Tagged With emoji

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Back in the days of MSN Messenger, (Y) was a coding shortcut for the "thumbs up" emoticon. Many people continue to use this symbol to convey approval or affirmation - even in chat clients that don't support the code. This practice must be stopped. With firearms if necessary.

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Emojis are part of our general vocabulary these days, but they're not as easy to get to on your desktop like they are on your phone. That said, you can bring them there, thanks to a feature in Canary, Google's developmental version of Chrome.

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Windows/Mac: I casually mentioned the existence of Emojicopy the other day in one of our secret Lifehacker chat rooms, and I was surprised to find that nobody else had ever heard of this site. Which then got me thinking: How do most people hunt down emoji to drop into messages, blog posts and other important documents?

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I used to think I could get rich off domain flipping. Casino.com sold for $US5.5 million ($7 million) in 2003, and PrivateJet.com sold for $US30.18 million ($38.5 million) in 2012. I've since given up on the concept, opting to spend my time purchasing domains for inside jokes rather than retirement plan gambles. While I'm pretty sure you won't get as lucky as Sex.com (a cool $US13 million ) you can still score a pretty cool one thanks to ?.to, a site created by BetaList founder Marc Köhlbrugge offering an easy way to purchase emoji-based domain names, and see which ones have been snatched up.

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I recently purchased a few smart bulbs and have plans to expand my collection of smart lights. I did notice a small inconvenience during setup, however: It was hard to tell which bulb was which without staring into an app. So I added a visual aid to my bulbs using emoji stickers. It's a lot easier to see the "banana" light is out instead of trying to figure out which bulb is "Hue living room bulb 7" while your ceiling fan is off.

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If you're a casual Facebook user, you might be wondering what the deal is with all those weird emoji things that are suddenly appearing below your posts. These are Facebook's new reaction buttons for statuses that require more than a simple "like". We explain what they do and how to get them.