Google Maps’ Snake game may have been an early April Fools’ Day prank, but the company has followed up with a “Screen Cleaner” for your smartphone that’s supposedly hidden in their Files App. Simply put, this software has a secret feature that eliminates the need to manually wipe the screen display, whether it be dislodging dust, smudges, or other residue. Supposedly, this is made possible through the API that can identify imperfections on the surface of the screen. Once detected, they’re shaken off by smartly targeted micro movements using the phone’s vibrating motor and haptic controls to generate micro vibrations to create a non-stick shield that further keeps your handset clean. Read more to see it in-action.
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Photoshop enthusiast Shawn Pollock came across a damaged photo taken by 20th-century Romanian war photographer Costică Acsintehas and decided to sharpen his colorizing skills on it. Before computers, this was accomplished through the use of watercolors, oils, crayons or pastels, and other paints or dyes applied directly to the image surface using brushes, fingers, cotton swabs or airbrushes. Read more to see the before and after result.
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Long before internet memes, there was Morris the Cat, the mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, who has appeared on its packaging and in many of its television commercials. This particular appearance was on a 1986 calendar titled “Morris, A Cat For Our Times” that featured several pieces of technology. Did you know that three different cats have played Morris the Cat? That’s right, the original was discovered in 1968, at the Hinsdale Humane Society, a Chicago-area animal shelter. Read more for additional pictures.
National Mario Day is here, and if you’ve ever wondered why it’s celebrated, wonder no more. This geeky occasion is celebrated on March 10 because Mar 10 resembles the name MARIO, and it’s been officially recognized by Nintendo since 2016. While they do not hold any massive worldwide events, they do have plenty of Mario game sales going on. Level UP has created a version of Pong with Super Mario Bros. physics, or what it could have been like if Nintendo released their own version back in the day. Read more to see how it plays.
Thomas the Tank Engine is now in the Resident Evil 2 Remake, thanks to modder ZombieAli who used the sound effects of DJ Pop to replace Mr. X’s soundboard with steam whistles and what not. The mod, currently available on Nexus Mods, only replaces the visuals, so for the complete experience, you’ll definitely want to replace the sound files, too. Read more for another gameplay video and additional information.
A geeky father and son duo have built a strange “Assault Trombone,” and though it may not help in a zombie apocalypse, the creation has vaulted them to internet stardom. How does it work? The father uses a pump to manually create pressure fed to an air tank strapped to the son’s back with a tube that goes to the modified trombone. Since the instrument has been fused with the back end of a shotgun, pulling the trigger results in a sound you don’t expect. Read more to see it in-action.
Flight delayed at Denver International Airport this week? You’re in luck, they city is celebrating its 24th birthday with a playful nod at the many conspiracy theories that have surrounded the facility since its construction, with “Chatty Gargoyle”. This animatronic robot stationed in the airport’s main terminal surprises travelers with phrases like “Welcome to Illuminati Headquarters!” Read more to see what all the fuss is about.
The Toilet Paper Blaster Skid Shot is not an early April Fools’ Day prank, but a real product that puts the Nerf Fortnite blasters to shame, or at least for some people. Simply put, it’s capable of blasting toilet paper up to 30 feet by transforming real toilet paper into clean spitballs. However, this gadgets uses water, not spit, for hygienic spitballs that are bio-degradable and easy to clean up. According to the manufacturer, you can get approximately 350+ spitballs per roll of 2-ply toilet paper. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.
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Musician Paul Nowell, also known as “Paul the Trombonist” on Twitter, accidentally activated his iPhone’s voice recognition system during a trombone-playing session and what happened next? Apple’s iMessage turned those musical notes into actual words, and to date, his Tweet has already received over 67,000 Retweets and 205,000 Likes since it was posted nearly 1.5-years ago. Read more for a video demonstration showing what exactly happened.
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Released in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering was the first trading card game created and it continues to thrive, with approximately twenty million players as of 2015, and over twenty billion Magic cards produced in the period from 2008-2016. One thing players may notice is that the flavor text – the italicized text, but not in parentheses, on a card that serves to provide a mood or give background information on the game world without effecting gameplay – on Magic cards is mystical, so this Google Translate experiment has yielded some unusual results to say the least. Read more to see a few examples.