All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘april fools’

Google April Fools’ Pranks Continue

Every year on this day, the Internet is flooded with nonsense, fake news stories, and other dumb stuff. The tech industry is probably more notorious for this than any other. Within that industry, nobody releases more jokes than Google, though to the company’s credit, it has put a lot more thought into this stuff than anyone else over the years. …

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Stop Working and Go Play Pac-Man in Google Maps

I don’t know if you have important things to get done today, but if not you should probably head over to Google Maps and play some Pac-Man. It’s almost April Fool’s Day, and Google is starting a bit early. The company has just introduced PAC-Maps, which will turn any streetmap into a giant game of Pac-Man, considering there are enough …

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Invisibility Cloak Is (Not) Real

Well, we don’t have hover boards yet. But we may be making progress on the invisibility cloak. In a sense. According to a recent exposé in LiveScience, the costume company Morphsuits issued a release where they outlined their breakthrough production of a suit that renders you invisible to observers. The idea behind the “Hollow Man Morphsuit” is based on a …

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Real-Life Spider-Man Fights Crime in New York

Late last year theater troupe Improv Everywhere (the people behind the yearly “no pants subway ride“)released a series of videos based on iconic movie moments. Titled “Movies in Real Life,” the series took actors into very public places to re-create these movie moments for the enjoyment of passers-by. The series was led by a recreation of the famed Rocky II …

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Woman Pranks Daughter with School Shooting Text in Dumbest April Fools’ Joke of the Year

And you thought Netflix’s sizzling bacon documentary was bad… A 54-year-old woman has been charged with disturbing schools, breaching the peace, and unlawful use of a telephone after sending a text to her daughter claiming that shots had been fired at a Virginia College campus where she worked. It could go down as the dumbest April Fools’ joke of the …

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‘House Of Cards’ Season 3: Beau Willimon Gives ‘Sneak Peak’ (Yes, ‘Peak’)

Beau Willimon, showrunner on Netflix’s House of Cards, tweeted a “sneak peak” of the first scene of the third season today. Something about it sounds familiar. A sneak peak of the first scene of Season 3 of @HouseofCards –> pic.twitter.com/DuzAGyNmFQ — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) April 1, 2014 Just in case you’re seeing this on another day in the future, please …

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Sony Power Food Might Just Be The Silliest April Fools Concept You See Today

April Fools is the worst. There are far too many companies that think they’re funny, yet only end up crushing our dreams instead. On the other hand, some companies create obviously fake products just to get a laugh out of us. Sony did it last year with electronics for pets and now they’re at it again with an even sillier …

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Twitter Helmet Pecks at Google Glass, Facebook’s Oculus Buy

In the jokiest, April Fools-y way possible, Twitter has fired some shots at immersive, wearable technology like Google Glass and even Oculus VR, which was recently acquired by “rival” Facebook. Oh no they di’int. Everyone has an April Fools’ joke to tell today. Google has a couple (per usual), Netflix has a video of a roasting chicken–it’s chaos, I tell …

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January Jones Plays Prank on Ex-Boyfriend

During her segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday, actress January Jones recounted how she’d pulled a fast one on her high school ex- boyfriend, Sioux Falls, South Dakota Realtor Tony Erickson. The preemptive April Fool’s prank began on Thursday, when Erickson noticed a few missed calls from a Los Angeles area code at his Hegg ReaItors office. …

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Cloned Dinosaur Story is a Complete Hoax

Last week a story appearing on the website Newshound.biz reported that British scientists had successfully cloned a dinosaur. Citing scientists and spokespersons from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), the story stated that a baby Apatasaurus named “spot” had been born from DNA taken from Apatasaurus fossils. The story, as suspected by many, has now been confirmed as a complete fabrication. …

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Google Maps Adds Pokemon Challenge Mini-Game

The Google Maps division over at Google today announced a new Pokemon-branded mini-game that has come to the Google Maps app. The game challenges Google Maps users to explore the world and “catch” 150 different Pokemon scattered throughout the surface of the Earth. In a post on the Google Maps blog, Google characterized master Pokemon trainers as having the same …

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Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson Switch Jobs for April Fools’

Longtime pals Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson plan to play the ultimate April Fools’ Day prank by switching places. Ferguson will host The Price is Right on April 1 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET), and Carey will host The Late Late Show on April 1 (12:37-1:37 AM ET). Ferguson and Carey spent nearly a decade working together on The Drew Carey …

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Play-Doh Enters The World Of 3D Printing

The Play-Doh playsets of my childhood were kind of like 3D printers. You would put the Play-Doh into the machine, turn a crank, and shapes would come out. It’s this very same idea that has inspired Think Geek’s latest fake, but I wish it was real, April Fools’ product. Think Geek revealed the Play-Doh 3D printer today alongside other great …

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Google Analytics Expands Real-Time Geolocation To Outer Space

New 3.5″ floppy exporting and send to fax support wasn’t the only April Fools’ addition to Google Analytics today. Google announced via Google+ that it has expanded real-time geolocation for real-time analytics to include the International Space Station, following up on last year’s interplanetary reporting for Google Analytics. Here’s the post. Google Analytics49 seconds ago Improved Real-time Geolocation We're constantly …

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Forget The Galaxy S 4: Samsung’s Eco Tree Is Where The Innovation’s At

Samsung is no stranger to eco-friendly business practices. Late last year, the company announced that it was the only mobile phone manufacturer to be granted a carbon footprint certification in the UK. Now its stepping up its duty as a good corporate citizen by making a new eco-friendly product available to all. Samsung announced today its intentions to release the …

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Pineapple Express 2 May Be An April Fools’ Joke, But This Trailer Is Real

Unfortunately, this isn’t really a trailer for Pineapple Express 2, but Seth Rogen, James Franco and the boys have reunited to promote the upcoming “This Is The End” with a Pineapple Express 2 trailer anyway:

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Bing Zings Google With ‘Bing Basic’ [Zing]

The SEO tags aren’t the only April Fools’ joke from Bing this year. You didn’t think they’d get through the day without taking a shot at Google, did you? They introduced Bing Basic. There’s no mention of Google in the announcement, but it’s not hard to guess what the “telltale query” referred to is. “Every day on the Bing homepage, …

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Google Analytics Gets 3.5″ Floppy Exporting, Send By Fax

Google announced today, April 1, that it has added export support to Google Analytics for 3.5″ floppy, CD-Rom, Papyrus and Sticky Note, as well as new send options: Carrier Pigeon, Fax, Telegram and Telegraph. “We believe you should be able to access your Google Analytics data from wherever, whenever,” writes the Google Analytics team in a blog post. “And while …

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Sega Brings Goat Processing To Its Stable Of Classic Titles

Sega defenders of the early 90s had one trump card in fights with Nintendorks – blast processing. The fabled technology allowed Sega Genesis games to run faster than their Super Nintendo counterparts which made games like Sonic the Hedgehog only possible on Sega’s hardware. Now the company is introducing an entirely new brand of processing to breathe new life into …

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April Fools’ Prank Lets You Renovate Your House On Street View [Google SCHMICK]

Google, as usual, has plenty of April Fools’ pranks today. One that Google revealed on the Google Australia blog promises to let you renovate your house on Street View with “Google SCHMICK” . “Now you can give your house a lick of fresh paint for free on Street View with Google SCHMICK (Simple Complete House Makeover Internet Conversion Kit),” writes …

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Sony Taps Into The Lucrative Tech For Pets Market

Pet supplies is a multi-billion dollar industry, but one sector of this lucrative market has been ignored for far too long. Sony is aiming to remedy that with its latest line of consumer technology – Animalia. Animalia is being billed as “Tech for pets.” The first products available include speakers for hamsters, a home theater system for dogs, and best …

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Google Maps Treasure Mode Is More Game Than April Fools’ Joke

Google has been announcing a lot of April Fools’ jokes as usual, but Google Maps Treasure Mode is actually something of a game, and Google is calling on users to play along. “Archeological analysis has confirmed that our Google Maps Street View team has indeed found one of history’s long lost relics: a treasure map belonging to the infamous pirate, …

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White House April Fools’ Video Features Kid Making Fart Noises

Even the White House is getting in on the April Fools’ fun today. Here’s a “special message from the President” that WhiteHouse.gov shared via its YouTube channel this morning: The fart noises are a nice touch. The kid is Robbie Novak of “Kid President” fame.

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Google Announces ‘DoubleCat Search’ Version Of DoubleClick Search

It has become abundantly clear that cats are an important part of the Internet, and in particular, search activity. Google has responded to this appropriately with the latest version of DoubleClick Search, as of April Fools’ Day. Here’s a sample from Google’s blog post on the release: As digital marketing continues to evolve, we’re seeing a host of new questions …

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Hulu Adds TV Shows Within TV Shows To Its Lineup

There is a lot of quality television within television. For example, The Simpsons introduced us to the colorful antics of Itchy and Scratchy many years ago. More recently, Queen of Jordan has taken the world by storm in 30 Rock. Now all these shows are coming to one place. Hulu announced today it has acquired all the classic TV shows …

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Google Nose Beta Can Tell You What A Ghost Smells Like

It’s strange how some of Google’s most innovative products always seem to be introduced on April 1. Google introduced Google Nose beta today, which taps into Google’s Knowledge Graph to help users search for smells they encounter. With Google Nose, Google says you can “go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation.” Google’s “Aromabase” contains over …

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The Walking Dead Actor Introduces Google’s Levity Algorithm

Fans of The Walking Dead might enjoy this particular April Fools’ gag from Google, introducing the “Levity Algorithm” for Google Apps. The product manager in this video looks just a little familiar, right? The algorithm is designed to make the work week go a “little bit smoother”. “Created in partnership with legendary improv comedians from Chicago’s Second City Communications, the …

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Google Wallet Mobile ATM Lets You Get Cash Whenever You Need It

Today, on April 1, Google announced Google Wallet Mobile ATM, a device that lets you get cash from your smartphone, ATM style. This image pretty much says it all: Google explains in a blog post: The mobile ATM device easily attaches to most smartphones and dispenses money instantly and effortlessly– forever ending your search for the nearest bank or ATM. …

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Gmail Blue Brings Email Into The 21st Century

Gmail Blue is just what it sounds like. It’s Gmail, and it’s blue. “Gmail launched nine years ago on April 1st, 2004,” says project manager Jonathan Zames. “Since then you’ve been able to use hundreds of new features that push the boundaries of what email can do and make it easier to get things done.” “Starting today, you’ll get to …

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YouTube Shutdown Prank: All This Time It’s Just Been One Big Contest

Who knew that all this time YouTube has just been one giant contest to showcase the best video on the Internet? For April Fools’, YouTube announced that contest submissions will be selected at midnight (Eastern), and all YouTube videos will be deleted, except for the winner, which will be prominently featured. “When we started out in 2005, we focused on …

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