April Fools’ 2017: Here’s the best and worst of this year’s pranks (so far)

https://techcrunch.com/gallery/april-fools-2017-heres-the-best-and-worst-of-this-years-pranks/

It is April Fools day, and this article lists some funny pranks.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ‘Map-Eater’ Ms.Pac-Man Takes Over Google Maps for April Fools’ Day
    http://interestingengineering.com/ms-pac-man-takes-over-google-maps-april-fools-day/

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
    Roundup of April Fools’ Day gags by tech companies — Topsy-turvy day — April 1st — a day colloquially known as “April Fools’ Day” or “the worst holiday ever” — isn’t even until tomorrow, but because the month of April starts on a Saturday this year, all the #brands are already …

    April Fools’ Day 2017: the best (and worst) pranks
    Topsy-turvy day
    http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2017/3/31/15139934/april-fools-day-2017-pranks-jokes-best-worst

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    1-bit PROM programmer shows status
    http://www.edn.com/design/systems-design/4458183/1-bit-PROM-programmer-shows-status

    Figure 1 shows a PROM programmer and status indicator that you can use for popular fusible-link ROMs from manufacturers such as Bust-A-Fuse and Little-ROM. When powered from line current, the programmer immediately shows the status of the ROM chip. Pressing the program button blows the fusible link, placing the ROM’s output in the logic-zero or off state.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Transcendental resistors simplify precision design
    http://www.edn.com/design/components-and-packaging/4458203/Transcendental-resistors-simplify-precision-design

    Our new company, Transcendental Passives, has submitted patent applications for this two-resistor circuit, as well as an advanced three-resistor version. Our first product will be the πΩ resistor described here – a part that can be used in a variety of products, such as an electronic tape measure that reports the circumference of a circular object by measuring its diameter.

    Our second product line will be resistors with values that are multiples of 1/2π. We think they will find wide use in RC oscillators designed to operate at integer frequencies.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Scratchy Brings Digital Clarity To The Vinyl World
    http://hackaday.com/2017/04/01/scratchy-brings-digital-clarity-to-the-vinyl-world/

    But what if you are at home, without the benefit of a state-of-the-art studio or high-end digital signal processing? How can you then have pop and crackle free sound from your hi-fi when you put on a piece of vinyl? [Paul Wallace] may just have the answer, he’s made a smartphone app called Scratchy which listens to the output of a turntable, identifies the track being played, and plays the appropriate MP3 file for a digital experience from vinyl. It uses the algorithm published by Shazam to recognize tunes. The software also has a learn mode during which it can be taught about new records in the collection. The app itself is written using the Xamarin framework and has its source code in his GitHup repository, so it’s possible it could be produced for other platforms as well as Android.

    http://ynformatics.com/2017/scratchy-digital-vinyl/

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    9 of the Best Fake Gadgets of 2017
    https://www.designnews.com/consumer-electronics/9-best-fake-gadgets-2017/161481574656565?cid=nl.x.dn14.edt.aud.dn.20170405

    From ride-hailing wearables to invisible glasses and weather control, we look at the best prank products companies have announced so far this year.

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