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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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Facebook Buys Oculus: Good News For Gamers?

March 26, 2014

Recently we all found out a bit of news that was likely shocking to most, though whether or not it was shocking in a good way left many uncertain. Facebook bought Oculus VR, the company that makes the Oculus Rift head-mounted display, in a deal valued at $2 billion in a combination of cash and stock, and the speculation promptly started. I was in on that speculation myself, and the first thing I said was that this was probably going to be good news after all.

Naturally, there's only one way to find out just how this will all turn out, but I say the news is good indeed. Now, it's easy to see why there would be concern; after all, Facebook has fairly minimal contact with video gaming, and the contact it has had might best be described as “superficial.” Games like “Farmville” and “Mafia Wars”, after all, don't exactly need the hottest processors and huge monitors to adequately display them, so Facebook isn't exactly the top choice to know gamers' concerns or respond to them accordingly.

But Facebook has a significant interest in developing its own fortunes.

Why The Wii U Could Be The Indie Developer Console of Choice

March 25, 2014

We've heard about indie development quite a bit when it comes to gaming. The PC has probably been the ultimate destination for same for some time going back as far as the days of shareware and game modding. Mobile devices are stuffed full of same, with indie gaming flooding iOS and Android development shops. Consoles, however, have only recently gotten in on the action, but are taking to it pretty rapidly.

Redbox To Rent Next Gen Games This April?

March 24, 2014

The long, cold winter of 2013 – 2014 is coming to a close—whether it likes it or not, and based on the weather for much of this week the answer is decidedly “it does not like it one bit because it is kicking and screaming its way to the door”--and spring at last is upon us. And games seem to be taking notice of the change in season bringing along one big change in particular: a new distribution channel. If the reports received so far follow through, we're in for a whole new place to get the latest games: Redbox outlets.

Admittedly, referring to Xbox One, Wii U and PlayStation 4 titles as “next gen” is slightly disingenuous as it's really current-gen, but given how many gamers out there are still rocking their previous systems, it's worth making the distinction for a while longer. But the current reports say that, starting March 25—this Tuesday, the standard day for new release movies to make their appearance for the last two decades or more—a set of Wii U games ranging from “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” to “Super Mario 3D World” were spotted on the coming soon pages for that days.

Numerous Improvements Set For Xbox One; Too Little, Too Late?

March 20, 2014

While Microsoft's position in the latest round of the console wars is perhaps best described as weak against its chief competitor Sony, Microsoft certainly isn't down and out yet. In fact, a couple of new developments are poised to emerge that could give Microsoft a bit of advantage as we carry on down the next round of the console wars. So what are these two happy developments? A bit of augmentation in the visual presentation, and a whole new feature of sorts besides.

The news came in two parts, which is how some of the best stories come around.

New Oculus Rift DK2 Shows VR Is Gaming's Future

March 19, 2014

We all knew that the Oculus Rift was likely to shake things up when it came to gaming, and with new developments coming out in the rest of the gaming world, it became pretty clear that, indeed, gaming was never to be the same following the rollout of the Oculus Rift's developers' kits. But now, a new version of the Oculus Rift developers' kit, the Oculus Rift DK2, shows us that this market isn't going to grind to a halt, dismissed as a mere fad any time soon.

The Oculus Rift DK2 is said to be a substantial improvement over the original model. It's currently available for pre-order with an expected ship date of this July. The new version offers expanded freedom—six degrees of freedom, in fact—to help users better navigate around the virtual world in which said user is immersed. With improved position tracking, the headset can better tell where the user is looking, and in turn can make the experience overall much more realistic.

When Scandal Hits eSports

March 18, 2014

It wasn't so long ago we were talking about how the eSports market in general is making major gains, how it's gaining viewership and sponsorship and all those things that make it a truly viable alternative to actual sports, and potentially even the future of gaming as a whole. But now, one part of the action that perhaps we might have hoped would never arrive seems to have done just that. I'm talking of course about scandal, and it's reared its ugly head in our eSports system, this time in South Korea.

The results of an investigation staged by the Korean eSports Association (KeSPA) seemed to find corroboration of match-fixing efforts involved in the Korean leagues. This was a development that one of the biggest names in Korean eSports, Cheon Min-Ki, actually confessed to last week just before his attempted suicide.

March 17, 2014

The release of “Titanfall” on the Xbox One was regarded by many as a big move for Microsoft; the launch of this title was going to either make or break the Xbox One, at least in the short term. Though it was debatable whether or not a bad showing for “Titanfall” would actually do that much damage to the system as a whole, the end result was quite clear: “Titanfall” did land-office business, and the Xbox One's March numbers will get a likewise boost to match.

The good news—and good it is indeed for Microsoft—is that so far, “Titanfall” is 2014's best selling game in the U.K., which is no small achievement, beating out the previous record-holder FIFA 14 by a factor of two to one. That's good news by any measure, but it gets better; the hardware got a boost as well. Hardware sales nearly doubled in the week to week comparisons—up 96 percent on the week—and thanks to the earlier-noted “Titanfall” bundle represented fully 70 percent of all Xbox One hardware sold for that week.

Interestingly, “Titanfall” represents the first time a non-FIFA game has held the top sales slot since March of 2013, at last report, when “Crysis 3” took the crown.

Wii U Debut Beating PlayStation 4's In Japan

March 13, 2014

That's a statement right there that would act like a brick to most anyone's temple, but the reports suggest it is indeed the case. While the PlayStation 4 is having a field day over most of the planet, and likely giving Microsoft a fit or two in the process, there's one place where the sales patterns are running a bit backwards on the rest of the world, and that anomaly is right in Sony's home turf: Japan.

There's a Japanese firm known as Media Create that runs comparisons, following the ebb and flow of the gaming systems sold in the country. Numbers go back decades, by some reports, and the gaming industry is laid bare in Japan, an industry that seems a bit on a downhill slope.

But the PlayStation 4 is perhaps the most interesting example of these recent developments, especially as compared to the Wii U. In just the first two days of sales on the Wii U, back in December 2012, the Wii U sold a hefty 308,142 units. It promptly followed that up with the next two weeks' sales, bring the three week total to 557,901 units total.

Google's Green Throttle Games Buy May Be The Start Of Something Big

March 12, 2014

Earlier today, word emerged around Google's purchase of Green Throttle Games, a studio that had two key parts of a gaming equation right under one roof. But this newest bit of news joins a wider coalition of facts that suggests some very big things ahead for Google, and in particular, Microsoft may want to watch out.

Green Throttle Games offers up both the Android Arena—an app that allows users to turn an Android powered tablet or smartphone into what amounts to a small gaming console driven by Android games—and the Bluetooth Atlas controller, a device specifically geared toward controlling such games. It was a reasonable enough concept—give gamers an opportunity to play games, console-style, pretty much anywhere said gamers happened to be—and though it didn't quite work out for Green Throttle Games, it may work out very nicely indeed for Google.

See, the problem wasn't so much one of technology, but seemed to be more one of market. For Google, however, having such technology on hand would be a huge part of a new all-in-one set-top box that could be a rival for most anything on the market, including Microsoft's new Xbox One.

Titanfall A Huge Download On PC--Are Games Getting Too Big?

March 11, 2014

I spotted an odd bit of news earlier today about the PC release of "Titanfall," in that it would represent around a 22 gigabyte download, and an even bigger installation thanks to the use of uncompressed audio. And after having examined some of the other games going on of late, it's started to make me think: are games getting too big for our own good?

A 22 gigabyte download, just for one game. That alone is kind of staggering when you think about it. Granted, it's showing in an impressive resolution--792p at last report for Xbox One, and that number is, based on reports, "likely to increase"--and offering some staggering gameplay, but 22 gigabytes for one game download is a staggering number.

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