Monday, May 30, 2016

Interactive City Guides & eBooks

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We use epub, pdf and email formats to make everything searchable in our Guides.
Our interactive ebooks search the web and are organized into several targeted information Guides including:

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  • Health & Wellness
  • Technology
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Friday, May 27, 2016

WinRAR compression for large email

WinRAR compression

 
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Compress, Encrypt, Package and Backup with only one utility

Over 500 million users worldwide make WinRAR the world's most popular compression tool today.
There is no better way to compress files for efficient and secure file transfer, faster e-mail transmission and well organized data storage.
RAR and WinRAR are Windows 10 (TM) compatible, available in over 50 languages in both 32bit and 64bit and several operating systems (OS) and the only compression software that is fully accepted in all countries using Unicode.

WinRAR at a glance

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  • WinRAR allows you to split archives into separate volumes easily, making it possible to save them on several disks for example.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Microsoft Enhances Edge

Microsoft Enhances Edge, Bash in Latest Windows 10 Build

 
Microsoft Edge, Bash updates for Windows 10 anniversary

 

Edge browser plug-ins are now available in the Windows Store and Microsoft issues a new batch of fixes for the new Bash command line tool.

Members of Microsoft's Windows Insider early access program can now test the new Windows Store-powered Edge extension model and expanded Bash functionality ahead of this summer's highly anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update.A new preview build released this week (number 14342) includes a new method for installing Edge browser extensions. When Edge, Internet Explorer's successor, shipped alongside Windows 10 last summer, add-on support was conspicuously lacking.In March, Microsoft announced the first batch of Edge browser extensions, including Microsoft Translator, Mouse Gestures and Reddit Enhancement Suite. At the time, the company said that future extensions would be made available in the Windows Store app marketplace, a move that the company claims will simplify the extension discovery and installation process as well as improve security.Now, Insiders can take the Windows Store-powered experience for a spin, although it will require them to reinstall any previously loaded plug-ins, Gabe Aul, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Windows and Devices Engineering Systems group, wrote in a blog post. When they scan the app shop's listings, users will notice two new additions: AdBlock and Adblock Plus. To avoid problems, Microsoft advises users to install one or the other, but not both.
 
As is often the case with preview software, users may run into issues. Microsoft cautions that Windows 10 build 14342 contains a bug that causes Edge to freeze if users turn off all of their browser extensions without uninstalling them, requiring them to kill the corresponding process in the Windows Task Manager.
 
In this build, Edge also gains a new swipe gesture that enables users to navigate back and forward. A new real-time Web notification feature alerts users to notifications sent by select Websites when they're busy using other applications. The notifications appear in the operating system's Action Center and require that users grant their permission. Users can now dismiss Action Center notifications by middle-clicking the app's name.Microsoft also made some improvements to the Bash command-line tool. The software giant caused a stir during this year's Build 2016 developer conference when it announced it was bringing the Unix shell and command language to the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update."Symlinks within the Windows Subsystem for Linux are now functional on the mounted Windows directories. This fix helps support many scenarios, including the npm installer," wrote Aul. Additionally, Bash on Ubuntu on Windows can now be installed by users with non-Latin Windows usernames. A more comprehensive list of new command line functionality and fixes is available inthis MSDN support document.Microsoft is setting the groundwork for Windows apps that launch when users visit certain Websites, a common occurrence on iOS and Android. Build 14342 includes new configuration settings, but there are currently no apps that support the feature.Other tweaks include dark mode support for User Account Control dialogs, a new suggestion feature in the Feedback Hub and an updated Windows Ink Workspace icon.
 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

72% of shoppers research items on their smartphones

72% of shoppers research items on their smartphones before buying

And 37% of consumers who shop with their mobile devices say in a recent poll that they begin their shopping journeys with a smartphone or tablet between 26% and 50% of the time.
A new report from The Nielsen Company offers a mobile screen shot of how consumers use tablets and smartphones for shopping-related activities and also what mobile features are most important to consumers using mobile devices to shop.
It finds 72% of the 3,734 respondents who had used a smartphone or tablet for mobile shopping, paying or banking in the past 30 days say they research items on their smartphones before buying. That was the most frequently chosen response.
The report, Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2015 Mobile Wallet Report, also finds 70% check the price of an item, ranking that shopping activity No. 2 on their smartphones. That is followed by 60% who use a store locator on their smartphones to find a store where they can buy their product of choice.
When it comes to tablets, the greatest percentage (66%) of shoppers research items on their tablets before purchasing, followed by 57% who check the price of an item via a tablet. Coming in third place, 51% of tablet shoppers read a review of an item they purchase or plan to purchase on their tablets.
Additionally 37% of respondents say their purchases start with mobile shopping (tablet or smartphone) between 26% and 50% of the time.
The study also explores top requested shopping features among smartphone and tablet shoppers.
The ability to see product images ranks first as a priority for both smartphone (62% of respondents) and tablet (63% of respondents) shoppers.
Smartphone shoppers’ next most important priority is the ability to access mobile-friendly versions of the websites they visit via mobile (48%), followed by being able to read product descriptions (44%).
After product images, tablet shoppers request being able to read product reviews (46%) and having access to product descriptions (45%).
Nielsen also finds after analyzing a separate panel of 9,000 U.S. iOS and Android smartphone owners that app use on smartphones is increasing. App use rose 15% in both time spent and unique visitors year over year between Q4 2014 and Q4 2015.

Source: The Nielsen Company

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fake orders

Fake orders: The dark side of China’s booming e-commerce business

In its IPO filing, an e-retailer admits it created fake orders to raise its ranking on web marketplaces. Those phony purchases accounted for 42% of its 2014 orders.
A small e-retailer created a big news recently in China when it admitted to a practice many believe is commonplace on China’s online marketplaces: a seller placing fake orders to boost its apparent sales and thus its rankings in search results on the country’s huge online shopping malls.
Flower e-retailer Shanghai Aishang flowers Co., Ltd. last week confessed in its prospectus filed in advance of an initial public offering of stock that it hired workers to place orders from its store on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Tmall.com and JD.com, two major web marketplaces, in order to move up in search results.
The Shanghai-based company spent 739,268 yuan ($113,690) to hire individuals who placed 163,676 fake orders on marketplaces in the first seven months of 2015, representing 42.02% of its total orders. For the same reason, Aishang Flowers also spent 989,165 yuan ($152,097) in 2014 and 26,234 yuan ($4,033) in 2013, respectively, accounted for 24.05% and 4.95% of orders in those two years, according to its prospectus.
Aishang Flowers said in the prospectus that it considered creating fake orders “a marketing approach” and didn’t include the fake orders in the sales reported in the filing.
Founded in 2008, Aishang Flowers’ major business is to sell flowers through online marketplaces Tmall.com and JD.com, and via its company site, Iishang.com. The company reported its sales reached 36.6 million yuan ($5.6 million) in 2014, up 66% from 22.1 million yuan (3.4 million) in 2013.
“We sincerely apologize to consumers and regulators. Under pressure from competitors, Aishang Flowers created fake orders. We didn’t count the sales from those fake orders and stopped doing so since August 2015,” Aishang Flowers said in a news release.
Although this is the first time that an e-retailer publically admitted to making phony orders, analysts say this example represents just the tip of the iceberg.
“Aishang had to explain those fake orders, otherwise its sales would conflict with the records of the marketplaces,” Zhang Zhouping, a senior analyst at the China E-commerce Research Center, says. “Fake orders is a widespread issue and has existed for a long time. I don’t think it can be completely solved. The current rules of marketplaces encourage consumers to buy from top sellers, and consumers also want to buy products from them.”
A search for the term “fake orders” on China’s leading search engine, Baidu.com, produces a first page of search results with five sites offering fake ordering services to merchants. Those sites, including Taoshuashua.net and Shuazuanle.cn, claim they can help merchants recruit individuals to place fake orders on marketplaces.
The practice of placing fake orders is so common that the industry has created a term for it—“brushing orders”—and some have suggested big marketplace operators like Alibaba, China’s leading e-commerce company, don’t make much of an effort to curtail the activity.
Alibaba denies that. “Brushing is an issue faced by the entire Internet industry around the world, and Alibaba is the industry leader in combatting this unfair and illicit practice. The only way to effectively get to the root of brushing and other online criminal activities is through proper investigation and prosecution by law enforcement authorities, who can make legally binding decisions. We strongly urge the authorities to take swift and aggressive actions to bring these offenders to justice. We also call upon the entire industry, including social chat apps and platforms, to work together with us to rid criminals of the tools through which their crimes are enabled.” Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said in a statement.
Alibaba also says it has punished 220,000 sellers for creating fake orders in February, including closing 6,000 stores and deleting sales records for 390,000 products for which there were suspect orders.
JD.com is No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2016 China 500. Although Alibaba’s marketplaces, primarily Taobao and Tmall, account for the majority of online retail sales in China, it is not ranked because it is not the merchant of record for any sales. Instead, like eBay Inc., Alibaba provides a platform on which other companies sell.

Monday, May 16, 2016

PayPal offers reimbursement for online returns to Canadian consumers

PayPal offers reimbursement for online returns to Canadian consumers

The Return Shipping on Us program aims to boost online sales via PayPal, which has more than 6 million customers in Canada.
In a push to increase online shopping in Canada, PayPal Holdinss Inc. is offering its Return Shipping on Us program to Canadian consumers, allowing them to return online purchases and receive reimbursement from PayPal for the cost.
A survey of Canadian consumers in April found that 40% worry about ordering the wrong item online and not being able to return it, according to a study from research company Ipsos that surveyed 1,007 Canadians online. 27% of Canadians surveyed say they have paid returns shipping costs in the past year, and among those who have done so, 65% say it cost more than $10 each time, the study says.
“Canadian e-commerce is expected to grow by 8% in 2016 to $34.5 billion,” says Kerry Reynolds, head of consumer marketing, PayPal Canada. “With online retail competition heating up locally and internationally for Canadian businesses, Return Shipping on Us is a competitive differentiator. Our investment in this service is a potential revenue driver for smaller online sellers who can't afford to offer free returns to their customers.”
PayPal has 184 million active customers, defined as those who have sent or received at least one payment or payment reversal in the past 12 months. Of those 184 million globally, 6.4 million (3.5%) are in Canada, PayPal says.
The returns program also applies to online purchases from international e-commerce sites. 10.7 million Canadians engage in cross-border online shopping, and 38% says free return shipping would make them more likely to buy online from another country, according to PayPal's Cross-Border Consumer Research 2015. Among Canadians who shop from international websites, 25% mentioned that return shipping costs hold them back, while that jumps to about 40% among Canadians who do not buy from international sites, the report states.
PayPal account owners in Canada are eligible for up to 10 refunds on return shipping costs per calendar year, up to $30 Canadian (US$ 23) per claim. The process works like this: Customers, who register with PayPal for the returns program, return the item directly to the seller following the retailer’s instructions, keeping a copy of the return shipping receipt. The customer then submits a refund request via PayPal’s claim portal, adding the purchase and return shipping receipts to the online form before submitting it. A refund of up to $30 will appear in the customer’s PayPal balance within 10 days for approved claims.
PayPal, which absorbs the cost of the returns shipping, offers the returns program in more than 40 countries. In the United States, the offer applies to eligible purchases made with PayPal on or after Feb. 1. PayPal in October started offering the service in the U.S., its largest market, targeting holiday shoppers for purchases made Oct. 13-Jan. 31. PayPal will not disclose how much it has spent on shipping or how many returns it has processed, but millions of PayPal customers have signed up for the returns program, a spokeswoman says.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Alibaba’s annual web sales easily surpass U.S. e-retail sales

Alibaba’s annual web sales easily surpass U.S. e-retail sales

Chinese consumers spent $485 billion on Alibaba’s marketplaces in fiscal 2016, while the e-commerce giant nearly tripled its profits.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. today reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31 and the 12-month period, and the staggering sales and profits leave little doubt that China’s leading e-commerce company continues to prosper despite China’s economic malaise.
Chinese consumers purchased 3.092 trillion yuan ($US485 billion) worth of goods on Alibaba’s online marketplaces in fiscal 2016, principally via Taobao and Tmall, an increase of 27% from 2.444 trillion yuan a year earlier. To put that into perspective, $485 billion is nearly 42% more than the $341.7 billion all U.S. online retailers sold in 2015.
Plus, Alibaba earned net income of $11.056 billion in its just-concluded fiscal year, nearly triple its profits from the prior year, giving the Chinese e-commerce giant more money to spend on acquisitions and other investments. Among many other recent investments, Alibaba last month paid $1 billion to take a controlling stake in Lazada, a company that operates e-retail platforms across Southeast Asia that generated $1 billion in sales, according to Alibaba.
Alibaba’s $11.056 billion in profits is 55% greater than the combined profit in the most recent fiscal year of the world’s largest retailer by sales, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ($4.57 billion in profit), the world’s largest online retailer by web sales, Amazon.com Inc. ($596 million), and North America’s leading online marketplace operator, eBay Inc. ($1.947 billion.)
While most of Alibaba’s revenue and profit comes from the Chinese online shopping portals it operates for Chinese consumers and businesses, international marketplaces accounted for 9% of Alibaba’s revenue in its recent fiscal year. Revenue from its international retail business, primarily AliExpress.com, increased 25% to $342 million, while revenue from its international wholesales business, largely the Alibaba.com business-to-business marketplace, grew 15% to $841 million. Alibaba did not report the value of goods sold on those marketplaces.
Alibaba—like its big China competitors JD.com, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2016 China 500 and Amazon China (No. 4)—are also selling more imported goods to Chinese online shoppers. Alibaba says sales on its Tmall Global marketplace that features overseas products from more than 100 global brands increased 180% in its fiscal fourth quarter over the prior-year period, though it did not disclose the value of those sales.
“Alibaba Group finished the fiscal year on a very strong note,” CEO Daniel Zhang said in a statement accompanying the results. “Our focus on long-term strategic priorities—globalization, rural expansion, building a world-class cloud computing business and creating a comprehensive media and entertainment platform—has laid a strong foundation for future growth.”
The economic slowdown in China does not seem to be having a big impact on Alibaba, Colin Sebastian, e-commerce analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. who follows e-commerce companies, said in a note to clients. “Alibaba's results once again demonstrated the resiliency of secular e-commerce trends and the efficiency of its marketplace model. Highlighted by accelerating revenue growth.”
Consumers purchased $115 billion worth of goods on Alibaba’s Chinese e-commerce sites in the fourth quarter, an increase of 24% from the same quarter a year earlier. A big driver was the increase in active buyers, which reached 423 million in the quarter, up 21% from 350 million a year earlier.
Revenue for the quarter reached 24.181 billion yuan ($3.751 billion), a 39% up from 17.425 billion yuan in the same quarter of 2015.  The company’s revenue grew even faster than purchases on Alibaba’s sites as merchants increased their marketing spend to generate more sales on Taobao and Tmall, according to Alibaba.
Alibaba also reported that more than 100 international brands had joined the Tmall Global and its GMV grew over 180% year-over-year in this quarter. Tmall Global is a subsite of Tmall and mainly help overseas products sell into China.
The fastest-growth business for Alibaba is its cloud computing service AliCloud, whose revenue grew 175% to 1.066 billion yuan ($165 million) in the fourth quarter from 388 million yuan in the same quarter of fiscal 2015. Alibaba said 2.3 million customers, including 500,000 paying customers have started to use AliCloud services.
Alibaba also reported its revenue from its domestic B2B business grew 28% to 1.083 billion yuan revenue ($168 million), while its international B2B revenue jumped 35% to 590 million yuan ($92 million). For more information about Alibaba’s B2B business, please visit B2B news site B2becommerceworld.com.
Alibaba also reported its shipping affiliate Cainiao now can deliver orders the same day they are placed in 13 cities and by the second day in 88 cities. Alibaba also said Cainiao had built 14,000 delivery and service facilities in rural villages.
“For consumers, Alibaba’s marketplace is not just a place for selling, but a fun place to visit,” Mo Daiqing, senior analyst at China E-commerce Research Center, a Chinese research firm, tells Internet Retailer. “People can shop there while exchanging ideas with friends, interacting with merchants and watching entertaining content.”
For the fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31, Alibaba reported:
  • Net revenue was 24.184 billion yuan ($3.751 billion), up 39% up from 17.425 billion yuan in the same quarter of 2015.
  • Net income of 5.314 billion yuan ($824 million), an increase of 85% from 2.869 billion yuan a year ago.
For the 2016 fiscal year ended March 31, Alibaba reported:
  • Net revenue of 101.143 billion yuan ($15.686 million), a 33% increase from 76.204 billion yuan in the prior fiscal year.
  • Net income of 71.289 billion yuan ($11.056 billion), up 193% from 24.320 million yuan in fiscal year of 2015.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Small Business Hosting

The Best Small Business Web Hosting Services for 2016
Does your small business have a website? If not, it's time to build one. Companies without an online presence face an incredibly difficult uphill climb, because we live in a connected world where people discover products and services by searching on the Internet—you don't want to miss that potentially lucrative boat. Sure, creating a business website may take months of painstaking planning, debating, and compromise, but setting up a decent website doesn't have to be painful, provided you have the proper tools. And the most important tool is the right Web hosting service.
The Small Business Hosting Basics
If you aren't familiar with Web hosting, here's a simple explanation. A Web host is a company that has servers that you'll use to store and deliver the audio, video, documents, and other files that make up your website and its content. These servers can be of the shared, dedicated, or virtual varieties. If you want to learn more about those hosting types, please visit the highlighted links that are sprinkled throughout this article for primers on each of them.
There are dozens upon dozens of Web hosting services clamoring for your dollar, including super-popular services (such as GoDaddy) and the lesser-known offerings (such as such as SiteGround). Large businesses can spend hundreds and (sometimes thousands!) of dollars each year on dedicated hosting or virtual private server (VPS) hosting, the two categories we're focusing on for small businesses with website needs.
One thing we learned while reviewing Web hosting services is that reading the fine print is a must, especially if you are concerned about keeping prices low. Many Web hosts have several increasingly expensive tiers, with introductory features in starter packages and more robust offerings in higher-priced plans. We recommend a healthy course of comparison-shopping before pulling out a credit card; you'll want to sign up with a service that has the features that best align with your website-building goals.
Small Business Hosting Prices
If you're a small business owner, you're going to want to run with either dedicated or VPS hosting. A dedicated server will likely cost you more than $100 per month; it's definitely not cheap web hosting. The benefit? Your website lives on a server all by its lonesome, so it takes advantage of the server's full resources. You'll probably need to handle firewalls and maintenance yourself, however, unless you opt for a managed server, which costs even more money.
If you want to save some cash, VPS hosting is generally a sufficient—and more wallet-friendly—option. VPS hosting falls midway between shared and dedicated hosting. By building your website in a VPS environment, you won't share resources with the other sites that live on the same server, the way you would with shared hosting. In fact, your site lives in a partitioned server area that has its own operating system, storage, RAM, and monthly data transfers, so you can expect smoother, more-stable site performance. You can get solid VPS hosting for approximately $20 to $30 per month.
Don't be swayed by the big fonts touting the monthly fee: Make sure that a particular pricing tier actually offers what you need. Some hosts charge extra for access to website builders that can help you design your site. Other hosts require you to commit to a three-year hosting agreement in order to get that low per-month price. Or the price is an introductory one, and after a month, you will revert to a higher price. Until you know what features you need and how quickly you plan to grow, you might not want to commit to annual plans.
The Features You Need
When you begin shopping for a site, it's good to have a list of the features you need. For example, you'll want a Web host that offers unlimited monthly data transfers and email, a choice of solid-state or traditional hard drive storage, and 24/7 customer support. Even the server's operating system selection is important; Windows-based servers offer an environment to run scripts written in a Microsoft-centric framework, though Linux-based servers are also available (and more commonplace).
Please note that if you're planning on selling a product, look for a Web host that offers a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate, because it encrypts the data between the customer's browser and Web host to safeguard purchasing information. You're probably familiar with SSL; it's the green padlock that appears in your Web browser's address bar as you visit an online financial institution or retail outlet. A few companies toss in a SSL certificate free of charge; others may charge you $100 for that extra layer of security.
Uptime's Importance
All the aforementioned features are valuable parts of the Web hosting experience, but none matches the importance of site uptime. If your site is down, clients or customers will be unable to find you or access your products or services.
To test this important aspect of hosting, we include uptime monitoring as part of our review process, and the results show that most Web hosts do an excellent job of keeping sites up and running. Sites with uptime problems aren't eligible for high scores. All services suffer ups and downs, sometimes for reasons beyond their control. Those sites that fail to quickly address the problem are penalized accordingly.
Are You Ready to Get Started?
PCMag understands that no two businesses have the same Web hosting requirements, so we've rounded up our best-reviewed Web hosting companies for small businesses and detailed their offerings in the table above so that you can get a jump-start on picking a service. If an offering catches your eye, make sure to click the appropriate link from the capsules below to read the in-depth review of the service in question.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Moose McClintock

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Moose McClintock: Honoring a Legend

Story and photos by Joe Berkeley
Moose McClintock was agitated. As the Newport (RI) Laser Fleet’s regular race committee, Moose was told the powerboat his volunteer used to move marks was broken so he would have to make do with a nine-foot inflatable that in his words, “would barely fit a mark in it.” Then smart sailors at the skipper’s meeting were asking stupid questions, like when world champion Peter Shope queried, “Moose, what’s a triangle course?”
IMG_8699But the big reveal came when fleet co-captain Jack McVicker pulled up behind Moose towing the new rigid bottom inflatable, that was donated to Sail Newport by Laser Fleet 413 and named “Moose” as a tribute to one of Newport’s greatest sailors, mentors, and race committee members.
Moose McClintock knows his way around a race course. He has won six J24 World Championships, three J24 North American Championships, three J24 National Championships, a J-22 world championships, a Swan World Championship, and competed in several America’s Cups. This list goes on and on.
But if the man with the gruff exterior has a soft spot in his heart for one boat, it is the least expensive and most competitive, the Laser. Moose said, “I’m part of the Laser generation. It’s the greatest boat of all time. I remember the first race of the first Laser world championships in 1974. I rounded the first mark in first place and there were 100 boats behind me.”
Dave Moffet, who has been with fleet 413 since the beginning, said, “Moose has a sailing record, both professional and amateur, matched by few in the world but on Sunday afternoons in the middle of winter that didn’t matter. What mattered is that as a competitor he was always out there raising the game for the rest of us. Moose now continues to raise our game by running the best RC and pushing us to do one more race when we can no longer feel our hands.”
Stuart Streuli, a fleet 413 member concurred. He said, “Moose was a longtime fleet regular when I started frostbiting more than a decade ago. He was one of the guys that helped define the fleet’s great blend of competitive fire and camaraderie, and he was always willing to help out newer fleet members. When he started sailing less and doing more race committee more (due to a back injury), he brought that same passion to the signal boat and raised the bar for how the fleet runs its races.”
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Fleet 413 member Ed Adams, the two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and former Laser Master world champion, noted that for many years, Moose was the strongest person he had ever met. He remembers meeting Moose at URI when he was a freshman. He said, “At my first practice at URI, I made the mistake of trying to cut inside Moose at the leeward mark, after he had told me not to try. He reached out with his left hand, grabbed my bow, stood up in his boat, and actually lifted my entire boat into the air, flipping it bow over stern, on top of me. I steered clear of him the rest of my freshman year.”
Moose has a passion for sailing. Ken Legler, who was on the URI sailing team with Moose said, “I remember when Moose and his roommate challenged each other to a flaming shots contest one weekday morning. His roommate, all of 150 pounds, passed out but not Moose. My roommate, Jay, and I tried to get to practice without him but he lied down on the hood of the car so we had no choice. He rigged and launched his Beverly Dinghy, immediately half swamped it, and pin balled off every moored boat on Salt Pond on the way to the race course for another memorable day of practicing with Moose.”
Brad Read, the executive director of Sail Newport, who won a J/24 world championship with Moose onboard, said, “I’ve always looked up to him as a mentor. He taught us how to win.” Read also noted another unique Moose skill. “I have never seen anyone who can look at a tangle of line in the cockpit and pick that ball of line up, look at it for three seconds, and completely untangle it.”
Gary Jobson, who won the America’s Cup, said, “I have raced with and against Moose many times over the past 40 plus years. He is a very focused, competitive sailor. He can also seem stoic. In one match race, we were in a tough battle. Moose was our jib trimmer. When our arch rival jumped the gun, I had to smile when Moose uttered, “ALRIGHT!” He’s human, like the rest of us, I thought with a smile.”
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Ken Read is quite busy as the President of North Sails. But when asked for a quote about Moose, he responds immediately. “Moose McClintock is one of the key people I owe my career to. Not only as a friend but as a mentor. He and I sailed a million times back in our successful J/24 days. What did I learn from Moose? A lot I can’t talk about…and a ton about winning and improving. We could win a race by half a leg and he would self critique every second of the race. ‘Never be satisfied, you can always improve.’ Thanks, Moose.”
Bill MacGowan has a business in Newport that creates stunning graphics for some of the most important yachts in the world, like Rambler. When he received the call to create the name and the graphics for the Moose boat, he dropped what he was doing and donated his services. He said, “I’ve known Moose since I moved to Newport 30 years ago. He’s been a fixture on the water, a great sailor, and he’s still out there making it happen for the Laser sailors and that’s awesome.”
At the dedication ceremony, host Mark Bear, a professor at MIT who has finished on the podium at the Laser Master Worlds twice, said, “How do you thank someone like this, the person who gives up his Sundays to freeze his tail off so we can have fun in our Lasers? If it were college basketball, we might name the court for him. If it is sailing, we might name a boat for him. So after due consideration, the fleet elders – in particular our leaders Jack McVicker and Peter Shope – rejected the idea of naming the new RIB “Boaty McBoatface” and instead have christened her “Moose” in honor of the guy who has given us so much.”
Joe Berkeley, a member of Fleet 413, is a professional writer and an amateur sailor. His work is atjoeberkeley.com
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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Malware Posing as Legitimate Apps

Malware Posing as Legitimate Apps on Google Play, Security Firm Warns



Android security
PhishLabs says it has discovered 11 malicious apps posing as popular payment apps on Google's official Android application store.
The people most at risk of downloading Android malware on their mobile devices are those who install apps from unofficial third-party mobile application stores. But that doesn't mean that those who download apps from Google's official Google Play store are completely immune to malicious software.PhishLabs, a company that provides anti-phishing services, this week said it has discovered 11 malicious applications disguised as mobile apps for popular online payment services on Google Play since the beginning of this year.The applications purport to give users access to their online payment accounts from their mobile devices, PhishLabs security analyst Joshua Shilko said in a blog post this week. But in reality, the only functionality the apps have is to collect the user's logon credentials and personal data and to send that to a remote command and control server belonging to the malware authors, Shilko said.PhishLabs did not identify the 11 payment brands whose apps were spoofed and uploaded to Google Play. According to Shilko, 10 of the companies whose customers are being targeted by the malicious apps provide links in their Websites directly to their mobile applications. One of the companies being targeted explicitly notes on its Website that it has no mobile application, he added. All of the apps appear to have been developed by the same malware author or authors.
 
Android owners who mistakenly download and use the fake apps are presented with a Web page designed to look and act like the real brand's Web page. Any logon credentials a user supplies to the fake app are immediately sent to the attacker.

The phishing apps then present the user with more forms seeking additional information such as the answers the user might have supplied to the apps' security questions. Once the malware has collected and sent all the information, it presents the user with an error message claiming that either the username and password combination was wrong or some other similar error.Google did not respond to a message seeking information on how the same attackers might have managed to upload 11 malicious apps to its Google Play store since the beginning of January.Google, which used to have relatively little controls for checking the security of applications loaded to its Android app store, these days reviews all submissions using a combination of manual and automated security testing processes.But the presence of the malicious payment apps in Google Play suggests more work needs to be done in this regard, Shilko said. All of the malicious applications that PhishLabs identified went through Google's security review process. The fact that none was identified as malware, despite some obvious red flags, raises questions about the effectiveness of Google's security review processes, he said.In separate comments to eWEEK, Shilko said PhishLabs has been communicating with Google regularly regarding each application as it is detected. "We also communicate with the registrars and hosting providers whose infrastructure is being utilized for the related phishing content," he said. "At of the time of publication, all of the applications referenced in the post had been removed except for one."

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