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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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Pac-12 Now, MTV, And Qello Concerts Apps Add Chromecast Compatibility

Before you complain in the comments about the fact that all of these apps added Chromecast compatibility weeks ago... well, I suppose there's no power in the 'verse that can stop you. We reported that the TED Talks app got Chromecast powers back in November, but apparently Google's Chrome blog just spotted that today, and the Pac-12 app got it back in February. Qello Concerts? It was enabled on March 18th.

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[April Fools] Chrome Selfies Let You Share Spontaneous Pictures Of Your Reaction To Websites

Sometimes words cannot express how websites make you feel. The quickest way to get your emotions across is to simply share the look on your face. This is easy enough in person, and Google is making the online process similarly simple.

This feature is an April Fools treat, so it only seems to be live for people who have their devices set to April 1st. One such person shared this screenshot of Google prompting them as they were browsing Maps.

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Samsung Starts April Fools Early With The Galaxy Blade Edge, The World's First Smart Knife

One question has stuck in folks' minds from the moments they first laid eyes on the Galaxy S6 Edge: What's the point? Now Samsung is ready to show us. It has announced the Galaxy Blade Edge, the world's first smart knife. Take from the proximity to April Fools what you will.

The Galaxy Blade Edge isn't smart in the same way as your smartwatch. No, this product doesn't sync up to your phone through a Bluetooth connection, delegating its brains to a primary device.

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LG Will Hold A Leather-Themed Event On April 28th, Probably To Announce The G4

Samsung and HTC have already presented their flagships for 2015, and it will soon be LG's turn. The South Korean company just sent out "save the date" emails announcing an event on April 28th. Notice anything interesting? Yep, that looks like leather.

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Google Sheets Gets New Conditional Formatting Tools, Only Partial Android Support At Launch

Of Google's office document family of web and mobile apps, Sheets is arguably the one with the most uphill battle against the likes of Excel. People ask a lot of spreadsheets, both in terms of the sheer amount of information they ought to contain and in the myriad features desired. Google is stepping up its game in the latter area now that they are giving users more powerful tools for conditional formatting.

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[Update] AT&T's HTC One M7 IS Getting Its Lollipop Update Today

HTC's US VP of Product, Mo Versi had some good news for owners of the One M7 on AT&T yesterday evening. After months of waiting, the Lollipop OTA is starting this very day. "Tomorrow" in the tweet below refers to today, March 31st.

HTC originally hoped to have all its One devices updated a few months ago, but that deadline came and went before it could push Lollipop ROMs through the carrier maelstrom.

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Verizon's Galaxy S4 Mini And LG G Pad 7.0 LTE Get OTA Updates, But No Android Bumps

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