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Will ManagedQ Be Disruptive to Search?

first_imgManagedQ is a new search search that provides a visual interface to Google’s results (see our full review on AltSearchEngines here). Since ManagedQ’s results come directly from Google, there’s no loss in result quality, but the service adds a semantic layer to search, by automatically determining the key Person, Places, and Things for your search. When you begin a query on ManagedQ, your results appear as tiled screenshots with an information bar on the left. The screenshots, powered by Snap.com have the link to the web site above them and a summary, the same as you would see on Google, beneath them. sarah perez You can also search for a particular term in your search results, even if it’s not listed as one of the terms in the Executive Summary. You simply begin typing in the search box and the Instant Find feature begins matching with every keystroke. In this way, the real-time feedback very much resembles the “Ctrl” + “F” functionality you have your own web browser today. When you see a result that looks promising, you can click on it and you’ll see the page as they are calling a “Managed Result.” A Managed Result just renders the important info on the page, mainly text, with all the slow code trimmed out, so exploring results is fast. Of course, you can still visit the web site itself by clicking the web site’s title.The service also supports regular expressions, something that may be too geeky for most consumers, but an interesting and useful add-on for those who know what they’re doing.With ManagedQ, the result is more than that of just a visual search experience. Instead, this fast, flexible service hones in on what you’re looking for with ease. With the addition of the People, Places, and Things in the Executive Summary and by making the search results themselves immediately searchable, it’s as if it already knew what you were hoping to find. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If that was all ManagedQ did, it would just be another visual search engine, not offering much more than a similar service like that of RedZee, except that its visual previews are real-time.However, ManagedQ has a unique feature in its “Executive Summary” bar to the left of the results. This is where you’ll find the important ideas in your search grouped by people, places and things. If you’re the first person to search a particular keyword, these take a little time to load, but summaries for repeat queries are instantaneous. As you mouse over an idea in the Executive Summary, it finds each occurrence in that term in search results and highlights the full matches in yellow and the partial matches in light yellow. center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Apple iOS 8.1 Is Here—But Should You Download It?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology As promised, Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8.1, is now available for download. Eager iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can grab the latest software on their devices by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update, or via iTunes on the desktop. Whether they should, however, is another matter. Here are a few things to consider:Reasons to upgrade to iOS 8.1: You want to try out Apple PayYou miss your Camera RollYou need iCloud photo libraryYou need fixes for all the bugs iOS 8, 8.0.1 or 8.0.2 rained down on your deviceThe download’s smaller than the super, mega-fat, “gigs” big iOS 8.0 upgrade. (On an iPhone 5S with iOS 8.0.2 installed, the iOS 8.1 update weighs in at 117MB.) See also: Why Half Of iPhone Users Don’t Trust iOS 8 YetReasons to wait: You’ll lose your jailbreakYour iPhone runs fine, and you don’t want to risk new bugsYou have nearly maxed out the space on your iPhone. The iOS 8.1 download may be a smaller file than iOS 8.0, but it still needs extra room for installation. If you don’t have enough space and need to make way, you might have to make some tough choices about the apps, media or other files that are currently on your iPhone.Given the numerous and critical bugs of previous iOS 8 releases, prudent iPhone users not desperately needing bug fixes may choose to wait. But if you’re brave and grab it anyway, let us know what you think is the best and worst of the new software in the comments below. Images by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Apple Pay#iOS 8#iOS 8.1#mobile#smartphones#tablets adriana lee Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

LDAP versus NIS implementation with Unix/Linux flavor systems

first_imgWhat are the benefits and complications between using NIS and/or integrating *NIX accounts with LDAP for your *NIX flavored systems? In many cases, *NIX administrators lean towards keeping to *NIX systems in order to manage their environment. There tends to be a division line between none *NIX based and *NIX in most environments. However, most application/DB users are required to make changes on both types of OS. Depending on your sites security policies around passwords, this could cause some issues for application users, as well as causing overhead in maintaining the policies your site implements. It really depends on users’ activity levels on each type of system.  Example: an LDAP compliant none *NIX based system runs the front end of an application while the DB is located on a *NIX system. The DBA user will only need to access the *NIX system once every 6 months. As a result, the DBA may find their account inactive or removed due to policies that require users to actively login to an account every some odd days to keep the account active.When looking at designing your account model, you will need to keep in mind how you would like to enforce security around your accounts, and how important is the data accessible from this system. NIS inherently does not have a method to lock accounts or to notify as security policies may dictate. NIS will manage accounts and groups without security policies. However, wrapper scripts and other programs can allow NIS to support your site’s polices. Maintaining home-grown scripts can cause extra overhead as well as introducing potential human error to enforcement policies. While NIS is simple to setup and maintain, over the years I have seen typos and character limitation sizes that cause NIS to break with little notification. Overall NIS is simple to use and configure, but there are some inherent short comings in its inability to control security policies.There are advantages in integrating *NIX accounts within LDAP, which you may think brings new complications, but it is more like putting your NIS structure within LDAP. There is a learning curve and thought process in achieving this. There is an initial design time required, as well as a one-time installation of Unix extensions within LDAP. The real question is, what is the ROI to make the change? There is added security in that the password hash and user accounts for the *NIX system will now be kept within the LDAP compatible structure, rather than on the *NIX system where it may be used to compromise the system.What about using Access Control Lists (ACL)? ACL’s only allow certain commands depending on each user’s group role within your company. Sudo is typically the standard for most *NIX shops as it is inherently built within all *NIX type OS’s. How would you set up ACL’s to deny all access and only grant what is needed? It all depends on your site’s security model. As far as controlling group IDs for ACL, it is always a good idea to give all users a base GID that is not used on any system, and only add the users to other groups as needed. This will help block users from gaining access to stale accounts as they change job roles, also as a user is removed from other groups.From my years of dealing with *NIX accounts and enforcing policies, on average, there seems to be around a 60% time reduction when using LDAP compatible authentication processes over using NIS. This is primarily due to all the manual checking and validating created wrapper processes, as well as all the overhead locking and reestablishing accounts due to inactive users or, my favorite, “I forgot my password”. The time savings seems to not change based on whether you have 200 users or 2000 users. The biggest time spent is setting up your model.last_img read more

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