Google+ trends: sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury dies, 'Django Unchained' trailer, offline Google Maps

Legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury has died aged 91.

Tributes to the Fahrenheit 451 writer are pouring in on Google+. People are posting “RIP Ray Bradbury. Your books were an escape for me, a window into fantastic worlds during otherwise dark and unhappy times. You changed the way I saw the world and made me want to write my own stories. Thank you. You will be missed,” “Ray Bradbury was my favorite author, and a huge part of my childhood” and “RAY BRADBURY has departed Earth . . . a bright light now whizzing thru the galaxies, hopping parallel timelines & surfing event horizons.”

Google+ users are sharing the first full trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s revenge-themed film Django Unchained. “The new Quentin Tarantino movie looks really good!” say G+’ers,“I don't know if Tarantino will top Inglorious Basterds but I'm anxious to see it.”

Google has announced that it is bringing offline maps and navigation features to its Android platform in the next few weeks, enabling Android device owners to navigate in areas where there is no data connection.

The company said it is also adding new 3D imagery to Google Earth. Google will use computers to automatically generate 3D renderings of buildings and landscapes in entire metropolitan areas. “By the end of the year we aim to have 3D coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people,” said Brian McClendon, VP of Engineering, Google Maps.

The Google+ photo game #PortraitPoker is sweeping the social network again as users try and one-up each other with daring self portraits.

The top 5 most talked about topics on Google+ on June 7 at 7:30 AM GMT are:

  1. Ray Bradbury
  2. #PortraitPoker
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Google Maps
  5. Django Unchained
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