Google teases March 10th ‘Mario Day’ event on Maps as it starts popping up for some users

Google Maps often ties in with pop culture for special events or easter eggs, and apparently, there’s another one on the way.

This week on Twitter, Google started teasing a new event for Maps which clearly hinted at something related to Mario Kart, with the bananas from the game littering the streets of a Streetview.

That teaser doesn’t tell us a whole lot, but Android Police was able to get a little more information. A tipster happened to come across one of the classic question blocks in the Google Maps UI, which triggered the pop-up pictured below. As you can see, it talks about how you can navigate as Mario for March 10th.

Once enabled, for that day you’ll be able to swap out the standard car icon used to show your location during navigation for Mario’s go-kart from the game. The event starts on March 10th, “Mario Day” (Mar. 10th, Mar-10, get it?). Oh, and on top of that, Super Mario Run is 50% off this weekend for the event as well.

With billions of dollars on the line, Apple called the creator of its Happy Mac logo, Susan Kare, to the witness stand to testify in the Apple vs. Samsung case. The Happy Mac logo was once the bootup icon for Macintoshes during the 1980s, and color came when the PowerPC Macs were introduced. Kare also designed many other graphics on the Mac including the trashcan. After her stint at Apple, Kare was one of the original employees at NeXT under Steve Jobs, and she later worked for Microsoft and IBM. CNET reported that Kare would be called to the witness stand so Apple could ask her to compare Samsung’s devices to three Apple patents covering the iPhone. Apple wants her to point out the similarities between the two.

The third day of court begins today, where Kare and more will be called to the stand as witnesses. Each party has 25 hours to tell their side of the story with a limit of 50 witnesses. Here’s who is next: [CNET]

  • Justin Denison: Samsung’s chief strategy officer
  • Wookyun Kho: Engineer at Samsung
  • Peter Bressler: Former president of the Industrial Designers Society of America
  • Susan Kare: Famed UI and graphics designer
  • Ravin Balakrishnan: University of Toronto computer science professor


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