You're About to Have More Options Than "White Emoji" and "Racist Emoji"

Racial diversity amongst our emoji has been an issue for a while, especially now that more and more of our teens are regressing into a pictogram-only lifestyle (because words are dead). Thankfully, it sounds like the Unicode Consortium has heard our cries—diverse emojis are coming. And not the racist kind. » 11/04/14 9:11am 11/04/14 9:11am

My Day on the Emoji-Only Social Network, Translated (I Think)

Words are dead. Grammar, syntax, nuance—all pointless when adorable cartoon sea animals can do the dirty work for us. At least, that's the world Emojli, an emoji-only social network, would like to envision. But after spending some time there, I am more than happy with my inanimate letters. For Emojli's future is a… » 9/11/14 2:05pm 9/11/14 2:05pm

Everything Apple Announced Yesterday

This is Apple's biggest year yet—the line may sound trite, but at least this time, it actually holds some weight. Yesterday, not only did Apple finally give in to a (way) bigger iPhone, but after years of what's seemed like years of will-they-or-won't-they, Apple has finally entered the smartwatch game. And at least… » 9/10/14 11:55am 9/10/14 11:55am

How the Best Seinfeld Parody on the Internet Created Seinfeld Emoji

"Imagen if Senfeld on TV today?" is a question often posed by @Seinfeld2000, an alternate universe of Seinfeld characters in contemporary situations told through garbled English and meme-ready Photoshop renderings. Now @Seinfeld2000's creator has invented his own 2014-appropriate language to communicate with fans: … » 7/22/14 5:30pm 7/22/14 5:30pm

The Clever Reason Flag Emoji Count as Two Characters in Twitter

With World Cup fever in full swing, people have finally found a use for the flags tucked in the far corners of emoji keyboards. But patriotic tweeters can only fit at most 70 little flag icons in a 140-character tweet. What gives? Turns out, each flag emoji counts as two characters—and there's a clever reason why, as… » 6/24/14 10:10am 6/24/14 10:10am

The Story Behind the Universal Icons That Came Long Before Emoji

Before the twin girls dancing, the smiling moon, the steaming pile of poo, there was a whole other visual language we used to help guide us through the world. Before emoji, there was isotype, the influential pictorial language invented in the 1920s. And it continues to influence our lives today. » 6/19/14 2:20pm 6/19/14 2:20pm

Oh Good, Yelp Now Suggests Businesses Based on Emoji

Emoji is strangely useful, whether you're recapping wildly popular TV shows or sending your friend a smiling pile of poo when real words fail you. Until now, this lexicon was probably inscrutable to machines. Those days are over: Yelp's mobile app now suggests businesses when you type tiny pictures in the search bar. » 4/05/14 4:30pm 4/05/14 4:30pm

Game of Thrones recapped with emojis is actually pretty damn good

You could read the books. You could borrow your friend's HBO Go account to watch the show. You can spoil yourself by just existing on the Internet. Or you can catch up with the last season of Game of Thrones through this surprisingly good emoji recap. Yeah, emojis. It covers the big happenings of season 3—who boned,… » 4/02/14 8:09pm 4/02/14 8:09pm