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Where's the Margin? (Part 1)

As much as I grumble often about the VoIP/UC providers and their lack of differentiation, SD-WAN is going to be just...

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First Hackproof Wi-Fi, then Grab Some IP Communications

While most of TMCnet blog readers want to monetize IP communications, most of the world just wants to be able to use...

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Software Media Servers Help CPaaS Offerings Such as GENBAND Kandy

Cloud communications are giving customers deployment options they never had before. Big data centers running ‘you name it’ communications functions and software...

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New Flowroute Customer Onboarding Platform Lubricates CSP Porting

Smoothly and effectively onboarding new enterprises is one of the most significant operational challenges for cloud communications providers. Flowroute is aiming squarely...

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CounterPath Bria-X Delivers Cost-Effective UCaaS Solution

In the 1990s Novell had a lock on servers in the enterprise. There was no Linux but SCO UNIX and IBM's AIX...

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Stupid Mistakes Lead to Kelihos Botnet Spam Lord Arrest

Russian Pyotr Levashov spread ransomware and other malicious software through the Kelihos botnet, possibly hacked the U.S. election and probably ran the...

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Is Cloud Infrastructure Swallowing Up NFV?

Service Providers want the infrastructure to be able to scale up (and down), they want to move CAPEX to OPEX, and they...

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E3 2016: Friday the 13th Game Footage Emerges

June 15, 2016

Exciting new development as the Friday the 13th game gets that much closer to reality, as some new footage recently emerged showing us what it's going to be like at Camp Crystal Lake, and what we've got here is some very exciting content afoot.

The good news here is that not only will you get to play as one of the beleaguered camp counselors being pursued by the nigh-invulnerable killing machine that is Jason Voorhees, but you'll also get the opportunity to play as Jason Voorhees, nigh-invulnerable killing machine. As Jason, you'll do what Jason does best, roaming what I guess to be Camp Crystal Lake and putting down the various campers and camp counselors that show up in a bid to avenge his own long-ago drowning at the hands of a completely different set of negligent camp counselors.

The footage in question came from an alpha build, which means it's definitely unpolished and will almost certainly not look this way when it releases. Even the footage looks surprisingly like old-school VHS footage, a development which is particularly satisfying given that Friday the 13th got its start on VHS footage after its theatrical releases. You'll even get access to the kind of strange psuedo-teleportation ability that let Jason appear out of nowhere to attack his prey.

E3 2016: The Disaster that was Bethesda's Show

June 14, 2016

After the first-ever press conference for Bethesda at E3, in which a slate of games were introduced including the long-awaited Fallout 4, there was little doubt players were looking forward to the goodies that came out of Bethesda's show. Sadly, on many fronts, Bethesda did not deliver, and while it wasn't a complete loss, it's a safe bet no one will claim Bethesda won E3 this year.

The good news is that there were some noteworthy points out of the show. A remastered Skyrim, for example, was no longer a thing to be discussed but a new and exciting reality. Throw in the availability of console mods and that opened up floodgates on par with the best; we will soon have access to the huge array of new features and storylines developed by the user base, and that's great news for console gamers.

Meizu M3 Note Review: Smooth But Not Problem-Free

June 13, 2016

Today we've got something very unusual; our friends out at Proexpo sent out a Meizu M3 Note smartphone for us to review, and it's a Chinese-make device. I've had more than a little history with Chinese devices, and though they can be a little odd to those of us used to North American devices, they've also got a lot going for them. My time with the Meizu M3 Note shows that there's been little change in that, for better...and for worse.

The Meizu M3 Note offers up a 5.5 inch full-HD display, backed up by a Helio P10 octa-core processor, your choice of 16 or 32 gigabytes of memory, and your choice of two or three gigabytes of storage. Also included is an ARM Mali T860 image processor, a 13 megapixel rear camera with panorama shooting capability, a five megapixel front camera for video conferencing, a fingerprint recognition system with capacity sufficient for five fingerprints, a magnetic sensor, gyroscope, IR proximity sensor, digital compass and more.

Are Gaming Journalists Irrelevant?

June 8, 2016

Any time a notion like that crops up, it's the kind of thing that should take anyone aback. Are game journalists irrelevant? The answer, as is commonly the case with any broad question like that, is a little of yes and a little of no.

The notion of games journalists' irrelevance started up quite some time ago, as gaming news magazines began to shut down, much like print mags did, in the face of growing online competition.

Getting Drunk on Gaming With Mortal Kombat Beer

June 7, 2016

There have been, over the years, a variety of unusual gaming tie-ins involving food and drink. From the bizarre to the mundane, from a Super Mario Bros cereal to perhaps one of the strangest new releases: a Mortal Kombat X-themed beer from Global Beverage Traders. With three kinds on hand so far, you'll be able to enjoy some of the best in Mortal Kombat characters with a brand new drink.

Coming in Sub-Zero Imperial IPA, Scorpion Imperial Stout, and Raiden Imperial Saison, the three brews have different characteristics depending on which you go with, representing their respective individual subclasses of beer. Each comes in 22-ounce bottles, and can be found online.

Elon Musk: We're Likely All Just Characters in a Cosmic Video Game

June 6, 2016

The nature of the universe has long been a quandary of philosophers and those who have been drinking heavily alike. Recently, Tesla's CEO and technologist extraordinaire took a whack at philosophy by considering the nature of the universe, and coming to the conclusion that the universe is likely one big video game.

Musk, while appearing at the Recode Code conference, noted that he'd thought quite a bit about the idea of life being just one big video game, and that we were all essentially just participants in one big simulation. Musk reportedly noted that there was a slim chance this wasn't the case, and if it wasn't, we should all be grateful that was the case.

Musk compares technological development to the technological development of gaming; consider one of the first games, Pong. It started out as just two lines and a dot on a field.

Report: Xbox Plans to Step Into VR Come to Fruition Next Year

June 1, 2016

With all the hubbub around PlayStation VR and the Oculus Rift and a host of other entrants into the VR realm, Microsoft has remained noticeably silent about the whole thing. That's about to change as new reports suggest Microsoft could be VR-ready in 2017, complete with a new Xbox One and a new game.

The reports suggest a "major developer" out of Europe is working on a new virtual reality game to launch on Xbox One sometime in 2017. Additionally, the game would be shown at E3, though no one's saying if it will be shown privately or publicly. There was also no word on whether or not the game would be playable on all the Xbox One versions, including the couple projected for announcement at E3.

The Official Start of Mods for Fallout 4 Consoles Starts Today

May 31, 2016

Exciting news slipped out over the Memorial Day weekend, that today--May 31--was the official start of the console modding season for Fallout 4. Admittedly, it's kind of a shame we didn't get to enjoy these with the long holiday weekend--and PlayStation 4 fans will have an extra month or so to wait at last report--but then, you can't always get what you want. So what do we have to look forward to? I'm going to have a look.

One exciting mod that showed up in some previews from Bethesda was Vault 111-B.

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.

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