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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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Google I/O 2014: How Android TV Drives A New Breed Of Console Gaming

June 25, 2014

It could easily be forgiven for many to think that mobile gaming is mobile gaming, and console gaming is console gaming, and never the twain shall meet. But that's a line that's become increasingly blurry over the last couple of years, starting with things like the Ouya console. Now, the 900 pound gorilla has entered the fray, and Google—at its I/O developers' conference--showed off how the living room was about to get a big new shot of mobile gaming with Android TV.

Android TV, which got its big announcement at the I/O show, is less a product like the Amazon Fire TV box and more a platform, able to accommodate a variety of vendors who want to build the technology directly into other products. That includes televisions, of course, but can also be seen to extend to Blu-ray players or even an outright set-top box like those offered by Razer, a company already well-known for its connection to gaming.

June 24, 2014

The move to keep cheaters out of games is one that's been widely discussed for some time now, but what happens when the anti-cheating mechanisms get a little too ambitious? Is Blackstone's Formulation right? Where do we draw the line on cheats in games and how far is too far? It's a thorny set of questions, make no mistake, but these are questions that need to be asked nonetheless as EA's Punkbuster mechanism reportedly got a little out of control recently and ended up delivering cheating bans to the last people who should have got same: non-cheaters.

Players in “Battlefield 3” recently found themselves on the bad end of Punkbuster bans, and that's made for some bad blood between EA—and its third-party developer Even Balance—and the gaming community, particularly those who took the bans without cause.

Why Does The Midwest Love PS4?

June 23, 2014

A new and somewhat unusual map recently came into view, as the Movoto Real Estate Blog took a look at breakdowns of Facebook likes in various states and discovered that certain states in the United States had some rather clear preferences in terms of next-generation video game systems. While these were aggregated trends based on some rather limited scale measures, the trends were clear enough to make note of and from there speculate upon.

The map makes it oddly clear: the coasts are largely Xbox One territory, but the farther one gets from the coast in either direction, the more likely it is that the trend will swing to PlayStation 4. Naturally, there are exceptions, but for the most part the pattern holds true. Indeed, if the next-gen console wars were a presidential election, we'd be greeting President Microsoft tomorrow.

A New Nintendo Game System--A Mixed Blessing?

June 19, 2014

About a month ago, word started emerging about a whole new breed of system for Nintendo. It was a strange idea, but the word continued to circulate that Nintendo was indeed planning a whole new next-gen title just as the participants of the current next generation had only just started. It was an idea that was staggering in its scope and in its potential implications. Though not much has been heard out of it lately, I still thought it'd be a good time to settle in and hash over the idea.

Boogio and Shoes: A New Way To Take Control

June 18, 2014

The controller could easily be one of the most important parts about a video game system. Without an easy-to-use and smoothly functioning controller, games just don't play nearly as well. But Reflex Labs may have created something new and entirely game-changing, so to speak, in the new Boogio wearable sensor system.

The Boogio shoe takes insole pressure sensors, which can in turn pack in fully 60,000 layers of pressure sensitivity measure, and backs same up with a 3D accelerometer. This combination of pressure sensitivity and spatial recognition essentially allows the user to see things like gravitational force, pressure, balance and acceleration.

A New Twitch Record...Thanks to E3

June 17, 2014

It's been an absolutely amazing Electronics Entertainment Expo this year, sufficiently so that people are actually still talking about it almost a week after the fact. While there were huge quantities of great games shown off, and new technology besides that should have gamers plenty excited in the near term, there was actually some news that took this long to finally reach daylight. Twitch is responsible for this particular slice of news, having managed to achieve a new viewership record, thanks to not a piece of e-sports, but rather, to E3 itself.

It was already pretty well known that people would be using the Web to keep up with what was going on at E3. Between the various game trailers and the keynote addresses and the like, it was clear that E3 was going to represent a big chunk of gaming action, and give users plenty of reason to watch the proceedings, especially given that most of the population was easily more than 100 miles away from the action when it finally fired up in earnest.

Why Nintendo's Not Out of the Console War Yet

June 16, 2014

It's the first weekday after E3, and we're all still just a little glassy-eyed. And why not? A host of new developments came out, huge packs of new games were shown off, and all around, there was joy for gamers of all stripes, and at the end of the day, that's big news, and very happy news besides. But filtering out of the post-E3 joyquake was a pair of items that, taken together, posed some very good news for those who still believe that Nintendo's got a shot at sticking around past this generation.

One of the two was a news item from Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime, who noted that Wii U sales actually quadrupled when compared to a week prior after one key point: the release of “Mario Kart 8.” Granted, Wii U sales were never exactly spectacular, so this might seem like a “none today; tomorrow, FOUR TIMES AS MANY!!” situation, but given that “Mario Kart 8” actually sold over one million titles on its release weekend alone, this is news that is no doubt welcome not only to Nintendo proper, but also to Nintendo's fans as well.

The second news item comes from Little Orbit founder and CEO Matt Scott, who had some words with Polygon about just what was going on in the Nintendo space.

E3 2014: So Who Won E3 This Year?

June 12, 2014

It's a question that becomes pretty inevitable these days when talking about E3. We saw very clearly last year how possible it is to “win” E3, to walk away from the Electronics Entertainment Expo with the biggest swelling of consumer sentiment. Opinions run high on this topic, and you can generally find that, where someone says one thing, another says something wholly different. But who do I say won E3?

E3 2014: So What About Nintendo?

June 11, 2014

Over the last two days, we've had a look at Microsoft's press conference, and we've done likewise for Sony, and the end result seems to be a bit on the inconclusive side. But despite some of the commentary out in the market, this is still a three-horse race, at least it is for now, so it's worth taking a moment to take a look at what Nintendo had to offer at its big digital E3 event. Perhaps surprisingly, it had plenty to show.

It became clear, for the most part, that Nintendo is pulling out all the stops to get its most familiar IP in absolutely everything. Mario and crew will be showing up in a variety of places, and this, frankly, was to be expected.

E3 2014: Sony Brings The Gaming Heat In Its Press Conference

June 10, 2014

We saw yesterday that Microsoft did an absolute knockout job with its E3 presser, and it was a job that Microsoft sorely needed. With last year's huge defeat ringing in its ears, Microsoft made it clear, it was a gaming device here for the gamers, and all those extras were pretty much that: extras. Microsoft focused on the games and pulled out a sound win, but this win was likely only enough to put it on par with Sony. While Sony would get no easy slam-dunks on Microsoft this year—no pithy videos about how to share games with friends—it was still riding high, and all it had to do was maintain its course and trajectory to stay ahead of Microsoft.

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