CompTIA Mobile App Security+ for Android Geeks—Shaping the mobile security networks

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Why CompTIA Mobile App Security+?
The market of the mobile devices is extending increasingly as the demand for new and high tech devices is constantly arising from the customers. The latest and most in-demand technology of the mobile phones is the Android technology, which has captured the attention of the market. The security concerns are also increasing related to the Android phones and to address this concern, the CompTIA has introduced one of its most useful certification, i.e. CompTIA Mobile App Security+ certification. This certification validates the practical ability and proficiency of the IT professionals in developing sound and secure apps for the Android devices. Some of the top organizations and companies prefer the certified professionals in mobile app security for developing some of the best and securest mobile apps for their devices utilizing the android technology.

Getting the CompTIA Mobile App Security+ Certification
In order to get this useful and valuable certification, the candidates have to attempt an exam, i.e. ADR-001 which is the android edition exam and it includes all the related topics that are being used in the practical situations for developing the new security apps for the Android devices. The pre-requisites for this exam are the sound knowledge on the Java programming, Android SDK, SQL coding, mobile application development, security essentials and aspects and the implementing encryption. Once the IT professionals have successfully passed the exam, then they can welcome some of the very promising and secure job roles in their career.

Job roles after attaining the CompTIA Mobile App Security+ certification
As it has been already mentioned above that the CompTIA Mobile App Security+ certification is highly in-demand by the top organizations and companies. After getting this important certification, the professionals can efficiently fill the following job roles:

 Mobile Application developer and can develop many useful mobile applications for the Android devices.
 Software developer job role is another secure and promising job role that is suited to the professionals after getting this certification. They can take job in big companies and offer their software development services to them.
 Application development manager basically manages the mobile security and other applications. By getting this certification, the professionals are open to take the job of application development manager and can earn high.
 Network security developer is one of the most promising job roles in the sector of mobile app development. The professionals by using their practical knowledge and abilities develop some of the securest android device apps.

Facts about the CompTIA Mobile App Security+ certification

The CompTIA Mobile App Security+ Certification is attained by passing ADR-001 exam which is administered by the Pearson VUE testing center. The exam is offered only in the English language and targets the individuals who want to take up career in the android mobile security apps development. The exam has 100 questions and a pass mark of 730 on a scale of 100-900 should be attained for passing the exam.

4 Interesting Kickstarter Projects Web Designers Need To Know About.

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Are you a web developer? Planning to start a new career/business in the field of web designing? A web designer’s job might seem easy but the ground reality is that web designing requires a lot of skill, discipline, creativity, and innovating thinking, which ultimately shows in the websites created. Following is a list of 4 noteworthy Kickstarter projects that could give a dash of help, ideas, and inspiration to all web designers out there.

Macaw: The Code-Savvy Web Design Tool

If you’re a web designer, Macaw is a nifty web design tool that might interest you. This is a tool that not only feels fluid and intuitive like an image editor but also serves as a powerful design-to-code engine. It has a fluid canvas that can be changed anytime, the grid can be easily modified, and even the elements that you draw are fluid. This makes it increasingly simple to design percentage-based layouts. You can simply drag and drop the elements wherever you want them, and Macaw will ingeniously do the calculations for you. Macaw has its Style Editor that lets you save commonly used styles and apply them to multiple elements and edit them. Alchemy, Macaw’s powerful design-to-code engine, helps developers unlock the language of the web and also pull code that meets their personal preference. Some other terrific features of Macaw include responsive breakpoints, element morphing, typography stats, HTML insertion, multiple backgrounds, linking, style guides, and much more.

Iconic: Advanced icons for the modern web

Being a web designer, you already know the importance of web icons. Iconic is the popular open source icon set, which was designed to be clear and legible, with a dash of personality. What gives Iconic a unique edge, is the capability to output icons in various colors, sizes, and formats. Though it has already been four years since the creation of Iconic, the creator now wants Iconic to reach its full potential by pushing iconography forward with new techniques, technologies, and thinking, and to create a commercial version of Iconic. The new set will have hundreds of icons, with each icon designed in three sizes. The idea is to increase the number of beautifully designed icons and make Iconic better. The new collection will be available in PNG, SVG, WebP, and font formats, there will also be a set of “Smart Icons” that respond/adjust to data. With the availability of three sizes, users can select the right sized icon according to the screen size – this is referred to as Responsive Iconography. Iconic, with these new developments, is definitely one of the best integrated icon systems you could lay your hands on.

Constraints Cards

Looking for an innovative and interesting way to tackle web design problems? If you’re a web designer, a developer, coder, or a creative director, Constraints is the only deck of cards you’re ever going to need, really. Constraints is a card deck designed especially for developers and web designers as a platform to help improve practice, structure hack days, and basically, to level up. These are cards that give you constraints to practice against, and aim at challenging the way you work, pushing you to find better ways and techniques to deal with design problems. Constraints are great for shifting your perspective, making new additions, focusing on specific areas, learning, bring out more ideas quickly, and most importantly, for having a direct impact on how you design, think, and build.

Learn WordPress!

Everything that you wanted to know about WordPress is right here, in this awesome Kickstarter campaign. WordPress is hands down one of the best and most widely used content management and blogging platform powering millions of websites across the globe. Moreover, there has been more demand for WordPress in 2013 than any previous year, and this demand is only getting higher. This incredible project has been started by Alexander Tushinsky, who has been teaching WordPress since several years now and would like to expand his material and share his expertise with you! This project is essentially a complete, easy, and intuitive course on WordPress, Web Design, and Blogging. The course will cover all possible aspects of WordPress such as installation and configuration of WordPress on Linux and Windows, various WordPress features and their uses, HTML 5 and CSS 3, SEO techniques, MySQL and PHP, use of graphics, and a lot more! Whether you are looking to start your own web design business, expand your current career, or even if you are a freelancer or a theme designer, WordPress is an ultimate blogging and content management platform that will help you in numerous ways.

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Jenny Wadlow, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for, ITW Consulting, a reputable website design and web programming company. She takes keen interest in fishkeeping and has a commendable stamp collection. You can follow Jenny on Twitter @JennyWadlow.

Can Driving Games Improve Your Real-World Driving Skills?

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When you’re leaping through a hail of bullets, diving through an explosion, and landing hand grenades onto the back of space ships in Halo, it can be hard not to feel at least a little bit impressed with your own abilities. Sure, it’s only a computer game and it’s obviously not real, but there is always the thought at the back of your mind that just maybe you could do it in real life too – after all, you’ve displayed all the reactions and the tactical genius necessary… how much harder can it be to do it all for real?

Of course you might even have considered that the simple act of playing Halo, could have even made you better in a gunfight should the need ever arise. And in that case, couldn’t playing a snooker game make you better at playing snooker in real life? And could playing a driving game make you better at driving?

That last point is actually quite an interesting one, seeing as driving is something that we all need to do on an almost daily basis, and that can be quite dangerous. If playing computer games could really improve your ability to drive well, then that would actually be very useful and it might even be worth going out of your way to play more driving games. Let’s take a look then at whether or not that could really be the case…

The Difference Between Driving and Pretending to Drive

The first thing to bear in mind is that there are indeed a lot of differences between driving in real life and driving on the Xbox. The first is the feedback that you get from driving – when you drive in real life you can feel the engine growl underneath you, you can feel the tug of the steering wheel as it tries to return to the neutral position, and you can feel the weight of the pedal as you push it down. Simply pulling the right trigger on a game controller just doesn’t have that same feel to it, and unfortunately it’s not really a very effective simulation. Sure you can make it a little more realistic – by using a steering wheel controller for instance – but that’s still only going to go so far.

At the same time, driving for real means dealing with a lot more information and a much wider field of vision. Most driving games are about F1, or about grand theft auto – they don’t require you to keep an eye out for people crossing the road, or to follow the highway code, thus they could potentially even lull you into a false sense of security when driving. Worst of all, these games often have entirely different objectives to real world driving – sometimes actually encouraging you to crash or at least have ‘near misses’. Not exactly great practice for real-world driving…

On the Other Hand…

But games aren’t out of the race just yet – you see playing computer games can actually have a very positive impact on your brain. Many studies have shown how computer games can improve your reaction times for example, as well as your concentration and even your ability to split your attention between tasks. These are all skills that you would have to use when driving, and so it’s easy to imagine how that might be beneficial when you’re really on the road. But the surprising part of this, is that it’s not necessarily the driving games that will improve your driving most. It may well be that you’re better off playing something that simply demands a lot of attention and good reflexes – such as Space Invaders or Tetris.

At the same time, it’s also worth considering that some ‘games’ are designed specifically to help your driving in other ways. There are plenty of software packages out there aimed at learner drivers for instance, and these can help to challenge your perception by getting you to press keys whenever you spot hazards or just to become more familiar with the highway code by testing your knowledge.

So no, ‘Need for Speed’ isn’t going to help you to get to work any safer or more efficiently each morning. That said though, it’s still an awful lot of fun and it may just improve your reactions that little bit – which can sometimes make all the difference.

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Todd Jacobson, the writer of this post, is a driving instructor at a race driving school in Florida. He is a blogging enthusiast and loves to share his knowledge on sports cars and driving techniques through guest posting.

Top 5 Ebook Readers You Don’t Want To Miss

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While most people use their tablets as e-reader devices, there are still a good number of people that want a real e-reader. These devices are often much better for reading ebooks because the screens are whiter and similar to reading a real book. There are dozens of e-readers, but only a handful of them are really worth your time. These are the five best e-readers currently available.

Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon has ruled the e-reader market for a long time, so it’s no surprise that the Paperwhite is one of the best e-reader models. This version improves over the last one by using a whiter screen that is similar to paper, and it uses better lighting so that you can read outside in the sun or in a dark room. The processor is also much faster, and the screen rarely refreshes.


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Kindle

If you want an inexpensive and compact e-reader, then this is the best choice. While it might be an entry-level device, it gives you all the speed and power that you need to read basic ebooks. It lacks a touch screen or backlight, but that’s no surprise due to its low price point. And it will become even cheaper with Smart Phone Reviews this year. This is best if you want a basic device without all the bells and whistles.

Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

The Simple Touch with GlowLight gives you everything that you could want from a dedicated e-reader. It uses an advanced e-ink screen that looks great and is very responsive. You also get a fast processor that can easily download new books, and the battery lasts for days. The GlowLight feature is very uniform, which ensures that you can read the whole page without squinting. The only issue is that this is a dedicated device. It doesn’t have 3G or 4G connectivity, a Web browser or audio. At the same time, it’s a great device for reading books.

Nook Simple Touch

This is basically the same as the other Nook, but it lacks a backlight. At the same time, this small change reduces the price by almost half. This is another basic e-reader with an expansion slot and amazing battery life, but you won’t be able to read it in a dark room without a light.

Kobo Glo

This is another device that uses a backlight to improve your reading experience. It also has many of the essential features, like an expansion slot, wireless connectivity and it supports EPUB files. Many people are calling this a worthy alternative to the Kindle. The Kobo store doesn’t have quite as many books as Kindle or Nook, but the unique thing is that this device can load books from any online store as long as they use the Adobe DRM format.

Conclusion

While tablets work well for reading ebooks, e-readers are definitely the best if you plan on finishing dozens of novels. They won’t hurt your eyes, and they definitely won’t hurt your wallet. These devices are much cheaper than most tablets, and they are the best e-readers that you can find.

Andy Jones loves to blog about gadgets and money saving tips. He recommends shopping at Amazon.com on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to take advantage of the best discount available.

The challenges of enterprise file storage

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File storage is a burgeoning problem and the one that isn’t going away anytime soon. Did you know that less than half of all corporate data is stored on file servers? The figure is 46 percent, with the remainder being stored on desktops, smartphones and tablets, collaboration systems, in email systems, and on consumer cloud storage services.

For many enterprises this is a ticking time bomb. Such fragmented storage holds a very high risk and threatens a potential failing in legislative compliance, legal hold and e-discovery with severe financial penalties.

Other business risks include poor decision making. If the necessary data is not available within the necessary time frame then there are chances that any decisions that are made without it will be the wrong decisions.

Although email is growing exponentially, most of the stored corporate data is in the form of files such as Word documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, design data and other user generated content. Taking file storage and email storage together, while the majority of files tend to be stored on file servers that are managed by IT departments, many are stored on devices that are not controlled by IT, for instance laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, and consumer cloud services such as Google Docs either with or without the approval of IT.

While many organizations are adopting cloud based email archiving as a solution to their burgeoning email problems, fewer are turning to cloud based file archiving. Although email archiving is a natural place to enter the cloud, it is only one step in the right direction. In many ways it is illogical to have multiple archiving systems such as cloud based email archiving and IT managed file archiving. A much better approach is to adopt a single system that is able to manage email, files and every other form of electronic corporate data.

However the problems involved in achieving this should not be underestimated; file archiving can be more challenging than email archiving. A lot of the email resides on email servers, but files can reside on file servers, desktop computers, laptops and all other devices mentioned above. Although the ‘bring your own device’ policies adopted by many trendy organisations have their benefits, they have significant downsides too, and particularly in terms of the number of alternative locations for corporate data that should be archived.

According to an Osterman report sponsored by Mimecast, 37% of enterprise electronic data is in the form of email, 46% is stored on file servers; 12% on user desktop computers; 12% on collaboration systems; 10% on user laptops; 4% on tablets and smartphones; 2% on home computers; and 4% on a variety of other devices for instance on USB memory sticks.

Thus it is becoming increasingly clear that finding a complete archiving solution must be given high priority by enterprise boards which are otherwise risking stringent penalties imposed for failure to comply with regulatory requirements as well as facing potentially serious data security problems. Email archiving is a good start, but without file archiving it is less than half of the battle.

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