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Emoji Keyboard promises ten times faster emoji typing

Emoji Keyboard promises ten times faster emoji typing

If you chat online with people a lot and are one of the folks that like to use emoji as much as possible, you might want to check out the EmojiWorks Emoji keyboards that have debuted. There are three different keyboards and the difference between them is how many emoji they can create at the press of a button or two.

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New emoji as iOS 9.1 fixes Live Photos’ big problem

New emoji as iOS 9.1 fixes Live Photos’ big problem

Today has seen Apple release the first major patches to both OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9 in the form of ".1" updates to each. OS X 10.11.1 and iOS 9.1 both focus on several bug fixes and improvements, but most important of all is that they bring a slew of new emoji characters to the desktop and mobile platforms. The updates are available now, with OS X users just needing to visit the Mac App Store and iOS users navigating to System Update in the General section of the Settings app.

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Facebook combines emoji with multi-option Likes for ‘Reactions’

Facebook combines emoji with multi-option Likes for ‘Reactions’

While there was news lately about Facebook possibly introducing a new "dislike" button alongside their iconic Like, it seems the social network is already testing another option for expressing different opinions or feelings on a post. Called "Reactions," the feature turns the single-response Like into seven different emotions, complete with corresponding emoji. Sources told Engadget that Reactions will go into testing as early as this week for Facebook users in Ireland and Spain.

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Emoji keyboard is actually 14 keyboards

Emoji keyboard is actually 14 keyboards

A lot of people I know are really into emoji when they are texting or posting to any social media. Some of us only use the smiley emoji, and then it's only so you know (or at least think) we are kidding when we say something that might be construed as mean. Other folks use emoji like crazy, you know these folks they are the ones that try and have entire conversations with nothing but emoji.

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iOS 9.1 beta: new emoji for burrito, unicorn, middle finger

iOS 9.1 beta: new emoji for burrito, unicorn, middle finger

In all the Apple event news yesterday, one little detail was overlooked: The Golden Master version of iOS 9 was released to developers, but along with it was the first beta for iOS 9.1. Only available to registered members of Apple's developer program, the significance of the update is that it includes a bunch of the new emoji we've been hearing about for so long. There's new emoji in just about every category, including food, people, animals, and objects.

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38 new emojis proposed for Unicode 9 next year

38 new emojis proposed for Unicode 9 next year

The emoji is one of the best and worst things about Unicode. I say best things because they can give you a way to show you are kidding when sarcasm doesn't translate well to text messaging. I say bad because you probably know that one person who uses all the emoji at once. Emoji fans will be glad to hear that more are coming to the next version of Unicode in 2016.

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Facebook research shows ‘haha’ is more popular than ‘lol’

Facebook research shows ‘haha’ is more popular than ‘lol’

Facebook has revealed data with a surprising result about how users express laughter these days: "haha" and similar variations are used more than the iconic "lol." The social network analyzed user comments and posts and found that "haha" accounted for 51.4% of laughter expressions. The laughing emoji was next, with 33.8%, followed by "hehe" at 13.1%. Finally, at the very bottom, was "lol" with only 1.9%. Such a steep fall for an expression that still feels like we see everywhere.

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Twitter rolls out emoji for Premier League kickoff

Twitter rolls out emoji for Premier League kickoff

If you're both a Twitter user and big time soccer (football, if you're reading this from outside the US) fan, then there's a whole bunch of new emoji for you to fill your tweets with. The social network is marking the start of the 2015-2016 Premier League with a set of its custom emoji, called hashflags, featuring every team's emblem. So you can show your support for Manchester with #MUFC, or cheer for Southhampton with #SaintsFC.

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iOS keyboard app Signily lets users type with sign language

iOS keyboard app Signily lets users type with sign language

Signly, a new keyboard app for iOS, offers something that almost no other app does: the ability for deaf users to type and communicate with sign language. The app comes from ASLized, a US nonprofit group, and was created with the help of deaf people, and uses American Sign Language (ASL). Typing is done with hand gestures making different signs, in a style similar to the default emoji on iOS. There are even options to change the hand's skin color, much like the recent iOS update that did the same to face and hand emojis.

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Slack introduces new emoji reactions for ‘liking’ stuff

Slack introduces new emoji reactions for ‘liking’ stuff

Most social networks give their users a way to show how they feel about a post or a status, such as adding a star or a heart or a thumbs up. Slack, the chatting app used by companies and individuals across the globe, has decided to add that kind of functionality but couldn’t decide on what kind of symbol it wanted to use. Often times a simple thumbs-up isn’t enough to express what a person is feeling, and so Slack has introduced a new feature called emoji reactions to take the functionality to a new level.

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Twitter debuts more custom emoji for Wimbledon

Twitter debuts more custom emoji for Wimbledon

Twitter seems to be making it a trend to develop its own emoji to coincide with holidays and special events. The social network started this off with sporting events like the World Cup 2014, NBA tournaments, and more recently with Star Wars emoji for the Star Wars Celebration event back in April, a character for the debut of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" music video in May, and emoji to celebrate Ramadan earlier this month. Now the site is giving us special tennis characters in honor of Wimbledon.

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Watch Bill Nye explain climate change in 90 seconds using emoji

Watch Bill Nye explain climate change in 90 seconds using emoji

You know things are getting serious on the issue of climate change when even the Pope speaks out and says the problem needs to be addressed. Sadly, that probably still won't be enough to change some people's minds, so the more efforts that are taken to educate people, the better. In order to make progress on this, more and more scientists have had to simplify their arguments and explanations. This is where Bill Nye comes in, with his recent explanation in the language everyone understands these days: emoji.

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