Google’s April Fools Day Pranks 2015

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Every year Google pretends to put out various products that sometimes sounds legit yet unbelievable. If it sounds too good to be true, and its announced April 1st, its probably not true. Below is all of the Google April Fools day pranks!

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Google in reverse

The first one, is elooG. With elooG, you visit the page by going to https://com.google. You will see all of Google in reverse – images, logos, text, even the text you type will be in reverse!

Google Actual Cloud

With all the different types of cloud hosting, available these days there is one type that was never created until today. Google Actual Cloud Platform. According to Google, they use actual clouds in the sky for this type of hosting. See the video below and visit https://cloud.google.com/actual-cloud/.

Google Fiber dial-up mode

If 100mbs of a network connection is too fast for you, then consider using dial-up mode to enjoy the slow life for a while.

  Google Panda

Google Smartbox

If you thought you could not get your world connected any more, then look at Google’s latest product – Google Smartbox. With Google Smartbox, even you snailmail will be connected!

Google keyless keyboard

If your hands are tied up, Google Japan has got you covered with the Keyless Keyboard. See the below video:

 

From what I can tell, that rounds up all of the Google April fool pranks of 2015. Let me know if there are more that I am not aware of!

Where have you been? Google knows!

Google Location History Map

Do you have Google anything installed on your phone? Computer? Tablet? If so, chances are Google knows – and records – everywhere you have been!

Google will save this data if you have these two settings turned on:

  1. Location Reporting
  2. Location history

Now your thinking, if I have the option to turn this on or off why would it even be on? There are many things Google uses (and collects) this data for. Ever searched for a pizza place like “Papa Johns” and Google somehow magically showed the results for your location rather than some random place in the world? Google uses your location data to narrow down the results.

Maybe you use Google Now. Google now HIGHLY integrates with your location data. In fact, every so many minutes, it scans for your location and reports it so you can get interesting cards on your Google Now interface.

 

Google offers step by step instructions on how to remove all your location history and how to turn it off. You can find the instructions to turn off Location History by clicking HERE.

Now comes the fun part – you can actually see where all Google knows you have been by ensureing you  are logged in to your main Google account, and clicking the following address:

https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/b/0

Here are a couple example screenshots (click to enlarge):

Google Location History 1
Google Location History 1
Google Location History 2
Google Location History 2

So you decide, is it worth leaving this on for the cool features that Google offers? I love the features of Google Now, but it is a little scary to see just how often Google tracks your location for this feature.