The executives at Google have always had fun with April Fools’ Day pranking the public with phony product launches and other fake announcements. You can check out Google’s 2013′s April Fools’ jokes here.
But this year, Google got its start a day early on March 31. Of course, some are better than others. For example, I love the idea of being photobombed by David Hasselhoff and hooking up while stuck in a traffic jam using the WazeDates app, but the video for the Google Play Signature Edition – to make your apps collections more physical – fell a little to me.
Here are Google’s 2014 April Fools’ Day pranks.
As winter seems to never want to end, perhaps this is a good time to roll up with a good comic book – or maybe 15,000. For a limited time, to celebrate SXSW Interactive 2014, Marvel is offering unlimited access to their massive collection, spanning their 75 years, for an entire month, for under a dollar.
Have you been thinking about getting a tablet but wasn’t really sure if it was worth it? Most tablets can’t measure up to laptops and the few that do cost a pretty penny. But even the cheaper ones can put a bit of a dent in your wallet. That is, until now.
I recently had a chance to test out the UbiSlate 7Ci, which has the distinction of being the world’s cheapest tablet. As the Canadian-based DataWind as a low-cost alternative to mobile devices for people in developing world, the device retails here for only $37.99.
DataWind’s UbiSlate 7Ci. (HO)
The UbiSlate 7Ci is actually part of a family of low-cost 7-inch tablets, which includes the $79.99 7C+ and the $129.99 3G7. The main difference between them is that while the 7Ci is Wi-Fi only, the 7C+ and 3G7 run on the Edge and 3G networks, respectively. Other than that, the specs are roughly the same.
HTC Desire 601. (Supplied)
The HTC Desire 601 is a midrange phone that strikes a good balance between affordability and functionality — and it comes with some pretty impressive features and bundled software.
HTC One Mini. (Supplied)
Back in April, I reviewed the HTC One and it’s a good quality phone. But you might not like the size of it. If you find the 4.7-inch screen too small, you might want to check out the HTC One Max phablet with its 5.9-inch display.
But if you want something smaller, the HTC One Mini may be more to your liking.