April Fool’s Day Roundup: The Best Tech Pranks from Years Past

Mar 30 2018

April Fool’s Day Roundup: The Best Tech Pranks from Years Past

Check your calendars folks, that special time of year is upon us! It’s that time of year again when journalists near and far fear to write about anything just in case it turns out to be a complete hoax- especially so if you’re in the tech industry.


In our roundup below, check out some of the most outrageous FAKE NEWS throughout the decade that stemmed from April Fool’s Day. Enjoy!

Memorable Pranks:


2017 – Google introduces Ms. PAC-Maps, allowing users to turn any map on iPhone and Android into a Pac-Maps game.


2016 – T-Mobile’s Binge On Up headset allows users to put your smartphone right in front of your face- anytime, anywhere. Like a selfie stick, but more practical.


2015 – Hinge for Toddlers: “Coming to a sandbox near you…” Hinge for Toddlers is a dating app that caters to singles between the ages of 2 and 5.


2014 – Virgin America and Nest: Total Temperature Control allows personal climate control for every passenger. The prank is really the reminder that this doesn’t exist.


2013 – Apple reveals Apple iPlay, a traditional Apple gaming console that does everything that other Apple products already do. Users can control games on the television big screen. The catch? It only plays Angry Birds.


2012 – Google introduces The YouTube Collection which enables viewers to enjoy the videos in a new way. By “new way,” Google means having the YouTube videos delivered straight to your doorstep.


2011 – Groupon announces acquisition of April Fool’s Day intellectual trademark. You read that right- as of April 1, 2011, Groupon now owns April Fool’s Day. You can read Groupon’s patent application here.


2010 – You’ve heard about hi-def resolutions like 720p or 1080p or 4k but what about TEXTp? As of April 1, 2010 viewers are able to experience YouTube in text-only mode, or TEXTp. By replacing the images in the video with a series of letters and numbers, the videos are far less taxing on the YouTube system and have the added benefit of promoting literacy!


2009 – Qualcomm introduces Wireless Convergence, a plan to expand wireless coverage by embedding tiny base-stations into wolf-pigeon hybrids (a creature more resistant to the cold and feral cats than a regular pigeon). If you’re in range of a digital wolf-pigeon you can get online; it’s that simple.


2008 – All the featured videos on YouTube’s homepages linked to “Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up,” causing all users of the website who clicked on featured videos to be “Rickrolled.”


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Gaby Lechin