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If American Artist Edward Hopper Used Instagram and Facebook

Edward Hopper, foremost chronicler of lonely American souls, would have found pathos in our modern world of FOMO. This clever series from Ukrainian artist Nastya Ptichek updates Hopper's work for a social media era, and the overlay of electronic icons makes his paintings even more depressing. Read More >>

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Oh Good, Yelp Now Suggests Businesses Based on Emoji

Emoji is a strangely useful language, whether you're recapping episodes of wildly popular TV shows or sending your friend a smiling pile of poop when real words fail you. Until now, though, this lexicon was essentially inscrutable to machines. Those days are over: Yelp's mobile app now suggests businesses when you type the tiny pictures in the search bar. Read More >>

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Apple's Trying to Make iOS Emojis More Racially Diverse

After Miley Cyrus quite rightly grumbled about the lack of racial diversity in iOS emojis a long time ago, MTV Act decided to ask Apple what it had done about it. Perhaps surprisingly, it's pushing for change! Read More >>

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Emoji in Real Life are Terrifying (But Could Save a Kid's Life)

What do you get when you apply the kindly, whimsical emoji you know and love to actual human faces? Nightmare fuel for days. But also a very clever ad campaign that aims to stop sexual predators from occupying your child's open tabs. Read More >>

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Should Smilies Have Noses: The Great Emoticon Debate

Recently, the dating website Zoosk conducted a study of 4,000 singles to see which online dating habits were the most conducive to finding yourself your very own sex friend. One of the most peculiar bits of info gleaned from the study, though, is that fact that profiles that used the emoticon ":-)" racked up a 13 percent net increase in replies while the ":)" would send you into a 66 percent decline. Never underestimate the power of a nose. Read More >>

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When Should You Use Emoji?

To me, the answer to the question of when you should use emoji is an emphatic always. But I get it, if you're texting something important to a humourless prick, a top hat with a lipstick kiss and prayer hands might not be well received. So follow this flowchart created by artist and friend of Gizmodo Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul to figure out proper emoji etiquette. Read More >>

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The Entire Breaking Bad Premiere Translated Into Emoji

New York-based artist Zoe Mendelson has answered some kind of higher calling, and has adapted the season 5.5 premiere of Breaking Bad into emoji form for FastCo. Beware: obvious spoilers ahead. Read More >>

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Here's Every Emoji Being Used on Twitter in Real-Time. It's Insane.

Gosh! I wonder which emoji is trending on Twitter right now! I wish there was some sort of online tool that tracked such a thing! Oh, there is! Praise jeebus for emojitracker.com! Read More >>

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Charles Darwin Is Helping Solve One of Mankind's Greatest Problems: Reinventing the Emoticon

Emoticons are ingratiated into modern language. Tweens communicate in nothing but nonsensical strings of emojis, and artists use them to create entire tales. But even with widespread use, emoticons' emotions have remained relatively 1-dimensional since their inception. Read More >>

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Quite Possibly the Funnest Use of Emoji

Emojis are almost always fun. I mean, does it get better than throwing up hilarious characters like a hammering toilet with winged money to friends or changing Jay-Z and Kanye West lyrics to Emoji so hard? Didn't think so. But what about those shape emojis? THOSE are useless. Until now. Read More >>

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How to Mega-Troll Your Friends with iPhone Emoji

Gizmodo loves emoji more than we love some of our own family members and/or sexual partners—sometimes, it's just the best (or only) way to express yourself. But there's a dark side to emoji—they can be weaponised. Let's troll. Read More >>

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Apple Adds Gay and Lesbian Couple Icons to iOS 6

The new version of Apple's iPhone operating system comes with new emojis, the popular emoticons that are often used in texting and email, especially by young kids and nerdy adults like me. Two of these new pictograms represent gay and lesbian couples for the first time. Read More >>

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There Are Tons of Emoji on Windows Phone!

Gizmodo loooooves emoji. They are so cute! And apparently, they're on Windows Phone in droves, which somehow totally slipped under our radar. But luckily, WP Central's already compiled all of the adorable little icons and their input codes. Wink! Turtle! Stormcloud! Something called Right hug! Read More >>

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Horrible, Joyless Patent Trolls Are Suing Samsung and RIM Over Emoticons (o_O)

I bet when you're texting with friends you like to drop a :-) or maybe a ;-). If you're really up on your game, it's possible you toss in a (^_^). Read More >>

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