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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  • 3. YouTube "shutting down"

    "This is the end. My only friend, the end." Except, it actually isn't, despite Google claiming that YouTube is shutting down. The site claims that the site was an 8-year-long contest and Google will choose a winner, which will be the only video available on the site when it launches again in 2023, or ten years from now.

    YouTube was expected to generate $3.6 billion last year according to analysts, so shutting down the video sharing service may not actually be the best idea in the world. It does come at a difficult time for Google Reader users who have erupted in outrage and anger at the search giant's plans to shut down the feed reader — and this time for real.

    Check out Google announcing the death of YouTube here.

  • 4. Dexter the crime-fighting dog

    Dexter lives a good, moral life by helping out U.K. police do their job on the Web. By sniffing out danger, he helps the police in investigations. But on a semi-serious note, the U.K.'s Get Safe Online unit notes that Dexter cannot sniff out malware and online nasties unlike a good, strong anti-virus solution, and takes the day to remind online 'fools' to be wary of online criminals.

    Check out Dexter's photoshoot here.

  • 5. Google 'sniffing out' search results

    Yet another Google prank for April Fools' Day, as the search giant goes all out on its range of stunts, spanning social networking, mapping and video. And its core search business is no different. 

    Google "Nose" probably didn't have many fooled, the concept is interesting, allowing users to search for smells and have it fed back to them via their smartphones. Even "don't ask, don't smell" features are included for the more nefarious, not-safe-for-work Web results.

    Check out the new 'service' here.

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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