April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day (April 1st) is now here. If you need ideas for practical jokes, check my postings Prank Ideas For April Fools’ Day and April Fools Pranks and Gadgets. Check also other idea from Practical Jokes section. Happy April Fools’ Day – don’t believe everything that you hear and read.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This could be useful gadget to have today:

    DIY Polygraph Machine for April 1
    http://www.epanorama.net/newepa/2013/04/01/diy-polygraph-machine/

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Is this Google’s joke for today?

    Play PAC-MAN in Google Maps
    https://support.google.com/maps/answer/6178227?hl=en

    You can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps with streets as your maze.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google Panda is the April Fools’ joke you wish was a real product
    http://mashable.com/2015/03/31/google-panda/

    It’s already April Fools’ Day in Japan and Google isn’t wasting any time.

    In a video posted to Google Japan’s YouTube page, the company introduced Google Panda, its new adorable take on voice-enabled search.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Another tech joke:

    PlayStation Flow lets you literally dive into your games
    http://mashable.com/2015/04/01/playstation-flow/

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    So, YouTube decided to add an easter egg on April Fools Day! Hope you find this as funny as I did lol!

    YouTube: Darude – Sandstorm April Fools Day Easter Egg!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVYs0nsF3QU

    There is note button on video player that plays short piece from Sandstorm over video when pressed. In addition search will ask you “Darude – Sandstorm by Darude”

    By the way the music is made by artist from Finland:
    How Darude’s “Sandstorm” Became the EDM Track Everyone on the Web Knows
    http://www.epanorama.net/newepa/2015/03/06/friday-fun-how-darudes-sandstorm-became-the-edm-track-everyone-on-the-web-knows/

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Amanda Connolly / The Next Web:
    Roundup of April Fools’ Day gags by tech companies
    http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/04/01/roundup-the-best-and-worst-april-fools-day-pranks-in-the-tech-world/

    April Fools’ Day might be dying a slow death in reality, but on the Web, it’s being taken to a whole new level every year.

    While it should be about jokes and not just the publicity, it’s always fun to see huge companies like Samsung and Google testing the bounds of credibility.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    10 Greatest Hoaxes in the History of Engineering
    http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=30&doc_id=1326197&

    From faux innovations, to fake artificial intelligence, to an Internet-ready Porta-Potty, here’s a look at our favorite hoaxes throughout engineering history.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How Google Pulled Off Its Ingenious Pac-Man Maps
    http://www.wired.com/2015/04/death-of-google-maps-pac-man/

    Google Maps Pac-Man is on its deathbed. Long live Google Maps Pac-Man.

    Any day now, Google will take down it’s awesome experiment, which launches Pac-Man on top of real-life city streets within Google Maps. It launched this wonderful time-suck last week as an April Fools’ Day prank, so it was never meant to stick around long. But this is the Internet, where anything can happen, and damned if the game’s mix of whimsy and nostalgia didn’t make it resonate in a way few other Google pranks ever did.

    Radcliffe was a big fan of Ms. Pac-Man in college
    it wasn’t technically possible.
    That changed in 2010. As this Official Google Blog post explains, Google Maps started using vector graphics to draw its maps instead of a patchwork of 256×256-pixel images.
    vector tiles include more-parsable data
    “The vector tiles allow us to use just the road network to create the maze,”

    Google worked closely with Namco (owners of the original Pac-Man game), but wouldn’t discuss particulars of the deal. From there, the entire Google Maps team got to work. The “cross-functional effort” was coded using a number of languages, including Objective C, Java, and Javascript. According to Google, the project took a couple of months to get working and running smoothly across the various screen sizes and platforms Google Maps runs on.

    The result was one of Google’s finest April Fools’ Day stunts ever.

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