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Google's Smartbox Is An April Fools-Inspired Mailbox That We Kind Of Wish Wasn't Fake

Inbox by Gmail isn't even yet a year old, but Google is trying to improve mail even further. But this time, it's not working with the digital variety. It's doing something about snail mail.

And frankly, it's about time. People have been sticking envelopes in mailboxes for a century or two, and the experience hasn't changed all that much. Our mailboxes could be better. They could be smarter.

They could be the Smartbox.

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Pre-Orders Are Live For The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S6 And HTC One M9

How about this? Real news on April 1st. How novel. At any rate, it's really only news for Verizon customers who want to pick up a new phone. The Samsung Galaxy S6 (standard and Edge) and HTC One M9 are both available for pre-order starting today.

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[April Fools] HTC Announces The RE Sok, The Smartest Socks Your Feet Will Never Wear

When HTC announced the RE camera, an inhaler-shaped device that lacks a viewfinder of its own, it seemed like great fodder for an April Fools joke. But no, that product was real, and it actually exists.

So what has the Taiwanese manufacturer come up with as a truly absurd product, something even it wouldn't consider turning into reality? Why, the RE Sok.

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This product brings notifications to your ankles so you can see them when you're changing shoes.

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Motorola Announces A Handcrafted Selfie Stick For April Fools, Makes Up For It With $140 Off An Unlocked Moto X

"A selfie stick is not just an accessory," the man says with shades of Jony Ive, "it's an extension of who you are." So true, isn't it? Except it's not true. Not a word of it. This is April Fools, and Motorola is having a little fun with the promo video below for a handcrafted selfie stick. Not funny? Okay, Motorola is also offering $140 off an unlocked Moto X to make up for it.

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Google Panda Is The Search Engine's Most Adorable Form Yet, Launching Only In Japan For April Fools

Google has spent years putting its search functionality into as many form factors as it can manage. It all started with desktops and laptops. From there, Search hopped to phones. Now we see it making its way into TVs, watches, and cars.

Today, the tech giant has announced a new product offering that's more adorable than any that has come before. Meet Google Panda.

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To use Google Panda, you simply ask the stuffed animal a question.

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The OnePlus DR-1 Drone Is An April Fool's Joke That You Can Buy (Maybe, Possibly, Probably Not)

When OnePlus staff member David S. said that the tiny phone manufacturer would release a drone called the DR-1, our BS-o-meter shot past the "nope" point in under two seconds. As many of you guessed, the OnePlus drone is indeed an April Fool's Day joke. But apparently the company is taking a page out of Think Geek's playbook: in addition to being a mildly amusing misdirection, the DR-1 drone will also be available for purchase.

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elgooG's New Search Engine Mirrors The World As You Know It, Confuses And Delights You

Ever wondered if there was an alternate reality where your world was flipped, wrong was right, right was left, left had stayed, and... I may have lost focus right there. Let me readjust my direction and perspective... So elgooG asked the same question and came away with a solution to show you (and let's face it, your bewildered coworkers) a mirror of our universe, or at least the part of it that we all visit several times a day.

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Hangouts' Easter Eggs Help You End Your April Fools Pranks On A Funny Note

Did you just conduct a small or elaborate prank on your friends, family members, or coworkers? If so, and if you were talking to them on Hangouts, the moment you decide to reveal your true intentions and the nature of the prank, you'll be helped by a selection of easter egg animations. That should soften the blow — potentially.

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So far, we've seen a clown, a joker (or jester or fool), and an emoji disguised in eyeglasses and a mustache.

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Fire TV And Fire TV Stick Updates For Public Wi-Fi And Other New Features Are Rolling Out Now

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ASUS And Google Announce The Chromebit, A Full Chrome OS Computer On A $100 HDMI Stick

The Chromecast is great! Wouldn't it be even greater if it could actually run Chrome, instead of being a point for streaming video and music? ASUS seems to think so. Tucked into an announcement of new Chrome OS laptops, Google posted a preview of the Chromebit on the official Chrome blog. It's basically Chrome OS on a stick: plug it into the HDMI port on your TV, add some MicroUSB power, and you've got access to a full copy of Chrome OS.

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