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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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Apple Card Launches for All U.S. iPhone Users

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Apple Card is now available to all U.S. iPhone owners.

Following an invite-only launch earlier this month, Cupertino on Tuesday announced expanded applications for its Goldman Sachs-backed MasterCard.

Compatible with most iPhones running iOS 12.4, the bank card is managed entirely via Apple Wallet; sign up by tapping the plus icon in the upper right corner of the app.

Users can also request a physical (titanium!) card—free of charge.

“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming interest in Apple Card and its positive reception,” Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, said in a statement. “Customers have told us they love Apple Card’s simplicity and how it gives them a better view of their spending.”

That includes 24/7 support, weekly and monthly spending summaries, and a transaction history featuring full names of vendors and splash images matching the spending category.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about annual, late, international, or over-the-limit fees.

With no card number, CVV security code, expiration date, or signature on the card, Apple Card is more secure than any other physical credit card (via Apple)

The credit card also boasts a Daily Cash rewards program, which gives back a percentage of every purchase as cash:

  • 1 percent for purchases made with the titanium Apple Card
  • 2 percent for purchases made with Apple Card through Apple Pay
  • 3 percent for purchases made directly with Apple (in-store or online)

As an added bonus, Cupertino partnered with Uber to offer 3 percent cash back on all ridesharing and meal deliveries when using Apple Pay.

The firm will “continue to add more popular merchants and apps in the coming months,” according to a company announcement.

Despite ties with high-falutin bank Goldman Sachs—not exactly known as a friend of the lower classes—a majority of early-access users were accepted for the card.

Credit limits, however, range from a couple hundred dollars to many thousands, depending on the applicant’s income, among other factors, Ars Technica reported.

Apple Card does not track where customers shop, what they buy, or how much they spend.

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Don’t Let Your Apple Card Touch Basically Anything

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Like most Apple products, the company’s new titanium credit card looks (and sounds) sleek and elegant.

And, like most Apple products, it requires a pretty strict care routine.

Alongside Tuesday’s wide release of Apple Card, Cupertino shared instructions on how to protect and maintain the alabaster charge plate.

First things first: Store the credit card in a wallet, pocket, or bag made of soft fabrics—but preferably not leather or denim (the two most popular wallet/pocket materials), which can cause permanent discoloration.

Also avoid placing it in the same slot or billfold as another (i.e. lesser) piece of plastic that could scratch the Apple Card.

The firm urges users to stay vigilant, never touching their titanium card to any hard surfaces or materials—tabletops, card readers, loose change, etc.—to prevent damage.

If your precious does mistakenly come in contact with a contaminant, gently wipe it with a soft, slightly damp (preferably with isopropyl alcohol), lint-free microfiber cloth (one of which anyone who is anyone carries at all times).

Whatever you do, never use household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, or abrasives.

Finally—and this just feels like common sense—don’t store your Apple Card near magnets that will probably desensitize the magnetic strip.

All of this is a moot point, of course, for the majority of users who will simply manage their Goldman Sachs-backed MasterCard entirely through Apple Wallet.

“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming interest in Apple Card and its positive reception,” Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, said this week. “Customers have told us they love Apple Card’s simplicity and how it gives them a better view of their spending.”

Among its perks are 24/7 support, weekly and monthly spending summaries, and a transaction history featuring full names of vendors and splash images matching the spending category.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about annual, late, international, or over-the-limit fees. And the firm promised it won’t track where customers shop, what they buy, or how much they spend.

Credit limits vary depending on the applicant’s income, among other factors.

Keep up with the Apple Card via its dedicated Twitter account, which launched in April but has tweeted only once since this week’s nationwide expansion.

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Part of the Apple Watch Series 5 will get a display manufacturing Japan Display

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Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (Ming-Chi Kuo), which last year moved from KGI Securities International Securities in the TF, but, contrary to initial information, continued to give subsequently confirmed predictions about products Apple, announced that Apple Watch 5 Series will use OLED display manufacturing Japan Display.

Thus, he confirmed the information published by Reuters in April.

Часть часов Apple Watch Series 5 получит дисплеи производства Japan Display

Evaluation of the launch of Japan Display gets about 20% of orders for displays for the Apple Watch Series 5. The percentage of orders will gradually increase, and by 2021 will reach 70-80%.

The company Japan Display later entered the market with OLED and was in a difficult financial situation, as demand for LCD screens dropped before the company managed to make OLED panel as a new source of income. In July failed to agree on the receipt of fundsnecessary to avoid bankruptcy. According to unofficial data, the $ 100 million of the total amount of 738 million dollars received from Apple.

Note that as of April this year, the company Japan Display already owed Apple a billion dollars. The iPhone maker is the most important client Display — in 2018, he earned nearly 60% of revenue.

The announcement of the Apple Watch Series 5 is expected in September, simultaneously with the new iPhone.

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