Choose the Best Vehicle for Yourself

Can you make a smart choice of the vehicles in your car racing game or do you require your peers to suggest you in the mid-way when you go to play with or in front of them? If you want to win over in any of the car race game like Asphalt Xtreme, then do remember you should have a smart choice while choosing your vehicle while driving. It is well said:

Choose your arms for the war

This can be best explained in none other than the Asphalt Xtreme, the car racing game by Gameloft. The game has seen lots of hiccups but is still there to maintain its foremost position for the audiences.

Is choosing the best vehicle is hard?

Yes, it is a bit, but if you go through some of the tricks that we have mentioned below then it can be a cakewalk for you.

  1. Every vehicle and ride will provide you with a different experience so you need to choose with the outcome, you should know what to expect when it comes to results. Then choose wisely and drive making the opponents hard to defeat you in the ride at Asphalt Xtreme.
  2. If you like to won via jumping the whole ride, then you can master on Buggies as they are very light in weight and this feature makes them speedy as well. If you want to implement the various tricks then this vehicle can be a good option for you to ride.asphalt xtreme hack -
  3. If you want something that will be fast and can drift in an expert manner, then you can make the right choice by choosing the Rally cars, but the only problem with them is they are not very great in hitting other cars too.
  4. If you want an all-rounder go for the muscle car, but do know they consume the Nitro very fast.
  5. If you want the Nitro to be consumed slowly, then there are SUVs too, they are best used in knocking down the opponents and the worst part is that they cannot be used in performing any of the tricks
  6. Trucks, Muscle cars, and monster trucks are hard to apply, merely they are best in drifting the opponents apart and their Nitro is consumed only when they are used for Ram other vehicles.
  7. Whenever you will going to start a race in Asphalt Xtreme you will be shown the recommendation of the vehicles and their ranks too to give you an idea of your chances in the game. Do make sure that your rank should be similar or nearby, otherwise your chances of winning can be a bit less.

These tricks can appear minor but can be of a big help to you once you start playing Asphalt Xtreme, at your home or in any video game parlor. Asphalt Xtreme hack will certainly set a pathway for you to win and choose the best vehicle for yourself and then MAKE IT HARD for the opponents.


SmackTalk! The Adorable Prank App

Ten year olds around the world will unite and eternally prank each other and drive their care takers insane once they discover SmackTalk! Smack Talk is a voice altering app developed by Marcus Satelllite for the iPhone. Never again will you have to inhale one of those party balloons to get that squeaky voice to entertain them. SmackTalk! does it all for you.

There are four animated characters to choose from to make your squeaky voiced little ones happy. There is a guinea pig, puppy, kitten and Chihuahua. SmackTalk’s really easy to use. Just start up SmackTalk! and swipe the screen and choose a character. Speak in the microphone and a couple of seconds later you’ll be able to hear and watch your character talk back to you. SmackTalk! repeats whatever you say in any language.SmackTalk - Adorable Prank App

SmackTalk! can be enjoyed by kids, tweens, teens and the occasional adult looking for a wholesome good time. The title artwork is simple, and well done. All of the pictures in the app are high resolution crisp and clear. From a technical standpoint, SmackTalk! consistently functioned properly and always started up quickly. It never randomly froze or started over. What’s really nice about the app is there is only a couple of second delay from the time you speak to the time your animal repeats the phrase. This means it repeats what you say practically in real time. The only thing you have to look out for is that the microphone can be a little sensitive. So you have to make sure there isn’t a lot of noise around and that you speak directly in to the microphone when using it.

Overall SmackTalk! is a solid application. It works well. SmackTalk! has a simple design and is easy to use. Kids will be entertained for a long time. It’s big on the cute factor and low on the cost factor — a perfect combo when purchasing fun from the App Store.

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Raging Thunder, Crazy Driving – iPhone Apps

Raging Thunder-The developers over at Polarbit are no newcomers to the iPhone scene, even if you may not have heard of them yet. They’re the minds behind such acclaimed games as Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D and SSX3. The release of their newest title, Raging Thunder, marks the first time the company has released an iPhone app under their name and without any collaboration or third party publisher.Raging Thunder, Crazy Driving

The experience those working at Polarbit gained by developing racing games like Nitro Kart 3D and Indy 500, is easily noticeable in the quality of games they offer. They know what works and what doesn’t, and have successfully incorporated the most desired features in handheld gaming — including WLAN multiplayer for up to four players and 4 single player modes — into a neat little package that costs just under 4$. The controls are well calibrated from the get-go and can be easily modified to accommodate the player’s style of gaming, through sensitivity and control settings.

With so many different styles of racing games, from uber-realistic driving simulation games like Gran Turismo to karting classics like Mario Kart, it’s hard to place Raging Thunder in a particular category. The best way to describe the gameplay would be to compare it to the classic Cruisin’ arcade games. The way you shift around the iPhone to move is fairly similar to the feel of those old arcade steering wheels and the Boost feature provides that same over the top feeling of acceleration in the game. Raging Thunder even comes complete with a collision and tackling system, to take your opponents out of the race for good. The only thing missing from the classic Cruisin’ series is the Catch-Up option, but I’m just being picky.

From a visual point of view, considering the limited hardware, the graphics were way more than I expected. Even more impressive is that Ragning Thunder runs at an amazing frame rate in unparelled smoothness. After playing for roughly 4 hours through the 10 ridiculously challenging courses, I hadn’t noticed a single glitch, delay or lag. Simply put, it’s a rock solid game that would please both racing nuts and gamers alike. Pick it up for only $3.99 at the App Store today, you’ll be happy you did.

70,000 Midrange IBM Systems May Be Noncompliant

IBM estimates that as many as 70,000 midrange systems are not compliant. (Never forget: the IBM Corporation is itself not compliant yet.)

How will all of them be replaced in time to test them? How will the data contained in them be ported to the new IBM systems? A successful migration to a new system takes as long as five years, this article reports.

This appeared in MIDRANGE SYSTEMS (Jan. 19).

The prospects for the AS/400 base are murky. IBM estimates that the hardware and operating systems of up to 70,000 midrange systems in the United States may still be in jeopardy of not handling Year 2000 dates, according to Jennifer Clarke, AS/400 Year 2000 segment manager at IBM. . . .

70,000 Midrange IBM Systems May Be Noncompliant

The challenge is getting all these upgrades onto the AS/400s of the world in time. While a MIDRANGE Systems survey conducted last year found high levels of awareness and assessments underway, many industry observers believe there has not been enough movement to address Year 2000 on the AS/400. “A good part of the AS/400 community still thinks there’s a lot of time left,” says Skip Marchesani, director of AS/400 technical support at Custom Systems Corp. (Newton, N.J.), and a frequent speaker on Year 2000 topics. Many AS/400 site managers think the Year 2000 crisis “doesn’t apply to them,” Ransom agrees. . . .

Clarke relates, “We know of people still running System/34 code that don’t feel it’s a big deal, because the AS/400 Division has always taken care of them, and helped them schlep the code forward. But we don’t have the SEs out there anymore holding people’s hands.” . . .

As the clock ticks, costs mount. “All customers, regardless of platform, are trying to do the same thing,” IBM’s Ransom says. “The costs for resources and tools are going up exponentially, doubling every few months.” Add to this the likelihood of a storm of litigation, and the sum total is estimated to reach $2 trillion worldwide, according to Technology Management Reports (San Diego). About 25 percent of this estimate consists of the costs of litigation, the firm predicts. Large corporations will devote a significant portion of their IT budgets — up to a third of annual expenditures — to Year 2000 fixes. . . .

Even IBM itself is wrestling with this massive conversion challenge. IBM Chairman Lou Gerstner recently told shareholders IBM is spending “hundreds of millions of dollars” to bring its own systems into compliance with Year 2000 dates. IBM’s AS/400 Division brought its internal AS/400 systems into Year 2000 readiness about two years ago. . . .

Even with relatively seamless vendor upgrades, companies need to thoroughly test their applications, says Berryman of Janus. “We’ll have all of our vendor packages converted and upgraded by January of 1999,” she says. “We’re not taking vendors’ words on whether or not applications are compliant.” Janus is in the process of establishing and building an in-house Year 2000 testing environment, which includes its AS/400 and optical storage subsystem. Berryman estimates that testing will represent about 70 percent of its entire Year 2000 process.


The next option, migrating to completely new packages, can be a time-consuming process, and some experts are doubtful if this is even still an option. “A year or two ago, replacing a system may have been a major consideration,” Luntz points out. “As we approach 1999, replacement of a system is only going to be feasible in a few cases. Most companies with manufacturing and distribution and logistics systems can’t replace in time — it’s a two- to five-year exercise to replace a system.”

Switching to a major business package “affects all of a company’s business processes,” relates Lee Mulder, VP of marketing at Into 2000 (Jasper, Ga.). “The sticking point is having to change the way you do business to adapt to the software. It’s a painful, long adjustment.” . . .

Companies starting conversion efforts now are just making it under the wire, Marchesani says. “If they start now, and they’ve got an average-size shop, they might be able to get the job done using tools.” IBM’s Clarke agrees that there’s still time to undertake a migration from custom-written to packaged applications, especially on the AS/400. “Due to the AS/400’s integration, implementing an application package on the AS/400 is faster and less disruptive to your business than on any other platform.”

Union Pacific’s Success Story Is Not Cheery

The biggest problem is the interconnections problem. How can the trains move if each firm’s computers are not compliant internally and also externally? I have been asking this question for over a year. No one answers it in print because the answer is obvious.

The breakdown in Union Pacific’s service since the summer of 1997 is a fortetaste of things to come. This article discusses the problem’s root cause: the incompatibility of Southern Pacific’s computer system with Union Pacific’s. When Union Pacific absorbed Southern Pacific for $3.9 billion, it swallowed a poison pill.

Union Pacific must update 32,000 internal programs.

Like so many huge firms, the company found out about its problem late: in 1995.

Optimists say this problem can be fixed. I ask: Where is any company with 20 million lines of code that has fixed them? Where is one industry that is compliant?

This appeared in a series of articles on y2k sucesss stories published by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) (Jan. 3).

I say: if this is a success, head for the hills. And don’t buy a return ticket.

We are asked to believe in fairy tales: a universal international repair of a problem that not a single Fortune 500 company has solved.

As the largest railroad in North America, Union Pacific depends on dates to make the trains both literally and figuratively run on time. . . ..

Union Pacific's Success Story Is Not Cheery

What’s the Y2K connection? Southern Pacific outsourced its IS operations. Thus, while these information systems will not make the transition, the consolidated company must still assimilate vast quantities of Southern Pacific data. In some cases, the new data must be changed to fit in the Union Pacific framework; in other instances, Union Pacific programs must be adapted to incorporate new types of information. Melding the information resources of the two companies has required both people and planning, even as Y2K efforts must speed ahead down a parallel track. . . .

Keeping dates straight is just one of the formidable end user obstacles this program manager must address. The third of six targets on Brechbill’s screen, Union Pacific has a “customer computing” environment composed of 356,000 Focus programs, mostly used for decision support. Brechbill says that less than a third appear to be active. But even so this means roughly 98,000 homegrown programs, developed with no company standards whatsoever, tucked away in various libraries, some with what Brechbill termed mission critical functionality. . . .

Here Brechbill is using a “divide and conquer” strategy. His Year 2000 team will take responsibility for converting 32,000 of the end user programs; the balance, he said, will be left up to individual departments for correction. Whether or not this happens will be helped along by monthly Y2K conversion status reports. Brechbill says central IT support may eventually extend to staff and tools, but he frankly admits that his first priority is converting the 32,000 programs on his plate. . . .

Electronic data interchange is another functional area that has been pushed to the edge of the plate. Union Pacific has not tackled the issue yet, but Brechbill hopes to have a strategy in place by the end of the month. Embedded and vendor supplied software also constitute a category on the fringe of current activity. Like many organizations, Union Pacific is in the process of contacting software vendors to ascertain Y2K compliance information. Because much of what the company does takes place in “real time” mode, the Y2K conversion must also extend to the electro-mechanical, signal processing and communications devices used up and down the line. To make this complex assessment, Brechbill is not only polling vendors, but also Union Pacific Vice Presidents and operating departments.

Union Pacific launched its first Y2K pilot in 1995. Compared to what he has heard from others at a recent Y2K conference, Brechbill said he thinks his company is ahead of the game. The program manager hopes to stay ahead by cutting down the time it takes to test systems and put them back into production. He has a pilot in the works, details not available, that may make dramatic improvements in this critical area.

SABRE Reservation System Is Still Not Complian

MirrorThe SABRE system, which handles airline reservations, is not 2000-compliant. A January 30 press release announces the adoption of a new y2k remediation tool, GILES. This indicates that the repair is still incomplete, and not just incomplete: in its early phase. The press release says, “GILES is being used in the early and most critical phase of year2000 resolution, identifying software that needs to be fixed.”

The California White Paper says that awareness is the first 1% of any y2k repair; inventory is the next 1%; assessment is 5%. SABRE is not yet to the actual recoding phase.

Many companies have reservations about their computers’ ability to traverse the turn of the century without failing. But The SABRE Group has already begun its year 2000 remediation process using GILES 2001 to identify areas that could be impacted by the infamous computer anomaly. ohpone-image

After evaluating several approaches to identifying potential problems associated with two-digit year fields, which are expected to present serious challenges when the year changes from 1999 to 2000, The SABRE Group has added Giles 2001 to its tool portfolio to be used throughout its travel reservations business.

A product of Global Software, Inc., of Duxbury, Massachusetts, GILES is being used in the early and most critical phase of year2000 resolution, identifying software that needs to be fixed. . . .

“We selected GILES 2001 because we expect it to provide a solid contribution to The SABRE Group’s year2000 conversion effort,” said Greg Webb, the director of The SABRE Group’s y2k project. “The travel industry has a year less than many businesses to resolve its year2000 problem. Airplane tickets are usable for a year, meaning that the travel industry has less than a year to update and test their entire systems for year2000 compliance. Any ticket written after Dec. 31, 1998 will expire after the turn of the century. We’re working to ensure our airline and agency customers are prepared — especially since the industry has no choice but to be ready.” . . .

Many organizations with multiple languages are likely to run into trouble even if they tackle their primary languages with automated tools, explained Graham Thompson, Global’s director of sales and marketing. If they do not fully identify date fields within the source code of their non-mainstream languages, these dates could be passed through program calls or through files/databases into their primary languages and not be recognized as dates.

So year 2000 non-conformance will not necessarily be limited to the applications developed with these non-mainstream languages, he continued.

“The industry seems to have lost sight of the fact that only about half of source code is written in Cobol. If we believe the figure bandied around today, 90 billion lines of code throughout the world, the industry has been turning its back on over 40 billion lines of code,” said Thompson.

Replace 12,000+ Suppliers in 2016? No Problem!

BCE, the Canadian telecommunications firm, has 15,000 suppliers. It says it will fire any noncompliant supplier after mid-year, 1999. This is another way of saying that BCE will have to locate approximately 12,000 new suppliers in the second half of 1999. Maybe more. Maybe 15,000.

How? And how will GM do the same? And Ford. And every other large manufacturing firm?

Of course, the suppliers have suppliers. Their suppliers must be compliant. And so it goes.

Meanwhile, 90% of Canadian firms have yet to begin y2k repairs.


Rhetoric is one thing. Reality is something else. Reality is falling dominoes, all over the world.


Many Canadian companies risk extinction unless every business leader, from top chief executive officers to corner-store owners, drafts a battle plan to eradicate the millennium bug, a federal task force warns.

For those who ignore this countrywide call to arms, the consequences will be dire, Jean Monty, task force chairman and president of telecommunications giant BCE Inc., said yesterday

Time is running out fast . . . and for some it might already be too late,” Monty told a Toronto news conference after releasing the group’s final report, titled “A Call for Action.”

One faulty link can weaken the whole chain and break it.” . . .

The report shies away from calling for any laws or regulations requiring formal disclosure. Those kinds of measures won’t be needed, Monty said.

You can’t legislate because it’s too complicated,” Monty said, suggesting the market will force most businesses to shape up.

To prove his point, Monty said Montreal-based BCE will tear up contracts with any of its 15,000 suppliers if they haven’t routed out their millennium bugs. “By the middle of next year, we’ll be looking for other suppliers.” . . .

Still, a recent federal survey found more than half of Canadian businesses polled had no plans to deal with the millennium bug, although 90 per cent recognized the threat. . . .

In Ottawa, Industry Minister John Manley said there will be no government grants or tax credits to help businesses defray the costs of computer retro-fits, The Star’s William Walker reported.