The Least-Loved Edition Saturday, August 6, 2016

Top 10 Least-loved Emojis, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

There are now around a thousand base emojis and tens of thousands of variations. One day, in a dark mood, I wondered: What are the least-loved emojis? I checked out the live stats on and asked Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia for his site’s least-favorite emojis. The result is this list: The world’s least-loved emojis.

This New Emoji App For Moms Perfectly Sums Up What Motherhood Is Like, by Alana Romain, Romper

Let's be honest: emoji are basically life. Sometimes there is no better way to represent your feelings via text message than with a few choice icons — so much so that even Kim Kardashian got into the emoji game, releasing her popular Kimoji app, complete with belfie and twerking emoji. But after lamenting the fact that the emoji already in existence didn't offer them a way to capture the reality of motherhood, a group of moms got together to create EmojiMom, and the result is fantastic. Mostly because this new emoji app for moms perfectly sums up what motherhood is really like.

Turi And Siri Sitting In A Tree

Apple Said To Buy AI Startup Turi For About $200 Million, by Mark Gurman and Sarah McBride, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. acquired artificial intelligence startup Turi Inc. for about $200 million, according to people familiar with the situation, in the latest deal by the iPhone maker to accumulate advanced computing capabilities for its products and services.

Turi helps developers create and manage software and services that use a form of AI called machine learning. It also has systems that let companies to build recommendation engines, detect fraud, analyze customer usage patterns and better target potential users, according to the Seattle-based startup’s website. Apple could use this to more rapidly integrate the technology with future products.

Fast Enough?

Apple’s Stagnant Product Lines Mostly Reflect The State Of The Computer Industry, by Joel Hruska, ExtremeTech

It’s been a while since Apple updated its hardware, some of that hardware could be better than it is, and the net result would be systems that were at least a little sexier than they are today. But Apple has kept updating most of its laptop lines to take advantage of better battery life and performance improvements, while the performance of desktop CPUs has largely stagnated. Is it ignoring GPUs? Yes — but that’s completely par for Apple.

Eye Sight

Review: Mevo Tiny Camera For Facebook Live, by Jefferson Graham, USA Today

The Mevo is being marketed as the easiest way to put a quality production on Facebook Live--just plug it in, download the app, set your wifi, click the record button for Facebook Live or you’re on the air.

Or, as the company says: "Your iPhone is now your personal video editing suite — zoom, pan and cut with ease, all from a single camera. Or tap the subjects in your shot and let Mevo do the work for you."


Find A New City, by Austin Kleon

It’s not for everybody, and there are plenty of arguments against it, but I think it’s the one that’s the most realistically within reach for a lot of us.

Haters Gonna Hate — but They Better Stop Doing It On Twitter, Or They Will Kill It., by Jessi Hempel, Backchannel

A lot of things are troubling Twitter right now. None of the features that cofounder Jack Dorsey has introduced since he returned to the company as CEO last year have succeeded in attracting new users. Its revenue growth is slowing. It’s constantly speculated to be a takeover target. A rumor that Steve Ballmer was considering buying the company earlier this week sent the stock price up by more than 7 percent in a day. (It was just a rumor.)

But it’s biggest problem are those trolls. They’re winning. Too often Twitter’s users are subject to pernicious streams of abuse and harassment. This dissuades new users from wanting to sign up, drives formerly loyal tweeters to close their accounts, and gives advertisers pause as they consider where to place their brand dollars.

Why It Sucks To Play 'Pokemon Go' If You're Poor, by Kirston Capps, The Atlantic

While Niantic has not released much in the way of Pokémon Go data, the distribution of Gyms and Pokéstops in the game draws from the same database of user-generated, location-based Portals that players helped to develop for Ingress. One major difference between the games: Players cannot (yet) generate their own stops in Pokémon Go. Therein lies the problem.