That everyone loves a good April Fools’ Day prank is no hidden secret. While everyone else thinks of pranks moments before the day in question, tech based companies plan this event months in advance. Here is taking a look at some of the best April Fools’ Day pranks by tech companies in the past!
1. Gmail Motion
You know how you have apps and features which can now be controlled through your body’s motion? Gmail thought of this as a prank way back in the day! In 2011, Gmail announced it would launch a brand new motion feature which would allow people to control the email server by combining motion technology and semiotics.Through this combination, Google planned to channel facial recognition techniques and change the way people use email. Designed to be intuitive and to the point, Google Motion was going to make tasks like opening mail and sending replies an extremely sensory based method! If that actually happened and if you could send mails through gestures, how cool would that it be?
2. When Netflix “acquired” Seth Rogen
Perhaps one of the most epic things pulled off by Netflix, the day 1st April 2018 is forever embedded in history. When Netflix announced on this day last year, it had acquired Seth Rogen, it left a lot of people amused and surprised. According to the press release by Netflix, Seth Rogen entered into a lifetime deal to transfer full ownership of his personal autonomy to Netflix Inc. It was only a few days after the day of pranks that everyone realised this acquisition was not even close to the truth. Oops.
Remember when you were a child and you dreamt of riding in supercars, even if just for a day? On the 1st of April almost five years ago, Uber announced people could ride and fly in supercars on its platform. According to the announcement, people could request for Lamborghinis and Ferraris to come to you and take you for a joy ride. While only a fantasy, this prank was quite a cool one, wasn’t it?
Amazon always likes to make people laugh (and then shop on its site.) With the announcement of Petlexa, which was similar to Alexa, Amazon planned to let dogs, cats, and other animals communicate with Alexa just like you would. Apart from communicating with Alexa, Petlexa also gave pets the option of ordering from Amazon and to activate toys enabled for their smart homes. If only this were a real thing, Amazon would have pushed its sales through the woof!
5. Lay’s India
How many times have you gotten tired of sharing your favourite Lay’s chips with people around you? Lay’s India came up with the ultimate trick ever by announcing the launch of a “no share pack.” While many thought it was a brilliant solution, Lay’s kept teasing its fans by introducing gimmicks like a fingerprint sensor. Talk about a brilliant prank!
What is your favourite prank so far? Comment and let us know!
Top 10 Richest Women In India
India has a wealth of diverse talent and has produced some great leaders and business persons. Brand names like Reliance, Tata, Wipro and Aditya Birla are household names and are also known across the world. Women in India have been confined to their houses while men used to earn income in the olden days but, times are changing as women are challenging the societal norms and have also proved they are as capable as men. Indira Nooyi, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and Chanda Kocchar have given women hope that they can achieve should they set their minds on the goal.
India has its own share of billionaires or ‘crorepatis’ but let us have a look at the list of top ten richest women in India.
1) Roshni Nadar:
Roshni Nadar is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the information technology giant HCL and has a net worth of INR 36,800 crore. Roshni Nadar is the only daughter of Shiv Nadar and is also the vice chairperson of HCL Technologies. Roshni Nadar is the richest Indian woman and tops this list.
2) Smita V. Crishna:
Smita V. Crishna owns one fifth of the Godrej Group along with her brothers. Smita has a net worth of INR 31,400 crore and stands second on the list.
3) Kiran Nadar:
Kiran Nadar is the wife of HCL founder Shiv Nadar and has an estimated net worth of INR 25,100 crores. Kiran Nadar stands third on the list of India’s richest women.
4) Kiran Mazumdar Shaw:
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the founder of the giant bio pharmaceutical company, Biocon Limited. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has an estimated net worth of INR 18,500 crore and stands fourth on the list of India’s richest women.
5) Manju D. Gupta:
Manju D. Gupta is the chairman of Lupin Ltd., which is one of India’s leading pharmaceutical companies. She has a net worth of INR 18,000 crores and is India’s fifth richest woman.
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6) Leena Gandhi Tewari:
Leena Gandhi Tewari is the chairman of USV Pvt., Ltd., a company which focuses on biotechnology and pharmaceutical supplies. Leena Gandhi Tewari has an estimated net worth of INR 13,200 crores and is the sixth richest woman in India.
7) Vembu Radha:
Vembu Radha is the product manager at Zoho and is responsible for the guiding Zoho Mail to a prime position in the software and services industry. Radha has an estimated net worth of INR 9,900 crores and is the seventh richest Indian woman.
8) Nilima Motaparthy:
Nilima Motaparthy is a board member of Divis Laboratories based out of Hyderabad. Nilima is also on the boards of ten other companies and has an estimated net worth of INR 9,800 crores and is the eighth richest Indian woman.
9) Jayshree Ullal:
Jayshree Ullal owns 5% stocks in Arista Networks, a San Francisco based company. Jayshree Ullal has an estimated net worth of INR 9,800 crores and is the ninth richest woman in India.
10) Sangita Jindal:
Sangita Jindal is the chairperson of JSW foundation and is part of Jindal Group which is a market leader in metals and mining industry. Sangita Jindal has an estimated net worth of INR 9,600 crores and is the tenth richest Indian woman.
Let us know if we missed any other India’s richest women!
Top Ten Brands Owned By Pepsico
Pepsi with its iconic red and blue logo is one of the most well known brands in the world. Pepsi has a presence in almost every country on the planet and along with rival Coca-Cola, accounts for the majority of soft drinks and beverages sold in supermarkets. Pepsico was originally used to be called as Pepsi-Cola and the change to the new name only happened when a merger between Pepsi-Cola Company and Frito Lays took place in 1965. However, Pepsi did not just become a leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) brand in the world with just its soft drink brands but rather with making clever brand acquisitions over the years.
Here are the Top Ten Brands owned by Pepsico which are famous in their own right
The original Pepsi product behind the iconic brand is a carbonated soft drink developed in 1893 by Caleb Bradham as Brad’s Drink and was later renamed to Pepsi-Cola in 1898.
Mountain dew is another iconic carbonated and caffeinated soft drink well known for its citrus flavour and its fluorescent green packaging. Mountain Dew was developed in the 1940’s and its formula was revised over the years with the final revision happening in 1961 after which Pepsi acquired the brand.
Lay’s is the leading manufacturer of packaged potato chips in the world. Lay’s has been owned by PepsiCo through Frito-Lay since 1965. Each country has its own local flavoured Lay’s potato chips which are based on popular flavours relevant to the country.
The name Quaker immediately brings to mind the famous breakfast food, Quaker Oats, which is a leading cereal and breakfast food brand in the United States of America. Quaker Foods has been owned by Pepsico since 2001.
Gatorade is a famous sports drink which was originally made by the University of Florida for Gators, its athletic team, to replenish the carbohydrates that the school’s student athletes burned and the combination of water and electrolytes that they lost in sweat. The Gatorade brand was purchased by the Quaker Oats Company in 1983, which, in turn, was bought by PepsiCo. An interesting fact is Pepsico purchased Quaker Foods primarily for the Gatorade brand.
Tropicana is a famous bottle fruit juice beverage and was founded in 1947 before being acquired by Pepsico in 1998. Tropicana is hugely famous for its Orange juice which is easy to find in retail stores across the world.
7 Up is another iconic carbonated soft drink brand which has a lemon-lime flavoured base and is a non-caffeinated drink. 7 Up is also considered as a direct alternative to Coca-Cola’s Sprite drink. 7 Up is famous for its brand mascot, Fido Dido.
Aquafina is a purified bottled water product which is owned by Pepsico. Aquafina FlavorSplash is a flavoured, non carbonated and artificially sweetened line of products which come under six flavours. Aquafina competes directly with Coca-Cola’s Dasani brand of bottled water.
Cheetos is a famous brand of snacks manufactured by Frito Lay’s and is a hugely popular American snack. Cheetos is known for its Flamin Cheetos which formed the basis for the Kurkure brand which is widely popular in India and owned by Pepsico.
Doritos are flavoured tortilla chips sold in packets by Frito Lays. The original Doritos were not flavored. The first Doritos flavor was Toasted Corn, released in 1966, followed by Taco in 1967 and Nacho Cheese in 1972.
Let us know if we missed any more famous brands owned by Pepsico and deserve a mention in this list.
Who Are The World’s Richest Women?
There is no doubt once the COVID-19 pandemic passes over and the dust settles down, there is going to be redistribution of wealth in the world! The list of the world’s richest people will keep seeing continuous changes and perhaps even some names as the economies across the world are tanking and people are changing their spending habits and patterns. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely crippled several industries but, the automobile industry is the worst hit with some countries like India seeing almost zero sales for almost a quarter of the year.
Women have also long been running business empires over the years and have proved they are no less than their male counterparts. We have seen Alice Walton of the Walmart family and the L’oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers feature on the list of the World’s Richest Women consistently over the years. Let us take a look at the World’s Richest Women of 2020
The daughter of the Walmart founder, Sam Walton, Alice takes the top spot as the World’s Richest Woman with a whopping estimated net worth of $54.4 billion.
Francoise Bettencourt Myers:
Francoise Bettencourt Myers is the heiress to the beauty and cosmetic product market leader L’oreal. Francoise sits second on the list with an estimated net worth of $48.9 Billion. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected L’oreal shares as they shrunk by 12% which led to Francoise Bettencourt Myers losing the first place on the list of the world’s Richest Women.
Julia Koch is the newest entrant to the list of the richest women, when she and her three children inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries, after the demise of her husband David Koch in 2019. Julia Koch has an estimated net worth of $38.2 billion and is the third richest woman in the world.
Mackenzie Bezos is another newest entrant to this list of the world’s richest women after her divorce with tech mogul Jeff Bezos last year. Mackenzie Bezos has an estimated net worth of $36 billion and is the fourth richest woman in the world.
Jacqueline Mars comes from the family which owns the widely popular Mars candy and the family which developed the popular M&M’s . Jacqueline Mars’s estimated net worth is $24.7 billion and is the fifth richest woman in the world.
The thirty eight year old Yang Huiyan owns 57% of the Hong Kong based real estate developer Country Garden which was founded by her father. Yang Huiyan has an estimated net worth of $20.3 billion and is the sixth richest woman in the world.
Susanne Klatten owns stake in the German automobile company BMW and also owns a pharmaceutical company Altana. The COVID-19 pandemic meant car sales slowed down which led to BMW’s stake to fall 24% in the first half of March, 2020. Susanne Klatten has an estimated net worth of $16.8 billion and is the seventh richest woman in the world.
Lauren Powell Jobs:
The widow of the founder of tech giant Apple, Steve jobs, Lauren Powell Jobs owns an estimated net worth of $16.4 billion. Lauren Powell Jobs is the eighth richest woman in the world.
Zhong Huijuan is the chairman of the leading pharmaceutical company, Hansoh Pharmaceuticals which makes oncology, psychoactive, anti diabetic and other drugs. Zhong Huijuan has an estimated net worth of $14.6 billion and is the ninth richest woman in the world.
Gina Rinehart is one of Australia’s richest people and is the majority stakeholder in mining company Hancock Prospecting. Gina Rinehart has an estimated net worth of $13.1 billion and is the tenth richest woman in the world.
This list has been compiled based on the data from Forbes Billionaire list of 2020.
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