Google on Wednesday spruced up its budding online social network to make it more enticing in a market ruled by Facebook.
“We think you’ll find it easier to use and nicer to look at,” Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra said in a blog post announcing the rollout of a new version of Google+ social network.
“Most importantly, it accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful Google,” he continued.
Upgrades included putting navigation tools in customizable panels on the left side of home pages and raising the profiles of video chat “hangouts” that have become a popular Google+ feature.
Google also improved the presentation of pictures or video posted at the social network, which it said has grown to more than 170 million users since its launch in June of last year.
“It’s still early days, and there’s plenty left to do, but we’re more excited than ever to build a seamless social experience, all across Google,” Gundotra said. “We’re aiming for an experience that fuses utility with beauty.”
App Name: Mysteryville by Nevosoft
There’s something sinister happening in Mysteryville: the cats have started to disappear from this quaint little down. You take the role as a young journalist named Laura Winner set out to determine what exactly is happening to all the felines in town. Laura uses her detective skills as a journalist to discover various secrets hidden through all 21 buildings in town. Hot on the trail of the mystery, you and Laura interview the town’s residents and find clues to solve the case. As you travel around town you, interact and meet various characters all with different personalities in an unpredictable adventure.
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How it works:
Mysteryville is a classic hidden object game. You move around town from building to building interviewing each town resident. After briefly speaking to them, you’re tasked to search the room or building and find all of the miscellaneous items scattered through the scenery. You’ll search for keys, dice, bottles of wine, playing cards and just about anything including the kitchen sink. Once you find an object, just tap the screen to mark it as completed so that you may mark that object off of the list. Sometimes you may need a little help, Nevosoft has you covered. Just tap the light bulb icon and an area of the screen will sparkle giving you a quick hint to where the another object lies.
Upon completing a level, you can post your progress to either Facebook or Twitter before moving on to the next level. Being a social game, Mysteryville also supports the widely popular gaming platform OpenFeint so you truly interact with your friends.
Hidden object games can become an obsession and are very addicting. The games suck you in and you are compelled to find one more clue before you call it a night. You’ll find yourself beaming and filled with a rush of excitement upon finding that last hidden object in Mysteryville. The feeling that comes from solving a case leaves you with a sense of accomplishment and pride.
In addition to being fun to play and addictive, Mysteryville’s graphics are very sharp and detail oriented. The game play is quite smooth as you move from level to level and building to building. The novice hidden object gamer will love the mystery while the experienced gamer will be thrilled upon completing each levels challenges.
Use OpenFeint, Facebook, or Twitter to brag about your scores. Taking screenshots, at least using the Ice Cream Sandwich built in technique, causes the game to close. I’m sure this bug will be fixed in the near future.
I enjoyed putting on my sleuth hat and getting into detective journalist mode. If you are a hidden object game lover and love solving criminal mysteries, you’ll love Mysteryville. The wonderful story, unique characters, short challenges, and crisp graphics make this game worth having a look and spending the $2.99 for the full version.
Market Link: Mysteryville on Google Play
Mysteryville: detective story from Nevosoft now available on Google Play
St. Petersburg, Russia, March 22, 2012. Nevosoft, a top Russian casual game developer, announced the release of Mysteryville: detective story – an intriguing mix of hidden object adventures, exciting puzzles and a thrilling investigation.
The plot of the game is quite extreme. Experienced journalist Laura Winner comes to a small town to write an article. But suspicious circumstances turn change her plans and she spirals into a thrilling detective story. All the cats are missing and Laura is determined to figure out the riddles surrounding Mysteryville. She explores the town and meet with variety of odd and mysterious residents. With each puzzle she solves the closer she gets to figuring out Mysteryville’s big secret and save the missing felines.
Mysteryville is a classic hidden object game. The gameplay is smooth and addictive. Each location provides multiple item-based puzzles to solve. Puzzles consist of finding objects of a particular type, locating miscellaneous items from a list, unearthing things based on their silhouettes, and locating the bits and pieces that differ in two identical side-by-side scenes. Criminal story comes through 21 items. Other pleasant features include unique characters, sharp graphics and a wide variety of different locations that will draw you into Mysteryville’s mysterious atmosphere!
– Classic hidden object searches
– Unpredictable adventure from Nevosoft
– Mysterious detective story
– Addictive gameplay
– Sharp graphics and truly unique characters
Mysteryville is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Russian and Chinese.
Mysteryville Google Play link: http://bit.ly/Mysteryville_Android
In-Game trailer link: http://youtu.be/_uFYklKlP4U
Info page with video and screenshots: http://android.nevosoft.com/games/mysteryville
Nevosoft is a leading casual game developer and distributor in Russia and Eastern Europe based in St. Petersburg, Russia. It delivers downloadable and online entertainment software for various platforms. Nevosoft was founded in 2002 and is internationally renowned for its best selling, award-winning games like My Kingdom for the Princess I, II & III, Mushroom Age, Mysteryville I & II, Christmasville, Supercow and about 25 more.
Google has started testing its much-hyped and rumoured augmented reality glasses, sharing the first stages of the trail with Google Plus users.
“A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology – one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.” The Google Plus post by Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thurn starts. ?
The trio say they are sharing the information because “we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do.”
By the look of the video, titled Project Glass: One day…, Google hopes that the glasses will give you a heads-up display to your life, allowing you see weather reports or text messages from your mates without having to look at your phone or computer.
The video also suggests that people will be able to talk to the headset as well as get mapping information or the latest traffic data about the train journey they are trying to take.
Other examples in the 3-minute video suggest that available in the future will be check-in’s, the ability to take photos, and of course the chance to Google Plus your experiences.
Google is expected to launch the AR glasses later in the year, but wants to make sure that customers are ready for a move, while the promo videos suggest people will look cool, ?most likely emulating the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The history of the Illuminati begins in 1776 with the foundation of the so-called “Order of the Illuminati” in Ingolstadt, Germany. It was designed as secret society, was at the beginning considerably successful but began to fall apart gradually in inner quarrels even before its prohobition by the Bavarian Land government in 1785.
The history of the Illuminati begins in 1776 with the foundation of the so-called “Order of the Illuminati” in Ingolstadt, Germany. It was designed as secret society, was at the beginning considerably successful but began to fall apart gradually in inner quarrels even before its prohobition by the Bavarian Land government in 1785. Their founder was the professor for ecclesiastical law Adam Weishaupt.
He was born in Ingolstadt in 1748 and there was educated at a Jesuitical high school. When he was 15 years old he started to study philosophy, history, political science and justice. In 1774 – with only 25 years – he was appointed a professor in ordinary for nature and ecclesiastical law. As many university-bred men at that time, he was an adherent of the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment comprises different mental and cultural trends: all in common was the criticism of the absolute pretensions to truth in religion and absolute monarchy.
Within the meaning of these doctrines, Weishaupt founded a student’s order in 1776, the Perfectibilists, to spread “enlightened” ideas. Student’s orders were very common at that time; they corresponded to the enlightened spirit of this time. Some universities prohibited such orders, so they continued to exist secretely.
Weishaupt had a hierarchical order in mind. Minervals (the beginners) should be educated by the higher ranks, then ascend and educate new minervals themselves. A strict system of controlling, reporting and observation supervised the development of the order members. The society changed its name from “Perfectibilists” into “Illuminati”. In 1777, Weishaupt became member of the Freemasons and there he also started to recrute new members. The Freemasons were a secret society in the sense because they knew secret rites and were obliged to silence concerning the internals of their society. The existence of Freemason’s lodges as such was known. The Illuminati on the other hand were already hidden from the outer world. The order soon suffered from consumption.
At the end of 1779, Knigge joined the order and he could unify the disharmonized order, last but not least because of his personal charme. The Aeropag (the managing body under Weishaupt) charged him to work out the system of the higher grades. Knigge used Weishaupt’s materials and as well some symbolicism from the Freemasons. At that time, the Freemasons had 27,000 members in Germany and the Illuminati planned explicitely to penetrate their lodges and to take them over. Knigge took part at the Wilhelmsbadener Freemason Convent in 1782 as envoy of the Illuminati. There, he could gain a lot of new members including famous writers and aristocrats.
In the years 1782/1783 the Order of the Illuminati had reached its peak of members and influence. At that time the order was split up into three classes with two to three sub-classes. They had the following names:
I. Plant school or Preparation class
3. Little Illuminati
II. Mason class
1. Apprentice – Journeyman – Master
2. Illuminatus maior (Scottish Novice)
3. Illuminatur dirigens (Scottish Knight)
III Mystery classe
1. Small Mysteries: a) Priest, b) Regent
2. Great Mysteries: a) Magus (magician), b) Rex (king)
From the lower classes were requested absolute obedience, constant report concerning the own progress and as well concerning other order members. It existed secret badges, codes, order names and as well an own chronology. Weishaupt was dreaming of an ethical, philosophical and moral educated élite, raised with strong disciplin, which should exercise a legitimate government. He made little of democracy.
The Order of the Illuminati never came to realize its objectives. Weishaupt disputed with Knigge, and as a consequence Knigge left the order in 1783. A lot of other members were leaving the order also and raised publicly approaches towards the Illuminati. They were accused of having stolen secret documents from the Bavarian Court and of interfering in the Bavarian foreign policy. On 22nd June 1784, elector Karl Theodor prohibited all secret fraternities without naming them explicitely. Nine months later, he expressed the prohibition of the Illuminati and the Freemasons. Weishaupt lost his office as professor.
In Bavaria started a regular hunting for Illuminati with house searches, arrests and expatriations. Weishaupt, threatened by arrest, fled to Regensburg and from there to Gotha. There he lived until his death in 1830. From 1785 on, the order was officially thought to be extincted. Since 1787 it also ended factual.
Till today, the Illuminati stand the racket as demonical adversaries of tradition and religion. German conservatives used the scandal of the Illuminati as an opportunity to pin the hated enlighteners. They were accused to have been responsible fo the French Revolution. A lot of writers branded the Illuminati as perversion of the Freemasons and imputed them to some sinister plans and deeds. Till today, they served in the U.S.A. as cheap bugbears. In the publications of the conspiracy theorists they lost more and more the status of a real secret society. Instead of they assumed a more demonical character and became finally the flight point of all fears of the evil behind the world.
Also check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminati