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SIP Trunking Options for Mixed Networks

Back in June, I wrote a blog about using Gateways for SIP trunking if there are PSTN lines inside the enterprise.  And this makes...

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Shocker! People Who Buy an $800 Phone can Afford $1,000

We have been reaching tech blogs and articles from some of the most respected writers in all of tech-dom and apparently they...

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C by GE Sol: Would You Buy a $200 GE Lamp?

Some time back we were fortunate enough to attend a breakfast meeting with Jack Welch in Stamford Connecticut. At the time, the...

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Apple iPhone X Face ID May not be Secure Enough for Many Users

While Face ID is theoretically 20 times more secure than Touch ID at 1:1,000,000 chance of a false match as opposed to...

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Apple's Face ID may not be Secure

After answering critics for years that the size of the iPhone was large enough in comparison to the ever-larger Android devices, the...

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New Home: ChannelPlaybook.com

We have a new home for the blog: check out ChannelPlaybook.com Follow me on twitter for the latest news and updates: https://twitter.com/radinfo...

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Using Chat Programs for Payments

Mobile payment has been around for some time.  In some cases, there are mobile apps you can download from your bank, allowing...

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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.

SAG-AFTRA May Be Planning Strike

October 18, 2016

It might come as a surprise to some gamers out there, but SAG-AFTRA, the actors' guild, actually plays a role in video gaming. As such, it might do a bit of harm when the group potentially declares itself on strike against the video game industry.

A set of negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and those gaming companies that hire voice actors didn't exactly go well--SAG-AFTRA described it as "Despite years of concerted effort and negotiating sessions, video game employers have steadfastly refused to reach a fair deal during our contract negotiations" which is about the high-water market for "didn't go well"--leading to the likely emergence of a strike.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the negotiating arm of the video game companies Barnes & Thornberg, via Scott J. Witlin, noted that it had been negotiating "...in good faith for the past 18 months with SAG-AFTRA union leaders, and are making progress toward a new contract." Witlin also noted "We are deeply disappointed to learn today of the union’s threatened strike and its unilateral violation of the mutually agreed upon ‘news black-out’ on negotiation discussions."

It sounds like the normal kind of SAG-AFTRA affair, in which it asserts unilaterally that it's moved heaven and earth to make a deal and yet whoever it's dealing with simply won't play fair. By like token, it's not a surprise to see the other side claim similarly.





eSports Make Push to Nigeria with African Gaming League

October 17, 2016

We all knew that eSports was gaining a lot of ground, but what wasn't immediately clear just how global this concept was getting. A new report out of Africa revealed that it was making moves in Nigeria, as some new effort was bringing eSports into the region with the newly-minted African Gaming League.

Launched by Amaete Umanah and a slate of co-founders, the African Gaming League will launch via a set of four cities throughout Nigeria, in which the league's first tournament will take place. Though there are a host of gamers on the continent, Umanah notes, such gamers have been somewhat ignored by the gaming companies. Thus the African Gaming League rose up to do the job itself.

With eSports poised to take in around $493 million by the end of this year, there's plenty of reason to step into the market.



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