We stepped out onto the battlefield, and lived to talk about it
To commemorate yesterday’s release of Battlefield 4, EA held a BF4 launch party at its Redwood Shores campus. The event had jets flying over head, free beer/snacks, and even an old war plane you could hop into. We had the opportunity of going and brought along our camera. For pictures of the event, be sure to click through the gallery below.
New York Times writer Nick Bilton has had enough of the FAA’s vague explanations of why personal electronic devices aren’t allowed during certain parts of a flight. After frequently questioning the rationale for such rules, he recently commissioned his own tests on devices like the Kindle. The results seemed to support Bilton’s position that the FAA being a little disingenuous.
When a company like Google just makes too darn much money, they occasionally like to give some of it back. That's the case this holiday season when travelers will be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi on domestic flights with AirTran, Delta, and Virgin America. The service will be provided through the existing Gogo in-flight internet service, but Google is footing the bill. The free Wi-Fi will be available from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011
This may seem familiar to you, and you'd be right. Last year Google offered up free Wi-Fi in dozens of airports, and on Virgin flights. OF course, we could take the cynical route and note that this is probably just a product tie-in with the Google Chrome team, who is promoting the program. But maybe we'd like to pretend that Google is just in the holiday spirit.
We first heard about the printer cartridge bombs on October 29, but now some details about the nature of the devices are coming to light. As New Scientist reports, our ability to use in-flight internet could be at risk following this latest terror threat. The bombs contained what appear to be stripped down cell phones, leading some to speculate they were to be detonated remotely. While this is not yet confirmed, the US Department of Homeland Security has reportedly locked in on the possibility.
Some security experts have said that Wi-Fi on planes is substantially more likely to be used in an attack. Due to the inconsistency of cell service, the internet connection afforded by in-flight Wi-Fi would be a better avenue of attack. According to UK explosives expert Roland Alford, in-flight Wi-Fi "gives a bomber lots of options for contacting a device on an aircraft." In-flight Wi-Fi has proliferated massively in the last few years, and many travelers have come to rely on it. Do you think in-flight Wi-Fi is going to come under fire?