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Where's the Margin? (Part 1)

As much as I grumble often about the VoIP/UC providers and their lack of differentiation, SD-WAN is going to be just...

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First Hackproof Wi-Fi, then Grab Some IP Communications

While most of TMCnet blog readers want to monetize IP communications, most of the world just wants to be able to use...

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Software Media Servers Help CPaaS Offerings Such as GENBAND Kandy

Cloud communications are giving customers deployment options they never had before. Big data centers running ‘you name it’ communications functions and software...

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New Flowroute Customer Onboarding Platform Lubricates CSP Porting

Smoothly and effectively onboarding new enterprises is one of the most significant operational challenges for cloud communications providers. Flowroute is aiming squarely...

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CounterPath Bria-X Delivers Cost-Effective UCaaS Solution

In the 1990s Novell had a lock on servers in the enterprise. There was no Linux but SCO UNIX and IBM's AIX...

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Stupid Mistakes Lead to Kelihos Botnet Spam Lord Arrest

Russian Pyotr Levashov spread ransomware and other malicious software through the Kelihos botnet, possibly hacked the U.S. election and probably ran the...

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Is Cloud Infrastructure Swallowing Up NFV?

Service Providers want the infrastructure to be able to scale up (and down), they want to move CAPEX to OPEX, and they...

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How Watch Dogs 2's Own Nudity Got a Player Briefly Banned for Code of Conduct Violations

November 15, 2016

No good deed goes unpunished, as a recent revelation from Sony proved. When a gamer found nudity in a copy of Watch Dogs 2, and decided to clue some other users in, Sony landed on said gamer with both feet. The gamer, who goes by the handle Goron2000, was naturally nonplussed and took to Twitter in search of support, as a report on VentureBeat's games section detailed.

Goron2000 got a screenshot of said nudity, which is female nudity and below the waist. It's actually a rather explicit shot, so those going in search of same are duly warned not to go looking for it at work or while small children are present.

Leaked Black Friday Deals Mean Big Gaming Discounts

November 15, 2016

Everyone knows that Black Friday deals mean big things to come, and great potential opportunities to pick up exciting products for comparatively cheap. Gaming is no exception, and some recent leaks suggest that Microsoft and Sony alike are set to see some big discounts at several stores for the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season...even though many have already begun.

The leaks are noteworthy enough, and feature Sam's Club, Dell and eBay. Sam's Club will offer up the Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and PlayStation 4 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End bundles for $249, and both the Battlefield 1 and Minecraft bundles for Xbox One S at $249, with extra controller. For $299 online at Sam's Club, gamers can get the Xbox One Battlefield 1 / Gears of War bundle for $299, with extra controller.

A nice mix, but Dell and eBay won't be denied. Dell will beat Sam's Club's offer by $50, and eBay will offer the PS4 Slim Bundle with Uncharted 4 for $249.99.

Not particularly terrible deals, really, especially for those considering a new gaming system for Christmas.

Infinite Warfare Hits a Minefield in Steam Players

November 9, 2016

Well, we all knew that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare wasn't exactly going over well with the players. There's a bigger problem that's recently cropped up, though, and it's one that might mean an early end for the latest chapter of Call of Duty. New reports from data intelligence kingpins Githyp suggests that the space shooter isn't going over well at all, and has currently fewer players on Steam than even Payday 2.

The biggest number of online players that Infinite Warfare could generate, the Githyp report noted, was 15,280, through Sunday of its launch weekend. Given that Black Ops III generated over 60,000 simultaneous players, or nudging up on a ratio of four to one, it's clear that Infinite Warfare was not super well-received.

Tobii Raises Big New Funding Round to Improve Eye Tracking

November 8, 2016

Tobii has been around for some time now--I remember hearing about them at least a couple years ago when they were working on eye-tracking systems. They're still working on them, at last report, as they're working to bring in an extra $50 million for development. To get there, Tobii's planning a new launch of share rights issue.

Tobii's been working on its offerings since 2001, and has already found itself in a variety of machines ranging from Acer to Alienware and beyond. Indeed, Acer's already put the system in three monitors, and there are around 40 games that work with the eye-tracking system as a control mechanism.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Gaming Headset Review: Nothing But Easy

November 7, 2016

I have had some noteworthy times with headphones before, but this time, I may have had the easiest time I've ever had with a headset mike thanks to the SteelSeries Arctis 3, one of which the folks at the Max Borges Agency sent out for review.

You'll have a few options for getting hands on these; they're currently on hand at Best Buy locations and will follow to others. No matter where you look for these, be sure to check these out if you're looking for an excellent gaming mic, headphones, or headset mic in general.

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 gaming headset works on three different levels: it's a headset mic, a set of headphones, and a gaming mic all at once by bringing the two together in one place. It boasts 7.1 channel surround sound, using the SteelSeries Premium Audio Drivers that are normally only found in higher-end models to produce the best in clarity.

And That's It For the Wii U, Reports Say

November 2, 2016

Well, stick a fork in one entrant in the newest generation of the console wars. New reports out of several directions suggest that Nintendo is planning to stop production of the Wii U this year, getting Nintendo almost completely out of the console market for good.

Reports suggest that Nintendo will be shifting focus from the Wii U and the 3DS to the Miitomo and other mobile games, along with the Nintendo Switch and the rumored NX. Reports note that Nintendo has already shut down some of the Wii U accessory line, which drives a nail into the coffin.

Though Nintendo didn't officially say as much--the reports note a Nintendo spokesman noting that the reports were "not an announcement from the company"--but there's certainly more that a little possibility that this will turn out true.

Nintendo has been badly beaten this round; as far ahead as the Wii was, that's about how far behind the Wii U is now. For Nintendo to try and stick around in the console wars, it may simply not be able to hold up.

Back to Tamriel: the Remastered Version of Skyrim

November 1, 2016

Not long ago, the remastered version of Skyrim launched to bring players back to the northern coasts of Vvardenfell, and get us all thinking about going back to Tamriel for real this time. While it's not exactly the best news we could have had, it's still good news for a few reasons. Let's have a look at what we're in for, and what this might mean down the line.

First off, it may seem outlandish to buy a game for $60 that many already paid $60 for almost five years ago to the day, but I can make it clear that this is all right. One, the new version of Skyrim is a serious graphical improvement, and after putting together my Bosmer archer, I discovered that the world was much the same as when I left it, largely after finishing the last expansion pack, Dragonborn.

Most of the locations seemed in familiar places, though I didn't exactly go all the way through yet, and indeed, the scenery was next-generation beautiful.

Happy Halloween: Try Some Dexter Gaming

October 31, 2016

Remember Dexter? That Showtime series that impressed a lot of people with the story of a serial killer with a set of ethics who eventually became a father? Though the series may no longer be around outside of the home video realm, the series isn't as dead as the Ice Truck Killer thanks to a new mobile game, "Dexter: Slice."

It's not a role playing game, or a game where you pursue serial killers via point-and-click adventure fun. No, this is a puzzle game, where the object is to use your touchscreen to keep from getting, well, sliced.

In the game, users get a glimpse of a field full of really, really sharp knives.

Kickstarter Game Teaches Art Appreciation by Roundabout Means

October 26, 2016

I've seen games do a lot of things before, but this is rich. A new game appearing on Kickstarter known as The Painter's Apprentice is offering an unexpected way to get players interested in art: platform gaming.

The game in question is called The Painter's Apprentice, and this small-scale release is a platform gamer featuring the title character. Said title character has spent the last three years apprenticed to the village's master painter, and now, he's ready to take on some big challenges. Noticing that one of his master's paintings has lost its color, the apprentice decides to take over, restoring color to the drained work.

Star Control May Be Making a Comeback

October 19, 2016

Oh, this is exciting! Not so long ago, word came out that Master of Orion was to be getting a new coat of paint, assorted voice actors, and some real star power. Now, new reports suggest that another former PC classic gaming line, Star Control, is also getting a renovation.

The original, which was mostly focused on ship combat, came out way back in 1990. Its sequel--the one that in a lot of ways really fired up the series by turning it into an RPG with space combat--came out just two years later.

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