While most of us only take note of the work being done at Unicode when it drops a new set of emojis, the organization is responsible for standardizing the way computers around the world display characters. It’s serious business, and some Unicode researchers have had enough of this stupid emoji shit.
On Friday, Unicode officially announced the candidates for new emoji to be included in next year’s update. So, naturally, that means it’s time to cast the followup to The Emoji Movie, this year’s beloved summer blockbuster. There are 67 potential new additions, but only some will make the cut. These are those emoji.
The emoji-powers-that-be at Unicode seem to have their finger on the pulse of the world’s zeitgeist with the latest additions. Many symbols of social progress were approved to be added to the official emoji lineup yesterday and many handy signifiers of what-the-hell-just-happened were as well.
Learning how to efficiently type on a QWERTY keyboard is tough enough for many of us, but one Reddit user decided to make the process even more complicated thanks to a three-button binary keyboard.
Unicode 9.0, which will be out June 21, is one of the most highly anticipated releases in emoji history. Finally you will avail yourself of the need to type out the letters for avocado, bacon, selfie, face palm, and pregnant. But last month, one controversial emoji was removed from the lineup: Rifle.
By now you probably know that the emoji you send on an iPhone might not be the emoji that is received on a Nexus. Since emoji are designed differently across platforms, sometimes your text messages might get lost in translation. But how differently might your well-intentioned emoji be displayed? The reality might…
You know you’ve been worried about how you’re going to express yourself during fencing matches at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Worry not! The Unicode Consortium has you covered with 29 new emoji being considered for release in June 2016.
The world demands an emoji for every occasion, but soon, lovers of eyeballs and speech bubbles will finally get their day. It appears that Apple is about to release a mysterious new emoji. That’s it above. Weird, huh?
“Screw you Apple, where the goddamn hell is my middle finger emoji?” can soon be conveyed in far fewer characters, thanks to the middle finger emoji that’s coming to your iPhone. But why did it take so long? Here’s how those middle fingers—and all emoji—make their way to your screens.
It has already been a great year for emoji. Apple recently began supporting a refresh of certain characters, including more racially and gender-diverse people as well as a few new emoji like an Apple Watch. Now a 💣🐚: 38 brand-new emoji are coming!
The fight for emoji diversity is one with a long and storied history, but it looks like victory might be on the horizon: in the latest version of OS X, Apple is giving you more choice than just white emoji or racist emoji.
Love 'em or hate 'em, emoji are an integral part of internet culture and they're only increasing in popularity. But despite their ubiquity, they're a relatively recent addition to the digital world—and this video explains their short but successful life so far.
Encoding symbols and characters in digital form is fairly easy—but making sure that everyone in the world is doing it in the same way sure isn't. Fortunately, Unicode came along—but how the hell does it work?
Unicode is great because it supports multiple languages simultaneously, bringing international understanding, universal peace, and planetary love. And so is ICANN's decision to allow domain names that use non-Latin alphabets. Until both combine to steal your credit card numbers.