Run Android on PC

One of the most searched phrase on Google last month was “how to run android apps on pc”. The entire credit goes to a startup company from California. The company name is BlueStacks, and has developed and designed software with the same name. The software pack, once installed on your windows pc, makes the system run android on pc.

BlueStacks, popularly referenced as android on windows, creates a virtual environment in windows pc or windows laptop and runs android application on pc. The company is financially backed by Citrix and AMD. Both the companies have invested more than $10 million in the future of BlueStacks. Citrix is a famous MNC company providing virtualization service to companies, where as AMD is into hardware manufacturing with direct completion to chip maker Intel. There are many other small companies too funding the BlueStacks – Android on PC venture.

These companies have realized the potential of windows on pc and android on pc. Over 70% of the computer users use Windows globally. BlueStacks is currently available for Windows Vista and Windows XP. Android on pc version of the software for Mac and Windows 7 is in its designing stage and have not yet been published for download. Even thought the BlueStacks is still in its alpha stage, more than 550 thousand unique android users have downloaded the software and installed on their laptop and pc to run a host of android applications on their computers. One must understand that in spite of the software in its early childhood days, is becoming a rage and one is not sure of its future expectation when the software pack will be fully available as a pro version.

The most attracting feature of running android on pc is to see the games and other application on full screen size monitors. The survey stated that most of the tried to download the application to give the software try on large screens, and all were satisfied with the outcome. However, few pro version games were still not available. One need to keep the finger crossed till the final pro version of BlueStacks is officially launched.

Computer Hardware and Simulation Gaming for Aviation Safety Considered

Modern day computer hardware is getting quite robust, and there is about 10 times the computing power in a smart phone as was used to fly the first Space Shuttle, maybe more. Still, when it comes to operating today’s aircraft simulators the computer hardware is intense, and these simulators can cost a ton of money. Because they cost so much the time to use them becomes very valuable, therefore most airlines only use them as required to check out their pilots, or train them for certification on the next aircraft that pilot needs to fly so he or she can get their type rating and satisfactorily prove they are safe.

The other day, I was speaking with an expert in computer online gaming communities, Troy Laclaire, about the use of simulators in aviation, and how great these tools were for complying with safety standards and preventing mistakes in the real world, carrying real passengers, when it really mattered most. One question we pondered was should airline pilots, commercial pilots, charter pilots, and fractional jet pilots be required to fly with another pilot to an airport first prior to going there as the pilot in command for the first time.

If such an onerous rule were to be made by the FAA, what about simulators, couldn’t a pilot merely fly the last 5-10 minutes on approach and take-off to each airport that the airline generally went too? Maybe, but in the case of a charter jet, that might mean they’d spend 100s of hours in a simulator and that costs a lot of money right? Okay so is there a solution to all this? Troy has come up with one potential solution, so lets’ talk about this shall we. First, Troy notes:

The only problem with this is that simulators are not exactly cheap to run and each simulation takes a fair amount of time, and far as I understand simulators are mostly used to get pilots comfortable with flying a particular plane type. However, since the pilots are generally already familiar with flying their planes (at least I should hope so) and nearly everyone has computers these days, it is possible that you could have a DVD series created to cover the routes, based around actual flights, and then have the pilots use their computers to run these so that they can get some familiarity with the airports.

Now then, this is a good idea, and it makes sense, a perfect solution, plus it also stands to reason that a gaming expert would come up with this concept. Okay so, Troy also suggests that we “provide the pilots with a take home DVD, basic flight-sim gaming controls, and they can use these to get some muscle memory.” This too makes sense, keeping it simple, and perfect for a last-minute booking for a fractional jet, or charter flight, as the pilot can merely practice a couple of ILS approaches, missed approach, take-off, and navigating the taxi ways, etc.

Troy, being a computer hardware engineer, and quite the prudent safety advisor also states; “Alternatively, have a “pilots room” setup where a pilot can run through a video/basic simulator of a previous flight that has already flown that route, letting them get a rough idea of what to expect when going to an airport they are not yet familiar with.”

Okay so that’s pretty easy, it can be set up in the break room of the local Jet Center, or at an FBO etc. Perhaps, for $10-20 they can shoot a couple of landings at the desired future airport that they will be flying too? Perhaps, it might also be available to ALL general aviation pilots, the DVDs and a flight simulator room at the local FBO, etc. May as well keep the system busy and paying for itself, perhaps it might also spit out certificates of completion and aviation insurance companies may consider lowering rates too? Indeed, I hope you will consider all this and think on it.

Using Online Educational Games to Teach Your Kids

Education does not always mean going to a college to get a degree. Education can have a different meanings depending on the age of the person and the situation in their life. For instance, people who want to learn how to make a pizza must be taught ways of making pizza and the ingredients you need. For kids, education means learning new concepts and productive use of their time.

Studies have shown that developing the brain of the child at an early age will help them absorb almost anything that you teach them when they become teenagers or adults. Most parents send their children to school to develop their brains. However, if you are looking for an alternate method of teaching your child, it is a good idea to use online games to teach your kid. This teaching method is not only effective but also a fun way of teaching your kids.

There are many websites that offer educational games for both kids and adults in the field of science, history, maths, finance and many other subjects. There are several websites who have applications which require you to answer to a few questions. These applications have questions that are related to your area of interest. However, most parents underestimate the important these applications. Most webmasters complain that education section is the least visited section of their site.

Education games are designed to help people understand concepts, to give information on certain subjects and to help them learn as they play. However, many kids avoid playing them because they don’t find them entertaining. Even though developers have taken steps to make the games entertaining; a lot more needs to be done to make them more enjoyable.

Online educational games can also help in teaching your kids social aspects of education that traditional methods don’t teach your kids. Some of the aspects that you learn include knowledge based interaction, improvement on interpersonal skills and critical learning. Since online educational games use a combination of education and entertainment, children take interest in their subject and learn fast.

The advent of educational games has revolutionized that way you teach kids. They are also used by parents and teacher to provide kids with additional information that will help them in their career. These applications are known to be highly effective when you want to teach kids how to deal with a problem or when you want to teach them a particular skill. So next time you want your kid to learn how to cook or color a mountain, make sure you check out a few online educational games.