Drive Cars On Google Maps

Drive Cars On Google Maps

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a car on the congested streets of lower Manhattan in Now York or the scenic Transfăgărășan road in Romania or even your neighbourhood?

Meet Mini Maps, a Google Maps based Flash mashup that lets you drive a car virtually anywhere in the world using the controls on the keyboard. Simply select a location on Google Maps – you can either type the address or choose a point on the map visually – and hit the car accelerator (the up arrow key) to start moving.

Unlike the other Google Maps based car-driving games, Mini Maps is smart enough to recognize the terrain and the roads in your driving area and adds virtual boundaries on either sides of the road as you drive. If the area you’ve selected for driving is too dark, the car headlights will turn on automatically or your can press the “N” key to turn-off the night mode.

There’s more. You can create your own track on Google Maps by clicking at different points on the map or you can invite your other Facebook friends to Mini Map for a quick game of car racing. The stuff is very nicely done and can be addictive!

See the other Google Games.

Eight Wonderful Google Games To Keep You Entertained

Eight Wonderful Google Games To Keep You Entertained

Google Games

Warning: Google Games mentioned here may be highly addictive.

Toogle Search – Bill Gates – When you make a search on Toogle, it fetches the first images from Google images search and converts the picture into a colored ascii file made of only the search terms.

Google Mirror – elgoog – This site is like a mirror reflection of Google. All the text is displayed in the reverse order and inclined to the right of the page just like Arabic language. Remember that the queries are also to written in the backward direction [live example]

Gwigle – What Am I Googling? – A very addictive game where you are shown the Google search results page and you then have to reverse guess the search query. The game has various levels and can keep you busy for a long time. The accompanying tips will help you become a better googler. [Thanks, Ionut]

Guess The Google – At the start of this Google game, a grid of 20 image thumbnails would appear each of would match one search keyword. You get 20 seconds to guess the search keyword but you can make as many number of guess as you want during that time.

Googlewhack – A Googlewhack is a Google search query consisting of two words – both in the dictionary, and without quotation marks – that returns a single result. The search will list ‘Results 1-1 of 1’. Googlewhacking is the pastime activity of finding such a result. A person attempting to find Googlewhacks is known as a Googlewhacker. [Whack Stack]

World War on Google Maps – Online players (2-25) randomly receive a set of countries with troop hitpoints based on real world population data. To play: attack neutral and enemy countries in an effort to try to take over the world. You have a 20% chance of receiving more troops when you overtake an enemy country. [via Slashdot]

Google Maps Flight Simulator – Nothing so advanced as the Microsoft Flight simulator, but this Googel computer game lets you fly a small farmer plane over any landscape created from a compilation of Google Maps images. You can use the keyboard arrow keys to change the flying directions, bank and dive. Space lets you fire while A/Z are for varying the flying speed.

Guess the Place – You are shown a picture and need to find out which country, state or city is being shown by looking at parts of Google Maps, or Flickr images of the place. [Philipp Lenssen]

Presenting the iPhone Megaphone

Horns. They’re underrated little things, aren’t they? Design firm en&is clearly agrees, which is why it has come up with the MegaPhone, a horn-type affair which promises to improve the clarity and volume of whatever is coming out of your iPhone’s speakers.

Yes, we’re serious…

The description, translated from Italian by Google, explains the concept:

“Amplifier passive ceramic iphone. The form is designed to amplify and optimize the best sound output. The amplifier is based on a thin wooden structure that allows the object to float off the table. This is to increase the vibration of the object being used and to optimize the emission of sound. Designed for the iPhone is perfect for listening to music without headphones, for audio conference to hear the person on the phone as if he were talking in the same room.”

Now granted, the idea may seem a little weird, but few could argue that the MegaPhone isn’t one sexy piece of kit. The hand-made ceramic horn is a thing of beauty, and if this video is a real representation, the audio results aren’t too bad either.

No word on pricing yet, but we can’t help but think it’s going to be a bit on the high side!

[TUAW]

How to Virtualize OS X Lion on Windows

How to Virtualize OS X Lion on Windows

Update: Sorry about the delay guys, this page has been updated so that Xcode 4.1 does not crash anymore. (August 17, 2011).

If you’ve tried to virtualize previous versions of OS X, you know that it is a very tedious and time consuming process. This new guide works by giving you a simple VMWare Image. This means that the OS has already been pre-configured on a hard drive. For the most part, there is no need to mess around with boot flags or installation settings

This guide will show how to setup a fully working OS X Lion 10.7 on a Windows machine. This process will take about an hour but most of the time is spent downloading files. This was done on Windows 7 but should work on any OS as long as it meets the requirements.

Requirements
A laptop or desktop computer that supports virtualization (most newer computers do).
At least 1 GB of RAM (the more, the better).
VMWare Workstation (this is a paid program but a little research will get you it for free).
VMWare Hard Drive (vmx files)
OS X Lion (VMDK File)

Instructions

Before you start, make sure that you have Enabled Virtualization in the BIOS of your computer. This is usually disabled by default by computer manufacturers.

An updated video has been made of all the new steps:

1. From the file downloaded, double click on Mac OS X Lion VMware Files.exe. Click Run then Yes. This will decompress the files.

2. Once done, a folder named Mac OS X Lion VMware Files will appear, double click it.

3. You will need to follow the instructions in this video to unlock VMWare. Instead of using the files from the video, use the files from Step 2.

4. From Step 1, you should have also gotten a folder named Mac OS X Lion. Open that up and open the file named Mac OS X Lion.vmx. Double-click this file. It will open in VMWare Workstation.

5. On the left column, click on Edit Virtual Machine Settings. In the Memory tab, you can edit how much RAM OS X will get. In the Sound tab, change to Specify host sound card, change it to your sound card. After the machine has started and sound doesn’t work, change to Use default host sound card.

6.  At the bottom of the box is an Add button, click it. Select Hard Disk from the left, click Next. Choose Use and existing virtual disk.

7. Browse for the Mac OS X Lion Installer.vmdk that was downloaded from the torrent. Click Finish. Click OK to close the box.

8. On the left column, click Power on this virtual machine.

9. If a box asks to repair the image, click Repair. Once the box comes up, click I copied it, click OK. A message about the CD Drive may come up, just click OK.

10. The machine should power up in a few moments, ready to go. For ease of use, click in VMWare Workstation, click File > Add to Favorites.

11. You should now have a Install Mac OS X screen. At the top, click Utilities then Disk Utility. Select the 42.45 GB Hard Disk. Click on the Erase tab. Now you can name your hard drive what you want. Then click on Erase. Click Erase again.

12. Once the process is done, close out of the Disk Utility box, the Install screen will come back up. Click Continue, Agree. Select the 40GB Hard Disk to install Lion. Click Install. The process will take about 30 minutes. Once it’s done, the account setup will start. Once that’s done, Lion will start.

13. To be able to use the machine in full screen, in OS X open Preferences, click on Displays. Now select the resolution of your monitor. Now in VMWare, click on the Full Screen button on the toolbar (10th button from the left).

14. Now you’re done, you can use this OS as a normal to install programs.

All Credit Goes To http://bit.ly/nuFXSP for this Excellent tutorial.

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How To Categorize/List Friends On Facebook In 5 Steps [Images]

Hola People,Every Now and then I keep getting asked as to how to make Lists on Facebook and categorize friends Just Like The Circles Feature On Google Plus.

So Without Anymore Blah Blah..

Lets Get Started!

     Step1: Open up Facebook,Go to Your Friends Tab And Click On The Find Friends.

          

           Step2: Hit On ” Manage Friend List”


 

                  Step3: Hit On ” Create A List”


                  Step4: Enter A Name For Your List And Select Your Friends To Be Added!

                        Step5: Done!

 

Here Is A Video If You Hate Reading!

 

Apple faces lawsuit from 27000 South Koreans!

London, Aug 19 (ANI): Software technology giant Apple is facing a lawsuit brought by 27000 South Koreans who claimed it had invaded their privacy by storing a hidden log of their movements on their iPhones.

The practice emerged in April, when two British security researchers found the file on both iPhone handsets and the computers with which they were associated.

The unencrypted location data it contained stretched back almost a year, the Telegraph reports.

Apple was then ordered by a South Korean court to pay Kim Hyung-souk, a lawyer, one million pounds won in compensation as a result.

His firm, Mirae law, now represents 27,000 iPhone users in a class-action.

Each user is seeking the same compensation, which would mean a total payout of more than 15.2million pounds, the paper said.

A week after the existence of the hidden log was publicised, Apple announced that it would update iOS to fix a “bug” that made storing location data hard to turn off.

It also said it would stop backing up the file on the computer associated with each iPhone, and encrypt it. (ANI)

Tablets And Smartphones Before And After The iPhone And iPad [Photos]

Today We Bring To You Some Jaw dropping Similarities Between Smartphones And Tabs,

That Were launched After The”BIG DADDY” Launched Their Big Shots.

Enjoy The Snaps!

Now this thing Here Is What a Stock Android phone By Google Looked Like Before The iPhone.

     As you can see, it bears striking similarities to the RIM devices which at the time dominated the market.  With Blackberry fast losing relevance, Apple is now setting the pace, and influencing designs. Look at the modern-day devices running Android software, and you can see the pattern emerging. Take the Samsung Galaxy S II For Instance:

As It Can Be Clearly Seen That The Form Factor Is Just Like The iPhone.

I’ve Stacked Up Some More Images Just For That 1% Satisfaction Factor Still Poking The Guys Who Don’t Believe This..

Go Check It Out For Yourself.

And As Apple CEO,Steve Jobs Clearly Stated That “2011 Is The Year Of  The Copy Cats”. Its A Shame For Samsung And The Other Mobile Giants To Not Develop Something More Prudent  And Innovative.

But Wait….

The Story Does Not End Here..

Then Came The iPad,Which Took The Tablet World By Storm And Doomed Other Tab Giants,Big Time!.

To put things further into perspective, take a look at the image below. It depicts those old tablet devices which some may not even remember due to the relatively small tablet market before the iPad turned it on its head. It also shows a selection of the current tablets from other manufacturers on the market running Google’s Android OS.

Brain Fail: Study Suggests Internet Explorer Users Are Dumb

*UPDATE*

Internet Explorer User’s Are Dumb!

In a blog today on a fake company’s website, the perpetrator of the scam admitted the whole thing was a put-on.

“There is no company called AptiQuant, and no such survey was ever done,” the blog read. “This was all meant to be a lighthearted joke.”

But Still Go Ahead And Read This Article,Rib Tickling!

Still using Internet Explorer? Well, I’ve got to hand it to you: It takes guts in today’s tech climate. Looking around the webs, it seems the Microsoft browser doesn’t get a whole lot of love or respect. As if to punctuate the sentiment, results from an online IQ test were released recently, and it suggests that IE users aren’t exactly the sharpest crayons in the box.

Aptiquant — a consulting firm in the business of creating examinations tools for hiring purposes — posted the test on its website. The firm went through the results of more than 100,000 participants, and discovered that people who visited using IE scored the worst — below average, in fact. Meanwhile, visitors with Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera had pretty comparable IQs (with Opera users winning out by a smidge).

Back in 2006, the results looked more even.

Average IQ of browser users in 2006 (blue) and 2011 (red)

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[via SAI Business Insider, source Aptiquant]

 

Here’s How To Update Facebook Status Via iPhone 5G, Xbox Live,NASA Satellite’s, Your Mom’s Computer, And More

Courtesy Of Redmondpie

Are you bored with status updates that are ‘via iPhone’ or ‘via Web’? We know you are, and we also know of a great way to get away from the tedium and confuse all your friends at the same time, with a handy new website that offers you the ability to post Facebook status updates from all kinds of weird and wonderful places, ranging from a Commodore 64 to a Sperm Whale.

The website called StatusVia, popped up after a Reddit post listed all the codes required to spoof a source entry when posting status updates to Facebook. While the updates can be done manually using these codes, StatusVia makes the whole thing automated, with no funny business required.

[1] Choose Your Delivery Method

[2] Hit Update Status

[3] Share on Facebook

Here Are Some Examples,As To How They Will Appear.

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51 Free Tools to Stay Informed and Invisible on the Internet

51 Free Tools to Stay Informed and Invisible on the Internet

If you value your rapidly disappearing privacy while surfing the Internet you need to know about these tools. Whether you want to protect yourself from snoopers, want to spy on those out to get you, or want to be able to track trends that you know will lead to something big, then these tools will help you get the job done. The best part about them is they are FREE!

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

-Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Without a Trace

If you want to use the Internet without anyone knowing who you are or leave an untraceable phone number or email address, then these tools are for you.

  1. Big String. Big String offers self-destructing IMs and emails for those who don’t want any evidence of their online communications. Use with many popular IM clients.
  2. Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition. This free web browser leaves no personal information on your computer. Not only can you use this anywhere, but no one will know you were there.
  3. x Paranoia mod. This Firefox extension is great for those who want to leave nothing behind on the computer. With a couple of clicks you can clear all your Internet history, passwords, cookies, and cache.
  4. Bugmenot.com. If you’ve ever had to register with a site just to read an article or watch a video, then you will want this tool. Find login information for many websites that require registration and never have to give your information again.
  5. 10 Minute Mail. Use this tool to get an email address that is good for 10 minutes, then expires. This is a great way to register with sites that require an email validation or just to cover your tracks.
  6. inumbr. Get a disposable phone number that you can use to forward calls to any other phone in the U.S. No one will be able to trace you with this number.
  7. GrandCentral. Here’s another phone option when you don’t want to be traced by your number. Consolidate all your phones into one with this tool that gives you one voice mailbox and one number for all your phones.
  8. drop.io. Want to share a top-secret online file with someone and then have no sign of the evidence later? This is the tool for you. The file is deleted after 30 days.
  9. Fake Name Generator. If you need a name, address, email, or even a UPS tracking code, use this handy tool to generate any one of the necessary fakes.
  10. cl1p.net. Create a note or upload a photo that you can keep for yourself or share, then delete it when you are finished with absolutely no sign of what you had.

Browsing Security

If you want to browse the Internet in privacy, these tools will help you do just that. Use these to do the actual browsing or to check the security of your browsing privacy.

  1. Hide My Ass!. Hide your identity with this free tool. This proxy service will hide your IP address so no one will know you.
  2. Tor. Like getting secreted away, this free service allows you to hide your Internet identity with a “network of virtual tunnels.” Join journalists, government agencies, and more who use Tor for the ultimate in Internet privacy.
  3. Guardster. Another proxy service that hides your IP, this one is available in both free and for a fee versions. The free version does not work with encrypted SSL sites.
  4. Megaproxy. Paste the URL for whatever website you want to visit into this tool and you will have a completely private look at your target site. No registration or downloads needed to use this tool.
  5. Scandoo. Get real time protection when surfing the Internet with warnings about websites before you click on them. Based on ScanSafe technology, this home version is free.
  6. ShieldsUP!. Check out this tool to learn what information your browser is sending out. You can also test the effectiveness of your personal firewall when running ShieldsUP! testing.
  7. Privoxy. Privoxy is an open source non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk.
  8. What Is My IP Address?. Use this tool to ensure your IP blocking software is working correctly and not revealing your true IP address.
  9. Clusty. Use this search engine when browsing. Clusty doesn’t save your information or track you at all when you use it.
  10. Scroogle. Try searching Google with this tool. Scroogle uses SSL to send your search terms to Google with encryption, then does the same when sending the results back to you.

Computer Security

Using the Internet is a huge open door for people to stick their nose in your business. Use these tools to slam that door tightly shut.

  1. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. This anti-malware software is one of the best tools available for removing crap from your computer. Best when used in conjunction with Ad-Aware to keep your PC 99.999% malware free.
  2. avast!. This free anti-virus software is one of the best available (for free or for a fee) at protecting your computer. This tool will alert you any time malware is detected and even checks incoming email. avast! also includes a boot-time scan option.
  3. Ad-Aware. The free version of this software does an excellent job of protecting your computer against spyware and adware. The paid version gives you real-time protection which is not available with the free one.
  4. Sandboxie. This free tool is great for both protecting your computer and getting rid of evidence. It works as a temporary storage area for information that would normally go to and from your hard drive. When you are finished in the “sandbox,” you can just clear it out.
  5. ThreatFire. Use this in conjunction with your anti-virus to fend off malware. ThreatFire detects malicious behavior such as capturing keystrokes and also serves to defend against zero-day threats.
  6. SnoopFree Privacy Shield. The ultimate free software for the ultra-cautious, this tool will detect any method of privacy invasion through your keyboard, screen, and open windows.
  7. Comodo Firewall. Keep out hackers with this free firewall. This program is one of the best when it comes to protecting your computer.
  8. WinPatrol. Protect your privacy and your computer with this free tool that works by alerting you to “hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission.”
  9. AVG Free Anti-Virus. Get anti-virus and anti-spyware protection from this free software. This software also includes a scheduled scan option.
  10. TrueCrypt. This disk encryption software will keep nosey-parkers at bay. You can create a virtual encrypted disk, encrypt USB flash drives and hard drives, and more.
  11. Trustable Downloader. Download files from the Internet without worries of Trojans, worms, or viruses with this free application. As described, this tool will help guard you against government spying on its citizens.
  12. SiteAdvisor. This software alerts you before you visit a website that has spyware or harvests your information for spam. Use their color-coded system to alert you to the potential dangers of websites.
  13. Peer Guardian 2. This IP blocker is capable of blocking incoming and outgoing connections. You can also select to block spyware, adware, and educational and government ranges.
  14. GlowWorm FW Lite . Mac users can use this software to be informed when a program attempts to make an outgoing connection. Not only will this tool protect your information, it also guards against malware.

Laptop Tracking

If someone makes off with your laptop, know how to stop them with these tools.

  1. Adeona. If you want to guard against someone taking your laptop, check out this tool. This software continually tells you where your laptop is located without the interference of any third party to help you track and recover your computer.
  2. iAlertU. Another laptop protection and tracking device, this one specifically for Macs, this software is based off mouse and keyboard movement which sets off an alarm, takes a photo of the thief, and emails the photo to a specified email address.

Spying on Those Out to Get You

If you know someone is trying to get to you, then turn the tables on them with these tools that will help you get the dirt on them.

  1. GotVoice. Take advantage of the 14 day free trial to have your target’s voice mail sent directly to you. If you need more time, get another 14 day trial with different information.
  2. Decoding Social Security Numbers in One Step. You can’t get everything out of that magical number with this tool, but you can narrow down the state and year of issue with any social security number instantly.
  3. Keylogger. This free software allows you to log everything entered on the keyboard so you can track computer usage. Be sure to use the stealth mode so your target doesn’t know you are tracking him.
  4. Decode Your License. This article describes how you can get a driver’s license from any state and decode the barcode on it to receive personal information. You will need the Internet tool described in the article and a scanner.
  5. Webcam Spy. Use this software to spy on your target using a webcam. The software activates the webcam with a motion sensor for an auto on and off feature. Spying on your target isn’t the only use for this–you can also use it in your home to see who comes by when you are gone.

Maps for Monitoring Occurrences

Whether you are looking for evidence for your conspiracy theory or trying to put all the pieces together on a plot you know is about to be hatched, then these maps will help you get all the information you need.

  1. Global Incident Map. Find out where terrorism is occurring around the world with this mapping tool. You be able to find plenty of patterns to put together your own theories.
  2. HealthMap. This tool will keep you posted on health alerts. Find outbreaks by geographical location, disease, or chronological occurrence.
  3. Who is Sick?. This Google map-based tool shows symptoms for any geographical spot. You’ll be able to track any type of outbreaks with this tool.
  4. Incident1. Track police, fire, and emergency services on this map. You can also do a search by zip code or select a region within the states.
  5. Incidentlog. If you live in the northeast and couldn’t find anything on Incident1, try Incidentlog for more options. This map is populated from a different pool of data.
  6. Havaria Information Service Alert Map. Find everything from earthquakes to hazmat incidences to biological hazards on this world map. You can narrow the results by country if you don’t want to see the world view.
  7. GeoMAC Wildfire Information. This map shows where wildfires are currently burning throughout the United States or check out past wildfires since 2002.
  8. Piracy Attacks Maps. Pirates on the high seas are not a thing of the past. Use this map to track current piracy around the world.
  9. UNEP: Atlas of Our Changing Environment. Sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme, this map includes incidents that document environmental changes around the world. Click on each incident to see photos and read the story.
  10. Google Maps Mania. This unofficial site follows the incredible array of various interactive maps being used in conjunction with Google Maps. Find a map that tracks your favorite passion or create one of your own.