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Welcome to the April 2017 edition of the DaniWeb Digest
As is by now something of a tradition, we are devoting the newsletter this month to a round-up of some of the best April Fools' Day pranks from the tech community.
We normally kick things off with a look at what Google did, as the Don't Be Evil giant lets the halo slip and always gets a bit naughty in April. So what did Google have in wait for an unsuspecting public? Just before we get there, it has to be said that no prank should really come as a surprise on the 1st of April. After all, April Fools' Day has been a thing since Geoffrey Chaucer mentioned the link between the date and tomfoolery in The Canterbury Tales way back in 1392, how can anyone still not know about it? Back to Google then, and the introduction of Google Gnome. Google Home assistant for the garden. 'Turn on the hose, off, on, off, on' and 'which way is the wind blowing...' Riiiight. More here.
Amazon had something scarily similar, Petlaxa: a pet version of Alexa that understands what a dog wants when it barks... More here.
Google Japan, meanwhile, got creative with a bubble wrap keyboard for typing and relieving stress at the same time. Nice one. More here.
Trulia came up with a property listing site for, erm, pets. The for sale and to rent 'pawperty pages' allows cats and fogs to choose where they want to live. More here.
Lyft came up with a cracker: Mono. The first wearable gadget from Lyft, Mono is a thumb-worn thing that works in conjunction with an app (a real app no less) to let you hail a ride by sticking your robotic-looking thumb in the air. This is probably the prank that has had the most effort put into making it look like a real thing. More here.
Almost as good was the Micro Tech Toolkit from iFixit. As tech gets ever smaller, so the tools to fix them follow. But maybe not quite this small. More here.
Zappos.com Came up with a solution for having parcels stolen from your doorstep: the 'in secure box' which is, erm, invisible. More here.
Language learning supremo Duolingo came up with a relevant prank: a course in learning Emoji that is actually almost, nearly, believable. More here.
ThinkGeek always hits us with a slew of fake products in an attempt to catch us out. This year was no exception, and saw such things as a 'Where's Barb?' version of the Where's Waldo book series. Barb, who's that, you say? A character from Stranger Things, apparently. More here.
Delivery X from Grubhub sees takeaway food delivery orders delivered even quicker, by using parkour runners. More here.
Hulu launched Hu, an abbreviated TV streaming service that turns shows into 8 second bursts so as to match the attention span of the viewer. More here.
Not to be outdone (although it really was) Netflix introduced Netflix Live: Will Arnett speaking about stuff, lots of stuff and lots of speaking. Weird. More here.
AirRings from Twelve South was pretty funny, a product that claimed to change Apple AirPods into, erm, earrings. More here.
Moshi took cabling to the April Fools' limit with USB-SL. The SL standing for speed of light. The USB-SL to Gigabit Ethernet adapter promised to be so fast it could deliver email that hadn't yet arrived. The USB-SL to HDMI adapter did a similar trick, broadcasting video from any point in time. More here.
Have we missed anything really fuuny or cool? What was your favourite geeky April Fools' Day prank this year? Let us know and join the conversation here.
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