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Open Letter to LinkedIn

What started as a neat online rolodex evolved into a business networking site, but now is a lousy version of Facebook....

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API of the Week: Stitch Labs Adds Flexibility to Omnichannel Commerce

As the number of sales channels explodes, companies look to automation to help them manage inventory across them all. From Amazon to...

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ITW and the Importance of Services

As many of you know, ITW has historically been about wholesale voice minutes exchange.  But as voice minutes exchange has lessened in...

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All About the API: The One Developer Event You Need

OK, I am going to start off by taking back the headline of this post... There isn't one of anything you need....

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API of the Week: Use Flowroute to Access the Multibillion Dollar Telecom API Space

Flowroute is one of the companies in technology that “gets it” when it comes to APIs. Yes, I know APIs aren’t new…...

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API of the Week: Vidyo APIs Add Value All Around Us

If you want your company to have a tremendous valuation, make it an integral part of a platform which allows others to...

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The Growing Importance of VoWiFi Beyond VoLTE

Last week, I wrote about the importance of VoWiFi as an extension to the VoLTE strategy.  When you look at the chart...

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The Division's New Update is a (Character) Killer

May 25, 2016

Updates, for a lot of gamers, are a necessary evil. They take a lot of time, pull a lot of bandwidth, and generally seem to crop up right at the worst times. The Division's recent update was more than just an inconvenience, as it took out not only some non-player characters (NPCs), but it also took down some regular player characters as well.

The 1.2 update got reports from both Ubisoft forum users and Reddit users, and it's led to Ubisoft's Natchai Stappers to call for the usernames of those affected in a bid to find out just how far this goes. Worse, this isn't the first time The Division's been hit by bugs that caused vanishing characters.

Let's Take a Trip to Far Harbor

May 24, 2016

It was easily one of the most sought-after bits of downloadable content (DLC) in a good while, and Fallout 4's recent expansion, Far Harbor, recently emerged for us to try. Thanks to my season pass, I got in fairly quickly, and what I discovered was a whole lot of excitement. Now, with a little time in Far Harbor under my belt, I can fill you in and tell you about my time there with a few basic points.

1. This place is big.

Like really, really big.



Turcom HR-903 Portable Speaker Review: Huge Sound, Portable Package

May 23, 2016

When it comes to gaming, it's hard to get by without great sound. It's possible, sure, but with so many games depending on voice acting and the right background music to heighten the mood, playing without sound is almost a good way to miss out. So the right headphones, or the right speakers, become a very big part of the package. Is the Turcom HR-903 portable speaker system the right speaker?

4A Games Is Planning Something Big For E3

May 18, 2016

With E3 just a little under a month out, there's time to wonder what's coming up from all the big developers. There's also time to wonder what's coming up from the smaller developers, and 4A Games, the developer of Metro: Last Light, has something on its plate as well for the big show.

Most of the current wisdom suggests that it will be a follow up title, carrying on the Metro lineup. This mostly stems from reports that part of the development team noted in a post on Gameinator's forums that it was heading for the big event. The post has since been removed and replaced with an emoji, which isn't exactly a commitment, but as the old saying goes, nothing on the Internet is ever really deleted.

The down side here, of course, is that the Metro series wasn't exactly a big seller to begin with.



The Nintendo NX Study in Contradictions

May 17, 2016

After the disaster that was the Nintendo Wii U, it's not surprising to see that a lot of fans are actively pinning their hopes to the Nintendo NX to put their company of choice back in the running in the console stakes. The Nintendo NX, however, may not be the place to start looking for the salvation of a company.

Word from Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima is that the Nintendo NX is not a replacement for the Wii U. Nor is it a replacement for the 3DS. Rather, it's a "new way of playing games," which Kimishima believes "will have a larger impact than the Wii U." It's considered a hybrid of console and mobile technology, and is said to be built with "industry leading" material. The system is expected to launch next spring--completely missing the holiday shopping season--out of a need to assemble a more powerful lineup of titles at launch.

Urbanears Hellas Wireless Headphones: Tough to Use but Worth the Hassle

May 16, 2016

Urbanears Hellas headphones have one particular advantage for the gamer, in that they're wireless and can work with most any device that offers Bluetooth connectivity. That's both their blessing and their curse, as I recently found out when trying a pair that our friends at the Max Borges Agency sent out for review.

The Urbanears Hellas offer a touch interface built into the exterior of the left earphone, allowing for comparatively easy operation. It boasts a built-in microphone to handle phone calls, along with a completely foldable design to ensure that they won't take up a lot of space. Both the headband and the ear cushions are washable, helping to ensure that the system will always be fresh and clean regardless of how far or how hard a user puts them to use.

Mass Effect Andromeda Pushed Back to Next year

May 12, 2016

A blow arrived today for anyone hoping to play Mass Effect Andromeda, the fourth game in the series. It's been pushed back to "early 2017," in a bid to "deliver everything the game can be and should be." At that, some eyes likely rolled into the next county, but maybe it's not a bad idea.

Bioware not only noted that the game's launch date was to be pushed back, but that we'd be getting a look at it soon enough, at the EA Play conference just ahead of E3 on Sunday, June 10. Back during E3 2015, the game was set for launch in 2016, and until just recently, it was slated for a fourth quarter launch. However, in March, an EA executive clarified, saying it was the FISCAL fourth quarter, as opposed to the temporal one.

Witcher Blood and Wine Expansion Unexpectedly Tipped

May 11, 2016

Those looking forward to the newest section of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's downloadable content (DLC) will be able to sleep a little easier as an unexpected leak may have revealed its launch date. Based on an unexpected Steam listing's arrival, the game should be available for download at the end of May.

Some spotted the expansion and noted that it reported a launch of May 31, while others reported May 30 instead. Given that the 31st is a Tuesday, that date's perhaps a bit more likely. Admittedly, with DLC, release dates are much more fluid, but sticking to the Tuesday release is a bit more likely.

It's also worth noting that the Steam listing was subsequently pulled, which lends it a bit of credibility.



V-Moda Crossfade Headphones Review: Look as Sharp as They Sound

May 9, 2016

Headphones are a valuable part of a gamer's arsenal. Sometimes you need to keep the sound down for the sake of everyone else around you, while others, all that stands between you and a really good game is the ability to talk the proper smack. For those who want really high-quality headphones, complete with an array of accessories, you'll want a look at the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless, a set of which our friends at the Max Borges Agency sent out for review.

Before I even start with the headphones, I have to say a word about the packaging. These were sent in what may have been the single most high-quality cardboard box I've ever seen on a product, sealed in part with studded faux-leather straps.

FROM Software Gearing Up for New VR Entry

May 4, 2016

Unexpected news arrived from FROM Software, a company perhaps best known for its ultra-difficult Dark Souls series. It may have something new in mind to go for its best-known title, however, based on a new FROM Software recruitment video. And the new focus is virtual reality.

More specifically, the video discussed a new title that would be coming out in 2017, and notes that it will be compatible not only with PlayStation 4, but also Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation VR. That's an interesting distinction, and suggests that FROM Software could be working on something VR-based.

Lest some start wondering about a VR-based version, word from Hidetaka Miyazaki--FROM Software's president--says that there's no plan right now for "...any sequels, spin-offs or tie-ins." However, there's every possibility that this will be a refinement of old IP like the Armored Core mech combat series, or perhaps a completely new piece.



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