How much are we really using the internet?!

 In today’s society we use more internet in 1 second than we used during the entire year of 1993!

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That doesn’t really come as a surprise considering the moment we walk into a new place our first question is more than likely going to be, “What’s the password for your WiFi?”. With new technology coming out faster than we can keep up, we are finding ourselves constantly on the internet. Whether we’re just scrolling through Facebook to catch up with friends and family or we’re replying to a work email. Our internet usage has increased so much, in fact, that the world’s usage in a single second surpasses that which was used by the world in the entire year of 1993.

In 1993, only around 1-3% of classrooms and 23% percent of people had access to the internet, and it was not at all commercialized, though that would change completely by 1995. Now the internet is in nearly every household and every public building. You can almost get internet on any public street. It is reported that 1.2 billion people own and/or are using some kind of smartphone regularly, not to mention those who have them, but let them stay idle most of the time.

Read more at OMG Facts.

New Horizons – Tampa Bay Featured in PMP Daily!

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The PMP Daily is a web based “paper” that provides a multitude of information about Project Management. Everything from exam prep to Project Management tips! 

Yesterday’s PMP Daily included an Education section that we were featured in because here at New Horizons – Tampa Bay, we offer PMP training AND certification!

You may be wondering, “Why should I take the exam and become certified after my course?”

Our answer is, “Why not?!”! 

If you’re going to do the training you need to get your certification and that job promotion while you’re at it!

If you’re still uncertain about Project Management training or if you want more information about PMP check us out on the PMP Daily or at our website!

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Project Management is an opportunity!

Project Management is an opportunity!

We’re often asked, “What is Project Management?”. Webster defines it as; the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals in scientific or daily problems. Here at New Horizons, we define it as “an opportunity”. And who wants to pass up an unbelievable opportunity?!

Project Management is an opportunity to start a new career or gain the knowledge necessary to advance in your current career!

If you’ve ever considered becoming a Project Manager, now is the time! Sign-up for our upcoming Project Management Professional course on April 14, 2014.

Visit us at http://www.nhtampabay.com/localweb/popup/classinfo.aspx?CourseKey=200011655&GroupID=218 for an outline of the course and more information! Or call us at 813-387-3500!

Netflix has rolled out profiles in order to recommend better shows to individual viewers!

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Have you ever been looking through your Netflix for Mad Men and wondered who watched Pretty Little Liars? Well Netflix has stepped up to the plate on this one.  Their latest addition to their streaming services will let families and friends who share the same account to set up user profiles so that Netflix can actually suggest recommendations that you will want to watch,

The user accounts, which where introduced last Thursday, can divide a single Netflix Account into five different profiles at no additional cost from the standard $8 a month.  Netflix is hoping that its 37.6 million users will add the profile feature to their accounts in order to assist Netflix recommendation system to determine difference between viewers with drastically different tastes.

Before the release of different users accounts, it was very difficult for for Netflix to decipher between different viewers preferences.  Netflix was unable to tell the difference between a dad watching The Walking dead and his daughter watching Rugrats.  This would result in Netflix giving mismatched suggestions that would include content for mature audiences and child-friendly programming.

Neil Hunt, Netflix’s chief product officer, is quoted in saying, “If the kids have been watching a lot of Shaun the Sheep, that doesn’t particularly help us help you find the next gritty drama to watch after they have gone to bed.”

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There are changes to Microsoft’s Xbox One before its even released!

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While Sony’s PlayStation 4  took the lead over Microsoft’s Xbox One in technical specifications and high performance elements when the two consoles were first announced, you can expect to see some changes before November.

At Gamescon, in Cologne, Germany, Product Chief Marc Whitten brought up the Xbox One.  During Gamescon, Whitten announced that Microsoft has made some improvements  to the Xbox One gaming console, including a six percent increase to the graphic processing unit’s speed form 800 Megahertz to 853 Megahertz.

When first announced, the earliest of the two consoles put Sony’s PlayStation 4 far in the lead in a number of aspects.  For instance, The PlayStation 4 will have around triple the memory bandwidth of Microsoft’s Xbox One.  In a nut shell, the PlayStation 4 will be able to communicate with all of its components a lot faster than Microsoft’s Xbox One will, at least where it stands now.  Another current advantage that Sony has is its 8 Gigabytes of 5500-Megahertz GDDR5 RAM, compared to Xbox One’s 8 Gigabytes of DDR3 RAM that is clocking around 2133 Megahertz.  The faster speeds of the PlayStation 4 will help games perform and load faster with less lag.  The PlayStation 4 also has a higher-performing graphics processor.

Even though Microsoft has increased the graphic processor of the Xbox One, it really may not be able to catch to Sony’s PlayStation 4 Specifications.  Microsoft, however, is sending a different kind of message.  Microsoft could continue to make changes to the Xbox One to make it more powerful in the months before the November release of both consoles.

What Microsoft does have a few things that can help it out.  The consoles success does not rely on its power alone.  Another key factor is the line up of games it will offer.  If the Xbox One can have better exclusive games than the PlayStation 4, then they may just have a superior console on its hands.  Even if Microsoft got an earlier release date on the bigger name multi-console games, this would put Xbox One at a greater advantage.  Another thing that Whitten said was that Microsoft has been working on making developing a lot simpler for the Xbox One.  This could pull some developers from Sony’s PlayStation 4.

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Intel is making a big hairy deal with the South Korean film market!

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The Intel Corporation has a new business venture in South Korea and it doesn’t have to do with supplying Samsung Electronics with more hardware.  Intel has starting to assist the country in making three-dimensional movies.

Korean Animation technology is a little behind from their western counterparts.  This helps to explain why science fiction movies are not as popular in the big Korean film market.

Intel is testing that market by providing some of their high-end chips and cloud computing technologies to Dexter Studios for their upcoming film Mr. Go,  A new Korean movie that features a three-dimensional gorilla named Ling Ling.

President of Intel Korea, H. S. Lee, said at a news conference in Seoul last week, “For the depiction of a realistic move of a big wave, each and every drop of water is drawn through detailed and  complicated calculations of an equation.  The same goes for the movement of an (animal) fur.”

The film studio’s CG department, Dexter Digital, says that Ling Ling for Mr. Go comes with somewhere between two to 3 million strands of fur.

The planning and marketing director at Dexter, Lee Yoon-suk, had this to say, “Without the right hardware performance, it would have been impossible to make the movie.”

Dexter used supercomputers that ran the Intel’s Xeon E5 processors to make the film.

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Microsoft to Release their restructuring plan as early as Thursday!

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According to AllThingsD, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Chief Executive, is expected to announce a major and long awaited restructuring at Microsoft as early as Thursday.

It is likely that Ballmer will realign the company around devices and services (software) in both the business and consumer sectors.  After writing the note stating, “this is really a new era for our company.”, Ballmer might have already laid the groundwork for this transition.

These major changes are expected to put the President of Skype, Tony Bates, in charge of relationships with software developers, according to a Bloomberg report last week.  Windows head, Julie Larson-Green, is expected to manage the hardware engineering for all of the devices through out the entire company.  This position was considered to former Microsoft gaming chief, Don Mattrick, before  he left the company last week to take over Zynga.

The Windows OS engineering is said to be given to Windows Phone software head Terry Myerson.  Satya Nadella, the current head of the server side of the business, will control a division centralized in cloud computing and other enterprise products.  According to Bloomberg’s sources, Qi Lu, who currently runs the online group, would now manage an engineering unit in charge of Bing as well as Office and Skype.

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Google’s smartphone lead over Apple is shrinking!

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Google’s Android operating system is still leading the pack when it come to smartphone sales in the United States; however, Apple iOS is right on their tail.

From March to April, 52 percent of all the United States were Google’s Android based phones, showing a little gain from their standing this time last year.

In the same breathe, iOS took home 41.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone sales.  Apple partnership with T-Mobile had to do with at least some of their sales increase.

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo had this to say, “The highly anticipated release of the iPhone on T-Mobile has benefited iOS in the latest three-month period,  though it has not yet impacted T-Mobile’s share in the market.”

The iPhone 5 was the best selling smartphone for T-Mobile over the quarter ending in May, even through the carrier ;launched the phone in mid April.  T-Mobile also managed to bring in a lot of first time smartphone buyers.

“Among all T-Mobile subscribers who picked up an iPhone from March through May, 53 percent upgraded from a feature phone,” Said Kantar. “That compares with the average of 45 percent of iPhone buyers who jump from a feature phone.  The iPhone also stands to gain more T-Mobile customers down the road.  Among T-Mobile subscribers who plan to change their phones over the coming year, 28 percent are eyeing the iPhone.”

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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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