Google’s Roadmap to World Domination – an Infographic

we all know how technology improves our lives, but as it gets involved more and more into details of different aspects in life things like privacy issues start surfacing, taking this subject further we can look at Google being one of the largest tech companies out there with products that covers most things in our daily lives, this gives a lot of power to Google and its a bit concerning to see that much information in the hands of one company acting as a service provider, so this infographic talks in a bit more detail how Google (and their Google Maps) is conquering the world.

 

Google Maps Its Way to World Domination
Source: Business-Management-Degree.net

Strike Vector – first look

this is Part 2 of my first look on two Steam indie games.

and I am right now considering to buy this game, because so far it looks really good.

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Strike Vector is a fast paced fighter jet multiplayer game, it reminds me a bit of Warhawk or StarHawk but its faster and insanely good looking gameplay, I love how the camera is used in Strike Vector and it gives the player a feeling of high speed action dog fighting.

its an indie game made by four developers and I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of this game.

 

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the “Vectors” are upgradable jets and with great customizations that fit different play styles, ranging from stealth vectors to heavy armed death machines.

for a better look at the customization system you can view this video [here].

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so many pretty missiles and explosions

 

no amount of words can explain how awesome the game is,

so this is a video trailer of the game.

 

 

the game is released on Steam right now, I will most likely buy this game and if/when I do I will write a full review of the game.

  • Game Official Site [Here]
  • Game Page on Steam [Here]

Space Engineers – First Look

this is Part 1 of my first look on two Steam indie games.

I would like to note that both these games are still in their early stages,

but the content is interesting and I recently purchased this one

and its been an cool experience so far, so first off is:

 

Space Engineers 

 

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this game is to put it simply, Minecraft in space.

You build spaceships (two categories consisting of small and big ships) and space stations,

and you have to design the ships with consideration to gravity, size, power needed

and gyroscopes for balance, sounds like an easy idea right ?

 

look at these large ships:

 

well actually the game is a bit hard to get a grasp on the controls at first, and as of this writing the game is only available as creative mode which means materials are always available and the ships can be built in whatever your imagination can come up with,

you can look up the game on YouTube and you’ll find people like SAGE with absurdly huge and detailed ships, and other players that have amazing projects all over the web.

here’s an example of “small” fighting ships by SAGE:

 

 

why should you buy this game now in its Alpha stage?

because u can build a ship the size of the titanic and crash it into another ship and see the damage and piece flying in space, honestly I bought it cause I saw a lot of potential in this game and I think this could go into one aspect Minecraft would never go to; the depth of space, and you get to be creative and design ships and pilot them/fight them. 

this fighter ship is by Flicker and its called Spitfire, inspired by Prometheus

this fighter ship is by Flicker and its called Spitfire, inspired by Prometheus

please note that there are tons of ships accessible through the steam workshop [here] and space engineers official community site [here] and modding fan site [here] for you to add to ur game, and other mods like changing the gray space background and what not, which shows that this game has a thriving community and a good fanbase so far.

My goal right now is to build the White Base from the first Gundam Series, here are two pics of the battleship:

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and we will see how it works out, meanwhile check the game out:

 

  • find it on Steam [Here]
  • official page [Here]
  • SAGE Youtube Channel [Here]

Lara Croft Evolution and Tomb Raider definitive Edition.

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Lara Croft is a prominent character in video games and is very well known in movies as played by the gorgeous Angelina Jolie, personally I have only played the most recent Tomb Raider game on the PC and really loved it, I think that this reboot might bring back the glory Tomb Raider had in the past, because the series wasn’t going so well in recent years.

 

now with the release of the new gen consoles, the team behind the new Tomb Raider from last year had been working hard on an all new Lara, she looks even better than the PC version with all the enhancements, and they called it “the defenitive Edition”.

check out this video on the details.

 

as for the Lara’s before, check out the Infograph for a full list of Tomb Raider games.

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made by HalloweenCostumes.com and original post by LaughingSquid

 

Lurkerz Break – Games

the title doesn’t say “flash games” anymore because the first game here is a Unity game.

Crash Drive 2 is an online Sandbox car game, where you get a car and you play with people online doing  challenges and stunts to get score, then you level up your car and upgrade to a better one.

 

check it out.

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Click image to play game

 

next we have Hole in the wall, which is a game based on a Japanese game show portion called “Brain Wall

Click image to play game

Click image to play game

The Anatomy of an Android OS update – infograph by HTC

this is an amazing Infograph detailing the work needed to put out an update for Android by the HTC  since Google announces it (most OEM’s have a similar procedures), till it reaches the consumer, its a long process so no wonder they take some time to release software updates, speaking of which I’m waiting for my HTC One to update to KitKat, the site says its ready now. Yay!

for the source of the Infograph, click [Here]

Cool Places: The Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

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The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland. It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland, the lift opened in 2002 [source]. A beautiful place, specially at night.

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To check the place on the map click here.

here is a video about The Falkirk Wheel.

YouTube Rewind 2013

2013 is almost over, so Youtube celebrates all the popular videos, music and viral content in this one crazy mash-up.

 

 

I loved all the YouTube Celebrities here, like Jenna Marbles, Mystery Guitar man, Epic Meal Time, Glozell, Laina, Alex Day and Many other amazing people.

I love YouTube and I spend a lot of time watching, so this yearly YouTube tradition is really awesome.

check out the playlists:

Top Trending Viral Videos

Top Trending Music Videos

 

Here’s to 2014 YouTube videos, Viral content and memes :D

AZO tricks and stunts 2013

this guy has been doing tricks and stunts year after year even before our blog, and he’s been getting better and better every year. I’m sure if you look around our blog you’ll find two or three of his earlier videos in, doesn’t matter though. here’s the 2013 video.

 

Gamestick – a quick review

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note: all the images used in this post are taken from Google, because I’m lazy.

 

 

What is it?

 

GameStick is an android based gaming console,

it has a very small form factor making it very portable,

its made by PlayJam and the project was initiated in Kickstarter,

their campaign was very successful reaching over $650 thousand dollars.

and the GameStick is available now for the very low price of $80.

 

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The hardware

 

being an Android based device the GameStick

is internally very similar to the hardware found on smartphones and tablets,

on the outside it resembles a flash drive but with an HDMI instead if a USB tip,

anyone familiar with the Android based Tv boxes will quickly recognize the form factor.

 

here are some of the tech specs of the GameStick :

  • ARM® CORTEX™ – A9 CPU
  • MALI™ – 400 GPU
  • Onboard Storage 8GB
  • 32GB Micro SD Card Support
  • Built in 802.11 b/g/n Wifi
  • 1080p Video Playback
  • Bluetooth® 4.0
  • 1 x Micro USB Port (Stick)
  • 1 x Micro USB Port (Controller)
  • Bluetooth® HID Android Compatible Controller

 

I think the hardware would’ve been better, but the device works and boots just fine,

the beauty of the GameStick is that it fits right into the Controller in a specially design bay

which makes it easier to pack and just adds to the portable feel of the device.

I think the build quality of both the GameStick and the controller are superb,

and I found the controller to be very responsive and it feels sturdy in the hand.

 

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but I should note that the GameStick needs an External power source,

usually powered by a USB if your TV has one, or the supplied power brick.

the GameStick uses a standard Micro USB to power up,

and that makes it kinda less portable.

 

this is the kickstarter edition GameStick, just like the one I have

this is the kickstarter edition GameStick, just like the one I have

 

The Software and Games
I really liked the interface of the GameStick,

it is a very simple and clean UI that really fits the console,

I had no problems setting up and starting my gaming,

on the UI you can do everything like manage wallet,

you can view your games and purchaces,

by visiting to the GameStick Market (also accessible by browser),

but unfortunately this device doesn’t have the Google Play Market,

and so the user cannot access the apps outside the GameStick Market.

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as for the Games there is a good but short list of games that is growing,

I have tried a handful of games and all of them played smoothly and just great,

the games are of course optimized to be played with a controller,

and so they play just as well.

 

its critical for GameStick to add more games to the catalog because this is what gives

them an edge over competition (Like Ouya),

which is something I’m looking forward to right now.

 

Conclusion

the GameStick is a gaming console,

its cheap but it doesn’t compete with PlayStation, Wii or Xbox in terms of games,

and the hardware (specs) while can be better but is performing well with current content.

speaking of the games I really wish I could use the games I purchased on my smartphone,

but I have to buy them from the GameStick, although they are cheap at $1-$5 each,

and I really wished for an emulator, a major downside is that I cannot Download such apps from the Play Market.

 

on the plus side, the GameStick is a fun device to play with

and is cheap console alternative for the younger children or the casual gamers,

and as for PlayJam I think its a good device  as a first portable big screen console,

I would love to see how the GameStick evolves,

so I will continue to support PlayJam to see how far they can go with this.

 

for more information, or if you’d like to buy GameStick go [Here]