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Target and Casper, Retail is now like Telecom

Retailers are now a lot like broadband providersCasper sells a mattress that rolls up and comes in a box and has rave...

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Merger Synergies and CX

Sonus is merging with GENBAND. Last year Sonus bought Taqua for $20M. The talk is all about synergies and higher EBITDA....

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Telecom Tidbits # 2457

Some help with Robocalls. Pass it along. Private equity firm, TPG, last year acquired RCN and Grande. Now they are grabbing...

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Is the Cisco VNI Right?

I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it...

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What Happened to LinkedIn?

This week there have been two posts on my feed about "We can connect but don't spam me!" The discussion was...

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If Starting Today as an Agent

If I was starting my telecom agency today, what would I do? When I started in 1999, I was selling basically...

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The Rise of AI in Communications

Data, Data everywhere but not a byte to thinkData, Data everywhere buy why are the bytes not linked? As economical compute power...

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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.



A Big Month of Indies Ahead of Microsoft

May 3, 2016

It wasn't so long ago I was wondering where the indie games were for Xbox One, and as though Microsoft was listening, a cavalcade of indies are set to hit throughout May. The focus of May will be a month-long event known as ID@Xbox Game Fest, which will feature the produce of that great independent game creating program over the course of a month.

Starting tomorrow, and going through May 9, the program will focus on perhaps the purest of indie titles, titles like "The Park," "Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime," and "Beyond Eyes." That's just the start, of course, as the next week will feature the various free-to-play games in the Xbox One arsenal like "Smite" and "Warframe," with a side likely devoted to the various currencies involved. The next week will put the spotlight on the handful of titles in the Xbox Preview Program, like "The Long Dark" and "The Solus Project." The last week will be for the "best" for the program, including things like "Rocket League" and "Rogue Legacy". A full list of games will be on hand the farther along we go.

This is good news, of course, for anyone who was looking forward to more indie fare on Xbox One; there are few better ways than outright success to try and drive a push for indies, so if the indie games can push some volume while being featured, it gives Microsoft incentive to bring more on board. I still fondly remember the Xbox 360 indie fare; while it wasn't always great, it was often unusual, and such games were certainly worth a look at.



Elgato Avea Flare Review: A Bright Idea

May 2, 2016

Ever been through a power outage? It's not pleasant. A lot of gaming infrastructure tends to go with it, and that which remains requires batteries to carry on. The light issue can be a problem too; staring into an LCD screen in the dark can be murder on the eyes.

The Fallout 4 Mod Kit Hits PC

April 27, 2016

This may well be some of the biggest news we've heard in quite some time, or at least some of the biggest news we've heard about Fallout since the release of the second piece of downloadable content. The good news is that the long-awaited Fallout 4 mod kit is finally starting to make its appearance, and is now officially available for PC.

The Fallout 4 Creation Kit, as it's known, will open the field to regular users, and give said users access to the exact same tools that Bethesda programmers used to create the game originally. With the Creation Kit in hand, users will be able to modify most anything in the game already: characters, outfits, quests, environments and more will all be on hand to toy with. Plus, there will even be a slight modification to the game's opening menu, adding the word "Mods" to the main screen, giving users the ability to access the mods already available without having to leave the game. 

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