July 8, 2013
Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley comes to Google Street View
Google has taken its Maps street view team to London to capture a 360-degree view of the magical world of Harry Potter. Fans who are unable to make it to London can log onto their computer and navigate their way through places like Ollivanders, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, or even Mr. Mulpepper’s Apothecary.
Google has certainly looked to make a concerted effort to reveal places that most people might not have the luxury or the ability to visit — essentially redefining what a map is. Users can visit a multitude of places, whether they’re UNESCO World Heritage sites, university campuses,world landmarks, NASA, and even the Grand Canyon.
Facebook stickers now available in desktop chat
Stickers, a popular messaging function in Facebook’s mobile applications, are now available in desktop chat. To access these stickers click the smiley face in the text box. Then, a menu will appear with sticker options. Users can also easily visit the sticker store to access other sets of stickers, including the Despicable Me 2 stickers Facebook recently released. All Facebook stickers are currently free.
Samsung takes another dig at Apple
Samsung’s new Icelandic advert brings in dancing ninjas, a goat and an actual apple in a bizarre new TV ad mocking Apple. The ad is publicising support for the Icelandic language in its flagship phone the Galaxy S4, using the tag line, “Get a phone that understands you”. It is clear that Samsung’s strategy is to mock Apple in all markets. Watch it here.