Archive for March, 2011

Mozilla Firefox vs. Safari vs. Internet Explorer vs. Google Chrome vs… ⎮ Part 2

OK, so here are the ups and downs with Google Chrome and Firefox…

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Ah, Google Chrome. They really need to rival everything, don’t they? First the Android, then their video chat, and now a web browser too, huh? Here are the positives and negatives: Read the rest of this entry »

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Mozilla Firefox vs. Safari vs. Internet Explorer vs. Google Chrome vs… ⎮ Part One

SO MANY WEB BROWSERS!

But what exactly do you have to gain from each? Which one would you choose in the end? Here are some pros and cons! Read the rest of this entry »

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Free fun with Google Earth!

OK, so Google Earth is already an awesome program: a digital world globe, 3D buildings, Panoramio and street view like Google Maps. But you may not have heard of Flight Simulator. It’s probably the only free airplane simulator in existence. So don’t spend your money on one of those fancy Microsoft Flight Simulators yet – see if you’re fine with the free stuff!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Open up Google Earth on your computer. If you don’t have it, download version 6 for free!
  2. Now, go to Tools > Enter Flight Simulator.
  3. Choose between two different planes, and choose to start flying in your current view OR instantly choose an airport to get right on the runway. There are around 25 airports, but you can fly anywhere by manually going to a place in Earth.
  4. You can also use a joystick to control the plane if you ever figure out how, or where to get one.
  5. Now, click “Start Flight” and you’re ready (hopefully)!
  6. If you’re on the ground, press Page Up to accelerate (on a Mac with a smaller keyboard, press and hold fn while you press normal arrow keys).
  7. When the plane reaches a certain speed, click the mouse so the cursor looks like a plus instead of an arrow. This will allow you to control the plane with the mouse. Move it down and up to pitch up and down, and move it left and right to roll. Rudders are Shift+Left/Right Arrow.

Woo-hoo! I’m flying!!!

To land, bring the plane slowly level to the ground. Slow the plane down by pressing Page Down, then align with the runway. Or not. On the “Viper” jet, make sure the gear is down (press “G”). Now, hopefully you’ll touch down and slowly come to a stop.

If the plane ever crashes, a window will pop up, offering to exit the sim or to resume the flight above the crash spot. Unfortunately, you cannot switch views, but remember – it’s free.

Check it out!

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Owl City’s new album is now out and available on iTunes!

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All Things Bright and Beautiful – and it seems like a great new album too, going even further than Ocean Eyes‘ already awesome music. Unfortunately, it seems that it won’t be completely available until May 2011, because in iTunes, only one song, Read the rest of this entry »

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TED

Hey, everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted anything lately, but I am in seventh grade, after all…

Anyway, here is my review of TED Talks.

TED is a cool site filled with videos and talks about all sorts of ideas and projects, and more videos are being uploaded all the time. One of my favorite videos, and the first one I ever watched, was about crows, and how they have adapted to human environments and are extremely intelligent. It shows things from crows getting food from traffic to a vending machine for crows. You’ll have to watch the video for the full effect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bing is stealing from Google?

We all know that the two big competing search engines are Bing from Microsoft, and Google from, uh…Google.

But recently, I heard that Bing is STEALING Google’s search results! Now, I myself think Google is WAY better than Bing, but why would Bing go that far? Using Google’s search for their own search engine? It just doesn’t seem right. I wonder if Bill Gates even knew…

So, I did an experiment. I searched “corn dog” on Google, and here’s what came up:

Then, I tried Bing (sorry, but I had to search “English only” to stop Spanish results form popping up [?]):

The results are different. I tried renewing the search a couple of times, but nothing happened. The top result in Google is Wikipedia; in Bing, it’s YouTube. The search results do look identical, though: blue title, black text and green URL. It even said “[Translate this page]” next to Spanish results, although it seemed to be using Bing Translator, not Google, for this. Still, it was suspicious, so I searched Yahoo!

Jeez! This is weird: not only does Yahoo! have identical result characteristics to Google and Bing, but the results are even CLOSER to Google than Bing was. It just doesn’t fit to me. I’ll sleep on it…

Also check out Tattoodle, an apparent mix between Google, Bing and Yahoo!

What do you think about this whole Google vs Bing thing? Is Yahoo! involved as well?

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Mega Jump

Mega Jump is one of the top free apps on the iTunes App Store, and is a fun, simple game with high-quality, 3-D graphics. The main point of the game is to guide your character through an ever-changing world, starting at a sunny forest and going all the way out to the edge of the galaxy. In order to prevent yourself from falling, you must grab coins to boost you up; one hundred coins collected awards you with ten Mega Points, which you can use to unlock or upgrade power-ups, characters and more! You can also attain Mega Points by downloading and opening specified apps, or buying them through iTunes in and in-app purchase. Obstacles will block your way, pushing you down and losing your coins. Read the rest of this entry »

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