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The first 176 emoji go on display at Museum of Modern Art

The first 176 emoji go on display at Museum of Modern Art

Whether you love them or despise them, emoji have become a staple of modern communication on mobile platforms. In the eyes of New York City's Museum of Modern Art, that makes them a form of artwork. To that effect, the museum has announced that it's adding the original 176 emoji, created in Japan, to go on permanent display starting in December.

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Prisma offline mode puts filters on your disconnected iPhone

Prisma offline mode puts filters on your disconnected iPhone

Hit photo editing app Prisma has gained offline support, addressing one of the most common criticisms about the tool that uses artificial intelligence to manipulate images with artistic styles. Launched back in June, initially only on iOS but subsequently for Android users too, Prisma takes advantage of a neural network to analyze photos and then apply different filters to them, spanning a range from Pop Art through to classical watercolors and oil paintings.

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Codex Silenda hides words with wooden puzzle locks

Codex Silenda hides words with wooden puzzle locks

One of the coolest Kickstarter projects that I have seen in a while has turned up for a device called the Codex Silenda: The Book of Puzzles. The book is made from wood and has some very cool puzzles. It looks like something you would find hiding some arcane spell that will make you wealthy. The codex is a five-page book with five intricate puzzles.

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Hidden portrait under Degas painting identified using X-ray fluorescence

Hidden portrait under Degas painting identified using X-ray fluorescence

When it comes to French impressionists, Edward Degas is one of the giants in the field. Degas lived from 1834 to 1917 and painted some of the most beautiful works of art during his lifetime. As many painters were wont to do, Degas had a penchant for reusing old canvases to paint new works that had old works on them that he for some reason chose not to complete. Researchers have been increasingly studying old paintings from masters like Degas using X-ray fluorescence or XRF.

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Renegade 3D pen uses plastic bottles and bags as filament

Renegade 3D pen uses plastic bottles and bags as filament

There are several 3D printing pens out there that use plastic filaments to create 3D structures that you can actually hold in your hands, one of them is the 3Doodler we spent time with back in January of 2015. The thing that all of them had in common was that the filaments used tended to be expensive. That has changed with a new 3D pen that is on Kickstarter now called the Renegade. This pen can print using those normal filaments, but the really cool part comes in how it allows you to use plastic from bottles or old bags to build your artistic creations.

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Prisma for Android released today

Prisma for Android released today

Hit iPhone art app Prisma has made its highly-anticipated debut on Android, offering dramatic recreations of photos using AI processing. Offering a step up from the typical filters offered in Instagram and other apps, Prisma promises a fine-art style makeover for photos with styles ranging from the classics through to Pop Art and comic books.

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Samsung’s odd Serif TV is now available in the US

Samsung’s odd Serif TV is now available in the US

Most TV makers these days are touting how their products have barely no borders and are so thin that they seem to actually blend into the wall. In short, they are trying to make TVs "disappear", visually speaking, of course. While Samsung is indeed part of that "most" crowd, for at least one model it has decided to go in the opposite direction. Unveiled last September was the Serif TV that shouted borders all around, supposedly inspired by the Serif font for the letter "i". Now that unusual design of a TV is finally available in the US, almost a year later, but only from the Museum of Modern Art.

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Scorpion Art Car built for Burning Man can be yours

Scorpion Art Car built for Burning Man can be yours

If you have ever seen stories or video shot on Burning Man held out in the desert each year, you may know that odd goes hand in hand with that event. An art car called Scorpion has been at the Burning Man even each year since 2011. It started life as a 1991 28-foot International boom truck before being turned into an art car by its builders.

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Google Magenta research project will create an AI artist

Google Magenta research project will create an AI artist

Google DeepDream didn’t just create a bunch of trippy, fascinating, slightly schizophrenic images — it also inspired an entirely new research project within Google, and it’s called Google Magenta. Starting the first of June, a small team of Google researchers will use the company’s TensorFlow AI platform to develop an AI artist capable of creating its own visual art. The resulting artwork could eventually be made public through an app where anyone can browse creations as imagined by machines.

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Blizzard sets up giant Overwatch action figures across the globe

Blizzard sets up giant Overwatch action figures across the globe

Blizzard has come up with a classy, and creative, way to celebrate the upcoming release of Overwatch on May 24th: a series of huge sculptures installed in several locations around the world, depicting some of the game's characters as boxed-up action figures. And when I say huge, I mean they weigh over 3 tons, and required a crane and several forklifts to put in place, according to one witness. The boxes tower over a 6-foot tall man!

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Google’s robotic Art Camera takes gigapixel photos of classic art

Google’s robotic Art Camera takes gigapixel photos of classic art

The world is full of beautiful paintings, but, unfortunately, the average person will never get to see most of it in person. Photographs of well-known artwork are easy to come by, of course, but they don’t offer the same level of detail as an in-person visit. Google changed that with its ultra-high-resolution images of paintings, making the photos available on the Google Cultural Institute website. The photography process for this project was going too slowly, though, so Google created its own robotic camera to speed things up.

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Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Smartphones are no longer the utilitarian pieces of electronics that they were nearly a decade ago. For some, they have become a lifestyle choice and even a fashion statement. Despite that, smartphones are still usually designed with somber and subdued colors, sharp edges, and serious looks that remind people of their less than personal function. This is the reason why Google has offered its Live Case selection to give its Nexus devices a more personal touch and this new limited edition Jeff Koons takes personalization to a new, more artistic level.

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