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Longview IoT Boosts Energy and Wireless Efficiency

Some of the biggest challenges slowing down the adoption of IoT are security, efficient battery usage and optimized wireless communications.One company has...

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Hallmark's Simple, Inexpensive Way to Boost Customer Satisfaction

In an effort to boost margins, companies often push more users to automated solutions such as FAQs, chatbots, voice bots and anything...

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Huawei Places the World's First 5G VoNR Video Call

Huawei recently completed the world's first voice over NR (VoNR) call. The voice and video call service was made using two Huawei...

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IGEL Advances Future of Work

IGEL is a provider of a next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces. The company’s software products include IGEL OS, IGEL UD Pocket (UDP) and Universal...

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Tata Communications and Cisco Collaborate on SD-WAN

Tata Communications and Cisco have extended their partnership to enable enterprises to transform their legacy network to a customized and secure multi-cloud...

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How to Win the 50-Year-Old China Trade War

Today and this week in-fact is historic - the left and right in the U.S. agree that we have a major trade...

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Extreme Elements Enables The Autonomous Enterprise

Extreme Networks just announced Extreme Elements which in-turn enables the autonomous network and subsequently the autonomous enterprise. In a dynamic webinar, Dan...

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Sega's Hajime Satomi Talks Consoles and Trust

July 7, 2015

If someone were to say that Sega as a company had seen better days, it would be hard to dispute that. After all, it seems like a lot of Sega's most innovative console titles are relegated to the distant past, replaced by a trickle of low-rent Sonic the Hedgehog properties. But recently, Sega's CEO Hajime Satomi offered up a bit of a rallying cry for Sega's faithful, with some new plans and a bit of "mea culpa" thrown in.

Satomi was spotted speaking to Famitsu, and Siliconera threw in the translation where Satomi noted that the company had "broken trust" with long-time fans. "Sonic Boom" had proven less than welcome, and when Sega shut down the San Francisco office and had not so much as a booth at E3 in the midst of an incredible season, it didn't bode well to the Sega faithful at all.

But Satomi did seem to throw a bone or two to those who thought that Sega was getting out of the console field altogether, drawing comparisons to that and Konami, whose plans prompted some to wonder if the company was set to leave the field.

Certainly, Sega was once a great developer.





The Fallout 4 Pre-Order Deal: A Brilliant Stupid Idea

July 6, 2015

I hate to say ill about any company willing to give away a free game in exchange for a pre-order, but there's one very serious problem with the Fallout 4 pre-order deal making the rounds on Xbox One. It's a great idea overall, but there's one small problem of logic that, in this case, prevents it from being much use.

For those not already familiar with the deal, essentially, those who pre-order Fallout 4 as a download through the Xbox Store will get a code within seven to 10 days for a free download of Fallout 3 for Xbox 360. It will be playable immediately on Xbox 360, and from there will likely be backward compatible with Xbox One, though no one's sure as yet just when that particular move will happen.

But those who want to pre-order it elsewhere will be accommodated too. A retail pre-order will net a similar download code, but will be provided when the buyer picks up the physical copy of Fallout 4 on November 10 when it releases.



A Game Ban Spree in Australia Precedes New Ratings System

July 1, 2015

If you thought there was a drought of games available in the United States, well, you wouldn't be alone. Personally, there's not a whole lot catching my attention until September 1's arrival of Mad Max ahead of the big magilla that is Fallout 4. But in Australia, the gaming drought is even worse thanks to government regulations that have seen over 200 games get banned in the country in just four months.

I assure you that you read that correctly; over 200 games banned in four months. That's an average of around two games a day, every day, for four months straight, a development that gave me a double take the first time I clapped eyes to it myself.

Nintendo and Disney: What a Combination

June 30, 2015

Sometimes combinations just work out. Peanut butter and chocolate, digital clocks and VCRs, root beer and ice cream. And then there's the idea of Nintendo and Disney, an idea that really should work out well. Indeed, it would seem to be so obvious that reports suggest even Disney and Nintendo are coming around to how good an idea it is, and the companies are poised to start working together on a "pan-media partnership," if the reports hold true.

The word is that the two companies, largely competitors in a lot of ways--just look at the amiibo / Disney Infinity project if you want to see more--may be set to start working together in a way that allows each side to use the other's intellectual property in varyious projects.

Xbox One's Game Preview System: Blessing or Curse?

June 29, 2015

So recently, being a console game buff, I got exposed to something that PC gamers have long since enjoyed, as such: the Game Preview system on Xbox One. Also known as "Early Access" over at Steam, the system allows for players to take a whack at games in a comparatively unfinished state with an eye toward getting the full version later. But how well does it work? I'd say there's good news afoot, but not without a few problems.

I've taken advantage of Microsoft's offer of an hour's free trial of the games, and I've discovered a few things.

Fallout 4: Are You Dreaming of Electric Sheep?

June 24, 2015

Today, I have a little something special for you, a bit of analysis on the recent Fallout 4 news and a potential bit of advance theory about the plotline. Normally, I like to take the news and run it through the process, providing a bit of word you may not have heard and combining it with some commentary and perspective. Today is different.

First off, you'll need to acquaint yourself with the Fallout 4 videos once again. This time, you'll want the one where your character encounters Codsworth, the Mr. Handy that's been lurking around your house for about 220 years.

So Who Won E3 2015, Anyway?

June 23, 2015

It's a question that's been going on for some time now...after E3, or most any other major event, the question inevitably comes up of just who "won" the event in question. That means different things to different people, but it's a matter of who had the biggest news, the best reveals, and overall, a greatest showing. So who took the crown this year? Oddly, it's the same as last year.

Back in 2013, it wasn't hard to pick a winner: Sony had a great show, and all but destroyed Microsoft's strange, rambling, tech-heavy show that featured a host of conclusions that consumers didn't want to hear.

E3 2015: Oh, Nintendo....

June 22, 2015

In the aftermath of E3, watching Sony and Microsoft vie for top of the heap, and watching the PC market remain in its usual calm and aloof otherspace, one thing that seemed light on the information was Nintendo. But after seeing Nintendo's run at E3 glory, I was left with one doozy of a question to ask and answer: Nintendo, what in the world are you doing?

Nintendo's E3 was marked by the appearance of puppets, though the second I saw them all I could think about was an old joke from "The Simpsons" where the family went to Japan. A poster on one of the buildings called attention to a local channel's "Digital Puppet News Team", which was pretty much what I got out of Nintendo.

But the puppet show wasn't the only interesting point of the presentation.



E3 2015: Sony's Presser Brings the Games, Wows the Crowds

June 18, 2015

With E3 steadily moving on, it's time to get a look at the second major player in the field--though these days it's more like first place considering all it's sold so far--and the news is looking pretty good for Sony fans indeed.

The earlier projections that Sony might be bringing out The Last Guardian to the show appear to have materialized, and that's got to be a welcome development for fans of the series. Those fans have been waiting quite some time, so this must have been absolutely huge for them. The Last Guardian wasn't the only blast from the past to arrive, either; in a shocking twist, Shenmue 3 actually cropped up as well, a staggering development given how long it's been since Shenmue 2 showed up. Throw in an upcoming port of Final Fantasy VII to PS4 and suddenly you've just torn the doors off the whole conference.

E3 2015: Microsoft's Presser Proves Packed

June 16, 2015

I hate to say it like that, I really do--it's a bit too much editorializing for a headline--but seriously, Microsoft was cram-a-jam full of content from its press event. It's amazing, and this after I watched the Bethesda event in which Fallout 4 got a release date. So what's got me all a-twitter about the Microsoft press event? Well, there was a lot to catch the attention, so let's run down the biggest stuff.

First off, the games.

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