Thursday, 2 January 2014

Introducting Ionic,a HTML5 Developer Framework for Mobile Applications.

Ionic is a framework that combines HTML 5 and native programming methods to provide a powerful UI development kit for mobile applications.

You know you found a good frontend UI framework when the framework comes with its own custom font. Besides the classic UI components that any interface toolkit delivers, Ionic also comes packed with the Ionicons, an icon Web font specifically built for the framework, similar to what FontAwesome is to Bootstrap.

Ionic supports iOS 6 and Android 4.1 or higher and is basically a collection of UI components and a powerful development toolkit that helps programmers build Web-based mobile applications from scratch much faster.

Ionic includes basic UI components like buttons, forms, header bars, footer bars, menus, drop-downs, grid systems, cards, and so on.

As you can see, the framework focuses mainly on the application's frontend, leaving backend logic and organization to the likes of PhoneGap or Apache Cordova.

You can find out more about Ionic via its official documentation website and its GitHub repository.

Windows XP Keeps Losing Users, Still Hard to Kill

Windows XP will be discontinued on April 8, 2014, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all users want to jump ship and move to another operating system by this date.

Statistics provided by market researcher Net Applications show that Windows XP’s share declined to 28.98 percent in December, which means that the 12-year-old operating system has lost 2.24 percent of its users in just 30 days.

And still, this is another indication that not everyone wants to abandon Windows XP, even though Microsoft warned so many times that sticking to this particular platform beyond its retirement date is a very risky decision.

The unpatched system would basically be an open door for hackers who’ll definitely try to exploit vulnerabilities in Windows XP, Microsoft said, especially because no one would try to patch them after they become public.

Hacker Group DERP Takes Down PSN, PlanetSide 2, DC Universe Online, More via DDoS

Hacker group DERP has once again resumed its DDoS attacks and has taken down a variety of new targets including some really high profile ones like the PlayStation Network, albeit for a limited time, and other Sony Online Entertainment multiplayer games, like PlanetSide 2 or DC Universe Online.

Right before the end of 2013 a brand new group of hackers appeared online, in the form of DERP, which started targeting a single popular gamer by taking down all his favorite online titles, including League of Legends, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and much more.

Now, after a few days of inactivity, the group is back in action and started targeting PlanetSide 2. Unfortunately, the Sony-published online shooter shared servers with other titles like DC Universe Online, Free Realms, or Everquest. As such, these games were also taken down.

What's more, another collateral target soon emerged, as Sony's PlayStation Network also went offline, rather briefly, according to the Twitter account of the group.

As of yet, it's unclear just why DERP is perpetrating these attacks.

Internet Explorer Continues to Be the Number One Browser in the World

The battle between the top browsers on the market continues with another round.
Market researcher Net Applications revealed new statistics for the month of December 2013, claiming that Internet Explorer continues to be the number one desktop browser worldwide.

What’s more shocking is that the leading spot is currently held by Internet Explorer 8 with a market share of 20.64 percent, followed by Google Chrome 31 with 12.88 percent.

Three other Internet Explorer versions come next, namely IE10 with 11.05 percent, IE11 with 10.42 percent, and IE9 with 8.96 percent.

If you’re wondering what happened to Mozilla’s Firefox, version 25 is only sixth in the new charts with 7.48 percent of the market, while Firefox 26 comes next with only 6.60 percent.

Shockingly, Internet Explorer 6.0 continues to be quite a popular choice for many users across the world, as Net Applications claims that no less than 4.43 percent of the desktop computers are still running it right now.

Internet Explorer 6.0 was launched more than 12 years ago as part of the Windows XP operating system and is no longer able to cope with today’s standards.

Surprisingly, IE8 holds the leading spot, but IE11 is also gaining ground every month

Overall, Internet Explorer is clearly the top leader of the browser world with 57.91 percent of the market, while Firefox is next with an overall share of 18.35 percent. Chrome is third with 16.22 percent, while Safari is way behind with 5.82 percent.

The good news for Microsoft isn’t necessarily the fact that IE8 is such a popular browser, but the impressive growth of IE11, the latest version of its in-house browser that is part of Windows 8.1.

Internet Explorer 11 is also available for Windows 7 users as a separate download, but the Modern version is only offered to those who made the move to the Windows 8.1 OS update.

Skype’s Blog, Twitter and Facebook Accounts Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The Syrian Electronic Army managed to break into several important accounts in the first day of 2014, including Skype’s social accounts and the official blog of the service.

The SEA hackers first managed to compromise the official Skype Twitter account, which has more than 3 million users, and posted a message telling Microsoft to “stop spying on people.”

Later on, the same hacker group published a new post to say that the “Syrian Electronic Army was here,” along with their official logo. A few minutes after that, the same image appeared on the Skype blog, while the Facebook page got comprised with various messages posted by hackers.

Microsoft was quick to remove the Twitter and Facebook posts, but the Skype blog is still unavailable at the time of writing this article.

A short tweet posted on Twitter by the Skype team vaguely explains what happened: “You may have noticed our social media properties were targeted today. No user info was compromised. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”

We’re still waiting for a few more details from Redmond, so we’ll update the article accordingly when we have them.

Microsoft's Discount for the 128GB Surface Pro Tablet

When you're searching for a competitive tablet that runs the full form of Windows 8.1 Pro and can truly adapt to high framework prerequisites of applications and amusements, the Surface Pro could be the most astute decision.

The unit is presently accessible with a $300 (€220) markdown, as Microsoft has chosen to chop down the cost of the 128 GB model to $599 (€435) for a restricted time.

Obviously, this is the original model, as the new Surface Pro 2 is significantly more exorbitant, with the 512 GB form accompanying a sticker of $1,799 (€1,310).

The Surface Pro accompanies an Intel i5 processor and 4gb of RAM under the hood, additionally with a full HD 10.6-inch show that is sufficient to run a portion of the most up to date amusements available. The gadget was started in February 2013 and appropriated a significant equipment overhaul in October.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Steam Winter Sale 2013 Day 13 Has Price Cuts for XCOM, Grid 2, CoH 2, and More

We're now in day 13 of the Steam Winter Sale of 2013 and, in order to mark this special moment, Valve has unleashed major price cuts for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Grid 2, Company of Heroes 2, or even Half-Life 2.

All sorts of major discounts have been revealed in the last two weeks for many popular games on Steam and Valve will continue this trend for a few more days.

Now, for day 13 of its winter sale, the company has price cuts for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Grid 2, Company of Heroes 2, Half-Life 2, Mark of the Ninja, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition, Scribblenauts Unmasked, Magic 2014, and Planetary Annihilation.

New Flash Sales are available for Cities in Motion 2, Sniper Elite V2, 7 Ways to Die, and Desktop Dungeons while the Community Choice title is BioShock Infinite.

Yesterday's deals are still in effect for 24 more hours.