April Fools' Online: Quick Round-Up of 2010 Tech Gags
Every year on April 1 plenty of tech sites (and some companies) get in the spirit of April Fool's Day and pull a prank or two. Here's just some of what's out there on the Web today:
- Slashdot.org -- Pop over for a full page of fake tech news stories/links to other pranks. Some of the standout headlines this year include: "YouTube, Now In Text Mode!, (which, it actually has introduced for today)" "France Bans Use of 2.0" and "Want a Body Piercing With That Server?" Extra touch this year: The site has replaced its comments with "SlashRoulette" chat! Well played.
- Google.com -- Today, it's Topeka.com, thanks to Topeka, Kansas changing it's name to Google. Go with it.
- Google UK -- Want to become a modern-day Dr. Dolittle and talk with the animals? Google U.K. has an Android App for that.
- YouTube.com --Already linked above, find out more about the company's new "text mode" for video here.
- ITWire.com -- This site is reporting that Linus Torvalds has given up on Linux, is now working with Microsoft on it's next OS.
- The Register UK --- Reports today that Apple will be dropping HTML from the iPhone and iPad, requiring developers to use its new iHTML instead.
- PCWorld New Zealand -- Google has purchased Microsoft for $2 billion.
- Intego.com -- This Mac security software company today announced a new green initiative: edible packaging for its software. Note that only boxes with the new "eat me" logo are indeed, edible.
- Easy Projects .NET -- Software? That's *sooo* last century. That's why Easy Projects .NET today announced it's transforming its Web-based project management tool to a paper-based product, a.k.a. "Software as a Stationary." (Thanks to reader Anton for the tip on this one.)
- Urlesque.com -- this Internet culture site gets its Urkle on.
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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Enterprise Computing and Education Groups, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy for the groups. She also serves as executive editor the ECG Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the ECG group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.