Weekly Digital News Roundup: Aug 21-25

Sony Network Hacked, Exec’s Flight Diverted

  • According to the Washington Post, hackers on Monday attacked Sony’s PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane. American cut short the Sony Corp. executive’s flight on Sunday and made an unplanned landing in Phoenix.
  • The PlayStation Network’s online services were unavailable from Sunday through Monday afternoon Tokyo time. While Lizard Squad tweeted that it was responsible for the outage, Sony spokesman Satoshi Nakajima said it remained unclear who was behind the attack.
  • Sony said no personal information was stolen in the incident. Hackers orchestrated a so-called denial-of-service attack against Sony, which involved overwhelming the company’s gaming network with fake visits so that legitimate users couldn’t get through.

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Design Prototyping and Collaboration Tools Comparison

Why is the design phase of my project so important?

My favorite part of any full website-build project is the design phase. By the time your project has reached this phase, you’ve already spent months planning, and you’re more than ready to see all of your hard work pay off with a full-color, tangible deliverable. Most people are “visual” and will get far more excited about a beautiful design than well-planned content. It’s not that one is more important than the other – it’s just that we’re human and we love pretty things.

This phase is monumentally important to the process, but as I said, it’s also a lot of fun. I think it’s important to give this phase the gravitas it deserves. There’s no point in making a beautiful website design, only to present it poorly. If you have invested the time to make something worthy of display, forget displaying it – flaunt it! *snaps* Continue reading

Weekly Digital News Roundup: Aug 14-18

Broadband subscriptions surpass TV subscriptions

  • According to the LA Times, a new report says that for the first time ever, cable companies have more Internet broadband subscribers than TV service subscribers.
  • At the end of the second quarter of 2014, the top cable providers served 49,915,000 broadband subscribers compared with 49,910,000 TV subscribers, according to the report by Leichtman Research Group.
  • It’s only a slight difference of 5,000 subscribers, and many TV subscribers also pay for Internet service. But the milestone exemplifies the way business is changing for cable companies, said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.

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