Amazon in NYC
New York City will become one of two locations housing Amazon’s second North American headquarters. Known as HQ2, the tech giant recently announced the new split-up version of their second headquarters in two different locations including Crystal City in Arlington, VA and Long Island City in Queens, NY.
LIC was one of four NYC neighborhoods pitched by city and state officials as a possible HQ2 location. As part of the agreement, NY will give Amazon as much as $1.7 billion in subsidies through a variety of programs, and Amazon has promised to build a school, as well as investing in unspecified infrastructure and park improvements. The new HQ2 will also bring 25,000 jobs to Queens. With this news comes questions like where will these new employees live, and where will a 500,000 square-foot-headquarters be built? Amazon wants to build its own campus, heading toward the water with several sites around Anable Basin. Plus, with a residential real estate boom in recent years, more than 12,000 apartments have been added, not to mention a lot of new housing in Brooklyn close enough to commute. Even with enough space to build and live, the news also raises concerns about increasing real estate prices and jam-packed public transportation.
To learn more about the upcoming HQ2 and the concerns surrounding the addition to LIC, visit here.
Earlier this month, Glenn passed the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification. The certification is provided by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. The certification will confirm a practitioner’s ability to implement, monitor, and administer IT infrastructure in accordance with information security policies and procedures that ensure data confidentiality, integrity and availability. SSCP certified recipients are expected to be competent in the following 7 domains of knowledge: Access Controls, Security Operations and Administration, Risk Identification, Monitoring, and Analysis, Incident Response and Recovery, Cryptography, Network and Communications Security, and Systems and Application Security. Congratulations to Glenn for passing the certification!
Review of the Month
The Cam Scanner App, a mobile scanner for easy sharing, is free to download for Android or iPhone as well as iPad and Windows Phone 8. While there are two additional tiered levels with monthly pricing where you can receive additional features, we downloaded the free version to test it out and review. When I first opened the app, it seemed intuitive to navigate; there were also helpful pop-up tips to introduce you to features and buttons and how to use them.
You can begin by pressing the camera icon at the bottom of the screen where you can choose your type of scan. This can be anything from a single piece of paper you are taking a photo of, to an ID card, a QR code, or even a batch of scans, among a few other options. Once you take the picture, you can edit it by cropping it, rotating it, or changing the filter to enhance the image quality. The image will then be saved, allowing you to import it, share it, email it, or perform other actions on it such as commenting, faxing, or adding to an album. Within the app, you can view all of your documents and create folders to organize them. You can also see what docs have been shared with others. You can easily search for any document, or sort by name, create date, or updated date.
As a first time user of the app, I found it easy to use and see how it can be a helpful tool for sending, sharing, and saving documents. To learn more about the app, visit here.