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Kayak's emoji search function brings the speed and fun of texting to travel


Travel should be fun, not a hellish slog through dystopian security checkpoints and zombie-service employees with penal institution levels of charm. That's why Kayak's decision to add a bit of whimsy into the travel process by adding an emoji search function is more than welcome. If you're not emoji fluent, this is the perfect excuse to step up your emoji game and learn about some of the more obscure symbols hiding in your texting arsenal. The function doesn't work for all cities yet, but the first cities included are New York (), Tokyo ( sushi!), Chicago ( O'Hare Airport), Dublin, Ireland (), Las Vegas (slots!), Easter Island (), Amsterdam ( red light, get it?), As you can see, these have all been pretty well thought out, which is why the functionality is limited to a few select cities for now.

These Transparent Kayaks Let You See the Ocean Below You

TIME - Tech

For those who want to see just how dazzling the ocean's coral reefs and marine life can be, a kayak company has the answer. The Crystal Explorer from Florida's Crystal Kayak Company is a completely transparent canoe-kayak hybrid that lets you get up-close views of the water while gliding over it. Made from 100 percent Spanish Lexan, the same material used to make windshields in airplanes, the kayak is highly durable when it comes to withstanding cracks. "We want it to be perfectly easy to use, whether you're a beginner or an expert," Brian Maxfield of Crystal Kayak told Travel Leisure. Design elements like high sides, an open cockpit, and ergonomic Kayak seats placed low in the vessel allow for easy maneuvering through the waters.

Kayak men assail plans for women's canoe in next Olympics

U.S. News

It's one of the few sports on the Olympic program with more medals for men than women, and the International Canoe Federation has come under pressure to even things out.

Investigator: Woman said she pulled plug on fiancé's kayak

U.S. News

A New York State Police investigator says a woman accused of fatally sabotaging her fiancé's kayak on the Hudson River told an investigator she removed a plug on his kayak and manipulated his paddle.