The first release candidate for WordPress 4.0 is now available!
In RC 1, we’ve made refinements to what we’ve been working on for this release. Check out the Beta 1 announcement post for more details on those features. We hope to ship WordPress 4.0 next week, but we need your help to get there. If you haven’t tested 4.0 yet, there’s no time like the present. (Please, not on a production site, unless you’re adventurous.)
To test WordPress 4.0 RC1, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the release candidate here (zip). If you’d like to learn more about what’s new in WordPress 4.0, visit the awesome About screen in your dashboard ( → About in the toolbar).
Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.0 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.0 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, please be sure to post any issues to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release. You also may want to give your plugin an icon, which we launched last week and will appear in the dashboard along with banners.
It is almost time
For the 4.0 release
And its awesomeness
When people think of big data, they naturally assume that it’s just about gathering large amounts of information to provide more accurate searches online and help companies provide more targeted advertisements and marketing efforts. They’re both right and wrong. True, there is so much more to big data than just marketing and advertising. It’s effects are now being seen in numerous industries across the globe. It’s solving world problems and improving the quality of life for millions of individuals. With all that, however, the big data platform such as that provided by Qubole is still making it’s presence felt in the advertising world — helping companies advertise better and consumers get more of what they want.
This week, Kentico Software announced the release of Kentico 8.1. According to the company, Kentico 8.1 features a variety of new enhancements that bring greater website performance and ease of use to the digital marketing activities of today’s digital agencies and professional marketers. With new “Buy X, get Y” discount capabilities, Kentico 8.1 promises to offer customers new ways to maximize their online sales.
While the overall job market may still be struggling, for those in the field of big data, the opportunities are plentiful. We’re currently in the middle of a big data boom, where companies of all shapes and sizes are finding ways to use big data to grow and be more successful than ever before.
Mobile devices with their large data capacities, always on capabilities, and global communications access, can represent both a business applications’ dream and a business risk nightmare.
For those in the security industry, the focus is mainly on deploying “solutions” to provide protection. However, we are now at one of those key points of change which happen perhaps once in a generation, and that demand a new way of looking at things.
Companies have plenty of reasons to make bring your own device (BYOD) policies a part of their businesses. One of the main attractions, and a primary reason for adopting BYOD in the first place, is how using a personal device makes employees more productive both in the workplace and at home. Another consequence of using BYOD is that employees are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs. But with these benefits also comes the concern over BYOD cost. BYOD’s most vocal proponents say the policy ends up saving businesses money in the long run, but its critics maintain that bring your own device is ultimately costly. One of the main points of contention is companies’ use of stipends as a way to offset the costs of a BYOD program for employees. While BYOD is likely here to stay, it’s very possible stipends on the way out.
The fourth and likely final beta for WordPress 4.0 is now available. We’ve made more than 250 changes in the past month, including:
- Further improvements to the editor scrolling experience, especially when it comes to the second column of boxes.
- Better handling of small screens in the media library modals.
- A separate bulk selection mode for the media library grid view.
- Improvements to the installation language selector.
- Visual tweaks to plugin details and customizer panels.
We need your help. We’re still aiming for a release this month, which means the next week will be critical for identifying and squashing bugs. If you’re just joining us, please see the Beta 1 announcement post for what to look out for.
If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums, where friendly moderators are standing by. Plugin developers, if you haven’t tested WordPress 4.0 yet, now is the time — and be sure to update the “tested up to” version for your plugins so they’re listed as compatible with 4.0.
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 4.0, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).
We are working hard
To finish up 4.0
Will you help us too?
Cloud computing, on a personal or business level, hasn’t been around for long. 2010 and 2011 were banner years for the implementation of cloud. There was some movement in the industry before that, but 2010 and especially 2011 were when things really started to take off.
With the capabilities provided by the internet combined with the technology device revolution, the need for and want of cloud computing came to fruition. For big data especially, cloud computing has been extremely important in making big data a household name. Whether it’s been through IBM, Google, or Amazon Elastic MapReduce, the word on big data has gotten out.
Before big data in the cloud, it was difficult for most companies to afford any type of big data implementation because of sky-high startup and maintenance costs. By combining cloud and big data, companies pay significantly reduced startup costs and basically eliminate maintenance costs.
Cloud computing has totally revolutionized the big data world. So, what further changes can we expect in the future? Here are six.
If there’s one thing we as marketers have to admit we’re guilty of at times, it’s the use of buzzwords. Especially in the CMS world, acronyms (WCM, CXM, DXM) abound, and the latest terminology can feel like nothing more than the current fad. It’s true, the industry has a terminology overload, but it’s for this reason especially that, when they come around, game-changing concepts need to be explored and identified. Content-as-a-Service, or CaaS, is one such game-changer.
When New Market Partners (NMP), a USA-based program services company focusing on the financial services sector, realized that increases in demand for its training programs meant that it had to deliver those programs online, it chose the Docebo E-Learning Platform to help it do so.
Drupal.org has grown organically for many years. Currently the site has thousands of active users that generate lots of content every day. Our current Terms of Service are limited to a short line on the account creation form:
“Please note: All user accounts are for individuals. Accounts created for more than one user or those using anonymous mail services will be blocked when discovered.”
This line is an insufficient ToS for a website of our size. In fact, Drupal.org is probably the only website of this size which operates without a published Terms of Service. This situation is uncomfortable, and even dangerous, for both Drupal community and the Drupal Association, which is legally responsible for Drupal.org and its contents.
We’d like to say thanks to the Drupal.org Content Working Group members and community members who already reviewed proposed documents and provided us with their valuable feedback.
WordPress 3.9.2 is now available as a security release for all previous versions. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.
This release fixes a possible denial of service issue in PHP’s XML processing, reported by Nir Goldshlager of the Salesforce.com Product Security Team. It was fixed by Michael Adams and Andrew Nacin of the WordPress security team and David Rothstein of the Drupal security team. This is the first time our two projects have coordinated joint security releases.
WordPress 3.9.2 also contains other security changes:
- Fixes a possible but unlikely code execution when processing widgets (WordPress is not affected by default), discovered by Alex Concha of the WordPress security team.
- Prevents information disclosure via XML entity attacks in the external GetID3 library, reported by Ivan Novikov of ONSec.
- Adds protections against brute attacks against CSRF tokens, reported by David Tomaschik of the Google Security Team.
- Contains some additional security hardening, like preventing cross-site scripting that could be triggered only by administrators.
Download WordPress 3.9.2 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now”.
Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 3.9.2 within 12 hours. (If you are still on WordPress 3.8.3 or 3.7.3, you will also be updated to 3.8.4 or 3.7.4. We don’t support older versions, so please update to 3.9.2 for the latest and greatest.)
Already testing WordPress 4.0? The third beta is now available (zip) and it contains these security fixes.
Drupal 7.31 and Drupal 6.33, maintenance releases which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, are now available for download. See the Drupal 7.31 and Drupal 6.33 release notes for further information.Download Drupal 7.31
Download Drupal 6.33
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
Drupal 7.31 and 6.33 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 7.31 or Drupal 6.33.Update notes
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Software change management solution includes new features for database modernization, and compatibility with CA 2E and LANSA
UNICOM Global has announced a new release of its TURNOVER software change management solution for the IBM i platform, aimed at helping developers modernize their IBM i applications. The new software, part of UNICOM Global’s SoftLanding product portfolio, also helps to ‘future proof’ IBM i applications so that they can be easily maintained by a new generation of developers.
New study of 650 global IT professionals reveals intense, widespread psychological bullying in the workplace. This closely mirrors broader existing research but shines an in-depth spotlight on IT.
IDG Connect has conducted a self-selecting study of over 650 IT professionals to discover their experiences of bullying in the IT workplace. Results show 75% of respondents claim to have been bullied at work and 85% have seen others bullied. Despite this only 8% admit to bullying others, and 45% chose not to answer this question.
In a year of significant growth in North America, partnership with the Los Angeles Metro-based agency, whose clients include Disney, Volkswagen, Miramax and Coca-Cola is a key step in bringing the power of Hippo CMS to the American market. Known for its expertise in website implementation and product development for web content management systems and platforms, Oshyn joins a global network bringing dynamic and compelling digital experiences to enterprise clients.
Carson-Dellosa Publishing, the leading supplementary educational solutions provider for both teachers and parents in the United States, has chosen eXact learning solutions’ learning content management system (LCMS) to be the foundation of its digital content infrastructure, providing digital asset management and educational content authoring and deployment.