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Securing Apps with 2-Factor Authentication

At Gravity, our dashboards provide performance reports to our customers, in addition to administrative capabilities to add, edit and remove live configurations affecting millions of end users. Our dashboards by necessity are accessible to all our customers, so they are also potentially accessible to everyone on the Internet. Is a given administrator’s username and password secure enough to prevent unauthorized access to our customer data, let alone to mission critical configuration controls? Not likely! That is why at Gravity we require all administrative users to pass through what is known as 2-Factor Authentication (2FA). Read more →

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Scala Meetups at Gravity

Gravity has recently been hosting Scala Meetups at our headquarters in Santa Monica. Wednesday night, we hosted our second Meetup for the LA Scala Users Group. Lots of pizza and beer was consumed by the 30-or-so attendees who were entertained by talks from Chris, Gravity’s Chief Architect whose spoke about Implicit Code in Scala & Discoverability, and Erik, one of our Senior Scala Engineers who discussed Akka, Scala’s Event-Driven Messaging Framework.

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What is an Ontology?

I came across a really interesting article the other day on Mashable (Google Knowledge Graph Could Change Search Forever).  Google SVP Amit Singhal lays out their efforts around a more semantic understanding of the web leveraging their purchase of Freebase a couple of years ago.  The gist is that by leveraging a proprietary Knowledge Graph, Google will be able to return search results based on the meaning of documents rather than simply the presence of particular text strings.  It’s a really compelling vision and well worth reading.  Personally, I’m terribly excited about the prospect of not only a truly semantic search, but the proliferation of data systems that are backed by large scale ontologies.  The power of ontology based semantics is a basic tenet of everything we do at Gravity, and it always feels good to see folks like Google moving in the same direction.  For those of you not thoroughly enmeshed in this sort of tech (which is just about everyone), a bit of explanation is probably in order.

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