More than 70 new emoji characters coming to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac

More than 70 new emoji characters are coming to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac later this year in a free software update. 

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Apple says that the new emoji designs, created based on approved characters in Unicode 11.0, include even more hair options to better represent people with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, and new smiley faces that bring more expression to Messages with a cold face, party face, pleading face and a face with hearts.

Joining the growing list of animals represented on the emoji keyboard are characters for the kangaroo, peacock, parrot and lobster, with the addition of new food emoji for mango, lettuce, cupcake, moon cake and other popular items. Many additional characters across sports, symbols and more, will launch later this year, including a new superhero emoji, a softball, nazar amulet and infinity symbol.

Developers: Power up your productivity with the Apptorium Developer's Productivity Bundle

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Developers know that it's a constant battle to update existing apps, work on new products, and support users at the same time, so productivity is a key issue. Apptorium has created a bundle of four apps designed to keep developers focused and moving forward, and we have this collection (valued at $50.96) for $19.99 for the next few days.

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A particularly rotten phish

A particularly rotten phish

Phishing - the act of sending out emails that look like they’re from some service you use that are actually trying to make you give up your user name, passwords, and even credit card info - has reached a new low. This morning I received an email from the “App Store” thanking me for signing up for the Apple Music trial and telling me I’d be charged $59.99 at the end of the trial unless I canceled by July 31... (see image below).

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Connect an LG UltraFine 5K/4K display to a new MacBook Pro and you can enable True Tone

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A new support article from Apple details the True Tone features of the new MacBook Pro. Surprisingly (to me, at least) you can enable TrueTone on the late, lamented Apple Thunderbolt Display from 2011 (well, if you have a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter that is), as well as the LG UltraFine 5K Display and LG UltraFine 4K Display.

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