The U.S. Army has started a pilot program on June 6th to test the effectiveness of equipping troops with tablets and phones in combat, CNN recently reported. The idea is to provide troops with the ability to send text messages and geotagged images that alert others about their current surroundings. Similarly, the infantry could use the devices to file regular reports and easily view maps, CNN said. So far, the troops have been testing the iPhone and phones powered by Windows Phone and Android, and soldiers have particularly liked the iPhone and Android-powered devices. In addition to smartphones, the Army is also testing the iPad and tablets from Dell and HP. The results of the tests have been so positive that the Army could begin deploying a small amount of troops equipped with smartphones later this year. “Today, we don’t have the level of encryption that we would need to take [a smartphone] overseas and fully integrate it into our mission-command systems,” said Ed Mazzanti, an Army director working on the program. “There could be some limited deployments even this year, tied to tactical radios that supply the encryption that’s needed.” More →
Every time new images or video comes along featuring highlights from the upcoming and long overdue Street Fighter IV franchise-reviver, our mouth starts watering incessantly. We can’t help it. We’re comforted slightly in knowing we should only be about one short month away from the US release, scheduled to hit both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on February 17. It can’t come soon enough however, so hopefully this new gameplay video will tide you over for a while. The two fighters in this particular capture are Gen, an elderly gentleman who clearly hasn’t missed a dose of Celebrex lately and Fei Long, pictured above, who appears to be compensating for something by spending a bit too much time in the gym. Each character puts up a good fight and you even get to see a pretty involved “Ultra Combo Finish” in the second round. Hit the jump for the video and enjoy – we know we did.
Ever since we first caught wind of the upcoming Street Fighter IV revival late last year, it hasn’t been easy to just sit back and wait. While it hasn’t gotten any easier, we finally do have a time frame in terms of when we can expect this inevitable gem to hit consoles here in the US. Drumroll please… This winter! In a recent conversation with GameSpot, Capcom stated that the highly anticipated sequel 10 years in the making would “definitely” be hitting shelves this winter. What’s more, all of our European friends need not worry as Capcom also made it clear that SFIV will be available throughout Europe “at roughly the same time as the US.” The updated graphics and game play look intense, the new characters look intense and word that the non-playable boss characters will make it from the arcade version to the console game is icing. So sit tight people – assuming our economy doesn’t completely collapse in the mean time, SFIV will be hitting Amazon et al before you know it.