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The Newest Food Emojis Have Been Revealed

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Emojis, the colorful language inspired by our collective imaginations and invented by The Unicode Technical Committee, now have new food icons. The new emojis include: round waffles, a stick of butter, yerba mate in a gourd with a straw, an onion, bulb of garlic, a juice box, large ice cube and probably the most anticipated, falafel. Although you probably weren’t clamoring for each new option, the additions should nevertheless spice up your text life. 

Considering how prevalent emojis have become in how we communicate, the perfect emoji for a witty response always seems to be missing. The reason behind this lies in the rigorous emoji approval process. Emojis aren’t just updates made in some windowless room by someone sitting behind a computer, the process is actually very democratic. Anyone can submit an emoji suggestion to the Unicode Technical Committee. Meaning, the balut emoji you’ve always been wanting to text your friends is a possibility. You just have to follow these guidelines to submit a new emoji proposal

The guidelines are fairly straightforward, but the subsequent deliberation can be tedious. For example, the falafel emoji could’ve been three balls rather than a plateful. Emojis work as a language bridge, so it’s important that designs translate across cultural barriers. Designs also vary from platform to platform. Food is a particularly popular area for emoji enthusiasts, so it’s no surprise many want their favorite dish represented.

With that said, writing about food emojis has made me crave food food. I’m sure these new emojis will inspire many funny convos and hopefully more creative submissions to the committee. I look forward to witnessing the evolution of the emoji language. Who knows, maybe one day someone will create an emoji cafe.


Tech Company Says You Can Use Pizza Toppings To Unlock An iPhone X

FaceTec, a biometric security company that’s working on their own facial recognition app, ZoOm, has found a shockingly easy way to hack into the new iPhone X’s Face ID recognition app.

FaceTec conducted an experiment with a “sleeping” iPhone X owner and placed numerous pizza toppings on their eyes, such as olives, mushrooms, and pepperoni, to easily hack into what Apple promoted as a “secure and private new way to unlock, authenticate, and pay.” As shown in the video, the iPhone opens right up as soon as it recognizes the toppings as the owner’s eyes.

Doesn’t really seem so secure or private if it can be fooled by some food.

According to the video, some other ways to hack into an iPhone X is to place bottle caps or printed paper eyes over the eyes of a sleeping owner.

So you’ve been warned, iPhone X owners. With the way the Face ID is set up now, you may want to rethink ordering that pizza around nosy folks if you’re planning to pass out anytime soon after.

Fast Food

KFC’s New Meal Box Will Actually Charge Your Phone While You’re Eating

KFC has been very experimental in 2016. From tweeting a NSFW ad that obviously conceptualized a dude getting a hand job on a couch, to developing a line of edible nail polish that actually tasted like chicken, KFC’s been bringing the heat. With that said, KFC’s newest item is even more outside the box.

Well, actually, it is the box.

Aptly titled, Watt-A-Box, KFC India’s newest limited edition item is a 5-in-1 box featuring a chicken sandwich, a few chicken strips, a side, a beverage — and a phone charger. Yes, a phone charger.

The box has a USB port on the side and it supports both Android and iPhone smartphones, however, its reliability has already been questioned in various reports, stating that charger can’t hold a true charge.


Yum! Brands, KFC’s parent company, probably picked up the fact that no one talks to each other while having a meal together anymore.

That’s so 2015.

So in order to avoid any awkward silences or just to make sure KFC guests now have the opportunity to keep Snapchatting, or posting their KFC meals to Instagram. At least that was KFC’s plan.

Apparently, battery loss is a huge issue in the Indian community.

Featured image: KFC Youtube


Apple Hires Cookie Monster To Promote This Major Siri Update

Apple just launched a Hands-free function for Siri for the iPhone 6s. Now, users can just exclaim “Hey, Siri.” along with a command and the operating system will perform that command.

As an example, the company used the infamous Cookie Monster from Sesame Street in this new promotional ad. Here, he makes cookies using the new hands-free Siri to set a timer. In typical Cookie Monster fashion, the dude still can’t wait for his cookies to be ready.

Man, “Time in a Bottle” is such a relaxing song.


Grandma Bummed Over iPhone Gift, Chocolate Makes It All Better [Watch]

When you think about getting your grandparents gifts, technology’s not too high on the list. Naturally, there are a lot of variables that go into how tech-savvy they are, but many remain hesitant to use mobile devices.

One grandma in particular is getting quite popular for preferring her landline over a new iPhone. Luckily for her, her offspring know her all too well.

She’s briefly tricked into thinking she’s received Apple’s latest phone for Christmas, despite it looking more like a 2003 Nokia. The reveal is pretty suggestive, but she’s pleasantly surprised that the phone is made out of chocolate.

But will it bend?

H/t Daily Dot


We’ll Have a Whopper, Extra Bacon, Please


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Fast Food

Grab Your Chow Mein and Go With The New Panda Express Mobile Ordering App


Food court lines could very well become a thing of the past if fast food chains have anything to say about it. Following the mobile ordering trend, Panda Express is finally rolling out their own app nationwide.

Unlike other apps, Panda offers a special feature that allows group ordering across multiple platforms. This means you can order some Orange Chicken with Bacon, then sling the order along to your besties so they can order their favorite Panda dishes for the noms that shall ensue later. Admit it, the worst part of group ordering is trying to figure out how much everyone owes and how to make sure no one gets stiffed. Lucky for us, Panda’s new app lets each person on the order to pay their own bill towards the group order.

No word on whether the chain will join the Apple Pay movement, but for now, the Panda Express mobile ordering app is available on iOS and Android devices.

H/T + PicThx Eater


Text-a-Taco App Finally Lets You Text Tacos


Our generation has a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The lack of everyday food emojis at our disposal is an absolute travesty. How are we supposed to let our bestie know that we’re nomming on a sammich? Or god forbid we need the bae to bring home some corn dogs. What are we just supposed to text them with, words? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Enter Taco Text, the iPhone app we’ve all been waiting for. Created by Xoxco, the app is free and lets users send a taco to friends via text, email, or other social media apps. Users have a choice of four tacos they can send: Breakfast Taco, Everyday Taco, Fish Taco, and the elusive Mystery Taco. Seriously, the site doesn’t have an image for the Mystery Taco so let us know if you figure out what it looks like.

With McDonalds getting into the mobile game accepting payments through phones, we’re thinking it’s only a matter of time before Taco Bell creates their own app that will literally let you text your friend a taco. If they sub their new Biscuit Tacos in for the Breakfast Taco, we’re totally in.

Sorry Android users, the app is currently only available in the App Store.

H/T + PicThx Eater