"Fact or fool: Can you tell the pranks from the real gadgets?"
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Fact or fool: Can you tell the pranks from the real gadgets?
It's time to test how good you are at telling the real tech news from the jokes.
I'm Bridget Carey.
This your CNET Update.
On April Fool's Day, technology companies think they're so clever by putting out fake news announcements to trick us all.
But the tech world is so out of touch these days, even the real product announcements sound like a joke.
So it's time to put your fool spotting to the test.
See if you can tell the real news story from the tech company prank with our annual game, Fact or Fool.
Let's start with the smart home.
iRobot partnered with Zumba Fitness to create a new colorful Roomba robot vacuum.
It can hook up to your phone to play music for doing Zumba workout dances while you clean.
So is it real?
Colorful music roombas could be a hot seller, but this is a fool.
Kitchen gadgets are getting cooler now that they're connecting to the internet.
Internet gaming company Razr made a toaster that will let you start the toaster from your computer.
And in your game, you'll get a pop-up that your toast is done.
Although it would save gamers from burnt toast This is a fool.
Those Keurig instant coffee machines are pretty popular, and there are also soda making gadgets with flavor pods.
But if you want something healthy, check out the Juicero.
This $700 wi-fi connected juicer is not able to juice any fruit or veggies that you buy at the store.
Instead you need to order these special pods of pre-chopped produce to insert in the machine.
Sadly, this is a factual product.
If you want to properly document your life, the selfie stick can be a pain to carry around, and you come off as annoying.
So, you may instead want the roam-e a selfie drone, it uses facial recognition to follow you around and take photos.
This is no fool, it's a real product.
There's lots of techs for pets too.
The Wonder Workshop created the dot and dash robot to teach kids how to program, but with Wonder Paw dogs can learn how to program the robots to play fetch and do other games.
It is a fool.
Dogs have to put up with all the weird.
TV we're streaming these days.
So shouldn't dogs get their own channel?
Dog TV is the first network just for dogs on DirecTV.
For $5 a month, your dog can watch all sorts of scenes that can either soothe them or stimulate them.
It may seem foolish, but Dog TV is a fact.
Google is always adding new features to Gmail and a new send button puts an animated gif at the bottom of your message it's called Mic Drop and you see a minion dropping a mic, and it news the message going forward it's a fool.
But it really worked, and when you use Gmail for serious business, you don't have time for jokes.
The prank backfired badly when people accidentally hit the joke send button on serious emails and missed important replies.
Now people are threatening to leave Gmail for another service.
I don't think Google is laughing now.
That's all for this roundup.
But remember, like everyday on the Internet, don't trust anything you read.
From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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