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April Fools’ Day Pranks: YouTube Collection; Cloud API; Google Fiber; Go Retro Go Ro; Gmail Tap

Google seems to have quite a plenty of free time, as the company every year spends hours in making countless pranks on April Fools’ Day through its special blog posts. This year again almost every official Google blog has lengthy prank posts.

The first hoax for this year comes from AdWords team, who’ve rolled out a new functionality to AdWords and DoubleClick with a new ad extension “Click-To-Teleport” beta.

Click-To-Teleport beta

“While features like call extensions and location extensions have aimed at solving the online to store marketing objective for multichannel advertisers, Click-to-Teleport shortens the offline conversion funnel by allowing a user to teleport directly to your business location by clicking on your search ad.”

Gmail team introduces “Gmail Tap” for Android and iOS — a new input method designed for the future — basically inspired by the QWERTY keyboard which was invented in 1874 and yet it is still used today, largely unchanged.

Gmail Tap for AndroidGmail Tap for iOS

Gmail Tap takes the keyboard from 26 keys to just two. Every letter of the alphabet is represented by a simple pattern of dots and dashes, and once you know them you can type without even looking at your screen. This makes it ideal for situations where you need to discreetly send emails, such as when you’re on a date or in a meeting with your boss.”

Also introduced today is a new mode, “multi-email,” that doubles your productivity by typing multiple emails at once.

Watch the video for an overview:

A behind-the-scenes look at Gmail Tap:

Google’s App Engine team intoduced the “Cloud API,” that allows developers unprecedented control over cloud deployments in their area.

Google App Engine Cloud API

“We think the Cloud API is a huge step forward for developers. For the first time, developers can simply and easily gain cloud coverage in locations around the globe within minutes. With the Cloud API developers can drive increased cloud awareness for a wide range of new users and enterprises. This will not only allow totally new applications in the agricultural and metrology sectors to flourish but also provide a welcome addition to mobile, social and gaming. The Cloud API provides the scalability you would expect from App Engine with clouds seeded on demand and dispersed when they are no longer needed. Clouds are created using cloud engines which are specially designed jet engines with three fins.”

The Cloud API is supported in Python, Java and Go, check out the Getting Started Guide to find out how simple it is to integrate clouds into your applications.

Google Australia found a way to capture more Street View images for Australia with “Google Street Roo.”

Google Street Retro

“Over the next four weeks, more than a thousand Big Red kangaroos will be equipped with a 360-degree head camera that will automatically capture images when the marsupial is on the move during daylight hours. The cameras on our Street Roo collection team will be powered by solar panels stitched into the back pocket of custom-made roo jackets. Images will be wired to Google in real-time. A GPS tracker embedded into the jacket will match the location of the kangaroo to ensure the image is accurately uploaded onto the new Street View layer.”

Self-driving cars are becoming a reality, but happens if you bring self-driving cars to NASCAR? “Our autonomous cars have now been test-driven (or rather, test-ridden) for more than 200,000 miles without a single machine-caused mishap. And today we’re moving the project one great leap forward with Google Racing, a groundbreaking partnership with NASCAR to help self-driving vehicles compete in the world of stock car racing,” posted Google blog.

Google Racing:Self-driving cars for NASCAR

Multitask Mode” from the Chrome team “lets you have access to multiple mice at the same time, so you can make a chess move while you watch a dance move, or draw a horse while you draw on a friend for relationship advice. Chrome can handle as many mice, touchpads, styli, joysticks, trackballs, and other pointing devices as you can plug into your computer, so you and your friends can browse dozens of sites at the same time.”

Google Apps for Business introduces a new alpha feature “Jargon-Bot,” that will “automatically detect business jargon or business speak and provide you with real-time translation in plain English.”

“Jargon-Bot has been integrated across the entire suite of Google Apps so that next time you are on an IM chat with your manager, it will help you recognize and say no to unrealistic expectations. When you receive an e-mail from your supplier, Jargon-Bot won’t let you get ripped off by demystifying the fine print. And even when you’re on a Google+ Hangout with your accounting team, jargon-bot will be by your side, so you don’t break your e-reader when you have to help “close the books”,” explains Google.

Also, today you can try the new 8-bit version of Google Maps. Just click the “quest” button in the regular Google Maps interface.

8-bits google maps

“Our engineering team in Japan understood the importance of maps on retro game systems. With the power of Google’s immense data centers, and support from Nintendo and Square Enix, we were able to overcome the technical and design hurdles of developing 8-bit maps. Today, we’re excited to announce the result: a version of Google Maps for NES, with beautiful low-res graphics, simple and intuitive controls, and a timeless soundtrack,” explains Google.

The 8-bit Google Maps hides some monsters from the Dragon Quest series.

8-bit google maps

Google Japan also came up with a simplified IME for Japanese (Google Translate) that only uses a single key: space.

Google China changed the search results page for [Qingming], but you’ll only see the beautiful animated wallpaper if you use Chrome. “Use the Chrome browser, Google’s search box, enter “Qingming”, the results page is the past is not the same? Greeted by swaying willow branches, a symbol of spring in the air. “Green little Liulv the Yula have Qingming, the page will float to the surface ripples from time to time, and click a fish tail out of the water continued to click, but also do not like surprises! The bottom of the page are two cowboy, riding a piper playing in the back of a bull, quiet and lightly.”” explains Google China Blog.

google china search box for qingming

“The Qingming Festival (…) is a traditional Chinese festival on the 104th day after the winter solstice (or the 15th day from the Spring Equinox), usually occurring around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar” (from Wikipedia).

A new initiative from Google Mobile dubbed “GoRo” will help you find resources you need to learn about what makes a good rotary site, why optimizing for rotary matters and the latest data to help you prepare for the return of rotary.

“Every day, dozens of Americans use rotary phones, but 100% of these potential customers have experienced trouble loading a business’ websites on their device.1 Despite this, a recent study predicted that rotary phone usage is expected to surpass smartphone usage by 2015,” Google said.

go rotary, or goro

Also, Google china has developed a new underwater the image search experience.

google china underwater image search

“Google Fiber” introduced today is a nutritional bar with a smarter fiber coded as ‘Fiberlicious.’ “In just 4 weeks, Google’s Fiber is able to take cues from the intestinal tract and the body’s metabolism to determine what nutritional elements are missing and deliver the appropriate dose to the specific organ that needs it. We’re proud to announce that Google Fiber will first launch in Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO!,” Google posted.

google fiber

“Google Fiber starts with 100 times more fiber than any source of fiber available today. Tested in labs across our Mountain View campus, we found that in just the right synthesis, psyllium and vitamins C and D morph into a byproduct we have coded as Fiberlicious. This smarter fiber delivers just what the body needs to sustain activity, energy and productivity up to 100 times more than you have experienced before.”

YouTube offering a new way to enjoy your favorite videos even when you don’t have an internet connection through the “YouTube Collection” that lets you watch any YouTube video on DVD and you can still share your feedback. Just click the “home” button from the YouTube player to watch a demo.

youtube collection

“Google Scholar Metrics,” is an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. “Scholar Metrics currently covers many (but not all) articles published between 2007 and 2011. It includes journal articles only from websites that follow our inclusion guidelines as well as conference articles and preprints from a small number of hand-identified sources,” explains Google.

To get started, you can browse the top 100 publications in several languages, ordered by their five-year h-index and h-median metrics. You can also search for publications by words in their titles. For example, [design], [international law], [salud], and [otolaryngology]. To see which articles in a publication were cited the most and who cited them, click on its h-index number.

For more details, see the Scholar Metrics help page.

Also, make sure you try the interesting new options from Google’s search sidebar that let you find pages from the past: “Jurassic Era”, “Victorian Era”, “Enlightenment”, “Once Upon a Time” and even tomorrow’s pages.

Try out the new Google Really Advanced Search, that helps you find pages with words “almost, but not quite entirely unlike” a word you enter, “this exact word or phrase, whose sum of unicode code points is a mersenne prime”. You can narrow the results by font, textured background, “embarrassing grammatical faux pas” or “looping midi music”.

google really advanced search

And, Google Image Search lets you find images from “the Gilded age”.

google image seach gilded age

“Google TV Click,” is an innovative remote control app for your phone and tablet that lets you interact with shows and movies as they’re playing.

google tv click

“Using the magic of our Common Gateway Interface technology and the patented Motion Beaming feature on your favorite celebrities, you can control the actors, settings, and overall flow of programs. Bored by a dreary atmosphere? Move the show to a tropical beach or an exotic jungle! Did Jar Jar Binks ruin the Star Wars prequels for you? Blast him off on a shuttle to a galaxy far, far away. With Google TV Click you are in control and can ensure that every TV viewing experience is to your satisfaction,” Google writes.

Google’s weather OneBox is now more powerful and it lets you change the weather. “Don’t like the weather? Now you can change it in your region by selecting from the dropdown to change precipitation and setting your own temperature. Please notice, after submitting it takes approximately 45 minutes until your weather changes take effect,” informs Google.

Google weather OneBox: Change weather

For pets owner, Google introducing “Google Voice…For Pets” beta.

“How is that even possible? There’s only a few bluetooth headsets that can fit my dog, and they’re so expensive! The secret is in our special Voice Communication Collars. The collars fit around your pet’s neck and use a series of sensors to record audio directly from your dog or cat’s vocal cords, using technology originally developed for NASA spacesuits. Using your WiFi network, audio messages are uploaded to your Google Voice account within seconds. Alternately, a tiny micro-LED emitter built into the collar can project a keyboard onto the floor, so your pet can tap their front paws to send text messages. With a little training, your beloved Fluffy will be able to let you know exactly what she wants every minute of every day. Wherever you go,” notes Google.

google voice for pets

Google Analytics gave a sneak preview of a new “Interplanetary Reports.” “While currently you only get a partial picture of website visitor location, we want to expand beyond Earth to help you understand visitor activities from neighboring stars and planets. You’ll also be able to drill down on each planet to see greater detail. For example, which colony or outpost your visitors came from similar to the city drill down available for Earth today,” Google explains.

Adding, “In order to help you improve slow interplanetary site speed we’re also adding an average page load time to this report to help you understand latency issues caused by distances between planets,” google said.

“When you slice and dice the data from these new reports, you might discover some interesting things. For example, we noticed a direct correlation between gravity and site bounce rate. Visitors coming from the moon bounced 6 times higher than those from earth.”

google analytics interplanetary reporting

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