The first Samsung Galaxy S9 teaser videos are here: 3D emoji, slow-mo, superb low-light camera teased

SamsungMobileKorea has just uploaded a slew of Galaxy S9 teasers on its YouTube page, and just like any self-respecting video teaser should do, these all but confirm many of the key features that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are wildly expected to have.

The first video blatantly reveals the advantages of slow-mo videos, the second one is a dead giveaway for superb low-light photography thanks to the variable aperture that can go as wide as f/1.5, and the third one… Well, the third one is a sign of the times as it features 3D emoji, which would allow users to create animated …


Apple is cracking down on emoji in apps and no one knows why

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Bad news, emoji lovers: Apple is making it much harder for developers to put emoji in apps.

Numerous developers are reporting App Store rejections as a result of using Apple’s emoji designs in their apps — something which the company until recently allowed.

The company appears to be ramping up enforcement of a rule that prohibits app makers from using Apple’s emoji in any part of an app, saying it violates Apple’s copyright. 

According to screenshots posted by developers, Apple’s rejecting the submissions under rule 5.2.5, which was added to its App Store guidelines last March. The rule says that “apps and extensions, including third party keyboards and Sticker packs, may not include Apple emoji.” Read more…

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Here are some of the new emoji that might come to Android and iOS in 2018

A new set of emoji has been recently announced by Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organization that develops and promotes the use of these symbols in all major operating systems, which are meant for adoption in 2018.

The list isn’t yet complete, as final decisions about the 2018 emoji will be made at a Unicode event that will take place in January. Once approved, these emoji could be rolled out on major platforms in the second half of 2018.

For the time being, the list contains more than 100 emoji, but many of them will probably not make it to Android …

This is the most popular emoji

As shocking as it is, it’s not a pile of poo: the most popular emoji is “Face with tears of joy”.
The face torn before the ecstasy of laughter and the tragedy of tears turns out to be pretty good for expressing just about anything.
One important disclaimer: this is the most popular emoji amongst English-speaking users of iOS and Mac in the United States, and according to Apple’s official data.
So… how did Apple come to disclose this? It turns out this valuable information is served in the …

Apple releases iOS 11.1 with 70 new emoji and several bug fixes

Today, the very day after Apple released iOS 11.2 containing SiriKit for HomePod developers, the company released iOS 11.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update brings back the 3D Touch multitasking app switcher, a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit, improved support for braille devices, a fix that takes care of some issues that the Apple Watch had with data hand off, and most important of all, 70 new emoji.

The update to iOS 11.1 weighs in at 311.3 MB and still AWOL are Apple Pay Cash and AirPlay 2. The former allows users to make or receive peer-to-peer payments in iMessage. The …

Apple's iOS 11.1 beta 2 update is out, brings a truckload of new emoji

Apple promised that there will be new emojis coming with the iOS 11.1 update, and delivered with the release of the second beta. There are no less than 59 new designs, while the first set was shown on World Emoji Day back in the spring, and included Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie, Person in Lotus Position, as well as new items in the food section like Sandwich and Coconut. 

There are the obligatory diversity faces and colored hearts, but also dinos, and even a curling stone for the sporty types, check out all of Apple’s new designs above. …

Download this: Apple Music's Facebook bot suggests songs based on emoji

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Facebook and Apple have teamed up to bring a new, emoji-filled music recommendation feature to Facebook Messenger.

The Facebook messaging app was updated this week with an Apple Music bot that can recommend songs and playlists based on emoji.

The new bot surfaces music recommendations based on your preferences — or whatever emoji you happen to be feeling that day. Send the bot an emoji and get back a selection of albums or playlists that match up.

Some emoji tend to work better than others — I had more luck with 🎉 than 💩 — but the feature seems to do a decent job overall at guessing relevant music.  Read more…

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WhatsApp creates its own Apple-esque Emoji

Ever since WhatsApp allowed users to add emoji to messages, the messaging app offered Apple’s inventory of emoji. Regardless of whether the app was being used over iOS, Android or the web, WhatsApp users wanting to spice up a message using emoji would find themselves picking from the same universe of characters that iOS users select from. But that apparently is going to change. 

A beta version of WhatsApp was released on Monday and it includes WhatsApp’s first very own unique set of emoji. And while it is considered exclusive to WhatsApp, there are quite a few similarities to the set …

SwiftKey for iOS updated with emoji prediction, new themes and languages

SwiftKey, the popular keyboard app, is getting new features in the most recent update released on App Store. If you own an iPhone, iPad or an iPod touch, you’ll benefit from all the improvements added to SwiftKey today.

The newest SwiftKey app comes with several new themes, 8 to be more precise, 15 new languages, as well as a couple of improvements to 3D Touch. On top of that, the app should now allow users to find the emoji they want faster than ever.

Apparently, there’s a new emoji prediction panel available in SwiftKey for iOS, which shows up when you tap on the regular emoji key. …

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

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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?), Los Angeles, San Francisco (📱 yep, that’s a smartphone), and Toronto (🍁 ).  Read more…

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