The Chinese government imposes strict regulations on what images can and can't be displayed in overhead photos, making life difficult for services like Google Maps. But Baidu, China's Google equivalent, recently discovered that it could get around the government's restrictions by turning the entire Chinese landscape into one big illustration. The search engine's rendering makes China look a lot...
Despite the pervasiveness of social networking, some observers still decry sites like Facebook and Twitter as promoting impersonal and intangible relationships. One entrepreneur in Michigan, though, is aiming to add a physical aspect to social networking by implementing a micro-land grab in Detroit. According to NPR, Detroit real estate developer Jerry Paffendorf recently purchased a vacant...
Fans of the classic computer game 'SimCity' will be pleased to know that EA has now introduced an iPhone-compatible version, we learned from VentureBeat. The review of this version, which is essentially 'SimCity 3000' and will soon be available for a mere $9.99, is glowing, with an exception made for the slow loading time. EA assured the reviewer, though, that this kink would be worked out by...
There is no denying that the '80s were the hey day of educational video games. We can't even count the number of hours we spent sitting in front of our IBM PCs, Apple IIs, and TRS-80s playing 'Oregon Trail,' 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego,' and 'Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing.' The Educational Games Research Blog has compiled a list of its top 10 educational games from the '80s, and we're...
In the next iteration of the legendary 'SimCity' game series, 'SimCity Societies,' earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters will be joined by global warming as a new gameplay element that can plague your custom-built, in-game world. To power your in-game society, you can now opt for cheap, traditional, polluting power that will raise carbon levels in your virtual cities, or you can go...
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