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Spigot Inc Warns: Be Weary of Tech Support Notifications

Microsoft warned you, and Spigot Inc wants to ensure that you are aware of these tech support scams. Check out this article from ZDnet below.

Tech-support scammers are testing new phone-call prompts to trick unsuspecting users into calling a bogus hotline, says Microsoft.

The prompts are just the latest innovation developed by fraudsters to dupe users into paying for fake support for non-existent issues, according to Microsoft’s Windows Defender Research team.

Tech-support scams are all about deception and trickery, such as fake Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) warnings and other browser pop-ups with fake security warnings that invariably aim to convince users to call a hotline and pay to fix a contrived security problem.

Scams often try to get victims to provide the operator with remote access using tools like LogMeIn Rescue and TeamViewer to improve the chances of victims feeling they need to pay for a fix.

It’s a lucrative business for the scammers, some of whom have been caught in recent crackdowns by the Federal Trade Commission.

One tech-support scam outfit was ordered to pay $10m in refunds earlier this year for an operation that was said to have conned $120m from consumers between 2012 and 2014.

The methods of reaching potential victims have evolved from cold-calling to newer fake ads from well-known tech brands, and even phishing-like email with links to a fake tech-support site.

Website-based attacks often use JavaScript to lock users to a series of dialog boxes that display a security alert and hotline number.

Microsoft and Google have rolled out features in their respective browsers to address these intrusive dialog boxes. Edge, for example, allows users to close the browser even when there is an active dialogue box.

See also: What is phishing? How to protect yourself from scam emails and more

Tech-support scam sites have responded to these new browser defenses. Microsoft recently discovered one bogus tech-support site that does away with JavaScript dialog boxes and instead uses a snippet of JavaScript that causes a smartphone’s phone app or other communications apps, like Viber, on a PC to call the fake hotline. The code automatically opens the calling app with the hotline number pre-filled.

A victim would still need to press call but the technique allows scammers to use simpler communications, such as, “We’re here to help” rather than legit-looking system warnings.

As noted by Microsoft, the scam site is targeting both Apple and Microsoft users and caters to users of desktops and smartphones.

Instead of scary dialog boxes, the site Microsoft found plays an audio message to warn users about a supposed “critical alert from Apple support”. The message reads:

Critical alert from Apple support. Your mac has alerted us that your system is infected with viruses, spywares, and pornwares. These viruses are sending your credit card details, Facebook logins, and personal emails to hackers remotely. Please call us immediately on the toll-free number listed so that our support engineers can walk you through the removal process over the phone. If you close this window before calling us, we will be forced to disable and suspend your Mac device to prevent further damage to our network. Error number 268D3.”

Microsoft believes the tech-support scam site is being sold as a service on cybercrime forums.

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Tech-support scams add click-to-call and drop-down dialogue boxes.Image: Microsoft

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Spigot Inc Shares IAB Results: Digital Ad Spend Reaches Record Breaking Year

Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) announced today that digital advertising revenues in the United States for the first half of 2017 surged to an all-time high of $40.1 billion, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report released by the industry trade group and prepared by PwC US. This represents a 23 percent year-over-year rise from the $32.7 billion reported during the same timeframe in 2016.

“Now, anyone with a good idea and a credit card can capture the attention of their customers directly, and this in turn represents an enormous growth opportunity for both marketers and publishers alike to help make these connections.”

Mobile captured 54 percent of total digital ad revenues—maintaining its status as the web’s leading ad format. Advertisers spent $21.7 billion on mobile during the first six months of 2017, a 40 percent increase from $15.5 billion in half-year 2016 and far surpassing the $8.2 billion reported just two years ago in HY 2015.

In an addendum to the report, IAB analysis shows that of the roughly 9 million small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S., 75 percent or more have spent money on advertising. Of these, 80 percent have used self-service platforms and 15 percent have leveraged programmatic advertising. These findings point to significant ad spend going to publishers with these capabilities, and presents a growth opportunity for those that can add self-service and programmatic geared to these businesses into the mix.

Other highlights from the report include:

  • Total digital video, including mobile and desktop, rose to $5.2 billion in HY 2017, up 36% from $3.8 billion in HY 2016
  • Video on mobile overtook video on display for the first time, with mobile video reaching $2.6 billion in HY 2017, compared with display video, which was just shy of that same figure
  • Total social media advertising, including mobile and desktop, brought in revenues of $ $9.5 billion in HY 2017, a 37% upswing over $7 billion in HY 2016
  • Total digital audio advertising, including mobile and desktop, generated $603 million in HY 2017, a 42% increase over HY 2016’s revenue of $425 million

“Being nimble and accessible are hallmarks of the new digital economy,” said Randall Rothenberg, CEO, IAB. “Now, anyone with a good idea and a credit card can capture the attention of their customers directly, and this in turn represents an enormous growth opportunity for both marketers and publishers alike to help make these connections.”

“We’ve seen digital marketing revenues climb steadily and this new analysis shows that there are more opportunities to be mined,” said Chris Kuist, Senior Vice President, Research and Impact, IAB. “Varied audiences and advertising approaches can appeal to a wide variety of marketers in different shapes and sizes, bringing more dollars into the ecosystem and increasing the health of the interactive marketplace for all.”

“We should no longer think of the internet as mobile versus desktop,” said David Silverman, Partner, PwC US. “Advertisers are simply following consumers, who live their lives online—whether on a smartphone during a commute, on a desktop at work, or on a tablet for entertainment in the evening. Digital is an intrinsic part of every American’s day.”

Historical Half-Year Revenue Growth (in millions)

Year Revenue % Growth
HY 17 $40,138 22%
HY 16 $32,739 19%
HY 15 $27,481 19%
HY 14 $23,091 15%
HY 13 $20,066 18%
HY 12 $17,028 14%
HY 11 $14,941 23%
HY 10 $12,127 11%
HY 09 $10,900 -5%
HY 08 $11,510 15%
HY 07 $9,993 26%
HY 06 $7,909 37%
HY 05 $5,787 26%
HY 04 $4,599 40%
HY 03 $3,292 11%
HY 02 $2,978 -20%
HY 01 $3,720 -7%
HY 00 $4,013 147%
HY 99 $1,627 110%
HY 98 $774 125%
HY 97 $344 320%
HY 96 $82

Comparison of Half-Year Revenue Growth (in millions)

Desktop and Mobile Half Year 2017 Half Year 2016
% $ % $
Search 47.7% $19,134 49.4% $16,160
Banner 30.8% $12,361 30.1% $9,862
Sponsorships 1.0% $387 0.9% $301
Rich media 2.8% $1,129 2.7% $875
Ad banners / display ads 27.0% $10,844 26.5% $8,686
Digital Video Commercials 13.0% $5,202 11.7% $3,832
Other 8.6% $3,438 8.8% $2,883
Classifieds and Directories 3.8% $1,524 3.8% $1,248
Lead Generation 3.2% $1,268 3.6% $1,184
Audio 1.5% $603 1.3% $425
Other 0.1% $42 0.1% $25
Total 100.0% $40,138 100.0% $32,739

Comparison of Revenue Models (in millions)

Format Type Half Year 2017 Half Year 2016
% $ % $
Impression-based 33.4% $13,404 33.9% $11,112
Performance-based 64.9% $26,042 64.6% $21,158
Hybrid 1.7% $691 1.4% $469
Total 100.0% $40,138 100.0% $32,739

IAB sponsors the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, which is conducted independently by the New Media Group of PwC. The results are considered a reasonable measurement of interactive advertising revenues because the data is compiled directly from information supplied by companies selling advertising on the internet. The survey includes data concerning online advertising revenues from web sites, commercial online services, free email providers, and all other companies selling online advertising.

The full report is issued twice yearly for full and half-year data, and top-line quarterly estimates are issued for the first and third quarters. PwC does not audit the information and provides no opinion or other form of assurance with respect to the information. The current report and addendum, and past reports are available at www.iab.com/adrevenuereport.

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Say Goodbye to Bad Ads

Google has committed to February 15, 2018 to launch their built in ad blocker on Chrome. They also announced the Better Ads Experience Program, which will provide guidelines to those using the Better Ads Standards, improving the user experience. Continue reading the announcement from VentureBeat below.

In June, Google revealed that Chrome will stop showing all ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that display non-compliant ads “starting in early 2018.” Now the company has committed to a date: Chrome’s built-in ad-blocker will start working on February 15, 2018.

Interestingly, this date does not appear to be tied to a specific Chrome version. Chrome 64 is currently scheduled to arrive on January 23 and Chrome 65 is slated to launch on March 6, suggesting Google will be turning on its browser’s ad blocker remotely, and possibly gradually for select users.

Google this year joined the Coalition for Better Ads, a group that offers specific standards for how the industry should improve ads for consumers — full-page ad interstitials, ads that unexpectedly play sound, and flashing ads are all banned. Yesterday, the coalition announced the Better Ads Experience Program, which provides guidelines for companies using the Better Ads Standards to improve users’ experience with online ads.

In addition to the date, Google today also shared how sites affected by Chrome’s ad blocker will be able to get back into the browser’s good graces:

Violations of the Standards are reported to sites via the Ad Experience Report, and site owners can submit their site for re-review once the violations have been fixed. Starting on February 15, in line with the Coalition’s guidelines, Chrome will remove all ads from sites that have a “failing” status in the Ad Experience Report for more than 30 days. All of this information can be found in the Ad Experience Report Help Center, and our product forums are available to help address any questions or feedback.

The Ad Experience Report tool provides screenshots and videos of annoying ad experiences to help sites find and fix issues. For a full list of ads to use instead, Google offers a best practices guide.

Google’s strategy is simple: Use Chrome to cut off ad revenue from websites that serve low-quality ads, as determined by the aforementioned standards. To be clear, a single ad violating the Standard isn’t enough for Google to consider a publisher to be “failing,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. Chrome will adhere to thresholds set by the coalition:

Assessment of participating companies’ compliance conducted in connection with the Program will be based on measureable, empirical thresholds that establish the frequency of display of ad experiences that do not comply with the Standards. In the initial phase of the Program’s operation, the threshold for non-compliance for web sites will be measured according to the following percentages of page views assessed:

  • 7.5% in the first two months following the Effective Date of the Program
  • 5% in the ensuing four months
  • 2.5% in the months thereafter

A single violation may result in a warning from the Ad Experience Report. If there are multiple, unfixed violations, Chrome will block all ads on the site in question.

The hope is that Chrome’s built-in ad blocker will stymie the usage of other third-party ad blockers that block all ads outright. Google has noted in the past that ad blockers that do not discriminate hurt publishers that create free content (like VentureBeat) and threaten “the sustainability of the web ecosystem.” Despite the fact that Google makes the vast majority of its revenue from ads, the company sees its selective ad blocker as the natural evolution of pop-up blockers.

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Is Your Office Using these 5 Workplace Tech Tools?

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Throughout the ages, business leaders have searched for the right formula to get the best work out of their employees, trying every which way to inspire teamwork. And it has certainly been a process.

Here’s a little history lesson: The first modern offices were built in the early 1900s, and most of them were designed with an open floor plan, which allowed business owners to pack in as many workers as they possibly could. One can only imagine how loud and distracting that must have been.

Well, employers took note and around the mid-1950s, cubicles were introduced to help workers actually focus and get their work done. This had the unfortunate side effect of isolation and loss of morale (if you haven’t lived through that, watch the movie Office Space).

After the explosion of Silicon Valley, circa 2011, business leaders began to see the real value in collaboration, so open workspaces became the “in” thing to have because of the way they allowed individuals to work from a variety of stations, while easily accessible to their teammates.

Now we are welcoming a new age of collaboration and let’s just say that it doesn’t have to do with creating a fancier physical location.

Between the rapid expansion of global businesses and the rise of the telecommuting worker, many teams are spread out over numerous locations and time zones, challenging leaders to find more innovative ways to stay collaborative between offices. New technologies are constantly being innovated to accommodate the dispersed workforce and teams are using them in wonderfully creative ways.

Here are some practices that your office may want to steal in 2018:

1. Have a face-to-face whenever possible

Most of the time, telephone conference calls are a waste of time because they set everyone up for failure. Participants on the call can’t be seen, so they either talk over each other or become completely disengaged, causing everyone to dread the weekly “all-hands.”

Virtual reality is soon to be a very real solution to this mainstream problem. In fact, MiddleVR has already developed a VR software in which users of different locations can upload models of their products and meet in the same “room” to discuss.

“If a company wants to see the CAD model in reality before making a prototype, they can import the CAD 3-D model into our software. As they put on the VR headset, they can see the product in real size,” according to Hanna Burdorf, Shanghai manager at MiddleVR.

This kind of technology is certainly next-level stuff, but if you aren’t ready to splurge on VR for your next conference call, you can always opt for the good-old video chat to keep your teammates engaged.

“Our agency moved away from phone to video conferencing, which allows you to not only see facial expressions, but also whether someone is simply present at all,” said Curtis Sparrer of Bospar. “There’s no need to call attendance when you can see the faces in a virtual room, and it enables you to see who wants to talk next so there are not as many interruptions as on a call.”

Video conferences are definitely more personal and you may want to go the extra mile by making every call a face-to-face. You can always do this with Skype or Zoom, but if you want a more seamless user experience, you might want to spring for a video phone system. This way, every call is an in-person interaction.

2. Brainstorm in a new way

While we’re on the subject of company meetings, let’s talk about the crucial visuals needed to support ideas. If you’re using Zoom, presenters can share their screens to show PowerPoints or product designs, but what about when you’re brainstorming ideas in real-time and need something a little more collaborative?

Back in the day when everyone was in the same place, dry-erase whiteboards were in nearly every office. Turns out, this old standby has just gotten a technology makeover.

The G-Suite Team at Google has recently released a virtual whiteboard called Jamboard. The TV-like screen looks like a regular whiteboard, but each Jamboard can be connected so that people in different offices can draw on the same board during brainstorming sessions.

The next time someone in a different location schedules a “whiteboarding session,” you can graciously accept from wherever you are.

3. Capitalize on today’s communication trends

As we’ve seen with online marketing, video content is winning the game. According to Hubspot, 43 percent of people want to see more video from marketers and 51.9 percent of marketers cite video as the content with the best ROI. This trend can be applied to maximizing your email correspondence too.

There are new tools out there like Vidyard that allow you to create little video messages and email them to your colleagues for a more personal touch. Unlike text messages, videos also provide tone and context; if you’ve ever had a misunderstanding (or argument) over email unnecessarily, you know how valuable those things are.

4. Categorize your conversations

When it comes to communicating company-wide about projects in the works, Slack seems to be a go-to for keeping everyone on the same page through shared communication. However, it is very important that this tool is being used to make messaging efficient so no one gets lost.

“We use Slack very extensively—we have over 100 channels,” said Cody Nailor, PR associate for Museum Hack. “These various channels help us group and categorize conversations and information which allows us to not only cut down on emails (we send an average of 1000 messages a day!), but to help build up a knowledge base.”

5. Create a culture of gamification

Earlier this year, Walmart announced that the company will soon be using virtual reality to train employees, which is sure to add a little high-tech fun to the company culture. But you don’t need the big bucks to gamify your everyday processes when you can use the tech you have to work in a little fun.

Harvey Health, for example, hosts a weekly “Trivia Time” on Slack. Every Friday, one of the company’s co-founders post a question and everyone submits their answers; the winner receives $5 worth of Bitcoin. “It’s a very small and inexpensive ritual, but people love it,” said company co-founder, Mike Townsend. “It’s a nice way to unwind, be silly and connect with coworkers before the weekend about something fun and not work-related.”

Not only does gamification boost morale and allow coworkers to get to know each other, company leaders can actually learn a lot from techy, teambuilding tactics.

Case in point, Bynder recently launched a “Remote Week” for its employees. They were encouraged to work from their favorite locations, using a handful of technologies like Bynder, Slack, Asana and Google Drive, to collaborate.

“What we found was pretty interesting,” said Bynder’s CEO, Chris Hall. “Many of our employees saw their focus and productivity increase working from remote locations.”

What a novel concept. When employees are relaxed, comfortable and enjoy their surroundings, they may just do their best work—so long as they have strong leadership and access to the right technology.

We’ve definitely come a long way since the old cubicle days, haven’t we?

Full article found on AdWeek.

Three Little Birds Delivered Breakfast… in a Food Truck!

biscuits and gravyWhat a great way to end the week… biscuits and gravy on a Friday morning? Yes, PLEASE! Spigot Inc had a the Three Little Birds food truck swing in for a delicious breakfast. If you are interested in catching them on their next flight, check out the calendar and swoop in.

Food trucks are definitely one of our reoccurring catered lunches at Spigot Inc, but this was the first breakfast truck. Everyone at Spigot Inc was super impressed and enjoyed this tasty way to kick off our weekend.

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Spigot Inc Shares: Net Neutrality Laws are Ending

The internet as we know it is about to change. Spigot Inc shares the latest from Adweek regarding Net neutrality laws.

Navigating the internet is about to get a lot thornier for tech companies and marketers.

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to break apart net neutrality laws, which were enacted in 2015 under the Obama administration and require internet service providers to treat web traffic equally.

Without net neutrality, service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T could either block certain websites or charge consumers to access content, granting companies the ability to basically outbid each other for access to the internet. By nixing the net neutrality rules, the FCC will no longer police high-speed internet delivery like a utility. Instead, these service providers can create “fast lanes” for companies that pay money to deliver content faster.

While opponents have pointed out that net neutrality opens up the internet and makes digital information free, the FCC’s chairman Ajit Pai argued today before the vote that killing net neutrality will help service providers differentiate their products, which in theory could give consumers more choice over their internet packages.

“We are helping consumers and promoting competition,” Pai said. “Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas.”

From increased ad prices to less competition, marketers and brands worry that nixing net neutrality will unleash a number of problems and headaches around standards. Joshua Lowcock, U.S. evp and chief digital officer at UM, told Adweek recently that viewability metrics—a standard over which marketers have agonized for years—could be wiped out.

“It’s going to fundamentally change the way (marketers) can approach digital media, the ROI they can extract for it and even what partners they should be looking to and considering,” he said.

In response to today’s ruling, Netflix, Vimeo and AT&T responded to the new ruling on Twitter, as did Reddit’s co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Amazon’s chief technology officer Werner Vogels.

Read full article on Adweek

 

The Rollin’ Raw Bar Returns to Spigot Inc

Spigot Inc had an amazing raw lunch again today from the Rollin’ Raw Bar food truck.  Everything from some of the best raw oysters we have ever had as well as the freshest tuna poke that has ever melted our Spigot Inc taste buds. If raw isn’t for you, the Asian tacos were a good choice. Presentation was on point as well. Spigot Inc will be Rollin’ Raw again soon!

 

Top Google Searches for 2017

There are few metrics in the world that offer as much insight into our society as Google’s annual “Year in Search.” More than any of the other year-end download and streaming roundups, Google’s offers a clear snapshot of the things that captured our imaginations and baffled us during what felt like a particularly turbulent year.

Here in the U.S., the top overall searches cover a pretty wide range of the human experience, running the gamut from natural phenomenon, to sports, to human tragedy, to the sexual misconduct allegations that have been echoing across a wide range of industries in recent months.

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey took the first and eighth spots in the Top 10, and August’s much-hyped solar eclipse came in at No. 7. The October shooting in Las Vegas that ended in 59 deaths was the No. 5 search. Musician Tom Petty was both the top search in celebrity deaths and No. 3 overall, while former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who took his own life in a prison cell in April, was No. 9.

The Super Bowl and the Mayweather/McGregor fight landed at four and five, respectively, and the fidget spinners that briefly caught our short attention spans this year hit No. 10. Former NBC anchor Matt Lauer hit No. 2 overall and was the top person search in general. A number of other subjects of sexual misconduct allegations also made the Top 10 people list, including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Bill O’Reilly.

Apple had the strongest showing in Consumer Tech, with the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and Apple Watch 3 scoring spots one, two, six and nine. Nintendo and Samsung also had strong showings with the Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, Super NES Classic and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 making the Top 10 in that category.

People were also looking for ways to make their own eclipse glasses, fidget spinners and slime. More people wanted to know what DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was than anything else. Bitcoin also had a strong showing at No. 2.

Full article on TechCrunch…

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Spigot Inc Wants to Know: What’s Your Favorite Browser?

How long has it been since you have tried a new browser? Spigot Inc wants to know, which one do you use the most?

Most of us tend to choose a web browser and stick with it for years. It can be hard to break away from your comfort zone – especially when you’ve become used to its quirks – but trying a different browser can greatly improve your experience on the web.

Whether it’s enhanced security, improved speed, or greater flexibility through customizable options and plugins, the right browser can have a huge effect on your online life. Here we’ve put the biggest browsers through their paces (plus one that you might not be familiar with) to identify the one that does the best job of ticking all those boxes, but if you have a particular concern then read on to see if there’s an alternative that might be better suited to your needs.

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Mozilla Firefox

After several years dropping behind the competition in terms of speed, Firefox is back in the game with a fully updated code base

1. Mozilla Firefox

Firefox is back after a total overhaul, and has retaken its crown

Very fast
Light on system resources
Strong privacy tools

Firefox has just received its biggest update in 13 years, and it’s so impressive, it’s propelled the browser to the top of our list.

Firefox has always been known for its flexibility and support for extensions, but in recent years it had started to lag behind the competition in terms of speed. Firefox Quantum, released in late 2017 represented a total overhaul of the browser’s code base, with speeds now comparable with Google Chrome. That’s not just on top-end computers, either – the new Firefox makes frugal use of RAM, even with masses of tabs open.

Firefox also scores serious points when it comes to privacy. Mozilla is a non-profit organisation, which means it doesn’t have the same impetus to sell your data as some other browser developers.

Quantum also introduced a new system for extensions that prevents rogue developers making malicious changes to the browser’s internal code.

It’s not always the absolute fastest – for some pages Chrome still has the edge, as Mozilla’s own video demonstrates – but the new Firefox has come out swinging and is our pick for the best web browser of 2017.

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Google Chrome

Chrome is a superb browser – fast and adaptable – if you aren’t bothered by letting Google handle all your online activity

2. Google Chrome

If your system has the resources, Chrome is 2017’s best browser

Fast performance
Infinitely expandable
Resource-hungry

With Chrome, Google has built an extendable, efficient browser that deserves its place at the top of the browser rankings. According to w3schools’ browser trend analysis its user base is only rising, even as Microsoft Edge’s install numbers are presumably growing. Why? Well, it’s cross-platform, incredibly stable, brilliantly presented to take up the minimum of screen space, and just about the nicest browser there is to use.

Its wide range of easily obtained and installed extensions mean you can really make it your own, and there’s support for parental controls and a huge range of tweaks and settings to ensure maximum efficiency.

But there are downsides, and potentially big ones. It’s among the heaviest browsers in terms of resource use, so it’s not brilliant on machines with limited RAM, and its performance doesn’t quite match up to others in benchmarking terms. And with Google’s tentacles running through it, you might be uncomfortable with the ways in which your browsing data may be used.

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Opera

Opera is a superb browser with a clean interface and built-in ad-blocker, plus a Turbo mode that makes slow connections more useable

3. Opera

An underrated browser that’s a great choice for slow connections

Excellent Turbo mode
Integrated ad-blocker
Fewer plugins than rivals

It’s sad that Opera makes up only around 1% of the browser market, because it really is a quality browser. It launches fast, the UI is brilliantly clean, and it does everything its rivals can do with a couple of extras thrown in for good measure.

The key reason we’d at least recommend having Opera installed alongside your main browser is its Opera Turbo feature. This compresses your web traffic, routing it through Opera’s servers, which makes a huge difference to browsing speed if you’re stuck on rural dial-up or your broadband connection is having a moment.

It reduces the amount of data transferred too, handy if you’re using a mobile connection, and this re-routing also dodges any content restrictions your ISP might place on your browsing, which can be mighty handy. Opera automatically ducks out of the way if you’re using secure sites like banks so your traffic is free and clear of any potential privacy violation.

There’s also an integrated ad-blocker – which can be switched off if you’re morally inclined in that direction – and a battery-saving mode which promises to keep your laptop going for longer.

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SR Android Developers – Come Work With Spigot Inc #AndroidDev

Spigot Inc is ISO of a SR Android Developer

Have you ever worked in a cool laid back environment that has recliners, couches, a pool table, foosball, ping pong, darts, free beer and unlimited snacks? If not, Spigot Inc is ready to change that for you! We have amazing healthcare and 401K plans to keep you healthy and prepare for your future. Check out our latest opening below.

SR ANDROID DEVELOPER

Spigot specializes in developing, monetizing, and promoting free applications to millions of users every day through all major app platforms: mobile, tablet, social, desktop, and browser. Our Apps team has a strong analytical focus that requires quick reaction in this fast-paced environment.  Our success is fueled by employee innovation, data driven decisions and a startup mentality. Our team is comprised of Software Engineers, Web Developers, Media Buyers, Account Managers and Business Intelligence Analysts. This position is in Spigot Inc’s Fort Myers office. Our employees enjoy free lunches, free benefits, unlimited time off, no dress code and company team building trips.

POSITION OVERVIEW
The person is an experienced Senior Android Developer that will create, maintain and scale out both new and existing high-volume mobile applications.  Specific duties include:

  1. Developing, analyzing, troubleshooting high volume mobile systems with Java and Android SDK
  2. Building, maintaining and optimizing the platforms for high volume web systems
  3. Software Development, coding applications using Java, Python, C#, or Javascript
  4. Architect and develop new products and enhance current product features based on market changes and opportunities
  5. Refactor, update, and revitalize codebases as advances in technology allow for more capabilities.
  6. Troubleshoot and fix system failures and system performance, especially as systems scale

CANDIDATE OVERVIEW
The successful candidate will be an inspiring and confident leader with at least:

  • 5+ years in Java and Android SDK Development
  • Experience working with launchers or other system level applications
  • Excellent UI Architecture design ability with experience building
    libraries of reusable UI elements
  • Experience working on collaborative engineering teams
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering,
    Electrical Engineering, or related field of study or comparative experience
  • Self-starter with an entrepreneurial drive that enjoys fast pace change

The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Independent Decision Making: Ability to work autonomously with little supervision and a high attention to detail and quality. Uses analysis, consistent rationality and objectivity when making decisions. Anticipates consequences of judgments.
  • Adaptable: The ability to find solutions and deliver results within a rapid fast changing, entrepreneurial, technology-driven culture. Willing and able to learn multiple, diverse technologies rather than leaning on a single ‘favorite’.
  • Results Oriented: Motivated and able to juggle the dueling needs of a ‘best’ and ‘fastest’ solution. Not interested in the academic process of coding so much as the bottom line impact.
  • Communication (written & oral): Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish, develop and maintain business relationships, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with cross functional teams.

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