Items tagged with prank

Apple's Siri has long been fodder for tales of the miscommunications variety, most of them laced with humor of one ilk or another. The latest reported Siri easter egg, though, fails to bring the funny, and instead results in an immediate and very serious call to the cops. Recent posts on Facebook, Twitter, and in other social media hubs have suggested that iPhone users looking for a spark of entertainment should ask Siri about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Instead of hilarity and smiles all around, however (as if someone could find any kind of glee in the subject, anyway), those opting to engage... Read more...
Practical joke? Or practically planning for the future? Google has historically ushered in a few good pranks on 4/1 each year, and today is no different. Google Nose (in Beta, of course) is the latest joke, but perhaps the funniest bit is that it's actually based on technology that's very real. Smell-o-vision has been something of a holy grail in technology for a long, long time, with some cinemas even going so far as to test out the addition of select scents in movies to add to the realism. Of course, the negativity that surrounds certain smells has generally gone a long way to killing the whole... Read more...
All cell phones have the ability to make a 911 call even if the service on the phone is disconnected.  This is a requirement of the Federal Comunications Commission, and while this is an obvious safety measure, it's also being mis-used by some to make prank calls to 911. Emergency dispatch operators say they're getting an increasing number of prank calls and hang-ups made by children playing with disconnected cellular phones that can still be used to make 911 calls. "Kids call us and swear at us because they know we can't do anything about it," said Clearfield Dispatch supervisor Wendy... Read more...