Google Maps Adds Pac Man!

Yep, I said Pac Man! Here’s a little kickback to the 1980s as Google has added the ability for users to play a little Pac Man via the Google Maps service.  Simply visit maps.google.com and click on the little PacMan box found in the lower left corner – PacMan is also available to users of Google Maps on Mobile – have fun!

Pac Man on Google Maps!

Pac Man on Google Maps!

Google Dev Video – Women Techmakers

This via the Google Developers Youtube… Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments. Google’s Steph Hannon chats about the future of Code for America and how to get involved.

Women Techmakers presents Jennifer Pahlka interviewed by Steph Hannon

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Infographic – Map of What Each state Googles More than Any Other

I just love big data analytics… case in point, Estately recently ran a bunch of Google search queries through Google analytics in order to come up with an interesting map that reveals just which search trends are hot for each State – not surprisingly, they found some interesting results!

The results ranged from mildly amusing to completely disturbing. No doubt this information will come in handy for anyone trying to decide which state they want to buy a home in, especially for those curious how their potential neighbors spend their time online.

Some fun results include: Idaho searching for bigfoot, Arizona infatuated with UFOs, Maine seems to enjoy cat pics, and Alabama on the hunt it seems for God!

This is what each State Googles more than any other

This is what each State Googles more than any other

See more details of the results in this blog post

Google Opens Android Wear to Developers – Video of Preview SDK

Finally some wearable tech from Google… check it out! Android Wear extends the Android platform to wearables, starting with a familiar form factor — watches. Download the developer preview at: developer.android.com/wear. And yes indeed, this technology is going to be HUGE for the Geo developer!!

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Google Announces Nexus 7, light, portable tablet for Google Play

Today at Google I/O Google lifted the lid off their new tablet offering (Actually many of you will consider it an E reader) the Google Nexus 7. The device has a 7″ screen and tight Google Play integration – ideal for watching videos and consuming digital media like e-books and music (sorry, Google play music is only available in the US). The device will sell for $199 and come with a $25 Google play credit to consume data. Device can be ordered today and will ship in July (to US, Canada, UK… more countries to follow) Some specs:

  • Nexus 7
  • 7″ display
  • Quad core CPU
  • Front facing camera
  • Connectivity – Wifi, Bluetooth
  • Gyroscope, accelerometer
  • 9hr video playback, 300 hrs standby time
  • Weights 340 grams -same as a small book
  • Designed for single hand use
  • Google play integration (music movies, apps, magazines…)