Ouya Shipping; Feds Question Sprint, SoftBank; Google Shopping Service
Gaming news topped tech headlines on Thursday as Ouya’s $99 Android-based console started shipping to early backers. It is expected to hit shelves on June 4 for all consumers.
Ouya games include action, sports, arcade, and indie, played directly on your TV. Big-name publishers like Square Enix and Namco Bandai have already signed on with the company, which also snagged independent developers like Tripwire Interactive and Adam Saltsman.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government reportedly wants assurances that Sprint and SoftBank will not purchase network equipment from China-based companies like Huawei once their merger is complete. According to the Wall Street Journal, the feds want to keep tabs on Sprint and SoftBank’s network equipment purchases as a condition of their merger.
Also making headlines yesterday, Google unveiled Shopping Express, which will provide unlimited, same-day delivery in the San Francisco area. The experiment provides local delivery service “that we hope will make it possible for you to get the items you order online in the same day,” product management director Tom Fallows wrote in a blog post.
Here’s some other news you might have missed yesterday:
- NSA Backs CISPA-Like Information Sharing: The NSA wants to help stop the next cyber attack on Wall Street, Facebook, or Twitter, and the agency’s director thinks information sharing between the feds and private companies is a good place to start.
- Gmail Compose Window Now Turned On by Default: The pop-out Gmail compose option launched in October is here to stay, Google said yesterday, announcing that the feature is now the default for all users.
- Report: Apple Cutting iPad Mini Shipments: Apple’s shipments of the iPad mini will reportedly be about 20 percent thinner in the second quarter of the year, DigiTimes reported.
- Amazon to Acquire Social Reading Site Goodreads: Founded in 2007, Goodreads has more than 16 million members, and is home to more than 30,000 book clubs.
- Purdue Unveils Navitas: the Future of Solar Car Tech?: Offering a glimpse of the technology at future New York International Auto Shows, Purdue’s Solar Racing team lifted the sheet off its newest car, Navitas, in prep for the prestigious Shell Eco-marathon.
- 10 Odd Google #IfIHadGlass Winners: Some of the 8,000 people invited to try Google Glass had great ideas for how to use it. Others did not.
- Google Pledges Not to Sue Over Open-Source Patents: Google has promised not to sue anyone using open-source software covered by several of its patents – unless someone else strikes first.
- BlackBerry Moves 1 Million Z10 Smartphones: BlackBerry announced that it has sold 1 million BlackBerry Z10 smartphones, the first device to sport the company’s BB10 operating system.
- Egypt Captures Divers Trying to Sever Undersea Internet Cables: Internet access in Egypt has been spotty in recent days, and officials may have just discovered why.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag