Yesterday was April 1st 2012 and this can only mean one thing: Another day of unpredictable pranks from some of the webs tech giants. Once again, April Fools day didn’t fail to deliver with Google, YouTube, Mashable and The Guardian all getting in on the act. Watching my Twitter stream yesterday, it was a game of guess who as the pranks started to leak out. In tribute to some truly ingenious upgrades, products and articles, I’ve put together a few of the best from the web.
First up and probably the best publicised, is the incredible new Quest mode in Google Maps which offers an 8-bit version of Google Maps where users can scope out monsters and 8-bit landscapes. The extent of Googles prank only becomes apparent when you dive into Street View and notice that the landscape has been inverted into a multi-coloured 8-bit world. Every Nintendo fans dream.
Next in on the act, The Guardian. Released yesterday, journalist Luke Bainbridge covers the story of former Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder after being called up to government to help advise David Cameron on social class. It’s been a terrible week for the Tories after a series of political slip ups since the budget Luke writes:
“The group feared that budget decisions to lower the 50p tax rate and raise VAT on hot takeaway food were in danger of retoxifying the Tories as a “party of the rich”. “It’s been a terrible week and a half, and the thinking was that a bit of working-class nous and glamour would be very welcome,” said a source close to Downing Street.”
As if such endorsment from Shaun Ryder weren’t enough, the campaign also boasted faces such as Claudia Winkleman, David Walliams and Miranda Hart who have all agreed to wear t-shirts with an image of Cameron eating a pasty that reads “We’re All Eating This Together”. Brilliant.
Next up to the plate, YouTube. The YouTube Collection features a complete collection of your choice videos available on either DVD, Cassette or Betamax for the low cost of just $2.7 million. The only draw back to this incredible deal is that you may be waiting a while for your order due to “heavy demand”.
With all these exciting new announcements flooding in yesterday, the biggest news of the day was probably Conan O’Brien’s buy-out of Mashable. Conan has taken over from CEO Pete Cashmore and says “I’m sick and tired of scanning the Internet looking for any news about technology: Devices, gadgets, what’s coming up, maybe even a rating system for gadgets that are out there. It doesn’t exist on the web and it’s high time it did”. We hear you Conan.
Finally, it’s all about “power and mobility” and Sonys contribution to the micro-sized computer race. The new VIAO Q is billed as the “Worlds Smallest Ultrabook” and can fit pretty much anywhere. Despite being minature in size, the VIAO Q boasts 8GB of RAM, a 0.75-inch x 1.25-inch Full HD 1080p, LED backlit display, AMD Radeon HD 6650M (1GB) graphics, and a Lithium Battery Coin (CR2032-B1A).
Now that’s impressive.