Yesterday saw a good amount of April Fools' Day pranks, and not only by you throwing water bombs at unsuspecting passers by from your balcony, then ducking and watching the response.
The tech industry and blogosphere took a swing at being funny again, and some of those skits were actually hilarious. We rounded up some of the more interesting April Fools' Day pranks that the sick minds at Google, Microsoft and so on, as well as the blogs that follow them came up with.
From new tools for disassembling your gadget, through going back to Morse Code and command line prompts, to phones made for the upcoming Ice Age, the mobile tech industry outdid itself this year, so enjoy the slideshow below. If you came across something funny on your end, please share it in the comments, so we can start the case of Mondays on a good footing.
Advertised as "The New Super-Cool Phone", the Nokia Ice is meant for those living in the Nordics, or those that have already settled in the vast frozen north of Canada, waiting for global warming to pay off there. Charged by simply being placed in the fridge and with a new superhydrophobic coating that keeps the innards frozen even when it's sunny outside, the Nokia Ice is a true marvel of technology and a playground for some serious out-of-the-box thinking:
"At the moment, the phone is an oval shape, but we can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t be sculpted in the future. Design and colour are always at the heart of what Nokia does. Nothing has been finalised, but we are thinking along the lines of a swan."
Apple is notorious with the secrecy cloak it builds around its gadgets before launch, so that you can always end up surprised when a feature you didn't even suspect will be there shows up. Still, it is not prone to leaks or what conspiracy theorists call "carefully planted viral marketing stunts".
The Unofficial Apple Weblog got first dibs on this exclusive iPhone 5 prototype demonstration. They got us at "the iPhone 5 carries a stylus". What this April Fools' skit mocks - the leak and rumor-obsessed tech blogosphere.
We also chipped in with the 6.7" Galaxy Note 2 Quad. As every self-respecting flagship smartphone these days it one-ups them all on the Super Something Plus Extra screen size, and has the obligatory "quad" component so people don't think the company is behind the times.
Headlined by the logo "Because we can", the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Quad has the S Feet interface, so you can play multiplayer Tap Tap revenge with your toes. And, yes, Apple will sue, and also Shaq complained his hands are too tiny for the Note 2 Quad. Elephants love it, though.
Coming to Android and iOS, Gmail Tap finally solves the awkwardness coming from having to tap tens of on-screen keys on a cramped smartphone display just to fire a quick text message.
Instead, it replaces them with the good ol' Morse Code that only requires a dot and a dash for all your communication needs.
Google hired the engineer Reed Morse, a relative of the one and only Samuel Morse, so we are sure the project is in good hands and can't wait for our two-symbol virtual keyboards. Welcome to the future of productivity.
Want an even faster version of Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service? One that will not bog down your smartphone or computer with fancy graphics just to get to the folder with your docs?
Try the new SkyCMD - a command line prompt for direct access to all your SkyDrive files on the go. You can login via the dedicated "interface, which is just, well, a command line, like in the good ol' DOS days, and Microsoft has taken the trouble to make something that actually works and is tons of fun to play with for those of us old geezers who remember the times before the mouse and the touch screen.
Toshiba has you covered by introducing tablets with various shapes more suitable for the tasks at hand, including the Oblong, the Rhombus and Amore, for a Valentine's Day gift to romantic geeks. We love the sideways Android interface on Amore.
An elaborate piece of nerdy humor, the BASE pack sound set for the Animoog synthesizer is available right now for iOS devices as a $0.99 in-app purchase:
"The BASE Pack is born from a quest Moog engineers embarked on with help from researchers at The University of North Carolina at Asheville to discover the most primordial sounds known to man. The result is the Biomimetically Augmented Synthesis Expansion Pack (BASE Pack) for the Animoog synthesizer. The BASE Pack is a collection of timbres and presets that radically extends the sonic capabilities of Animoog from the purely electronic realm of its Moog ancestry into a richly organic world of biological sound.
In addition to the over 40 new Timbre files, Moog recruited top sound designers to craft 25 powerful new presets which demonstrate the range of BASE sounds that Animoog can now emit. Some of the Presets included are Extravasation, Eructations, Bad Beans, Bathtub Bubbles, and Oops Sorry Excuse Me. Some of the Timbres included are Sploot2, WetGas1, Dribbly, WetSquish2 and Excuse Me.
Animoog is available for the iPad, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch in the iTunes Store. Animoog version 1.0.2 includes the new "Animoog Store" where users can purchase new Timbres and presets from within the app itself. The BASE Pack is only the first in a series of wide-ranging, boundary-pushing sonic updates to come."
Designed to poke fun at the sometimes ridic iAccessories industry, the Barbie™ Digital Fashion Styling Head for iPad of ThinkGeek comes with its own lipstick stylus and cloud storage service, as they all do nowadays:
Styling head available for the Original iPad and iPad2/3.
Comes with brush for styling hair and four (4) touch-capacitve makeup accessories
Free Barbie™ DreamSync™ Fashion Styling App Available for Android and iOS
Purchase includes 100MB of free storage on the Barbie™ CloudCastle™ Network