Google still focuses on making special products for April Fools' Day--this year again, Google has announced a huge list of new initiatives including:
Google Maps now has a new feature called "Treasure Mode" that lets you explore hidden treasure map belonging to the infamous pirate, William "Captain" Kidd.
"The map was found on a recent expedition in the Indian Ocean, as part of a deep-water dive to expand our underwater Street View collection. Captain Kidd was rumored to have buried his treasure around the world, and tales of a long-lost treasure map have lingered for generations," informs Google.
To access Captain Kidd's treasure map, visit here or on the "Treasure" button in the top right corner of Google Maps. If we all work together, we can solve the mystery.
Microsoft is still taking time acknowledign and releasing Windows Blue. But, Google has not waited, and today announced "Gmail Blue"
Gmail launched nine years ago on April 1st, 2004. Since then you've been able to use hundreds of new features that push the boundaries of what email can do and make it easier to get things done. Starting today, "the next big step for Gmail" is making everything blue.
The new Blue interface is inspired by nature. It's intimate, intuitive, realistic and organic.
Watch the video to learn more:
Google Wallet introducing "Mobile ATM," a device that easily attaches to most smartphones and dispenses money instantly and effortlessly-forever ending your search for the nearest bank or ATM.
"The Google Wallet Mobile ATM technology allows you to enter the amount of money you want to withdraw directly in your phone or use voice-activated dispenser. Just type in your personal pin code on your cell phone and access all your cash from the palm of your hand.
Unlike traditional ATM's, the Google Wallet Mobile ATM even dispenses rare two and fifty dollar bills, as well as more practical one dollar bills. Perfect when confronted by a surprisingly talented "Hippy Mime Banjo Player" on a street corner," explains Google.
Google Apps introducing a new feature called "Levity Algorithm," help you spice up even the most boring of work days.
"Created in partnership with legendary improv comedians from Chicago's Second City Communications, the Levity Algorithm lets you send happier emails, hold more engaging meetings, write more mind-blowing presentations -- and above all, turn those frowns upside down," Google said.
YouTube Contest Submissions closing today midnight--with YouTube picking the "Best Video" uploaded on to the site: "Since 2005, 72 hours of video being uploaded every minute, we finally have enough content to close the competition. We've started the process to select a winner and as of tomorrow at midnight, we will be closing the site to submissions," writes YouTube.
"We've been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we've seen so far, and we can't wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We'll be announcing the winner in 10 years," YouTube added.
Google Nose goes beyond keywords and helps you identify a smell. "Google Nose leverages new and existing technologies to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available":
- Street Sense vehicles have inhaled and indexed millions of atmospheric miles.
- Android Ambient Odor Detection collects smells via the world's most sensible mobile operating system.
- SMELLCD™ 1.8+ high-resolution compatible for precise and controlled odors.
Google Australia helping to give your house a lick of fresh paint for free on Street View with Google SCHMICK (Simple Complete House Makeover Internet Conversion Kit).
"Forgot to mow the nature strip? Deck it out with some fresh buffalo grass. Front steps falling down? Swap them out for doric columns and a pergola. Graffiti on the front fence? Cover it with so many palm trees people will think they're on the Vegas strip." Too bad that it's only on Street View.
Check out the Google SCHMICK.
With DoubleClick Search v4 dubbed "DoubleCat Search," introduced today --ailurophiles everywhere can now take advantage of a new and improved UI with some serious cattitude.
"Over the past year, we've seen tremendous growth in cat-related online activity," said Amit Varia, Paw-duct Manager for DoubleCat Search. "Cats populate just about every corner of the internet. With DoubleCat Search, we wanted to design a UI that aligns with a tech-savvy user's natural affinity toward cats, to deliver the most intuitive, LOL-worthy search management experience."
The team says, it'll roll out following additional features too including:
- "Laser pointer alerts. Red dots move across the screen and guide you to campaign errors you may have missed. With better error management, be ready to pounce on any needed fixes to ensure your search campaigns always land on their feet.
- New bid strategy: maximize cheeseburgers. Now you can haz cheeseburger – and then some! With our new maximize cheeseburgers goal, gain greater visibility, increase CTR, and never go hungry again.
- Upload paw prints via API. In addition to the ability to upload and reinstate conversions using our Event API, you'll soon be able to upload paw prints onto your reports – making it authentically look like a cat has walked all over them."
Google Fiber is introducing ultra-high speed Gigabit speeds through Poles under the new project dubbed "Google Fiber Poles."
"How do you get a Gigabit everywhere in the community? So my team of engineers started thinking about possible solutions. We realized that the answer was all around us -- utility poles," writes Michael Plump, Product Lead, Fiber-to-the-pole.
"Poles already have our Fiber strung to them; all we had to do was come up with a way to make that Fiber accessible. That's what we've done today. I'm happy to announce our newest project: Google Fiber Poles," Plump adds.
Google Japan found another creative way to enter text using the "Patapata device."
The device only has one button, but it's fun to use. "Not only ensure operability, seeking the comfort of the best press uncompromising, adopted the mechanical isolation of the single button type keyboard. Proven flap has been used for many years on the show song of yesteryear airport, and train station. Not only comfortable operation, carry in hand with sound refreshing wind brisk."
Update: Google Analytics now reports 41 visitors from the International Space Station
If you check the Real-Time section of Google Analytics today, you should might have 41 active visitors on your site from the International Space Station - Control Room. If you click on that "city", then click on Traffic Sources or Content and you'll get a special April Fool's message:
Google+ add Emotion Button. Whether you're feeling a little 🙂 or :/, Google's "Add emotion" button now has you covered.
"We will plumb the emotional depths of everyone in the photo, then summarize their feelings with a beautifully crafted, emotion icon," reads the Google+ post. "Click on the button again to return to the original version of your photo. We hope you enjoy using the feature and we look forward to seeing your emotionally-charged posts."
Google Play now lets you add new "Awesome" application--in the Developer Console now you'll see a new option on the dashboard. Right next to the "Add new application" button is "Add new awesome application."
Click that button, Google promises to help you build a new app based on "advanced machine learning algorithms" that have "discovered … the common patterns and characteristics of successful applications."
And then there's one more step to get to a funny form where you can choose where the app should be featured, as well as which Google employees should develop the app -- Larry and Sergey is an option.
When you submit the form, Google's landing page tells you that its programmers are already hard at work on your app -- the numbers you see below (4372 and 68) ramp up rapidly as you watch the page. The link at the bottom sends you to Wikipedia's page about April Fool's Day.
Update 2: Google Analytics re-imagined its Export and 'Send To' to support some legacy technology--with the "new set of old school export and send-to options" rolling out over the next few days:
- CDROM: you can soon export to CDROM, as well as Google will automatically label the CDs. Bonus: "insert your CDs into your car CD or portable CD player and we'll play either upbeat or melancholy sounds, depending on if your reports are trending the right direction," explains Google.
- 3.5 Floppy: export you data to 3.5 floppy and access it on your old IIGS, XT/ATs, 286, 386, 486 or similar.
- Sticky note: Export just one graph to a bright fluorescent sticky note and put it right on their desk where they can't ignore it.
- Papyrus report exports would be an exciting option that would provide a "wow" factor at your next presentation and make your data more tangible. Just be sure you keep them in a dry climate where it is most stable.
- Fax Machine: Export reports, in full color, directly to the fax machine of your choice along with a branded cover page.
- Electronic Telegraph: Now send a telegraph with an encoded message of the data of your choosing to 1800's business culture.
"For those super important "your eyes only" reports we also support encrypted morse code options as well. Note, the cost of sending 10 words (approximately 45 characters) is $1.55 (per the going rate of the 1850's) so choose the data you send wisely," Google notes.
- Carrier Pigeon: Fly your report via Google trained/trusty PigeonRank pigeons to their intended recipient.
"Note there is a weight limit associated with this option, so only choose rows 1-25 of data are selected at most or your pigeons may not be able to take off."
- Telegram Messenger: Send via telegram option will dispatch a telegram messenger on a Google bike to share a physical printout of the reports of your choosing.
"A future iteration of this option will include telegram messengers dressed up as characters who can deliver "hug-o-gram" reports to cheer people up," Google adds.