Standards Manual Brings History of Emoji to Life in New Kickstarter Book

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Emoji started with a single heart you could add to the end of a message on pagers, and evolved into a set of 176 icons from NTT DoCoMo. That’s grown to over 2,500 symbols with version for our smartphones and computers, along with a movie that literally no one should ever have to watch. Now there’s a book from Standards Manual exploring DoCoMo’s original emoji and the impact they’ve had around the world. These are the same people that made the amazing NASA and New York City Subway style guides, so this new book should be pretty amazing. It’s a Kickstarter project right now and for US$65 you get the book, and the companion app.

Standards Manual Brings History of Emoji to Life in New Kickstarter Book

Two Useful (and Free) Mac Utilities

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Rocket Screenshot

Bob LeVitus recently started using a pair of useful and free utilities—Rocket and Vanilla—that he heard about on one of my favorite podcasts for nerds, Mac Geek Gab.

Apple Seeds iOS 11.1 Developer Beta 5

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iOS 11.4 developer beta

The patch notes are the same as iOS 11.1 Developer Beta 4, making this release a bug-fixes and continued-optimization release.

Apple Unveils New Emoji Coming to iOS 11.1

· Jeff Gamet · News

New Unicode 10 emoji in iOS 11.1

Apple is giving us an early look at some of the new emoji coming to iOS 11.1 beta next week like a Brachiosaurus, Chinese takeout, and foul mouth smilies.

Coming Soon To Your iPhone: Over 70 New Unicode 10 Emojis

· Andrew Orr · News

Unicode 10 will be launched in June and it will include a bunch of new, awesome emojis. There are 69 new emojis in total, and some or all of them may eventually make their way into iOS 11. Someone made mockups on Emojipedia in Apple’s style, let’s check them out.

Get Jim Dalrymple and Bryan Chaffin iMessage Stickers

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Bryan Chaffin and Jim Dalrymple as Emojis

OK, get this. Nodconcept made this custom emoji of me for the company’s Facebook emoji app for iOS. They made one for my friend Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, too. Facebook emoji apps are so 2009, but the Emoti emoji are available as an iMessage sticker pack. And—more importantly—Nodconcept told me they added the emojis for me and Jim to that sticker pack.

Apple's Squirt Gun Emoji is a Subtle Dig on Gun Violence

· Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 10 squirt gun emoji

Apple always adds new things to its big operating system upgrades, and sometimes it takes away things, too. When iOS 10 ships this fall it’ll be missing the handgun emoji icon and in its place we’ll get a bright green squirt gun. The change comes as gun-related violence and deaths are on the rise in the United States, and following a public campaign urging Apple to remove the gun emoji.