April Fools' 2013: The best techy pranks of the day

April Fools' 2013: The best techy pranks of the day

Summary: Just because ZDNet didn't pull your leg with any fictitious, fun stories today, that doesn't mean others haven't. Here are some of the best of this year's April Fools' jokes.

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  • 21. SwiftKey Tilt offers full-body text input

    SwiftKey, used by millions worldwide on Android phones, makes typing more efficient and easier. Now, the company behind the text-input application has taken it to a whole new level. 

    SwiftKey Tilt includes a ball on the keyboard that senses body movements to enter text on the screen. You have to use your hands to control the ball on the screen to determine which words you want to enter. It might make you look a little foolish (get it?) using it, though, but the developers state that the new software is compatible with the Harlem Shake — though, it hasn't been tested, nor can good results be guaranteed.

    Check out the fictional software's promo video here.

  • 22. Virgin Atlantic launches first glass-bottomed airplane

    A lot of tech goes into modern airplanes, from cockpit gadgetry to the little screens that display your favorite films as your hurtling across the Atlantic in a tin tube of other people's reconstituted air. Nobody really likes flying all that much, but Virgin Atlantic's latest spoof is to create aircraft with glass-bottomed floors — allowing passengers you to see the ocean and the land from 30,000 feet.

    Check out its press release here.

  • 23. Google Apps introduces "Levity" feature

    Google Apps' new feature "Levity" allows those scheduling meetings to actually get a good attendance for once. Dreary meetings often have little point or purpose. But Google's new Levity to spice up even the dullest of workdays by spicing up your enterprise communications platform: from funnier emails and amazing presentations, just to name a couple.

    Coming to a Google Apps enterprise... never. You should check out the video anyway.

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  • this year's winner is

    gmail blue
    bksherly
  • berry review had a couple good ones too

    Including BBM launching on iOS and Android (fooled me) and nearly bulletproof Z10's being given to Barack Obama and Stephen Harper.
    Sam14.8
  • These were all good

    Glad to see others doing it too like Toshiba and Samsung.
    I love April fools day in technology. It introduced me to rick rolling.....
    spikey289
  • Instagram

    launches for Windows Phone 8....
    Vish2801
  • Virgin Mobile's Smart Pagerz

    were pretty hilarious.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=605159622845372&set=a.206762502685088.58820.176824455678893&type=1&theater
    Patrick Macomber
    • Still, windows on the bottome of a plane

      would be really, really cool.

      And nerveracking, but cool none the less.
      William Farrel
  • April Fools' 2013: The best techy pranks of the day

    The Bing one is hilarious if you mouse over the little squares. Subtle jabs at Google.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • Loverock-Davidson....Really the best one was

      Surface RT was actually going some place..............what a hoot that was
      Over and Out
      • That's 001. You'll likely repete it 006 more times.

        just saying, Another View from the Rear.
        William Farrel
        • William Farrel...go check Loverock Davidson salkles figures for Surface RT

          will you please....I figure between the two of you you may get it right....and than again, maybe not.
          Over and Out
  • unpakt now moving to the moon!

    my favorite it unpakt .. now moving to the moon! https://www.unpakt.com/
    cnt_connector
  • about the Blizzard crab

    "Why a crab? Not sure, but rumors suggest the crab is simply known as Crabby the Ghost Crab. How very appropriate. "

    The lead systems designer uses the "ghostcrawler" alias and a crab avatar on the Blizzard forums.

    Blizzard is one of the very few businesses I've seen where some of their top employees are actually active in their forums.
    CobraA1
  • Google Maps thing..

    The Google Maps thing doesn't work if you have MapsGL turned on. Unfortunately once I turned it off, I can't seem to get it turned back on again.
    qaelith.2112
    • Shame considering

      that even the pirate version of Google maps is superior to ios maps.
      hmmm,
  • I wish this wasn't April 1st.

    But since it is, my favorite this year is: http://itsfoss.com/linus-torvalds-to-join-microsoft/
    l_creech
  • Another for your list

    Have you seen this one yet, from hosting firm UKFast? http://bit.ly/10hbGeP Braintraining on a new level! #Blipvertology
    Alice Gibson
  • Google Treasure Maps Portland Oregon

    They put a bid on it
    a nod to Porltandia
    Scatcatpdx
  • Sound cloud has one too

    ON songs in soundcloud there is a new link that says "heres the drop!" Its their drop meter that they trademarked!
    spikey289
  • Google

    Shame that google can't stop wasting resources like this while the world is still wondering if the removal of Google Reader is a joke!

    We are not laughing...
    dumb blonde
    • LOL

      It's not like there's only one feed reader in existence, FFS. If it were getting used enough it wouldn't be going away. "The world" really doesnt care about Google Reader, a few diehard users do. Google has a long history of April Fool jokes, and it's not like they don't have resources for these.

      And you know what? Most of us ARE laughing! ROFLMAO
      spookyone1