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GDC 2015: The Current State of Cloud Gaming or Why Azure has Sony Whipped

By Brad YaleMar 12, 2015

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure to represent InformIT.com/Pearson Education at GDC 2015. While at the game developers conference, I gained further perspective into a growing line of thought which has been growing in my mind for a while. As a Playstation guy through and through, this saddens me to say, yet: even though Sony Playstation has made excellent leaps forward in terms of providing the PS4 market with cloud gaming, the Microsoft XBox One has the competition whipped.

My contention going into GDC 2015: The Microsoft XBox One is a cloud computing platform in the form of a console while the Sony PS4 is a console reaching into the cloud gaming space.

My contention leaving GDC 2015: Not only is the Microsoft Xbox One way ahead of the Sony PS4 in terms of cloud gaming, the Azure cloud platform is flat out, incredible.

Here's why.

Brad Yale

How the Internet Works: Platform As A Service

By Brad YaleFeb 26, 2015

In an ongoing effort to shed light on basic concepts within the Internet, this article is going to touch on a underlying principle of cloud based solutions, PaaS. This article will aim to answer the following questions:


  1. What is PaaS?
  2. How does PaaS Work?
  3. How is PaaS Different than Traditional App Development?
  4. What are the Major Benefits of PaaS?
  5. Who Should Utilize PaaS?

  6. If you need a refresher on how the cloud works, check out "How the Internet Works: The Layers of the Cloud"

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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.   

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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.  

Brad Yale

InformIT Labor Day Programming Event

By Brad YaleAug 28, 2014

Welcome to the InformIT Labor Day Event.

From August 28th - September 3rd,  the following deals apply to all ebooks, books, video learning lessons, interactive learning lessons, software and practice tests:

- Purchase three or more titles. Save 55%. 

- Purchase two titles. Save 45%. 

- Purchase one title. Save 35%.

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*30 Day Trial to Safari Books Online**

Coupon code (Case Sensitive):  LABORDAY

Brad Yale

How the Internet Works: The Layers of the Cloud

By Brad YaleAug 26, 2014

Too often the vast majority of online articles and blogs concerning the Cloud talk about the technology through the guise of generalization as if saying "the Cloud" multiple times succinctly and clearly explained everything about "the Cloud"

Well, as a believer in the more knowledge you have the better, below is a quick starter course in Cloud education aimed at peeling back the layers of "Cloud Computing" to introduce you to SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. In this entry of "How the Internet Works", the Cloud is broken down into its core elements.

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How the Internet Works: TCP/IP, Trace Routes and Hops

By Brad YaleAug 14, 2014

In an attempt to educate you about how the Internet works, this blog post will serve as the first in a long line of posts to come titled "How the Internet Works". My aim is simple: educate readers how various aspects of the Internet work, why they are important and how you can utilize them for personal means. This week in "How the Internet Works" TCP/IP, Trace Routes and Hops.

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On The Importance of Continued Education

By Brad YaleAug 12, 2014

Normally, I use this space to talk about tech issues. In a way, I will use this post to do that yet more than anything else, I am going to use this space to talk about the reality of continuing to learn in a professional setting. More specifically, I am going to use this space to talk about the importance of continued education in a professional/personal setting and some of the interactive tech tools – Learning Labs – InformIT offers to help you to continue to learn. I promise you, you’ll love Learning Labs.

 

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