Fastest growing game on Xbox Live Arcade, but why is “State of Decay” so popular.

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Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios has released some shocking news about the success of their new game, “State of Decay”.  The week after its June 5th release, “State of Decay” has surpassed 500,000 paid downloads.  This huge achievement makes, “State of Decay” the fastest selling original game ever on Xbox Live Arcade.

“State of Decay” is an innovative zombie survival game offering a unique spin of open world action, strategy and roleplaying.  You can download the free trial or purchase the full game for 1600 Microsoft Points from the Xbox Live Marketplace today.

Undead Labs, a Seattle-based development firm, has been working hard since the release rolling out updates to the game.  The first title update has already been released and the second title update is in the final certification process as we speak.  Undead Labs works directly with the game’s players through their Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as the official “State of Decay” forums.  The content of the the title updates is determined directly from player’s feedback of the game.

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Yahoo joins Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google by releasing personal information to the Government.

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Along with the other major corporations recently, Yahoo has declared that they will be releasing all of the requests made buy the U.S. authorities for information about their users.

The announcement to place late Monday night Pacific Time by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and and General Counsel Ron Bell via blog post.  This is the first of its kind by Yahoo and was very similar to the statements made by Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook.

I attempts to preserve the trust of their users, Yahoo  said that between December 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, it received between 12,000 and 13,000 requests for information, which until earlier in June companies were not allowed to release.

Apple said that they had handled 4,000 to 5,000 requests during the same time period.

Yahoo has also added that the “most common of these requests concerned fraud, homicides, kidnapping, and other criminal investigations” rather than classified requests.

However, Yahoo did not say how many user accounts were associated with these requests, like Apple and Facebook did.

Yahoo did say that later this summer they would begin issuing a twice-a-year “global law enforcement transparency report.”

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Microsoft’s Xbox One Vs. Sony’s PlayStation 4! A side by side comparison!

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Even though we still have 5 months to wait until the release of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, the cyber world is buzzing over the next generation of gaming.

Microsoft has been putting together a larger and more impressive bunker of exclusive games, while Sony has been pulling back the restrictions on the PlayStation 4 Games and is also offering a $100 lower price.

With the releases of these next generation gaming consoles, excitement and brutality is almost guaranteed.

Hardware

For the most part, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are very similar when it pertains to hardware, with just a few key differences.

The biggest difference in hardware between these two gaming titans, according to an analysis by Digital Foundry, is the type of RAM they use.  The PlayStation 4 will use 8GB GDDR5 RAM, while the Xbox One will be using 8GB of DDR3 RAM.  The Ram that will be used in the PlayStation 4 is the same type of RAM used by the majority of PC video cards and is optimized for graphics throughput.

Richard Leadbetter, from Digital Foundry, estimates the the PlayStation 4’s GPU could have almost 50% more raw Graphical computational power than than the one in the Xbox One.  This could translate to more visually appealing games on the PlayStation 4.

Here is a chart of each of the systems hardware, please click to enlarge..

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Exclusives

Both Microsoft’s and Sony’s self-published title will obviously be exclusive to their own consoles.  So you shouldn’t expect Halo, Gears of War, or Fable on the PlayStation 4, nor should you expect Uncharted, Killzone, or Ratchet and Clank games on the Xbox One.

At E3 this year, Microsoft displayed many first party titles.  Key games would include Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct, Quantum Break, Project Spark, Titanfall, and Forza 5.  Microsoft has also promised that all DLC (add-on downloadable content) for Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts would debut first on the Xbox One.

The big names from Sony to be exclusive on the PlayStation 4 include Killzone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son, Knack, The Order, The Dark Sorcerer, and 10 new indie titles.

Reports are saying that when it comes to custom content games, the Xbox One is the way to go.  The games just seem to be more exciting from Microsoft then they do from Sony.

Controllers

The handheld controllers on both Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 are descendants form their predecessors.  Both come with a new look and feel; however, the layout on both are basically the same.

The Sony DualShock 4 does feature a clickable touch pad on the front.  This feature will give developers an additional option when designing games, although we have yet to see this feature in action.

The DualShock 4 also includes a “light bar” in the front that enables motion control. With the PlayStation 4’s Eye Camera to track the position and identify where the controller is actually located  and, if necessary, adjust the split screen orientation during multiplayer gaming. The Xbox One will accomplish this task by using the Kinect.  The Dual Shock 4 will also feature a share button for social interaction, a built in speaker, and a headphone jack.

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Why are Project Management skills important and where can these skills be obtained?

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When reaching for IT and Business success, crossing the finish line takes top priority.  Due to this fact, project management has become an extremely important career path.

Author of three different books on project management, Sid Kemp, said, “In American business, growth is associated with the ability to lead other people…If you demonstrate an ability to lead teams, you’re on your way to being an IT project managers can write their own ticket at a lot of companies.”

But why do IT professionals find project managers so important?

  • IT project are constantly getting more and more complex
  • The emphasis is placed on teamwork and communication skills
  • A greater need to meet budgets and deadlines
  • The pressure on top executives to deliver results

IT Professionals who lack project-management skills may find it difficult to complete their duties in a timely fashion, leading into embarrassing mistakes if not outright chaos.  And in today’s business world, the consequences could be serve.

“We have to demonstrate some basic project/task management ability or someone else will do it for us.”According to CEO of CaseySoftware, D. Keith Casey Jr. “Currently that could mean outsourcing, offshore or not, or it could mean replacement.”

With the increased attention to IT projects, All of the members working on the project need project management skills, not just the project managers and the team leaders.  While its best for the team members to rely on the project manager to keep the overall projects on track, each individual must be responsible for their own work.

“It is essential that everyone on a project team have core project management skills,” said Kemp.  “The core of project management is self-management, which leads to highly productive work.  With these core skills, each person can define deliverables clearly, estimate their own work time and then deliver on time.  Then the entire team can build a realistic project schedule and deliver as promised.”

Now, you may be asking yourself, “I know how important project management is, but how do I acquire these skills?”  That is where we can help.  Here at New Horizons Tampa Bay, we are offering a Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Preparation course starting June 17th, 2013 and ending June 21st, 2013.  The class will run from 9 AM to 5 PM at our training facility located at 5402 W Laurel Street, Tampa Florida, 33607.  If you would like more information about our PMP Class or any other technical training, give us a call at (813)387-3500.

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Preparation class will give you the education will give you the opportunity to either the CAPM certification or the PMP certification.

PMP:

Who should apply?

The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your earning potential, the PMP credential is the right choice for you.

PMP Eligibility Overview

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

    OR

  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

This is an overview of the requirements. For complete details regarding the PMP eligibility requirements, please view the PMP Handbook for further details.

If you do not meet the PMP eligibility requirements, you may want to look at the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

CAPM:

Who should apply?

If you’re a less experienced project practitioner looking to demonstrate your commitment to project management, improve your ability to manage larger projects and earn additional responsibility, and stand out to potential employers, the CAPM certification is right for you.

CAPM Eligibility Overview

To apply for the CAPM, you need to have:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma or the global equivalent)

    AND

  • At least 1,500 hours of project experience

    OR

  • 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.

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Samsung has announced the will release two more sizes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, but when will they be release?

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Samsung has just released information for an additional 8-inch and a 10.1-inch tablet joining their already popular Galaxy Tab line.  They have already released the 7-inch model.

In their announcement today, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab 3 models in the new sizes.

It is possible that the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is ion response to the popular Google Nexus 7 and iPad Mini.  This version of the Galaxy Tab 3 features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 1280×800-pixel HD screen, and runs on Android 4.2, Also know as Jelly Bean.  The 8-ionch model will also include a front-shooting, 1.3 megapixel camera and a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera.

The larger 10.1-inch model will feature a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel processor, a 1280×800-pixel HD  screen, a 1.3 megapixel camera in front and a 3 megapixel camera on its rear.

The Smaller 8-inch model will be available in either a 16GB or 32GB model, and will be able to support up to a 64GB MicroSD Card, with 1.5GB of Ram.  The 10.1-inch model comes with the same storage options but with 1GB of RAM.

Samsung has stated that the 10.1-inch and the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 models will be available worldwide at the beginning of June.  Both of the new versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 models will eventually be available in Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G options.

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