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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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Max Payne 3 Cheaters Get Lockdown In Cheater's Jail

June 14, 2012

We've seen a lot of different ways to take on cheaters. We've seen games that suddenly and horribly ratchet up difficulty levels, we've seen direct ejections, we've seen direct objections complete with humiliation. But Max Payne 3 is going to do something a whole lot more interesting with cheaters, specifically, it's going to put them on ice for a while in a good old fashioned cheater hoosegow.

Basically, should a user be found using modded games, hacked saves, or any other measure designed to gimmick the leaderboard, they'll be shipped off to what's being called the Cheater's Pool, where they'll be able to continue playing...but only against other cheaters. There will, however, be an opportunity for users to recover and get back into the mainstream, but those who get sprung from the Cheater's Pool into mainstream gamer society and then cheat again will be permanently locked into the Cheater's Pool, where they will never again be permitted to play with anyone besides cheaters ever again.

This may well be one of, if not the, most innovative way I've ever heard to counter the cheating scourge.



Diablo 3 Brings The Deals With A Real-Money Auction House, Now Live

June 12, 2012

The concept of gold farming has, alternately, amazed and horrified me by turns. I love the thought of people being able to make money by playing video games, by finding things and offering them up for sale so people can cut down on the time spent questing and grinding levels. While the exchange rates have been less than accommodating, perhaps even less than the game makers themselves who have cracked down aggressively on the sale of in-game items. Diablo III, meanwhile, has embraced the concept with a real-money auction house, and has just brought it online.

In order to use this service, however, users will have to have an authenticator tied to their battle.net account.

Halo 4 Brings Back An Old Friend--Or An Old Disappointment

June 11, 2012

Halo 4, which made its grand appearance out at E3 not too long ago, just got a little bit of extra information released about it. The news is not good for those who were hoping for more civility in gaming, but for those who were longing for the ultimate expression of pwning noobs, then your wait is over.

Yes, once again, the gentle art of teabagging has returned to Halo, as Halo 4 lets Master Chief once again squat repeatedly over defeated foes, as too will anyone else who defeats an enemy. But it's actually somewhat different than it's been in previous installments.

343 now refers to the practice as "victory crouching", but in perhaps the strangest measure, players will actually have the option to turn it off should they find the practice distasteful. So while everyone will be able to teabag--er, I mean, "victory crouch"--their opponents, all of said opponents will have the option to not witness the act.



Beyond: Two Souls Brings New Star Along

June 7, 2012

While many have found this year's E3 show to be underwhelming to say the least, there have still been some exciting bits to slip out for general consumption. Perhaps one of the most interesting comes out around the upcoming release of Beyond: Two Souls, and just who will be handling voice over duties for the upcoming title.

Beyond: Two Souls is already being compared to Heavy Rain, so fans of the psychological thriller kind of game should be in for a treat. As for the plot, the early word suggests that it's going to follow a young lady named Jodie Holmes, who has a special gift, if you can call it that. She's got a friend she calls Aiden, and the best way to describe Aiden is that he's "a powerful presence" that can follow instructions and interact with the physical world.

Watch Dogs Will Hit Both PS3 & Xbox 360, Says Developer Report

June 6, 2012

One of the biggest moves to come out of E3 has to be Watch Dogs, and while this quirky little idea that smacks of the weirdest in tinfoil-hat phenomena may have been a big hit at the show by itself, the more exciting news has to be about just where you'll be able to catch all this sweet sweet drama. The good news here is that, no matter what console you favor you'll be able to get in on this one yourself.

The reports have come in from the developers that the demo that hit E3 ran on the PC, but it will also make appearances on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and there's even some suggestion that a Wii U version may well hit later on. But that's only a suggestion at this point, as it's still said to be "up in the air".

The thing about Watch Dogs is that it's largely unlike many previous titles.



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

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