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04. 01. 2011

April Fools' Day: The best of the tech stories

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On April Fools' Day the media love to fill our heads with stories that sound a little crazy, but could just be true. Here are some of our favourite tech-related pranks that have been doing the rounds today...

BlackBerry Dauntless

ZDNet in Australia announced that RIM will soon be launching a device called the BlackBerry Dauntless that won't feature a screen. Instead it works by confirming the buttons you've pressed with a series of Morse code-like vibrations.

YouTube's Centenary

Video sharing platform YouTube has changed its logo to suggest that it was founded in 1911 and has given all users the chance to alter their video content so that it's silent or sepia in order to make it look older and more authentic.

The YouTube team also made a video spoofing popular viral videos of the past few years. My favourite of these has to be "Flugelhorn Feline" which is YouTube's answer to the infamous Keyboard Cat.

Spotify closes service in Europe

TechCrunch reported that Spotify will soon be moving its focus over to the US by abandoning all of its services in Europe.

Google "Helvetica"

For anyone who loves fonts, then Google "Helvetica" and you'll be in for a funny but probably unpleasant surprise.

Toshiba's Monacle

Toshiba today announced the launch of its new 3D product, the Spectacle which is a small, but very advanced monacle.

Gmail Motion

Google announced another new feature to Gmail which is called Gmail Motion and allows users to open, reply to and organize their emails with a range of movements.

Groupon owns April Fools' Day

Popular group discount service Groupon today revealed it would be applying for a patent application so it can "own" April Fools' Day. According to the website, it will now be referred to as Groupon Presents April Fools' Day and all jokes and pranks need to be approved by Groupon first.

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