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Meet Saúl Ibarra Corretgé Who Will Present Multi-party Video Conferencing and Novel Way Bring it to the SIP World

Have you met Saúl Ibarra Corretgé? My first interaction with him online was when he "liked" my tweet I replied to his Twitter...

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Telnyx Dave Casem Interview - Democratizing the PSTN, Be Your Own Carrier

Telnyx is a key sponsor for OpenSIPs Summit May 2-5 in Amsterdam. I remember what a great job Telnyx did in its...

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Can a Class 4 Softswitch run in the Cloud?

Can a Class 4 softswitch really run in the cloud?  This was a question I got at Mobile World Congress from a...

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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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A Look at Konami's Baffling Game Awards Behavior

December 8, 2015

It may have been perhaps the lowest blow seen in the Video Game Awards, but word from Video Game Awards host Geoff Keighley is that Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was required by Konami to not only not accept any awards for "Metal Gear Solid 5", but also to not attend the awards show at all.

Keighley managed to point this out during the event, noting that Kojima had planned to attend, but was instructed not to by a lawyer representing Konami. Keighley noted that Kojima was still under an employment contract, and though this was "disappointing," it was what it was. Keighley then directed those watching his presentation of the Video Game Awards to instead send love via Twitter, which by some reports, was done in large numbers. Fans also, according to video of the event, roundly booed Konami for this move, as Keifer Sutherland accepted instead, doing so "on Kojima's behalf."

A tweet from Konami congratulating Kojima, meanwhile, turned into a river of flame directed at Konami itself.

2016's Xbox One Lineup To Be Huge

December 7, 2015

With December now about a week down and Christmas approaching--surely the JibJab Year in Review can only be a few days away!--it's about time to start looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016. We'll do both right now after word from Microsoft's marketing department personified by Yusuf Mehdi.

Mehdi--while at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference--offered up some interesting word about Microsoft's 2016 in games. Mehdi called 2016's lineup the "best lineup" that would be seen, though admittedly, Microsoft hasn't had any shortage of winners lately. Halo 5, Fallout 4, Just Cause 3...these are just three of the heavy hitters we saw in 2015, and 2016 will, by Mehdi's figures, be better still.

That's a tall order.

Three Killer Fallout 4 DLC Locations

December 2, 2015

So we're all wondering just what the downloadable content (DLC) for Fallout 4  will be, and given that the word is that Fallout 4's DLC will be shaped by fan input, I'll go ahead and put up my own input in terms of where we should be going in Fallout 4's DLC. I've got three nifty ideas that should spark some interest, so have a look and see what you think.

1. Ronto. We've heard enough about Ronto--the bastardized Fallout version of "Toronto" from the same people who turned a motel into a small settlement by calling it Novac based on "No Vacancy"--to not only know it's there, but to know that there's a lot going on.

More BioShock to Come? Almost Certainly, Say Reports

December 1, 2015

Exciting news out of the recent MKM Partners Investor conference, which featured new word about the BioShock franchise. While we haven't seen anything about the genre-busting alternate history series of late, the newest word to come out suggests that the idea of fresh BioShock is more likely than expected.

Word came out of Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick, who noted that Bioshock was to be considered "unquestionably a permanent franchise", and also one that the company believed in. Zelnick also offered word that Irrational Games co-founder--and BioShock's creator--Ken Levin was also engaged in some current work, with Zelnick noting that the projects were "something highly creative and innovative."

Given that BioShock Infinite last came out in 2013, it may be that we're about ready to hear some fresh BioShock news. A three-year lag runs about standard for each installment, with BioShock 2 hitting in 2010, and in 2007, BioShock itself making its arrival.

Buy a New Game System on Black Friday / Cyber Monday? You Weren't Alone

November 30, 2015

While the battle between Microsoft and Sony for sales dominance has been ongoing for years now, Black Friday generated good news for both sides. The ongoing battle shows no signs of stopping, but a new report suggests Black Friday was a great day for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sales.

Word from Adobe puts the two gaming systems in the top five best-sellers for electronic devices, in the same league as the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini, as well as Samsung's 4K television lineup. Moreover, the PS4 release of NBA 2K16 was actually considered one of the five products most likely to sell out this year, matching such household names as the Beats headphones or the Amazon Fire tablet. That's a big step, and underscores Sony's comparative dominance in the field.

Such sales were projected to continue through Cyber Monday and beyond, as the systems were both discounted along with a host of games for each console.

A Gamer's Thanksgiving: Things I'm Thankful for This Year in Gaming

November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015. It's going to be a little bit different this year, with a few new twists. One thing that will stay the same by all accounts is that this year I'm offering up the Gamer's Thanksgiving blog that I usually put up. There's quite a bit to be grateful for this year, so let's settle in and have a look.

First, Fallout 4.

Has EA Learned a Grim Lesson About Microtransactions?

November 24, 2015

On the surface, microtransactions are a great idea. Start with a game that's worth playing, and then let the players at said game at no charge. Then, make money with that fantastic game by offering up new options that make the game even better but aren't strictly necessary: certain weapons, costumes, keys to things, a handful of special levels and so on. The players get a great experience and the studios make money.

The New Xbox One Experience: Some Big Changes, a Few Problems

November 23, 2015

So the Xbox One update finally rolled out, and there's quite a bit going on under the hood. Some have said that this new update makes this fully Phil Spencer's Xbox One, and while that's a debatable point, it doesn't seem like he'd have any reason to deny it.

One of the biggest problems following the roll out were reports that the console wouldn't boot up very well after the update, with the console idling on the Xbox One animated logo. Users were advised to leave the console alone for 15 minutes, and then, hold down the power button until the console powered down. Wait another 15 seconds, and then turn the device back on, after which point the system should be fixed.

A Skyrim Port for Xbox One Technically Exists

November 19, 2015

For the last four years or so, Skyrim was the top of the heap when it came to Bethesda video games, by virtue of it being the most recent of the company's releases. With Fallout 4 on the way, and Skyrim about to be old news once and for all, this game with a surprising longevity is about to get a fresh spark of life.

Bethesda could have released Fallout 4 right alongside the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, reports suggest, but instead Bethesda took a little extra time with the developer kits beforehand. And where did Bethesda get its practice? Skyrim.

Yes, that means that there's currently a version of Skyrim geared to work on the Xbox One. But no, it won't be released, at least not any time soon.

Blizzard Shuts Down Reporting by the Numbers

November 17, 2015

Preface this article with a slice of onomatopoeia: Gulp.
For quite some time now, Blizzard has, on a quarterly basis, brought out word of its total subscriber numbers for the long-running World of Warcraft franchise as part of its earnings report. Now, the company has pulled back on those reins and won't be offering such announcements any longer.

The official explanation as to why comes on the heels of its last announcement at 5.5 million total subscribers, with one simple remark: "There are other metrics that are better indicators of the overall Blizzard business performance." Blizzard will instead trot out "engagement" metrics to talk World of Warcraft health. Just what those "engagement" metrics are, meanwhile, weren't discussed, and may well not be until the next quarterly report.

This almost certainly looks like a red flag to just about everybody who's looking. You're walking into holiday shopping season, all the big numbers are coming out, and what do you do?

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