NEW YORK (TheStreet) - April Fool's Day has officially left the office and entered cyber world. No longer are pranks the ones at the office where you accidentally sit on a whoopee cushion. Today smartphone and tech savvy goers will find no shortage of fantastic pranks via Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) newsfeeds, YouTube videos and through Google (GOOG).
Last year I almost fell off my seat reading the news (on April 1, 2013) that Peter Dinklage was leaving the cast of Game of Thrones. Thankfully that was not the case, but it goes to show how some pranks can really hit upon emotions! This year, I've already received one prank, a text with a photo of a pregnancy test saying "Pregnant" from a friend, which surprised me (in a happy way). After surfing the Web, here are a handful of favorites found for 2014.
1. Let David Hasselhoff photobomb your photos
I only wish this were real. I would totally do it. Google "introduced" Auto Awesome Photobombs on its official blog on Monday, noting that "a celebrity photobomb is the ultimate surprise, turning an ordinary photo into something extraordinary."
"Now with Auto Awesome Photobombs, you too can get a celebrity photobomb -- no red carpet required. We're starting with surprise appearances by +David Hasselhoff, everyone's favorite crime-fighting rockstar lifeguard."
Google tells users to upload their favorite photos and to leave room for "The Hoff" because he "might just make your photo a little more #Hoffsome."
2. Want to video chat with a puppy?
This one is so cute you WANT it to be true. American Well, a Boston-based telehealth services provider, is introducing Puppy Connect, a service that lets you video chat with adorable puppies.
"At American Well, we've perfected the art of connecting you with doctors over your computer, phone or tablet," Katie Ruigh, vice president of product development, says in the beginning of the YouTube video. "When we added nutritionists to our system, we saw how quickly people embraced video chatting with different types of providers. Puppies seemed like the natural next step."
As the video goes on, you realize that it is a joke. However, knowing that the elderly and sick children respond well to pet visits, it could also work for depression. I think they're on to something here.
"So we were asked to build a network of puppies. The one thing they all need to have is cute. They've got to be cute. If they're not cute, we're not hiring them," Gadi Lachman, American Well's SVP of online care networks says in the YouTube video, says later on.
For a hoot, try out the American Well beta version. It's worth the minute of your time.
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.