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April Fool’s Day roundup: The best tech pranks from around the web

It’s April Fool’s Day. Again. The day when companies come up with the craziest product ideas in an effort to prank consumers. Of course most of them are so obvious that they shouldn’t even qualify as pranks anymore because we can see them coming a mile away.

The truly subtle ones are rare. But then again, no company wants to create a fake product that’s too believable, right? With that in mind, let’s see what some of the biggest names in tech, and across other industries, have planned for this year’s April Fool’s Day. There are actually a few good ones in there, and there’s even a pretty believable prank right this year, which is rare.

Google

Google Maps

Google lets you find Waldo in Google Maps. And once you’ve discovered him, you’ll get more and more games to search for him over and over again. To do so, go to Google Maps online or update your iPhone and Android apps.

Google

Google Australia decided to redesign Google and keeping it relevant. It’s not Google, actually. It’s Googz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnTzAGkkoRo

Google Cloud

Google Cloud’s Hummus API matches you with your perfect Hummus. That’s something Google could do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_5X6N6DHyk

Gboard

Google Japan made a physical Gboard that converts typing to cursive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guJnFY1R4I0

Files Go

The Files Go team invented the bad joke detector. For April 1st. Right…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYcv406J_J4

Snapchat

Snap may have one of the best pranks of this jokes season. It targets Facebook, of course. We’re looking at a new filter that looks exactly like the Facebook app, but the text appears to be written in Russian. That checks all the right boxes.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile is bringing back the Sidekick as the world’s first smart shoe phone. I have to tell you that the shoes do look dope. They’re not phones, however.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQQuOICUylQ

Pokemon Go

What if you could play Pokemon Go in “cutting-edge” 8-bit graphics?

Honor

Need toilet insurance for your smartphone? Honor’s got you covered.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2pdG33siCY

Lexus and 23andMe

Using your genetic code to select your next Lexus car? Lexus’s got you covered with the help of 23andMe. The car will then be delivered to your door in 24 hours, customized based on your DNA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0Uxzh1E94U

Burger King

Burger King, home of the Whopper. The Chocolate Whopper. Okay, I have to say this should really be a thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXf2ct7C2fQ

Reese’s

Yes, let’s do more fake chocolate, please. Check out Reese’s adorable Easter/April Fool’s prank.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui5CQWgDQgc

Jägermeister

Forget the shots, Jäger Balm is supposed to treat bartender’s elbow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfWx2-QkEdI

Jabra

Jabra’s got some shoes of its own, but they double as speakers, not smartphones.

Redbox

Redbox is creating the smallest movie theaters in the world. The gist is that movies will be available on the touch screen of any Redbox kiosk once they leave the big screen.

Warby Parker and Arby’s

Fast eyewear food industry, anyone? That’s what’s WArby’s is all about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=k87QXz6t28M

Smithfield

Bacon Crisps Cereal? Oh, come on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7bgXWmywuI

Duolingo

You probably heard of Duolingo before, the service that lets you learn a new language supposedly faster than anything else. Well for April Fool’s, they unveiled the Brewolingo, beers to help you get more fluent. Included are the Spring Season-Owl, India Pale Owl, Mad Amber Owl, and Night Owl Stout. Each one is for a different language or situation.

Man Crates

Man Crates is introducing a porch piracy protection service, so that porch pirates stop stealing your deliveries. Giant mouse traps does it for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeKJCTqozHo

Lucid Mattress

Get into the sharing economy with the ShareBED product. It’s like Airbnb, but creepier. Also comes in a ShareBED Lite option.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCkNEkwNo-I

SodaStream

SodaSoak is SodaStream’s idea of an April Fool’s joke. It’s like SodaStream, but for your bathing experience. It comes with fruit flavors and support for water beds. Oh, and The Mountain is also in this clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFMUPcuSsJs

Houzz

Here’s a crypto joke for you. Houzz is a site that lets you purchase home remodeling and design products. Launching a crypto coin sounds almost believable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbLPLZ82low

Peeps and Energizer

Peeps and Energizer partnered up to create energizing Peeps. You’ll get it in a minute.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ONs4QF2Zhw

Pindrop

Pindrop’s Tongueprinting is so ew. Lick your phone to lock and unlock the phone. It’s as gross as it sounds. And mildly funny. Check the video at this link.

SF AppWorks

The Nothing App. It’s the app that helps you doing nothing better. Seinfeld would probably be proud. Just check the clip below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-SBAFay-60

SkunkLock

SkunkLock has been stealing bikes to show you how easy the entire thing is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDO6tKPur4Y

CarGurus

If you can imitate the sound of the engine of the car you want to buy, then CarGurus REVolution is for you. Just like a reverse Shazam, if you will, but for finding cars.

BlaqPaks

Bags without straps. That’s all you need to know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPKvqrv91Gg

iSeeCars

A company called iSeeCars made a shrine to Google. Because Google dominates search, get it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d_pLA2Cu0o

Tech21

They usually make protective cases for smartphones. But on April 1st, they have a FlexChoc chocolate case for you.

Thinkgeek

Thinkgeek really overdid it this year, with a bunch of pranks for April Fool’s.

Star Trek Klingon Alphabet Magnets

https://youtu.be/sZhH9-bUMC4

4d6&Me Stat Discovery Kit

https://youtu.be/h5t6JlR11Y0

Rick and Morty Screaming Sun Alarm Clock

https://youtu.be/-Lcnib3ZWOQ

Jurassic World Dinosaur Detection System

https://youtu.be/hT8KsfVPbCI

Chegg

The Chegg Osmosis Pillow comes with memory foam that will not only adapt to the shape of your head, but it’ll also pack your own memory with actual knowledge. Sleep on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80Dy3-5Hp6I

At least when robots take over the world we’ll still have Planet Earth

At this point, robots taking charge of the planet doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. Having an AI calling the shots seems better than a lot of human alternatives, so Terminator images of the future are getting less likely by the day.

But what if robots actually take over the entire world? That’s the idea explored by this parody video, which shows what would happen on a planet run by robots, with only David Attenborough left behind to commentate.

The video was created by Nicolas King (a.k.a. “NIXOLAS“), along with other digital artists Vojislav MilanovicRamtin Ahmadi, and Nawaz AhmedLaughing Squid has some behind-the-scenes details if you’ve ever wondered what it takes to CGI a bunch of Boston Dynamics robotic dogs into a dystopian wasteland.

Apple’s new ‘Close Your Rings’ ad definitely wasn’t well thought-out

The HomePod, Apple’s opening salvo in the war against Amazon Echo and Google Home, is off to an inconspicuous start. Despite fawning reviews about the speaker’s sound quality, the HomePod failed to sell out, and a number of features like multi-room support or stereo pairing don’t work at launch.

To make a bad launch worse, it was revealed this week that the $349 speaker can leave a white ring on some wooden surfaces. Apple tried to downplay the issue, saying that it’s ‘not unusual‘ for a speaker to do that, but by that point, the ‘Ring of doom’ narrative was already too strong.

So it’s just a little too close to home that Apple launched a new page on its website today promoting the Apple Watch’s activity features called “Close Your Rings.” You have to assume it was a long-planned addition, and on any other day, no one would notice or care.  But when Apple’s fighting a PR battle against the HomePod leaving rings, telling people to close them might not be the best idea.

“Close Your Rings” is Apple’s not-quite-so-catchy version of “Just Do It:” it’s supposed to be a motivational slogan for people who wouldn’t otherwise work out, but are now being encouraged to do so because of some digital nagging. The name derives from the Apple Watch’s activity tracker, which uses a growing circle to map your activity for the day: When you hit your goal, the ring is closed.

Only in California: Donkey leads herd of escaped sheep and goats through local neighborhood

In a story that proves the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction, police in California last Thursday found themselves in hot pursuit of a herd of goats and sheep that were making their way through the West Covina neighborhood. And if that wasn’t crazy enough, the herd was reportedly being led by a donkey.

In a Facebook post detailing the bizarre turn of events, the West Covina Police Department said that it received a call about the herd running amok at about 12:30 in the morning. As it turns out, the animals had escaped “from a residence” in Valinda, a neighboring city about 2 miles away.

Not to fear, the animals were eventually corralled and safely returned to their rightful owner.

As far as news clips are concerned, you’ll be hard pressed to find one more humorous than the one below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvXlMxqaXGw

The West Covina Police Department’s full post on the matter reads as follows:

When a police officer reaches the end of his/her career, most of them will say “I’ve seen it all”. Well, let’s add one more rare call for service to that list.

At 12:30 AM, West Covina Police received a call of a herd of animals wandering the area of Francisquito and Valinda. Officers found several sheep and goats being led by a donkey walking along the residential streets. The group of animals at first failed to comply with officers as they evaded capture. With the assistance of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the animals were safely corralled. It was discovered that the animals had found freedom through an unsecured gate from a residence located in the City of Valinda. The owner was contacted and he responded to assist in herding the animals back to his residence. None of the animals were injured.

This incident is one for the books.

Someone erected a giant wooden penis in the Alps and nobody will claim responsibility

If you’re trekking in the Austrian Alps there’s a number of things you’d probably expect to see, including snow, rocks, and precious little vegetation. Hikers have gotten an eyeful of all that and much more in recent days, as someone has taken the liberty of installing a huge wooden phallus on the top of the Otscher peak, and nobody has claimed responsibility for it.

The odd tribute to the male reproductive organ was first spotted by a longtime hiker who declared it to be the peak’s new mascot, though the intentions of its builder remain unknown. At a height of over 6,200 feet, the peak isn’t exactly a leisurely climb, and carrying a man-sized (as in, the height of a man, not the size a man would- you know what, nevermind) dong to the top would be a bit of a challenge.

https://www.facebook.com/MarikasBergUndNaturerlebnisse/posts/1724170514320682

The area is popular among skiers and recreational hikers alike, so there’s no shortage of potential culprits who could have left the big wooden dingus behind, but that doesn’t bring us any closer to finding the identity of the prankster. Initially it was thought to be some kind of a viral marketing stunt, but no company has claimed ownership of the pecker.

Standing several feet tall and built out of solid chunks of wood, the wiener was then stabilized by rocks around its base. Unfortunately for anyone hoping to venture in search of the puzzling prick, it might not remain there for much longer. Ski lift operators in the area where it was discovered have warned that it’s likely to come tumbling down whenever the next storm rolls through, which would be a rather unceremonious end for such a majestic sculpture.