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The Unicode Consortium unveiled its new emoji set as part of the standard's version 8.0 update on Wednesday. Yes, that taco emoji we've all been waiting for on bated breath has arrived and lo, it is glorious. Other food-related icons include taco's big brother, the burrito, as well as a hot dog, p...

June 17th 2015 at 9:29pm 0 Comments
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If you're disappointed that current emoji characters don't reflect your skin tone, don't worry: Apple is getting ready to accommodate you. Both the latest betas of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 include modifiers that let you choose the skin color of some icons. There are more flags, too. And Apple coul...

February 23rd 2015 at 8:58pm 0 Comments
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Okay, people, you know emojis are a big deal -- so big, in fact, that there's a social network composed entirely of these virtual characters. And even though it isn't too hard to come across different kinds of emoji on the internet, there are specific guidelines to follow in order for them to be c...

November 18th 2014 at 3:13pm 0 Comments
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Remember how companies were working with the Unicode Consortium to get more diversity into the emoji characters you use? Well, there's now a clue as to how those more accommodating characters are likely to work. A newly proposed update from Apple and Google would build a skin tone modifier into U...

November 4th 2014 at 4:34pm 0 Comments
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Someone once said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so a smiling, yellow face is probably worth at least 160 characters. If you ever found the current run of emoji a little too stifling, some 250 new ones could be en route to help recreate the rest of your favorite album covers. But don't...

June 17th 2014 at 3:04am 0 Comments
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Sometimes, the awkward white lady with hand to the side emoji doesn't quite represent, or express, who's using an iPhone -- and it's been that way for quite a while. Good news, then, that Apple is apparently working with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to bring more breadth to the emoji pictur...

March 26th 2014 at 4:32am 0 Comments
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As a Mac consultant, I'm often asked some pretty bizarre questions. One that I frequently hear is "How do I type <some special character> on my Mac?" A good example of this is people who want to type fractions that look like this -- ½ -- rather than like 1/2, or plop a character like...

October 11th 2010 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Wednesday means it is Ask TUAW time! This week we'll look at questions about Arabic support in Mail.app, playing a Wii on a Mac, Digital Color Calibration, problems copying from Firefox and much more. As always, please leave your own comments, and ask more questions for next week either in the comme...

March 28th 2007 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Call it a case of putting the proverbial cart before the proverbial horse. After releasing the 8707h, a 3G-enabled cut of RIM's venerable 8700 series for NTT DoCoMo, it seems the company had a moment of clarity and realized that folks occasionally like typing in their native language. We haven't fig...

September 25th 2006 at 11:39pm 0 Comments