The true definitions of the world’s most popular emojis

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Instagram found a way to decipher emojis. Photo: Cult of Mac
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Emoji have gone from cute little pictograms only teens use, to a near-universal method of expression for all languages in about four years. Instagram has been tracking the use of emoji in posts and noticed an explosion of emoji after Apple added the keyboard to iOS in October 2011.

Today, nearly 60% of all Instagram posts in Finland use emoji, while users in countries like France, U.K., Russia, Italy and U.S.A. include emoji in 40% – 50% of posts. Using a tool called word2vec that reads through text and predicts the context around a given emoji, Instagram’s engineers have combed through millions of posts to decipher the true meaning of emoji.

Here are the most popular emoji and their definitions:

Instagram turns on the tunes with new music channel

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Use social media to find out more about your favorite artist. Photo: Instagram
Use social media to find out more about your favorite artist. Photo: Instagram

As Apple prepares to relaunch Beats Music at WWDC, another tech giant is throwing its name in the music ring: Instagram, which has just launched a new @Music account designed to capitalize on its popularity among music fans.

The newly-opened account will share music-related photos, lyrics, and videos, relating to both established artists and new acts you haven’t heard of.

Instagram offers up new filters, emoji for hashtags

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Lark, Reyes and Juno are three new filters for Instagram. Photo: Instagram
Lark, Reyes and Juno are three new filters for Instagram. Photo: Instagram

Instagram continues to play with the color wheel, introducing three new filters Monday the company says get inspiration from weekend outdoor adventures.

In addition to the filters, named Lark, Reyes and Juno, Instagram now allows users to include emoji on hashtags.

Since surpassing more than 300 million users in December, Instagram has added several new features to the photo-sharing app. It added five filters in December and last month, rolled out a new app called Layout, which allows users to combine multiple images in a single post.

Death-defying iPhone films dizzying 40-story dive

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The view of Dubai from Catalin Marin's iPhone before the phone fell 40 stories. Photo: Catalin Marin/YouTube
The view of Dubai from Catalin Marin's iPhone before the phone fell 40 stories. Photo: Catalin Marin/YouTube

Catalin Marin should be walking around the streets of Dubai with a new iPhone – and not the one he dropped from a building 40 stories high.

Not only did Marin’s phone survive, it was rolling video the whole way down. When he got to his phone, he was able to watch it play back.

“I had a bit of a mishap this morning,” he wrote on her Instagram feed to introduce the 15-second video. “Shooting from the 40th floor, my phone decided to go for a ride into the wind. Forty floors down, not a scratch in sight.”

Instagram makes it super-easy to stalk your favorite accounts

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Instagram quietly enabled an option today that makes it super-easy to keep track of your favorite accounts.

You can now set up push notifications for whenever a specific account posts a new photo. The timing of the new feature makes perfect sense with the impending release of the Apple Watch.