Appify Announces Launch of No-Code Appify Marketplace, Plus Two Premium Apps for Field Service and Field Sales

Appify (formerly Turbo Systems), the fast-growing no-code platform for business apps, today announced the launch of the Appify Marketplace, where companies of all sizes can access, customize and deploy new apps in minutes to automate critical tasks and better serve customers across their businesses.

Appify is kicking off the launch of the Marketplace by offering two premium Apps to help transform the experience of mobile field workers. With Appify Field Service and Appify Field Sales premium apps, companies can deploy apps to help their field teams manage work orders, assets, inventory, quotes, customer and contact information; or to generate project bids from wherever they’re engaging with customers or prospects, in minutes.

These latest enhancements to the Appify suite have allowed mid-market businesses like Modesto Irrigation District to increase efficiency significantly as crews can handle more jobs through better visibility. Partners Tech Services, ATM servicing for Diebold and other ATM manufacturers, saw similar advantages from moving their paper-based process to Appify, each field worker has gotten back at least an hour per day in efficiency gains when using the Appify Field Service app.

GDT Repair, a family-owned business that helps restaurants keep their equipment running and whose clients include big-name restaurant chains like Applebee’s, Panera Bread and Tim Hortons now uses Appify Field Service to cut back hours typically spent on manual paperwork. In addition, the app allows them to reduce its time to deliver invoices from 15 days to five minutes leading to increased cash flow for the business.

“Before Appify Field Service, all repair technicians would capture details of work onsite with paper, take pictures on their phones and didn’t have access to customer data,” said President of GDT Repair, Blake Tarana. “But with this new Appify App, we can now easily create and manage jobs on a mobile

Twitter’s Security Fell Short Before Hack Targeting Celebrities, Regulator Says | Technology News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twitter Inc suffered from cybersecurity shortfalls that enabled a “simple” hack attributed to a Florida teenager to take over the accounts of several of the world’s most famous people in July, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The report by New York’s Department of Financial Services also recommended that the largest social media companies be deemed systemically important, like some banks following the 2008 financial crisis, with a dedicated regulator monitoring their ability to combat cyberattacks and election interference.

“That Twitter was vulnerable to an unsophisticated attack shows that self-regulation is not the answer,” said Linda Lacewell, the financial services superintendent.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It has acknowledged that some employees were duped into sharing account credentials prior to the hack.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a probe following the July 15 hack of celebrity Twitter accounts, in an alleged scam that stole more than $118,000 in Bitcoin.

Those whose accounts were hacked included U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden; former President Barack Obama; billionaires Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Elon Musk; singer Kanye West, and his wife Kim Kardashian, the reality TV star.

Lacewell said hackers obtained log-in credentials after calling several employees, pretending to work in Twitter’s information technology department, and claiming to be responding to problems with the company’s Virtual Private Network, which had become common because employees were working from home.

“The extraordinary access the hackers obtained with this simple technique underscores Twitter’s cybersecurity vulnerability and the potential for devastating consequences,” the report said.

Twitter’s lack at the time of a chief information security officer also made the San Francisco-based company more vulnerable, the report said.

Florida prosecutors said Graham Ivan Clark was the mastermind behind the hack, and charged the 17-year-old Tampa resident as

BOSAGORA Unveils ‘VOTERA’, a Core System of Deliberative Democracy

BOSAGORA (Chairman: Kim In-hwan) announced on October 14, 2020, that it unveiled a video of visualizing ‘VOTERA’, a core system for processing democratic consensus by all members of the Parliamentary Network.

The first project that made the initial coin offering (ICO) in Korea, BOSAGORA is a decentralized democratic governance platform that builds the ecosystem by taking part in decision-making by participants who hold BOA coins more than a certain amount. BOSAGORA aims to ‘build a better world’ by providing blockchain technology and financial support to diversified projects through these decision-making processes.

The ‘VOTERA’ is a pivotal deliberative democracy system in drawing consensuses that are acceptable to all parties by taking part by every member in a fair and reasonable manner in entire processes of proposing projects, reviewing, discussing and voting on proposals as well as for deciding adoption of such proposals.

Participants can propose and assess new projects through ‘VOTERA’, and the implementation of projects will be decided after voting when assessment results exceed certain criteria. Any member of the Parliamentary Network of BOSAGORA is allowed to vote as he or she is awarded a voting right per 1 node.

“‘VOTERA’ is a visible outcome that advanced a step closer toward completing a platform of a core system that realizes deliberative democracy being pursued by the BOSAGORA platform,” said Kim In-hwan, Chairman of BOSAGORA. “We will continue to exert efforts to attract profitable businesses and expand the ecosystem that can increase the value of BOA, leveraging their performances.”

To view the video of the new ‘VOTERA’, please visit the official Medium page of BOSAGORA (https://medium.com/@bosagorablog).

For more information on BOSAGORA, please visit its website (http://bosagora.io/).

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How consumers can avoid fraud amid big sales week for Amazon, Walmart

  • With e-commerce surging during the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Day and the 2020 holiday season may be the perfect hunting ground for online fraudsters.
  • Business Insider spoke with Amazon’s former Director of Corporate Development Aaron Barfoot, who now serves as the chief financial officer of online security firm Forter. 
  • “Good online hygiene means paying attention and being alert,” Barfoot said. 
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It’s a potential nightmare for anyone who’s ever shopped online: checking your bank account or credit card statement to find that a cybercriminal has stolen your identity and run up a huge bill.

During Amazon’s two-day Prime Day sales event and the upcoming 2020 holiday season, that’s a scenario that could become reality for more shoppers than ever before. Former Amazon Director of Corporate Development Aaron Barfoot — who now serves as chief financial officer for online fraud prevention firm Forter — said that 2020 may prove to be an especially risky year for online shoppers, thanks to the surge in online purchases during the coronavirus pandemic.

Forter estimates that transactions by first-time online shoppers have spiked from between 4% to 5% last year to around 10% to 14% in 2020. The overall increase in online transactions makes it “easier for a fraudster to hide,” Barfoot said. In its annual fraud report tracking e-commerce transactions, Forter also found that fraud pertaining to “buy-online-and-pickup-in-store” orders has already increased 55% year-over-year.

“More new customers are going online for the first time,” Barfoot told Business Insider. “Once those new customers are online, they are more susceptible to fraud.”

Those looking to prey upon the influx of inexperienced e-commerce shoppers — especially elderly customers and those without the digital savvy to create strong passwords — come armed with a playbook of fraudulent moves. Hussein Ahmad, CEO of digital

IBM Spinoff Should Rejuvenate Cloud Effort

Finally. On October 9th, IBM announced that it will split itself up by breaking up the company into two pieces, spinning off its legacy IT services businesses to focus on cloud. IBM shares rose about 6% on the news the first day, thought they have pulled back to be close to where they were when the deal was announced.

The change is sorely needed — IBM CEO Arvind Krishna is wise to pursue the strategy as the company needs some sort of catalyst to drive growth in the era of the cloud explosion. This deal should put IBM in a better position to compete with other cloud titans such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, and Microsoft Azure by putting more focus on its prized Red Hat unit. It should also enable IBM to compete more strongly against other large tech conglomerates pursuing cloud, such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Oracle. This is the catalyst needed that could push shares higher.

IBM’s share price has been stagnant for many years — especially compared with other cloud giants such as Microsoft and Amazon — frustrating investors that would like to capture the upside it the company’s vast cloud holdings, where it is regarded by many as the #3 cloud infrastructure player behind Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.

NewCo on the Go

In the move, expected in 2021, the bulk of IBM’s IT Infrastructure Services will be spun off as an independent public company, leaving IBM free to focus entirely on hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI), with its Red Hat division as the anchor.

The new spinoff, temporarily nicknamed NewCo, will have about 90,000 employees and $19 billion in revenue and continue to function as IBM’s partner, doing business with its former parent as needed while maintaining enough autonomy