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Via: Yahoo
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The Unicode Consortium responsible for standardizing text characters and emoji across different platforms recently announced that they'll be unleashing a new batch of characters for 2016. You can see some of the highlights above from Yahoo, including the much-requested "selfie" and "bacon" emoji.

The elephant in the room, however, is the lack of a taco emoji. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO EXPRESS TACO BELL REGRET, UNICODE CONSORTIUM? You expect me to use my words like an Actual Human Being? That's gosh-dang absurd and you know it.

If you're curious the emoji subcommittee (again a Real Thing and not something we just made up) has some explanations for their selections. Otherwise, here's a list of what's the come in 2016:

Face with cowboy hat
Clown face
Nauseated face
Rolling on the floor laughing
Drooling face
Lying face
“Call me” hand
Selfie
Raised back of hand
Left-facing fist
Right-facing fist
Handshake
Hand with first and index finger crossed
Pregnant woman
Face palm
Shrug
Man dancing
Prince
Man in tuxedo
Mother Christmas
Wilted flower
Scooter
Motor scooter
Octagonal sign
Clinking glasses
Black heart
Croissant
Avocado
Cucumber
Bacon
Potato
Carrot
Fox face
Eagle
Duck
Bat
Shark
Owl



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Via: Mattel
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The View-Master back, and it’s been upgraded for the 21st century.

Google and Mattel have announced at the 2015 Toy Fair in New York, that they are teaming up to transform the toy you remember as a kid into a virtual reality experience.

The new device looks very similar to the original with it’s signature shape and lever, but instead of inserting paper discs, you insert your Android phone.

It is based on Google’s “Cardboard” platform and requires an app from Mattel to let you explore what they are calling 360 degree “photospheres.”

Now you can send your kids to Europe or… prison!

“Take a virtual field trip to Paris and sit in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower as it soars above you,” says Mattel. “Visit historic Alcatraz Island and interact with your surroundings to discover fun facts.”

The stereoscopic photo viewer was first introduced at the New York World’s Fair in 1939, and the new edition will be available this Fall for $30.