Do you live in the southeast US and plan to use your GPS any time soon? Well, you're in a bit of bad luck as the FAA has warned that the Department of Defense will be running tests on the GPS system in the southeast. According to the FAA,
GPS testing is scheduled on January 20th through February 11th, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily and February 15th through February 22nd, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily. These tests may not be concurrent so pilots are advised to check NOTAMS frequently for possible changes prior to operating in the area... Several test events will be conducted and will be active for 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of off time.
While this is fairly annoying information for anyone wanting to use GPS, it is really interesting as well. What might the Department of Defense be testing? Are they trying to increase accuracy? Strain? Hopefully they will tell us what they are testing after the tests are complete. We'll keep you posted.
Google seems to be a disaster lately. Between nearly useless search results, the failure of Google Wave, their interactions with China and Android's Java lawsuit, Google is quickly becoming the joke of the tech world. Today, Google's defense against Oracle's copyright infringement suit was severely damaged when blogger Florian Miller published an article revealing somewhere between 37 and 44 files copied directly from Oracle with only the licensing altered.
So far, the evidence seems to suggest that the files are merely test code and probably never shipped on a handset. In theory, that would mean that there was no copyright infringement involved. The problem is, this code WAS distributed at the very least in test versions of the operating system. Add to that the fact that Google replaced the Java GPL licensing documentation with the Apache Open Source License, which is not compatible licensing, and you have a major problem for Google.
To read how this might play out down the road, hit the break.
posted Thursday Jan 20, 2011 by Jon Wurm
If we dare to think back to 2010 for a moment, some of us will remember one of the happy times called E3, which is where Disney first debuted Epic Mickey, a game that had been in development for almost 6 years. For those of you who don't own a Wii console then odds are you don't remember what I'm talking about so here's a refresh for you.
The premise is that a terrible tragedy has befallen the Disney universe and left it in shambles. It is Mickey's duty to travel around the befuddled world assisting other familiar characters in reshaping things by completing quests. Oh yes, I almost forgot, besides helping characters, Mickey has a paint brush and an endless supply of "paint thinner" to reshape the broken universe as he sees fit. One unique feature of the game is the "transitory zones," which connect you to various parts of the universe. The zones themselves are modeled after old black and white Disney cartoons they have adapted for you to play as a 2D level. This game is also good for multiple playthroughs as there are so many combinations of actions and resulting consequences it would be impossible to have the same experience twice.
To find out exactly how much cheddar Mickey made, hit the break.
We mentioned over a year ago about GameStop hiring an executive to manage digital distribution and followed up with an article about DLC being sold in their stores, but now GameStop wants to link to your Xbox Live account to bring you content that you can already download from the comfort of your home.
GameStop is still hanging onto the fact that a store strictly for games is still a viable and necessary option and numbers back that up, with the fact that Xbox Live Arcade point cards are usually the number one selling accessory in gaming every month as of late.
Why would customers buy digital products in a physical store? Click the break to find out.
Europeans are quite familiar with Spotify, which is an online music service similar to a mix between last.fm and iTunes. You can listen to music with their free service on your computer (with some ads included). Optionally, you can choose to access it from a mobile device or to connect with your friends and share music sans the ad barrage for a monthly fee. So far Spotify has only been a European service.
That is, until talks with Sony might bring the company over the Atlantic and to the US very soon. It looks as though Spotify may be close to inking a deal with Sony as well as one other music company. One music industry source has said that, "Spotify is launching in the US, for sure. They've got the deals now."
For more on this big news, hit the break.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Skype made a huge announcement when they said they were going to acquire the enemy video-chatting company Qik. At that time, nobody knew any terms of the deal but Skype did say that everything would be finalized by the end of the month. Skype sources even said there would be a "focus on providing a richer, more integrated experience that will allow people globally to share experiences in real-time video across different platforms".
Well, fast forward to just over a week later and Skype has posted on their blog that they have officially acquired Qik and the buyout is complete.
Check after the break to see the announcement and press release about the acquisition.