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Samsung's phone-knife to backwards Google: the best April Fool's Day 2015 tech hoaxes

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 April, 2015, 12:56pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 April, 2015, 11:16am

Tech companies around the world are celebrating April Fool's Day with what has now become a tradition of hoax announcements and joke products.

This morning, Google Maps introduced a new feature enabling users to play the classic arcade game Pac-Man on top of any city in the world, both on desktop and mobile. The search giant also released com.google, a mirror image of its usual homepage where users must type backwards.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy BLADE edge, the "ultimate cooking companion, made with the modern chef in mind".

"Running on the latest OS, the Galaxy BLADE edge comes with all the incredible features of the Galaxy S6, but its edge is so sharp and strong that the device can also serve as a chef’s knife," the company said in a press release.

Not to be beaten, Google Japan also released a video announcing the launch of Google Panda.

"A product that is so brilliant you can ask it anything, but is so cute you'll want to hug it," according to Chris Yerga, the company's vice president of engineering.

On the popular forum and discussion website Reddit, users of the Android subreddit were redirected to rival Apple's forum, Groupon announced a deal on a US$1.6 million, six-bedroom house, and US phone maker Motorola unveiled its custom line of bespoke selfie sticks.

Sticking with selfies, Japanese automobile giant Honda unveiled the new HR-V Selfie Edition, with 10 separate cameras for taking photos of yourself while driving. 

"Everyone's talking about how cool the self-driving car will be, but what about the selfie car?" the company said in an advert. 

While for the most part Chinese companies ignored the holiday, Tencent, which owns messaging apps WeChat and QQ, announced that it was moving its headquarters to Antarctica to be nearer the home of its penguin mascot. 

Away from tech, the respected science journal Nature released a report claiming that global warming could bring about a resurgence in earth's dragon population.

Pointing out that so-called climate "sceptics" already deny many widely accepted facts about global warming, Andrew Hamilton of the University of Melbourne in Australia wrote: "We will not be surprised that our finding that this climate phenomenon will see a burgeoning of fire-breathing dragons is treated with extreme suspicion, if not contempt, scorn and ridicule."