The last hours of April Fools’ Day are ticking away in the US.
As is tradition many tech companies ran elaborate April Fools’ Day pranks, with plausible or downright ridiculous gags.
Here’s a round-up of the top 10 April Fools’ Day pranks we found on the web.
Nvidia acquires Valve, Half-Life 3 confirmed
Any news involving Half-Life 3 is a surefire way to get clicks. Gamers around the world are eagerly awaiting more news on how Gordon Freeman’s journey will continue, as it’s been over a decade since Half-Life 2 was released. Since then we’ve only had three episodic mini-games, but they are nowhere near as satisfying as a real Half-Life adventure.
Our friends at TweakTown decided to have some laugh on April 1, and published a piece claiming that Valve had been acquired by Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) and Half-Life 3 had been scheduled for a 2016 release. Very funny.
A Steam Box. With Steam
We’ve heard a lot about Valve’s Steam Machine, which promises to create a console-like experience for PC gamers.
But what about a PC box, powered by steam?
That’s a new product that ThinkGeek was advertising on April 1. Given that some gamers are looking to save on their power bills, bhit might be the perfect solution.
Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge
While Apple (NASDAQ: APPL) has a product strategy of focusing on a few key products, its rival Samsung (KRX: 005930) has a strategy of flooding the market with products. For every iPhone, there’s seemingly three or four Galaxy smartphones.
Samsung announced on April 1 that it was expanding the Galaxy line into the kitchen. Not with an appliance like a toaster or fridge, but rather with a knife.
MS-DOS for mobile
Everyone knows that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) needs all the help it can get when it comes to mobile platforms.
Maybe the mobile revolution Microsoft needs is a new operating system? We all know that consumers aren’t that interested in Windows 8 on mobile. Or, perhaps, what about re-branding an old, stoic operating system for modern mobile platforms?
Presenting MS-DOS Mobile.
While this is a joke, you can actually download the app from Microsoft’s Windows mobile app store. Check it out.
Selfie sticks for pets
But what about a selfie stick for pets?
Instead of using a bluetooth powered button, these selfie sticks are activated by a bark or a meow.