Dominos is letting you place orders with pizza Emojis

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FoodBeast:

Domino’s sure goes out of its way to make ordering pizzas ridiculously easy. In a recent Twitter announcement by the pizza chain, customers can now order themselves a pie by simply tweeting an emoji.

By tweeting the “Pizza” emoji to @Dominos, the restaurant will deliver a pizza to you. All customers have to do is sign up for the online Domino’s Profile and they can start getting easy-order pizzas. Once tweeted, Domino’s will send them a confirmation of their order and a pizza should be on the way.

CEO Patrick Doyle told USA Today that this process is the “epitome of convenience” and that the brand whittled it down to a five-second process.

The program will start May 20 and, according to the company, be here indefinitely.

Twitter introduces #StarWarsEmojis

To celebrate the pending theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Twitter has partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm to create custom, Star Wars Twitter emojis that will allow users to “show their enthusiasm for the ever-evolving Star Wars universe.” The first three emojis debuted today at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, with a variety of emojis to be added as we approach the film’s release date including icons of both the legacy characters, as well as new characters from the new installment.

To incorporate into a tweet, all you need to do is post a hashtag representing keywords associated with specific Star Wars characters, and the emoji icon will appear at the end of the text.

Try out #C3PO #StormTrooper and #BB8 now, and watch for more emojis to be released as we approach the December 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Turn your face into an Emoji with Memoji

The emoji keyboard may contain hundreds of emoji for all your expressive needs, but it’s still just not enough. The Memoji keyboard may be what we’ve all been waiting for, with the option to turn your own face into usable and customized emoji. After all, the vast range of human emotions and reactions can’t be properly conveyed in little yellow faces, or even worse, words.

You’ll surely have fun recreating all your daily expressions, and digitizing them so your friends and family know just how over it you are… more than the side-eye emoji can convey.

Check out the app at Memoji’s website here.

iOS 8.3 will change some of your favorite Emojis

With iOS 8.3 coming up fast, we might have to say bye to some familiar characters we’ve come to know and love. With some previously-announced changes, such as the inclusion of more racially diverse emojis and same-sex families, some familiar emojis will be getting a face lift. For example, the man emoji will don a new and updated, more detailed mustache… for no discernible reason, and the “dancing girls” emoji will get a dye job and a new set of headbands.

But not only that, our favorite “6 God”/”prayer hands” emoji is losing its inspirational rays.

Check out the Emojipedia here to study up on the new changes before they appear on your phone.

 

“Emoji Particle Tests”, by filmmaker Albert Omoss

Laughing Squid:

Filmmaker Albert Omoss has created “Emoji Particle Tests“, a playful animation test that features a ball of emoji keyboard sprites that repeatedly falls to the ground and colorfully scatters everywhere. While Moss says he’s not proud of it, the effect is amazingly mesmerizing and very topical with the very recent advent of the emoji keyboard.

The Emoji Keyboard by Disk Cactus

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The Emoji Keyboard Cover and software brings over 150 symbols to the Mac

DesignBoom: 

The Emoji Keyboard’ cover and custom software by Disk Cactus, brings the joy and expressive power of emoji symbols to the Mac computer. by downloading the company’s installer, an apple with the USA keyboard layout enables access to over 150 signs. to activate this feature and to not interrupt typing too much, the user just has to turn on the cap lock in order to unlock their full emotions. the shift, control and option buttons also allows people to use alternative characters. aiming for a minimum production run of 1000 ‘emoji keyboard’ covers, the art and technology studio is seeking funding through their Kickstarter campaign.

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The casing on a Mac laptop

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The caps lock switches between letters and emojis

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The first version of the cover fits on Apple USA keyboards

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Apple’s plan for greater emoji diversity backfires

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RocketNews 24:

With expressions ranging from happy to sad to ironic, emoticons serve as a kind of virtual extension of the self on online messaging platforms. As a result, many rejoiced when Apple decided to import Japan’s Emoji keyboard back in 2011, eliminating the need for app extensions. Yet something was still missing. “Where’s the diversity?”asked everyone from Tahj Mowry to Miley Cyrus, addressing the notable lack of non-white cartoon faces.

It looks like Apple has been listening closely to these concerns, with plans to implement a more racially and socially diverse set of emoji for iOS 8.3 later this year. Problem solved? Not quite. As Apple unveils its most recent developer betas, a furor has broken out in China regarding what some regard as a prejudiced depiction of Asians. While one can certainly make a case for this position, Apple claims the startlingly yellow emoji at the heart of the uproar doesn’t depict a normal human face at all.

The controversy began with the series of emoji shown above. At first glance, it seems Apple’s aim with these new emoji is to provide a greater range of skin tones, thereby promoting one aspect of diversity. This then leads to the inevitable question of whether the emoji are also intended as a visualization of race.

Many Chinese citizens seem to think the emoji do, in fact, depict a variety of races, rather than a mere progression of skin tones. Therefore, they argue, the yellow face furthest to the left cannot be construed as anything but Apple’s idea of an Asian face. At this point, the problem becomes obvious. Comments on Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging platform, included the following:

“That emoji is seriously yellow. How does a person get to be that kind of color?”

“That can’t be an Asian person… I’ve never seen anyone so yellow in my life.”

“Has anyone ever actually seen someone who shade of yellow? I’d be worried they were ill.”

However, the ultra-yellow emoji might not be showing a natural skin color at all, Asian or otherwise.

As it happens, the developer of the emoji is not Apple itself, but rather Unicode Consortium, which aims to promote a greater range of skin tones in 2015. In a document on the subject, they write:

“Five symbol modifier characters that provide for a range of skin tones for human emoji are planned for Unicode Version 8.0 (scheduled for mid-2015). These characters are based on the six tones of the Fitzpatrick scale, a recognized standard for dermatology… The exact shades may vary between implementations.”

This is followed by a graphic showing the emoji modifiers.

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You can see how the sample colors on the left side align with those of five emoji in the upcoming release. So what about the bright yellow face? The reason it is absent from this chart is because the yellow tone is, as Ritchie noted, the default color. Gradations in skin tone are achieved by adding a color modifier to the default, as seen below:

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In light of this information, Apple’s explanation suddenly becomes much more plausible. Even so, it might be too late to reverse the damage. Sales of last year’s iPhone were higher in China than they were in America, making the former a vital market for Apple–which must now surely be concerned about its image among Chinese consumers. Ultimately they will decide with their wallets whether or not to give Apple the benefit of the doubt.

Apple to introduce multicultural Emojis with iOS 8.3 beta

Apple has launched its second OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 beta updates for developers today. As part of the release, the promised multicultural emoji pack has been unveiled. The redesigned keyboard will allow a user to adjust the complexion of an emoji by tapping and holding on each character.

The new skin tones are based off the Fitzpatrick scale, a numerical classification schema for human skin color which was developed by a Harvard dermatologist in 1975. Along with racial diversity, Apple’s new emoji pack will also feature same-sex couples and couples without children. Furthermore, 300 additional new characters will be available once the new iOS is released to the public this spring, including an unsurprising replacement of a traditional watch by an Apple Watch.

Emojis as a new art medium

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RocketNews 24:

If you’re as addicted to your phone as we are, there’s a good chance you can draw 95 percent of the emoji you know with your eyes closed. Much to the chagrin of high school English teachers everywhere, it can sometimes seem that half of our communication is taken up by the colorful little faces. And it’s understandable–they can express quite a bit!

But thanks to a new site, anyone can freely combine emoji for a hundred times more expressiveness. That’s exactly what Kazuki Takakura, art director for a Tokyo theatre company, did–and the results are nothing short of spectacular! And slightly nightmarish.

▼Forget your paint palette, we have emoji!

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With the evocative URL emoji.ink, the website presents users with every emoji available, as you can see above. After selecting an emoji, the user is presented with a blank canvas, upon which your chosen emoji can be placed. Clicking and dragging will paste a string of the images, like a paint brush. You can quickly select other emoji by pressing any key on the keyboard or change their size. With a bit of practice, you can get something like this!

 

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Or, if you happen to be a real artist, unlike us, you can create something a bit more impressive.

But as impressive as the hip-hop art above is, things can always get…weirder. Especially when Kazuki Takakura, art director for Tokyo theatre company Hanchu-yuei, decides to get involved. While we’re sure that not all theater company art directors create bizarre works of emoji art, Kazuki has certainly gone a long way towards scarring us for life with stuff like Creepy Pikachu.

▼When you turn the lights off tonight, just remember: It’s under your bed.

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▼The only explanation offered for this was “Robo.”

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▼Sure, this might be a rooster. Or it might be the Devourer of Souls.

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▼Are those eyes…or tentacles? Or both?!

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▼This just reminds us of the Hifana “Wamono” video.

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 ▼This is supposed to be Pokémon’s Venusaur (Fushigibana in Japanese).

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▼Annnd…this non-edible version of Baymax is actually pretty cool!

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The most popular word of 2014: Heart Emoji

Global Language Monitor‘s annual survey of the English language has determined that the heart (and love) emoticon is in fact the “Top Word of 2014.”

Last year’s winning entry is the first in the survey’s fifteen years that an ideograph has been bestowed the high honor of “Word of the Year.”

Supporting research confirmed that the heart (and love) emoji, and similar variations are sent in billions of messages spanning across the world each day. “Hashtag,” “photo bomb,” and “bae” have also earned spots in the published top fifteen list. In relating news, the phrase, “hands up, don’t shoot,” has been determined to be the “Top Phrase of 2014,” and “Ebola,” is the “Top Name of 2014.”