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Geek 5: All the News You Need to Know

Sep 29 2012 - 5:19am

We took you behind the scenes of the Doctor Who Fall finale, shared some memorable Google Doodles, and dove into the depths of the ocean thanks to Google Maps. In gadget news, we also took a close look at the new high-def Nook tablets. Check out this and what else happened this week in Geek!

Google Doodles

Fourteen years ago, Google was born in a Palo Alto, CA, garage. In honor of the tech-iversary, we've compiled 14 of our favorite Google doodles [1]. The Google Doodle nods to the playful side of the company, via its daylong redesigns of the site's homepage logo in celebration of random holidays, pop culture birthdays, and national milestones.

Google Maps Goes Deep-Sea Diving

Google hasn't released a mobile Maps app for iOS devices yet, and it might be because it's busy mapping the ocean. This week, the Google Maps team announced it was going where no map has gone before: deep-sea diving. Six of the ocean's coral reefs are now available in Street View [2], thanks to a partnership with The Catlin Seaview Survey.

New and Improved Myspace

Online now is a preview of the updated Myspace, a gorgeous — and strikingly familiar — transformation of the once top social site. It's not available to the public just yet, but from what we've gathered in the teaser trailer, big changes are to come. Take a look at five major revamps to the site [3] — many of which, we observed, aren't exactly new — but who knows? Maybe Myspace will repurpose them for the better.

Look at the Nook!

Barnes & Noble is playing with fire — Kindle Fire. On the heels of Amazon's Kindle Fire HD announcement, the brick-and-mortar book retailer introduced the new Nook HD and Nook HD+ this week [4], boasting the "lightest, lowest-priced full HD tablet" on the market. See how it compares to the Kindle.

Doctor Who Heads to New York

Saturday marks a major milestone in Doctor Who: the last hurrah of the Doctor's current companions, Amy and Rory Pond. As many viewers may already know, the goodbye takes place in a New York City [5] that's filled with Weeping Angels, making for an ominous take on its title: "The City That Never Sleeps."

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