April Fools

YouTube to shut down, announce winner on April Fool's Day

Year after year, Google pulls the best pranks. It'll be tough for Maps or Gmail to top this tomorrow.

Thanks for all your great entries. YouTube finally has enough videos to begin selecting a winner. What do you think is the #bestvideo on YouTube?

We've been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we've seen so far, and we can't wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We'll be announcing the winner in 10 years.

Slow clap, YouTube. Slow, building clap.

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2012 best of the worst iPad and iPhone April Fool's day round up

It's April Fool's so our inbox is flooding with pranks both delightful and disturbing. There aren't many that really pertain to iPhones or iPads. We mentioned Google's 8-bit Maps and Gmail Tap earlier, but here are a few more that show some effort, creativity, charm, or humor.

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Google announces 8-bit maps, morse-code Gmail for April Fools

This is the Google I love. For April Fool's day, Google announced they were porting their Maps service to... the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Not to be outdone, the Gmail team also announced support for morse code with Gmail Tap.

The Maps team:

In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized that we may have left behind a large number of users who couldn't access Google Maps on their classic hardware. Surprisingly, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was unsupported, despite its tremendous popularity with over 60 million units sold worldwide.

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News anchor gets co-host to lick iPad as April Fool's joke [Wednesday fun video]

Good April Fool's jokes seem hard to come by these days, but not for this news anchor who convinced his co-host to lick an iPad immediately after she exclaimed "I'm not licking an iPad!"

The host told a story about a breaking new app that lets you taste and smell things on your iPhone or iPad. The new technology was called Pietzo Electrics and although the co-host seemed disgusted by the idea, she was too intrigued to turn it down once the app was placed in front of her.

For some good laughs, check out the video after the break!

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April Fool's Playmobil Apple Store

ThinkGeek obviously put a lot of effort into this April Fool's Playmobil Apple Store prank. I'd say it payed off.

Video after the break.

[ThinkGeek]

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