April 1, 2014

Happy April Fools' Day!

It's April Fools' Day (again), and that means that it's time for a ton of hilarious and entertaining jokes from your favourite technology companies!

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Become a Pokémon Master!



Google is now offering a new job, the Pokémon Master! They only hire the best of the best; those who catch all 150 pokemon hidden throughout Google Maps. If you think you have what it takes, head onto Google Map and “Press start” in the search bar. You may need to update to the latest version of Maps, if you havent already.

To find the right person to become Pokémon masters, the tech giant has prepared "the most rigorous test known to man". You and your trusty iOS or Android phone will have to wander through various terrain to find and catch all the wild Pokémons around the world. They could be hiding anywhere; in cities, up in the sky, in vast fields, deep in caves, and even underwater.

Google’s New “Magic Hand”

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The Japanese Google team has been hard at work to bring you the Magic Hand for your touchscreen device. Its convenient solution has you using the joystick to control a customizable plastic hand to touch the screen for you. They even included two USB inputs for a keyboard when your thumb gets too tired! In the works is a portable tie version for portable usage.

Nest Announces Partnership with Virgin America


Strap on your seatbelts ladies and gentlemen, your flying experience is about to get a whole lot better. Nest, a Google company, has partnered with Virgin America to bring “Total Temperature Control”. This allows the passenger to select any kind of temperature they desire, such as ‘Tropical Paradise’ or ‘Chicago Polar Vortex’.

In a YouTube video, Nest CEO Tony Fadell and Virgin Chairman Richard Branson shows how Total Temperature Control is being implemented fleetwide on Virgin America.

Gmail Shelfies

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In 2012, Google released customizable inbox themes, which allowed Gmail users to make their inbox their own. Users were deeply disappointed when they found out they could not share the beautiful pictures of themselves for their inboxes. Google responded quickly they will be unveiling sharable selfies (hence, shelfie) this year!

Selfies are so last year, share your shelfies today!


This article was co-written with Benson Pan.

Merlin Zhao is a writer and graphic designer at [blank]'s Universe. He is also a technology enthusiast with his expertise in mobile devices. Merlin enjoys playing the Bass Clarinet with his high school band.