April Fool & # 39; s Day 2019 round-up: all major technical jokes in one place

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April Fool & # 39; s Day is about us, which means that we all have to keep our guards reading the news until tomorrow. We've already covered Google's gags, from spoon bending in Gboard to Snake in Google Maps, but other technology companies have made a few quirky announcements on the occasion.

In this article we take a look at some of the best April Fool's Day jokes from major technology companies that you will find online today.


dBrand sells AirPower skins

The dBrand AirPower skin for April Fool & # 39; s Day.

The popular dBrand smartphone customization company refuses to be delayed by recent news that Apple has canceled the AirPower charging mat. To mark the cancellation and the April Fool & # 39; s Day, the company has decided to nevertheless sell & # 39;

"Put them on your coffee table to fuel conversations about your irresponsible purchasing decisions. Put them on your floor openings for affordable climate control. In fact, cover every outlet to make it 100% wireless right away," says a message on the dBrand website .

The company also notes that the skins can be adjusted and are available for the correct price of $ 4.01.


Duolingo delivers intrusive notifications

The team behind the Duolingo language learning app has devised a unique way to remind users to keep learning (h / t: CNET). Who needs push notifications when you have the giant owl mascot of the company behind you, right?

Yes, the mascot will silently appear at your location when you reject the standard notification sent by Duolingo. And you have three levels to choose from on the website, namely encouraging a duo, a disappointed duo and a passive aggressive duo. It is unclear whether disabling Duolingo's access to your location reduces the chance that the mascot can find you.


Nokia 9 has an X-Ray vision

The X-ray sensor on the Nokia 9 PureView Twitter / Juho Sarvikas

The Nokia 9 PureView has a lot of cameras on its back, but did you know that the black sensor is not a 3D ToF camera, but rather an X-ray sensor? That is according to a cheeky tweet by HMD Global's chief product officer, Juho Sarvikas.

The executive of HMD says that the X-Ray functionality is unlocked via a new Nokia X-Ray app in the Play Store. However, there is still no word as to whether the camera supports bot-keh shooting.


OnePlus announces an electric car

OnePlus also jumps on the April 1 bandwagon and teases an electric car called the WarpCar. The YouTube video page also contains a link in the description for more information. So what should you expect from the WarpCar?

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The Chinese brand claims it is the fastest rechargeable electric car (fully charged in 20 minutes), goes from zero to 60 km / h in three seconds and has a range of 290 miles. OnePlus also says that the car can be unlocked with your OnePlus 6T.

OnePlus has worked with supercar maker McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition phone, but I very much doubt whether the collaboration will go in the other direction. And because I know OnePlus, it's probably a McLaren reblaged.


Use your Exynos chip on a PC

The Exynos 9820 extender. Samsung Exynos

The Exynos 9820 chipset from Samsung is nothing to complain about and drives the US Galaxy S10 series. But what if you could use that chip on a PC? Enter Samsung Semiconductor & # 39; s Extender, which you can use to connect the Exynos 9820 to your computer. Think of it as an SD card adapter for a microSD card.

"Simply slide the Exynos processor into the adapter and place it in the CPU connection of the motherboard of the PC or laptop. That's it. The Extender automatically adjusts the Exynos processor to be compatible with the PC and laptop system "is a message on the Samsung Semiconductor website.

The Korean company says that PCs can then take advantage of the neural processing unit, use the GPU to increase the capabilities of the existing graphics card, and even use the Exynos chipset's mobile modem. And if it still sounds like a bunch of nonsense to you, Samsung has a video for you.


T-Mobile reviews the telephone booth

Ever tried to make a phone call in a busy street with honking traffic and loud pedestrians? It can be pretty distracting, so T-Mobile released Phone BoothE.

Phone BoothE is basically a soundproof telephone booth that allows you to make calls in a noisy environment. The courier says that the stand will be unlocked with your phone, is free to use for T-Mobile customers and lets you connect your device to a large screen.

"You know it's real because we've stuck an & # 39; E & # 39; at the end of the name, wow! & # 39 ;," says John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, in a video that shows the product promoted, referring to the fake 5G network of AT & T.

And if you want the convenience of a Phone BoothE wherever you go, the courier also offers a portable option (the Phone BoothE Mobile EditionE). The company recognizes that it is simply "a cardboard box with a hole in it".

T-Mobile says the Phone BoothE will be available at selected locations in New York, Seattle and Washington DC. But it also recognizes that you can still use a normal telephone booth.


Have you seen even more great April Fool & # 39; s Day announcements from technical companies? Let us know in the comments!

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