Pac-Man Maps and Smartphone Knives: The Best Tech April Fools Pranks

By Tim Maytom

google maps pac man

The tech industry is a confusing place to work on April Fools’ Day. With so many oddly-named startups and the increasing trend to stick a Bluetooth chip in everything and call it an Internet of Things-device, it can be hard to separate the pranks from reality.

We’ve already spent much of yesterday and today second-guessing ourselves over Amazon’s new Dash button, so we thought we’d help you out, with a breakdown of the tech-related stories we’ve spotted so far.

Google are famously happy to embrace April Fools’ Day, with previous pranks including telepathic search engines, moon bases, internet connectivity via toilets, 3D web pages and a peripheral for phones that enabled Google Wallet users to print money.

This year, the search giant transformed Google Maps into a giant Pac-Man game, with numerous locations around the world enabling users to play the classic arcade game in real-life locales including Times Square, Tokyo’s Harajuku shopping district and Trafalgar Square.

Meanwhile, Uber promised users in Bangkok that their service would remain in place even in the case of flash floods by offering Uberboats that would navigate the city’s streets, which could be requested with the promo …read more

Source:: Mobile App News