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April Fools Roundup, Apple Attacks Samsung, Mozilla CEO Controversy [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 02-04-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, enjoying April Fools, Apple versus Samsung, Mozilla CEO speaks out, Amazon adds Metacritic scores, Zuckerberg takes pay cut, Coursera on Android, and Kaspersky maps the Cyberwar.


April Fools Hits The Web

April 1 is the worst day of the year for anyone seeking real technology news, which is why yesterday’s edition of Tech News Digest Apple Doubles Prices, Microsoft Hates You, Google (GL)Ass, TwitFace [Tech News Digest] Apple doubles its prices, Microsoft admits it hates you all, Google reveals (GL)Ass, Facebook and Twitter merge into TwitFace, annoying couple launch vague Kickstarter, MakeUseOf broadens its appeal, and the best 'And Finally' ever. Read More wasn’t all it at first appeared to be. Fake news was everywhere on the Web, so what follows are just a few of our favorites from the roundups published by other tech sites.

Engadget posted an extensive roundup of all the best tech-related April Fools’ Day pranks for 2014. The highlight being the return of the Nokia 3310, which now boasts a whopping 41-megapixel camera.


TechCrunch updated its huge list of April Fools’ Day jokes throughout the day, which means some of those posted later got a look-in. The highlight being the new Flappy Board from Flipboard. Who knows which mobile gaming phenomenon The Short Story Of Flappy Bird [Weird & Wonderful Web] Few mobile games enter into the collective consciousness of the mainstream in the way Flappy Bird has done. It passes into Internet folklore, but these videos will help to preserve its virality. Read More inspired that one.

Mashable presented a list that includes April Fools’ Day pranks not related to technology. But the highlight for us was a geeky one: the SelfieBot by Orbotix. Selfies are everywhere 7 Photography Projects That Could Change The Way You Look At Selfies If you do it right, the selfie is elevated to the high art of self-portraiture. These seven creative photography projects could inspire you to think out of the box. Read More these days, and this drone prevents the dreaded aching arm syndrome.


The Next Web focused on the raft of April Fools’ Day pranks played by Google and its various properties. The highlight being the Pokemon Challenge on Google Maps. Gotta Catch ‘Em All.

Look out for this week’s We Ask You, which is all about the best online April Fools’ Day jokes played over the years. And this coming weekend’s Weird & Wonderful Web will be detailing some of the 2014 April Fools you may have missed.

Apple & Samsung Back In Court

Apple and Samsung are back in court, once again facing off over alleged patent infringements. This time around, Apple is seeking $2 billion in damages over five patents it claims Samsung copied in order to sell its products.

Business Insider has a rundown of the features being fought over, which include background data syncing, universal search, and slide to unlock. The case is expected to run throughout April, with a jury ultimately deciding Samsung’s fate.


Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Speaks Out

There have been calls for new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich to resign over his alleged stance against gay marriage. Dating site OkCupid is even urging its users to ditch Firefox as a result. But Eich is refusing to step down.

He explains his reasoning in an interview with CNET, arguing that “Mozilla has always worked according to principles of inclusiveness … everyone in our community can have different beliefs about all sorts of things that may be in conflict.” Eich refused to talk about his beliefs on the issue, and whether they are different today than they were in 2008.

Amazon Adds Metacritic To Games Listings

Amazon has quietly added Metacritic scores to its video games listings. Metacritic How To Get The Most Out Of Metacritic Metacritic is one of a handful of big review aggregation sites. Its motto of, "Keeping score of entertainment" sums up what it does perfectly. Rather than focus on just one aspect of entertainment such as... Read More scores are based on an average of review scores across various websites, and provide gamers with an easy option for determining whether a title is worth playing 6 Places To Find Out What Are The Best Video Games Ever It's only natural for a fan of gaming to wonder what the best games ever made are, or at least what the experts think are the best. Read More . As long as you trust the original scores awarded on the websites included, obviously.

Zuckerberg Takes A Pay Cut… Or Not

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken a pay cut to just $1 per year. That’s the PR line, and is technically true. However, the reality, as discovered by Valleywag, is that he can afford to take this pay cut thanks to already being worth $27 billion, cashing in $3 billion worth of shares in 2013, and receiving $653,165 in compensation for “the passenger fees, fuel, crew and catering costs for his use of private planes for personal reasons, as part of his security program.


Coursera Comes To Android


Coursera 9 Coursera Courses To Improve Yourself & Your Career It's tempting to learn as much as you can, but your time is limited. Choose wisely from this selection of upcoming and past courses on Coursera to improve yourself and your career. Read More has finally released an Android app, several months after releasing an app for iOS devices. Coursera for Android Coursera for Android Turns Your Mobile Into a Knowledge Hub In December last year, Coursera promised that an official Android version would follow the then-launched iOS app. The native app for Android now makes its debut. Read More helps you “learn, search, pick, and enroll in any of the 600-odd courses available on the platform in 20 subject areas.

Kaspersky’s Interactive Cyberwar Map


And finally, Kaspersky has launched an interactive map showing a visual representation of all the cyber attacks taking place around the world. Watching the battles between malware creators and computer users happening in this way is a good reminder to stay safe online Stay Safe Online: Follow 10 Computer Security Experts On Twitter There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself online. Using a firewall and antivirus software, creating secure passwords, not leaving your devices unattended; these are all absolute musts. Beyond that it comes down... Read More .


However, just remember that using this map doesn’t mean you have to then use Kaspersky software, as there are plenty of other free security options The Best PC Software for Your Windows Computer Want the best PC software for your Windows computer? Our massive list collects the best and safest programs for all needs. Read More available. However, it is a scarily mesmerizing spectacle for those who understand that Security Matters.

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  1. KT
    April 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    My favorite April fools tech gag was a magazine called Game Informer. Every April edition they would release a Game Infarcer issue that would crack me up. It would have headlines like "Capcom's upcoming game can be described as Resident Evil meets Qbert!". Hysterical stuff.

  2. dragonmouth
    April 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Re: Brendan Eich
    I guess Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Belief exist only if and when the Political Correctness Police approve of what you say and/or believe. Effing meddling busibodies!

  3. Keefe K
    April 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Personally, I don't understand how Brendan Eich's personal opinions about same-sex marriage have anything to do with the company he runs, or Firefox. Mozilla is a company that betters the world wide web...they do not make donations to political parties or lobbies that work against same-sex rights, nor have they made any kind of statement against them. Mr. Eich has a right to his opinion, as as long as he doesn't try to use the company or it's products against same-sex couples. Firefox is my favorite web browser, and I'm proud to say I'm gay. I will not be changing browsers just because of this, and I am not offended that Brendan Eich is the new CEO of Mozilla. So I ask everyone to please not judge Mozilla or Firefox based on the opinions of their new CEO, as Firefox is just a web browser which will display all content on the web equally, no matter what it's sexual orientation!

  4. Tom W
    April 2, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Just to let you know, the embedded tweet for the "Amazon Adds Metacritic To Games Listings" story is the wrong tweet.

    • Dave P
      April 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks, Tom. Good spot. Fixed :)