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Fact or fool: Can you tell real news from the jokes?April Fools' Day is flooded with fake technology stories. But when today's tech is so strange, it's hard to tell the gags from real gadgets. Bridget Carey explains with a game of "fact or fool."
With today's technology news it's hard to tell the fact from the fool. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your cnet update. [MUSIC] On April Fool's Day. Day. Every technology company wants to seem fun and clever by announcing fake news. Google tends to be the king clown with several joke products. But these fake announcements fall flat when today's technology is so experimental and. And bizarre. The real products are not too different from the gags. So to demonstrate, let's play a game of Fact or Fool. I'll give you a recent tech news announcement. And you'll have to guess if it's real or an April Fool's hoax. This week at the New York Auto Show, Honda introduced the 2016 HR-V SLF selfie edition. There are cameras in the visor and dash to share your selfie behind the wheel. So is it fact or fool? Well this one is a fool. But not too far from being fact. Hertz rental cars have been under fire for installing cameras inside the navigation device. Hertz installed the cameras in case you wanted to have a video chat with customer service. Do we really need that? Among the many apps being created for the upcoming Apple Watch, the New York Times announced it will have a news alert app, with editors staffed around the clock to craft one-sentence stories for the small screen. Fact or Fool? One sentence journalism for your wrist is a fact. You can now make Facebook paged just for photos of your baby. Since baby photos are taking over Facebook, the social network launched a new tool to put all photos of your precious little drool monster in one place. And, people can subscribe to follow. Facebook baby scrapbook is a fact, rolling out now in the US. HTC has introduced a new wearable, a smart sock. It comes with GPS, pairs with both left and right feet, and has a smart small screen as your interface. That, of course, makes it hard to wash. This is a fool, but a failed fool because. Smart socks do exist, to give you feedback on your running technique. Texting while walking can be dangerous. But Volvo in Japan created airbags for smartphone users to protect against dangerous collisions. Yes, Volvo. [MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] Is a fool. But there are more foolish products on Kickstarter for people that run into things while texting. The Flicc case has a mirror, so the camera can record straight ahead. And the app lets you text while also viewing a video feed of what's in front of you. There's a new Angry Birds spinoff game. This time, the feathered flock is running a farm, and they're armed with guns. You can personalize their outfits just like in the Sims. I'm sure people would love to play it but it is a fool. And for the Tinder generation, Roku has a new channel for online dating. It's called Roku Rendezvous. So you can find a date that shares your same streaming tastes. It is a fool. But there was once an app called Yo that matched you based on your Netflix profiles. The couple that streams together stays together. That's your Tech News Update. No fooling. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]