Spock Emoji, and Everything Else You Missed Yesterday

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Sony smartphones face another hurdle, Hulu gets into the GIF game, and Spock comes to an iPhone near you. This is the new and rumors you missed yesterday, all on BitStream.


iPhone’s great camera, fluid operating system, and stocked app store have never been enough to pull me from Android—but now iOS is going where no smartphone has gone before. Spotted by Quartz in beta builds of upcoming iOS and OS X, Apple will be bringing the Spock’s “Live Long and Prosper” salute to its pool of emoji. Although the split-finger salute is a genuine expression of friendship, adding the emoji is a fitting homage to Leonard Nimoy, who unfortunately left us in February. Sorry Salsa Dancer emoji, but you’ve been replaced as my favorite. [Quartz]

Apps and Devices

T-Mobile is done with the Z3 and has stopped selling Sony’s flagship after only 6 months. These are great phones, I do not understand. [T-Mobile]

Pixel OFF is an interesting app only for AMOLED displays, essentially turning off unused pixels to help conserve battery. Basically an ultra battery saving mode for phones without the option. [Pixel OFF]

Hulu is getting in on the GIF game with The Perfect GIF, a way to find reaction GIFs from all the shows it streams. Netflix, get on this bandwagon, please. [TechCrunch]

Twitter has revamped the way you quote tweets for iOS and web (coming soon to Android). Let’s just say its waaaay less dumb. [Twitter]


A new Moto 360 is coming (supposedly) with a better screen and the codename “Smelt.” Like the first thing. Second thing is weird. [Weibo]


Mail and calendar apps pop up in the latest leak of Windows 10, but the big news here is that it will also support Google Calendar. [The Verge]

Microsoft may be laying down the groundwork for its very own payments system. [Windows Central]


So this is strangely mesmerizing to watch...if you love coding and/or Star Wars.

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That news about the Z3 being dropped by T-Mobile is weird. I actually only recently found out about Sony’s line of Remote Play capable phones when I got a PS4 last week. Of course, I also found out about the availability online of a modified Remote Play app to let you install it on most Android phones. I think both T-Mobile and Sony probably could have sold the phone better.