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2018 (Likely Wrong) Predictions

Last year, I refrained from making any telecom predictions.   And no one complained.  And this year I was content to continue down...

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20 Years Later, Dialpad Disrupts Communications Again

History was made this week As Dialpad launched a free version of their UCaaS platform for up to five users. This amounts...

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MegaPath Leverages Years of Experience to Lead in SD-WAN

MegaPath is in a unique position in the SD-WAN space as they were on the leading edge of the MPLS curve...

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Value Added Services In IoT

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to speak at TechXLR8 Asia in Singapore.  It was a dynamic conference covering...

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TELoIP Brings SD-WAN to Companies of All Sizes

The market predictions for SD-WAN growth show a hockey-stick. What is most interesting about this growth is it’s literally across the spectrum...

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SD-WAN is Booming and Airespring is Providing its Customers Innovative Solutions

SD-WAN is eating the WAN, cloud and IP communications all at once. We’ve all seen the amazing projections of market growth but...

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TPx Communications Successfully adds SD-WAN to its Portfolio of Services

IP Communications is just one of the important areas where SD-WAN is making a big impact. One company, TPx Communications got its...

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File Under "What?" Nintendo Shuts Down the Classic Edition

April 17, 2017

Some business decisions look positively ludicrous on their face, and Nintendo recently made one of these itself. Starting this month, Nintendo will shut down production on the Classic Edition and, with that, take a major revenue stream out of the market.

It's a shocking move by Nintendo, especially given that the Classic Edition--a system containing 30 classic games--has been frantically selling out in stores for the last six months.

As for reason, there doesn't seem to be much of one. A Nintendo representative noted that the system was never "...intended to be an ongoing, long-term product," further noting that added shipments were brought in to augment the original plans.



Project Scorpio: Is This the End of the Console Wars?

April 11, 2017

The recent revelation of Project Scorpio's specs represents a big advancement in gaming, thanks in large part to the sheer amount of horsepower under that hood. But there's something else underneath this concept that's got people wondering if maybe this is the end--my only friend, the end--of the console wars for good, replaced by fairly routine numbers of hardware upgrades.

The early word about the Scorpio can only be described as good: the hardware involved makes the PS4 Pro look like a sick old woman by comparison, and suggest that 4K resolution at high-end frame rates is not only possible, but likely.

Naturally the price is a concern: the early word suggests this is a $500 package ready to go, and that's higher than the PS4 Pro's $400 sticker. Additionally,  there's the question of whether or not the games will be able to run at that resolution.



New Details Emerge on Bethesda's E3 Show

April 10, 2017

After the 2015 E3 event, where Bethesda stunned a nation of gamers by both revealing its long-awaited Fallout 4 release and announcing its release date less than six months later, Bethesda's E3 show became one of the first big things to look forward to about arguably the biggest gaming show on Earth. Now, new details have slipped out about the 2017 Bethesda event, and depending on how far you want to take rumor and conjecture, we could be in for a doozy of a 2017 in gaming.

First, the company's opening things up once again to regular folks, though it's not immediately clear just how those regular folks will be included. Some suggest a lottery or drawing system, while others figure it might be first-come-first-served. Though while the mechanics aren't clear, what's clear is that regular players will be allowed in in some percentage alongside the likely live-streaming event.

Additionally, the event's time and date has been established, so set your clocks for 6:30 PM Pacific time--do the math to apply that to your own time zone--on June 11.



Is Now the Time for a Disc-Free Console System?

April 4, 2017

What a difference a few years makes. I remember, very actively, when Microsoft first brought out the notion of a disc-free system when it introduced the Xbox One back at E3 2013, a debacle so pronounced that the derisive laughter spawned by the "Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video" still echoes throughout the E3 floor. Now, however, there are reports to say that some gamers are ready for a disc-free future. I'm personally not one of them, but even I must admit, I can see their point.

Essentially, some are suggesting that a disc-free system could survive in the world of the present, at least potentially as a separate version to be sold alongside the standard disc-driven version.

Bad News for Switch Fans: Your Game Data Isn't Safe

April 3, 2017

A new report emerged recently to suggest potential bad news ahead for fans of the Nintendo Switch. While there were plenty of reasons to like the Nintendo Switch, there was one significant problem that emerged: there's no way to save game data outside of the system itself.

No backup is possible with the Switch, at last report, and that means that if something goes wrong with the system, any save data that was kept on said system is likewise shot. Word from GamesRadar's Anthony John Agnello spelled out the situation following a disaster situation when, for reasons unknown and wholly unclear, Agnello's system had a critical system failure. Agnello, taking advantage of the system's warranty, sent the system to Nintendo for repair, and got disastrous news in response.

Nintendo notified Agnello that "the issue has made some fo the information on this system unreadable." With that grim pronouncement, Agnello lost save data, settings, and links established with Nintendo Accounts.



Gamestop Expects Shaky Supply of Switch for the Year

March 28, 2017

Say what you will about the Nintendo Switch, but it's not only selling well, but it's still selling well. Gamestop reports that, by and large, when a shipment is received it sells out within hours. That's unusual in and of itself, but it gets stranger: Gamestop expects this issue to continue through the remainder of the year.

It's the largest physical game-specific retailer on Earth, so it knows from where it speaks when it comes to issues of demand. It's been seeing gaming sales on the decline of late--with digital games becoming increasingly in vogue, buying physical games has less of an impact than it once did--seeing any kind of gains must be welcome.

Cruising Andromeda: My Time With the New Mass Effect

March 27, 2017

Recently, EA dropped the newest Mass Effect title, Mass Effect: Andromeda. Much of this week, I took a little time every day and saw just what was under the hood. While I was actually quite satisfied for the most part, some strange issues cropped up that left me more than a little cold.

Mass Effect: Andromeda starts 600 years after Mass Effect 2, and actually started just after that game, so you're playing a branch of Mass Effect that doesn't immediately follow Mass Effect 3. An interesting note, really, and one that makes it worth paying attention to.

Emulation Saves Two Classic Games

March 21, 2017

Depending on who you ask, emulation is one of two things: a great way to keep large numbers of classic games in one place readily, or a massive crime spree in the making. However, some are starting to wonder if there might not be a third answer: a way to save the classic games of the past. That recently got a new look as two classic games were preserved thanks to emulation.

The games in question were the Dreamcast port of Millennium Racer: Y2K Fighters--which was actually previously unheard of; only its PC version was widely released--as well as the unusual sequel to a fighting game that took advantage of Mortal Kombat's popularity, Primal Rage 2.

Millennium Racer's prospect was simple enough: a futuristic racer that was mostly ignored, despite the fact that it was geared to be in the vein of several much-better received titles like Wipeout and F-Zero X. Primal Rage 2, meanwhile, featured brawling dinosaurs battling for the future of post-apocalyptic Earth.



High Hopes: Nintendo Set to Ramp Up Switch Production

March 20, 2017

Though the launch of the Nintendo Switch hasn't been without its problems, there's no denying that sales have been brisk. Nintendo's expecting some very big things, though, and is already set to double Switch production for 2017, making sure there's no shortage of devices on hand to come.

Such a measure would put the Nintendo Switch on par with the Nintendo Wii, and give Nintendo the level of success that it likely needs. The doubling would ramp up production to 16 million units for the year, and given that Nintendo only sold 13.5 million Wii U systems--and the Wii sold 17 million in its first year-- during the entire four years it existed, that's a level of optimism that's unusual even for Nintendo.

Given that the Wii was released in the holiday season, it's going to be very difficult for the Switch to match the Wii's performance without that major potential sales boost. However, there's a point that helps here: the earliest word notes that the Switch sold around 1.5 million units in the first week, and Nintendo noted it was on track to ship two million by the end of March, though new reports suggest that number may not come off after all.

Even here, some early word from analysts noted a good chance of big sales; SuperData projected five million units sold through the end of 2017, and IHS suggested slightly lower sales of 4.4 million.





Everything Old is New Again at PAX East

March 14, 2017

The recently-concluded Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East event in Boston brought with it an odd, unexpected bit of theme. While there was no doubt that there were new items in attendance, there was also some unexpected touches of retro at the show, which proves that gamer history can pave the way for gamer future in a surprisingly large number of cases.

First, retro slasher made new again, and again in some cases, Friday the 13th got a whole new trailer. Updates about the release date were sadly not on hand, and the word about "early 2017" is still in place. Given that "early 2017" is technically less than three weeks away from being over--the second quarter starts April 1--that looks a bit in doubt.

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