The most popular word of 2014 wasnt actually a word, according to a new survey of global English usage, it was an emoji: the ? emoji in fact. “The Heart and Love emoji, emoticon, and variations thereof appear billions of times a day around the world across languages and cultures,” claims Global Language Monitor (GLM) in their 2014 report on English-language word usage, adding that it is “the first time an ideograph has captured [the] Word of the Year honors.”
The most popular heart emoji on Twitter has been used nearly 500,000,000 times
Although the above claim that the heart emoji and its cognates appeared “billions of times a day” is most likely a big exaggeration, its credible that an emoji overtook any single word as the…
Given that NYC is the greatest city in the world (I’m definitely not biased), it makes sense that the Big Apple is looking to give its residents a better way to pay off their many parking tickets. According to MarketWatch, the city of New York issues eight to ten million parking tickets each year, coming out to around $30 billion in revenue for the city. That said, the city is… Read More
Elon Musk is pretty much the best thing about Twitter, and today is no exception – the Tesla CEO tweeted that his electric car company is actually working on tech that would allow chargers to snake out of the wall and plug into your car automatically, eliminating the need to manually connect when you get your Model S back to your garage at night. Btw, we are actually working on a… Read More
2014 is drawing to a close, and today we have a review of ROCCAT’s flagship mechanical keyboard, the Ryos MK Pro. It was launched earlier this year and has very interesting specifications, along with a hefty price tag. Can it still compete in 2015? We will find out in this capsule review.
One of the last summaries of 2014 to be posted has arrived from the guys behind Dictionary.com, who have picked out the hottest trending words of the past year. Replacing the selfie, cronut, and twerk of 2013 are terms like misogynistic, sociopath, and asphyxiation, which reflects a stark change in mood from the previous rankings. The impetus for looking up those definitions in 2014 came from a series of tragic events in the US, including a murder spree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the death of Eric Garner after being subjected to a chokehold by police. On a more positive note, the increased scrutiny of the Washington NFL team’s nickname led to more people finding out exactly what “redskin” means, and at least some…
The crazy part? I played all of them on a smartphone.
Ever since the PS3, Sony has tantalized Playstation owners with the idea of Remote Play, which lets you stream console games to a mobile device so you can take games with you throughout the house. It was a…
TinyPulse launched to change the way employee reviews were done. Based on the promise of weekly, one-question surveys, the company has grown to more than 20 employees and just raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. Read More
Laurie Penny weighs in with an important addition to the discussion about privilege and pain, making the important point that privilege is not the absence of pain, discrimination or hellish conditions — but that doesn’t mean that the nerds who suffered through school bullying are without it. Read the rest
In theory, the FBi needs to get the FISA court to sign off on requests for secret warrants to spy on Americans — in practice, it almost always rubberstamps those requests. But on the rare occasions when the FISA court says no, the FBI just gets a National Security Letter (AKA “the other secret warrant”) and gets spying. Read the rest
Mark Zuckerbergs New Years Resolutions are pretty legendary. The Facebook founder and chief executive is famous for setting himself a “personal challenge” every year, from only eating meat from animals hes killed himself in 2011 to wearing a tie every day in 2009. In 2010 he even set himself the task of learning Mandarin, a goal that came to fruition rather publicly when he conducted a Q&A in the language in Beijing this year. Of course, not everyone was impressed by his accent, but how many languages have you learned lately?
A group of hackers has reportedly leaked the full version of Microsoft’s official Xbox One SDK the software kit that approved Xbox developers use to make games and apps for the console. The group, calling itself H4LT, announced the leak of the kit via its Twitter account, tweeting screenshots showing the SDK’s files to Microsoft’s official Xbox account.
Uber has suspended its Uber Pop ride-sharing service in Spain, the company confirmed today, after a court ruling that has followed months of sustained pressure from authorities in the country. Read More
You’re going to see lots of curved things at CES 2015. TVs, all-in-one PCs, and plenty desktop monitors. LG’s one of the main pushers of curved displays, and tonight it’s announcing one of those products before we head for Las Vegas. The 34-inch UltraWide desktop monitor has been designed for gamers and integrates support for AMDs FreeSync, which eliminates unsightly screen tearing that can happen when your monitor and graphics card get out of sync. And since it’s got a 21:9 aspect ratio, you’ll be able to see details on screen that are hidden from your multiplayer foes playing Battlefield 4 on 16:9 monitors. LG’s not new to 21:9 displays, but it’s describing the new UltraWide as one of its best yet, promising unrivaled color accuracy…