The gang at Google are at it again, or so it would seem. On the eve of Google Canada’s 10th birthday, they’ve added a fun feature to their wildly popular search engine.
If you’re running Chrome, Firefox or Safari (sorry IE/Opera users), simply head on over to google.ca (or use your browser’s built-in search field) and type “Let it snow.”
Voila! Instant snow fall on your computer monitor. The first time you do it, the virtual flakes continue to accumulate until you can no longer see the page of results. Thankfully Google also provides a “Defrost” button once things hit semi-white-out conditions, so you can resume your search session with just a smattering of flurries.
Let It Snow is just the latest in a line of Easter eggs the search engine has created for people’s amusement over the past few months.
Want to make things even more interesting? Once the flakes have started to fall, go into the search box and type “Do a barrel roll” and then grab the edges of your seat as the web page does a full 360-degree roll around the inside of your browser.
Have a taste for the slightly off-kilter? Type “askew.”
The age of the connected TV is here and it will take the humble television and turn it into much more than a screen for watching video. Every manufacturer is now shipping or has plans to ship models that will let you do everything from streaming videos to video calling and almost everything in-between. Samsung’s Smart TVs are a great example of how rapidly this technology is evolving. My guess is that those of us who migrated away from the TV to start using the internet for our entertainment will now be coming back to the big screen… and loving it.