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Unified Communications in the Cloud

A couple of weeks ago, I explored the migration to Unified Communications and gave my point of view about how the migration is somewhat...

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DieselGate: We Were Right, Something Smells Awful

Remember back in 2015 when we said something doesn't smell right in the VW diesel scandal? it would be impossible for the...

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What Should the Next Generation SBC Be Able to Handle?

It’s strange to be writing about a next generation SBC, given that it seems only yesterday that SBCs came to the fore. ...

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StaffAlerter Provides Value in Emergency Notification and IoT

With terrorist attacks and other shooting incidents becoming commonplace, the need to quickly notify large groups of people regarding dangerous situations seems...

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Top 8 IoT Trends for 2017

The IoT market is accelerating as growth comes from numerous directions and markets and as it does, one thing is very clear,...

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Google Dandelion to Popularize Geothermal?

Geothermal energy is pure perfection for heating and cooling homes in climates which are very hot or very cold because the ground...

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LANTelligence's CEO on Channel and Contact Center

After a short conversation with Martin Tracey, CEO of Unified Communications Solutions Provider, LANtelligence, we decided to do an interview to...

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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.



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.



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