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  • Google Allo's sticker packs are weird and wonderful

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    Brittany Vincent
    Brittany Vincent
    08.19.2016

    Google's Allo messaging app is on the horizon, and Android Police has an early look at what we can expect out of the sticker packs with which you can decorate your conversations with others. At a glance, they're pretty out there.

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    Twitter's first promoted stickers come from Pepsi

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    08.15.2016

    You knew it was just a matter of time before Twitter's stickers became advertising vehicles. The social network has just introduced promoted stickers, which help brands get their message out through the same searchable 'visual hashtags' that you might already be slapping on your photos. Pepsi is the first to embrace the concept, and it'll offer 50 of the emoji you've seen on bottles and cans (see above) as stickers across 10 regions.

  • Snapchat's location-based 'geostickers' arrive in ten cities

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    Ben Woods
    Ben Woods
    08.03.2016

    You might have thought that Snapchat's Geofilters do a pretty good job of jazzing up your snaps when you're in an area blessed with them. Now, the company's rolling out new stickers you'll only be able to attach if you're in the right spot (like New York's pizza rat above).

  • Twitter's Snapchat-like stickers are now available to all

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    Matt Brian
    Matt Brian
    07.28.2016

    After announcing its intentions late last month, Twitter has finally jumped on the sticker bandwagon. The company announced it has completed the rollout of its "visual spin on hashtags," allowing you to furnish your photos with strategically-placed emoji and other custom-made cartoons. They're searchable too, just in case you want to see other people's crazy creations.

  • Twitter's searchable stickers can add pizzazz to your photos

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    Brittany Vincent
    Brittany Vincent
    06.27.2016

    Post a lot of photos to Twitter but feel like they're lacking something? Twitter's changing that with today's announcement of #Stickers, which will let you spice up your pictures with props, emoji and more.

  • Snapchat stickers can now move around in your videos

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    Nick Summers
    Nick Summers
    04.13.2016

    One of Snapchat's defining features is the ability to add text, emoji and colorful scribbles to your photos and videos. Before, these would sit statically on the screen, but now stickers can move in tandem with any object or person in the frame. Once you've shot your video, you'll be able to add some colorful emoji and pair them with specific parts of the recording. Snapchat will handle the rest, making the stickers move, rotate and change size. As way of example, this could mean having a bicycle shoot down the street alongside a car, or putting a guitar in your best friend's hands.

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    Twitter is testing stickers you can add to photos

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    Nick Summers
    Nick Summers
    03.23.2016

    Twitter is struggling to attract new users, so it's looking to other social networking apps for ideas. As Recode reports, the company is testing a new sticker feature similar to Facebook, allowing users to spruce up their photos with colorful, customizable additions. One such tester, @XBLFoxes, shared a screenshot with the new sticker option in the right-hand corner of Twitter's photo editor. The idea being, of course, that it could encourage people to tweet more photos and, in response, receive more likes, retweets and replies from other users. All of which would help Twitter to grow.

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    Live in a yellow submarine on Google Maps

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    Timothy J. Seppala
    Timothy J. Seppala
    03.18.2016

    Google wants to help you remodel your house one sticker at a time. Okay, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but the search giant is adding options to customize locations (including your abode and where you work) within Google Maps by adding a whimsical icon to it. You can totally tell people you work in a lighthouse, pirate ship or a even live in yellow submarine, so long as you don't mind sharing it with a few musical insects, that is. What's more, you can add labels to just about any destination now so can get push notifications about what traffic and travel time will be like to, say, the grocery store during rush hour.

  • Here are the most popular emojis by state (kind of)

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    Nick Summers
    Nick Summers
    08.20.2015

    Emoji are insanely popular, despite the near-endless stream of stickers and GIFs that dominate our messaging apps these days. But depending on where you live, some emoji are more popular than others. The folks behind SwiftKey, the predictive keyboard app for iOS and Android, have been mining their community's usage via SwiftKey Cloud to see which icons rank highest across the US. They've come up with an interactive map, but to be clear -- each state's pick isn't based on sheer volume. As a spokesperson explained to Gizmodo: "To identify the 'top' emoji per state, we cross-referenced the list of emoji each state uses more than the US average with the emoji each state uses more than all other states." So there you have it. You might be able to poke a few flaws in the methodology, but it's still fun to see where different emoji are used more often. Georgia really likes the moon, for instance, and Utah has a soft spot for lollipops. Who knew?

  • Oh boy: Facebook for mobile lets you add stickers to photos

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    Mariella Moon
    Mariella Moon
    02.19.2015

    Well, here's a nice Facebook feature for the more fun-loving users: the social network now lets you add stickers to photos before you even post them from an iPhone or an Android device. The social network launched a separate sticker app in December, but that one's only for pictures to be sent through Messenger. Also, its built-in stickers were only for use in private messages and the comments section, prompting anyone who wanted cute accoutrements in their pictures to turn to third-party apps. Now, you'll see a small icon at the bottom of each uploaded image, which you can click to see all the stickers you can use. These graphics can be resized, rotated, moved to another location -- or just straight up deleted if you change your mind. Sure, go on and roll your eyes at the news, but we promise you teens and tweens will eat this up: cue the rise of super-kawaii, sticker-ridden Facebook selfies.

  • The owner of Helvetica and Times New Roman just bought some emoji

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    Aaron Souppouris
    Aaron Souppouris
    02.02.2015

    Monotype just bought Swyft Media. Or, a company you probably haven't heard of just bought a company you probably haven't heard of. Monotype, for the uninitiated, is a company that helped revolutionize typesetting at the latter end of the 19th century, and owns typefaces you probably see every day like Helvetica, Times New Roman and Franklin Gothic. And Swyft? It's a startup that creates stickers and emoji. Recently profiled by Fortune, it works with brands to create custom sticker packs for apps like Facebook Messenger and Line. At first glance, an emoji advertising firm and a historic type company might seem an odd couple, but given the rate that stickers are replacing our written words, perhaps it's money well spent. The deal could (according to TechCrunch) cost Monotype up to $27 million -- a small price to pay for staying relevant in our emoji-filled future.

  • Hangouts eavesdrops on your chats to offer 'smart suggestions'

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    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    12.10.2014

    Google's Hangouts is gaining a handy, but slightly creepy new feature today. The popular chat app will now act as a digital spy-slash-valet by eavesdropping on your conversations to offer "smart suggestions." For instance, if a pal asks "where are you?" it'll immediately prompt you to share your location, then open a map so you can pin it precisely. It'll also try to help if it detects certain other phrases in a conversation using artificial intelligence tech that Google recently purchased from a company called Emu. Google said the suggestions are "the start of something new," which may not reassure folks already concerned that it's a tad too invasive already. To be fair, though, it's not far from how Google currently monitors email and searches to deliver targeted ads.

  • Brace yourselves: Facebook stickers are coming to comments

    by 
    Billy Steele
    Billy Steele
    10.13.2014

    Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, but even when it's not, you can still use 'em. After popping up in chat and Messenger windows in the past, Facebook is employing stickers in comments for both mobile and the web. Use the small pictures to visualize your reaction to Timeline, Group and Event posts when you'd rather keep things succinct. Unfortunately, if you want to express your feelings with an image for a regular post, you'll still have to upload one the old fashioned way.

  • Estimote's stickers let you add tiny sensors to just about anything

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    08.21.2014

    The problem with the internet of things is that you often have to buy expensive add-ons or replacements to get all those clever sensors; you may not want to buy a bike computer just to track your rides. If Estimote has its way, you won't have to. Its new Sticker beacons let you graft wireless sensors on to nearly any object, giving it location, motion and temperature data that you can check through apps. You can figure out the length of your last bike trip just by slapping a sticker on the frame, or find out when your flowers need watering by using an augmented pot. Estimote even pictures stores using the tags to automatically cue up product info on a nearby screen, so you could find out whether some hot new shoes come in your size just by taking them off the shelf.

  • Apple decal sellers saw a tremendous spike in sales following 'Stickers' ad

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    Timothy J. Seppala
    Timothy J. Seppala
    07.31.2014

    Your worst fear, confirmed: Engadget's staff laptop of choice is the MacBook Air. Other than the massive checks we each personally receive from Apple (har har), it's our go-to laptop because it's light, fast, and great for the kind of work we do. It doesn't hurt that it looks sweet with stickers as well, of course. And after Apple highlighted users' proclivity for decking out their MBAs in a recent video (seen below), the world of laptop decal sellers was suddenly cast in the spotlight. That spotlight resulted in a lot of new buyers, according to a report on MacStories. Quite a few more, actually. One of the vendors MacStories spoke with saw orders increase by 400 percent since the ad aired, and page views jumped from a typical 500 per day all the way up to a peak of some 4,500 last week. If you dug any of those stickers, well, our sister site TUAW searched out links for where to buy those 74 decals. And while a majority of those depicted are easily found online, for those that aren't, the site scoured Etsy and other places for suitable stand-ins. Now for the hard part: picking out the perfect decal. Ben Gilbert contributed to this report

  • I searched for all 74 of the stickers in Apple's new ad so you don't have to

    by 
    Mike Wehner
    Mike Wehner
    07.23.2014

    Putting stickers on your MacBook is cool. I know this because the majority of you told me you're totally cool with it in a recent poll. Oh, and also because Apple just ran a TV ad showing just how amazing your MacBook can look with a little bit of vinyl applied. If you saw something you liked on that fast-moving ad, you're in luck because I did the legwork of searching for every funky sticker that made an appearance. Well, ok, not every sticker -- I ignored the section of the ad with the generic music stickers -- but every sticker you probably care about. All 74 of them. Not every sticker Apple shown is actually available for purchase... anywhere. Others are clearly inspired by decals you can buy, but they're not exactly the same. Apple definitely fabricated some of these specifically for the ad itself, but others are available for you to buy right this minute. I've listed all of them, and noted their status. If there is a sticker similar to the one shown in the commercial, I've linked it. If not, I've linked an alternative for most that has a similar theme. Enjoy. Shutter shades (Close, not exact) 3D glasses Headphones Baseball cap Hat and tie Heisenberg Mowhawk Afro Aperture Simple camera (Close, not exact) Abstract camera Rectangular camera (Close, not exact) Polaroid Guitar pick Turntable (Not available, alternative) Vinyl record Gramophone Record player (Not available, alternative) Round tree Simple tree (Not available, graphic found here) Bonsai tree (Not available, alternative) Palm tree (Close, not exact) Design for nature Tree w/birds Birdcage New York skyline Golden Gate Paris Toronto London (Close, not exact) Sydney Nashville Tokyo Pyramids Dubai King Kong (Not available) Red lipstick (Not available, alternative) Vampire mouth (Not available, alternative) Cat (Chi's Sweet Home) eating Apple Scrat (Not available, alternative) Cookie Monster (Close, not exact) Snoopy (Close, not exact) Snow White Pac-Man Homer (Not found, alternative) Pointing (Not found, alternative) Bullet (Close, not exact) Dandelion (Close, not exact) Batman (Not available, alternative) Tasmanian Devil (Not available, alternative) Catwoman (Not available, alternative) Wonder Woman(Not available, alternative) Hello Kitty (Not available, alternative) Hello Kitty peeking (Not available, alternative) Space Invaders Galaxy (Close, not exact) Skydive (Close, not exact) Atom (Close, not exact) Divers Donut (Not available, alternative) Black cat (Not available, alternative #1, alternative #2) Saturn ring (Not available) Rings (Trance) Zebra Abstract (Not available) Inferno Flash (Not available, pattern found here) Pink leopard (Close, not exact) Mickey hand Skeleton hand (Close, not exact) Simple hands (Not available) Zombie hands (Not available) Heart hands

  • Snapchat outs location-based filters, but only for LA and NYC

    by 
    Edgar Alvarez
    Edgar Alvarez
    07.15.2014

    We knew Snapchat was testing a feature that let users unlock certain filters depending on their location. At the time, though, the popular messaging service kept its usage limited to people in New York City. But, starting today, Snapchat is bringing Geofilters out of the lab and making it a little more mainstream, announcing that folks in Los Angeles and The Big Apple can now start using the feature full time. Snapchat Geofilters is rather easy to bring up within the app, as it only requires a simple swipe to the right on your device and voilà. Naturally, actually having access to these pretty filters will still depend on you being at a supported spot in one of the aforementioned cities. The rest of you Snapchatters shouldn't worry -- chances are you'll see Geofilters come to other places sooner rather than later.

  • Snapchat tests stickers that only unlock when you're in popular locations

    by 
    Matt Brian
    Matt Brian
    07.02.2014

    Snapchat's ephemeral messaging service is enjoying huge growth, but as it stands the company is not making any money (at least from its users). But that isn't to say it isn't testing potential new revenue sources, one of which involves fusing two popular messaging features: stickers and location. As discovered by Mail Online, Snapchat has begun offering some users the opportunity to add special stickers to their photos based on their where they are. Some Snapchatters have gained access to filters that shower them with dollar bills when they are in New York's financial district, while others have shared stickers that can only be unlocked inside popular US airports. We know that Snapchat has been working with brands to add their logo to images or videos for specific events, but these new stickers could provide an easy way to share a user's location visually, instead of checking in. Whether you'll soon be able to share a McDonald's sticker when you grab a Big Mac remains to be seen, but Snapchat appears to be open to the idea.

  • Viber's new desktop app arrives with a huge focus on stickers

    by 
    Edgar Alvarez
    Edgar Alvarez
    06.10.2014

    There's no doubt that people have a common interest in emojis and stickers, so Viber knows how important it is to keep that market content. With that in mind, the service is now getting a revamped version of its desktop calling/messaging app, featuring a much more accessible way to find stickers than in previous versions. You can now search for those colorful (and mood-telling) stickers in a quicker way within the application, as well as have them docked as a menu right alongside your conversations. Viber also revealed that there are now over 100 million concurrent users on the platform, which is a pretty good number if it wants to keep up with the big players in the game -- hey, Skype, Viber's looking at you.

  • How many stickers is too many?

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    Mike Wehner
    Mike Wehner
    05.23.2014

    We ran a poll back in April asking how you feel about stickers on your MacBook. Not surprisingly, a whopping 41% of you said you'd never consider such a thing, while just 19% embraced the practice enthusiastically. But how much is too much? I have a feeling that the MacBook Pro pictured above falls into the "WHY!?" category, but I'll leave you to decide. I count at least 35 stickers here, which is quite an achievement in its own right, but I can't help but feel that the little glowing Apple logo smothered underneath them is crying out for help. [Photo credit: Roo Reynolds]