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.
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.
It’s the Face with Tears of Joy. There, you’re welcome.
Apple’s decision to make this particular emoji one of the few it animates will likely be seen as brilliant, and this early review from Steven Levy illustrates why.
The patch notes are the same as iOS 11.1 Developer Beta 4, making this release a bug-fixes and continued-optimization release.
Apple released iOS 11.1 Developer beta 2 on Monday, and as promised it includes the new Unicode 10 emoji that were shown off last week.
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.
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.
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.