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Twitter Bails on the Cartoon Pistol Emoji Twitter Bails on the Cartoon Pistol Emoji

The pistol emoji has existed in one form or another since at least 2010, but in 2016 Apple shook shit up by replacing it with something completely different: a harmless, lime-green water gun. Today, about a year-and-a-half later, Twitter is following suit.

I’m Terrified Screens Are Destroying My Eyes, How About You? I’m Terrified Screens Are Destroying My Eyes, How About You?

Earlier this year, smack in the middle of a typical Monday afternoon, my vision started to blur and cloud like someone had thrown an exposure slider for my eyes all the way to the right. I tried to blink my way through it, but it was no use. So I shut my laptop, briefly panicked, and then walked away and slept for an…

This Experimental Typeface Cleverly Combines Braille With the Latin Alphabet This Experimental Typeface Cleverly Combines Braille With the Latin Alphabet

Exploring the limits of type design, Tokyo-based designer Kosuke Takahashi has developed Braille Neue, an attempt to combine Braille with the English and Japanese alphabets.

Snapchat Announces Group Video Chat Feature That Instagram's Probably Going to Steal Snapchat Announces Group Video Chat Feature That Instagram's Probably Going to Steal

Snapchat’s parent company Snap may be in the fiscal shitter, but Snapchat’s still an incredibly popular app: Last we heard, 187 million people (teens) use it daily. For those folks, as well as Instagram’s uninspired product team, Snapchat is adding a new group video chat feature akin to what’s already available on…

Fitbit Did What You Wanted and Basically Made a Pebble Fitbit Did What You Wanted and Basically Made a Pebble

I haven’t asked for a lot from Fitbit over the years. Really only one thing. I would like another Pebble—a gorgeous smartwatch that lasts for days, has a healthy selection of apps, and isn’t sized to fit the wrist of a seven foot tall, 300-pound football player. Finally, I think, Fitbit might be giving me what I…

Apple’s Next iPhone X Could Be Gigantic Apple’s Next iPhone X Could Be Gigantic

We might not just get a new iPhone X this fall. Apple reportedly has two additional new devices planned: A big phablet that borrows design elements from the iPhone X and might be called the iPhone X Plus, and a cheaper phone that sacrifices some of the iPhone X’s premium features to make it more affordable, according…

Snapchat’s Redesign Isn’t Going Anywhere Snapchat’s Redesign Isn’t Going Anywhere

This month, more than a million keyboard-wielding, moderately frustrated change.org users petitioned Snapchat to roll back its big redesign—the one Snap delicately introduced over the course of a few months and said would be “disruptive.” Miraculously, this petition has achieved something, albeit on the smallest of…

I Can't Tell What Color This Phone Is and Honestly It's Driving Me Nuts I Can't Tell What Color This Phone Is and Honestly It's Driving Me Nuts

This week, we finally got our first hands-on look at the long-promised “Ocean Depths” color scheme of the Essential phone. Despite looking very much green in promotional photos, however, the device now appears quite blue. So which is it? And why has this question driven me to the brink of madness?

There's Already a Leather Coaster to Protect Your Furniture From the HomePod There's Already a Leather Coaster to Protect Your Furniture From the HomePod

It only took one day—one freaking day!!—for someone to capitalize on the bizarre news that Apple’s $350 HomePod, the speaker that isn’t so smart but sounds pretty great, might wreck your wood furniture. That someone is gadget accessories maker Pad and Quill and we are just as blown away/totally unsurprised as you are.

Sagelike Tim Cook Dreams of Seeing Money Die Sagelike Tim Cook Dreams of Seeing Money Die

In a strangely transcendental moment during Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, CEO and quinquagenarian Tim Cook told the company’s investors today that he is “hoping to be alive to see the elimination of money.”

Curl Up With This Chill-Ass Version of Twitter That a Swiss Designer Made Curl Up With This Chill-Ass Version of Twitter That a Swiss Designer Made

Zurich-based designer Florian Schulz has reimagined Twitter not as a mind-numbing torrent of breaking news, gifs, and nazis, but as something else he calls a “social network.” We’re not too sure about this “social network” idea, but the results are pretty intriguing, at least in an experimental way.

What Apps Have You Deleted Lately? What Apps Have You Deleted Lately?

After a mind-numbing election cycle and a distressing car accident, I dramatically deleted Twitter from my phone early last year, giving my brain a break from the creeping sense of exhaustion that was building up over the holidays. And when I finally did it, a fellow Twitter user offered a prescient, super obvious…

Did Design Really Cause Hawaii's 'BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT' False Alarm? Did Design Really Cause Hawaii's 'BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT' False Alarm?

When Hawaii accidentally terrified residents earlier this month with a push notification about an imminent “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT,” the Internet seemed to cry out in unison: Okay, who pushed the wrong button?

Pretty Soon a Smart Assistant Won't Be a Choice Pretty Soon a Smart Assistant Won't Be a Choice

This winter I bought three Google Home Minis—two for me, and one for my lovely parents.

Google Is Taking the Android Out of Android Pay Google Is Taking the Android Out of Android Pay

If you use Google’s products, there’s a good chance the company already has a copy of your credit card details stored somewhere—in your Chrome browser’s autofill settings, gathering dust in a Google Wallet, or inside Android Pay. But soon, “over the coming weeks,” Google says it will merge the various ways it gobbles…

Intel Says CEO Dumping Tons of Stock Last Year 'Unrelated' to Big Security Exploit Intel Says CEO Dumping Tons of Stock Last Year 'Unrelated' to Big Security Exploit

Late last year, the CEO of Intel sold millions of dollars in company stock, as CEOs often do. The sale appears to have occurred while developers were reportedly rushing to fix a major security flaw affecting Intel processors made in the last decade.

Uber’s Unreal $70 Billion Valuation Really Was Unreal Uber’s Unreal $70 Billion Valuation Really Was Unreal

Today Uber, the biggest ride-sharing company in much of the world, got its hands on even more money by selling up to 20 percent of itself to Softbank and other investors in exchange for a giant sack of cash. But those investment dollars come with a catch. In order to raise more money, Uber sold a chunk of itself at a…

Apple Wants to Patent a Voice Assistant That Knows When to Whisper Back Apple Wants to Patent a Voice Assistant That Knows When to Whisper Back

Sometimes it feels like we’re inching closer to a future like the movie Her, where humans spend their time wandering around, constantly chatting to their own personal AI assistants. Today, services like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are getting better at responding to some types of requests, but because they can…

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