Where would the world be without emoji? Sure, people would be able to communicate a bit less awkwardly in person. And yes, perhaps at least one person under the age of 25 would probably know the difference between your and you’re. But those are small prices to pay for the ability to text someone with a series of cute little graphics instead of having to string sentences together.
Emojis are used for just about everything these days, from staying in touch with friends and family, or even interacting with pizza delivery services. But what would emojis look like in real life? That’s apparently a question whose answer the Women’s Tennis Association is looking for, as it recently decided to employ some of the best tennis players in the circuit to find out.
Emoji on iOS will soon be like The Humpty Dance — everyone will enjoy them, including black people, white people, Puerto Ricans, Samoans and everyone else. One interesting aspect of the latest iOS 8.3 beta that was covered by 9to5Mac this week has been added support for changing the skin tone of your emoji so you aren’t just using the same yellow-toned smiley faces as everyone else. More →
Apple early on Monday rolled out iOS 8.3 beta to developers, an update which, along with a handful of bug fixes, prominently features the ability for users to select from a more diverse set of emojis.
Using only actual words for communicating via text is no longer enough, particularly because current smartphones come lots of fun emoji that let us better express ourselves while messaging. But even though sending emoji is very common among smartphone users, some people have found out the hard way that too much emoji can be dangerous… for your wallet. More →
Sure, stealing a kiss under the mistletoe might be a cool trick to try around Christmas, but now that you have a smartphone capable of sending instant messages, pictures and videos to anyone around, including those special people you’d like to be naughty with this Christmas, you might want to try a special set of NSFW emoji that have been specially crafted for the holidays. More →
Although the theory of evolution is widely accepted within the scientific community, it still faces some resistance from religious fundamentalists who want children to learn that the entire universe was created over the span of a week roughly 6,000 years ago. To help make evolution simple to understand, the brilliant Bill Nye has put together a video explaining the very basics of evolution with the help of emoji.
It seems like people in their mid-20s and younger can no longer communicate using conventional methods such as… typing words. Instead, they string together surprisingly complex thoughts using only emoji, the tiny ideograms that first became popular in Japan and then spread across the globe like wildfire. There are already hundreds of tiny faces, people, animals, objects and more in the ever-growing emoji library, but what happens when you need to express more specific emotions with emoji?
As it turns out, Conan O’Brien has the perfect solution. More →
Emoji have become an incredibly popular way to add more color to our written communications but is there any way you could survive using them exclusively on your favorite messaging app? WNYC this week posted an interview with its own NewTechCity senior producer Alex Goldmark, who took up a challenge this summer to communicate with his girlfriend on their smartphones using only the emoji available on the WeChat messaging app for a full month. Although the couple found it challenging to communicate complicated ideas and requests to one another, they found that using emoji worked perfectly well from expressing their feelings. More →
There seems to be some confusion about what certain emoji actually mean. Gawker brings us word that a TV station in Philadelphia described the emoji pictured above as being for a “high-five” of two hands slapping together, although it’s clearly supposed to be two hands held together in prayer. More →