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Brad Yale

The Rise of Communication through Haptic Feedback

By Brad YaleJan 14, 2015

For most of us, haptic feedback takes two forms - a vibrating phone in your pocket alerting you to an incoming message and key stroke vibrations when typing a text message/playing a game on your smart device. This though, is a shame because as Apple and Google engineers know, haptic feedback could be and should be used for so much more.

Brad Yale

The Uncoupling of American Content Society

By Brad YaleJan 12, 2015

If 2014 and CES 2015 has taught us anything, it is this: for the first time in American television consumer history, the consumer is gaining the upper hand in how, when and why they watch content. With announcements of single streaming services made by HBO, CBS and a variety of other cable stations in 2014 matched with Netflix, Amazon, Chromecast and the announcement of Sling TV at CES, 2015 might finally be the year when consumers ditch cable for selected streaming content.

In this spirit, here are four reasons why 2015 might be your year to leave your cable provider for streaming content services.

Brad Yale

Mobile Security: Physical Location Tracking

By Brad YaleDec 5, 2014

On the level of global commerce, we are addicted to devices. By the start of 2015, it is estimated there will be 3 billion Android devices in circulation around the world. Of those, there are roughly 19,000 distinct devices in operation. On the same accord, there are roughly 550 million active iOS devices globally with another few hundred million being phased out. As a global culture we love our mobile devices. Yet here is the thing, by all measures, our devices aren't all that secure. In both data and physicality, our devices have an operational tendency to betray us. 

This said, a question: what is more worrisome, mobile data security risks or mobile device physical security risks? 


Brad Yale

SEO 101: How to Search More Effectively

By Brad YaleDec 1, 2014

Google drives online life. There are roughly 40,000 global search queries every second. 40,000 search queries every second equates to roughly 3.5 billion global search queries per day. 3.5 billion search queries per day translates to roughly 1.2 trillion global search queries per year. As of the writing of this article 3:38 EST on 11/25/14, there have been 2.618 billion searches today. 

Search is critical to online life. Like blood flowing in your veins, search is the life force of the Internet. And yet, no one ever tells you how to search. There are tips and tricks you can use to make your search queries more effective, more targeted. Below are some of those search tips. 

John  Traenkenschuh

Well Played, Microsoft, Well Played

By John TraenkenschuhNov 23, 2014

Microsoft has always found support for its platforms by providing an excellent development IDE.  Now, that IDE is free, in most circumstances.

John  Traenkenschuh

Free Visual Studio?

By John TraenkenschuhNov 20, 2014

Just got notice that Microsoft is making a full-featured version of Visual Studio available--for free.  Traenk is happy.

Brad Yale

15 Critical SEO Terms

By Brad YaleNov 10, 2014

When you are new to any field, part of playing catch-up is learning the lexicon. Like any other field, SEO -Search Engine Optimization - is full of terminology which might seem like another language yet will prove critical to your ability to carry out everyday tasks of the professional SEO. 

With this said, here is a list of 15 Critical SEO Terms which you need to know. 

Brad Yale

Android Application Battle: Advanced App Killer vs. Task Manager

By Brad YaleNov 4, 2014

I suspect every Android users has, at least once, downloaded the Advanced App Killer. I suspect in an effort to free up RAM and to have more free operational memory allowing the device to run smoother, the idea of the Advanced App Killer appeals to many users. With over 50 million downloads, the Advanced App Killer ranks among the most downloaded applications currently available in the Google Play Store.

Popularity aside, a question needs to be asked: does the Advanced App Killer actually work? When compared to the internal task manager installed in every Android device, is the Advanced App Killer a more efficient avenue to free up memory and RAM?

Is the Advanced App Killer when compared to every Android Task Manager, worth downloading?

Brad Yale

Why Open Source Matters: Musings from All Things Open 2014

By Brad YaleOct 23, 2014

A few months back I wrote a post titled "Why Open Source Matters: Musings from OSCON 2014". The post covered five reasons why Open Source matters. Those reasons were/are:


  1. Code, Glitches and Open Source Security
  2. Open Source Software
  3. GitHub
  4. The Stringent Control of Proprietary Software
  5. The Endless Ability to Test, Play and Alter

While those reasons still ring true, I want to use this space to center in on another topic speaking to why Open Source and OSS matters more than ever: project management and time constraints.

John  Traenkenschuh

Risk Management Versus Vulnerability Analysis

By John TraenkenschuhOct 21, 2014

Vulnerability Analysis is deceptively easy. Security Red Teaming requires more than that.

Brad Yale

How the Internet Works: The Deep Web

By Brad YaleOct 21, 2014

The Deep Web. The Deepnet. The Invisible Web. The Hidden Web. 

Maybe you have heard of the Deep Web. Maybe you even know how to access the Deep Web. 

Chances are though, you've never heard of the Deep Web and you have no idea how to access it. The Deep Web sounds mysterious, elusive and somewhat dangerous. By all accounts, it is all these things. 

So, what is the deep web? How does the deep web work? How do you access it?

In this installment of "How the Internet Works", we tackle the mysterious Deepnet.   

Brad Yale

How the Internet Works: A Call for Personal Security

By Brad YaleOct 13, 2014

It's very easy, after reading "The Snappening" Snapchat security breach news, to determine fault lies with users. It would be very easy and convenient to blame the leak not on the leakers, but on the users who sent sexually explicit materials to friends, lovers and strangers. This conclusion is easy to draw yet, it only skims the surface of the true issue at hand.  

Whatever you think of the materials leaked, the larger issue at play in "The Snappening" is how the public relates to, understands and uses public Internet architectures. If anything, "The Snappening" should serve as a beacon call for greater Internet security practice enlightenment. 

In this version of "How the Internet Works" we cover public Cloud architectures and the need for increased Internet security practices learning.  

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