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An Emoji Keyboard For The Emoji… Enthusiasts Out There

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We’re not gonna comment on the sad state our culture is in when some of its constituents recognize a market for an Emoji keyboard. No, we’re not gonna do that because we also realize that it would make us grumpy old farts unable to adjust to a changing social landscape. We won’t comment… Instead, we’ll happily accept that kids these days emoji this and emoji that, and it would only make sense to make a couple of keyboards so they can emoji their hearts out. EmojiWorks makes two versions of this keyboard, the $80 Plus (on special at $49 but currently sold out) that features a cool 47 emojis, and the $100 (also $49 on special) Pro version that features a super cool 120+! There’s also the alphabet on there, thrown in for good measure, because they figure there may be times when an incomprehensible string of emojis won’t accurately reflect the complex thoughts that might occasionally pop into your mind. But on the Pro version at least, these pesky letters thankfully only take up 25% of the space so don’t freak out.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ IncredibleThings ]

IKEA Hotplate Forces You To Ditch Your Smartphone For Dinner

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Dinnertime conversation… Some of you might remember the days where you’d actually, you know, talk to one another at the diner table, rather than peck away at your smartphone between bites. If these memories are felt with a sense of fondness, maybe you can bring that old tradition back. IKEA Taiwan has a put out a video showcasing a hotplate that only gets hot if enough smartphones are placed underneath it. We’re not sure how the tech works (is it just a scale?) but the more phones you put down there, the hotter the meal gets. There is very little information on this, and we doubt it’s something the company is planning on releasing to the public. But we can bet there’s a strong market for something like this.

Watch the video to get a sense of what they’re hoping to accomplish.

[ RocketNews24 ] VIA [ ThatsNerdALicious ]

I Don’t Want To Live On This Planet Anymore: Bridal Selfie Sticks Are Now A Thing

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Selfie sticks… you either hate them or love them. Considering their popularity, we suspect we’re the ones being snobbish about a product the marketplace is clearly clamouring for… but there’s just something so freaking irritating about them. Maybe it’s their intrinsic narcissistic quality, the fact that they’re built specifically for taking better pictures of yourself. Maybe you just look like a tool holding one. Whatever the reason, we can’t help but shake our heads when reading about the Bridal Selfie Stick, pictured above. Because yeah, it totally makes sense that you’d be walking down the aisle with a bedazzled selfie stick pointed at your face. Yeah, no, it’s not like you’re supposed to be excited about joining your life to that of another person, right? It’s much more important that the world knows how you looked while doing so.

Cultural criticism aside, there’s a glimmer of hope in the fact that these don’t seem to be available for purchase just yet. They were spotted at bridal-and-evening-wear-designer Reem Acra’s fashion show recently, and there’s no word that they’ll ever make it to market. But of course, once an idea is out…

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[ Mashable ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Leave The Millenials Alone

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If you’ve spent any time reading the news (and chances are that you have, since you’re here reading news about gadgets), you may have noticed a relatively recent trend of opinion columnists complaining about the generation of people born between 1980 and 2000. The Millenials. According to this trend, these kids are tech obsessed, self-centered, lacking in social skills, narcissistic, etc. And, according to them, this is a bad thing. Well, in the following cartoon, Pulitzer Prize finalist Matt Bors makes a compelling argument about the situation, putting things into perspective. Hit the jump for the whole thing.

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A Typical Reaction To A Chris Nolan Movie

The Dark Knight Rises is out and while not breaking records, it’s been fairly well received by critics.

And the above comic pretty much nails down a typical reaction to a Chris Nolan movie. I’m just about ready to go watch it a second time, despite the bunch of holes I punched right through its logic within a couple hours of leaving the theatre.

VIA [ GeeksAre Sexy ]