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SIP Trunks and Whaaaat???...Gateways...but not SBCs?

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Waiting on the Channel

Whether it is TPX CEO Richard Jalkut or other channel executives, providers are impatiently waiting on the channel to jump off...

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Solving the Data Analytics Skills Gap

Data analytics is doing absolutely amazing things for companies... Recently, Vodafone worked with a venture-backed company Celonis to improve efficiency. The results...

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Fax Still Going Strong

Last week, I had the pleasure to meet with most of our Japanese fax customers in Tokyo.  Fax, like many PSTN...

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2 Blockbuster Deals

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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. 

Fox News' Andy Levy's Problems With The Division

April 26, 2016

Normally, when a host on a news channel gets his or her dander up about a video game, it's a disaster for gamers. Cries of violence, of adult situations, or a host of other problems can emerge and potentially change what's available on the market or even make it tougher to find games altogether. That may have caused a few eyes to roll when Fox News' Andy Levy took on The Division...though the reasons may have been of the most outlandish sort.

More specifically, Levy noted--during a segment about skills for 18 year olds on Fox News' Red Eye program--that being able to level up one's character in The Division was among them. This one may have been a joke, but Levy took it to an unexpected new level, noting that players should be able to level up a character in The Division, "...despite the way Massive nerfed the crafting system and allows packs of super-geared rogues to gank you in the Dark Zone." Levy then wrapped up this short impromptu screed by spitting "Thanks a lot, jerks." at the camera.

It was the kind of thing that made most everyone blink at least once in shock; a segment about skills for 18 year olds that includes things like contributing to the running of a household, knowing how to manage money and knowing how to handle deadlines generally doesn't get much mention of video games.



Cuphead Makes a Reappearance at PAX East

April 25, 2016

With PAX East 2016 now concluded, some exciting news has emerged from the event. One of the biggest such events was the resurgence of Cuphead, which we originally saw last year at E3. This old-school--on several fronts--action shooter has gained some new ground with PAX East, and the new changes make this one just as exciting as ever.

Reports suggest that this is still the year for Cuphead's release, though it's not immediately clear if it can hold to that. The new footage revealed at PAX East says that it should be a pretty impressive piece of work, with new bosses--like a giant bird armored by a birdhouse, who uses as a main weapon smaller birds with nails attached to them.

Insomniac Games Prepares VR Slate of Games

April 20, 2016

We all knew by now that virtual reality was going to be a major development in the gaming market, but it was hard to forecast just how much development would go into the field. New word from Insomniac Games says at least three titles will be on the way, as the company announced a pair of them recently.

The first new title featured was Feral Rites, which was described as a "VR adventure brawler" that sets you out to avenge your father's death. You'll be on an island, complete with temples and jungles, and you'll be able to transform into a beast form to face down the dangerous you'll encounter while on the island. Feral Rites is set for release in the third quarter of this year.

The second new announcement was The Unspoken, a game that allows users to summon "ghastly monstrousities" and "manipulate the environment" in a bid to win points and gain ground as part of an "urban magic fight club." Users can get hands on this one in November 2016.

The third--rather, the first game announced before either of these--is Edge of Nowhere, a game that sends you out to Antartica, where you'll be pursuing Lovecraftian horrors in the great white wastes.





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