The eggplant emoji wants you to go fuck yourself — literally


From its modest start as a lowly edible to its meteoric rise as a phallic symbol, the eggplant is undoubtedly a the star of the emoji world. And now it’s going places few emoji (presumably) have ever seen… literally. What started as a joke eventually led creator Jaime Jandler to create the ‘Emojibator’ — a real-life representation of the beloved emoji in vibrator form. Janderl told Cosmopolitan: I wanted to create a culturally relevant and classic product, and this really hit the mark on both. It’s also a great way to add a touch of humor to anyone’s sex toy collection. According to the website,…

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Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and other industry giants sign pledge to pay women equally


Two months ago, the White House first announced its Equal Play Pledge — a plan to end the salary gap between men and women in the private sector. Today, on Women’s Equality Day, 29 new signatures were added to a growing chorus of companies who demand equal pay for both sexes. A total of 29 companies signed the pledge — as announced by the White House today — and committed to conducting company-wide pay analyses annually and review hiring and promotion practices within their respective companies. Facebook, Apple, IBM and Microsoft have all signed the pledge, bringing the number of signatories to 57.…

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Apple facing supply shortages ahead of iPhone 7 launch


If it seems like we’re saying the same thing every year, it’s because we are. Again, Apple is weeks away from releasing a new phone without the supply to meet the expected demand. At this point, it’s tradition. This year’s supply shortage is more of the same as recent years and it directly boils down to shortages in the supply chain. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Asian publication Nikkei also details a fair number of “faulty components” that could impact availability at launch. According to an industry source: If Apple sticks to its launch schedule from last year, there…

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Report: Twitter will let you filter abusive hashtags and keywords


Twitter is planning on battling its long-standing harassment issues with a keyword filter, according to Bloomberg. The filter – a result of consulting with anti-harrasment groups – will let users block out specific words (think racial slurs, misogynistic terms, etc.) or entire hashtags. The company has previously provided tools to let you report abusers, but this would be the first time you can prevent harassment without having to actually see it first. While filtering hashtags is particularly important for when the crowd goes into hive mind mode and coalesces under a single offensive idea (like gamergate), but I’m hoping the filter…

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Spotify is punishing artists with Apple exclusives by decreasing their visibility


The fight between Spotify and Apple Music has been heating up for some time, but today things just got ugly — childish even. Citing sources familiar with Spotify strategy, Bloomberg today detailed Spotify’s push to punish artists that release music as an Apple exclusive. Lately, the “exclusive” game has been heating up as popular artists like Kanye West and Taylor Swift release music on other platforms with an exclusivity window. Once the window expires, it comes to Spotify. Now, Spotify is biting back by making these musicians harder to find on its own platform. In the pay-per-play world of online streaming, this…

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Spotify added a ‘Concerts’ tab to artist pages so you can actually listen to live music


Spotify is getting a small but useful update for informing you of your favorite artist’s latest moves: you can now view concerts right from individual artist pages. To be clear, the company has featured concert dates in its ‘On Tour’ section since 2013, but I’d argue a simple list of tour dates on an artist’s own page is more intuitive. It makes it easier to stumble upon a concert date for an artist you’re actively listening to than having to specifically open the On Tour section, and without having to sign up for personalized notifications. The new tab is rolling out today…

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Here’s how to skip iOS 9.3.5 and just upgrade to iOS 10


Yesterday Apple released an emergency fix to try to stamp out the so-called ‘Trident’ vulnerabilities. The multiple-headed monster exposed your device through not one, but three distinct vulnerabilities. Once accessed, these sensitive areas of iOS acted as an opportunity to remotely jailbreak an iOS device through a program called ‘Pegasus.’ Created by NSO Group — an Israeli cyberwarfare firm — the Pegasus vulnerability could potentially affect any iOS device running iOS 9.3.4 or older. Worse, the exploit has been in the wild for at least a month, so we’re really not sure how many iPhones and iPads were infected. While you’re probably…

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Happy Women’s Equality Day! Here’s proof media doesn’t know we’re there yet


August 26, 1920. The day women around America were finally given the right to vote. The day women became equal… allegedly. 51 years later, August 26th became officially known as Women’s Equality Day. Because saying we’re equal is almost as good as actually being equal. So how far have we actually come? From the Rio Olympics to the US presidential election, I’d say not very far…. You won bronze at the Olympics? Meh. Too bad you don’t play football. Wife of a Bears’ lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics https://t.co/kwZoGY0xAX pic.twitter.com/VZrjOvr80h — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) August 7, 2016 Set a…

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The 2017 iPhone will reportedly ditch the home button to kill its giant bezels


Another day, another iPhone rumor. The latest report from Bloomberg indicates that the 2017 iPhone will kill the home button. This isn’t the first time the rumor has popped up, mind you; it’s been floating around ever since we’ve been told the 2017 iPhone will have a curved OLED display. The point appears to be killing the top and bottom bezels as much as possible. The craziest bit about the rumor though is what Apple will do the TouchID sensor. It could just most it to the back, Google-style, but instead it appears Apple may build TouchID into the display itself. The…

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iOS has a nifty hidden feature that parents are gonna love


I don’t have any kids, but our designer Alex does – and he tells me he’s found a neat hidden feature in iOS that every parent is gonna love. Whenever Alex has to get work done at home, he’d put on a funny video on his iPhone and pass it over to his son, hoping to steal the kid’s attention for a few minutes and comfortably focus on the task at hand. But kids tend to be pretty touchy-feely with phones, so eventually his son would close the video and Alex would have to put it on again – this could get a bit annoying after…

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