April fools tech round-up

1 April witnessed an astonishing array of April fools tech launches. From from headphones for pets and glass-bottomed planes to a new Google Maps treasure mode, 2013 is definitely hotting up to be a good year for innovation!

Virgin has launched a glass-bottomed plane

According to Richard Branson, this will create "an experience that will enable Little Red passengers to appreciate the beauty of the British landscape". Virgin's glass-bottomed plane  

Annncng: Twttr

Starting today, we are shifting to a two-tiered service: Everyone can use our basic service, Twttr, but you only get consonants. For five dollars a month, you can use our premium “Twitter” service which also includes vowels. We’re doing this because we believe that by eliminating vowels, we’ll encourage a more efficient and “dense” form of communication. We also see an opportunity to diversify our revenue stream. Here’s our mockup of the most retweeted Tweet of all time as it would appear in the new Twttr:
Twitter April Fools

Google Maps Treasure Mode

Dust off your shovel and head out to claim some treasure. Google maps treasure mode

YouTube's ready to select a winner (the site is closing down)

Google Nose (beta!)

Google Apps gets Levity Algorithm

Train spotting 'goes 21st century'

According to the BBC website, "from today numbers on the side of trains, traditionally noted down by enthusiasts, are being replaced by barcodes which spotters can more simply photograph on their smart phones and upload online."

Imgur - upload via snailmail

Imgur, the photo sharing network, now allows people to send in their photos to share! imgur - upload via snailmail And a few other noteworthy April fools tech launches:

Skype allows you to communicate with family in space

Sony Unveils Animalia Line Of Tech Products Designed For Pets

Omaze – ave Morgan Freeman narrate your life for a day

May 07, 2014