It’s that day of the year again when journalists fear to print any story in case it proves to be an April Fool’s Day hoax. Here are our picks of some of the day’s most notable pranks in the tech world:
Best cross-media hoax: British newspaper The Guardian reports that it will become the first newspaper to ditch its print edition and publish entirely via Twitter. It also claims work is underway to convert all back issues to the 140-character format, including the 22 November 1963 tweet “JFK assassin8d @ Dallas, def. heard second gunshot from grassy knoll WTF?”
Most likely to become reality in a few years: Google’s gag this year is to claim it’s developed a feature for Gmail which can compose automatic e-mail replies to match your own personal style to a 99.9% degree of accuracy. Autopilot learns your style of writing, though you can manually tweak the settings for your use of capitals, frequency of typos and emoticon use.
Best real idea masquerading as a joke: PCWorld brings news of TiVo DVR-SuperAdvance, which overclocks the machine’s processor so that users can play programming which hasn’t yet been broadcast. That’s great news for anyone with a bookmaker on speed dial.
Best visual gag: Technologizer has a look back at technology over its 45 years history, including the 1979 release of the Apple II-phone
Best video gag: Qualcomm reveals plans to extend wireless coverage by using pigeons in place of network towers:
Joke most likely to end in a lawsuit: YouTube experiments with broadcasting clips upside down and advises people to hang their monitors upside down from the ceiling.
Have you run into any other great April Fool’s tech jokes today? If so, then feel free to share them with us in the comments section!