Posts in Category: industry

A Printf’s Chink in the Door

There is a rich history of programming exploitation which makes use of the insecurity of the C memory model. To counteract the threats of memory corruption attacks, several techniques have been implemented. The problem still remains though, and since the programmer is responsible for making all the checks, even the most restrictive protection schemes have their limitations.

Radu is a Junior C/C++ software engineer on the Hubgets Core team. Since memory corruption attacks are something every programmer should be aware of, he came up with the idea of writing the current article, where he explains how some of these memory corruption attacks may happen, indicating a set of solutions that are presently applied to prevent them. You’ll also find a series of tips on how, under specific circumstances, one can use printf to inject instructions even under stiff security constraints.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Using Selenium for Testing Dynamically Generated Pages

As a member of the SQA Automation team, Marian’s job is to investigate an application that is constantly under development. Most of the time, this implies testing dynamically generated elements.

Due to his experience in using Selenium WebDriver and WebDriverWait for testing such apps, Marian decided to detail how these two solutions simplify testing, hoping that it would help other SQA automation software engineers in their job.

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Closures in JavaScript

Vladut, once our intern now a permanent member of our software engineering team, wanted to share his experience on closures in JavaScript in the hope that it would help other developers understand them better. This article is the first in a series dedicated to use cases of various programming problems, concepts, and methods.

Closures are powerful JavaScript tools that many developers tend to ignore. Understanding closures may seem difficult at first, but it’s all about the principles behind them.

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Cloud Set To Massively Transform The Way We Work

The beginning of every year is marked by predictions and attempts at assessing the future. 2016 is no different, and this time we’re taking a close look at how our digital lives will improve in the upcoming years.

An infographic from Raconteur ranks the top 10 drivers leading to digital transformation for businesses, pointing out the factors with the greatest influence on the way we’ll work in the years to come. The global tech forecast anticipates a massive expansion of digital technologies among businesses of all sizes.

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A Match Made in Heaven – Why Call Centers and UC Go Hand in Hand

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Metaphorically speaking, Unified Communications (UC) solution vendors walk around carrying a long list of benefits for service providers who want to offer UC services for SMBs and other organizations (i.e. upgrade their business communication channels). The are many reasons and truth is this crusade against old technology is very justified. Any way you look at it, UC services, especially when hosted in the Cloud, knock the socks off any legacy phone network.

A call center is, in and of itself, a network of phones. Much of UC’s functionality actually originated in call centers. The only difference is that unifying these features enables Service Providers (SP) to take better advantage of resources with the end goal of increasing productivity and improving the customer service. So what better business to target with UC if not contact centers? And although every feature counts, it’s those that touch the customer directly that weigh the most

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Girls Today Are More Interested in STEM Careers Than Boys Are

What did you want to become when you were a child? A doctor? A ballerina? An engineer? An astronaut? As we reach adulthood, few of us land a dream job. But if a recent survey is any indication, the next generation will be filled with scientists and engineers. And we have girls to thank for that.

STEM (previously SMET) is an acronym that refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s a pool of careers where you’re likely to find more men than women, but according to data unearthed by Fatherly, things are about to change really soon

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UC&C Is Headed to the Cloud

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Success in business depends as much on innovation as it does on adaptability, strategy, marketing, and of course solid investments. The evidence in favor of digital investments as a key driver is overwhelming. In the not too distant future, a company’s communication and collaboration efforts will be inherently reliant on cloud technology. And the reason is simple: everybody’s doing it, and he who doesn’t falls behind in reach, discoverability, customer satisfaction and many other areas that make or break a business.

Fierce competition, but also the always-on nature of cloud solutions, forcefully dictate the need to incorporate technology as a business strategy. Research conducted by IDG Enterprise gives us a bird’s eye view of the direction of spending, areas of investment and drivers, with a focus on the communication tools employed (or soon-to-be-employed) at large companies

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Research Shows How Our Computer Mice Are Betraying Our Feelings

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A friendly interface goes a long way, but building software with the entire User Experience (UX) in mind helps achieve a more straightforward path to the ultimate goal of usability. Researchers at Brigham Young University want to open a new chapter in UX by determining exactly what people are feeling when they are sitting in front of their computers – all through mouse movement interpretation.

The research, Inferring Negative Emotion from Mouse Cursor Movements, reveals how “attention control theory” can leverage our trusty point-and-click devices as real-time indicators of negative emotions. When people experience anger or frustration

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UC Mobility – An Opportunity to Tap Today

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Calculating the true size of the Unified Communications & Collaboration (UC&C) market has never been easy as many organizations are still operating a multi-vendor mix of communication and collaboration solutions, and so the data is scattered all over the place. However, there is one key area of UC&C that has shown steady growth over the years, and it’s poised to grow even more in the coming years.

IDC forecasts that UC&C services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are set to rise from $7.7 billion in 2012 to $11.7 billion in 2016, but more importantly that the main driver for this growth is mobile UC. Most other think tanks agree that mobility is arguably the fastest-growing component of UC&C. IDC, for its part, has calculated a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32% per year. However, the mobile UC ecosystem is still a fountain that sits largely untapped

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