3. Google Maps Pokemon Challenge
First of all, is Pokemon still a hot thing? I admit I have no idea. However, Google has brought this back to my attention by launching -- on Monday no less - "a new training tool to help people hone their Pokemon-capturing abilities using Google Maps."
Google has worked with Pokemon and Nintendo to create the challenge. "We value employees who are risk-taking and detail-oriented, have deep technical knowledge, and can navigate through tall grass to capture wild creatures. It turns out that these skills have a lot in common with another profession -- that of the Pokemon Master," the blog says.
"Dozens of wild Pokemon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests and atop mountains throughout Google Maps," the blog says. Google is asking challengers to "grab your Poke Ball" along with the newest version of Google Maps for Apple (AAPL) iPhone or Android to begin.
"Leave no stone unturned or city unzoomed as you seek out wild Charizards and Pikachus to add to your Pokedex. Be vigilant -- you never know if a wild Steelix will appear in Tokyo, Japan or New York City, USA," it says.
4. Samsung wants you to talk to the hand
Samsung got techies good when it introduced the Samsung Fingers, the "first all-over-hand wearable device" on the Samsung Electronics official global blog on Tuesday. With several dozen readers clearly not realizing that it was a joke and freaking out over the fact that Samsung may be infringing on Apple copyrights for the glove.
"Samsung Fingers is the slimmest (0.2mm) and lightest (1g) wearable glove by Samsung and comes with a wide 3 inch flexible UHD Super Emo-LED display," the blog post says. "Combined with an advanced 16 megapixel camera, Samsung Fingers offers the best-looking selfies you get your hands on. Samsung Fingers also supports the latest, fastest networks including 5G and Wi-Fi 902.11wz so you can keep in touch with the latest. Boost your creativity with dedicated features such as Finger Painter and S-tut."
While all that jargon may sound legit, the further one reads on the blog, the more entertaining it gets. Through the device, Samsung tells users to "talk to the hand," a derogatory catchphrase made popular in the early nineties by Martin Lawrence in his sitcom Martin.
"When a user is too engaged in a conversation with a person to add a third person into a communication, the user can have the person talk to the Samsung Fingers while the user enjoys ongoing conversation uninterrupted. Samsung Fingers will record and save the third person's content, so that it can be viewed later at will," the blog says.
Among other features and gestures the wearable device is able to do, it can also produce a "flatulence auditory reproduction," aka a fart noise using the "pull my finger" gesture. "The built-in speaker and mic of the Samsung Fingers is capable of auditory reproductions. This feature is activated when you pull a designated finger of Samsung Fingers. When the appropriate gesture is made, it is able to reproduce the sound of flatulence. This feature is highly recommended for users under 10 years old or who desire to be alone in his or her surroundings," the blog says.
--Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.