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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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Horror Gaming Gets a Spark From Friday the 13th

January 14, 2015

It's been sequeled to within an inch of its life and rebooted once already, with a second hit reportedly set to come by the end of this year. It's a cultural phenomenon, one of the big-three of eighties slasher fare, and one of the most iconic horror figures of all time. And now, according to reports, it's about to get the kind of game treatment that most of us can only dream about in an upcoming title that's multi-versus-solo player. It's "Friday the 13th," and man, could this be a winner.

The reports suggest that the title will be something in the vein of the upcoming "Evolve," in which multiple players will square off against one central beastie, in this case, Jason Voorhees, legendary slasher figure that's both nigh-invulnerable and generally eager to butcher anything that gets in his path.

Virtual Reality Gaming? Try Actual Reality With The Real Time Pac-Man Maze

January 13, 2015

We've heard a lot about virtual reality in recent days, but with the coming of the Super Bowl is a whole new concept in gaming: actual virtual reality. And it's a concept being expressed by one of the simplest games of all: Pac-Man.

The idea is comparatively simple: out in the Fashion District of Los Angeles, a complete Pac-Man maze built in human scale was established specifically for an upcoming Super Bowl advertisement to promote Bud Light. The advertisement known only as "Coin" will start with a man who discovers a message in a beer bottle encouraging him to go outside. When he does, he finds a giant coin that can be used in a huge game of Pac-Man.

It by itself doesn't mean so much; after all, it's not like anyone can head out and take a walk in said maze.

CES 2015: But What About Oculus Rift?

January 12, 2015

While it was certainly interesting to see Razer come out with a new attack on the virtual reality (VR) market, it really, in the end, only served to raise questions about the state of the industry as a whole. The growing number of firms looking to get involved was unusual enough, but where was Oculus VR, the firm that kicked the whole thing off, really? The answer? It was at the recently-concluded Consumer Electronics Show, and in a very big way.

The reports suggested that not only did Oculus have a serious new booth at the CES event—backed up by, in all likelihood, the recent $2 billion acquisition of the firm by Facebook—but it also had a new demo known as “Crescent Bay.” Available reports suggest that this has really stepped up its game in the space since the last release, and that's going to give the company a lot of edge.

But there's still one point that isn't just affecting Oculus, but most every other VR system in the pipeline: release dates.

CES 2015: Kolibree Steps Into a New Gaming Platform--the Toothbrush

January 8, 2015

These days, it's starting to seem like you can play games on just about anything. Your computer, of course, and dedicated game systems have always been a part of the equation. But soon after came gaming on televisions, on mobile devices—tablets and phones alike—and beyond. Now, we have what may well be the strangest example of gaming yet, specifically, the toothbrush.

CES 2015: Razer OSVR Takes a Run at Virtual Reality Market

January 7, 2015

While gaming innovations to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event haven't always been a big hit with gamers, there's usually one significant exception: pretty much anything Razer shows. Razer is well known for its PC peripherals and other devices, and it's made some very exciting strides in recent years. This year proves to be no exception as Razer kicks off its turn at the big show with a powerful new tool for gamers: the Razer Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) system.

The Razer OSVR is being described as the “Android of virtual reality,” so described for its attempt to unify the field of virtual reality (VR) and help get users a little better idea of what the concept can do. A combined effort between Razer and Sensics, a company that deals in VR, the system is specifically designed to try and get some standards into the field.

CES 2015: Android Gaming Gets a Boost From the Obox

January 6, 2015

While it's safe to say that the Ouya had about as much impact in the gaming market as, say, dropping a knitting needle into a snowbank the size of South Korea, there was also no doubt that the market wasn't going to take the lack of impact lying down. But with the Ouya not doing so well, there are others looking to get in and bring Android gaming not only to the living room, but also to the portable market with a pair of new developments, both titled the Obox.

The Obox comes available in two different flavors, a handheld version and a full-on home console version. Both made by Chinese tech firm with the unlikely name of Snail, both offer up a very different but oddly similar experience. The portable version, known by its more complete name the Obox W3D, is powered by a similar architecture as the Shield Tablet, particularly a 32 bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip.

What to Look Forward to in 2015's Gaming Year

January 5, 2015

So then...the new year is a grand total of five days old, you've been back to work for at least a day, and you're likely starting to think about what the year in gaming will look like with the arrival of 2015. There's actually shaping up to be quite a bit to look forward to this year, and so with 2015 now at hand, let's take a look at what we can look forward to.

The Console Wars Carrying On in Earnest

This may be one of the first times in a long time that the console wars felt like an actual war. The last parts of 2014 showed us that Microsoft is not taking its second-place status lying down, and if that carries on into 2015, we could be in for some real excitement. More price cuts, maybe?

The Best of 2014 in Gaming

December 31, 2014

So yesterday, we covered the worst that gaming had to offer, and indeed, it was a pretty substantial worst list indeed. We had emotionally charged issues, we had game play train wrecks, and we had complete silence on some of the biggest eventually upcoming releases of the year. We had plenty more than that go wrong, of course, but with 2015 only a few hours away, it's a great time to consider just what really rang positively about 2014 in gaming, and there was plenty of good to be had mixed in with the bad.

The Console Wars Heated Up

While it was clear that Sony was still well, well ahead of Microsoft in terms of the console war, Microsoft made some changes that were very well received. Divorcing the Kinect from the system itself and launching a price drop that ran through December was a welcome development to say the least.

The Worst in Gaming 2014

December 30, 2014

It may sound like the worst kind of cynicism and defeatism to look at the worst that gaming had to offer in 2014, but for my money, it's not a bad idea. Why? Because as a great cartoon mouse once noted, it's a meticulous analysis of history that leads to greatness. Seriously, it's on YouTube; it's “Pinky and the Brain” if you don't catch the reference offhand.

Are There Too Many Game Deals?

December 29, 2014

I have to admit, I spent much of the Christmas weekend perusing the various deals that came up on Xbox 360, and considering the idea that the Xbox One's promotional price was about to expire with the coming weekend. But a greater concept also hit me, and I got to wondering. Are there too many game deals out there? Are we frantically hunting down the best prices and not getting much for the effort?

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