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.

Power Grid Board Game Review

In Power Grid, a new power market has opened up and everything is up for grabs. Compete against other power suppliers as you work your way towards becoming the biggest power supplier in the land. Build power plants and control the market for raw materials such as garbage, oil, coal and uranium. Connect cities to your power grid before others do and become the greatest power magnate!

Power Grid is a strategy board game designed by Friedemann Friese and is a remake of the German board game Funkenschlag. Each player represents a power supply company trying to connect as many cities as possible to its power grid. To do so, you will have to build power plants to supply enough electricity to power your cities; own enough resources to run the power plants; and earn enough funds to connect the cities and buy the power plants and resources.

Each game of Power Grid is played on a board featuring a map of a region hungry for power. The base game comes with 2 maps: the USA and Germany. Each map shows the cities that can be connected to your power grid and the connection fees between the cities. For example, it is cheaper to connect Washington with nearby Philadelphia than it is to connect San Francisco to Seattle. The board also contains a grid showing the raw materials (coal, oil, garbage and uranium), how much is available and how much they cost.

There are 4 actions each round in your quest to power the most cities (the game ends when a player connects a certain number of cities, determined by the number of players). Firstly, players take turns to bid for power plants. These plants can be powered by materials such as oil, coal, garbage, uranium and wind. Each power plant also has different efficiencies (being able to power a different number of cities), but you pay for that efficiency by spending more to buy the more efficient power plants.

There is an order to the bidding process. The player with the most connected cities each round get to bid for power plants first. However, this is balanced by the fact that they will be the last to buy raw materials and connect cities. Buying raw materials involves grabbing coal, oil, garbage or uranium from the board at their current price. There is a raw materials market that changes depending on supply and demand. The materials replenish at a fixed rate each turn, and are consumed by players using the related power plants. The more of each material is available, the cheaper it is.

Connecting cities involves paying connection fees and placing your tokens on the connected cities. There are clusters of cities on each board where the connection fees are pretty cheap, but building in those areas means competing against more players who also want to take advantage of the cheap connections. Power Grid also divides the game into 3 phases: starting, growing and matured phases. Progressing from one phase to the next changes the amount of raw materials that are replenished each round, and also increases the number of players who can connect to each city.

The last action in the round is to power your cities. You use up the required raw materials and earn cash depending on how many cities you powered. You can then use this cash to buy more power plants and resources, and connect more cities the next round.

Power Grid is mainly about efficiency and strategic planning. The goal is to power as many cities as you can, and the player who is the most efficient and can do it the fastest will win. Also, how much are you willing to bid for that attractive power plant? Should you spend your limited funds connecting choice cities first or overbidding for that new power plant? Is it worth it to spend a bit more to connect to distant cities in order to cut other players off from a city network? Should you target cities in cheap but congested networks or go for the isolated expensive ones? These are questions you need to always keep in mind, and the answers will change depending on how your opponents play as well.

The game also has expansion boards and power plant sets. New boards include France, Central Europe, China and Korea, and each introduces interesting aspects to the game. For example, the order in which power plants are revealed in the China game reflect’s the country’s planned economy. Similarly, there are 2 resource markets in Korea to reflect the separate North and South economies, and the North Korea resource market doesn’t have uranium (right…).

Overall, Power Grid isn’t too challenging a game to learn. The mechanics are pretty straightforward and easily grasped, though it might take time to master the efficiency and fund-allocation required to be really good at it. The game takes just over 2 hours, and is one of few games that can play up to 6 players without losing its appeal or taking too long.

Complexity: 3.5/5.0

Playing Time: 2.0 to 2.5 hours

Number of Players: 2 to 6 players

Effective Steps to Download Full Version Games

As this is digital age, so it has been very convenient from distributor’s and user’s point of view to distribute the product digitally. Earlier to buy a game it was necessary to visit electronic store but now people can save their money and time as well before buying or downloading any application. Now players can find the events of any genre they are interested in. Online downloading and purchasing is completely a legal way of getting latest games for PC. But makes sure that you are very much sure about the product before buying full version of it. So, here are some important points discussed that will be helpful while going full version games to avoid any sort of mistakes.

Search by the name of service you wanna download:

You can find your desired game by putting the name in searching bar or by visiting the developer’s website. And there are some software providers that offer their own software to run the full version of the play.

Read out the specific recommendations and requirements:

System’s requirements are given with every software package. To know the compatibility go through the details because sometimes the game can be download but may not run. So precisely scan the system’s compatibility. Check out the details like operating system, processor, memory, version etc.

Click the link that is giving downloading option:

After scanning the requirements click on the download option. Most of the internet browser ask for the permission either want to run or save? Select to save on the desktop or any specific location but, make sure you remember that location to run the software.

Right-click on that specific file and pick the run option to install:

You have to sign-in as an administrator to run the executable file otherwise it will deny. If you are listed as an administrator the installer software will ask where to installed the game. If you want to create its icon on desktop click yes or Quick launch icon.

Launch the game by left-clicking a Quick Launch shortcut or to launch the game double-click the screen:

If the game requires to download some extra patches you have to do so. Restart your system as many times as require. This may be possible deleting temporary files that are necessary while installation only.

Although the major measures have been discussed above but there may be some details that may be product specific. So, study the entire info about the app to avoid any error while exploring games for computer. It will not only simplify running but also playing the game. And the other very important point is security, because, while downloading any game online some malware may try to breach the security of your device. So always go for the cent percent virus free sites or better to keep an anti virus running. Further, the more better option to download latest games for PC is to explore the developer’s, publisher’s official sites. So that you can enjoy the playing while keeping your system secure and smooth.

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?!