Apple #AirPod smokes, then blows up, report says. A Florida man says one of his Apple AirPods started smoking as he was working out at a St. Petersburg gym.

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Apple AirPod smokes, then blows up by By Caitlin McGarry  | Tom’s Guide

Jason Colon didn’t actually see his AirPod burst into flame, because he took the device out of his ear and left it on a piece of gym equipment to seek help. But when Colon returned, the AirPod had popped open, and char marks turned parts of the white plastic grey.
“I didn’t see it happen, but, I mean, it was already fried,” Colon told local television station WFLA TV.

WFLA reached out to Apple after Colon told his story. An Apple spokesperson told the station that the company is investigating the situation.

This is the first time AirPods have made headlines for exploding, so it doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue. A search of Apple’s support forums turned up two reports of AirPods growing warm or hot after 30 minutes of use.

Personally, I have owned a pair of AirPods for more than a year and have worn them daily without any sign of battery issues. But devices with lithium-ion batteries have been known to explode in the past.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is a prime example — the company had to recall its flagship smartphone altogether after multiple devices blew up. Apple’s AirPods have three lithium-ion batteries: one in each earbud, and another in the charging case.

157 new emoji coming to #iOS, #Android . Are you ready for a ton of new emoji? If not, you better hurry to prepare yourself and your phone.

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New year, new emoji.
Kaya Yurieff | CNN

The Unicode Consortium — a nonprofit that sets the global standard for emoji — announced on Wednesday 157 new emoji options would be coming later this year. The latest collection includes a cupcake, lobster, pirate flag and more expressive smiley faces.

Emoji will soon have a variety of new hairstyles, such as curly or bald, and more hair color options such as red and white.

There will also be more animals, such as a kangaroo, llama, swan and mosquito. More fun smiley faces include a “cold face” with dangling icicles, a partying face and a “woozy” emoji.

New superheros and villains join the lineup, and popular activities like lacrosse, knitting, sewing and skateboarding are also represented.

After Unicode releases its guidelines, software makers such as Apple and Google design versions for their respective platforms. That’s why emoji on iPhones look different than those on Android phones.

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The new emoji usually begin appearing on mobile phones later this year. Apple typically previews its versions in June and releases them in the fall with the next iOS update. Android will release its emoji later this year.With the latest additions, the total number of approved emojis will total 2,823. In recent years, Unicode has made a bigger effort to include more diverse skin tones, occupations and flags.