Some 🍔🍟🍕 for your 💭 on World Emoji Day.

Graphic design by The Last Straw, 2019.

Depending on the type of phone, laptop, personal computer, or tablet you’re reading this on, you might have the option to use emojis. Also, depending on the device manufacturer and operating system, you might have a set number of emojis you can use, with the latest versions including over 3,000 emojis. That’s a lot of emojis, and it might even be a bit overwhelming for those who aren’t too familiar with them, or maybe don’t use the fancy smileys on their devices at all.

Regardless of your familiarity and usage habits with emojis, it’s definitely safe to argue everyone has…


Our team working hard, producing a new episode of Let’s Talk Tech.

Things are ramping up digitally for The Last Straw’s podcasts and media, as our small group continues to expand its library of shows and podcasts. We thought we would take a minute to update our audience on our new endeavors, what we’re working on, and how we might expand in the near future.

First, we’re thrilled to announce that The Last Straw’s hit tech news podcast, Let’s Talk Tech, has been growing steadily over the past few months. Since The Last Straw picked up the program and resumed new episodes in January, the show’s audience has increased by 44% (up…


Here’s why I’m making the case against one of Twitter’s most requested features: Start proofreading your tweets instead.

Photo by Con Karampelas on Unsplash

If you’ve been on social media platform Twitter for any decent amount of time, you’ve probably heard a few cries asking the company to add the ability to edit your tweets after they’ve been sent. “When will Twitter add an edit button?” is the question asked by many users every hour of the day. Even if you haven’t heard this demand before, you can easily find a few examples simply by searching for “edit button” in Twitter’s search bar. These complaints come flying in, as hundreds of tweets are posted every hour mentioning the lack of an edit button. There’s…


Stifling creativity with harsh algorithms and bad guidelines, YouTube is completely out of touch with its own community.

You may have seen in a few news outlets recently, the huge discussion all about YouTube’s creator burnout problem. Video creators are increasingly becoming frustrated with the website’s unfriendly practices and are punished by unforgiving algorithms their creativity finally runs dry. The popular video sharing website has been battling constantly with its base of video creators for years now, whether it be monetization issues, community guidelines mishaps, bad search algorithms, the out of touch YouTube Rewind 2018 video, obviously biased “trending” page, and more. Now, the website faces a bigger, new problem as a result of their reckless policies and…


Fascism is becoming normalized at Washington University this week, after Student Life staff writer Sean Lundergan published an abhorrent and disgusting hit piece against ideas he disagrees with in their editorial section.

The piece tackles the often-repeated idea that conservatives on college campuses sometimes feel isolated and attacked for their political views, and attempts to justify the silencing of conservative viewpoints by claiming that they’re “not equal” to leftist and liberal ideas.

In the article, which is inflammatorily titled “It’s OK that conservatives don’t feel welcome,” Lundergan (a far-left leaning “writer”) attempts to create a mob rule mentality on Washington…


President Donald J. Trump abruptly walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders Wednesday, after they told him they would not budge and provide funding for his proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The heated exchange between President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the latest example of tense relations between the two parties over how to end the government shutdown and whether or not funding for a border wall along the southern border is important.

President Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office, participating in a teleconference on December 25th, 2018. (Image credit: White House/Public Domain)

Senate Minority Leader briefly spoke to reporters outside the White House after the meeting and described the…


Tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern time, President Trump will deliver his first ever primetime presidential address live from the Oval Office, and it’s all about illegal immigration and the ongoing border security crisis at the southern border between the United States and Mexico. Although Trump has done two nationally televised addresses before Congress during his term so far, this will be the first address made by him directed towards the American people. One of President Trump’s key campaign promises was to “build the wall” along the southern border, and we haven’t seen much action yet on his behalf to build…


In one of the latest developments to find a solution to the ongoing partial government shutdown that is impacting several key government agencies in the United States, President Donald Trump said during a press briefing Friday that one more option may be on the table to get his southern border wall built — declaring a national emergency.

“We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country,” Trump said during the Rose Garden press briefing. …


It seems like any time there’s a national tragedy, there’s always someone to be the first to start pointing fingers at the other side for causing it. It’s one of our natural tendencies to blame others for causing something we don’t like, and politics is no exception to this rule of thumb. When tragedy strikes our nation, we need to look for peaceful, constructive, and fair efforts to solve our ongoing issues, while also being respectful to those who had to suffer from pain. It’s okay to begin looking for answers, but there’s a difference between looking for answers, and…


Following months of public backlash, several employee resignations, and hundreds of employees signing a letter against the project, it appears Google (GOOGL) has abruptly hindered progress on its search engine website for Chinese markets. A report from The Intercept back in August disclosed that the worldwide search engine giant was working hard on a “censored search engine” for China, a decision that prompted severe backlash towards the company.

The Interceptor’s report claimed that Google was taking search data from a Beijing-based web directory service owned by Google, called “265,” and using that data to see if the results presented would…

Bryce B.

teen tech/politics writer / i made The Last Straw / podcast host, Let’s Talk Tech, available everywhere / twitter: @imbrycero

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