2014’s Word of the Year

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On 18 November 2014, Oxford Dictionaries announced The Word of the Year. Joining the likes of past winners “GIF,” “selfie” and “unfriend” is “vape”—the term describing the use of electronic cigarettes. Other words in contention were “bae,” “normcore” and “budtender,” which is basically a bartender’s counterpart at a marijuana dispensary. In order to be considered for the title, words need to meet strict criteria and …

The Origins of the Poop Emoji

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Emojis are a staple in our digital vocabulary, but it wasn’t always this way. The tiny cartoons endured a tumultuous past before ever becoming a texting necessity. This is especially true for one of them: the poop emoji. Originating in Japan, emojis were used to add a certain emotional weight to otherwise dry messages, and the poop emoji was possibly the most popular of them …

The MICA Smart Bracelet

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A new entry into the wearable tech market by Intel and Opening Ceremony is a fashion-forward accessory for women that strips down functionality to focus on what’s really important. The MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) is a stylish bangle that needs no separate device to operate and comes with its own wireless plan and SIM card. The device will sync with Google Calendars, Facebook, and …