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Yes, Fonality, I am Skeptical (of the VoIP Sector)

Apparently, one slightly snarky tweet and a single line item in Tidbits - "A head scratcher: Fonality got bought by Netfortis....

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Uber News Involves Sexual Harassment While Waze Competes

The news of the week wasn't great for Uber as a result of sexual harassment claims by workers via a blog post...

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Forward This Post to Employees To Protect From Hackers

Although there is no guarantee you can be 100% protected against hacking, there are some basics you can share with workers to...

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The Drone Wars Have Arrived

An army of good drones will protect our high-value targets at all times. In February 2014 we warned of the impending urban drone...

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Downhill Sledding

For Agents especially, our business has been downhill sledding, much the way Calvin and Hobbes did it (see HERE). Price compression...

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Avaya Bankruptcy Really Doesn't Bother Buyers

At this month's ITEXPO we hosted a panel on Cloud UC with RingCentral, 8x8 and Broadsoft and one of the first questions...

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How Service Providers Can Avoid Becoming A Bit-Pipe

I was recently talking to STL Partners / Telco 2.0 and we had a discussion about service providers now facing the similar...

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Nintendo Gets Some Attention With E3 Showing

June 5, 2012

With Nintendo's show finally in the bag, and many of the major E3 events concluded, it's worth checking out the rundown and figuring out where exactly the industry is looking to go as a result. For Nintendo, at least in the short term, the news is pretty good. But it may not stay good for long.

The big news that came alongside Nintendo's show was the revelation that, at launch, the Wii U would have both Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition. Additionally, which came as little surprise to those involved, a new Mario also made its appearance and looked pretty sharp, bringing back some of that retro Mario feel as well as bringing in some new improvements.

While this is a fairly robust launch picture, it's impossible to note that these are last-gen titles, except for the new Mario.



Microsoft's More Of The Same E3 Event

June 4, 2012

It's E3. And that's the time when all the newest games and all the newest hardware modifications and whatnot make their grand debut. And this afternoon, I was watching the Microsoft event live, via the glory that is streaming video. And while for the most part I wasn't unhappy with what I saw, there was nothing particularly impressive about it either.

Microsoft showed off some less than spectacular fare, some refinements for their Bing-based entertainment center system (which is terrific and all, but so much of what would be free if it were accessed via PC suddenly costs just because you plan to go through Xbox), a tablet-based system called SmartGlass that was reasonably interesting in its own right, and of course, a slew of games.

While many gamers will find something enjoyable in the stack that Microsoft showed off--EA's lineup was predictably heavy on the sports games involving numbers like FIFA 13 and Madden 13--me, I wasn't blown away.



Part Game, Part TV Show--All Defiance

May 31, 2012

Watching tonight's episode of G4's X-Play--got to love that free preview on Dish Network--showed me an interesting concept tonight; Defiance. While a game generally isn't defined as an "interesting concept", it's the supporting marketing behind this one that's got my hackles up.

While Defiance looks like an impressive enough MMORPG--Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game for those who aren't well-acquainted with the acronyms--featuring a variety of different character classes with different weapons and playing styles taking on a race of gigantic alien horrors that have turned the planet into a partially smoking hellscape par excellence, that's not the really interesting part of the whole thing.

See, Defiance is getting its own television show on the SyFy Channel, which is said to at least somewhat parallel the events of the game. While this isn't the first time that a video game has received a television show equivalent--most gamers remember the Super Mario Brothers Super Show, among others--this may well be one of the first times that a television show based on a game has actually been in close coordination with the events of the game.  It would almost be as though an episode of World of Warcraft had a season finale involving taking on the Lich King.

As a marketing move, it's a reasonably clever idea, but only reasonably, and a lot of the problem is the network that's showing the show.





Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault To Serve As Anniversary Celebration

May 30, 2012

For those not already familiar with the Ratchet and Clank series, a series which has done more for sheer dedicated chaos and putting unnecessarily big guns in the hands of an anthropomorphic raccoon-thing (they call him Ratchet, he's a Lombax, and don't worry about it making sense) than, well, than pretty much anything ever released to mankind. And he'll be coming back with his robot buddy Clank in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault.

The word out of Insomniac proper, via Ted Price, says that Full Frontal Assault will be a "fun-size" title, much the same way that 2008's Quest For Booty was. Moreover, they'll be returning to the classic series mechanics, heavy on the gunplay, and with the controls, camera style and feel that the series has become famous for.

There's no word as yet on pricing and release dates, though the word from Ted Price says that this is going to hit in time for the holiday season, making it worth considering as a gift for the Ratchet and Clank fans out there.

I always loved the Ratchet and Clank series, though the more recent titles have been kind of a departure from the classic mechanics.





Awesome Portal/iPhone Ad

October 7, 2011

Typography has Never Been so Fun!

October 4, 2011

Beware the Ides of...November.

September 30, 2011

Ahh Fall; leaves turning, crisp nights filled with festival lights and bobbing for apples…I love fall. Not for those reasons of course. First off, my irrational fear of shallow water excludes me from the standard fruit-bob, and festival lights…really, what’s to like? I’m a bigger fan of autumn because it’s finally cool enough that I can justify sitting in front of my glowing flat screen for hours on end, indulging in all the latest video game releases.  

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