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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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The Importance of Good Call Progress Analysis with Software Media Servers

Robo-Calls are rightly getting negative press and regulation. But Call Progress Analysis (CPA) has many legitimate uses beyond enabling Robo-Calls. Dialogic has...

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CES 2017: Razer Steps Up its Gaming Game

January 9, 2017

With CES 2017 now at an end--and a panoply of goods set to arrive on the market in rapid fashion--the gaming market saw some thoroughly impressive new options coming out, and we'll be able to enjoy these new products throughout the year. Razer, already well-known in the market for its gaming products, joined in the fray, showing off two new exciting new gaming display modules.

Project Ariana--the first cryptically-named display project from Razer--is a complete gaming wall. It works with a television to use an entire wall as a much wider display, showing off the background elements on the wall and using the monitor display as the vector for the main action elements.

That's pretty awesome as it is, but Project Valerie throws a whole new dimension into things. A laptop with three separate monitors supported by side hinges, it brings desktop PC gaming display capabilities to a highly portable device.

CES 2017: New Gaming Hardware Afoot

January 4, 2017

Hard to believe, I know, but the New Year's Eve champagne has just barely gotten warm and the hors d'oeuvres barely cooled before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) could get started in earnest again. Already, plenty of exciting items have slipped out into the general consciousness, and some items have some exciting implications for the gamers out there. Let's have a look at some of the biggest news.

New Laptops

Laptops are an exciting blend of mobility and power; not as powerful as a desktop PC, certainly, and not as portable as a tablet or smartphone, this device splits the difference and offers mobility and muscle enough for most users' satisfaction. Acer brought out a potent new model, the Predator 21 X. Boasting Tobii eye tracking systems--we've heard a lot out of these guys over the years--as well as a pair of GeForce GTX 1080 graphic cards and an Intel Core i7-7820 processor, this beast will run $9,000 starting this February.

2017 in Gaming: What to Look Forward To

January 3, 2017

The great thing about every new year in gaming is that it brings with it lots of new opportunities. Exciting new titles, new developments, and even some stuff that we couldn't see coming even if we wanted to. Which for the most part we do. So with 2017 now three days old, I figured it was a good opportunity--especially since we just ran down some of the worst that last year could offer--to take a more upbeat and optimistic look forward at what's to come in 2017.

Sea of Thieves

Rare has been known for a lot of things over the years, including being Nintendo's action game factory for several years.

The Worst of the Year: 2016's Gaming Disasters

January 2, 2017

I eventually realized that doing a best-of in 2016 gaming was kind of a dumb idea, mostly because I already covered it back in the "Gamer's Thanksgiving" article just about five weeks ago. Yeah, Thanksgiving is a little over a month old right now. Crazy, isn't it? Anyway, it hit me that the big thing left to cover before the grand parade of optimism that will be the first article of the year is the things that will make us glad that 2016's hitting the bricks.

Braven 405 Speaker Review: Deceptively Small

December 28, 2016

Looking at the Braven 405 speaker, one of which Braven via our friends at the Max Borges Agency sent out for review, it would be easy to write this off as a feeble entry into the field. Though it doesn't have the same girth as some of its contemporaries, what it lacks in mass and density it makes up for in a surprisingly rich sound experience.

The Braven 405 speaker system is a wireless speaker system, allowing for connection via both Bluetooth and a 3.5 mm speaker jack for a more conventional wired connection. It offers a 2100 mAh battery, allowing it to serve as a recharge mechanism for mobile devices as well. It derives its power readily from a USB connection, making it easy to charge via several different platforms.

Moreover, the Braven 405 is actually waterproof.

Braven BRV-1M Speaker Review: Tiny Portable Powerhouse

December 27, 2016

When it comes to speakers, Braven has delivered some exciting audio gear in the past, and it doesn't look like there's any sign of stopping now. For even better news, the folks at the Max Borges Agency sent out a Braven BRV-1M speaker for us to review, and if you're looking for a portable powerhouse that will run the show, you'll have all you need right here.

The Braven BRV-1M speaker is a ruggedized portable speaker that comes with a variety of points to deliver sound at almost staggering levels. It's sufficiently ruggedized, in fact, to boast IPX7 level waterproofing, allowing it to withstand one meter of water  to make it easily stand up to rain or wave spray. Throw in a crush-resistant frame and it will stand up to a lot of the worst pitfalls portability can generate.

Pyle Announces New Wi-Fi Bluetooth Sound Bar

December 22, 2016

An exciting new twist recently emerged for gamers out there who want a new level of experience in their gaming, no matter what the platform. More specifically, it's the Pyle Wi-Fi Bluetooth Sound Bar, and this could be a real champ for most any gaming level.

Pyle's new Wi-Fi Bluetooth Sound Bar offers two one-inch tweeters, a built-in FM stereo receiver with 20 presets, and an included remote. It can connect to systems remotely with Bluetooth access, and also offers a 3.5 mm jack to let it hook to most anything with a headphone jack.

Admittedly, I've never heard Pyle speakers before, so I can't speak to their audio quality. But a system that's able to take a 3.5 mm jack means a lot of versatility on the hoof.

Sansar: Linden's Attempt to Revamp Virtual Worlds

December 20, 2016

There's no doubt that Linden Labs has done some amazing things when it comes to the virtual world concept. In many ways, Second Life was one of the first big virtual worlds around, and though it's not as popular as it once was, it's still got the world's imagination in tow. Now, Linden Labs is set to try again with its new advance: Project Sansar.

So what is Project Sansar? Based on what the early word suggests, Project Sansar is a spectacularly ambitious project that features virtual reality operations to take what was already a surprisingly immersive world and make it even more so.

Nintendo Switch to Boast VR Capability?

December 19, 2016

You have to give Nintendo credit for being full of surprises; no more the hidebound also-ran, Nintendo is coming back from the disaster that was the Wii U in a big way, and the Nintendo Switch is leading the charge. How? There are new reports that suggest it may have a virtual reality-style headset to come with its oddly modular design.

The Switch already delivered some unusual design choices, with its strange mix of stationary and portable concepts, but now, reports showed off the complete Switch patent, including a kind of headset that could be used for VR applications.

It's referred to as a "head-mounted display" in the patent applications, which means it may not actually be VR related, but it certainly could be. Some have even projected it could be similar in design to the various smartphone-based devices on the market like the Samsung Gear VR.

The idea of a virtual reality system included in the Switch isn't impossible, but it does seem unlikely.

Could Nintendo Have Beaten Notch to the Minecraft Punch?

December 14, 2016

Minecraft is well known as one of the biggest names in construction kit games out there, and ever since, there have been a multitude of imitators and homages as Minecraft-style elements have even been added to some major triple-A titles like Fallout 4, in a sense. If gaming history had taken a different path, however, reports suggest that Nintendo might be the great creative force behind Minecraft, not Mojang.

The reports from Glixel revealed that Shigeru Miyamoto had actually been working on "experiments that were similar to that back in the N64 days, and we had some designs that were very similar." So if Nintendo could have had a Minecraft, why didn't it? Simple; Miyamoto noted "It's really impressive to me to see how they've been able to take that idea and turn it into a product."

If Miyamoto, therefore, was impressed by Mojang's development and overall product, it stands to reason that Nintendo couldn't match the job. Why be impressed by something that could have been done in-house?

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