August 28, 2014

Camelio Kids’ Tablet Review

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The CAMELIO ($99.99 from Amazon.com) is a unique, Android tablet that allows you to customize and personalize your tablet with your favorite characters.

Up to 5 users can easily create their own profile and customize their account with Camelio “Personality Packs” (sold separately). Personality packs allow users to customize wallpaper, widgets, lock screens, camera and photo editor and a themed bumper case. In addition, licensed games, video, music, and books are also included and vary by theme.

As an adult I certainly wouldn’t trade in my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for it, but this is a great, inexpensive, tablet option for children. My own kids have been using this for a while now, with no complaints other than who gets to use it next.

Bottom Line: Buy it for the kids, they’ll have a blast with it, and it will free up your own phone and/or tablet. Plus being Android based, there are plenty of free game options they can choose from, such as Angry Birds and Temple Run.

WordPress 3.9.2 Security Release: UPGRADE NOW

WordPress 3.9.2 is now available as a security release for all previous versions. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

This release fixes a possible denial of service issue in PHP’s XML processing, reported by Nir Goldshlager of the Salesforce.com Product Security Team. It was fixed by Michael Adams and Andrew Nacin of the WordPress security team and David Rothstein of the Drupal security team. This is the first time the two projects have coordinated joint security releases.

WordPress 3.9.2 also contains other security changes:

  • Fixes a possible but unlikely code execution when processing widgets (WordPress is not affected by default), discovered by Alex Concha of the WordPress security team.
  • Prevents information disclosure via XML entity attacks in the external GetID3 library, reported by Ivan Novikov of ONSec.
  • Adds protections against brute attacks against CSRF tokens, reported by David Tomaschik of the Google Security Team.
  • Contains some additional security hardening, like preventing cross-site scripting that could be triggered only by administrators.
  • For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 3.9.2 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now”.

Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 3.9.2 within 12 hours. (If you are still on WordPress 3.8.3 or 3.7.3, you will also be updated to 3.8.4 or 3.7.4. Older WordPress versions are not supported, so please update to 3.9.2.)

As always, we highly recommend that you keep your WordPress installation, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins up to date to ensure that you’re running the most secure and feature rich version of WordPress.

If you need assistance with upgrading, please schedule your WordPress upgrade today via our WordPress Upgrade Service.

Anyone who is already subscribed to one of our upgrade packages has already been upgraded to WordPress 3.9.2.  If you’d like to make sure your site is always up to date, please check out out WordPress Maintenance Packages.

OIOpublisher Coupon Code for August 2014

We have a new OIOpublisher coupon code for August 2014. Now through August 31st, 2014 you can purchase OIOpublisher* for just $37 (normally $47) by using coupon code “HOT14-WSHED” (no quotes).

If you’re unfamiliar with OIOpublisher, it is a PHP based ad platform with a focus on performance, control and ease of use. It allows you to easily serve advertising on your blog or website and keep 100% of the revenue you bring in. For those of you using WordPress, it includes a plugin that allows for easy integration. And if you need consulting help setting it up, please contact us.

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Acer C720 Chromebook Review

Acer C720 ChromebookI’m a tech junkie, so I’m always intrigued by the latest gadgets to hit the market. When Chromebooks hit the market a while back, they caught my eye, as the Netbook as we knew it was on the way out. I loved Netbooks for the simplicity of it, yet having a “real” and familiar OS (Windows).

So here we are in 2014 and the Chromebook is the flavor of the year.

To put it simply, think of a Chromebook as a Netbook running Android (it’s technically Chrome OS, but the gist is the same). Or think of it as a souped up Android tablet, minus the touchscreen and plus a keyboard and standard inputs.

That said, you’ll have certain limitations based upon what software is available for the OS, but if your main needs are email, internet browsing and social media, you’re good to go. And on top of that, you have the suite of Google Drive apps at your fingertips. But of course, much of this relies on you having an internet connection since the hard drives are rather small (many cameras today have SD cards larger than 16GB), and many of the programs run in the cloud.

Now specifically to the Acer C720 Chromebook (affiliate link), I’d give it my recommendation based on the specs and price alone. It is fast, it is light, it has a decent battery life, and at $199, it is cheaper than my 10 inch tablet was a little over a year ago.

After I was finished doing my initial run through, I handed it off to my kids to do their homework, and to test out the various sites they like to visit. To say it was a hit with them would be an understatement, and I think they’ve used it just about every day since it arrived. To me this is a win-win as they have a new option to get online, and the main computer is freed up.

In my opinion, the Acer C720 Chromebook is a great portable alternative to the Netbooks of old, and I’d rather take this with me than a full-blown laptop in instances where I don’t need the additional features Windows provides.

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WordPress 3.6.1 Released September 11, 2013

WordPress version 3.6.1 was released on September 11, 2013 and is a maintenance release that fixes 13 bugs in version 3.6.

WordPress 3.6.1 is also a security release for all previous WordPress versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. It addresses three issues fixed by the WordPress security team:

  • Block unsafe PHP unserialization that could occur in limited situations and setups, which can lead to remote code execution.
  • Prevent a user with an Author role, using a specially crafted request, from being able to create a post “written by” another user.
  • Fix insufficient input validation that could result in redirecting or leading a user to another website.

Additionally, they’ve adjusted security restrictions around file uploads to mitigate the potential for cross-site scripting.

As always, we highly recommend that you keep your WordPress installation, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins up to date to ensure that you’re running the most secure and feature rich version of WordPress.

If you need assistance with upgrading, please schedule your WordPress upgrade today via our WordSprung WordPress Upgrade Service.

Anyone who is already subscribed to one of our upgrade packages has already been upgraded to WordPress 3.6.1.  If you’d like to make sure your site is always up to date, please check out out WordSprung WordPress Maintenance Packages.

WordPress 3.6

WordPress 3.6, “Oscar”, was released on August 1, 2013 and is a major release that  includes a beautiful new blog-centric theme, bullet-proof autosave and post locking, a revamped revision browser, native support for audio and video embeds, and improved integrations with Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud.

User Features

  • The new Twenty Thirteen theme inspired by modern art puts focus on your content with a colorful, single-column design made for media-rich blogging.
  • Revamped Revisions save every change and the new interface allows you to scroll easily through changes to see line-by-line who changed what and when.
  • Post Locking and Augmented Autosave will especially be a boon to sites where more than a single author is working on a post. Each author now has their own autosave stream, which stores things locally as well as on the server (so much harder to lose something) and there’s an interface for taking over editing of a post, as demonstrated beautifully by our bearded buddies in the video above.
  • Built-in HTML5 media player for native audio and video embeds with no reliance on external services.
  • The Menu Editor is now much easier to understand and use.

Developer features

  • A new audio/video API gives you access to metadata like ID3 tags.
  • You can now choose HTML5 markup for things like comment and search forms, and comment lists.
  • Better filters for how revisions work, so you can store a different amount of history for different post types.
  • Tons more listed on the Codex, and of course you can always browse the over 700 closed tickets.

As always, we highly recommend that you keep your WordPress installation, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins up to date to ensure that you’re running the most secure and feature rich version of WordPress.

If you need assistance with upgrading, please schedule your WordPress upgrade today via our WordSprung WordPress Upgrade Service.

Anyone who is already subscribed to one of our upgrade packages has already been upgraded to WordPress 3.5.  If you’d like to make sure your site is always up to date, please check out out WordSprung WordPress Maintenance Packages.

OIOpublisher Coupon Code for August 2013

Now through August 31st, 2013 you can purchase OIOpublisher* for just $37 (normally $47) by using coupon code “RAINBOW-WSHED” (no quotes).

If you’re unfamiliar with OIOpublisher, it is a PHP based ad platform with a focus on performance, control and ease of use. It allows you to easily serve advertising on your blog or website and keep 100% of the revenue you bring in. For those of you using WordPress, it includes a plugin that allows for easy integration. And if you need consulting help setting it up, please contact us.

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OIOpublisher Coupon Code for July 2013

Now through July 31st, 2013 you can purchase OIOpublisher* for just $37 (normally $47) by using coupon code “RAINBOW-WSHED” (no quotes).

If you’re unfamiliar with OIOpublisher, it is a PHP based ad platform with a focus on performance, control and ease of use. It allows you to easily serve advertising on your blog or website and keep 100% of the revenue you bring in. For those of you using WordPress, it includes a plugin that allows for easy integration. And if you need consulting help setting it up, please contact us.

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WordPress 3.5.2

WordPress 3.5.2 was released on June 21, 2013 and is a maintenance and security update which addresses 12 bugs with version 3.5.

The security issues addressed include:

  • Blocking server-side request forgery attacks, which could potentially enable an attacker to gain access to a site.
  • Disallow contributors from improperly publishing posts, or reassigning the post’s authorship.
  • An update to the SWFUpload external library to fix cross-site scripting vulnerabilities.
  • Prevention of a denial of service attack, affecting sites using password-protected posts.
  • An update to an external TinyMCE library to fix a cross-site scripting vulnerability.
  • Multiple fixes for cross-site scripting.
  • Avoid disclosing a full file path when a upload fails.

As always, we highly recommend that you keep your WordPress installation, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins up to date to ensure that you’re running the most secure and feature rich version of WordPress.

If you need assistance with upgrading, please schedule your WordPress upgrade today via our WordSprung WordPress Upgrade Service.

Anyone who is already subscribed to one of our upgrade packages has already been upgraded to WordPress 3.5.2.  If you’d like to make sure your site is always up to date, please check out out WordSprung WordPress Maintenance Packages.

WordPress 3.5.1

WordPress 3.5.1 was released on January 24, 2013 and is a maintenance and security update which addresses 37 bugs with version 3.5, which include:

  • Editor: Prevent certain HTML elements from being unexpectedly removed or modified in rare cases.
  • Media: Fix a collection of minor workflow and compatibility issues in the new media manager.
  • Networks: Suggest proper rewrite rules when creating a new network.
  • Prevent scheduled posts from being stripped of certain HTML, such as video embeds, when they are published.
  • Work around some misconfigurations that may have caused some JavaScript in the WordPress admin area to fail.
  • Suppress some warnings that could occur when a plugin misused the database or user APIs.

The security issues addressed include:

  • A server-side request forgery vulnerability and remote port scanning using pingbacks. This vulnerability, which could potentially be used to expose information and compromise a site, affects all previous WordPress versions. This was fixed by the WordPress security team.
  • Two instances of cross-site scripting via shortcodes and post content.
  • A cross-site scripting vulnerability in the external library Plupload.

As always, we highly recommend that you keep your WordPress installation, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins up to date to ensure that you’re running the most secure and feature rich version of WordPress.

If you need assistance with upgrading, please schedule your WordPress upgrade today via our WordSprung WordPress Upgrade Service.

Anyone who is already subscribed to one of our upgrade packages has already been upgraded to WordPress 3.5.1.  If you’d like to make sure your site is always up to date, please check out out WordSprung WordPress Maintenance Packages.