April Fools 2012, Google GoRo

Google have poked fun at their ‘GoMo’ service, introducing ‘GoRo‘.

For those who don’t know, GoMo is Google’s own service which helps website owners optimize their website for smartphones. GoRo, however, claims to optimize websites for old-fashioned rotary telephones.

“Millions of people are using mobile devices every day, but dozens are using rotary phones. Did you know that 100% of people using rotary phones have trouble accessing your website? If you’re ready to prepare for the return of rotary, you’ve come to the right place – it’s time to Go Ro!” – Google

April Fools 2012, Google Click-To-Teleport

Google’s latest April Fools Day Prank is a new way to drive customers right to you door.

The ‘Click-To-Teleport (Beta)’ is an extension for Chrome which takes online shopping to a whole new level. No longer do you need to be forced to use the internet to shop, instead you can Google the business or shop you wish to attend, and click to teleport yourself there!

Google have said that they won’t be held responsible for any teleporting related injuries, accidental time-travel or other teleporting risks as demonstrated in the 1980’s horror film ‘The Fly’

Unfortunately, no video for this one, but you can check out the official website at this link.

April Fools 2012, Google Fiber Bar

When I decided to fill you all in on the April Fools Day pranks of tech companies, I didn’t really expect Google to go this crazy. It’s been a busy day for me!

Google have released yet another video to YouTube, this time advertising ‘Google Fiber’, a healthy chocolate bar which has ‘100 times more fiber than any other other source of fiber available today.

Google Fiber starts with 100 times more fiber than any source of fiber available today. Tested in labs across our Mountain View campus, we found that in just the right synthesis, psyllium and vitamins C and D morph into a byproduct we have coded as Fiberlicious. This smarter fiber delivers just what the body needs to sustain activity, energy and productivity up to 100 times more than you have experienced before. – Google

Visit this link to find out more about the Google Fiber bar, just prepare to be disappointed when you click to buy one!

April Fools 2012, YouTube DVD Collection

YouTube have yet again joined in the fun of April Fools Day, this time advertising a YouTube Collection DVD.

The DVD collection contains every single video every uploaded to the video sharing site. Upon ordering, 175 trucks (or mules depending on your location) are said to set off towards your house to deliver all of the DVDs.

They have even thought of a way to bring the entire YouTube experience to DVD, including the comment and rating system. This is done through post. Each DVD comes with a piece of paper for you to write your comment, and a thumbs-up or thumbs-down symbol to post back to YouTube.

You can attempt to make an order of the DVD at YouTube.com/TheYouTubeCollection, be warned though, orders may take a while :P. I, for example, ordered over 200,000 dubstep remixes, which is scheduled for arrival on June 16 2045…can’t wait!

So far, the technology world is going mad for April 1st.

April Fools 2012, Virgin Volcanic

Richard Branson has unveiled plans to transport himself and 4 celebrities to the center of 5 major volcanoes around the world.

 

VirginVolcanic.com states that Branson will be accompanied by Tom Hanks, Will.I.Am, Seth Green and documentary film-maker Barbara Kopple. The star-studded science fanatics will travel down a volcano in the VVS1, a spiral shaped probe carrier which looks like it came straight out of Seth Green’s Austin Powers.

“A window seat for a journey to the liquid core of our home planet would be a bargain at twice the price.” – Tom Hanks.

“Ever since filming Austin Powers, I’ve had this obsession with underground layers. I’ve waited patiently for Sir Richard to make the dream of traveling to the Earth’s core a reality” – Seth Green.

“I have long held a fascination with volcanoes since reading Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Alongside our adventures with Virgin Galactic and Virgin Oceanic, volcanoes are the next great unexplored terrain.” – Richard Branson.

What do you think of the April Fools Day pranks coming out of the tech world today? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

April Fools 2012, Chrome Multitask

Chrome have released their latest, but probably not last, April Fools day prank. This time, Google have taken to changing Chrome, their browser. The new feature adds ‘multitasking mode’, which enables the use of two mice on one computer.

Google say that the new feature can be used for when multiple people want access to the computer, for hardcore gamers, or architects.

What’s even better, is that you can try it out by visiting this link.

April Fools 2012, Gmail Tap

Google really enjoy April Fools Day. The web giant is known for its pranks on April 1st, and recently announced Google Maps for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Google have released their second prank of the day, named Gmail Tap.

Gmail Tap is an addition to the iOS and Android Gmail application. The app update replaced the standard keyboard with two buttons, which is used the same way as morse code. You can even type two e-mails at the same time, having two buttons at the top, and two at the bottom.

What I love about Google is that they spend so much time making a brilliant looking product and video to advertise the product, even for a joke! Despite it being an utterly stupid idea, the video made the keyboard actually look great. One thing is for sure, I want to work at Google!

April Fools 2012, Google Maps for NES

Google are known for their yearly pranks on April 1st. A few years back they teased us with ‘Virgle’, a partnership with Virgin to establish a human settlement on Mars. They have also changed around their products, introducing a temporary 3D mode Google Chrome.

Today Google have uploaded an announcement to YouTube. They say that an 8-bit version of Google Maps is coming for the NES.

We’ve long neglected one of the most popular computer systems ever sold.” – Ken Tokusei, Product Management Director

Google Maps 8-bit is said to be sold in the form of a cartridge, like traditional NES games.

Google have also made a version of this available to the public. According to the video, you can test out the 8-bit version by visiting Google Maps as you normally would, and click the quest button in the top right corner.

What do you guys think about Google’s latest April Fools prank? I personally think it’s one of their better ones.

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Watch An Elephant Use The Galaxy Note!

Samsung have been pushing the idea of ‘bigger is better’ into our heads by introducing the Galaxy Note. Many have asked if it is too big for average use, with Samsung themselves comparing it with a tablet in adverts. Well it turns out, Samsung may have just met the note’s perfect customer.

In this video uploaded by the Technivator, shows Peter the elephant selecting music, playing the keyboard, taking and viewing photos, and even using the stylus to draw a picture.

Why? Who knows. But it’s a very upbeat video which claims to use no effects or trickery, and even has videos to support that on their channel.

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