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Google's Ingress to the real world

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There is a new game for Android mobile users called Ingress. It is from Google and based on their popular Google Maps. The game requires you to get out of the lounge and into the real world. It is already being played in Bangkok but is in closed beta mode until the end of April. You'll need a Google+ Community account, sensible shoes, patience and time. You play on one of the two sides doing battle for control and if you want to know more go to www.ingress.com. I'm playing on the side of the Enlightened that is doing well in Bangkok but as I write this the Resistance is currently winning worldwide. Watch out for spies! 

I like the idea of a game that requires you to get out there. You can meet new people in the real world instead of some unknown person in the digital world. You get some exercise, or driving time, and it is a change from the usual static game playing experience found in the overwhelming majority of games where the most exercise you get is getting up from the chair to pay for the pizza.

PC sales are falling and according to IDC the problem could be Windows 8. I know many people who will be waiting for Windows 9 in the same way they skipped Vista for Windows 7. The changes were too vast for the average punter to make the move, leaving those who love tablets and those with no choice as the major takers. Even in Asia where they love new technology and new things, they have been tepid when it comes to Windows 8 adoption and across the board there has been a double-digit decline in PC sales for most of the big names. With PC CPUs growing in cores rather than speed and that wow factor lost, the big speed gains are now in the graphics market.

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