Out of all the silly headlines that squirmed into my Google Reader feed yesterday, "Ashton Kutcher signed on to play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic" stood out as the most obvious April Fools' prank, but the joke's on us when we find out today that it's true -- the star of such films as "The Butterfly Effect" and "What Happens in Vegas" will portray the Apple luminary in an indie film simply called "Jobs."… Read more
As part of its annual April Fools' pranks, Google came up with Google Racing, an almost plausible partnership with Nascar. In a post on the official Google blog, apparent racing fan Sergey Brin wrote:...today we're moving the project one great leap forward with Google Racing, a groundbreaking partnership with NASCAR to help self-driving vehicles compete in the world of stock car racing. We think the most important thing computers can do in the next decade is to drive cars--and that the most important thing Google Racing can do in the next decade is drive them, if possible, … Read more
Fakery on the Internet? You've got to be kidding.
No, no; it's true. Especially on April Fools' Day, when the World Wide Web and mischievous geeks all over the planet celebrate leg-pulls and pushovers.
This year, Google kicked things off a day early with a supposed port of Google Maps to Nintendo's 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. What follows is a rundown of other 2012 Fools' Day shenanigans, in case you foolishly missed them. (We've tossed in a few related stories for good measure too.)
We'll be updating the list as April Fools' Day rolls along.… Read more
I am delighted that Google has used this first day of April to launch yet more of its most ingenious technology.
For the company's GMail blog has announced that it's time to move beyond the QWERTY keyboard. There are simply too many keys to think about. Instead, why not reduce the number of keys to two?
How is this possible? By turning each key into a dot or a dash, thereby allowing you to send Gmail by Morse code.
"This makes it ideal for situations where you need to discreetly send emails, such as when you're … Read more
Google is funny. I have wanted to write that sentence for so long in a context where funny meant "intentionally humorous."
So here is an April Fools' work of art from the company that, to many minds, just might deserve righteous laughter. For here, purportedly, is the launch of Google Maps 8-bit for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
According to Google's Lat Long blog, this is something that the world desperately needs.
"Our engineering team in Japan understood the importance of maps on retro game systems. With the power of Google's immense data centers, and support … Read more
One of my favorite pastimes has to be pulling pranks around the office. The pranks may leave a sour taste in the mouth of the recipient for a few days, but in the end they often lead to some good laughs and classic memories.
April Fools' Day naturally lends itself to a flurry of random jokes and pranks, so I took the liberty of rounding up some tech-inspired pranks. I hope you find a way to put one, if not all of them, to use--heck, it doesn't even have to be on April 1!
Here, let me Google that for you Do you have a co-worker who refuses to look anything up on the Internet for himself? Do you often feel like your name should be "Google"? On April 1, send the lazy Web searcher a link to LMGTFY; perhaps he'll learn a thing or two.
To use LMGTFY, visit the site, type in a search query, and click on either search button. You will then be presented with a link to copy and send off to the unsuspecting recipient. The link you send will then open a Web page with an animation teaching the recipient how to use Google. After the site automatically fills in the search bar with the query and clicks on the search button, he will be redirected to the actual Google search results. … Read more
According to a couple European Web sites, Apple's white iPhone 4, the last year's unicorn consumer electronic product, finally has a date associated with its release. If you have been patiently waiting for a white iPhone 4, mark April 27 (a Wednesday) on your calendar.
You may also want to consider getting your trusty "wait in line for Apple products" kit up to snuff. Though no official date for release has been announced by Apple, once there is, lines could definitely be forming.
We all get fooled on a consistent basis. It's just that some decide to be slightly more guarded when it comes to April 1. And yet an anchor at a local Fox news station managed to fall for one of the more technologically inspired ruses of recent memory.
Her fellow workers at Fox 5 San Diego ran a story about a new app that lets you taste or sniff things on your iPhone or iPad. The app was called "Virtual Sip" and the technology behind it was christened "Piezo Electrics." Which, to my mind, sounds like a disreputable electrician in Napoli.
It was all rather cleverly done. First, the station ran a package that showed people sniffing and licking their phones. The anchor who wasn't in on the joke, Shally Zomorodi, looked appalled and said, "Wait a minute...are they licking their phones?"
She was then handed an iPad by a producer and encouraged to try the app. Still, when she didn't seem able to quite get any sniff emanating from it, she was persuaded (fairly easily) to lick it. Even though she had just declared: "I am NOT licking an iPad!"… Read more
Natali Morris fills in for Wilson Tang today and assures our mutual destruction when she "accidentally" spills hot water on the mixer console...the rest of the show is spent worrying about spontaneous electrocution, but we manage to fit in a handful of stories about 3D Lego printing, the strange trend of unboxing videos, our favorite April Fools' tech product, and the ongoing Porn Wiki Leaks fallout.The 404 Digest for Episode 792 Customize your own Lego sets using 3D printing, coming soon. MakerBot specializes in consumer-level 3D printers. Only you can prevent lame unboxing videos. Another Windows 7 tablet, and a Windows 8 tablet coming soon after--why? RE35 turns any 35mm film camera into a digital sensor (4/1). Porn Wiki Leaks reveals the personal information of 15,000 stars. One box of Lucky Charms cereal, hold the cereal. Amazon.com sells Rice Krispies Treats Cereal for less than retail value. This might be the perfect cereal bowl to solve all your soggy problems. Episode 792 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Today we're saying goodbye to a CNET colleague and frequent 404 guest host, Tim Geisenheimer. No, this is not an April Fools joke, but guess what? The Shock Top is. Today we're showing off some of our favorite Internet April Fools pranks, starting with Hulu taking us back to our Internet salad days.The 404 Digest for Episode 790 RIM debuts the first screenless Blackberry, dubbed The Dauntless. Gmail gets motion activation functionality. Zookeepers in Europe equip gorillas with Apple iPads. PC Mag follows tech trends with a name change. Manalapan Best Buy employees accused of stealing $50,000 in gear. ThinkGeek sells Playmobil Apple Store playset. New flash dance show "Mobbed" debuts on Fox. Follow THE GEISENTUMBLOG! Episode 790 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more