Starting January 2017, Google will begin marking websites that use ‘http://’ over ‘https://’ as not secure.
Google have announced a plan to transition to the HTTPS protocol as the norm, stating that in the beginning this will only extend to Chrome users and for webpages that require credit card info, but Google plan to eventually extend this change to all pages and increase the severity of the warning. Sites labelled as not secure will have a large red symbol next to their web address:
Following the beta release announcement of the Ionic 2 Framework a week and half ago (at the time of writing). Our interest in the framework was reignited, so we finally bit the bullet to see how easy the conversion of one of our existing projects to a hybrid app would be. Surprisingly easy it turns out! We did however run into a few minor hiccups along the way - no one said development was going to be easy! We'll expand upon our experience in this blog post.
Earlier this month BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones published an interesting article about Twitter's recent fortunes. At the time Twitter's share price had fallen around 25% over the course of several days. This share price drop was triggered by the publication of Twitter's Q1 2015 results which included a cut in Twitter's 2015 revenue forecasts. The silver lining to this cloud was that Twitter's user growth had picked up. According to Twitter's results it gained an extra 14 million 'monthly active users' in the first quarter of 2015 bringing the total year on year gain to a staggering 47 million users. That's a lot of new users. It's not far off the entire population of England joining Twitter in one year.
It's time for the long overdue final installment of our Capistrano 3 tutorial series. To recap the preceding parts have been:
- Part 1
- Secure SSH key based website deployment from Subversion using Capistrano 3
- Part 2
- Using Capistrano 3 for deploying PHP and other none Rails based websites
This installment will provide a more 'real world' example of using Capistrano to deploy a Drupal website. This allows us to illustrate how you might tailor a Capistrano deploy script to your own website.
I once had an interesting conversation in the pub with an old colleague about future technology predictions that will come true in our lifetime (about 2080 I hope!). There were some interesting ideas put forward such as:
- In our lifetime food won't be grown naturally any more but will be engineered in laboratories.
- In our lifetime computers will be able to write their own computer programs and they will be more effective than human written programs.
- In our lifetime nobody on the planet will have to go to work anymore as all jobs will be automated.
There are glimmers of the first of the above coming true after a lab grown burger made the news last year.