August 22, 2014

April Fools 2014 Roundup

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As another April fools day comes to an end, we take a look at the best pranks pulled around the web today for 2014.

HTC and Samsung introduce new wearable gloves

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Both companies took today as the perfect opportunity to introduce their new products, and intentionally or not actually pulled the same joke as each other. Showing off their new Samsung Fingers product, you’re able to make a call with a thumb and a little finger gesture – you know, the type you do when you ask someone to call you? Also placing your hand flat in front of your face in a “Talk to the hand” gesture lets someone leave you a message.

HTC’s offering is meant to go hand-in-hand (no pun intended) with the new HTC One M8 and lets you ‘like’ things in the real world on Facebook. The HTC Gluuv allows you to thumbs up certain things in the real world that will then upload to Facebook.

Opera intros ‘Cats by Opera’ project 

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Deciding that cats should have as equal access to the internet as what humans enjoying Opera introduced the first web browser tail-or made for cats.

When we go to work, my cat were just left at home with iPads sitting on the coffee table. It just made sense to give them something better to do other than snooze or cough-up hairballs. Now they can interact with the web, which is 92.3% cats anyways.

The little said about this the better.

Introducing #SelfieBot by Sphero

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The worst thing about taking a selfie is the fact it requires one hand to hold the camera, so Sphero took the opportunity of April Fools 2014 to announce the SelfieBot to get the perfect selfie. The autonomous flying robot that shoots selfies – yes you did read that correctly – leaves your handsfree to capture that perfect social network shot from every possible angle in high definition.

SwiftKey Flow Hard

Using the same easy-to-use gesture based flow gesture input as we’re all used to with SwiftKey, the company have released their new technology called Flow Hard which brings the same gesture input to the physical keyboard. Now, you can simple slide your finger from key to key to type out words on a full physical laptop or computer keyboard.

Flow Hard is built upon the same AI prediction engine that powers our global best-selling SwiftKey Keyboard app. We’ve spent years looking at how to apply the same powerful technology to the ergonomic challenges of a full-size hard keyboard. Finally, we think we’ve nailed it.

Of course, none of these are real, no matter how awesome or ridiculous some of them may be, but let us know if you got caught out with any April Fools today, or the best stories you’ve seen today.