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Twitter replaces its gun emoji with a water gun

Twitter has now followed Apple’s lead in changing its pistol emoji to a harmless, bright green water gun. And in doing so, the company that has struggled to handle the abuse, hate speech and har

There’s no App Store ’emoji apocalypse,’ just inconsistent policy enforcement

A number of iOS app developers have been mystified by a new wave of app rejections related to their use of Apple’s emojis. They’ve suspected that a new App Store crackdown is underway. Ho

Get ready for a bunch of new emojis (yes, including a partying face)

The world needs more emojis. Ever since emojis became a cultural phenomenon, tech companies have been working together to add new smileys, animals and objects. And the Unicode consortium just publishe

The identity politics of emoji

Welcome back to CTRL+T, TechCrunch’s latest weekly podcast in which Megan Rose Dickey and I pick the stories we thought were interesting enough to talk to you about. This week we wondered if cell ph

WHEW, Google fixed the burger emoji in Android 8.1

Apparently, Google made good on its promise to fix its awful hamburger emoji, in the wake of an online debacle last month. In case you missed it, when a tweet about the problem with the emoji went vir

Facebook research automatically creates an avatar from a photo

Creating avatars. Who's got time for it?! Computers, that's who. You'll never have to waste another second selecting your hair style, skin tone or facial hair length if this research from Facebook fin

Thoughts on white people using dark-skinned emoji

A thing happened the other day. I was texting with a friend who uses emoji with darker-colored skin-tones. Based on her use of emoji with non-white skin-tones, I wasn’t sure if she was a person of c

The iPhone X will include animoji, emojis animated based on your facial expressions

Apple demonstrated a new type of emoji today at its press event unveiling the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The iPhone X includes a new facial camera system that allows for practical applications like un

Tons of features of iPhone 8, iPhone X detailed in leaked iOS 11 build

Another iPhone 8 leak ahead of Apple's fall event next Tuesday when it's official expected to unveil its new flagships: 9to5Mac has been digging through the Golden Master build of iOS 11, and pulle

Facebook adds skin tones to family emoji, but it’s complicated

Adding real-world diversity to emoji is a work in progress, but with platforms spanning the entire globe, it's clearly important to big companies like Facebook. The social network just rolled out a se

Meet Android Oreo’s all-new emoji

The newest version of Android (Oreo, officially) doesn't bring a ton of new stuff to the mobile operating system, but it does overhaul something near and dear to most smartphone user's hearts: Emoji.

Here are the 67 new emoji that might hit phones in 2018

Does the world need more emoji? Probably not. Will it get them? Absolutely. I mean, there's a whole movie about them now — which, despite getting absolutely wrecked by the critics, still made around

Crunch Report | Disney’s Epic Star Wars Hotel

Disney plans to open an epic Star Wars hotel, new emoji are being released to the world, Amazon could be the latest to get into the meal delivery kit business and the latest Atari game console. All th

Google’s smart keyboard app Gboard adds phrase suggestions, a draw-an-emoji feature & more

Google this morning is rolling out a notable update for its smart keyboard app, Gboard, which introduces a number of new features aimed at helping you communicate more quickly, while typing less. In t

TechCrunch decides: The best and worst emoji of Unicode 10.0

The always reliable Emojipedia (they have one job and they do it well (actually it's a complex beat)) has posted the final list of emoji that will be included in the Unicode 10.0 release this June. Th

The Swift is a programmable robotic arm for the masses

As a child I always lusted after the Armatron robotic arm. Oh, the amazing things I would have done! I could have assembled miniature cars! Pinched my sister remotely! Gently squashed bugs to paste! B

Smize! Tyra Banks emojis are here

She’s a supermodel, TV producer, entrepreneur, educator…and now you can add emoji character to the list. The tireless Tyra Banks is announcing her latest project, TyTyMoji, which just launched

Hundreds of new and redesigned emoji come to iPhone & iPad with iOS 10.2

Along with the launch of updated tvOS software for Apple TV, Apple today also began rolling out the latest version of iOS, which at last brings the expanded lineup of new emoji to all users. In iOS

Apple brings back the peach butt emoji

Nobody can touch the peach butt emoji, not even Apple. A couple of weeks ago, Apple dropped the first iOS beta for iOS 10.2 with dozens of new and redesigned emojis. The world needs more emojis, I’m

Apple, give me back my emoji

What have you done, Apple?
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