Just what is a smart city?

What’s a “smart city”?

It’s a fair question, but a hard one to answer.

Many larger municipalities have embraced the “smart city” concept in recent years, but definitions of the term — and examples of the ways technology is being used to make cities “smart” — run the gamut. Mayors and city CIOs usually talk about using sensors to, say, wirelessly manage streetlights and traffic signals to lower energy costs, and they can provide specific returns on investment for such initiatives — x millions of dollars saved over y amount of time, for example.

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See, we’re still making payments on those servers

This healthcare software company’s CEO also serves as Chief Information Security Officer — and has very definite ideas about how to do security, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

“All remote access is via Remote Desktop Protocol using a set of terminal servers as jump boxes,” fish says. “The process is slow, prone to dropping sessions and not especially secure.

“After six years of the entire IT staff — and all of the users — making their case and pleading for a better solution, the CEO/CISO finally agrees to permit the use of a very secure VPN solution for which every inbound connection requires two-factor authentication and a full inspection of the remote laptop, including checking that it is a member of the corporate Active Directory domain.

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See, we’re still making payments on those servers

This healthcare software company’s CEO also serves as Chief Information Security Officer — and has very definite ideas about how to do security, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

“All remote access is via Remote Desktop Protocol using a set of terminal servers as jump boxes,” fish says. “The process is slow, prone to dropping sessions and not especially secure.

“After six years of the entire IT staff — and all of the users — making their case and pleading for a better solution, the CEO/CISO finally agrees to permit the use of a very secure VPN solution for which every inbound connection requires two-factor authentication and a full inspection of the remote laptop, including checking that it is a member of the corporate Active Directory domain.

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How Ad Blocking Works: Everything You Need to Know

When Apple unveiled its new iPhone and iOS 9 operating system two weeks ago, it dropped a proverbial wet blanket on marketers everywhere: A new feature in the operating system called Content Blockers will now allow iOS 9 users to install ad blocking applications from the App Store. These ad blocking applications will let people easily block advertising, trackers, and other third-party scripts.

The new feature isn’t a total shocker: Apple gave the go-ahead for iOS 9 app developers to build ad blocking extensions for Safari, its default browser app, back in June 2015. And ad blocking applications aren’t a new concept — they’ve actually been available for desktop and Android for a few years now.

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8 Free Tools to Boost Your Blog

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While the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” usually rings true, sometimes what you can get for free is pretty good.

Luckily, many people sympathize with bloggers who don’t have the investment to buy tools to help improve their effort. They have created some awesome free tools that can take your blog to the next level.

Here are eight that rank high on my list:

1. Quicksprout’s content analysis

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Many people associate Quicksprout with Neil Patel, a powerhouse content creator. But it also is an awesome content analysis tool. You put in a URL and the analysis will detail the most-shared posts for that domain, as well as a lot of other juicy information.

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