AT&T Extends FaceTime; Leap Motion, Best Buy Deal; Temple Run 2 Released
AT&T topped tech headlines yesterday after extending FaceTime over cellular to any compatible iOS device on a tiered data plan.
AT&T caused a stir last year when it announced that customers could only tap into FaceTime over cellular if they subscribed to an AT&T shared data plans. In November, AT&T extended that to LTE devices on tiered data plans, and that now applies to compatible 3G iOS devices, like the iPhone 4S. Critics, however, are concerned that AT&T customers who are still on unlimited data plans are still locked out of FaceTime over cellular.
In other mobile news, Facebook is rolling out a free calling option to iPhone Facebook Messenger users. Thanks to the new feature, U.S. Facebook users can make free calls to iPhone-toting friends over Wi-Fi or via a data connection.
Meanwhile, in retail news, the motion-control software/hardware company Leap Motion will launch its Minority Report-like motion controller this spring, exclusively at U.S. Best Buy stores and online at BestBuy.com. The high-tech controller — 3 inches long, 1 inch wide, and half an inch thick — boasts a 150-degree field of view and the ability to track individual hands and all 10 fingers at up to 290 frames per second.
Switching gears to gaming, the sequel to Temple Run is upon us. Players will have even more chances to slide, leap, and collect coins in Temple Run 2, which is now available in the App Store.
Ubisoft, on the other hand, is delaying the launch of Splinter Cell: Blacklist. It is now expected to hit stores on Aug. 20, months after the intended “spring 2013″ launch.
Here’s some other news you might have missed:
- U.S. Power Plant Hit by USB-Based Malware: A virus in a turbine control system impacted about 10 computers on the control system network, and affected operations for about three weeks.
- White House Petitions Now Need 100,000 Signatures for Formal Response: You’re going to have to work a bit harder to get your Death Star petition in front of White House staffers.
- Amazon, Apple Ordered Into Settlement Talks in ‘App Store’ Row: The judge involved in the “app store” case between Apple and Amazon ordered the two companies into the negotiating room.
- Developer Outsourced Job to China to Watch Cat Videos, Surf Reddit: At any given time, we have all probably wished that we could outsource our work and spend our days browsing the Web. One guy actually did.
- After Swartz Death, Lofgren Calls for Update to Computer Fraud Law: In the wake of Internet activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide, there has been much discussion about whether the government is pursuing computer-related crimes with too much vigor.
- Key Apple Retail Exec Jerry McDougal Resigns: Apple’s vice president of retail, Jerry McDougal, a one-time candidate to lead Cupertino’s chain of stores, has exited the company, according to reports.
- Google Announces Project Glass Developer Events: Although Google Glass has been touted by the search giant as something of an experiment, recent activity suggests that the product is a very strategic part of Google’s immediate future.
- Stay Connected After Disasters With Microsoft’s HelpBridge App: HelpBridge lets you put together a list of friends and family members you would want to notify in the event of a natural disaster.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag