Sky News: Coronavirus: Rush to give away 15,000 Easter eggs after events cancelled. “Homes are needed for thousands of chocolate eggs left over after coronavirus forced the cancellation of Easter events, a heritage charity has said. The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) were given more than 30,000 boxed eggs by Cadbury for its egg hunts before the lockdown was imposed. Around half of the eggs have been donated to hospitals, food banks and community groups around Scotland.”
CNET: Google hides real Easter eggs for Easter, delivers AR Easter bunny. “Users who search for ‘Easter,’ ‘Easter 2020’ and other Easter-related topics will see a banner in the top-right corner of their search results page that illustrates some of the adorable animals associated with the holiday, including a pink bunny and a chick hatching from a decorated egg.” There’s also an AR bunny.
BetaNews: Google launches secret Easter Egg for Indian Hindu Holi Festival. “Holi, the ‘festival of colors’, is a hugely popular event in India that signifies the triumph of good over evil and heralds the arrival of spring. It’s when Hindus throw colorful paint at each other. Today marks the start of the Holi Festival, and to celebrate it, Google has launched a new Easter Egg in its search. Accessing it is pretty easy too. Best of all, it is very fun.”
GamesRadar: Always check behind waterfalls for secrets in video games, or just follow this new Twitter account that does it for you. “There’s a new Twitter account dedicated to looking behind waterfalls in video games and letting you know if there’s anything there. It’s a valuable service to anyone who’s spotted a waterfall way off in the distance, sidelined their mission to find and check behind it, only to discover that it’s actually just an honest waterfall.”
Music Radar: It turns out that Google Wear OS smartwatches contain a secret drum machine. “You probably didn’t buy your smartwatch planning to make music on it – particularly, it has to be said, a Google-powered smartwatch – but it turns out that high-tech timepieces that run the company’s Wear OS contain a hidden drum machine.”
Lifehacker: How to Explore the Solar System in Google Maps via Hyperspace. “Now, unless 2020 gets real weird, chances are humanity won’t be making any near-lightspeed journeys anytime soon. But Google Maps can now help us realize that experience in a small way, via a novel hyperspace effect that’s been added to the navigation tool’s solar system exploration feature.”
10 Daily: Google Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of ‘Friends’ With Iconic Character Easter Eggs . “To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the sitcom ‘FRIENDS’, Google decided to jazz up your daily searches.” I have never seen an episode of Friends so I can’t determine how accurate these are.
Lifehacker: How to Access Google’s Secret Easter Eggs in Android 9 and Android 10. “Google, in its infinite capacity for silly, has dropped a fun hidden feature into Android 10 that you should spend a little time exploring. (At the very least, you’ll be a hit at your next party when you pull out your updated phone and show off your secret knowledge.)”
Heavy: How to Find Google’s Secret ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers Surprise. “To celebrate the upcoming 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Google has embedded a secret surprise online for lovers of the iconic film, which was first released in theaters on August 25, 1939. The online search engine released their hidden ode to the beloved movie based on L. Frank Baum’s book series two days early, and if you know where to look, users online can be swept up in a tornado and taken to Oz just like the film’s heroine, Dorothy Gale.”
Search Engine Journal: Google Thanos Easter Egg Wipes Out Half of All Search Engine Results . “Worried about seeing ‘Avengers: Endgame’ spoilers on Google? You could always wipe out half of the search results. A new (and awesome) Google easter egg is turning the search results to dust.”
New-to-me, from MakeUseOf: Browse the Best Gaming Easter Eggs and Deleted Content on This Site. “With all the work that goes into developing video games, do you ever wonder what gets left behind? It’s a common occurrence for developers to leave all sorts of graphics, music, secret messages, and other tidbits in their games. As it turns out, there’s a website that’s completely dedicated to finding unused content in games. It’s called The Cutting Room Floor (TCRF), and it’s definitely worth a look if you’re into games.”
PC Magazine UK: Google Search Turns 20 With New Easter Eggs, Homepage Doodle. “Today is the 20th anniversary of Google’s search page, and the company is throwing in a new doodle and a bunch of silly search Easter eggs for you to type into the Google.com home page.”
Lifehacker: How to Play Google’s Text Adventure Easter Egg in Chrome. “Who doesn’t love a good round of Zork? While you are unlikely to be eaten by a Google Grue, you can play a text adventure in the company’s Chrome browser. It’s a clever little Easter egg that’s actually kind of fun, if you have some time to kill. Better still, the game isn’t just some marketing BS for Google products; it actually gets a little tricky, and you might find yourself turning to others for help—and then explaining to them, as we’re about to explain to you—how to find the game in the first place.”
PopSugar: The Great Snapchat Egg Hunt Has Begun — Here’s How to Get in on the Fun. “Calling all recovering Pokémon Go addicts: boy, has Snapchat got just thing for you this holiday weekend. From March 30 to April 1 at 9 p.m., over one million (!) fancy decorated eggs will be hiding all across your Snap Map, just waiting to be sought out and captured with a 3D world lens.”
The blog Fuzzy Notepad has a terrific breakdown of a lot of “under the hood” Twitter stuff. “One of Twitter’s problems is that it’s tilted a little too far towards the vim end of the scale. It looks like a dead-simple service, but those humble 140 characters have been crammed full of features over the years, and the ways they interact aren’t always obvious. There are rules, and the rules generally make sense once you know them, but it’s also really easy to overlook them. Here, then, is a list of all the non-obvious things about Twitter that I know.” An good comments too.