At last, a Mermaid! iOS 11 has new emojis

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Just in time for Halloween, Here’s the real reason people upgrade software..NEW EMOJIs!!

 

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New Features in iOS 10 – (yay, more emojis)

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Cause couldn’t we all use more emojis.

iOS 10, released Tuesday, came with a few unheralded features. So who better to sing their praises than yours truly.

Among the new enhancements:

  • Text to Emoji. In the messaging app, when you type text (e.g., “Yo Q, you up for some basketball?”) and activate the emoji keyboard, key words appear highlighted in yellow. Tap+hold the highlighted text to swap it for its emoji.
    (‘cept, why would type basketball and emojify it instead of just selecting the bball emoji from the get go?? hmmm?)
  • Dude, Have You Seen My Car? Now Maps automatically puts a pin in where you parked (I know! Right!?).
  • Search photos: Looking for something? Photos analyzes your images so you can find pics of Fido by typing ‘dog’ in the search bar.
  • Delete Hide Default apps: Just like deleting your own apps; long+press the app and click on the x on the iOS apps you don’t use. The iNoying app is  hidden from view and any associated data, cleared.
  • and, of course, these guys newmoji4newmoji3newmoji2newmoji1

For more newbies features see: 15 neat hidden features in iOS 10

Windows Emoji Keyboard

In this, my last post honoring World Emoji Day (promise), I showcase the emojis available with Windows Touch Keyboard.

In addition to the new emojis in GMail, and the hidden emojis in Skype, did you know that you can access emojis using Windows’ on-screen keyboard?

The on-screen keyboard (aka, Touch Keyboard), available to Windows desktop since versions 8, includes emoji characters similar to those used on iPhones and iPads.

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Accessing Emojis Using Windows Touch Keyboard

  1. In Desktop mode, RIGHT+CLICK on the taskbar, point to Toolbars and select Touch Keyboard. The Touch Keyboard icon TouchKeyboard Icon. now appears on the Taskbar.
  2. Click (or tap, if using a tablet) the Touch Keyboard icon to display an onscreen keyboard.
  3. Click the emoji key Emoji button_66 to display emojis.
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  4. Click the desired emoji. That emoji is inserted at the current cursor position.

Press ‘X‘ to close the Touch Keyboard when done.

Cheers!

Additional reading:

Skype’s Hidden Emojis

This month we celebrate World Emoji Day (seriously, it’s a thing) . Last post I showcased GMail’s new emojis. Now I highlight Skype‘s emoji offerings.

Disney/Pixar Emoji’s

What better way to share you emotions than with the eponymous animated character from the movie Inside Out

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Hidden Skype Emoji’s (shhhh…)

Although these emojis don’t appear on the menu they are available by entering the secret code (in parentheses)

For example, type (gift) into the SMS field (include the parentheses) and press the Send Send

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Voila, an animated present.

Here are few others (for the full list visit Skype’s FAQ support page)

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(gottarun) (poolparty) (stop) (holdon) (confidential)

Cheers!

Additional reading:

Apple’s Latest Betas Bring More Diversity To Emoji

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Apple’s expanded Emoji’s set is about to become more diverse. The new build will include Emojipersons-of-color and a expanded national flags set (including Switzerland). Wunderbar!