April Fool’s Day 2015: Google Maps turns into PacMan Arcade (no coins required)

It’s April Fool’s Day again!
Google turns its great Google Maps into a PacMan worldwide videogame.

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You’ll be able to run the Pac-character on your own streets avoing Pinky and most other evil ghosts – yes, that’s right: using your own city map!

Thanks Google!

Update for mobile users!
On Android devices, you’ll need to solve one of many riddles from a Google support page to find hidden Pac-Man pins at specific locations. Only then will you see a Pac-Man button that will allow you to play by swiping in different directions!

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Jurassic Park (and several other blockbusters) completely recreated with Lego by a dad and his daughter

lego jurassic park video Animator Paul Hollingsworth (with Digital Wizard Studios) and his daughter Hailee did something very weird, truly unusual and so cool!

Using some $100,000 of LEGO pieces, they digitally managed to recreate the 1993 dino-thriller Jurassic Park along several other video footage worth our time watching it.

Paul and Hailee were kind enough to share with us the behind the scenes details, some nice tricks about video shooting, compositing and good ol’ time frame-by-frame Lego animation.

I strongly advice you to check their Youtube Channel (DigitalWizardz) since it’s a feast for die-hard Lego fans around the world!

Don’t miss other movies like Lego Avengers (on Digital Wizard Studios):

Even Mashable reported about this cool video productions.

I’m a long-time Lego+stop motion fan… check my own weird experiment (back in 1980!):

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Pixels: an (awesome) upcoming movie about vintage gaming

You may already have seen this video, Pixels, released in 2010 by french director Patrick Jean: it’s awesome and has been an inspiration for most vintage game lovers around the world.

New York is suddendly surrounded by the best 80s videogames characters: PacMan, Invaders, Donkey Kong, Arkanoid, Frogger and a lot more!

PIXELS by PATRICK JEAN. di onemoreprod

Good news: this video has ignited a feature film production and ‘real movie’, Pixels (again) starring Adam Sandler and several others is expected in theaters on July 2015!

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[Image source: Wikipedia]

Bring on your coin-up money, it’s arcade games time – again!
Get more info and news on the official Facebook Page, Twitter and Tumblr page.
There’s even a way to build your own pixelated character with iOS app LeBlox.

Note: no Pixels were hurt during the shooting of this video…

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A pocketful of early Internet Service Providers greeting packs from 1994.

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Digging in my vintage-computer mess, I found this pack from Xmas 1994 – labelled Software ETC.

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I barely reminded that a long-time friend, Claudio, brought me this stuff from a trip in the USA – where early Internet was booming, back then.
These are the greeting packs, introductory kits and installation floppies for some of the very earliest Internet Service Provider in the USA.
By today standards, it seems so funny to read their “services” descriptions and the amazing features they were leveraging.
It’s been some 20 years since this internet access software was released, mostly for Windows 3.1 !, and now Internet is something we all take for granted (or not?), be it mobile or on a desktop computer.

Here are some crazy features and staggering figures:
America Online stated that you’d be able to access “over 60,000 files to download”,
Compuserve offered “over 2,000 online services”,
InterRamp offered Mosaic, Veronica, Gopher and “all leading online solutions”,
– “NetCruiser is a snap to install… best of all, once you’re on, you neve have to issue a single Unix command” (LA Times),
Prodigy said its services were able to “give your kids the learning edge”.

As you can see, mosy of these ISPs are no more in the business or have been acquired by another giant or changed business altogether…

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WordPress blog users get Twitter official plugin

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Oh, well… it’s about time!
Twitter announced their very own Twitter plug-in for WordPress blogs that makes it easier to embed tweets, optimize your posts and content to Twitter-dome and – quite cool – integrate with Twitter Analytics (yes, that one).

I’m about to install it on my WordPress blogs and test it even though I’ve been using several other post-to-tweet plugins – which have been around for a while – along with some PHP code I wrote by myself.

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Soon I’ll write back about this Twitter-official plugin and its comparison with similar, widely installed plugins.

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Latest National Geographic Magazine: “The age of disbelief” (about science)

Love National Geographic Magazine: March issue’s cover story is about disbelief, skepticism about science and doubt versus estabilished science.

From medicine to space, from history to dinosaur, from evolution to global climate: skepticism is all around us and is, somehow defeating science, technology and research (if not common sense).

A must read, even if you think man never reached the Moon 😉

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or… if you think that Earth is (almost) flat

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What about climate change?

“… But industry PR, however misleading, isn’t enough to explain why only 40 percent of Americans, according to the most recent poll from the Pew Research Center, accept that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming.”

Even worse: two thirds of Americans believe humans have existed in their present form since time began.

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According to a Gallup research in 2012, in U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins and man appeared somewhere in the latest 10,000 years.

Mr. Darwin, please forgive us…

Highly recommended reading…

[Source: NGM]

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Google’s Vint Cerf warns of ‘digital Dark Age’, talks about ‘digital obsolescence’

Vinton Cerf (now a VP at Google) talks about how we should take care about our “digital heritage” in this BBC video-interview.

Vint Cerf, a “father of the internet”, says he is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost.

[Source: BBC]

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Don’t panic: even though Windows 7 free support ends today, we’ve still got five years ahead…

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Today is the last day of what Microsoft calls “mainstream support” and this has been planned since a long time.
Windows 7 users don’t panic: Windows 7 will get security updates and patches for the next five years, the real deadline is Jan 14, 2020.

In the meantime, Microsoft won’t be issuing no further development of NEW features for W7.
Besides a well-known life-cycle deadline roadmap, this move tries to move users towards Windows 8 (quite unlikely) or to prepare them for the upcoming Windows 10.

Right now, Windows 7 is reportedly running almost half of the world’s PCs while a huge amount of Windows XP computers are still out there.
Yes, Windows XP! The never-dying OS that Microsoft declared for dead last year in April, shocking the world…
Again, don’t panic: Windows 7 will be mainstream, usable and supported for some time in the future…

[Sources: Microsoft, ArsTechnica, Tweaktown]

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SNCF (French railways) marketing: Europe? It’s just next door

A brilliant campaign to promote SNCF, French railways, throughout Europe.

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TBWA/Paris installed coloured doors (with high-tech connected monitors) in several european cities’ public squares (Milan, Brussels, Barcelona, Geneva or Stuttgart…).

Opening the door provided users a great experience of being… somewhere else, namely in another city in Europe.

Great user experience and engagement, lots of fun!

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Disney’s “Inside Out” trailer (in theaters July ’15): what’s inside our head?

inside out disney pixarA new amazing movie is upcoming from Disney/Pixar and it’s about emotions: Inside Out.

The first available trailer is a masterpiece of “what’s behind” (well, inside our brain).
When and where emotions take place – and control…


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