DYK Thursday – Round Up Of April Fool Pranks Made By Google This Year
By on April 8th, 2010

Google has a tradition of fooling its vast amount of users by it’s creative pranks every year on April 1st. This year, it has played many pranks. So, I thought I would list them all in a single post.

Renaming Google as Topeka: Google in response to the April fool prank played by CNN (renaming Topeka, Kansas as “Google”, Kansas), wrote a post on its company blog that it is changing its name to “Topeka”. Check this post out!

LifeSize from Picasa: This feature from Picasa lets you enlarge any image into a life size image.

Japanese Keyboard: Google Japan has created a keyboard with plenty of keys! Check out how it looks!

Store anything with Google Docs: This feature from Google Docs, helps you to store anything you want! I repeat, anything. The blogpost linked above stated that,

As with documents, spreadsheets, and files, you also share objects you’ve uploaded to Google Docs with anyone in the world. For example, do you ever wish you could CTRL+F your house keys or your TV remote? Store your keys, remotes, rail passes, and other objects you commonly lose with Google Docs, and you’ll never have to worry about finding them again. Having trouble moving your piano from New York to California? Upload it from your home in New York, then download it once you’re in California. Change your mind and want to share it with your friend in England instead? No problem. With one click you can have your piano delivered to anyone you choose, anywhere in the world.

Chrome Sounds: Google released a new extension for Google Chrome on April 1st called as “Chrome Sounds”. This is what the Chrome blog says about the extension.

Taking an earful of inspiration from the  HTML5 audio tag, we’ve spent the past few months deep in psychoacoustic models, the Whittaker-Nyquist-Kotelnikov-Shannon sampling theorem, Franssen effects, Shepard-Risset Tones, and 11.1 surround sound research to build a cutting-edge audio-driven user interface for our users, available through a  new Chrome extension. With this extension, Chrome will provide audio feedback as you browse to web pages and interact with the browser.

A little complicated, nevertheless great extension! :P

YouTube TextP option: This is a new filter for videos which helps you to see videos in ASCII format. This helps to reduce the bandwidth consumption, it seems!

TEXTp is the result of months of intense transcoding efforts by our engineers, who toiled for weeks to ensure that a large chunk of videos on the platform could be reduced to their most basic elements. By replacing the images in the video with a series of letters and numbers, the videos are far less taxing on our system — and have the added benefit of promoting literacy!

Google Translation for Animals: Okay, now there is an Android app that helps you to translate animal voices. You need to record the voices of the animal’s sound you want to translate and this app will translate it into human language!

Google Books in 3D: You can now read books in 3D. You need to put on the 3D glasses and click the option “View in 3D” and you are ready to go!

Wow, that’s a great list of pranks! Well done, Google!. Wait, did I miss any other prank in this list? Then, just tell me through comments. I will update the post with that soon!

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Author: Pramodh KP
Pramodh is a 16 year old blogger from India who loves to blog about internet and computer. He is currently a part-time blogger at TechMonk

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