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BT leverages the power of Rapport™ APIs to drive service innovation in a 3 days hackathon

By: Sue White, Head of Communications and Collaboration Marketing, IP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent

I crossed the English Channel to spend a few days in Ipswich. Not to explore its beautiful port but to participate in the hackathon organized by BT, hosted by its Innovation Hub in Adastral Park (7th to 9th July).

ALU.8.4.15.a.jpgHackathons are flourishing these days. These are fast, dynamic, creative
events in which software developers collaborate intensively around ideation and prototyping with specific Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and on dedicated themes such as mobile apps, internet of things, home automation, connected car, etc.

BT leveraged our Rapport APIs and Rapport Sandbox to run their first hackahon. Rapport is our communications software platform, used by service providers and large enterprises to deliver voice, video and messaging.

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IPX Can Enable Revenue Innovation for Voice Wholesalers--Part II

In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about a couple of revenue generating ideas for IPX providers. So how can...

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YipTV Offers Free Trials for International TV

The news of OTT video growth hasn’t abated – Netflix continues to impress with earnings, Verizon reportedly has a new millennial-aimed OTT...

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IPX Can Enable Revenue Innovation for Voice Wholesalers--Part I

When I attended International Telecoms Week (ITW) back in May, I wrote about how voice wholesalers are looking to expand their...

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Expect Cloud UC Player BroadVoice to Acquire and More Inside Scoop

BroadVoice begins to construct new headquartersBroadVoice has been having a great deal of success lately – they’re moving to a new HQ,...

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How The Marketing Behind U.S. Presidential Campaigns Works

While social media has become a big factor in political donations in the last decade or so, its worth pointing out a...

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Why Broadband May Not Be The Answer

This is a look at a typical Internet Minute: And that is the consumer stuff filled with social and real time...

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Gamescom 2015: It's a Bigger Event Than You Think

August 4, 2015

Gamescom isn't exactly a big name for a lot of people; it's certainly no E3, and it's even not quite a match for the Penny Arcade Expo. But this German game trade show is regarded as one of the biggest events of the year, and with good reason.

No matter what your gaming system of choice is--whether you take a side in the console wars, believe Nintendo still has a chance to take it all, or count yourself as part of the Glorious PC Master Race--you've got a lot to look forward to. In fact, one recent listing found out at IGN suggests fully 65 games making some kind of appearance at the show,with quite a few to get playable versions on the show floor.

First, Nintendo's actually going to have a fair crop of games on hand here. "Chibi-Robo!



Twitch Drops its Flash Viewer for HTML5

August 3, 2015

You might have heard recently that Mozilla and Google actually dropped support for Flash from their Firefox and Chrome browsers. This isn't great news for Flash, which had already been taking it on the chin for some time as far back as when Steve Jobs gave it a metaphorical working-over. But Twitch has joined a host of other firms pulling support for Flash and putting that support behind HTML5 instead.

Twitch, owned by Amazon, is rolling out controls with an HTML5 basis on what's described as a gradual basis. Right now, it's mostly focused on the video player's controls, but it's likely to carry on from there.

Fallout 4 Theories Confirmed: How You Survived the Vault

July 29, 2015

Fallout 4 has had plenty of news come out around it over the course of the last few weeks, and will likely have plenty more afoot before the game actually arrives in stores. One major point has been settled: just how you--as the player--managed to survive, and as it turns out, our earlier projections were proven somewhat right.

You'll remember that, back in late June, we offered up three possible projections as to how you can not only be alive for 200 years after the bombs drop, but sufficiently alive that your Mr. Handy unit Codsworth recognizes you. There were three ways I could immediately project, and those were cryogenics, cloning and the thought that you were an android duplicate as opposed to a human being.

At the time, I put the weight on the android theory, with cryonics second and cloning as the long shot. A new report in Game Informer notes that, 200 years after the fact, you'll be emerging from cryosleep as the last survivor of Vault 111.



There's One Big Problem With the Fallout 4 Mod Tools...

July 28, 2015

...they don't technically exist yet. That's right; the mod tools for "Fallout 4" aren't actually around to do anything with.

That's not exactly great news, especially for a game that's big selling point was its ability to be modified. But there's actually a good reason for this; reports direct from Pete Hines say that the company is focusing on getting the game done ahead of its November launch date. Then, in 2016, the company will move to mod tools in 2016.

With the launch date a little over three months out, the news that "Fallout 4" is "basically done," as a separate report from Pete Hines noted, means that there's just a few basic things to do.



Five Nights At Freddy's 4 Arrives, Already

July 27, 2015

Remember that first time you played, or just watched, Five Nights at Freddy's, and Chica or Bonnie--probably not Freddy at first--jumped out of nowhere and waggled their collective anatomy in your face? Remember jumping in your seat? Well, we just got a similar-style scare as the release of "Five Nights at Freddy's 4" leapt out of a dark corner and waggled a $7.99 price tag at us.

Yes, that's right; the game that everyone thought wasn't coming until Halloween is apparently now available on Steam at the aforementioned $7.99 price tag. There were reportedly some issues with the fullscreen option, but reports suggest that Cawthon expects fairly quick fixes for it.

Keyboard and Mouse for Xbox One May Be Coming Soon

July 22, 2015

While console gamers and PC gamers have been somewhat at odds of late, there are some surprising interminglings that make these two seemingly disparate groups more similar than some might expect. A new development coming fairly soon to Xbox One will narrow the gap still further, as support for keyboard and mouse is "not far away."

The word about the new control scheme came from Microsoft's Phil Spencer, who hit Twitter with the news. Though there was already keyboard support for Xbox One, according to reports, the move will mean official support for the devices, without the need for adapters, end runs, or anything similar.

Spencer reportedly also noted a possibility of streaming a Windows 10 PC to the Xbox One, and also the Xbox team is said to be working on the reverse as well, where the Xbox One's content can be streamed to a PC, a feature that will reportedly go live when Windows 10 does.

Having gamed on PC before, and having largely switched to console since thanks to the greater simplicity and ease of use--I've long since had enough of adjusting settings and checking box specs before buying a piece of software--I can say that there's not much I miss about the PC gaming experience. Sure, there are games I'd love to see migrate to consoles that are playable on PC.





Five Nights At Freddy's Four Trailer Launches, Fanbase Freaks Out

July 21, 2015

Although the headline might sound like a slam on Five Nights at Freddy's--or FNAF, as it's commonly known--fans, I have to admit they've got good reason. The fourth installment of Five Nights at Freddy's, set to arrive this Halloween and just under two weeks ahead of Fallout 4, looks like it's about to do something totally different.

While admittedly, the layout of every FNAF title has been different--the smaller Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria to start with, the larger version of the second one, the Fazbear's Fright horror experience of the third--each has been in a business revolving around these animatronic horrors. But this version, the trailer revealed, will be somewhere completely different: someone's house.

Naturally, that's got a lot of people wondering what the deal is, and while it's possible that we're not actually in someone's house but a clever facsimile of same, the trailer shows what is clearly a house with beds, at least two hallways, a closet, and similar such features.



Will Skyrim Improve Fallout 4? Todd Howard Says Yes.

July 20, 2015

It's been the universal problem for Fallout games since the third one, and in many ways, the problem with pretty much every Bethesda game so far: glitches. Those random, game-breaking bugs that have players clipping through rocks, falling through the floor into the universal nothingness beneath the thin crust of a gaming reality, and just plain old locking up, forcing a hard reset and recovery from a save that hopefully wasn't corrupted.

But new reports from no less than Fallout 4 director Todd Howard suggests that Skyrim's problems may mean a saving grace for Fallout 4.

Howard noted that the biggest concern, as far as Fallout 4 went, was protecting saved data. If the game crashes, well, that's a problem, but a problem that can be fixed with a simple reset.



Fathom Events Readies International DOTA 2 Championship for the Big Screen

July 15, 2015

With all the post-E3 fallout, not to mention all the news about the latest Fallout, Fallout 4, we haven't heard a lot about the e-sports market lately. But needless to say, this is a field that's still going great guns by most every applicable standard, and there's one big point that will help fuel that concept as the International DOTA 2 Championship makes its way to the big screen.

More specifically, Fathom Events--a firm already well-known for providing unusual event releases to movie theaters--will be bringing the International DOTA 2 Championship to movie theaters. The event will be broadcast live, according to reports, and seen at almost 400 theaters throughout the United States. A complete list of said theaters can be found at Fathom Events' website, with updates said to be made "daily."

Naturally, this is one of the biggest events in the e-sports calendar, and there will likely be plenty of viewers on hand at Seattle's KeyArena to watch the action live.



QuakeCon 2015: Another Bad Bright Idea From Bethesda

July 14, 2015

I don't know what's going on out in the hallowed halls of Bethesda these days, but these guys keep putting out some really great ideas with absolutely catastrophic downsides to them. First it was offering a giveaway game that most of its target market probably already had, and now it's a strange development out of QuakeCon 2015, featuring one of the most hotly anticipated games of the year, Fallout 4.

This time around, the idea focuses on QuakeCon 2015, a major event by any standard boosted to a fever pitch by the revelation that, this year, there would be a special gameplay demo of Fallout 4 joining the fracas this year, along with new looks at Doom and The Elder Scrolls Online. Great, except for one key point: the Fallout 4 demo will not be streamed, but only shown to attendees.

See what I mean? Another great idea with serious downside.



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