For the last 24 hours (and likely the next 12), excitable company execs have been barraging our inbox, YouTube and your social media networks with their best shenanigans. Love it or loathe it (and you're probably starting to loathe it by now), the April Fools' tradition continues, even stronger, in 2014. Google went a little overboard, but hopefully, after today, selfies will die a death. Hopefully.
Google has too much fun, again
Aside from its Pokémon-mapping efforts, Google wants the world to see the web differently... peppered with emoji icons.
Google Japan also has a new "Magic Hand" for touchscreen text input, featuring a very necessary cat paw add-on.
HTC's GLUUV lays down the gauntlet to Samsung Fingers
Who was first? We'll call it an awkward draw, as both Samsung and HTC had largely identical ideas for AF 2014: smartgloves. HTC's Power Glove knockoff Gluuv promises holo-calls and an 87.2-megapixel camera. Finally. We also like the companion BoomBass speaker though: "durable, humongous and completely wireless" ... and carried on your shoulder.
Samsung Fingers' blog post outlines a palm-based flexible screen, another mention of selfies and, in a nod to its own often superfluous software add-ons, an increasingly bizarre list of features, showcased with sketches like these:
Sony reveals the future of gadget power sources
"Our engineers and culinary technicians have come up with a way to tap into the amazing energy of food," says the nondescript Sony spokesman. An enzyme that transfers food energy to gadgets and it involves a "voltaic enzyme." Sony's planned cereals and protein bars, filled with "protein, fiber and charged lithium."
Nokia brings the 3310 back from the dead, pumps it full of megapixels
Nokia's most iconic phone, the 3310 is making a return. Nokia's best-selling handset returns with Windows Phone OS, a 41-megapixel camera sensor and most importantly, preloaded with Snake 2. We almost wish it was real.
Here maps goes back to basics (and paper)
Apparently, you can still get Here maps without a smart device. This is Here Papyrus, and we're particularly taken with this augmented reality trace sheet.
We can tell it's a fake because Kodak's blog post mentions calling and texting a phone number. Oh and hands-free selfies. (Also, how is this any more ridiculous than Kodak's very real nuclear reactor?)
Why not just utilize the rats of the skies to be your drones... and boost your WiFi?