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No Man’s Sky update hype begins anew as Sean Murray tweets single emoji

Let’s play a game. Let’s see how long I can talk about No Man’s Sky without bringing up its redemptive arc (this doesn’t count, by the way). The universe-exploration game with the chill soundtrack has certainly found its home among sci-fi enthusiasts, and the developer’s co-founder is, once again, up to his old tricks. Sean Murray recently tweeted something that has No Man’s Sky fans pretty hyped up. What is it? Oh, it’s just an Omega symbol he posted on Twitter/X. Why is that a big deal? Because Murray always tweets a…

iOS 17.4 Public Beta Released With New Emoji, Changes to App Store for EU Customers

iOS 17.4 is now rolling out to beta testers on the company's public beta channel, a week after Apple rolled out the update to developers. The upcoming iOS update is expected to arrive in the coming weeks with several changes to how iOS works in specific countries. In order to comply with the European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulations, Apple will soon allow customers in the region to access third party app stores while opening up other parts of the operating system including NFC support for third party…

Why You Might Need To Know Algorithms as a Mobile Developer: Emoji Example

There is an infinite discussion about the topic of knowing algorithms and data structures for a frontend (in my case, mobile) developer needed only to pass technical interviews in large tech companies, or if there is some benefit of using it in daily work. I think the truth is somewhere in between, as always. Of course, you rarely find a case when you need to implement a min heap or use dynamic programming approaches while working on UI and business logic for a service with a REST API, but having a basic understanding of…

Here are all the new emoji coming to your iPhone with iOS 17.4 — Phoenix, lime, brown mushroom, and more

Have you found yourself in search of that perfect emoji only to realize Apple hasn’t implemented the lime icon just yet? If so, you’re in luck. iOS 17.4 beta 1 has just gone live and this comes with a variety of changes, but perhaps the biggest is some brand new emoji. As shown in a Unicode blog last September, there are over 100 new emoji, including head shaking, head nodding, phoenix, lime, brown mushroom, and a broken chain. The rest are changes made to family emojis and movement emojis like a person running or a…

What’s Missing from the Emoji Animal Kingdom?

Ecologists and biologists commonly conduct surveys of the plants, fungi and animals in the environment they study. It’s less common, however, for that environment to be the virtual emojisphere. Emoji, the cutesy digital characters that have become their own mode of communication in text messages and online, are chock-full of representations of the natural world. Yet those representations are seriously skewed, according to a study published recently in the journal iScience.In an analysis of Emojipedia, a comprehensive…

Google’s keyboard now supports stylus on these Android tablets

Google rolls out Gboard stylus handwriting support for Android tablets, including Pixel and Samsung devices. Users can access the feature through the 'Write in text fields' menu in Gboard settings. The feature allows handwriting to be converted to editable text and offers various editing actions such as delete, select, insert, join, and new line. Google rolls out Gboard stylus handwriting support for Android tablets, including Pixel and Samsung devices. Users can access the feature through the 'Write in text fields'…

WhatsApp rolls out manage emoji replacement feature for Windows users

WhatsApp recently rolled out the feature to pin multiple messages. The meta-owned app has now rolled out another new feature for its users. As reported by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to manage emoji replacement. The feature is presently available only for Windows desktop beta testers.As per the report, the emoji replacement feature can be accessed by installing Windows 2.2350.3.0 update. Users can install the update from Microsoft Store. The report notes that the recent update introduces a new capability…

Fancy a tardigrade emoji? Biologists call for this and more to be added

There may be currently 3,782 emojis in the beloved Unicode library, yet a team of biologists has found its representation of the tree of life is significantly substandard.Scientists from Italy’s National Research Council have taken the current animals and nature emojis – from snake to shark – and mapped them on the phylogenic tree of life that links all organisms. They found that plants, fungi, invertebrates and microorganisms were all poorly covered in cute digital form. And while vertebrates – often the most recognized…

Google Celebrates 1 Billion RCS Users with a New Feature Drop

Google’s bet on RCS is paying off, or at least that’s what it wants us to think. After a few minor wins, including Apple quietly confirming RCS support in the next iPhone and officially surpassing 1 billion monthly active users, Google is celebrating its successes by announcing new features for Messages users on Android.“Even AI Rappers are Harassed by Police” | AI UnlockedI do want an official count on how many of those billion users felt forced onto the standard because it was the platform’s only option for…

Your Android phone is getting lots of fun new features this month

Joe Maring / Digital Trends It’s a big day for Android updates, as Google has announced more than a dozen new features spread across multiple devices and apps — including a host of fun new ways to make Google Messages more visually exciting and to mark a significant milestone in its use. Ready to see everything that’s new? Let’s dig in. Google Messages Google Google says there are now a billion monthly RCS message users around the world, and to celebrate, it has released seven new features that will make the messages…