WhatsApp update enables drawing on photos and videos, new camera features & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

WhatsApp’s latest update, which surfaced this morning on the App Store, brings the ability to draw on photos and videos and adorn your media with text or emoji. You can also express yourself by sticking huge emojis on top of photos and videos. Users automatically see the new editing tools when capturing a new photo or video or sharing one that’s already on their phone. Coming soon: support for Retina flash for the selfie camera, zooming during video capture and a shortcut for quickly switching between cameras. Read More


How to use emoji like a pro in Messages for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2016

Your expressive Messages app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch packs in some interesting and useful features related to emojis. For added impact, emojis can be made three times their normal size.

But that’s not all.

Apple’s stock QuickType keyboard now recommends emojis as you type and Messages has a cool emojification feature where you tap words to turn them into appropriate emoji characters.

We’re going to take you through all emoji-related features in Messages for iOS and teach you how to use them. Are you ready to boost your emoji game? Read More


Ryan Petrich’s new Emojiant tweak enables iOS 10-like giant Emojis in iOS 9

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 4, 2016

One of the newer features that you can expect in iOS 10 this Fall is the ability to send larger Emojis to the people you’re talking to.

If you’re jailbroken on iOS 9, and you don’t feel like waiting for iOS 10, you can get a similar feature on your device right now, compliments of a new jailbreak tweak from Ryan Petrich called Emojiant. Read More


Apple adding more than 100 gender diverse emoji in iOS 10

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2016

Apple is adding more than 100 new and redesigned emoji characters in iOS 10, the company said in a press release on Monday. The new emoji are accessible in the latest beta—iOS 10 beta 4—which was released to registered developers this morning.

The focus of the additions is gender diversity. So characters that previously only featured men options, such as the cyclist, swimmer and construction worker, are now available for both men and women, and likewise for previous women-only emoji. Read More


Meet Swiftmoji, SwiftKey’s new emoji-predicting keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

A new emoji-predicting keyboard from Microsoft-owned SwiftKey, called Swiftmoji, launched on the App Store.

Available at no charge on the App Store, it boosts your emoji game by predicting a wall of suggested emojis based on crowdsourced data, the user’s own preferences and the actual text written in any of the user’s keyboards.

This ability to get perfect emoji predictions based on what you’ve just typed is similar to Apple’s much-improved QuickType keyboard on iOS 10. Read More


Apple launches downloadable iMessage sticker packs for iOS 10

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 2, 2016

Apple on Friday released four sets of sticker packs for iOS 10 that can be downloaded from the App Store and used in the new Messages app that Apple demonstrated at the WWDC 2016 keynote.

Each of the packs are free to download and include animated stickers that behave much like those in Facebook Messenger do when they’re sent to the recipient. Read More


Enjoy the new Unicode 9.0 emojis on iOS right now with a simple workaround

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 25, 2016

Many of you probably already heard the news that Unicode 9.0 became official this week and that there were going to be 72 new emojis coming soon.

Although Apple is likely to add support for these new emojis in iOS 10 in a future beta or release update, they’re not yet available in iOS whatsoever, but in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can still use them without a jailbreak on a completely stock device. Read More


WhatsApp is about to get a whole lot better

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has some notable improvements in the pipeline, including support for large emoji characters, all-new public groups, the ability to share locally stored tracks and Apple Music songs with friends and family, deeper Facebook integration, profile codes, stickers and multi-account support, to name a few.

But we’re just getting started. Read More


Unicode 9.0 goes official with 72 new emojis

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

The Unicode Consortium, the organization which develops the Unicode standard that specifies the representation of text in all modern software, officially announced Unicode 9.0, the next major revision to the Unicode standard.

The Unicode 9.0 specification is now available to vendors with 7,500 new characters for a total of 128,172 characters, including six new scripts and 72 new emoji characters. Read More


Here are the 72 new emojis you’ll be able to use soon

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016

The Unicode Consortium has settled on a batch of new emoji characters that will become part of the Unicode 9.0 standard, to be released formally on June 21. The final emoji candidates for inclusion in Unicode 9.0 include such emoji as a man in tuxedo, lying face, clown face, drooling face, nauseated face, rolling on the floor laughing, selfie, face palm, pregnant woman, first place medal, shopping trolley, deer, shark, owl, potato, croissant, pancakes, bacon, judo uniform and more. Read More


Facebook has added over 1,500 new emoji characters to Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Facebook announced yesterday that it’s adding more than 1,500 new emoji to its free mobile Messenger app, bringing a lot more diversity to your communications.

Underscoring that emojis have changed the way we talk to each other, “from skin tones that you can choose to lots of women in great roles”, the post reveals that nearly ten percent of mobile sends in Messenger include emojis. Read More


Tip: using emojis in iOS Spotlight Search

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users can use emoji as search terms in Spotlight Search to some rather interesting effects. It’s unclear when this feature was added or activated.

That being said, bringing up iOS’s built-in Emoji keyboard to type an emoji in Spotlight’s search field will produce matching results related to the character’s meaning, as highlighted by Cult of Mac. Read More


Google launches iPhone keyboard that lets you search and send GIFs, emojis and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2016

As promised, Google this morning launched its first software keyboard for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, called Gboard. Available free on the App Store, it integrates the power of Google Search, supports gesture-based typing, lets you send GIFs, emoticons and more. “No more app switching; just search and send, right from your keyboard,” said Google. Read More


Adding Emojis to your favorites list on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016

Not too long ago, we showed you a keyboard shortcut you could use to bring up the Emoji picker from almost anywhere a text field could be accessed in the OS X operating system.

Being familiar with how to access your Emojis is one thing, but it’s also possible to add Emojis to a dedicated favorites list in the Emoji picker. This makes it easier for you to access your favorite Emojis at a later date without having to search too hard for them.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can add Emojis to your favorites list in the Emoji picker on your Mac. Read More


Easily insert Emojis anywhere with this Mac keyboard shortcut

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 22, 2016

Whenever you’re typing on your Mac, you might have a sudden urge to add an Emoji into what you’re trying to say.

Emojis can help get your point across when words simply aren’t enough, and they can be used throughout stock and third-party apps in the OS X operating system, as well as online via supported websites, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Although the Messages app already has a handy-dandy Emoji button built into the text field box, other apps throughout OS X aren’t as Emojified. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to bring up the Emoji picker from anywhere in OS X where Emojis are supported. Read More


This stock keyboard is hiding tons of fun emoticons \(^o^)/

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 18, 2016

Hidden within iOS’ Japanese keyboard are a slew of little-known ASCII faces that have been prebuilt by Apple. These fun and quirky faces are great for sending a friendly face to a friend or spouse via iMessage or another form of text-based communication to express how you’re feeling at a moment in time, and you don’t have to speak Japanese to use them.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can access them so you can start spicing up your conversations. Read More


How to add iOS 9.1 emoji to a jailbroken device running iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, or iOS 9.0.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 24, 2015

The headline feature of iOS 9.1 was without a doubt the 150 new emoji characters available to emoji keyboard users. These new characters are all the rage, and rightfully so, as they bring a whole new range of emotions to the table.

But what about those of us stuck on iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, or iOS 9.0.2? As you all know, Apple killed the Pangu jailbreak with iOS 9.1, so upgrading to iOS 9.1 isn’t an option for those of us wanting to maintain our jailbreak.

Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you can enable the emoji keyboard and send new emojis to devices capable of displaying them. The bad news is that the tweak is still a work in progress, and as such, the new emoji don’t display properly in all apps.

Some apps will work fine, such as Mail, but other apps, like Messages, won’t properly display the new emoji. Developer PoomSmart says that he is working on a fix for the issue, so eventually, we may have a 100% fully working iOS 9 emoji package for iOS 9.1.

In the meantime, however, this tutorial is the next best thing. Watch our video to see how it works.
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How to know what an emoji means

By Sébastien Page on Oct 22, 2015

What does this emoji mean? I’ve found myself asking this question several times because not all of them are always explicit. The emoji with two hands together, for example. Is it two people high fiving each other? Or is it someone praying? As I said, it’s not always obvious. If like me you’re sometimes in doubt about what an emoji really means, we’ve put together a few tips that will help you get an answer. Read More


Mimoji tweak lets you establish favorite emojis and default skin color

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 12, 2015

Mimoji is a well-designed jailbreak tweak that affords users several customization options related to emoji. First and foremost, users are allowed to establish favorite emoji, which can be selected from all available emoji. Secondly, Mimoji lets users select a default skin color for ‘human’ emojis. If you’re a frequent emoji user and you happen to have a jailbroken iPhone, then Mimoji is certainly worth checking out. Read More


Check out new animated emoji in watchOS 2

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2015

WatchOS 2 expands availability of emoji on your Apple Watch with more than two-dozen newly added, fully animated hand symbols and smileys.

The new smileys and hands let you convey your feelings and express emotions more precisely than before. Some of the new emoji support changing colors between yellow and red by way of pressing firmly on the screen. Read More

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