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 Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.