The Verge: Create emoji masterpieces with any image using this fun web tool

Useful for a given value of useful, from The Verge: Create emoji masterpieces with any image using this fun web tool. “The emojification of human culture is not complete until every object, verb, symbol, emotion, and image is captured using this once-obscure, now all-consuming pictorial format. That is why Emoji Mosaic is so helpful. Simply feed this free web tool any image you like, and it’ll churn out an emojified version for you in real time.”

TechCrunch: Official emoji debut for disabled folks, service dogs, waffles and more

TechCrunch: Official emoji debut for disabled folks, service dogs, waffles and more . “A gaggle of new emoji have just been approved by the Unicode Consortium, meaning they’ll be standard across any platforms that choose to support them. This batch includes some much-needed representation for people with various disabilities, new animals from guide dogs to otters, food and many more objects.”

Engadget: Instagram’s emoji shortcuts help you comment in record time

Engadget: Instagram’s emoji shortcuts help you comment in record time. “If you can’t post comments without tossing in at least one emoji to make your feelings clear, you’ll be glad to know that Instagram has your back. After months of testing, Instagram has introduced an emoji shortcut bar on Android and iOS that offers quick access to your most-used icons when wading into a post’s comments.”

Learning in Hand: An Emoji Education

Learning in Hand: An Emoji Education. “There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to emojis. Emojis are not confined to smartphones and tablets; their charm can be put into action on mobile devices and computers since they are a standardized set of characters that work across platforms. I am somewhat obsessed with emojis, and I have clever emoji uses that any teacher can use. Innovative ideas include illustrating ideas, offering feedback, reinforcing vocabulary, kickstarting the writing process, and assessing learning. Check out the tools, resources, and ideas below. You’ll see that emojis can play a role in communication, productivity, creativity, and learning.”

BBC News: Could an emoji save your life?

BBC News: Could an emoji save your life?. “Emoji might not be your first line of communication in a disaster… But researchers feel they could make a difference during emergencies like earthquakes, where every second counts. Now, an international group of scientists are lobbying for an earthquake emoji to be added to the Unicode set – the standard group of icons available on digital devices worldwide.”