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Your April Fools’ Guide To Not Being Tricked By Google

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The folks at Google have gone all out for April Fools' this year. The folks at Google have gone all out for April Fools' this year.
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Google Nose BETA Google Nose BETA
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If you've seen someone smelling their computer or phone screen, there's an explanation.  The folks at Google have gone all out for April Fools' this year.

Developers at the online search engine have launched several tricks that have been noticed so far Monday.  It has become an annual tradition for the online giant to have some fun on this day.

The staff at 7 On Your Side has played around with a few.  Check out the descriptions, then watch the YouTube videos on each below the article.

Google Nose BETA

First, and probably most outrageous, is Google Nose BETA.  Google is playing it off as the "new scentsation in search."  When prompted, the screen asks you to move in close and give a good whiff of smells such as campfire, wet dog, roses, new car and success.  The Google Aromabase claims to have 15M of scentibytes inhaled and indexed by Street Sense vehicles.

Now that you're in the know, prank your friends.

Google Maps Treasure Mode

If you're searching on Google Maps Monday, you might notice something a little off in the upper right corner of the screen.  A hand-drawn map overlay is displayed where you would normally see the satellite layer.  It's called "Treasure."  When you click the feature, it turns the entire map into a treasure map-looking background with major roads and landmarks.

Google says you can explore the 2D hand drawn landmarks and even find hidden treasure chest, but developers warn of pirates.

Here's the link to check it out.  To switch layers, look in the upper right.

Gmail Blue

Another prank they've come up with is Gmail Blue.  There's really not much to this one.  If you use Google's email, you have the option to turn all features blue.  That's all.  The company hypes the technology as innovative.

Find out more.

Others

Some blogs have pointed out other fake features and hoaxes such as the announcement that YouTube is shutting down.  Read more here. 

Twitter also did away with vowels, and Kickstarter campaigns were created to bring back shows from the 90s like Wings and Family Matters.

So if you hear something that seems to not make any sense Monday, keep in mind that it is April Fools' Day.

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