Google April Fool’s Roundup 2013

Longing for the scent of waffles? Want to know what Abraham Lincoln smells like? Get smellovision NOW with Google Nose (beta)! More info:
And a handy, dandy video too!

8 years in the making and the new email revolution is here… Gmail Blue!

YouTube is shutting down from now until 2023. Why? Turns it YouTube was one big contest to find the world’s best video… and now the judging begins.

While expanding the underwater (ha!!) Street View collection, Google located William “Captain” Kidd’s treasure map. Easter eggs (and clues) are hidden in the videos and posts on Google+.
Captain Kidd's treasure map

Video of the underwater find…

I’d like to take this moment to say a quick “HOWDY!” to all 41 of my readers who are viewing and from the International Space Station. Helllooooo uppppp thereeeeee!!!
The ISS visits and
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Keep giggling and googling,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

P.S. I’ll be updating this article throughout the day to include all the hilarious goodies Google gives us. Stay tuned and check back often! And feel free to post a comment below if you see a new prank that I’ve missed!

DIY Umbrella Corp Headphones

My obsession this week was all about headphones. Thank you, OCD. If you spot a Google trending topic about personalizing IEMs (in-ear microphones – don’t ask me why), modding iPod/iPhone ear buds, or customizing headphones: its probably due to my relentless searching.

Mainly I wanted my set of ear buds to be a tad more “me”. After looking around the interwebs and hours perusing Pinterest, I decided to paint the Umbrella Corporation logo from the Resident Evil movies and video games onto my Sony’s.


What did I use for this apocalyptically awesome DIY? Nail polish, of course!

You could certainly use regular polish, model enamels, or even acrylics but I chose to use my Gelish UV-cure gel nail polishes.

Colors I used:
Red- Gelish polish in Electric Metal Lover, from the Magneto collection
White- Gelish polish in Sheek White
Deep burgundy black with red glitter- Gelish in Inner Vixen
Plus the Gelish “Top It Off” top coat

1. Paint a circular base coat of white. My Sony’s had sides that are more oval, so I just went with that. Cure the gel polish for appropriate time with your lamp.
2. Use a pencil to lightly draw guidelines.
3. Fill in every other triangle with red paint. Cure the polish again for correct length of time.
*Tip: I used a toothpick to lay the red down along the edges of the triangles. This created clean, defines edges.
4. Apply a clear top coat over the Umbrella logo and cure again.
5. I wanted some subtle accent around the rest of the ear bud so I used a dark blackish-burgundy to paint the sides and “stems” of each ear bud. Cure again.
6. Apply a top coat over the areas you just painted. Cure one final time.
7. Repeat steps 1 through 7 for the second ear bud.
8. Enjoy your music!

Rock on and stay away from zombies,

Argyle Android Screen Layout

Ta-da!  I had an odd desire for some argyle wallpaper to base a new home screen design… Do you know how freaking difficult it is to find a nice argyle wallpaper?  After hours of searching Google Images and Deviant-Art, I settled on making my own.

The widgets, time, date, weather forecast, and the navigation icons are all created using UCCW.  The rectangular “picture” on my main screen updates auto-magically to reflect the current weather condition.

Post questions below… As always, I’m happy to help!

Stay Bionic,

Phone UI – Inside Warehouse 13

My latest Android screen layout was inspired by the wonderfully addicting SyFy TV show… Warehouse 13.

I scoured several episodes and zoomed in on the actual computer screens used in the show to come up with some of the details, colors, fonts, and little mentions for this theme…

Can’t wait until the show returns in April!

The Nexus of The #Ingress Resistance

Inspired by Google Now and Ingress.  And because I finally got my paws on the new Nexus 4!!  (insert geektastic squeal of delight here)

App, icon, widget and layout details are available by clicking the image above to visit my page on

P.S. Can you spot the tiny BSG reference?


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