Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of October 14

first_imgShare This!The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney and Universal travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.So you survived Friday the 13th….sounds like you deserve some playtime!Weekly Crowd LevelDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weekly Weather ReportDon’t pack your sunscreen away just yet! It’s still summer out there!Check out the latest weather forecast here.Weekly Park Hours and Admission It’s all about Halloween Horror nights, and for the rest of the month, you can plan on Universal Studios closing early most nights for the special ticket event, except on Monday and Tuesday.CityWalk is open until 2am daily, and self parking is free after 6pm.Single-day park tickets will be at Value pricing Monday through Thursday. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will run you $110 per adult, and $105 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $165 per adult and $160 per child (plus tax). A one-day ticket for Volcano Bay will be $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax).On Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, single-day park tickets will switch to Peak pricing. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will be $124 per adult, and $119 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $179 per adult and $174 per child (plus tax). If you are really ambitious and want to hit all three parks in the same day, those tickets will cost you $219 per adult and $214 per child (plus tax).Notable HighlightsA Celebration of Harry Potter vacation packages are now available to book! This exclusive event will take place January 26-28, 2018. There are packages for Florida Residents, Passholders, the general public, and let’s not forget the Premium package for the die-hard Potterheads! Quantities are limited, so accio your package quickly!Take your text messages to the next level with the new Unimoji Keyboard. Guys. There is a Velociraptor emoji. Need I say more?!? Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.(Photo Courtesy of Universal Orlando Blog)There are no planned closures or refurbishments at this time.See you next week!last_img read more

Today at Walt Disney World: July 31, 2019

first_imgShare This!Today is Wednesday, July 31, 2019.Here’s what you have to look forward to if you’re headed to Walt Disney World today.Park HoursMagic Kingdom: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Epcot: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Hollywood Studios: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Animal Kingdom: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Extra Magic HoursMagic Kingdom: 10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.Other HoursTyphoon Lagoon: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.Blizzard Beach: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.Disney Springs: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.Crowd Calendar LevelsMK: 6EP: 4HS: 5AK: 6Resort-Wide: 5Refurbs and ClosuresMK: Astro OrbiterMK: Walt Disney World RailroadHS: Voyage of the Little MermaidAK: Primeval WhirlParades and Nighttime EntertainmentMK–Festival of Fantasy: 3:00 p.m.MK–Happily Ever After Fireworks: 9:15 p.m.EP–IllumiNations: 9:00 p.m.HS–Fantasmic!: 9:00 p.m.HS–Star Wars Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.AK–Rivers of Light: 9:00 p.m.; 10:00 p.m.WeatherHigh: 91 / Low: 75Afternoon thunderstorms with a 50% chance of rain.Sunrise: 6:47 a.m. / Sunset 8:17 p.m.Special Events to NoteHS: Early Morning Magic–Toy Story Land 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.last_img read more

RILA Recognizes Profitect as Leader in Data Analytics, Industry Innovation

first_imgThe Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) recently recognized Profitect, a leader in prescriptive analytics software, as a valuable strategic partner to the Association and the industry. As a solution provider to some of the retail industry’s top companies, Profitect understands the hyper-competitive environment in which retailers now operate and is committed to collaborating across functional areas on solutions that enable company-wide and industry-wide success.Profitect serves as a strategic partner to the association’s Supply Chain Leaders Council (SCLC) and Asset Protection Leaders Council (APLC), which is comprised of top supply chain and AP executives from America’s leading retail and CPG companies. The partnership opens the door for collaboration between Profitect and RILA’s member companies with the shared goal of improving the industry’s understanding and use of data.“We have worked with Profitect closely over the last several years and watched as they’ve quickly established themselves as leaders in prescriptive data analytics and optimization,” said RILA Executive Vice President of Retail Operations and Innovation Lisa LaBruno. “More importantly, they are a trusted partner for many of our member companies and have helped foster a culture of innovation and collaboration across the industry. Profitect plays an important role in our supply chain and asset protection leaders councils, not only in offering solution expertise, but in helping companies break down silos and open the door for innovation internally, as well. We look forward to continuing our work together.”- Sponsor – “Profitect is honored to partner with RILA. Their members are the industry’s most successful retailers. The APLC and SCLC councils consist of industry thought leaders, and Profitect’s customers benefit the most from this partnership,” said Guy Yehiav, CEO, Profitect.Key to the strategic partnership is Profitect’s participation and guidance in RILA’s Supply Chain Leaders Council (SCLC) and Asset Protection Leaders Council (APLC), which both meet annually for best practice discussions and peer-to-peer benchmarking with leading retail executives. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

More Must be Done to Deter Flash Theft Mobs

first_imgFlash theft mobs won’t stop unless there is a fear of reprisal and serious consequences. There are many victims and it costs consumers. Organized retail theft is taking a toll.The National Retail Federation (NRF) said a 2018 survey showed retailers lost $777,877 per $1 billion in sales. That survey also showed 9 in 10 retailers had encountered organized retail theft crime in the prior 12 months.On July 1 the North Face store in Pleasant Prairie’s Premium Outlets mall was a victim, as six men rushed in, grabbed whatever merchandise they could carry and ran out in 30 seconds. The take was valued at more than $33,000. Three of the six identified suspects are in custody — two in Kenosha County and one in Indiana. The others are being sought with $50,000 warrants for their arrest.- Sponsor – News and social media widely circulated the security video of the theft. Pleasant Prairie Police Chief David Smetana said many were shocked at the video. “The act itself was surprising,” he said. “People understand that shoplifting happens, but to see it this level, it shocked people.”Loss Prevention Magazine, in a February article, reported that what began as social media calls to gather at a place for a spontaneous dance or other harmless entertainment activity has evolved into a criminal enterprise and gang involvement. Smetana said his department received… Daily Citizen Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Cloud Computing Security: The Road to a Secure Cloud is Likely to be a Long One

first_imgSecurity threats are becoming increasingly common and sophisticated.  A survey by Arbor Networks about Infrastructure Security found that:30 percent of organizations report seeing Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) against their internal networks over the last year.All organizations reported seeing at least some level of application-layer attacksOrganizations reported a dramatic rise in the number of DDoS attacks10 percent of Data Centers surveyed saw more than 100 DDoS attacks per month20 percent report having had a mobile outage over the past year as a result of a security incidentAttacks against Web Services up 17 percent over the previous yearIt’s no wonder that security is still ranked top or very high on the list of concerns of organizations when considering cloud computing.58 percent of IT professionals rank security as their biggest concern when considering to adopt cloud services, and 60 percent say that the security procedures and policies provided is an important factor that is considered when selecting a cloud provider, according to the recently reported Data Health Check report prepared by Databarrack.Similar concerns about security were reflected in a different survey of IT professionals taken by Avere Systems.  That report found that 60 percent of organizations said that cloud security is one of their top concerns when considering cloud adoption.  Other challenges/barriers related to cloud adoption mentioned were organizational resistance (53 percent) and performance issues (29 percent).  The major benefits of moving to the cloud cited by 60 percent of professionals in the Avere survey were cost savings, and data recovery and business continuity.Reports by 451 Research, CloudPassage and IDG Enterprise also all found that IT groups rank security as their major concern.Peter Groucutt, managing director for Databarracks, said that “security is always going to be the major priority for those considering a move to cloud services, as you are often trusting a third party with your company’s most sensitive data.  However… organizations are no longer seeing this as a roadblock, but rather an opportunity to review their current security practices and implement effective new policies that protect their data and enable a more confident move to cloud services.”last_img read more

PHP Security: Sanitizing Strings, Validating Values, and Interrogating Integers

first_imgben barden Tags:#hack#tips Trust no-one. Not just a tag-line for The X-Files, it’s also sound advice when dealing with data supplied by users.Whether a user is trying to do something nasty or they’ve just hit an unfortunate combination of keys, you shouldn’t assume that what you’re saving is trouble-free. Here are some tips for validating input in your PHP application.Numbers OnlyZend Framework has a handy class called Zend_Filter_Int that will take a value and strip out any non-numeric characters. Or, you could do something like this:$output = preg_replace(“/[^0-9-.]/”, “”, $data);This will allow negative numbers and decimal points.Strip Tags, Display TagsDon’t want any HTML? Use strip_tags. If you’d prefer to display HTML tags so a user can share a code snippet, use htmlspecialchars and the code won’t be parsed.Escaping Strings in MySQLUse mysql_real_escape_string to escape strings before sending them to MySQL. Or, use PDO and bind values to fields.Use filter_inputInstead of using $_GET[‘id’], how about using filter_input instead?$itemId = filter_input(INPUT_GET, ‘id’, FILTER_SANITIZE_SPECIAL_CHARS);You can use INPUT_POST, INPUT_COOKIE, INPUT_SERVER, or INPUT_ENV too.What other methods do you use for sanitizing user input?Photo by dheuer 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Marketing Day: Google warns of app risk, social media report, TrustArc survey & more

first_imgHere’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Improving the customer experience means getting search rightJul 13, 2018 by Jim YuAs consumers search from more places than ever before, it’s vital that marketers deliver experiences that perform. Contributor Jim Yu shares tips on how to deliver a great experience at every search touch point.Do Google reviews impact local ranking?Jul 13, 2018 by Joy HawkinsBased on her research, contributor Joy Hawkins thinks reviews may play some part in how a local page ranks. Here is a case study that shows her findings.Winning the social media marketing gameJul 13, 2018 by Peter MinniumContributor Peter Minium explains how connections are formed on social media, the purpose of these connections and how they can be leveraged to win the social media marketing game.How to implement an Account-Based Marketing strategyJul 13, 2018 by Digital Marketing DepotToday’s B2B buyer is no longer just an individual lead. They’re part of a networked account. They work within a company decision team to decide whether or not to make a purchase, based on self-guided research and selection. Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is gaining traction as the viable complement to traditional sales and marketing efforts.Vivoom turns user-generated content into user-created adsJul 13, 2018 by Barry LevineThe Boston-based firm offers a platform that takes the next step for UGC, embedding selected user video inside the brand’s video.TrustArc Survey: Most US, EU companies will comply with GDPR by year’s endJul 13, 2018 by Barry LevineThe key motivator is not the fear of fines or lawsuits, but meeting customer expectations.Report: Social media sentiment not predictive of offline brand outcomesJul 13, 2018 by Greg SterlingOnline and offline brand conversations occur in two vastly different ecosystems.Keeping up with the pace of advertising, MRC proposes updates to its ad verification guidelinesJul 13, 2018 by Robin KurzerMRC’s updates provide new verification requirements for contextual advertising and allow brands to create a list of categories that are “never appropriate” for their programmatic ads.Report: Companies increase martech spend but struggle to keep up with the speed of its growthJul 13, 2018 by Robin KurzerThough companies say they aren’t keeping up with the speed of martech’s evolution, they continue to add tools to their stacks at a healthy pace.The spirit vs. the letter of the email law & the bits in betweenJul 13, 2018 by Len ShneyderThere are things we all “know” that aren’t actually founded in reality. Contributor Len Shneyder busts commonly held beliefs about email regulations.Third-party app store owner files EU complaint about being blocked by GoogleJul 12, 2018 by Greg SterlingGoogle says there is significant risk from apps from third-party app stores.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:OneTrust releases first free assessment tool for the new California privacy lawJul 13, 2018 by Barry LevineThe company is adding the emerging California privacy requirements, as well as those of other states and countries, to its GDPR-ready Compliance suite.Rent, buy or train? How to accelerate strategic marketing operationsJul 13, 2018 by Debbie QaqishSelecting martech stack elements is one thing, but finding the humans to use them is quite another. Contributor Debbie Qaqish discusses challenges and solutions MO leaders have in finding key hires.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:13 Expert Tips to Skyrocket Your Small Business Sales, Salesforce6 Key Tactics to Kick-Start Your Instagram Sales Funnel, Business 2 CommunityEcommerce Content Strategy – How To Create Content for Ecommerce, From the FutureEmail Client Market Share Trends for the First Half of 2018, LitmusGo Online Now, Every Other Thing You’ll See is a Video, Post FunnelHow Pepperidge Farm drove 8x lift in social engagement, Mobile MarketerHow to Reveal Your Best LinkedIn Prospects, Social Media ExaminerHumor and Marketing Content, Energy CircleWhy Your Social Selling Program Is Past Its Sell by Date, Social-ExpertsThe post Marketing Day: Google warns of app risk, social media report, TrustArc survey & more appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Marketing Day: Google warns of app risk, social media report, TrustArc survey & more Marketing Day: Google warns of app risk, social media report, TrustArc survey & moreYou are here: Posted on 14th July 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Google warns of app risk, social media report, TrustArc survey & more Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Twitter loses ability to let users auto-post tweets & retweets to Facebook

first_imgQuka / Shutterstock.comYesterday, Facebook announced it had deprecated its Publish actions permissions from its API, a feature that made it possible for apps to publish posts to Facebook as the logged-in user.According to Facebook, it expects that roughly 60,000 apps will be impacted — one of which is Twitter.Twitter’s support team tweeted the following message to users not long after Facebook had removed access to the Publish actions permissions feature:We’ve learned that Tweets and Retweets will no longer automatically post to connected Facebook accounts due to a recent Facebook update.Don’t worry, you have other ways to share a Tweet https://t.co/fiwInkuyz7— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) August 1, 2018This means that a Twitter user who had connected their Twitter account to a Facebook account to automatically share their tweets and retweets on Facebook will no longer have that option.A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that this was a result of Facebook’s decision to deprecate the Publish actions permissions feature and that Twitter had been impacted. According to Facebook, anyone wanting to have Twitter content automatically post to Facebook has the option to use Facebook’s Share dialogs for web, iOS and Android.Facebook first announced it was deprecating Publish actions permissions in April. The company said a few categories of developers with apps that had long product life cycles had been given an extension so that they had more time to update their software.Not only did apps lose the ability to automatically publish content to Facebook, the company says it removed access to its API platform for hundreds of thousands of inactive apps — all part of Facebook’s effort to clean up its app landscape to safeguard user data.The post Twitter loses ability to let users auto-post tweets & retweets to Facebook appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Twitter loses ability to let users auto-post tweets & retweets to Facebook Posted on 3rd August 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingTwitter loses ability to let users auto-post tweets & retweets to Facebook Twitter loses ability to let users auto-post tweets & retweets to FacebookYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

New evidence that parts of Ebola virus hide in semen for months

first_imgAlthough researchers have known since 1999 that traces of the Ebola virus could remain in semen for months, two papers published in The New England Journal of Medicine today offer more detail about the frightening possibility that survivors of an infection could rekindle outbreaks. One study focuses on nearly 100 men in Sierra Leone who survived the dreaded viral illness, whereas the second one documents a clear case of sexual transmission of Ebola virus.In the Sierra Leone study, researchers found Ebola viral RNA in semen samples from almost half the 93 men they tested.  The likelihood of finding viral RNA declined as time from disease onset increased: All nine men who were tested 2 to 3 months after they fell ill had evidence of Ebola RNA in their semen, but the researchers  found it in only 26 of 40 men whose infections had started 4 to 6 months earlier and in 11 of 43 men whose infections had started 7 to 9 months earlier. The result from one Ebola patient tested 10 months after disease onset was indeterminate.Detecting viral RNA does not mean that these survivors harbor a virus that’s capable of establishing an infection in a sexual partner. “We do not yet have sufficient information to assess the risk of transmission through sexual intercourse, oral sex, or other sex acts from men with viable virus in their semen,” the authors from Sierra Leone and the World Health Organization (WHO) wrote. Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta are attempting to isolate virus from the semen samples, says Nathalie Broutet, an infectious disease epidemiologist at WHO in Geneva and one of the study’s authors.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In the second paper, researchers from Liberia and the United States present the best evidence yet of sexual transmission. A 44-year-old woman from Montserrado County was diagnosed with Ebola on 20 March and died a week later. The country had not had a case of Ebola in the previous 30 days and there was no obvious source of infection, but the patient reported having had unprotected vaginal intercourse with an Ebola survivor on 7 March. The man had contracted Ebola in September 2014 and left the Ebola treatment unit after testing negative for the virus in early October. A semen sample from the man, taken in March 2015, tested positive for Ebola, and genetic analysis of the woman’s virus showed that it was distinct from the most recent clusters in Liberia and neighboring countries. Importantly, her virus was all but identical to the one isolated from the survivor: Only one base pair differed between the two genomes. The “unique gene signatures in the sample obtained from the semen of the survivor and the deceased woman I think really provides conclusive evidence,” says study co-author Vincent Munster, a virologist at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland.CDC’s Broutet says sexual transmission is suspected in about 20 West African cases. The WHO changed its advice  to survivors in May this year after evidence showed that the virus could persist much longer in semen than previously thought. The guidelines now advise survivors to abstain from sex or use a condom for 6 months or until their semen tests negative. Given that there are thousands of male survivors who could spread the virus through sex, “the chances of seeing sporadic cases igniting small outbreaks is very real,” says Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom.The papers come amid news that Pauline Cafferkey, a British nurse who fell ill with Ebola in December 2014 and survived, was in critical condition at Royal Free Hospital in London and being treated “for Ebola” after having apparently suffered a relapse. All of this shows that the virus has the potential to surprise scientists, Munster says. “An outbreak of this magnitude has never happened before with Ebola virus, so I think we need to realize that data gathered from the previous outbreaks might not be sufficient.”Survivors have already endured a painful illness and often lost loved ones, Armand Sprecher of Doctors Without Borders in Brussels cautions in an editorial that accompanies the two papers. “If they are then treated as pariahs and threats, we add a terrible unkindness on top of their suffering,” Sprecher writes. “They should be treated with all the compassion we can muster.”WHO today released a situation report that said for the second straight week, no new cases of Ebola virus have been confirmed in any West African country.last_img read more