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The SD-WAN solution from Cato Networks has been certified as a connectivity partner by RingCentral and in recent testing has shown to achieve a...

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How Richard Sprague has Evolved Since ITEXPO

Many of you may remember Richard Sprague from ITEXPO. He was the Senior Director, Marketing for Microsoft Response Point - their...

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ITEXPO #SuperShow 2019 Agenda Summary

My team just sent out this show agenda summary for ITEXPO and collocated events. I wanted to share it to keep you...

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Top 10 Cybersecurity Risks of the Government Shutdown

The government shutdown is dramatically impacting the world’s cybersecurity. No doubt there are major corporate and government breaches taking place now which...

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VisibilityOne Launches Crucial Videoconferencing Monitoring Solution

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ITEXPO is Next Week, Get to Know Participants Now

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As we Predicted in 2015, VW Managers are Being Indicted

On Thursday, a federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, indicted four Audi executives for playing a role in the diesel cheating scandals...

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Will The 2015 Holiday Season Be Good to Microsoft?

September 16, 2015

It's no secret that Microsoft has been behind--way behind--in terms of device sales against rival Sony. A disastrous E3 right before the systems launched left a bad taste in a great many mouths out there, and that left Microsoft struggling to come back. The newest word from the NPD Group turned out to be another blow to Microsoft's ambitions, but there may be a turnaround afoot.

Yes, the PlayStation 4 was still top of the heap for August sales, and that joins a litany of victories for Sony over Microsoft. However, there's a point worth noting that suggests a possible turn ahead.

Destiny Sequels Potentially Uncovered with Court Filings

September 15, 2015

An interesting development recently cropped up for one of the biggest shooter RPGs around: Destiny. It turns out that Bungie and Activision were planning to roll out the Destiny train a lot sooner than was originally planned, and we may well have not seen the last of Destiny as yet either.

The word came from court documents that noted that the original Destiny was set to arrive in September 2013, but didn't due to what were called "substantial revisions" taken to the story itself. The court documents themselves, meanwhile, are reportedly related to a suit between Bungie and Marty O'Donnell, and had more to say than just a delayed release date.

Indeed, the documents reportedly talk about a set of new disc-based sequels set to come out every other year until 2019, followed by the "largest downloadable content product" seen yet that was to hit in September 2020. With "The Taken King" now on hand, it's possibly the start of something much, much larger.

Naturally, this schedule is already out of date, and therefore may have ultimately been scrapped, potentially as being too ambitious in the first place.





Is Mad Max the Wasteland Match for Fallout 4?

September 14, 2015

With Labor Day weekend now one for the books, I can safely talk about how I spent a healthy dollop of it. Indeed, with September 1 recently arriving, so too did "Mad Max" arrive, and give us our first look at a wasteland that didn't have the word "Fallout" attached to it. But how did it turn out? Will it be anything against the might of the "Fallout" juggernaut?

Star Wars Battlefront Hits October With a Beta Access Mode

September 9, 2015

As if the next couple months weren't going to be stuffed full of gaming options as it was! Now, word has emerged that EA will be offering up the beta version of "Star Wars: Battlefront" for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles as well as the PC sometime in October. The exact release date may be a bit sketchy, known only as "early October", but sometime in those two weeks is going to be a very big event for those looking forward to some good old fashioned Star Wars action.

It being a beta, of course, it's not going to be the whole game. But there will be plenty to try out here, including the Walker Assault 40-player mode on the Hoth map, as well as the ability to unlock both Luke Skywalker and his dad Darth Vader.

Fallout 4 Fans, Build Your Character in Advance

September 8, 2015

Recently some exciting news slipped out for those looking forward to Fallout 4, which is probably just about everyone who's ever played Fallout 3 or Fallout: New Vegas. While there's still a shocking dearth of information about just what it is we'll be seeing and facing down in the Boston area come November 10, a new little bit has emerged from the folks at Vault111.com. While it's not conclusive, it's still an exciting notion: a means to start building your character ahead of the release date.

The character builder offers up a set of seven sliding scales, one for each of the key seven SPECIAL attributes, Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck. Users start with one point in each attribute, and can use sliders to put points into each. Once the 21 points available are distributed accordingly, the system will then display the total number of hit points the character will have, along with available action points and carry weight.

Nintendo's New Patent Application: No Discs?

September 2, 2015

For most of those who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, Nintendo pretty much rule the roost when it came to gaming. And with good reason; Nintendo had the biggest characters, the most fun games, a host of third-party developers well at work, and even a little competition in the form of Sega to help keep it honest. But fate has not been kind to Nintendo, as Sony and Microsoft have stepped in, and a revitalized PC gaming experience has likewise taken a bit of the starch out of Nintendo's sails. A new patent application, meanwhile, has suggested that Nintendo isn't out of the fight yet, and the new console may have something going for it.

The new patent application, which was filed back in February but published only recently, showed a card slot which could accommodate memory cards.

"Time Machine" Offers Us an Early Look at Virtual Reality

September 1, 2015

While the idea of virtual reality has been around for some time, the options of games to be had for it has been a lot slimmer. Indeed, virtual reality has been very light on games, at least for now...but that's a point that may be about to change as "Time Machine" hits early access.

The reports suggest that "Time Machine" can only be played in virtual reality, and it is so far one of the most impressive releases so far in the visual. While there have been some other such games to arrive--just look at the sheer number of Let's Play videos on YouTube to involve the Oculus Rift somehow--this one may be one of the biggest of its time.

"Time Machine" sends users careening across time and space, running into giant animals of uncertain provenance in a kind of strange sort of hovercraft / submarine hybrid. A pre-alpha trailer from E3 2015 proves that E3 is the gift that keeps on giving, showing off an experience that looks about like what we'd always hoped virtual reality would be like.



Want a Free Island? Just Cause 3 May Have One.

August 31, 2015

The headline may sound too preposterous to be believed, but new reports suggest that that's what Square Enix has in mind, offering players of "Just Cause 3" a chance to win their very own island, though there are set to be several strings attached.

The concept is simple enough; 90 days after the game comes out, the game's developers will check the Chaos Points leaderboard to determine who has not only bought the Day One edition, but also done the most damage and raised the most havoc on the island. Chaos Points are awarded for creative destruction of just about anything on the island, so the process should be fun enough for most anyone.

At the end of that, the top player on the leaderboard will subsequently, reports suggest, have a chance at taking an island of his or her very own. But before you grab the tanning butter and start designing a flag for your very own country, there are some fine print issues that may put you off the island life.

First, Square Enix doesn't actually specify just where this island is. Nor does it guarantee that the island in question will be "...inhabitable, developed, or reachable by any means other than a boat." That's disturbing, in its way; what kind of island is this, that floating patch of junk plastic out in the Pacific?





Bethesda's Future Plans Looking Plenty Ambitious

August 26, 2015

With time running out until the big release of Fallout 4--remember what it was like at the start of July, when November 10 looked like an eternity away--it's natural to start wondering about Bethesda's next title. But while the next title isn't exactly clear yet, what is clear is that Bethesda's got some very big plans afoot.

Some have already begun wondering if the next one in the barrel is a new Elder Scrolls, which would be about right given as Skyrim is on the other side of a lot of calendar pages; some might even say the appropriate number, given that it will be five years this November since our last non-MMO romp through Tamriel. But there's certainly room for more, here, and Bethesda's eager to take a bigger bite out of the market.

While talking to MCV, Pete Hines--Bethesda's top gun in the marketing department--noted that the company's ultimate aim was to release "...three or four big titles a year." Hines elaborated that he didn't want to end up like the company did in 2011, when it released four big titles and then "...went super quiet." No, it wanted to get to the point of "regular releases." Not so much eight to ten a year, of course, but rather one big release a quarter seemed about right by Hines' estimation.

Stop and wrap your head around that for a minute. Bethesda wants to bring out three or four games a year.





Wondering About Fallout 4's Story? Keep Wondering, Says Pete Hines

August 25, 2015

There has been plenty of speculation about "Fallout 4." Leaked video, a host of videos on various topics, the official E3 footage relentlessly picked apart and all manner of points discovered in the meantime. But what is the story? What's going on in this game? According to Bethesda's Pete Hines, that's a point we're not going to know until the  game actually releases.

The leaked video appears to have turned out right, in that it's about 20-odd minutes of Lexington, Massachusetts, getting shot up amid a horde of ghouls and raiders going to their collective reward under the withering fire of various Fallout-style weapons.

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