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You Can Play Pac-Mac In Google Maps

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April’s Fool is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for Google’s yearly tradition of making fun little pranks, and adding “features” to some of its services. This year, at least one of these features is the ability to run a fully-functioning game of Pac-Man right in your Maps window, even in your own neighbourhood. Simply go to http://maps.google.com, hone in on your neighbourhood or anywhere else you’d like to play, and press the Pac-Man button right next to where the Street View button is. The game might look familiar if you’re in a city like Manhattan, or a little wonky if you’re in one of those spaghetti-style-streets areas, but either way it works just like the real game, with ghosts and powerups!

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[ Google Maps ] VIA [ Kotaku ]

Google Is A Little Prudish, Not That We Didn’t Already Know It

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Tee hee… Just try searching for this. It’s funny.

Not that it’s anything new, that Google won’t autocomplete your searches for a long laundry list of words it deems offensive or obscene. The iPhone seems to have the same ducking feature, and it’s sort of patronizing… and so is censorship in general. But we’re not trying to make some kind of point here, we’re just laughing at the comic. We’re really just overgrown kids here, at OhGizmo! HQ.

VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

Deal Of The Day: The Double Nexus Giveaway

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So you like Google’s Nexus? Love the products? IN love with them? How about you enter a giveaway where you can win not one, but two of them. That’s right, just by entering this Double Nexus giveaway, you run the chance of winning a Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet. Yup, one winner, two devices. That’s a $1,048 value.

So what are you waiting for?

[ Enter The Double Nexus Giveaway ]

Deal of The Day: $1,000 Google Play Store Giveaway

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Want to buy all kinds of apps on Google’s Play Store, but the money isn’t there? Just enter this giveaway and run the chance to win up to $150 to spend on anything you like! That’s first place, while second place gets $100, and 15 other winners get $50.

Considering this giveaway closes today at midnight EST, you’ll know in a few hours whether you won, so what’s the harm in trying? Just enter below!

[ Enter The $1,000 Google Play Store Giveaway! ]

Is Google’s Self-Driving Car the Future of Motoring?

Image Source: Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons

Image Source: Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons

The following article is brought to you courtesy of Carsales.com.au. -Ed.

Google’s been experimenting with driverless technology for the past several years, converting a Toyota Prius and Lexus Rx into autonomous models. The tech company’s latest breakthrough has just been unveiled, taking their former work and elevating it to a higher level. This self-driving prototype from Google has been built from the ground up as a fully electric two-seater with no steering wheel, pedals, or gear shifter. Small, efficient, and free from human error; could this be the future of car production?

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You can learn more about the new Google car here, which is capable of hitting a top speed of 25 miles per hour. With no steering wheel or pedals, passengers have no option that allows them to drive. You simply put on your seatbelt and push the start button, leaving the rest in the car’s hands. The vehicle is composed of flexible plastic and compressible foam, with a dual-motor driving system that can keep the car in motion even if the engine fails.

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You Can Explore The Colorado River In Google Street View

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Some lucky Google employees (in partnership with American Rivers) have spent some time going down the Colorado river with their imaging equipment, this much is clear. Because it seems that you can now explore the famous waterway in all its glory from the comfort of your home. No need to spend on pricey helicopter tours, or even getting a single drop of water on your nature-averse body. Click, point, and pan all you want folks, the river that carved the Grand Canyon awaits your 21st century explorer spirit.

[ Colorado River Street View ] AND [ Google Blog Post ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Google Lays $3 Millon On The Table For Someone To Hack Chrome

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Securing software from potential attacks is important business. Google is putting its money where its mouth is and is willing to give away a combined $2.7 million (“$2.71828 million, which is a reference to the mathematical constant e, a concept that’s important to know when writing algorithms.”) for hackers to find exploits in either the HP Chromebook 11 or the Acer C720 Chromebook. As part of a contest called “Pwnium” in March, anyone with decent hacking abilities will be given between $110,000 and $150,000 for successful hacks, which have to be executed through a web page. The hacks that remain even after the laptop is rebooted will get the larger bounties. There will also be bonuses for “clever hacks”.

“Pwnium is to be held at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada. To register for the contest, hackers can email Google at [email protected] The deadline to register is 5 p.m. PST on March 10.”

VIA [ WalYou ]

Google’s Interactive Music Timeline Will Drive Music Nerds Crazy

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Fancy yourself a music aficionado? You might want to head on over to Google’s Research blog and take a look at the fantastic interactive music timeline they’ve developed. You can see the ebb and flow in popularity of several music genres and sub-genres. You can click trough and drill down each one, and are presented with quintessential examples for each. It’s extremely well done, meticulously researched, and chock full of so much data that it would take days to go over all of it. And of course, provided you live in a country where Google has the rights to play the music, you can listen to any of it at the press of a button. It’s about as exciting a course in music history as we’ve ever seen.

[ Google’s Music Timeline ] VIA [ Engadget ]

One Today by Google: Baby Steps to a Better World

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Want to change the world? You’re not alone. Sometimes you get the feeling that you’re insignificant, because you’re just one in several billion currently inhabiting the planet. That’s where you’re wrong. It’s a cliche, but it’s true all the same: one can make a difference, you just have to have the courage to do so.

One way to get started is with One Today. It essentially features a non-profit project by reputable charities and organizations each day so you can make a pledge and make a difference. Because while you may be too busy to go out and do something, your contributions will be able to help those who are already on the field.

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