At approximately 11:38AM Cupertino time on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a cryptic message on Twitter reading only "?". It was quickly deleted.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Behind the seemingly cute symbols, something sinister lurks. Over the weekend, Q13 FOX Seattle reported on the secret emoji codes teen use to evade the watchful eyes of their parents.
I love my Amazon Echo. She is the perfect Bluetooth speaker, kitchen timer, and personal shopper -- for better or worse -- but also a friend, keeping me company on those brutally cold and lonely nights.
So when I learned that MightySkins -- a company that makes decals for literally every gadget under the sun, from hoverboards to drones to seven-year-old iPhones to electric unicycles to a wide variety of vapes -- I had to elevate my precious Echo from boring black tube to party monster.
Last week, a Chinese photo-editing app called Meitu blessed the world with its "Hand-Drawn" feature, which allows users to transform anyone they'd like into a soft, rosy-cheeked sweetie. It's the perfect tool to undermine your worst enemies, turning them into soft puddles of cuteness, or elevate your idols to a level of beauty previously unknown to mankind.
This year, Zuck's New Year's resolution is more noble, more selfless. He wants to get offline and immerse himself in the nitty-gritty land of IRL. The Facebook CEO plans to step outside his Silicon tower, Forrest Gump-ing around America, meeting with common folks like you and me. In a post Tuesday evening, the tech god wrote he wants to understand how we live, work and think about the future.
Picture this: you're at home, alone, and you suddenly feel an overwhelming urge to bellow into the abyss. Perhaps you've just formulated a take too spicy for the written word. Perhaps you're just mad about shit. You open up your Facebook app but right when you tap "LIVE" you catch sight of your face -- hideous, gnarled, cracked and broken. You swiftly close out of the app, burdened with a heavy sense of grief. Still burdened with that yearning to release your hot take, you begin to weep.
In the latest iOS 10 update, Apple added hundreds of new and redesigned emoji. The world of the emoji can be difficult to navigate, for sex-havers and virgins alike. Using the incorrect emoji in a message to one of your cooler friends or a potential new lover can leave you humiliated, looking like a fumbling nerd who can't even send a goddamn text right. So how do you use these new symbols to effortlessly and effectually convey who you are -- a person who has definitely had sex before -- through the medium of the iMessage?
In the latest iOS update, Twitter killed the last feature that made the platform usable -- the @-reply. Goodbye, "don't @ me." Hello, "literally can't @ me." Your replies to someone's tweets no longer factor into character count, which is good, but removing the @ all together makes your feed look confusing as hell.
Bee Movie -- Dreamworks' 2007 animated cult classic that details the romance between a bee (Jerry Seinfeld) and a human woman (Renée Zellweger) -- has long served as the inspiration behind the internet's weirdest memes. Recently it's paved the way for something that transcends Bee Movie -- something absurd, an artful and heroic exercise of futility and devotion. Something notably hollow.
On September 25, famed venture capitalist Marc Andreessen departed from Twitter with a bang. Now it appears the Netscape founder never actually left. Even though Andreessen hasn't been tweeting himself, he's still engaging with the social media platform's worst feature -- other people's accounts. Gizmodo investigated Andreessen's recent "Likes" and damn, homeboy's been busy.