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Best pranks by tech giants on April Fool Day

Amazon

Amazon Publishing will not only deliver books, but your favorite author to your door. No word if two-day Prime shipping speeds are available.

Google

Every year, Google releases a handful of fake products and games. This year, its engineers have turned Google Maps into a large Where’s Waldo? adventure, but they’ve done a bunch of others as well. There’s a Google Cloud Hummus API, while Google Japan put together a “physical handwriting version of the GBoard virtual keyboard,” and Google Australia has been rebranded as Googz.

Appropriately, the Files Go team also made a Bad Joke detector, which uses “the first fully decentralized deep neural network” to identify terrible jokes.

OnePlus

Well, OnePlus is catching up with this year’s fad – Bitcoins and cryptocurrencies. Last week, OnePlus began teasing that the company is mulling its own blockchain currency, which it later revealed in an enticing promotional video. Called PeiCoin, named after co-founder Carl Pei, the new cryptocurrency by OnePlus ‘never settle[s]’. OnePlus claims that it will allow mining cryptocurrency blocks on your OnePlus smartphone while providing no-fee transactions. The company even released a video featuring Carl Pei himself talking about how this new technology will change the way you use blockchain. Well, however gimmicky this may sound, a few of us believe that OnePlus may give it a shot in the future, rescinding the whole idea of April Fools’ Day pranks.

Ola

Like always, India’s ride-hailing app Ola has maintained its position as the top prankster on April Fools’ Day. Ola began teasing multiple videos and images of its partner drivers bringing you the ‘hyperlocal’ news from nearby. Apparently, Ola started a new news channel called ONN (short for Ola News Network) featuring its own drivers, as well as Share riders, as journalists and field reporters. The videos posted by Ola on its social media platforms look realistic and share a mutual idea of many who want more local news – even on topics such as why is there no electricity in your house while the neighbours can be heard giggling over the jokes on a TV show. Well, we know that’s not what you look for in a news bulletin.

Tesla

 Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla, joked about his company going bankrupt. The SpaceX CEO wrote on Twitter, “Despite intense efforts to raise money, including a last-ditch mass sale of Easter Eggs, we are sad to report that Tesla has gone completely and totally bankrupt.” Another post included a photo of Musk and a message that he “was found passed out against a Tesla Model 3, surrounded by ‘Teslaquilla’ bottles, the tracks of dried tears still visible on his cheeks.”

Snapchat

The social media platform whose features have been blatantly copied by Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook and Instagram, took a jibe at the social media giant. Snapchat joked about launching a filter that looks exactly like the Facebook app, but the text appears to be written in Russian.

Reliance Jio

The second-largest telecom operator across India, shared a video of ‘Jio Juice’ — a new SIM card that would allow users to charge their phones wirelessly without carrying chargers and heavy power banks. The telecom operator revealed the prank to its users on Sunday in a tweet.

Nintendo

Nintendo owns one of the hugely popular pop culture characters – the Pokemon. Pokemon got rejuvenated last year when the company released the Pokemon Go game that took the world by storm. The game was downloaded so much so that became phenomenal in the mobile gaming world. Nintendo has now said that it is releasing cutting-edge 8-bit graphics for its augmented reality game. It has added that not everyone will be able to enjoy this game as it would require some really powerful and efficient hardware.

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