We asked SoTechie members about the best internet pranks, here’s what they had to say!
Google Maps Treasure Mode
First up, Google has created a new treasure map mode on Google Maps.
Google’s announcement talks of the Google Maps Street View team finding a treasure map belonging to the infamous pirate, William “Captain” Kidd, on a recent expedition in the Indian Ocean to expand its underwater Street View collection. The map contains a variety of encrypted symbols which you are tasked with deciphering:
Google’s headquarters naturally gets a special flag:
Google Nose has a nice big BETA tag. As its name implies, the service lets you search to find out what your queries smell like. Queue the “Google Nose everything about you” jokes.
Here’s how Google pulled it off:
- Street Sense vehicles have inhaled and indexed millions of atmospheric miles.
- Android Ambient Odor Detection collects smells via the world’s most sensible mobile operating system.
- SMELLCD™ 1.8+ high-resolution compatible for precise and controlled odors.
Google+ photos get +Emotion
Over on Google+, you can now add “stylized emotions” to your photos. Just open one of your pictures in the lightbox, click the “Add emotion” button at the top left of the screen, and then watch as Google figures out everyone’s emotion in the photo and adds an “emotion icon” to each.
Google has made everything blue in Gmail. All characters, buttons, and menus are now blue. The Blue Man Group even makes an appearance: