iOS users, now you can swap that boring blue Nav arrow for a flashy red sport car or a sensible pickup truck.
What? no Go Karts?
To Select Your Vehicle in Google Maps
- Launch Google Maps, and start navigation.
- Tap the Nav arrow. The Choose Vehicle pane will appear.
- Select preferred vehicle and enjoy that new car smell!
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
- Launch Google Maps
- Click GO, and enter starting point and destination
- Click question mark, , 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).
Today many of your favorite sites are April Fool‘n around.
For example, take Gmail’s MicDrop feature. It promises to give you the last word on your outgoing message.
I wish this feature did exist; it’d be a great way to silence those REPLY-TO-ALLers.
Update: Much like Orson Welles‘ radio broadcast of War of the Worlds this faux feature, was believed real. Citing a backlash of complaints, GMail quickly disabled this Aprils Fool’s joke
Past Tom Foolery has included Air BnB’s Bronze Era Rentals (pictured) complete with Trojan Horse, and Burger King’s left-handed sandwich wrapper.
This Year H&M is onboard with a Mark Zuckerberg line of clothing http://markforhm.com/
More faves and fails from 2016:
Found one you want to share? Drop me a comment and I’ll add it to this post.
Ramping up for the December opening of Star Wars – The Force Awakens, here’s a short and sweet Google Easter egg:
- Go to Google search page
- Type in “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away”
Traditionally, today is a great day for the creative departments of some otherwise staid websites to let their hair down by way of an Internet prank.
Continuing with the Easter egg theme (and celebrate the Greeks, who, allegorically, dropped the original Easter egg on an unsuspecting city of Troy), I present Air BnB’s Bronze Era Rentals page. Click fast; traditionally these pages don’t live long.
Also, for an infopic on some other classic hoaxes (e.g., Burger King’s left-handed sandwich wrapper) follow this link to the Quartz article.
Who doesn’t love Easter Eggs!
No, not the Springtime ovo-cuniculus variety (although they are good too). I am talking about those purposeless treats that programmers embed into applications, hoping that someone will come across it.
This is done less and less nowadays (probably because software firms assessed how much time was being billed as ‘work time’ for a pointless feature. I still remember back in the when you could run a virtual Flight simulator from your desk by pressing a series of keys (google “Excel 97 Flight Simulator” for more on that).
Here are some ‘secret’ tricks for you Google Chrome users
In Chrome, enter any of the below into the search bar:
- Type ‘do a barrel roll‘ then press Enter
- Type ‘askew‘ (or Type ‘tilt‘ in the search bar and then press Enter)
- Type ‘google in 1998‘ and press Enter (if you’re feeling nostalgic)
- Type ‘google sphere‘ in the search bar and then CLICK ‘ I’m Feeling Lucky ‘ (trippy!)
And finally (although this is not really an Easter egg, but):
- Hover your mouse over the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button’
Comments and questions are always welcome!