There is no more gun emoji. Is that a good thing?

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Emoji have conquered the world, no doubt, but what happens after the conquest?

The answer: Things change. Emoji are constantly evolving, not only with new symbols that arrive on our smartphone keyboards year after year, but also the symbols themselves. A couple of years ago, your standard emoji keyboard usually had a gun on it, but today that symbol has been almost universally replaced with a water pistol.

The gun’s transformation may be the most dramatic of changes, but emoji are changing in subtler ways, too. Apple recently announced a new set of emoji coming in iOS 12, and it includes a eye-like symbol, the nazar amulet, that’s very popular in Turkey and other parts of the world, but not the U.S. With the emoji keyboard now pretty much filled out with “universal” symbols, expect more niche or regional characters to appear. Read more…

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Google is working on software that could eventually replace Android

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Google is already working on an operating system that may replace Android in the next five years.

The tech giant has reportedly been tinkering on the OS, codenamed “Fuchsia,” for over two years and now has more than 100 engineers working on the project, according to Bloomberg.

Unlike Android, which was designed as an operating system primarily for smartphones and devices with touchscreens, Fuchsia is said to put voice-controls and AI front and center. 

“It’s being designed to better accommodate voice interactions and frequent security updates and to look the same across a range of devices, from laptops to tiny internet-connected sensors,” Bloomberg reports. Read more…

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Save up to $200 on select Dell laptops (which are great for students) before the sale ends July 20

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With students going back to school in a few weeks, now is the best time to get a new laptop. Lucky for all the students parents out there, Dell has two great promotions on two of its most powerful and compact laptops. 

Dell has a deal on the Inspiron 15 5000 laptop with a 15.6-inch display running Windows 10 Pro. You can get the laptop for only $649.99, which is a deep savings of $200. It’s the newer and more versatile model with an Intel Core i7 processor with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD storage. The laptop also features Dell’s TrueColor that automatically adjust color vibrancy, tone, and temperature in whatever the situation to deliver a great and realistic image and video experience every time you use it. Use the coupon code DBCW649 to get the deal. Read more…

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Amazon deals for July 20: Save on 4K TVs from Sony, LG, and Samsung, plus Funko Pop figures, HP and Epson printers, and more on sale

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Happy Friday! With the weekend here, Amazon has a lot of deals on products that will help you relax and enjoy your days off, like big screen TVs, Amazon connected-devices, and toys for the kids. The retailer also has deals on office supplies and printers for when you get back to work on Monday.

Amazon is continuing their deals on HD and 4K TVs, like a 32-inch HD TV with built-in Roku functionality from TLC, while Sony has two 4K TVs on sale; a 55-inch for $1,298.00 and a 65-inch for $1,498.00Samsung discounted one of their 4K OLED smart TVs for less than $2,400. Read more…

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Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft are joining forces to make your data super portable

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Avengers: Infinity War is the most ambitious crossover event in history…but Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook might beg to differ.

Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft have all teamed up to work on a new open-source project called the Data Transfer Project

The goal of the project is to give users an easy and convenient way to transfer data between each platform. If all goes as planned, users’ data would be seamlessly transferred service to service without having to be downloaded then uploaded it each time. Users would no longer feel bound to a service solely based on all the data they have stored on it. Read more…

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This robotic vacuum's camera could let hackers spy on you

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Be careful: Hackers might be watching through your vacuum. 

Well, they could if you own the Diqee Camera Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, which is made and sold in China. It touts features like an HD 360-degree camera, night vision, and anti-collision sound wave technology.  

While that’s helpful for keeping your house clean, cybersecurity firm Positive Technologies claims the the internet-connected device has two major vulnerabilities. 

First, hackers can gain access to the vacuum remotely and move the device, which is creepy enough. But they can also access the camera to watch you in your home. Yeah, that helpful surveillance feature doesn’t sound so alluring now.  Read more…

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