It’s that time of year again, April Fools Day. A day to relax but also be somewhat skeptical about what you see on the internet.
Google is the king of April Fools Day because they do the most jokes/pranks out of all the companies who participate. In case you didn’t know already but Gmail actually launched on April 1st 2004, not as a joke but as an actual service from Google.
Here is a look at the April Fools Jokes by tech companies and sites.
Amazon Dash Button (Update: They’re real and not a joke)
The Amazon Dash button is a small Wi-Fi connected button that can stick to anywhere in your house. Essentially it works just like the 1-click button on Amazon’s site but it’s in real life.
Update (7.29.2015): Amazon has finally released their Dash Buttons and they cost $4.99 each if you are a Prime member. If I was Amazon, if wouldn’t have announced these so close to April Fools Day unless they were actually a joke, which most people thought they were.
All of the buttons are connected to your Amazon account. Each of the 18 buttons are tied to a certain product found on Amazon.
Here is a list of the launch partners:
- Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels, Huge Rolls (12-pack)
- Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (225-pack)
- Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (420-pack)
- Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care Toilet Paper, Big Roll, (12-pack)
- Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care toilet paper (32-pack)
- Glad ForceFlex lawn and leaf 39-gallon trash bags (90-pack)
- Glad ForceFlex OdorShield 39-gallon tall kitchen drawstring trash bags (68-pack)
- Huggies Little Movers Diapers, Size 5 (96-pack)
- Izze Sparkling Juice (24-count variety pack)
- Kraft Sponge Bob Easy Mac Cup (24-pack)
- Larabar gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip energy bars (16-pack)
- Olay Regenerist anti-aging serum
- Olay Total Effects anti-aging daily moisturizer
- Tide Pods “Spring Meadow”-scent laundry detergent (77-pack)
- Wellness Complete Health natural dry dog food, small breed (12lb bag)
- Wellness CORE natural grain-free dry dog food (26lb bag)
The Dash buttons are available for free for Prime members.
Beside the buttons, Amazon is also launching a Dash Replenishment Service which appliance makers can incorporate into their products. For example, a printer that would order more ink for you when it’s running low.
Note: Amazon has said to other members of the press that these are real and not fake, if that is confirmed within the next few weeks when Amazon starts sending these out, this post be reflected to show this (i.e this part will be removed from this post)
Note: See update above
Amazon.com (1999 Edition)
Amazon has made their front page, Amazon.com to look like it is 1999.
Pac-Man in Google Maps
Google has started off April Fools Day 2015 using Google Maps, last year it was all about catching Pokemon. Now this year it is all about Pac-Man.
Google has made it so you can play the classic game through the streets of a city nearby you in Google Maps. You can either play Pac-Man using the web version of Google Maps. To play, its at the bottom where the option to change to earth view is located.
Also you can play it on your mobile device via the Google Maps app on Android or iOS.
Google has made a support page to help you find locations where you can play Pac-Man in Google Maps and also how to play the game.
Also there is a Pac-Man tie-in for Google’s AR (Augmented Reality) game, Ingress.
Prank War Apps on Google Play
There are more here.
Google has even gotten Chrome as part of April Fools. If you were to open a webpage in Chrome for Android, you will see a banner at the bottom of the page, asking you to share your #ChromeSelfie. This is essentially a selfie of your reaction to the webpage that you are looking at.
If you don’t see the banner, you can go to the menu in the top right and select ‘Share a reaction’ near the top of the menu. Once you take you #ChromeSelfie, you can share it.
If you type into your web browser, com.google , you will be greeted with the same Google homepage you love but it’ll be all backwards. Even your searches will be as well.
Smartbox by Inbox by Gmail (by Google)
Google has merged physical mailboxes with features that you would find in Gmail. “It’s time to free your mail.”
Google Panda has all the features of Google Now but now in the form of a panda. Who wouldn’t want a panda?
Source: Google Japan
Google Japanese Input Pire-piro Version
Google Japan announced a new product on April Fools Day, the Google Japanese Input Piro-piro Version. The device will let you enter Japanese without having to actually speak or type in the language.
All you have to do is blow the novelty pipe.
Source: Google Japan
The Equator is slipping south
Google Maps engineers at Google Australia has noticed that over the past two months, the Earth’s equator is slipping south at a rate of 25km per year.
Source: Google Australia
YouTube ‘Add music’ button
YouTube is also joining the fun by adding a ‘Add music’ button. Each time you press it, it will play a short snippet of the song Sandstorm by Darude.
The button appears on any video, so go and try it out.
Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge Chef’s Edition
Samsung announced the Galaxy Blade Edge Chef’s Edition. Samsung says its the ‘world’s first smart knife’ and the ‘ultimate cooking companion’.
Samsung has gone even further to put out a full press release for the Galaxy Blade Edge Chef’s Edition including a page with all the specs and a description of colour and material options for the handle.
Samsung has also announced the ExoBoost dongle. This will boost the speed of their Exynos processor found in their smartphones and tablets.
Moto Selfie Stick by Motorola
Motorola has announced a new product: The Moto Selfie Stick. It works like any other selfie stick but you can customize this with Motorola’s Moto Maker.
HTC RE Sok
HTC has announced the RE Sok. This is a new type of wearable, a smartsock to be exact.
You can recieve messages, locate your other sock and the RE Sok will give you a warning if the smartsock has a hole in it.
The Reddit switcheroo
Netflix binge-watching warnings
If you search ‘binge’ or ‘binge responsibly’ on Netflix today, you’ll be greeted with some small videos about the dangers of binge-watching from characters that star in Netflix’s original shows.
All the messages are trying to tell you to “Binge Responsibly”.
Microsoft Office 2016 for Cats
Microsoft introduced three new product int eh Office for Cats. There’s PowerPounce, OneNap and Meow.
MS-DOS App for Window Mobile
From Microsoft: All the productivity you’ve come to expect from Microsoft in the simplest OS yet.
Bing’s Cute Cloud
If you set your Bing search engine to “cute”, you’ll be greeted with all things cute. From picture of cute bunnies to adorable animal gifs and much more.
Here are some cute animal gifs to enjoy.
Tumblr ExecutiveSuite 2016
Tumblr’s ExecutiveSuite 2016 is a complete (but not really) suite of business software that is only available today. It even has their own mascot, Coppy the photo copier, just like Clippy from Microsoft Word.
Phew! That was a lot of jokes and pranks to keep track of but there are plenty of more out there. Some from Asus, Cyanogen, Vodafone and OnePlus (but the OnePlus prank was half real and half fake because you can actually buy the product they were teasing).