April Fools Day 2013

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Happy April Fool’s Day!

Every year as the first of April rolls around, many people find themselves plotting pranks to play on co-workers and friends. After all, that’s part of the fun of April Fool’s Day.

However it’s not just people who join in the fun. Every year, some big name tech giants also enjoy the day by playing some silly prank on the Internet. Typically, it’s fairly obvious what the joke is, but not always.

Here are a few of our favorites for today:

Tech Pranks April Fools 2013

Google Pranks

Google, a notorious prankster, is responsible for a few pranks today, including the rumor that YouTube is shutting down, and the BETA project for the Sharpest Olfactory Experience Available.

Yup, you read that right. There’s a rumor today about YouTube, and it ends with it shutting down at midnight. Apparently, YouTube was really just a video contest all along, and it’s come to the end of its 8 year run. After winners are picked tonight, it will be shut down for good.

Of course, this is most likely a prank, because why would Google shut down one of their most used money making giants? They wouldn’t. You can read about the “contest” here.

Smelling is Believing, as the slogan goes, and today, Google will have you believe that they’ve created an app that can smell. Though still in BETA, this app will help you discover new scents, or explore old favorites. You can read about GoogleNose here. 

Want to know the other Google Pranks for the day? Then check this list out.

Twitter Prank

Today, Twitter announced the release of Twttr, a basic Twitter service which allows you to only use consonants. For an extra $5 / month, you can upgrade to the premium Twitter service, which allows the use of vowels. Read more about this service here.

Sony Prank

Sony also decided to join in the fun, by announcing a new line of products that include televisions and computers, and are targeted for pets. The Animalia Line helps modify electronics so your pets can use them, helping Fluffy consume information in style. To check out the Animalia Line, click here.

Did we miss one of the big pranks today? Leave us a comment and share the awesome tech prank you found online. Remember to include a link, so we can check it out too.

Julie Strier is a freelance writer who wants to help you have fun with your technology. Email: [email protected]. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.

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