April April 2013: William Shatner in Star Wars, Gmail Blue and Twttr

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Hier sammle ich wieder Pranks und Aprilscherze 2013 aus Blogs und Webseiten, so wie jedes Jahr: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 und 2011 (12 war ich unterwegs). Tipps und Links bitte in die Comments, ich werde das Posting heute ständig aktualisieren und editieren, Highlights hau ich nochmal per Twitter und Facebook raus, ich sortiere das später dann noch in irgendeiner Form (Google, Blogs, News, etc)…

[update] Reuters: April Fool crushed by hi-tech marketing.. The April Fool is dead.

Oben Youtubes Contest und 2023-Relaunch-Ankündigung, mehr dazu und jede Menge Quatsch von Shatner bis Twttr nach dem Klick:

Google

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Gmail Blue

- Youtube: Youtube-Contest Submissions closing 31st March, dazu gibt’s auch einen Countdown:

- Google Maps: Treasure Map-Mode, hier der Clip dazu: Explore Treasure Mode with Google Maps, hier ein MakingOf: „When we set out to make Google Treasure Maps, I sat down and sketched out a multitude of ways to handle things like terrain tiles, landmarks, and borders.“

Google+ Photo-Emoticon

Teleport-App on Google Play: „The Teleport Transporter, as seen on Star Trek™, finally available on mobile!“

- Google Japan: Japanese input version patter „You no longer have to remember anything. Japanese input just press and release.“

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Google: Google NoseBETA: „Coming to your senses: go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation. Your internet sommelier: expertly curated Knowledge Panels pair images, descriptions, and aromas. Take a wiff: the Google Aromabase – 15M+ scentibytes. Don’t ask, don’t smell: For when you’re wary of your query – SafeSearch included.“

Google NoseBETA leverages new and existing technologies to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available: Street Sense vehicles have inhaled and indexed millions of atmospheric miles. Android Ambient Odor Detection collects smells via the world’s most sensible mobile operating system. SMELLCD™ 1.8+ high-resolution compatible for precise and controlled odors.

Google Analytics from Space: „I was just on Google Analytics and noticed that my personal site was showing 41 Active Visitors from the ‘International Space Station – Control Room’.“

- Google Australia: Renovate your house on Street View with Google SCHMICK

– GoogleWatchblog: Zuviel Kritik: Google gibt dem Reader eine 2. Chance

- Google Fiber to the Pole: „Google Fiber to the Pole provides ubiquitous gigabit connectivity to fiberhoods across Kansas City. This latest innovation in Google Fiber technology enables users to access Google Fiber’s ultra fast gigabit speeds even when they are out and about.“

News and Media

The Guardian Goggles:




From the printed word to the multimedia tablet, the Guardian has embraced technology like no other newspaper. Now, Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief, unveils the latest exciting step in the Guardian’s mission to harness the power of online media: Guardian Goggles, delivering our quality journalism straight between the eyes

- Tagesschau: David Hasselhoff auf diplomatischer Mission in Nordkorea – Wenn nicht er – wer sonst?

- Focus: Diamant-Asteroid rast auf russisches Sperrgebiet zu

- Daily Mail: Who needs to tweet when you’ve got the Roy-owl Mail?: „Experts at an animal sanctuary have trained their owls to deliver the internal mail – just like the birds of prey do at the fictional Hogwarts School.“

- The Independent: Hacked off: the power of the anti-press goes global

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Politics and Stuff

US Pirate Party endorses Copyright: „The United States Pirate Party® has reconsidered our stances and now endorse copyright in all its forms. We will seek to re-educate the masses about the benefits of the protections of IP law. In addition we have partnered with the MPAA and NSA to create a taskforce to draft legislation for monitoring all internet communication which could potentially be used to violate copyright or be used for terrorists.“

- Telegraph: David Cameron wades into swamp to rescue sheep

Piratenpartei: „Die Piratenpartei Deutschland beschloss in einer nächtlichen Sondersitzung des Bundesvorstands die Umbenennung in Pony-Partei. Gleichzeitig wurden einige wesentliche Änderungen im offiziellen Corporate Design vorgenommen.“

- The White House: A Special Message From the President

Movies

William Shatner in Star Wars Episode VII:

- George Takei: „Friends, I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be starring in the Star Wars reboot directed by JJ Abrams.“

Horror-Movies.ca: George Romero To Direct Night of the Living Dead Remake

- Moviepilot: Christopher Nolan dreht neuen James Bond-Film

Pink News: Rupert Everett to play Pope Benedict XVI in ‘extraordinary’ biopic: „Openly gay actor Rupert Everett will play Pope Benedict XVI in an upcoming biopic about the former pope and his ascension to the papal office.“

- The Walking Dead: SEASON 4 EPISODE TITLES

Tech

Twitter: Annncng: Twttr:

Starting today, we are shifting to a two-tiered service: Everyone can use our basic service, Twttr, but you only get consonants. For five dollars a month, you can use our premium “Twitter” service which also includes vowels.

Because our users come first, we believe that “Y” should always be free to everyone — today and forever. You’ll notice in the Twttr example above, the “y” is clearly visible. Also, the vowels in URLs will be also be free for everyone, forever. You can also Tweet in non-Latin characters based languages, like Japanese, Chinese, Arabic or Korean. These languages will remain unaffected by our service change.

- heise.de: heise online testet Fuzzy Passwords: „Um die Anzahl dieser lästigen Fehlversuche auf ein erträgliches Maß zu senken, wird die Anmeldung bei heise online daher in Kürze auf Fuzzy Passwords umgestellt: Das eingegebene Kennwort darf sich dabei um einige wenige Zeichen von dem bei der Registrierung eingegebenen unterscheiden.“

- c’T: BürgerInnennetz: Die Facebook-Alternative des Staats schockiert Datenschützer

die Geschichte vom “Volks-Facebook”, vom BürgerInnennetz der Bundesregierung, über das c’t berichtete. Sie erzeugte großen Zuspruch, Ratlosigkeit, aber auch den Wut und Zorn der Datenschutzbeauftragten über das Ausmaß der Überwachung, zu dem diese unsere Bundesregierung fähig ist.

“Ich habe den Artikel mittlerweile bei einigen Freunden und Bekannten herumgezeigt, die Facebook tatkräftig mit Infos versorgen. Die meisten von denen hat der Sinneswandel des schleswig-holsteinischen Datenschützers Thilo Weichert erstaunt, da er in Ihrem lustigen und etwas trickreichen Artikel nun Facebook empfiehlt.”

Reddit trolls its trivia buffs for April Fools’ Day

– Wolfram Alpha: INTRODUCING THE WOLFRAM|ALPHA HANDWRITTEN KNOWLEDGE ENGINE

Linus Torvalds To Join Microsoft To Head Windows 9 Project

Iphoneception

- Sony: Sony Introduces Animalia Line of Tech Products for Pets

Toaster.io: 21st century safe toasting

- MacTalk: Apple acquires BlackBerry for $11.2 Billion

The Pirate Bay goes to America und nennt sich jetzt Freedom Bay:

You probably heard about our recent move to North Korea. Many of you rightfully bashed us for siding with a dictatorship. We want you to know that we have listened to your critique. So without further due, we hereby announce that we have moved our servers from the evil North Korea to the greatest fuckin nation in the entire world.

The United States of America, fuck yeah!

Virgin launches glass-bottomed plane

When In Manila: iPhone 6 Raffle: First iPhone 6 Units in Asia

– Schöne Idee, eigentlich, sowas wie ChatRoulette für Busse: Introducing our latest innovation – BusChat

Rettungshubschrauberhumor: Bund beschafft 17 ZSG-NEG

– Introducing Emoticorrect for HipChat – the fastest new way to communicate.

– Rails are so 19th century. What we need to lead us into the 21st is a new framework founded on forward-moving-thinking principles. What we need is INTERCAL on Interstates.

iRoll: Rickrolling with iPhone Web Apps

- Jakob Nielsen: Mobile Usability for Cats: Essential Design Principles for Felines

- Improv Everywhere: Reverse Times Square

- Samsung: Samsung Electronics announces availability of Eco Trees, a smart companion for a richer, sustainable, healthier life

- Slashdot: Radio Shack TRS-80 vs. Commodore 64: Battle of the Titans

- 4Chan: Shit4chanSays is 4chan’s ingenious April Fools’ Day prank, a jab at Reddit’s controversial r/ShitRedditSays and the demonic stepbrother of /b/, the community’s most notorious forum and home for all things random, pornographic, and violent.

- CERN: Win your own Higgs boson: „In an unprecedented gesture in the history of particle physics, Sergio Bertolucci, Director of Research, announced this morning that CERN is going to do something unusual: give away fundamental particles.“

Nokia turns up the heat with its first microwave oven

- Golem.de: GPS und RFID für die Spargelernte

- Vimeow: Your cat videos belong here

- Imgur: Upload via Snail Mail

- Metafilterest

- Hackaday: Kickstarter: The magnificent Nose Light

- Mashable: Did Da Vinci Invent Google Glass?

Commander Chris Hadfield spotted an UFO in Space

Art and Design

Eigentlich einen Tag zu früh, aber das war wohl einkalkuliert: Gestern haben Prankster Fake-Bilder einer Ausstellungseröffnung der „Gemälde“ von George W. „43“ Bush auf einer Fake-Facebook-Seite der Gallerie online gestellt: THE GEORGE W. BUSH GAGOSIAN GALLERY SOLO SHOW OPENING RECEPTION

Looks like the Great Gagosian Trollage of 2013 isn’t over, for a Facebook page for the Gagosian Gallery posted these reception photos. It’s a Facebook page for the Gagosian Gallery (208 likes). Not the Facebook page for the Gagosian Gallery (45,955 likes). It’s also obvious that these photos — uploaded at 3 am this morning — are photoshopped. Badly, badly photoshopped. Unless you’re up at 3 am looking at porn on Tumblr, taking anxiety tests and fucking about on Facebook.

- DeviantArt: „With deviantHEART, deviants are now able to use our Advanced Matching Technology to discover the love of their life. Once matched, you can reach out to your newly discovered partner to begin your lifelong journey together.“

– Petapixel: A Roundup of April Fools 2013 Jokes in the World of Photography

Commercial

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Scope Bacon Mouthwash: „It tastes like bacon, while still killing 99.9% of bad breath germs. And, it keeps your breath minty fresh 5 times longer than brushing alone.“

- HotelScan: Compare hotel prices in fantastic places

Durex Bangs: „It’s the nationwide problem that everyone knows about, but no-one talks about. It’s been getting steadily worse for years. And it’s partly our fault – so it’s time we introduced a solution. Say hello to Bangs by Durex, the world’s first sex-noise cancelling headphones. And say goodbye to being kept awake by that randy couple in the flat upstairs.“

OKCupid: „DateCourier – a new dating service created by OkCupid Labs. With a single, simple solution, we’ll improve the lives of literally dozens of people, while single handedly saving the postal service from its untimely demise.“

- IKEA UK: Today we’re excited to announce our brand new, fully flat-pack GRÄSSAX lawnmower!

Tic Tac Pizza

Eckige Burger von McDonalds

Think Geek

Aliens Chestburster-in-a-Can
Adventure Time BMO Interactive Buddy
Bane Mask Walkie Talkies, Clip von Nerdist dazu
Death Star Trench Toss
Creeper Body Pillow
Play-Doh 3D Printer
Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp
Batman Family Car Decal Set

Music

Toller Gag von Soundcloud, die jetzt hochgeladene Tracks und Sets auf Drops hin analysieren: Debuting Today: The Dropometer:

The drop in a track can be unpredictable and surprising. Some of you have even told us that you find it unsettling, not knowing when to expect that sense of overwhelming euphoria. Inspired by your feedback, we’ve invented the Dropometer.

Using a unique algorithm (patent pending), the Dropometer is designed to help you prepare yourself for the big moment, whether that means getting in the mental space where you can really break it down, or fixing yourself a fortifying snack.

Proxtube x GEMA: „Wir freuen uns euch mitteilen zu können, dass die GEMA nun für ProxTube wirbt! Seit heute ist am Hauptsitz der GEMA in Berlin (Bayreuther Straße) ein Banner angebracht, welches unsere Erweiterung promotet.“

ROCK millionaires Sir Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood went camping over chilly Easter to prepare for sleeping in tents at Glastonbury.

Daft Punk – AllSpark *Random Access Memories first single*

Games

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- Guild Wars 2: „80’s inspired commercial for Super Adventure Box, an 8-bit mini-game inside Guild Wars 2 by ArenaNet.“ Hammer: Die eigentlich als 8Bit-April-Hommage gedachten Minigames haben sie tatsächlich entwickelt: „Where other developers might have stopped at mocking up a few screens or maybe filming an amazing retro-style commercial video for their April Fools’ prank, ArenaNet took project coordinator Josh Foreman’s Super Fun Box idea and ran with it, creating an entire 3D pixel world inspired by Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid and other 8-and 16-bit classics.“

- Gamers Global: GG-intern: Einführung von Pay per News für alle User

– IGN: APPLE REVEALS IPLAY GAME CONSOLE

- Superlevel: Holger schreibt mir: „Beim Gamingpodcast „Insert Moin — Sonderfolge: Quo Vadis, Insert Moin?“ auf superlevel.de gibt es momentan eine Story, dass IDG (GameStar, GamePro) diesen Podcast aufgekauft haben sollen und die beiden ursprünglichen Initatoren Manu und Micha sind rausgeflogen. Woraufhin diese angefangen haben einen Let’s Play Channel zu eröffnen. Es gibt sowohl eine Meldung auf superlevel.de und das entsprechende Video mit “Erklärungen” dazu auf Kollisionsabfrage. Da das alles heute um Mitternacht veröffentlicht wurde gehe ich fest von einem Aprilscherz aus (auch weil die Erklärung im Video nicht sonderlich überzeugend wirkt). Falls es doch stimmt, finde ich es schade, dass die beiden rausgeflogen sein sollen. Hier noch die Links http://superlevel.de/cast/insert-moin-sonderfolge-quo-vadis-insert-moin/ und http://www.kollisionsabfrage.net/mehrspieler/lets-play-army-of-two-the-devil%C2%B4s-cartel-und-warum-superlevel-de-uns-am-arsch-lecken-kann

Retro Love – Partnersuche für Retrogamer

- Mojang: It’s finally coming – Minecraft 2.0!

- Blizzard: Situationsbericht: Der Kriegshund

- PC Games Hardware: Xbox 720: Exklusiver Trailer zur neuen Microsoft-Konsole – mit Release-Termin!

- Gamestar: Windows 8 – Bei Käufern wesentlich beliebter als gedacht

Computerspielemuseum: Heute bei uns exklusiv spielbar in der Tomb Raider Sonderausstellung: Tomb Raider – Nude Edition.

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