To load the Google Earth flight simulator, go to Google Earth, type Ctrl-Alt A on PC or Cmd-Opt A on a Mac. You’ll have your choice of an F-16 or an SR-22. As far as controlling your flight, you can figure it out from there or use Google Earth keyboard controls help page.
Here are a few more Google Tricks
Type “Do a Barrel Roll” into search field in Google
Type “Askew” into search field in Google
If you open a YouTube video, click in the frame right after the video starts loading, then immediately type one of the keyboard’s arrow keys, you can start playing a game of snakey on the video as it plays. Don’t run into the walls!
Ever hear the song by Ylvis’ smash hit “The Fox.” If you ask Google Now, “What does the fox say?” it will reply with a “Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!” Ask it again and you’ll get a “Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!”
Are you still looking for tech gifts for the geeks you love this Holiday? Here it is, the Gadgetista’s official list.
Here is an “under $25” list of stuff that I would kill for!
This is great for anyone that is constantly losing their keys. For only $25, you’ll never again hear, “Have you seen my keys?” You can use it on laptops, portable gaming devices, backpack or purse or anything else you might regularly misplace. $25.00
Belkin Swivel Charger
This is great for anyone that travels or uses a ton of devices and doesn’t have a lot of outlets.If you truly listen to your friends complain, you’ll get some great gift ideas! Good for 3 AC and 2 USB and it swivels so you don’t need to worry about something else being plugged in above or below it. $20.00
Do you have that one friend when you go to their house, their WiFi signal is lousy? Give the router that keeps on giving. This won’t set speed records and it’s not ideal for large homes.but it is less than $20. and it’s backward compatible with 802.11b or 802.11g routers. $19.20
Anker Battery Bank
When is the last time you heard someone say, “Oh my phone was dead?” Probably last night! Get everyone you know one of these and you’ll never hear it again! This comes with a micro USB cord and it’s 3350mAh so it’ll get you out of a bind. Buy it with an Amazon Basic Apple approved lightning cord for Apple users and they’ll be set!
Creative Sound Blaster Jam
These are awesome for an over-the-ear Wireless headset and they are only $34.99 on Amazon.
This will be the only real fitness trackers you’ll find for $30 or less. It works with Android phones and iPhones, for tracking your steps.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
Okay, The Samsung Gear VR is not for everyone! You have to have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 but if you do…it’s very cool at 96 degrees to see a type of virtual reality. It plugs onto the front of your phone and you are in a different reality! $199.99
Did you get a shiny new device for Christmas, Hanukah, Qwanza or whatever you celebrate? Here are 5 resources for getting your tech savviness in check!
1. Go to your carriers’ website.
There you will find a plethora of good info about your device. For example, if you just got a brandy new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and you have it through Verizon you can simply type www.verizonwireless.com/support and here are the things you can do there:
Download a user manual
Ask questions in a forum
Complete interactive tutorials
All the carriers have great info it’s just a matter of navigating around to find it.
2. Go to the Manufacturer’s Website
Lo and behold look what I find when I got to Samsung’s website (I got there by Googling the device + support)
3. Google It
Again, using the Note 4 as an example, look at all the good stuff the world wide web has to offer when I goggle it.
Here are some terms you can use:
Galaxy Note 4 help
Galaxy Note 4 support
Galaxy Note 4 how to
Galaxy Note 4 manual
CNET is a great resource for all things Gadget!
Here’s what you’ll see if you type in your device: Articles, Videos, Galleries (Photos) and Reviews Oh my! There are 4281 articles on the Note 4 alone and you’ll see many of them are “How-tos.”
5. Amazon Kindle or iTunes
If all else fails and you are the type that likes to curl up ad read a manual, if you haven’t already downloaded it from the Carrier or Manufacturer’s website, you can find some great tips & tricks manuals on all devices on Amazon that you can download right to your device. Hopefully a device you already know how to use!
These are fantastic guides that will school you on basic use and the other 90% of the phone/device features that most of the world never uses! The prices are pretty reasonable. You can typically find a CNET branded book for $3.99-$5.99. Well worth it to get the most out of your device!
One hint, when you search on Amazon, be sure to select “books” as the category or you’ll spend some time shopping for the millions of available accessories!