Google Lens does Text Capture and More!


Google Lens, is making its presence known, as a stand-alone app, and as an upgraded feature of Photos (for select Android phones*). With Lens’ OCR (object-character-recognition) capabilities, you can easily:
*16-Mar update:  Google Lens now also avail on iOS on devices.

  • Create a Contact from a printed business card
  • Initiate a a web-search the Web using an image
  • Translate the menu at a restaurant

…and more!

To Activate Lens 

  1. Take a picture and view it using Photos
  2. Tap the Lens  icon 220px-Google_Lens_logo.



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Mar 10 is Mario Time on Google Maps!



Google is having a little fun with the date March 10 (a cheeky way to spell Mario) by adding this colorful character to Google Maps. Android and iOS users with the updated app can request directions and have the plucky plumber/racer show them how to get there.


To Activate Mario Time 

  1. Launch Google Maps
  2. Click GO, and enter starting point and destination
  3. Click question markmario-clipart-mystery-box-3, then click LET’S-A GO!

Optionally, you can share Mario’s trip to @GoogleMaps on Twitter and/or tag it #MarioMaps in Instagram (but be careful of posting personal location info).



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Rise of Rubik’s Robots

Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo‘s, robot can solve Rubik’s Cube in under a second.

But then, speed isn’t everything..




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Lamborghini: Terzo Millennio

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Lamborghini’s Electric Auto




These ARE the droids I’m looking for

R2D2 Sphero1

In time for the holidays, Sphero, makers of smartphone controlled toys like Ollie and BB-8, will have R2D2, zooming around your table top, complete with lights, chirps, and retractable third leg.

In case you were wondering what to get me.


DeLorean’s Comeback: Flying Cars


“Roads? We don’t need roads!”

Paul DeLorean, nephew of the original DeLorean founder, is looking to make good on old Doc’ Brown’s words with DeLorean Aerospace’s DR-7 VTOL.

On the drawing board, this two-seater Vertical Take-off & Landing craft boasts an all‑electric twin engine propulsion system, a 19 foot wingspan, and a range of 120 miles on a single charge.

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what, no gull-wing doors?


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It Must Be April 😉

Google Gnome

Google Maps – Ms Pac-man

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Coca-Cola Helium

All the taste of Coke, all the fun of inhaling a helium balloon and speaking with a squeaky voice.

Coke Helium

Virgin Train Ticket Tattoos

Well, now, says Virgin Trains, customers can get their train ticket permanently tattooed on their body, thanks to the magic of Tick-Ink.


Amazon Introduces Petlexia:


Burger King Toothpaste

To keep the tasty flavours lasting longer, BURGER KING® has created WHOPPER TOOTHPASTE .

Subway Ice Sandwich Flavored Ice Cream

Oh our aching sides
Oh our aching sides CREDIT: SUBWAY

And Subway:  “On 1 April 2017, the SUBWAY® brand is launching their first ever ice cream range… inspired by the nation’s most love Subs. The savoury SUBZero range is available in these three delicious flavours for a limited time only:

  • Meatball Marinara
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Tuna

Groupon’s Gin-sauna


And for a look back at previous tomfoolery: