April 1st is celebrated as April Fool’s Day or All Fools Day in many countries. People usually play prank on others and celebrate it. Tech companies also have celebrated April fools Day and, here is a list how the have done it this year.
BMW: Royal baby carriage
BMW said today that “we are proud to announce the launch of our limited edition BMW P.R.A.M. (Postnatal Royal Auto Mobile)” to coincide with the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child
The Guardian: Guardian Goggles
Google: Closing of YouTube, Treasure layer in Google Maps, Google Nose, Gmail Blue, Add emotions to Google+ pictures, Levity algorithm
Google is the master of humorous tech pranks for April Fools’ Day. We clearly don’t believe anything Google tells us on March 31 and April 1, but here’s a roundup of Google’s pranks:
Closing of YouTube
Treasure layer in Google Maps
Finally, the Google+ team added the ability to add “emotions” to pictures.
IKEA: Flat-pack lawnmower
IKEA launched a “brand new, fully flat-pack GRÄSSAX lawnmower.”
Nokia: Touchscreen Lumia microwaves
If you can’t win the people with Lumia Windows Phones, maybe it’s time to try pitching them on smart microwaves?
Runkeeper for iPad
Runkeeper brings its iPhone app for tracking your exercise to the iPad.
Sphero: Peacekeeper Edition
The Sphero robotic ball that can be controlled from your phone has been modified to help crush objects and trip runners. It costs $10,000.
Sony: Pet technology including cat headphones and TVs for dogs
ThinkGeek: Play-Doh 3D Printer and Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp
Twitter: Charging to use vowels
It’s now going to cost to use vowels on Twitter, no more “LOL” for you freeloaders. You’ll just have to use smiley faces.
Virgin Atlantic: Glass-bottomed plane
Maybe the most scary sounding prank we’ve heard today is Virgin Atlantic’s proposed glass-bottom plane.
Let us know what we missed
Other companies will surely have their own April Fools’ pranks today. Let us know in the comments what we missed or what you found particularly funny.
Blowfish12@2013 blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R
- Google and April fool’s day pranks (androidos.in)
- April Fools’ Day 2013: A round-up of the best jokes and hoaxes (metro.co.uk)
- Google, YouTube get into April Fools’ Day action (usatoday.com)
- Google Adds ‘Treasure Maps’ for April Fools’ Day (mashable.com)
- YouTube Says It’s Shutting Down in April Fools’ Day Prank (mashable.com)