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Celebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters

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Happy World Emoji Day!

Celebrate the slow-but-inevitable demise of plain text language with a sneak peek at new emoji designs.

The 2019 collection, known as Emoji 12.0, goes heavy on inclusivity, ensuring users have more opportunities to personalize their character content.

“Apple is … revealing the newest designs that bring even more diversity to the keyboard, alongside fun and exciting additions to popular categories of food, animals, activities, and smiley faces,” the tech titan wrote in an announcement.

In a major update to the Holding Hands icon, typically used to represent couples and relationships, you’ll soon be able to select any combination of skin tone and/or gender to better match real life.

Many additional emoji categories are getting exciting updates (via Apple)

Cupertino, meanwhile, takes full credit for the introduction of more disability-themed emoji, claiming the inclusion of a guide dog, ear with hearing aid, prosthetic arm and leg, and wheelchairs are due to its proposal to the Unicode Consortium last year.

“Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard,” the company said.

Other exciting additions include new animals (sloth, flamingo, skunk, orangutan), food (falafel, head of garlic, stick of butter, waffles), clothes (high-vis vest, one-piece bathing suit, saree), and activities (banjo, parachute, kite, yo-yo).

And I am sure that yawning-face emoji will come in handy. A lot.

New designs bring more diversity to the keyboard (via Apple)

Google is really taking equality to the next level by supporting 53 emojis with gender-inclusive designs.

“For example, the emoji for ‘police officer’ is commonly displayed as male and the ‘person getting haircut’ is female. These kinds of design decisions can reinforce gender stereotypes,” emoji creative director Jennifer Daniel wrote in a blog post. “So with this update, emojis that don’t specify gender will default to a gender-ambiguous design. You can still choose between male and female presentations if you want to opt into a gender on your keyboard.”

Google designed 71 couples with different skin tones (via Google)

The Unicode Consortium in February unveiled 230 new icons, revealing text substitutes ideal for chats about adorable aquatic creatures, favorite recipes, laundry, and outer space.

Apple and Google are both expected to launch their own interpretations of this year’s characters later this year for iOS 13 and Android Q, respectively.

Until they are supported on your device, new emojis may display as an empty square (⃞).

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Editor’s note: This article was updated on July 17 with additional comment from Google.

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Tim cook awarded in Ireland in honor of “40 years of contribution Apple” in this country

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Today in Dublin at a special event “a look into the future” Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar (Leo Varadkar) has awarded the General Director of Apple Tim cook (Tim Cook) a special award Agency IDA Ireland, responsible for attracting and retaining foreign direct investment in Ireland. This award recognizes the special contribution of Apple to the Irish economy. Company is working in this country for 40 years.

Тима Кука наградили в Ирландии в честь «40-летнего вклада Apple» в эту страну

In accepting the award, Tim cook said: “Ireland was a second home for Apple for forty years, and this honor is even more special because it recognized the contribution of our incredible team that works tirelessly to serve our clients across the country and around the world. I deeply believe that our most important collaboration is yet to come, and I am grateful to the people of Ireland for its commitment to openness, innovation and collaboration that will make possible the next generation of world-changing ideas.”

Representation of Apple in Ireland was opened in 1980 and became the first representative office in Europe. Then it worked 60 employees and now has about 6000.

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The police and Hong Kong customs confiscated a shipment of smuggled Apple products cost more than $ 1 million

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The Hong Kong authorities announced that they had seized smuggled goods worth about 3.2 million dollars which were on Board a freighter bound for mainland China.

Among the confiscated products were the iPhone and other Apple products worth more than $ 1 million. Many of the products were completely new and, according to law enforcement officers, was supposed to be a gifts for New year in China is celebrated from 24 to 30 January.

Полиция и таможня Гонконга конфисковали партию контрабандной продукции Apple стоимостью более 1 млн долларов

Operation on detention of the vessel was the culmination of a two-month investigation. The ship was on the mainland, was intercepted in the waters of Hong Kong near the sea border between the city and the mainland. Three people who were on Board were arrested. Contraband was discovered in a secret compartment. To open it, it took about an hour.

According to the representative of customs, it is the largest seizure of its kind in two years, and the first in five years, the case of using a cargo ship for smuggling high-value electronic goods to the mainland.

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Just one day in the Apple App Store was spent 386 million dollars

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According to Apple, customers spent 1,42 billion dollars in the App Store between Christmas and New year from 24 December 2019 1 January 2020. This amount is 16% more than in the previous year. While 386 million dollars of this amount was spent on 1 January. The growth of this indicator amounted to 20%.

Всего за один день в Apple App Store было потрачено 386 млн долларов

Given that the growth in demand for smart phones and other hardware wanes, the company Apple wants to increase sales through applications and services such as newly-launched streaming service Apple TV+ program or extended warranty Apple Care.

Statistics also indicate a large shift in spending in the winter holiday season in the United States — consumers are increasingly spending money on apps and purchases in the Internet and not in retail stores.

According to Mastercard, in the period from 1 November to Christmas eve U.S. buyers have spent the Internet almost one-fifth more money than a year ago. The share of Internet sales is 15% of all retail sales.

Growth App Store roughly correspond to the General trend of Apple’s revenues from the service segment, which for the last fiscal year ended in September, rose 16% and reached 46.3 billion. For comparison, the iPhone sales over the same period fell 14% to 142,4 billion.

Apple takes a Commission of 15% to 30% of all sales through the App Store.

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