It’s often said that you can’t blindly believe things on the Internet, but today in particular, TRUST. NO ONE.
Except our definitive list of things that are confirmed April Fools’ jokes from the tech industry this year. Let’s have a look at some silly jokes, some terrible jokes, and some awful, ugly ones.
Good (turned quickly bad): Gmail Mic Drop
“This event was off the charts”
Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.
We all get stuck in Reply All emails that we want to mute, but can’t. Gmail’s “Mic Drop” lets you say your piece and never see a reply from the thread again, which is genius (as long as you’re careful with the new Send button).
Update: Google has disabled the button, because it was causing more trouble than the joke was worth – it also had a bug in some cases that would send a GIF even if you didn’t want to, according to TechCrunch.
Good: ThinkGeek sensory VR
Ever get the feeling like Virtual Reality just doesn’t seem real enough to you? ThinkGeek’s version of a VR rig would be able to spray you with water, shoot stuff at you with a built-in projectile launcher, emit scent, and tickle you with cat arms if you so desire. Dorky, but cute.
Meh: Product Hunt buys Yahoo
We made this joke before it was even April Fools’ Day, so it was obvious someone had to make this prank happen.
— Product Hunt (@ProductHunt) March 31, 2016
Good: Duolingo Pillow
Learn a language in your sleep? Duolingo, don’t kid around with stuff like this. I think we’d all pay the hell out of $99 to pick up a few new languages while we take our beauty rests.
Lyft users in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York can plan ahead and request a Lyft to arrange a prank beforehand with the driver so they can do something strange to your friend during the ride. As if weird things didn’t happen on the regular with these car-sharing services, but hey, get in the spirit.
Good: Magic the Gathering travel set
Just in time for the season of
people person with small hands (ahem), I would be down to purchase this pack of travel-sized Magic cards. Sure, it’s not like Magic had a huge mobility problem, I just like the idea of putting them near Donald Trump’s hands and looking like normal-sized cards.
It even comes with tiny little counter tokens! One thing I know about the Internet is that people love miniaturized things.
Meh: Moshi SpatiaFlight
We’ve already seen actual levitating speakers out on the market, so this isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility. Make them more compact, however, and you might have a product on your hands that hipsters would want and old people on buses hate.
Good: Autonomous RV
What good is a self-driving car if you still have to sit and monitor its path? That’s why this autonomous RV is the self-driving vehicle we actually want to live our true trailer lives. A voice-activated headlamp washer? We’ll take 20.
Wut: Ola Rooms
Cab-hailing service Ola’s joke this year is instead of having cars come to you, you can hail mobile rooms on demand. It’s a hop, skip, and a jump away from hourly hotels. Gross.
T-Mobile didn’t try too hard to make its prank upgrade to its video streaming service look convincing – but it did show us the worst possible head-mounted phone holder and take a potshot at its rivals for good measure.
Good: Google Cardboard Plastic
Google gets full points for hilariously parodying every tech video ever in a single clip. No, fanboys, you CANNOT buy this.
BEST: PornHub gets corny
I’m biased – I love me some corn and would watch the hell out of this.
Meh: Honda Civic emoji license plates
This is cute, but a little weak on the execution as it’s just a mocked up image. If they can make a video on autonomous RV driving around and responding to voice command, you’d think Honda can do more than get some graphics intern to slap emojis onto a product shot.
Meh: Vimeo goes retro
Tech companies going retro is sort of an old joke, so Vimeo launching a second “product” as a zine is not totally unexpected. But extra points for recognizing their hipster userbase.
Good: Google Flick keyboard
Google Japan usually has adorable April Fools jokes – with Google Kazoo and a talking Panda from previous years – but this year it gets a bit more technical with the Flick keyboard. It enables you to add a flicking motion to any surface and make it type-able – even a head of cauliflower. Oh, Japan.
Great: Taylor Swift’s Apple Music ad
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 1, 2016
Meh: YouTube #SnoopaVision
Unlike Gmail’s Mic Drop (which was actually enabled, then disabled), YouTube has the SnoopaVision 360-degree view option on YouTube but it doesn’t actually work on most videos, just a handful. You can do better than this, Google.
Good: Deliveroo telepathic ordering
If you don’t want to talk to people when ordering your meals, why bother even type and search for anything at all? Deliveroo’s telepathic food order is the future.
Cute: Google Socks Search
Again, not totally unexpected, but points for being relatable because dang, we’ve all been there.
Good: Mark Zuckerberg for H&M
The 20-something entrepreneur look is in, but in case it’s too hard for you to even fathom where to find your solid color shirts and hoodies, H&M and the Zuck have made it super simple. Though, does anyone want to actually say they’re wearing Mark Zuckerberg?
Meh: Timehop tells your future instead
The concept is there, but the jokes weren’t that funny and the self-awareness level of “OMG LOOK AT US WE MADE A FUNNY” was a little over the top on Timehop’s part. At first I thought Timehop had given me someone else’s history!
Cute: Catblaze backs up all your internet kitties
Raise your hand if you have a folder full of cat GIFs and need a reliable storage solution. If you didn’t raise your hand just now, how do you even enjoy the internet?
Also cute: Dash and Dot dog coding program
Meh: Virgin America gets a boobtastic logo
There are a lot of logo refreshes that we wish were fake – thankfully, this one is. Have you decided who you’re selling Virgin Airlines to, Sir Branson?
Good: Hipster Air is where you wish you can send every hipster
This Britain-based airline will send hipsters to all their favorite destinations: Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Palermo Soho in Buenos Aires, The Mission in San Francisco. They’ve even got quinoa salads and artisanal cheeses on board, and classless seating because yes to equality. Touché, Hipster Air.
Good: Virgin Australia Kids Cabin
But if cabin classes are your thing, a kids-only one that separates them from the adults on Virgin Australia would be our idea of a good flight.
It’s clear Hulu wants to jump in on the Netflix and Chill wagon but sorry, it’s just not the same. Plus, everyone knows people only hook up from being invited to watch stuff, not become involved in long lasting relationships. Get with the program, Hulu.
Good: KrispyKreme 3D donut printer
Need I say more? Instant donuts at the tip of your fingers. Is it okay to store yeast in a 3D printer?
Good: Google Fiber teleportation
Meh: Reddit made its comments illegible
To read any comments on a Reddit r/technology thread today, you have to highlight it. Which isn’t hard if you just pressed CTRL+A, but it became pretty annoying when you’re just trying to read a maybe-real-but-probably-totally-fake Edward Snowden AMA.
Good: Box BattleNotes
Sometimes, collaborating on a team document gets old. Box is making things a little more fun with a native Battle Notes game to take your frustrations out the healthy, non-HR violating way. And yes, it really works!
Meh: ZipRecruiter’s jobs for babies
Child labor is frickin’ hilarious!
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