EurekAlert: Significant otter helps couples communicate from the heart

EurekAlert: Significant otter helps couples communicate from the heart. “[Fannie] Liu was part of a team from CMU, Snap and the University of Washington that built Significant Otter, an app designed primarily for smart watches that allows couples to communicate with each other based on their sensed heart rate. The team presented their work this month at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) Conference.”

The Vintage News: The Project That Could Turn Ancient Mayan Hieroglyphs into Emojis

The Vintage News: The Project That Could Turn Ancient Mayan Hieroglyphs into Emojis. “Writing on their website last year, Unicode announced a National Endowment for the Humanities grant enabling the Maya Hieroglyph Project. Its goal is to make historical communications ‘accessible to both expert and non-expert user communities through creating an annotated digital archive.’ Dr. Gabrielle Vail is in charge of the team, which focuses on the Classic period of 250–900 CE.”

CNN: Sorry, millennials. The 😂 emoji isn’t cool anymore

CNN: Sorry, millennials. The 😂 emoji isn’t cool anymore. “In recent weeks, two internet-savvy generations have been clashing in videos and comments on TikTok over the hallmarks of millennial culture that are now deemed uncool by Gen Z. The list includes skinny jeans (Gen Z verdict: set them on fire), side parts (Gen Z verdict: middle part or bust) and perhaps most painful of all, the popular laughing crying emoji that some millennials, myself included, use hundreds of times a day, or more.”

Harper’s Bazaar: Is the Thumbs Up Emoji Really a Coded “F*ck You”?

Harper’s Bazaar: Is the Thumbs Up Emoji Really a Coded “F*ck You”?. All asterisks by me, and by the way if this is true I’d like to publicly apologize to my mother for all those text conversations. “Let’s set the scene: The ladies of Salt Lake City, the 10th American Housewives franchise, are seated at a dinner. A prosaic fight erupts. Lisa Barlow (who considers herself  ’Mormon 2.0′) says to Heather Gay (a self-proclaimed ‘good Mormon gone bad’), ‘I have never done anything mean to you. And until you figure out what it is that I trigger in you, we can’t have a good solid conversation and move forward. Thumbs up. F*ck you, ‘— a reference to a text exchange between the two that ended with Gay sending a pair of thumbs up emojis, which, according to an insulted Barlow, is ‘universal text code’ for f*ck you.”

BetaNews: Make your own emoji with Google’s Emoji Kitchen

BetaNews: Make your own emoji with Google’s Emoji Kitchen. “Emoji are well-loved, and every time new ones are released, they are received with much excitement. But how about the idea of creating your own emoji? This is what Google made possible earlier this year when it released Emoji Kitchen. While this does not let you design your own emoji from scratch, it does give you the chance to combine existing emoji to create new, strange and funny creations. Now the tool has been updated to make it even better than ever.”

The Verge: The cockroach emoji proposal is a story about texting through the apocalypse

The Verge: The cockroach emoji proposal is a story about texting through the apocalypse. “A slate of new emoji was announced in January. Months later, they’ve finally trickled onto most people’s phones… but in one case, it’s really more of a skitter. I’m talking about the cockroach, arguably the most shudder-inducing emoji of 2020 — and the product of a great little short story about the looming end of the world.”

Mashable: Twitter encourages mask-wearing with hidden emoji Easter egg

Mashable: Twitter encourages mask-wearing with hidden emoji Easter egg. “Basically, for any tweets that contain the hashtag #WearAMask (like the one above), users will be met with an animated mask emoji when hitting the like button — it just pops up for a second, then disappears and becomes a regular like. The feature is live now in the U.S., but doesn’t appear to work in other countries like the UK — Mashable has reached out to Twitter for clarification.”

CNN: New emojis are coming in 2021, including a heart on fire, a woman with a beard and over 200 mixed-skin-tone options for couples

CNN: New emojis are coming in 2021, including a heart on fire, a woman with a beard and over 200 mixed-skin-tone options for couples. “The Unicode Consortium, a non-profit that oversees emoji standards and is responsible for new releases, announced the release of more than 200 emojis that will hit cell phones throughout next year in a limited ‘Emoji 13.1’ release — which means even more ways to convey the pain of this year.”

Techdirt: Australian Court Says Zipper Mouth Emoji Might Be Defamatory

Techdirt: Australian Court Says Zipper Mouth Emoji Might Be Defamatory. “The question before the judge is whether or not the zipper faced emoji by itself might be considered defamatory. To be clear, under American law, I don’t see how it possibly could be, because it’s not stating anything that can be proven false. However, Australian law has the concept of ‘imputation,’ in which if there is ‘insult or innuendo’ implied by a message, that perceived interpretation can be defamatory.”

Washingtonian: The Medical-Mask Emoji Sucks. This DC Man Is Petitioning Apple for a Better One.

Washingtonian: The Medical-Mask Emoji Sucks. This DC Man Is Petitioning Apple for a Better One.. ” The current mask emoji (😷) on Apple’s iOS looks sickly. Its wincing eyes connote the agony of illness—an undeniable reality of our current moment. But it’s not the reality of daily mask usage by asymptomatic folks, notes DC resident Shohsei Oda. With this in mind, Oda started a petition to change that: ‘Design a smiley mask-wearing emoji for Apple iOS.’”

The Next Web: This AI uses emoji to protect BLM protestors from facial recognition

The Next Web: This AI uses emoji to protect BLM protestors from facial recognition. “If you’ve attended any of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, there’s a good chance you’ve been caught on camera. And if your image has been shared on social media, it could end up in a facial recognition database used by police…. These concerns led Stanford Machine Learning researchers to develop a new anonymization tool: the BLMPrivacyBot.”

Google Blog: What would Emoji Day be without…new emoji!?

Google Blog: What would Emoji Day be without…new emoji!?. “Last year, we sent a proposal focused on introducing more empathetic expressions and finding opportunities to bring equity to the keyboard to the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit organization that maintains emoji standards and guidelines. We’ll see some of those efforts released this fall with a slightly smiling face, an emoji of two people hugging, a man in a veil, a woman in a tuxedo, and a person feeding a baby.”