Top Technology-Related Jokes for April Fools' Day 2010


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Here’s my ranking of this year’s Top 3 April Fools’ jokes related to technology:

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Google Translate for Animals

More than likely you already know that Google has changed its name to Topeka, but there is a news that is even cooler than that (at least in the opinion of one given linguist, and animal-lover).

While being extremely anti-machine-translation, I love Google Translate. It is obvious how much effort has been put into creating this quality product. But guess what?! Now there’s also a Google Translate for Animals, a new Android application which “translates animal speech into human vernacular”. Here’s how it works:

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YouTube Goes Text-Only

On March 31 YouTube announced a revolutionary development: you may now choose to switch from HD to text-only (or TEXTp):

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! …For every person who selects TEXTp and keeps it on while you watch a video, you save YouTube $1 a second, resulting in potentially billions of dollars of savings for us. So if you care about YouTube, you’ll use TEXTp today

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Toshiba Introduces TubeTop

The world’s first¬† inflatable laptop is here! Thanks to Toshiba’s latest development “in aquatic computing”, affiliate marketers can now work right in their jacuzzis, the pool, or even in the ocean. More here:

Have I missed your favorite April Fools’ joke? Please post about it in the comments area below.


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