TUTORIAL: Authenticate a Node.js API With JSON Web Tokens. Authentication is one of the big parts of every application. Security is always something that is changing and evolving. In the past, we have gone over Node authentication using the great Passport npm package. Read more

FREE PLUGINS: 25 jQuery Plugins for Custom Tabs And Accordions. Modern web designers simply adore dynamic page elements. Dropdown menus, carousels, tabbed links and accordion menus are just a few examples. All of these effects can be recreated using free jQuery plugins without much code. Read more

TROUBLESOME FEATURES: Three JavaScript Quirks That Java/C Developers Should Know. JavaScript can be a deceiving language and it can be a real pain because it isn’t 100% consistent. As it’s well known it does have bad parts, confusing or redundant features that should be avoided: the infamous with statement, implicit global variables and comparison erratic behavior are probably the best known. Read more


CLICKJACKERS: Inside The Strange New World Of Modern Spyware. If you were lucky or, in truth, unlucky enough to download a Chrome and Firefox extension from a site called in 2014 you’d be presented with not much more than a website recommendation engine that you’d probably ignore or uninstall. The app, on its surface, was innocuous. Read more

REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEMS: The DEA Is Spending Millions Of Dollars On Spyware. The Drug Enforcement Agency has been spending millions on spyware tools to take over suspects’ phones, according to an exclusive report from Motherboard. Government records show the agency paying $2.4 million for a “remote control system” that could be implanted in a suspect’s phone. Read more


MICROSOFT: Here’s More Proof That Companies Are Jumping On Microsoft Office 365 Like Crazy. Microsoft’s Office 365 has become a bona fide success in terms of the number of people starting to use it. Although there are still some concerns that it will ever be as profitable a business as the Office software it is replacing, Office 365 has officially crossed a new milestone. Read more

WINDOWS 10 NEWS: Microsoft Releases New Windows 10, It’s The Big One. Let’s cut to the chase. What Windows 10 Build 10061 does so well is bring everything together. It brings Start, Taskbar and Action Center improvements, polishes Continuum and Task View, gives the Virtual Desktops some much needed love and there are new Mail and Calendar apps. It’s tight, smart and nicely knits new with old. Read more

EXPERT ADVICE: Switching Operating Systems Is Almost Never The Answer To Problems. One of the worst pieces of advice given to people looking for help and advice with computer problems is that they should switch to a different operating system. Here’s why, along with some tips for anyone who still wants to change operating systems. Read more


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