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How Google is trying to fix Android's emoji problem

Android emoji as seen on Samsung devices.Image: Emojipedia By Karissa Bell2017-07-25 01:00:36 UTC Android has an emoji problem. No, it’s not those weird blobs (RIP), but something that’s been nearly as tricky to fix. Because of Android handset makers’ inconsistent updates, not only do many Android users not get new software updates in a timely manner, they don’t get new emoji at the same time as their iPhone-using counterparts. While

Your flight times could be cut in half thanks to NASA's supersonic tech

By Brett Williams2017-07-25 00:51:05 UTC NASA is working to bring supersonic speeds to commercial flights in the United States, which could cut travel times in half. The key? Keeping the noise down.   The agency has a design for a new supersonic jet meant to reduce the effects of sonic booms to a much less noticeable “quiet thump.” It hopes to take bids from aircraft manufacturers starting in August to

Google tests autoplay videos in search, because we aren't allowed to have nice things

Image:  Happy Stock Photo, shutterstock  By Adario Strange2017-07-25 00:32:46 UTC One of the most hated features of the 2017 internet — autoplay videos — may soon be coming to anyone (i.e. nearly everyone) who uses Google to search.  At least that’s the look of things based on a new test Google has been rolling out in recent days that puts autoplay videos in the Knowledge Panel (which appears to the

Jared Kushner says a fake Guccifer tried to extort the Trump campaign for Bitcoin

The Kush.Image: REX/Shutterstock By Colin Daileda2017-07-25 00:13:06 UTC Jared Kushner — prince of the United States and future savior of the Middle East — wants you to know that not all computer crazies worked to help his father-in-law during the 2016 presidential campaign.  The Kush sat before investigators in Congress on Monday to talk about his meetings with Russian folk leading up to last year’s election, and he wanted the

After all that, Amazon's Whole Foods deal may be delayed

345 Shares Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images By Patrick Kulp2017-07-25 00:07:01 UTC It could be a while before your local Whole Foods starts recognizing your Prime membership. A raft of regulatory questions may delay the $13.7-billion mega-merger between Amazon and the supermarket chain as Democratic lawmakers and government officials raise antitrust concerns. Whole Foods told its investors in June that the deal was expected to close late this year, but the

Ataribox crowdfunding plan is a giant, flapping red flag

Image: atari By Adam Rosenberg2017-07-18 00:27:49 UTC Be concerned, Atari fans. At this point, there’s only one fact about Ataribox that matters, and it didn’t come from either of the vague press releases issued so far. As Eurogamer discovered in a June investor note, the console will be crowdfunded. “To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign,” the note — translated

Embattled former Thinx CEO gets book deal months after settling sexual harassment complaint

Former Thinx CEO Miki AgrawalImage: Getty Images for Advertising Week New York By Margaret Sullivan2017-07-18 00:25:26 UTC Former Thinx CEO and founder Mika Agrawal has just secured a new book deal, not long after she settled a sexual harassment complaint in May. This second book for Agrawal (her first came out in 2013) will be entitled Disrupt-Her and will focus on how women in the workplace can “remove filters that

How was Harry Styles' 'Dunkirk' performance? Critics are going in one direction

Christopher Nolan and international movie star Harry Styles.Image: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images By Angie Han2017-07-17 23:47:49 UTC For a not-insignificant proportion of the moviegoing population, the most pressing question about Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk isn’t “Is it good?” but “How is Harry Styles in it?” The former One Direction member makes his acting debut in the World War II epic, playing one of the young soldiers on the ground. It goes

'Game of Thrones' and 'Hamilton' fans will fall in love with this glorious mashup

[embedded content] Game of Thrones fans are passionate. Hamilton fans are passionate. Both of these shows are critically-acclaimed and both of these shows are imbedded in our modern zeitgeist. So, it only makes sense to combine the popularity of these entertainment phenomenons into one. This music video mashup is based on the song “Alexander Hamilton” from the musical with the same name, except it focuses on the plot lines of

A strange red star appears to be acting out, and astronomers are keeping a close eye on it

Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.Image: Danica Coto/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Miriam Kramer2017-07-17 23:24:31 UTC A star about 11 light-years from Earth might be a weirdo. Scientists using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico took a look at the relatively small red star — named Ross 128 — in May, but last week, researchers noticed something kind of odd in the 10 minutes of data.  The signal picked up by the observatory