One of the many classes I teach is CMWEB 270 – Web Application Security. I thought it might be helpful to readers to review a couple of the tools one can use to automatically scan for website vulnerabilities. I consider it good practice to use a number of tools. Obviously, I recommend only using these tools on your own websites. Patch any vulnerabilities you discover. Two introductory tools are Tenable Nessus and Subgraph Vega. Yes, there are many other tools available, I focus on these because they have a significant amount of documentation and are relatively easy to use. Let’s look at each tool in a little more detail. Read more »
Fixel is an iOS app from Adobe Labs which runs on either iPad or iPhone. Sorry, no Android capabilities. Many thanks to my colleague, Matt Clasener, for making me aware of this app. Essentially, it allows you to clean up your images (remove unwanted litter from a photo, for example). The logo is shown below.
When you open the app for the first time, you are presented with a short tutorial. A screen capture of the gestures is shown below.
Essentially, you highlight the part of the image that you want to “clean up” and Fixel does the rest. I thought the easiest approach would be to show you a short video covering the fundamentals of this tool.
What experience do you have with this app? How might you use it? As always, I look forward to your comments.
I recently became aware of an interesting app from Adobe Labs – PaintCan.
Many thanks to Tom Green for making me aware of this iOS app (sorry, no Android version). For those of us with limited graphical talent, we can now paint using just our fingertip. We can work with part (or all) of an image and apply brush strokes. There are a number of examples provided and a variety of presets. Read more »
Augmented reality is a concept which has fascinated me since I first learned about it a number of years ago. I was recently exposed to Aurasma by a colleague. This is an app which runs on iPhone and Android devices and allows you to scan an image to display additional information (typically a video). There is a corresponding Aurasma Studio you can use to create the appropriate linkages for your content. You create an aura. This is similar to a QR (Quick Response) code in many aspects, except that the code can be any image (or a physical location). So, how does all this work? Read more »
This may come as a surprise to readers of this blog, but I do like to stay on top of technology. Recently, Amazon unveiled the Echo. Of course, I had to try one out. What is it? Good question. Think intelligent radio (on steroids). You interact with the device almost entirely via voice. Yes, there is an app for your smart phone or tablet. However, the majority of time you talk to the computer. It arrived on January 23, 2015 and it took all of 15 minutes to set it up and have it working. This included 25 sentences of voice training. Let’s take a look at the device as well as the app. Read more »
- Your first WatchApp (using the C language) – I found this to be an excellent starting point.
- Your first WatchFace (again using C) – This was a continuation and includes the use of images.
Given that many readers of this blog may be interested in this book but may not have ready access to the Choice Magazine website, I thought it appropriate to paste a copy of my review here. As always, I look forward to your comments.