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Why TelePacific is Re-Branding

In this podcast, I speak with TelePacific's SVP Ken Bisnoff on why TelePacific is re-branding. The CLEC of old is gone....

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Communications Tech Development = Code + Human Resources > Enter OpenSIPs Summit 2017 Amsterdam

A big difference between a successful communications technology corporation, startup or project and a flop is the development of the solution behind...

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Telecom Tidbits (part # 2450)

Amazon Using Trojan Horse Approach To Go After Smartphone Voice Market. Amazon is agressively pursuing the voice personal assistant market, focusing...

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Telecom Tidbits (#2449)

Telecom is still broken. Ordering a 1GB Internet port in a Lit building has turned from a 2 week turn up...

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Shock! IBM Reverses Telecommuting Policy. Here's Why

It's mind-boggling. It's incredible. The biggest news in tech culture is without question  the reversal by IBM regarding a telecommuting policy which...

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What does having no PSTN lines really mean?

There are firm actions starting to take place about PSTN sunset.  What this means is that our landline networks that we...

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10 Seismic Communications Trends Creating Billions in New Value

People need not apply in our brave new communications future Communications was once a person-to-person mechanism allowing individuals to collaborate or share...

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Fallout 4: One Week Later

November 16, 2015

It's been a whole week since the release of "Fallout 4"--well, just a bit under; it came out at 12:01 AM Tuesday morning, so we're about a few hours premature--but having spent a week, and a weekend, with the game, I've got a much better handle on this game, and some good and bad points have emerged.

First, this is the first Fallout game where I treated power armor as a valuable tool rather than something that's worth a fortune in bottlecaps. In Fallout 3, in Fallout: New Vegas, I reveled at the idea of putting down someone in powered armor. I worked with Mister House so I could take out the Brotherhood of Steel and claim their highly valuable powered armor. I routinely shot down Enclave troops for that valuable armor.

Sonic the Hedgehog Grows Up: Sega Promises Better Quality

November 11, 2015

That little blue bundle of speed that's been with the gaming community since the days of the Sega Genesis in the 1990s, Sonic the Hedgehog, has been a lot of things. He's been a gaming icon, he's been a lightning rod for negative comments, and he may well have been one of the biggest reasons Sega doesn't make consoles any more. But Sega's recent announcement should be giving fans a little extra hope.

Sega, in the form of Sega of America's chief operating officer Chris Olson, promised "a greater focus on quality" and work to "bring Sonic to where the gamers are." While that mostly means younger gamers--just look at the surprising success of the Sonic series currently running on Cartoon Network--that also means older gamers who remember Sonic's exclusively side-scrolling adventures. Sega's Haruki Satomi noted that Sonic's less-than-stellar outings did plenty of damage to the Sega brand in general in a July interview with Famitsu.

For its part, Sega isn't necessarily looking at catering to the older gamer just to get the Sonic image polished up, but rather slowing down a bit and putting more polish on releases.



My First Couple Hours With Fallout 4

November 10, 2015

It's been a long wait. Man, has it ever. We've been waiting for several months--or really years for those who have been waiting since the end of "Lonesome Road" back on Fallout:New Vegas like yours truly--and now, the game has finally gone live as of 12:01 AM today. Thus I spent a couple hours tonight--only so much; needed to be up and running today, after all--but the relatively sleepless night proved to be well worth it.

It's hard not to be enamored with Fallout 4, especially if you've been playing for any length of time.

What's Coming to PlayStation Experience 2015?

November 9, 2015

With some major game releases to come, it would be easy to forget that there's a major new show from Sony coming soon. It would be easy, but it would also be a bad idea. Because while there's a lot coming out between now and December, there's also a major event facing us at the PlayStation Experience.

The PlayStation Experience got some early word out of the PlayStation Blog, revealing there will be 49 games playable at the event in question. That's big enough, but the developer list is likewise impressive; Sony will be on hand, as will its various studios, including Naughty Dog, Santa Monica Studios and Media Molecule.

Brace Yourselves: Retro Xbox Gaming is Coming

November 4, 2015

One, yes, I did just riff on Game of Thrones. And why not? It's still a thing. Two, I did so a smidge unclearly; it's not Xbox gaming that's coming soon, but rather Xbox 360 gaming that's coming.

Sony Survey Wants Insight on Future Development

November 3, 2015

A recent survey making the rounds for PlayStation 4 users is asking about what features should be coming to the console. While this is good news for players, it's also a strange survey in and of itself. The question isn't so much what Sony is asking, but rather, why is it even asking in the first place?

The survey offers up such options as the ability to change a PlayStation Network ID, add custom backgrounds, and hide or remove completely certain items from the library listings. Also on the roster are the addition of classic titles, both from the PS2 era and the PS1 era.

Slate of Fallout 4 Gameplay Videos Strikes Pastebin

November 2, 2015

With just a few days left to go--those who stay up late Monday night will be rewarded with Fallout 4 gameplay--a flood of leaks has emerged ahead of what may well have been one of the best-kept secrets in gaming. Several images have leaked, but over on Pastebin, there are four gameplay leaks showing off various aspects of the game.

The videos seem mainly limited to early events; one features your character's conversation with the Vault-Tec representative at the front door, while another follows your egress from Sanctuary Hills to Vault 111. Those wondering how the residents managed to get in with a nuclear blast going on will find an answer here. A third video features interaction with the Pip-Boy on the streets of Boston in the middle of a mission, and the fourth continues the mission taking on a host of Super Mutants in a tower.

Those concerned about graphics should have no troubles here; the graphics look sharp, particularly for a handful of videos put on Pastebin.



Single Player Modes: Are They Still Necessary?

October 28, 2015

It's a strange question to ask, particularly given the video gaming market as a whole. With some very big titles coming out that will be very heavily single player, the idea that a single-player mode for most games may no longer be a necessity or even a thing any more is unsettling and unexpected. But there are some who are advancing that very concept.

While checking out the news at IGN, the question came up via IGN's "Up at Noon" series, do single player modes really constitute a necessary point any more? The idea came about after finding that "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" would be coming to last generation consoles, but only as a multiplayer option.

Summer Camp Turns Into Official Friday the 13th Game

October 27, 2015

For many, the thought of a horror movie turns to one of the big three franchise runs that started up in the late 1970s and ran clear through to the late 1990s and beyond: Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th. Now, Friday the 13th is making the jump back to video games, taking over "Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp" and turning it into "Friday the 13th: The Game."

Of course, that's a bit of a misnomer. There already was a Friday the 13th, the game, released way back in the days of the eight-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. By most reports, it was a tragedy; I played it myself as a youngster and it had the controls of a brick coupled with gameplay that might best be described as an extended variant of the shell game mixed with "Contra," coupled with a terrible ending.

This version, however, is set to bring with it all the most impressive developments that this generation's consoles and PCs can bring to bear, and that's a lot of firepower.



Free Halo Content for a Few Short Videos

October 27, 2015

With Halo 5 about ready to emerge, plenty of excited gamers are dying to get hands on the latest go-round with Master Chief and all the rest. But 343 Industries is throwing in a little something extra that shows off the kind of marketing power a game can offer.

Those who play will have access to REQ packs, which are 343's version of microtransactions. Microtransactions, in turn, are those small transactions offered commonly in games that allow users access to new points of content. These can either be cosmetic, like with new hats or costumes or paintjobs for weapons and vehicles, or even related to plot, like new areas and weapons.

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