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Google Project: Google Sky

Google Project: Google Sky

Google Sky

Google Sky is a feature launched by Google which is just like Google Earth, where one can view outer space or the outline of the sky. The user can view collaborated satellite images taken by NASA satellites and the Hubble Telescope. Like Google Earth, this is an augmented reality application and is now available on Android too.

How Does Google Sky Work?

With this application, the user can have a look at the vast outer space from anywhere on Earth. While in Google Earth, one can switch to Sky Mode with the help of just one click of the mouse. An accurate look of the outer space has been put together by NASA where users can zoom in and fly around just like in Google Earth.

Broadening Your Vision of Space

From your Desktop, you can access Google Sky by clicking on the planet button placed on the top in the Google Earth application window in the desktop version of it. Google Mars and Google Moon can also be viewed through this. Constellations and other heavenly bodies can be searched just by typing in the key words in the search box, similar to how one can find addresses in Google Maps or Earth.

Just like Earth, Google Sky also works in layers. You can find and highlight constellations, galaxies, nebulae, stars, etc. and get various information on them such as their location or history. You may even get information from links to NASA’s database. The Backyard Astronomy layer in Google Sky gives references of three astrological catalogs that contain in-depth and vast detail on more famous and familiar space objects. The Hubble Showcase is another layer that makes available images taken from the Hubble Space telescope accompanied with detailed information about the objects captured in those images.

 Google Sky

The Moon in Motion and Planets in Motion layers are very fascinating features that allow you see the motion paths of the moon and the planets across the sky from a particular location on Earth.To provide accurate information on the same, pictures were taken by NASA once every hour for the span of three months. After entering details such as the span of time, with just a click you can see the moon or the planets move. On clicking on the moon itself, you can get its exact information of its location, its phase or its brightness in the sky at a given date and time. On clicking on the planets, you can get details about their size or distance from Earth.

Also available on Google Sky are two tours of outer space that are very interesting. The User’s Guide to the Galaxy gives a tour of a number of galaxies that are well known. Another tour known as the Life of a Star gives a run through of a lifespan of a typical star, right from its birth to death. Factual details are also available on what happens to each star and what is its significance in the cosmic universe.

This user-friendly application enables one to take a peek into the fascinating outer space while sitting in the comforts of your home. Thanks to Google Sky, with a simple click you can now make a virtual travel to any part of the vast universe, even to a galaxy far far away.

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Google Ingress Offers New Creative Outlets

Google Ingress Offers New Creative Outlets

What is Ingress?

Ingress is a mobile game based on location and has an augmented-reality interface developed by a company called Niantic which is a spin-off company from Google. It is story-driven in which one has to get out of the house to play this game as it takes place in the real world. For this, GPS is required to move around in the real world, that is, to move about in your area or community.

There are different “portals” or places where the gaming activity is focused and these are the points where various people come together. Usually these portals are placed at the nearby museum, sculpture, historic landmark, park, public park and other interesting places.

On arrival at this portal, they have to be explored for equipment, link them or capture them for your own team or free them from the opponent team. All these activities help the player earn points and achievements which are required to level up and access better equipment in the game.

Google Ingress

Ingress is not a newly introduced game and has been around for quite some time. Initially players needed an invite to play the game but in the past year, it has been made available for all, expanding its availability from exclusively Android users to Android and iPhone and since then has gained many more users.

Discovering New Places in Ingress

Ingress encourages the user to get out in their community and explore not only the places around but also new places. The user has to physically present at a portal which is located in the real world, following the real time direction given in the game using GPS. It’s more like following the directions given in Google maps to reach your destination, the difference being this is a game linking the virtual world with the realistic surroundings. One is compelled to go out and about exploring new places while playing the game, resulting in the player to visit a museum, trying out a new restaurant or simply going for a walk in a beautiful park that was there nearby all along.

Making New Friends & Acquaintances

Ingress not only helps you explore places while playing the game but also gets you acquainted with other players. While looking for portals, one ends up meeting other such players at a particular place. Players help each other in crossing difficult levels and also provide tips on how to level up faster. Teams are also formed and they collectively explore places, strategize and overcome obstacles. The community of players is fairly large with each Ingress player playing the game at their own pace, some play it aggressively while some play it casually as and when they find the time.

There are also live events, which allow hundreds of players to take part on a local and even global scale. It’s a great platform to meet players from all walks of life and visit new and fun places. But at the same time, one must maintain caution, keeping in mind that at the end of the day, this just a game and a certain level of separation from the virtual world should be kept.

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Software

Windows 10 Tips and Tricks: The Best Hidden Features

Windows 10  Tips and Tricks: The Best Hidden Features

Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

In Windows 10 are some hidden features, of which you may have not heard anything yet. However, these features are often very helpful, which is why we will introduce you to the best hidden features through Windows 10 tips and tricks

Call up a new start menu in Windows 10

Finally, a start menu is again on board: With this Windows 10 tips and tricks we are announcing that the Windows 10 users call it by clicking on the start button or by pressing the Windows button. Another way that is largely unknown: Press Ctrl and Escape at the same time.

Expand the Start menu

Similar to the Windows 10 predecessors, it is easy to customize the Start menu. To add a program, a file, or a folder, right-click on it, and select Attach to “Start”. If you search for an object in the Windows 10 start menu and right-click on the hit, the same context menu entry appears for attaching.

Try out Edge in Windows 10

Microsoft integrates Internet Explorer, another Windows-based: Edge. It is visually slim and fast. To try out the innovative on-board device, click on the IE-like blue icon or on the corresponding Start menu tile. Alternatively, type Edge in the Start menu search box. There are not many setting options. In addition to calling websites, it is a good idea to perform a tempo test on pages such as Peacekeeper: the higher the score is, the faster you are on the web.

Flexible drag-and-drop in the Start menu

You want to convert a list entry from the Start menu to a tile that appears to the right of the menu? Click on the desired entry on the left and drag it to the right to the right with the mouse button pressed. For freshly installed programs, this is recommended: they appear temporarily under Recently Added, otherwise (at least if the Anniversary Update is missing) nowhere in the Start menu. Because, as with Windows 8.1, applications have no authority to place themselves in the Start menu as tiles.

Remove Internet Explorer

Through our Windows 10 tips and tricks announce, that the IE is abolished,( is not true): the program is still exists in Windows 10. The new default browser is Edge. Anyone who wants to get rid of the little improved Internet Explorer will disable it. The required window appears when you press the Windows key and R, and then type the command optionalfeatures and click OK. After removing the check mark in front of the browser entry, mouse clicks are still visible, click Yes, OK and Restart Now.

Start menu programs easier to start

A practical function, which is probably hardly noticed: Invoking programs by Windows 10 start menu also works by mouse wheel. Move the mouse pointer over one of the tiles on the right, and then press the mouse wheel to open the selected object. This works with programs and apps as well as with files and folders.

Drag apps from the Start menu to the desktop

Starting installed apps via desktop, Windows 8 succeeded only with tricks. They are invalid: In Windows 10, if you drag a Start menu app to the desktop with the mouse button pressed, a new icon appears. You can use this function to double-click.

Install apps from the Start menu in Windows 10

For the first time, the Windows Start menu will find applications and web content. For example, if you enter finances in the search function, the system will then offer you “Postbank Financial Assistant” or “MSN Finances” to download. Clicking on such an entry will open the Store app that will run the installation

Start menu without tiles

If you prefer the plain look of Windows XP or 7, create a start menu: To do this, click on all app icons with the right mouse button and choose from “Start”. The empty space remains unused for non-current Windows 10; To shrink the software menu as needed, click the right margin and move it to the left with the left mouse button held down.

If the Anniversary Update is installed, dragging the mouse pointer is no longer required. On the other hand, what is more, the start menu is a little smaller from top to bottom.

PC or Internet

The system shows you apart from hard disk files and folders content from the Internet. To view only local objects, click on one of the icons below after entering a search term. The right-hand character picks up the Bing web service. To confirm your appearance, press Enter.

Windows 10 Language assistant Cortana

Through our Windows 10 tips and tricks we announce here that it has a comparable feature has been already in Vista in the operating system, as smart as in Windows 10, but the function has never been. Cortana is to help plan appointments, retrieve the weather forecast and bing searches. The function usually initiates internet searches in the case of hearing problems. To use, click into the Taskleist search box and log in with a Microsoft account. They call Cortana by clicking on the search field, formulate your request and see if Cortana can help.

The Cortana Intelligence is best developed with a USB microphone or headset. Computing tasks that you tap into the start menu are processed by the digital lady without voice input

Adjust the size of the start menu

How big should the Start menu be? The user has the choice of whether the software menu appears in full-screen mode or much more compact. By means of our Windows 10 tips and tricks we guide you to set the setting, right-click the desktop, and then select Customize> Start, and then click to select the Start menu in the Full Screen mode. Moving the mouse pointer to the upper and right sides of the menu turns it into an arrow.

Split the start menu into categories

There are so many icons placed in the right-hand start menu area. You can get a little more transparency by creating categories. To create headlines for tile icons, first open the Start menu. Match thematically matching symbols. Then double-click the free space above a program group. You then enter a heading and confirm with Enter. You want to change an existing category name? To do this, press the Delete key, type the new text and press Enter

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Internet Security

Internet Security: Flaws in Most Secure Email Service

Internet Security: Flaws in Most Secure Email Service

BBC reveals that even the most secure email service has a ‘flaw’

We live such an age where threat to privacy is rising at an alarming level and a number of tech firms and service providers jumped on the wagon bringing the coveted ‘internet security’ to the consumers. BBC has exposed one such email service provider named Nomx who claimed to be world’s most secure email platform. This small personal email server firm has claimed to offer absolute security to the consumers but it failed to live up to the rigid expectation after undergoing a BBC Click investigation.

This email service is created by an entrepreneur named Will Donaldson who popularized his platform as being the most secure communication protocol in the world for safeguarding the email messages. In its defense Nomx has stated that the test conducted to declare its security has been done its very own gadgets.

Exposing internet security in self-proclaimed ‘secure email service’

BBC Click brought on board Scott Helme, a security researcher and Prof Alan Woodward, a computer security expert from the University of Surrey. These men were given the task of analyzing whether the email messages sent over this platform is secure against the rampant hacking, interception and other attacks.

The personal email server is sold at a price of $ 199 to $399 and in all its marketing communication it has been proclaimed that this service is specifically designed to offer highly secure email communication capability to the consumers.

Two major issues were found in the Nomx which includes software packages running on very old version and harboring a massive amount of unpatched security bugs and the presence of low-key default passwords functionality.

choose the updates for internet security

BBC Click investigation findings were welcomes by the Nomx management and they were happy at getting the list of vulnerabilities. Addressing the issue emerging from the use of old software Nomx explained that it will be bringing frequent updates to its platform which will allow users to choose which updates to apply on their device.

Nomx will not be forcing the users to install all the updates as updates are also known to introduce vulnerabilities & limits internet security therefore it will selectively allow users to pick, choose and install updates whenever they are made available.

The default passwords as well as names provided by the Nomx were introduced in a bid to make it easier for the users to set up their device. Users are always encouraged to change them once the device perfectly set up for using the email communication portal.  On other hand security researchers have found the set up process quite complex and they were not asked to change the password or pick a new one at any given point of time.

Nomx has also contested against the finding revealed by the BBC Click investigation by stating that the way device was tested for Nomx is completely unrealistic. Furthermore it was also established that the internet security of the users were never at risk and attack showcased by the security researchers was simply ‘non-existent’ for the Nomx users.

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Ted 2017: Elon Musk Vision for Underground Road System

Ted 2017: Elon Musk Vision for Underground Road System

Elon Musk has a vision to streamline the traffic with underground road system

We live in a fast paced world where every minutes counts and every moment is precious but navigating through the traffic can turn our world upside down.  Elon Musk has come up with a noble solution with his vision for a tunnel network spanning the length and breadth of United Sates. At first it will be seen at its full potential under the Los Angeles. This revelation for a giant underground road system was made by Elon Must at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conference.  Quite interestingly this new way of transportation system will help in bringing fully autonomous journey across the country by year end.

It’s time to get rid of traffic congestion

Elon Musk is charismatic founder of Tesla and Space X and both these firms have made serious technological evolution in their respective field which was never heard off. Quite recently Space X has been able to develop a rocket which can be reused with perfection and accuracy. He emphasised that the need of having a tunnel system has become a necessity in our today’s society because being stuck in the traffic amounts to a soul destroying experience.  He also showcased a concept video for the underground road system which gave the world a glimpse how a multi-layered system might work in future.

 Underground Road System

The challenges to overcome in Underground Road System

The best thing about the underground road system is that there happens to be no limits on the amounts of tunnel which can be added to it. However the major challenge which this vision has to overcome is related to cutting down the boring costs and speeding up the tunnel creation. Elon Musk gave the example of his pet snail named Gary.

He stated that Gary possess the ability to move as much as fourteen times faster than the current tunnel boring machine. Quite literary he is emphasising on the fact that even with modern equipment the tunnel boring is way slower than the snail pace.  So a lot of effort will be given towards speeding up the whole process, the faster we are able to tunnel through the lower will be costs associated to it.

Musk is determined to fructify his vision of Underground Road System

Musk has already set up a firm to work on this project and it has been tentatively named The Boring Company. Being a visionary Musk has kept himself lightly associated with this firm and it will be managed mostly for the part-timers and interns with zeal of revamping the current transportation system. Musk further elaborated that the underground road system will allow commuters to move at a breath-taking pace from the parking lot in California to across the country in New York and other far stretched locales. The transportation will be completely autonomous thereby it will allow commuters to travel a faster pace than the conventional models. Musk also talked about the semi-autonomous electric truck made by Tesla and it is expected to be unveiled in September this year.

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