You’re driving through Banff to Fairmont Hot Springs and the dreaded Check Engine light illuminates on your car’s dashboard. Expletives come out from your mouth, followed by the onset of panic and you assume the worst. Besides the time and probably $100 or so excluding repair costs to find out what the problem might be, it also dawns on you that you and your family, just might have to spend the better part of your holiday with your new best friend – the tow-truck driver. So it’s great to know that there’s a product like BlueDriver by Lemur Vehicle Monitors touted as “Professional diagnostics for everyone”. Now it won’t fix the problem, but it might just give you the information you need to give you peace of mind and possibly save you from unscrupulous mechanics.
Better fashionably late than never.
Google joins the digital music dance party in Canada with the launch today of Google Play Music, a streaming service that will give subscribers access to more than 25 million songs, from red-hot beats to mouldy oldies.
Available as of now, Google Play Music shoulders its way into an ever-crowded field of streaming music competitors, including Rdio, Slacker, Deezer, Sony Music Unlimited and Xbox Music, among others. Google seems to be aiming for an all-things-to-all-people approach, combining commonplace features like customized streaming radio stations with free cloud-based storage of up to 20,000 songs, and subscription features that include access to a catalogue of 25 million tracks.
Another flagship phone from HTC with another derivative name. This HTC One, however, includes its development codename “M8″ in brackets after it so as not to be confused with the other Ones, One Xes and so on. (It is also referred to as the All New HTC One which will be become a rather outdated moniker in a year or so when HTC will undoubtedly release another One.)
But despite a similar name to its predecessors, the HTC One (M8) is a whole new phone.
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.