Top five April Fool's Day stories

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Now that it’s gone midday, we’ll give up on the fake news and go back to the real deal. Before that, though, I wanted to salute a few of the better April Fool’s Day stories from around the web this morning.

5) Guardian now only available on Twitter

4) Moo.com’s super-eco-friendly business cards

3) Warner Bros. acquires the Pirate Bay

2) LoveFilm removes all french-made and french-language films

1) Bigfoot discovered in Windows 7

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Plug mug, stops office-based mug theft

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Do you have a mug problem in your office? Where some tosser always steals your mug from the cupboard just as you *really* need a soothing cup of tea? Well here’s your answer.

The Plug Mug, from IWOOT, has a removable plug in it that you can keep on your keyring and only apply when you’re drinking. That way, it’s useless to anyone else. It’s dishwasher safe and everything.

Yours for just £10, available right now.

Plug Mug (via Technabob)

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Apple isn't a fan of boobs or booty

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Both “boobs” and “booty” have been banned from being used in marketing text for an application called “Wobble”, which allows users to add ‘wobble points’, around which any picture they like will wobble. If that confused you, check the promotional video for the app, but be warned, it’s probably mildly NSFW.

Back in December, an application called iBoobs was banned from the App store, and now ‘Wobble’ is under threat too. When the developer complained about the censorship, Apple told him “Wobble and Apple had an agreement that we needed to comply with”.

Apple are rather tetchy about the tone of the app store. For a long time, burp and fart apps weren’t allowed (though they’re now ridiculously popular), and full-on porn has never been allowed. Where does the line get drawn, though? Share your opinion in the comments.

(via TechCrunch, image courtesy of “Jiggles” app)

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DEADLY GADGETS: Sniper-rifle mounted iPod dock

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We’ve seen deadly iPod accessories before, but this is the first iPod accessory I’ve seen for killing people that aren’t you. It’s a handy iPod Touch mount for your sniper rifle. What do you mean you don’t have a sniper rifle?

On the App Store, there’s some matching ballistics software, called Bullet Flight. Though if you live in Washington DC, I wouldn’t recommend buying it until tomorrow, unless you want a visit from the FBI. You can choose to correct for distance, wind direction, elevation and temperature. No coriolis effect, sadly.

In the meantime, it gets boring on a rooftop for hours on end – so what would be on a sniper’s playlist? I’ve started making a Spotify playlist here. Let me know your suggestions in the comments.

(via the Firearm Blog)

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VIDEO: Lock and unlock your door with a Nintendo controller

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Got an Arduino, a spare CD-ROM drive and an old NES lying around? How do you feel about making yourself a nifty security system out of it?

It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds, and Instructables has the ‘how-to’ guide. You’ll also need a webcam, small speaker, and a bunch of random wiring. Soon, you’ll be foiling would-be intruders with your geek skillz.

Nintendo Keyless Entry System (via CrunchGear)

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SHOCK: Seagate releases rap video and it's actually pretty awesome

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When technology and rap meet, the results are usually catastrophically awful, but this… this is damn catchy. Seagate has sponsored a track – “Computer Friends” [Stack the Memory], made by the Sniper Twins, who are a pair of New York rappers that make awesome 8-bit influenced tracks. “Check out Salad Wrap”, on their MySpace, too. All together now… “it’s been a while, baby, on a thirty day trial, lady…”

Seagate (via TechCrunch)

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Nitrogen-infused golf club allows you to pretend to be John Daly

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is the PowerBilt Air Force One. It’s a golf club, and it’s full of Nitrogen. Why is it full of Nitrogen? I’m glad you asked. It’s full of Nitrogen because Nitrogen improves the ‘trampoline effect’ when the club makes contact with the ball, and allows the makers to produce a club that gives you optimum distance but retains a large sweet spot.

All in all, you’re going to end up with a drive like John Daly’s. The driver’s going to cost US$500, along with US$350 for a fairway wood and US$250 for a hybrid iron. I don’t know much about how much golf clubs cost, but that does seem rather on the expensive side. Still, for the longest drive in Golf, perhaps it’s worth it.

PowerBilt (via CrunchGear)

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Solid gold USB stick challenges your wallet

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If I learnt anything from the second series of Heroes, it’s that people who turn stuff into gold tend to end up in an early grave. A cautionary tale for Super Talent, who make USB drives out of 18 carat solid gold. The Pico-C USB drive. Oh, they cost US$599, by the way. What do you get for that cash? 8GB of storage, 30MB/s transfer speeds (gold’s a very good conductor) and water resistance, in case you drop it in your $300 glass of champagne.

The company will also etch anything you like onto it for no extra cost, like a pretty zebra, your primary school nickname (big ears), or maybe even your company’s logo. The whole thing arrives in a black velvet jewelery box with a certificate of authenticity and a gold keychain. I’ll say again – US$599. That’s £380. Yowch. Grab one on eBay and spraypaint it gold instead.

Super Talent (via ShinyShiny)

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