Android Wars

With the the latest news out that Apple have won a patent battle (all be it a small one!) over HTC and the Android OS My Computer Warehouse take a closer look at the two rivals.

Ever since the launch of the iPhone and Apple’s accompanying iOS in 2007 every other smartphone manufacturer and software developer has been playing catch up! Apple have enjoyed superior design, technology and reliability than any of it’s rivals could achieve and this has ensured the dynamite success of the iPhone.

One of the biggest differences and debates that arises between iOS and Android smartphones is that of Adobe Flash support. Apple made a very bold decision early on not to support Flash web plug-ins on the iOS whereas the Android went the opposite way. Until recently this has been debated as possibly the iPhone’s, and anything else using Apple’s iOS, only downfall. Until in another recent Apple victory it was announced the Adobe was giving up on a Flash server platform for iOS and was going to instead concentrate on other platforms like Android – I know it seems like an empty victory but Steve Jobs never wanted Flash support for the iPhone! Now major media corporations (see BBC) are choosing the iOS platform for web streaming media rather than the Flash equivalent since Apple’s market share with numerous devises is so strong – If you want to reach the masses, you have to use the same platform as them!!

In March 2010 Apple filed a complain stating that HTC had violated 10 of its patents, in the prelim hearing in June a Judge found there only to be 2 violations and in the final hearing that has been now ruled as only one violation on HTC’s part.

This recent legal battle with HTC will only be the start of a war waged on the Android OS, developed by the Open Handset Alliance and led by Google, as Apple seek to defend the technological advantages it has over its rival.

In a bid to compete with the iPhone many Android Smartphone producers look to ensure that they have competitive price advantage over the iPhone which brings in a certain share of the market. Due to the exclusivity and technological advancement of the product the Apple iPhone does tend to command a higher retail price, but could that all change if the other Smartphone manufacturers and the Android system start to claw back some of the technological advantage that Apple has enjoyed over the past few years?!

The Makings of Good Airplane Simulator Games

The wind is running through your face. You maneuver to the right, and there you shoot down the enemy planes. Then you go performing different stunts for the onlookers below. With the sunset in plain sight and magnificent assortment of trees, plants and the sea below, it is the best time to go home and relax with your family after a long day of flying, or a long day of playing. Airplane simulator games have been popular even in the time of the first release of the computer. These games have been a favorite of kids and adults alike.

Flying a plane through games has been getting better with each new generation. With the right software, you too can test your flying skills from the comfort of you own desktop. Whether this is a hobby you enjoy, or you are planning a career in aviation, you can experience what real pilots go through during their flight simulator training drills.

Airplane simulator games get enhancements and upgrades every so often. When it comes to modern flight software, most of the dials used are customized controls similar to those found on real jet aircraft. The choices of planes get vaster; sometimes you can even modify your plane. The ports and graphics get better. There is also a new addition to the graphics where you can see cars moving below, and other indications of life such as pastures, other moving planes on jet ways, and you may even encounter a flock of birds flying. A good airplane simulator game shows a clear and detailed view while flying. It is wonderful to see when you are flying that the background moves along with you, giving the game a more realistic feel.

Common objectives in airplane simulator games are to complete missions. Good airplane simulator games provide lots of missions so you will not get bored playing them. Coupled with controls that are easy to manipulate, completing such missions will be a piece of cake. The airports available are also considered. The more airports available throughout the globe, the larger the area you can fly on.

The difficulty level will also keep you playing. Weather changes are present in the games, and when it is windy or rainy, you would want to get to the closest airport to land. Airplane simulator games have been kept alive by generations of players. They stand out above other games because of their realistic eye-candy graphics and exciting missions. Keeping the plane alive and flying will also keep you wanting more.

Get Online With a Flight Simulator Game

Almost everyone has a game that they enjoy playing. Before video games, many people played board games like Monopoly or Life. Beginning with the development of arcade video games in the 1970’s, there have been unbelievable improvements, including huge advances with the flight simulator game.

Early flight simulation was used for military purposes and didn’t become popular with the general public until the 1970s when programs like Airfight were developed as an educational flight simulator game. You were able to choose a military jet loaded with fuel and weapons and shoot down other player’s aircraft.

Soon arcade games became popular such as Pong and Pac Man, but they were rather inferior to the games of today, as were the flight simulation games. At the time, though, they seemed highly advanced and they created the baseline for future games.

Finally, in the early 1980’s, video game consoles started to gain popularity and games like Donkey Kong and Zelda were big hits. Other games were created that ushered in the modern style of 3D graphics, but most visual effects still looked pretty 2D and movement was not very natural.

The games consoles were soon followed by gaming computers with sounds cards. Game controllers and joysticks began to be sold with the systems to allow for more realistic action. As computer graphics continued to improve, the flight simulator game manufacturers were able to replicate the detailing of both the inside and outside of the various planes that were available.

Soon there were developments in the ability to provide a distant focus point for the pilot of the flight simulator game. With the use of a curved mirror and wide angle display equipment, a distant focal point representing the horizon made the view much more life like.

One issue that was resolved soon after was the fact that most computers didn’t have enough memory to allow the movement of objects to flow smoothly. The improvements in graphics forced computer companies to find a way to increase the computing power. The increase of band width offered by internet providers helped to avoid the jerky motion with video delivery.

As video gaming has become more and more popular, controllers have been added to give more realism. Joysticks, yokes and rudder pedals offered a whole new challenge to the flight simulator game, but it also made it much more enjoyable. The good thing is that you can still just use your computer keyboard to play a game too, if you can’t afford to buy other controllers.

Online play opened up a new way to hook up with other pilots playing the same game, and fly in formation. It also allows you to update software and add new downloads more quickly and easily.

With technology constantly changing, the realism of the flight simulator game will no doubt keep improving along with it. Soon, you will not be able to tell the difference between what is virtual reality and what is real.