What were Google’s biggest search algorithm updates of 2018?

Search came a long way this past year. We saw the appearance of the zero-result SERP, featuring knowledge cards for answers such as conversions and times. We welcomed the mobile-first index and the mobile speed update. With the focus on mobile, we saw meta description lengths shorten from 300+ to 150 or so. We saw minor changes to image search and a […]

Microsoft seeks more Cortana distribution, deeper integration on Android, iOS

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is a pragmatist. Unlike his predecessor, he embraced iOS and Android for Microsoft software distribution when Windows Phones failed as a platform. And he’s been seeking to do the same thing for Cortana with Alexa and potentially the Google Assistant/Home. Let’s get interoperable. Nadella has for some time been pursuing a reciprocal partnership with Amazon […]

Cloud Explorer (VS 2017 Azure Workload) Gets IoT Update

The Cloud Explorer tool installed automatically with Azure Workloads in Visual Studio 2017 now sports additional functionality for interacting with the Azure IoT Hub. IoT-specific concerns are increasingly making their way into a variety of development tools, of which the latest example is Cloud Explorer for VS 2017, downloaded some 2.3 million times and installed 3,709 […]

A popular WordPress plugin leaked access tokens capable of hijacking Twitter accounts

A popular WordPress  plugin, installed on thousands of websites to help users share content on social media sites, left linked Twitter  accounts exposed to compromise. The plugin, Social Network Tabs, was storing so-called account access tokens in the source code of the WordPress website. Anyone who viewed the source code could see the linked Twitter handle and the access tokens. […]

JS++ programming language looks to solve out-of-bounds errors

  The web programming language JS++ is looking to tackle a common problem impacting a majority of major programming languages: out-of-bounds errors. Programming language and compiler company Onux announced the release of JS++ 0.9 this week. RELATED CONTENT: The case for JS++ Out-of-bounds errors occur when the container element you are trying to access doesn’t exist. […]