Best 2013 April Fools Jokes on the Internet
April Fools Day, the yearly holiday that encourages playing practical jokes, pranks and hoaxes on friends, family, and now the Internet, has major brands trying to outdo themselves in tricking the Internet audience. With some very believable and not so believable announcements today, Business Review North America has found the best of the best for your April Fools Day perusal.
Today, YouTube has announced that it is finally ready to pick a winner in its long-running eight year contest to find the best video in the world. Completely underestimating the incredible response they’ve received, YouTube will stop accepting entries tonight and close the site down until 2023 in which it will reveal the winner. YouTube’s 30,000 technicians will narrow down the submissions to be reviewed by its esteemed panel, made up of distinguished film critics, YouTube celebrities and some of YouTube’s most “prolific commenters.”
Toshiba announced today its new computer featuring “instant inflation” allowing users to enjoy digital media anywhere they want it, even in the bathtub. Inflating just buy pressing CTRL + ALT and P-U-M-P, the Toshiba TubeTop offers users “mobility at its very finest,”
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Virgin Atlantic Airways announced today the launch of the world’s first glass-bottomed plane. Detailed in a blog post by Founder, Richard Branson, the glass-bottomed plane will be available for travel on Virgin Atlantic Airways’ first ever domestic service to Scotland. Branson expects this “unrivalled view of Scotland” to boost tourism to the northern UK region.
Google has announced today its new product “Google Nose” offering users a new “scentsation” in search. It’s flagship olfactory knowledge feature that will allow users to search for smells features 15 million scentibytes in its Google Aromabase. Wondering what that new car smell really smells like? Google Nose has you covered with descriptions and smells right at your fingertips.
Sony introduced yesterday its new Animalia Line of tech products for pets. With products such as the K( 4K TV, the M3-OW KittyCans and In-Cage Speakers, Sony expects its introductory line of products will entice owners of dogs, cats and hamster who are interested in enjoying media with their furry friends.
Twitter announced yesterday their plans to shift towards a two-tiered service. The first tier “Twttr” is free to the public and almost the same service, but users will only be able to type consonants. The 2nd tier is the Twitter service users and fans have come to know and love, with vowels, at a $5 monthly fee.
“We’re doing this because we believe that by eliminating vowels, we’ll encourage a more efficient and “dense” form of communication. We also see an opportunity to diversify our revenue stream,” said Twitter in an official statement.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.