Uncovering the Truth Behind the Salem Witch Trials with Google Expeditions

As a teacher from Danvers, MA, a town once known as Salem Village, I have been teaching the Salem Witch Trials to my students for years. Students often have difficulty understanding the gravity of what happened in their own backyard until they see the sites themselves during their 4th grade local history tours.

This year, when it came to covering the trials in our classroom, we incorporated a lesson from Google Expeditions allowing students to go through the sites in Danvers tied directly to the Trials again, but this time virtually. Seeing these sites within the classroom gave our students context, allowing them to see the physical places where these events unfolded while we discussed them. This in-classroom experience facilitated a deeper conversation into the mentality of the time. Mandi, an 11th grade student, said that the Expedition “brought a whole new level of understanding to what we are learning”. “It’s almost like we’re there in person” added 11th grader Sarah.

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Now, you don’t need to be in from Massachusetts to experience these sites. The new Expeditions invite you to explore the landmarks from the Trials including the Witch House, the home of Witch Trials Judge Jonathan Corwin, and The House of Seven Gables, which tells the story of the writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and his connection to the events of the Salem Witch Trials. This Halloween, students everywhere can take part in learning about this chapter of history.

Students can also experience a new Expedition for another holiday that falls this week, Day of the Dead. Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a two-day holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico when families honor the role of death in life and connect with those who have died. Far from being a sad occasion, Dia de Muertos is colorful, humorous, and joyful. In this Expedition, students can visit sites like the Mexico City Plaza de las Tres Culturas, The Museo de la Muerte and The Dolores Olmedo Museum.

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This Fall, these Expedition experiences will allow students to explore their world and bring deeper meaning to their classroom discussions.

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BlackBerry Inks Agreement with Ford to Accelerate Cars of the Future

Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system powered by BlackBerry QNXWhen the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in 1908, Henry Ford couldn’t have envisioned the software- and electronics-powered vehicles Ford Motor Company makes today. While companies including Tesla and Mercedes already have launched semi-autonomous cars, Ford has a more ambitious goal. This summer, Ford announced that it intends to have fleets of fully autonomous (self-driving) cars on the road within five years.

(This blog is by John Wall, Senior Vice-President and Head of QNX Software Systems)

Already, the software in an average high-end sedan contains over 100 million lines of code, dwarfing the amount of software in the space shuttle, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Microsoft Office combined. The escalation of fully self-driving vehicles – projected by McKinsey to hit 15% of all cars sold within 15 years –  promises to accelerate that trend, making software and connectivity – not engines or hardware specs – the central factors in auto making.

Ford is taking a leadership role in innovating connected vehicles and mobility. For instance, its latest Ford F-150 truck uses 150 million lines of code. BlackBerry’s QNX software already powers Ford’s SYNC 3 (below) Infotainment system (and is found in 60 million cars from other carmakers). In an agreement announced today, BlackBerry will dedicate a team of engineers to work with Ford on expanding the use of the QNX Neutrino operating system, Certicom security technology, the QNX hypervisor, and QNX audio-processing software in developing the next generation of connected cars.

Ford-Sync-3“The future of the automobile is all about embedded intelligence. I believe our expertise in secure embedded software makes us the preferred technology provider to put the smart in the car,” said John Chen, BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO.

BlackBerry is Powering the Cars of the Future

The combination of BlackBerry’s expertise in security and QNX’s mission-critical embedded software for automotive allows us to offer Ford the most secure, trusted, and reliable platform that can power – and secure – almost every aspect of the connected car.

BlackBerry’s QNX may be best known as a platform for infotainment and 3D navigation. Our dominance (see below) is such that Time Magazine called QNX in March the “tech company that is to connected cars what Microsoft is to PCs.” But underlying what you see on your car’s dashboard are the fundamental building blocks for the modules in cars that can control an automobile. In fact, our ADAS platform is the only one available today that is ASIL-D certified, meaning it is the only one ready today for carmakers to create autonomous car driving systems on top of it.


In today’s press release, Raj Nair, executive VP of product development and chief technical officer at Ford Motor Company said, “With the success of our SYNC 3 system globally, which is based on the BlackBerry QNX operating system, we understand the importance of the connected car experience to our customers. Growing our expertise, experience, and use of the BlackBerry QNX embedded software platforms will help ensure we deliver the high-quality, highly secure experience that our customers expect.”

BlackBerry is Putting the Smart in the Car

Our new agreement with Ford signifies the acceleration in our company’s pivot from hardware to software and extends our leading position in the automotive sector, where security and mobility are critical for the connected car.

We’ll be providing Ford with an unmatched, holistic solution, protected by BlackBerry’s legendary security pedigree, technology, and services and the highly reliable, safety-certified, and secure QNX software platform, to secure and power the connected car.

“Ford is an industry leader and the opportunity to contribute our world-class technology to their products is a privilege. Ford’s expanded application of our software and services illustrates the diverse and broad value we can bring to market,” said Chen.

The future of automotive is all about embedded intelligence, about delivering the reliable and highly secure experience that customers expect. As companies like Ford realize the promise of the connected car, BlackBerry will be standing alongside them, putting the smart in the car.

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Spooky Street View Treats

Whether you’re dressed like the divine or the spookiest kind, get ready for some of Street View’s most frightening and freakiest finds.

Few places have more horrors than the Amsterdam Dungeons in the Netherlands. Enter the Dungeon and descend into the vaults for an unworldly immersive experience where actors take you through some of Amsterdam’s most terrifying tales. Quick, get your ticket! It’s a grueling good time.

If you like to feel shivers up your spine from a ghost trailing not so far behind, head over to the Winchester Mystery House in California, for a real twisted time. Mrs. Sarah L. Winchester built this creepy estate to escape ghosts that haunted her after the death of her husband a child. This one of a kind mansion contains miles of winding hallways, scattered with secret passageways hidden in the walls. It’s said that Mrs. Winchester traveled through the corridors in a roundabout fashion, to confuse any mischievous ghosts that might be following.

Haw Par Villa in Singapore is not your average theme park. Limbless rats, frogs riding ostriches, and the Ten Courts of Hell depicted by more than 1,000 statues and brightly painted dioramas, make up a gruesome recreation of the afterlife. A stroll through this disturbing park is an education in morality complete with morbid visuals, sure to to deter anyone from misbehaving.

No chilling tour is complete without a visit to the home of the deceased. The Cemetery of Dissidents is located on the Panteón hill, at one side of the old city jail, in Valparaíso, Chile. It was created in 1825 to hold the remains of those that differed from the official religion of the State. Take a stroll through the grounds and see tombstones that mince no words in revealing the adventurous lives and often dramatic deaths of its deceased residents.

You made it through the spookiest, the creepiest and the weepiest, so it’s now time to celebrate with some terrifying tunes! Wipe off that dusty cobweb covered boombox, throw your magic dancing shoes on, and join the monsters, the zombies and the vampires for a mashing good time. Happy Halloween!

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Recapping our support of Europe Code Week 2016

Interest in computer science education is booming across Europe, as it is being increasingly recognized as a critical part of a student’s academic preparation for the new global economy.  Yet not enough students are being given the opportunity to develop the technical skills necessary to allow them to be creators of future technological innovations. We want to do something about that. As part of our efforts to be a catalyst for developing the computer science education landscape, to encourage more school students to learn about computing, and to ensure that all of them have an opportunity to get the right skills, we participated in the European Commission’s, Europe Code Week 2016, initiative, which took place Oct 15-23.

To inspire students about future careers, we connected Googlers in our Zurich, Dublin and London offices virtually to students in classrooms from Ireland to Italy via Hangouts. This gave students an opportunity to interact with a Googler from their country despite the distance, to  hear from a professional in the tech field and ask lots of questions about how they got there.

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Furthermore, we provided sponsorships to organizations who ran computer science outreach events: from Albania to Austria, Greece to Germany, and Spain to Serbia and in between, we were able to support 46 organizations in 29 countries who were doing innovative, inspiring and interactive things to get students excited about computer science.

In Ireland our awardees included Crana College, who ran their “Exploring Coding” event where students participated in a week of coding and programming related workshops, with plugged and unplugged activities.  In Italy, Fondazione Mondo Digitale ran “Simple Future” a training program based on coding aimed at students aged 6-18 from schools around Rome.

In Slovenia, Šolski center Nova Gorica ran an App Development with Android; In Turkey, Robincode ran “Code Your Dreams” with multiple sessions for four days to raise awareness of programming, coding and algorithmic thinking.

Other cool initiatives included Associació Eduin in Spain’s “Coding and robotics linking generations’ initiative to bring students and parents together to learn basic programming; Foundation Simplon’s Simplon.Kids in France and  Asociatia ADFABER’s Codeweek 4 girls event in Romania.

You can read more about the sponsorship recipients here. In Google supported 25,000 students to take part in coding experiences in just one week.

Overall, during Europe Code Week 2016 an incredible 20,000 events took place inspiring hundreds of thousands of students – an absolutely incredibly effort!   We hope to see the enthusiasm continue. See Code Week’s events page to see all the different activities still happening, and learn more about Google’s effort in computer science education at

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Sonic CD – SEGA

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Sonic CD


Genre: Games

Release Date: December 15, 2011

Sonic travels to the distant shores of Never Lake for the once-a-year appearance of Little Planet – a mysterious world where past, present, and future collide through the power of the Time Stones that lie hidden within it.

Sonic arrives only to find the once beautiful world imprisoned beneath a twisted metallic shell. His arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman, has come for the Time Stones and with them, will soon have the power to control time itself!

In order to put an end to Dr. Eggman’s nefarious schemes, Sonic must use the power of Little Planet to travel through time; breaking Dr. Eggman’s hold over the future by destroying his machines in the past and recovering the missing Time Stones!

Featuring Retina Display, achievements, leaderboards and both the US and Japanese soundtracks, experience the epic adventure through time that introduced the world to Amy Rose and Eggman’s most evil creation, Metal Sonic.



CNET: "a perfect holiday iPhone/iPad game to discover"

(9/10) IGN: "This is a great, fully featured port for iOS"

(5/5) Touch Arcade: "Sonic CD is incredible"

(4/4) Slide to play: "Sonic CD is a Must Have"

(4.5/5) 148 Apps: "looks and runs perfectly"

(9/10) Appgamer: "does the job in style"


Classically Updated:
Sonic CD has been restored to bring you a classic gaming experience with Retina Display support and gameplay optimized for iOS!

Play On the Go!
Collect GameCenter achievements and challenge your friends via online leaderboards

By Popular Demand:
Sonic CD now features BOTH the US and Japanese soundtracks!

Tails Joins the Fight!
Available from your second playthrough onwards, save Little Planet as Sonic's high-flying companion, Miles "Tails" Prower!

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Saving Magic Cat Academy from catastrophe!

Hi, I’m Momo, a student at the illustrious Magic Cat Academy. Heading to class this morning, I thought it would be just like any other day: learn a few new spells, drink some milk, and hang out with my awesome animal and vegetable pals. To my Halloween horror, hundreds of angry ghosts have invaded the halls of my beloved school — fur real! And now, I ask you to join me to try your hand (or paw!) at fending off these ghastly ghosts with today’s Halloween Google Doodle.


With a swipe of your paw (or should I say wave of your wand), you can help turn these Halloween tricks into a real treat. But be warned, your spell casting must be quick and precise. To send these ghouls into a tailspin, you must draw the symbols that appear above the ghosts’ heads on your screen. Wow! Meow!

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That’s not all: show your friends who’s the real expurrrrrt at casting spells by sharing your score after your sorcery is complete. After all, Halloween festivities are always more fun with your full litter!


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