3. April 2017
Tech companies went all out with their April Fools\' Day hoaxes. Here are some of our favorites.
Control the weather or an app that connects to Tinder and lets you see how often a potential partner works out? This year, tech companies went all out with their April Fools' Day hoaxes. Some were more successful than others...
Every year Google comes up with several clever April Fools’ Day pranks. This year the search engine rolled out the garden assistant Google Gnome, a compliment to Google Home. Google Gnome can not only set the sprinkler system but also predict the weather. (Photo: Screenshot/Google)
Another Google prank was released in the Netherlands: Google Wind. The service uses windmills and artificial intelligence to control the weather in the Netherlands – where “it rains 145 days a year” –and send rainy weather packing. (Photo: Screenshot/Google/Youtube)
Duolingo is out to help older generations understand young people and their crazy expressions with a new course in Emoji, the “language of choice for two billion millennials worldwide. Just five minutes a day will have you fluent in Emoji in no time. (Photo: Screenshot/Duolingo)
Are you a sports fanatic looking for an equally athletic partner? Then Fitogram, a fitness portal, has a perfect solution for you. The app connects to tinder via an api, allowing you to see how often a potential partner has hit the gym in the last seven days. (Photo: Screenshot/Fitogram)
Food delivery by bike or car is so 2016. This year the US delivery service Grubhub is offering an exciting and unique delivery option – via skateboard. (Photo: Screenshot/Grubhub/Youtube)
Snapchat decided to make a gag centered on the well-known rivalry between itself and the social media giant Facebook. The startup flipped things around by copying Facebook, who known for creating features similar to those offered on Snapchat, like Stories, by creating a photo filter that looks like an Instagram post. One of the people who liked the post? Your mom. (Photo: Screenshot/Twitter Anna Russett)
Everything is smart and everything is connected. Why do we need humans any more? Airbnb feels the same way, which is why they rolled out a “humanless host” on April 1. (Photo: Screenshot/Airbnb/Youtube)
Amazon’s Echo with Alexa voice control let users interact electrical appliances in their home or order items off of Amazon. Now your pets can too! Cue Petlexa, a voice (or bark) controlled device that lets your dog order food online at anytime. (Photo: Screenshot/Amazon/Youtube)
The US-based fashion delivery service Zappos claimed to have developed invisible boxes to ship products. The invisible box will help keep boxes placed outside of a customer’s door from being stolen. (Photo: Screenshot/Zappos/Youtube)
Finally a way to be connected to WiFi anywhere you go? No longer a problem with T-Mobile’s full body suit. (Photo: Screenshot/T-Mobile/Youtube)
Pornhub probably won the award for the meanest – and funniest – April Fools’ gag of 2017. Pornhub users were greeted with a popup stating that the porn they just watched was automatically shared on your social media profile. (Photo: Screenshot/Twitter Aidan)