time and space that's right for you.
And remember, if you’re attending a training or summit on Monday, it won’t automatically be added to your schedule, so make sure you add it from its unique page on the website.
We hope you enjoy using the scheduler, and look forward to hearing your feedback when we see you at DrupalCon New Orleans. Just as a reminder, if you haven't yet purchased your DrupalCon ticket, do so soon -- regular ticket pricing ends in a little over a week!Drupal News
Campaign highlights move away from traditional beliefs about software piracy as industry now focuses on the legally minded, accidental license infringement
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) and long-term industry member V.i. Labs, have launched a campaign aimed at educating software providers about individuals and businesses who unintentionally use software that is not licensed correctly. The campaign dispels long held beliefs that have resonated within the industry for decades – that all pirates are individuals who deliberately copy and use software with no regard to intellectual property. Not so.
Working together, FAST and V.i. Labs aim to raise awareness of the realities of unpaid licenses and accidental, but material, infringement. Legally inclined businesses and end users who are unaware that they are using unlicensed software represent a significant business opportunity for software providers.
The one big question I get asked over and over these days is: "How is Drupal 8 doing?". It's understandable. Drupal 8 is the first new version of Drupal in five years and represents a significant rethinking of Drupal.
So how is Drupal 8 doing? With less than half a year since Drupal 8 was released, I'm happy to answer: outstanding!
As of late March, Drupal.org counted over 60,000 Drupal 8 sites. Looking back at the first four months of Drupal 7, about 30,000 sites had been counted. In other words, Drupal 8 is being adopted twice as fast as Drupal 7 had been in its first four months following the release.
As we near the six-month mark since releasing Drupal 8, the question "How is Drupal 8 doing?" takes on more urgency for the Drupal community with a stake in its success. For the answer, I can turn to years of experience and say while the number of new Drupal projects typically slows down in the year leading up to the release of a new version; adoption of the newest version takes up to a full year before we see the number of new projects really take off.
Drupal 8 is the middle of an interesting point in its adoption cycle. This is the phase where customers are looking for budgets to pay for migrations. This is the time when people focus on learning Drupal 8 and its new features. This is when the modules that extend and enhance Drupal need to be ported to Drupal 8; and this is the time when Drupal shops and builders are deep in the three to six month sales cycle it takes to sell Drupal 8 projects. This is often a phase of uncertainty but all of this is happening now, and every day there is less and less uncertainty. Based on my past experience, I am confident that Drupal 8 will be adopted at "full-force" by the end of 2016.
A few weeks ago I launched the Drupal 2016 product survey to take pulse of the Drupal community. I plan to talk about the survey results in my DrupalCon keynote in New Orleans on May 10th but in light of this blog post I felt the results to one of the questions is worth sharing and commenting on sooner:
Over 1,800 people have answered that question so far. People were allowed to pick up to 3 answers for the single question from a list of answers. As you can see in the graph, the top two reasons people say they haven't upgraded to Drupal 8 yet are (1) the fact that they are waiting for contributed modules to become available and (2) they are still learning Drupal 8. The results from the survey confirm what we see every release of Drupal; it takes time for the ecosystem, both the technology and the people, to come along.
Fortunately, many of the most important modules, such as Rules, Pathauto, Metatag, Field Collection, Token, Panels, Services, and Workbench Moderation, have already been ported and tested for Drupal 8. Combined with the fact that many important modules, like Views and CKEditor, moved to core, I believe we are getting really close to being able to build most websites with Drupal 8.
The second reason people cited for not jumping onto Drupal 8 yet was that they are still learning Drupal 8. One of the great strengths of Drupal has long been the willingness of the community to share its knowledge and teach others how to work with Drupal. We need to stay committed to educating builders and developers who are new to Drupal 8, and DrupalCon New Orleans is an excellent opportunity to share expertise and learn about Drupal 8.
What is most exciting to me is that less than 3% answered that they plan to move off Drupal altogether, and therefore won't upgrade at all. Non-response bias aside, that is an incredible number as it means the vast majority of Drupal users plan to eventually upgrade.
Yes, Drupal 8 is a significant rethinking of Drupal from the version we all knew and loved for so long. It will take time for the Drupal community to understand Drupal's new design and capabilities and how to harness that power but I am confident Drupal 8 is the right technology at the right time, and the adoption numbers so far back that up. Expect Drupal 8 adoption to start accelerating.Drupal News
NORWICH, UK, April 28th, 2016 - FXHOME today released all-in-one video editing and visual effects software HitFilm 4 Express, designed to enable a new generation of online creators. Available for free, its powerful technology gives YouTubers the ability to make bigger and better content than ever before; from music videos and Let’s Play videos to action movies with blockbuster-quality visual effects.
It used to be time-consuming and difficult for filmmakers to create amazing content and share it with the world. HitFilm 4 Express gives the YouTube generation the best tools and all the help they need to get started. After bringing on board hundreds of thousands of users since last July alone, HitFilm has become one of the fastest growing video editors in the world. Whether creators are looking for an editor, a visual effects toolkit or a supportive creative community, they start with HitFilm 4 Express.
STERLING, Va. -- April 26, 2016; Neustar, Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services, today released the findings from its third global DDoS Attacks and Protection Report titled The Threatscape Widens: DDoS Aggression and the Evolution of IoT Risks. The April 2016 report follows a survey of over 1,000 IT professionals across six continents, and reveals that few organizations globally are being spared DDoS attacks. With the bombardment fairly constant throughout 2015, it is no longer a matter of if or when attacks might happen, but how often and how long the attack will last. Faced with this ongoing onslaught, the report demonstrates that increasingly DDoS-defense savvy organizations are now arming themselves accordingly.
The research results show that although revenue loss caused by a DDoS related outage is usually the main concern, 57% of all breaches involved some sort of theft including intellectual property and customer data as well as financial information. More troubling, following the initial breach, 45% of organizations reported the installation of a virus or malware - a sign that attackers are interested in causing ongoing harm.
The research highlights that although DDoS attack tactics continue to evolve from single large attacks intended to take a website offline to the multi-vector attacks we are seeing today, organizations are fighting back. The good news is 76% of companies are investing more in DDoS protection than in 2014 and 47% of the attacked organizations are participating in security consortiums to share information on threats and counter measures.
After about six million downloads of WordPress 4.5, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of WordPress 4.5.1, a maintenance release.
This release fixes 12 bugs, chief among them a singular class issue that broke sites based on the Twenty Eleven theme, an incompatibility between certain Chrome versions and the visual editor, and an Imagick bug that could break media uploads. This maintenance release fixes a total of 12 bugs in Version 4.5. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.
Download WordPress 4.5.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.5.1.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.5.1:
With the emergence of new data sources such as social media, mobile applications, and sensor-equipped “Internet of Things” networks, enterprises applications today are adopting disruptive technologies to manage the higher volume of information; specially when the data itself arrives at much faster rates and is more complex and dynamic than existing transactional sources.
The scalable storage, powerful data processing and embedded analytics engines allows you to easily access, enrich and analyze variety and volume of big data to deliver real-time insights into areas such as operational performance, customer satisfaction, and competitor behavior.