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2019 Will See the Release of 61 New Emoji Characters

Eight "emoji provisional candidates" for 2020 have also been added which includes ninja, military helmet.

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Unicode Consortium, the organisation that regulates emojis has shortlisted 179 candidates – 61 characters plus variants – for release in 2019.

Giving a thumbs up to diversity, making up a large chunk of those new emoji are 55 characters to represent couples of different genders and skin tones, The Verge reported on Thursday.

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The shortlisted emoji includes representation of a person with hearing impairment as well.. VOA

The shortlisted emoji includes representation of a person with hearing impariment as well.

The list of draft candidates will be reviewed and finalised in the next meeting, this coming September, Unicode Consortium said in a blog post.

Also Read: World Emoji Day: Apple, Facebook, Twitter Celebrate with New Emojis

Additionally, eight “emoji provisional candidates” for 2020 have also been added which includes ninja, military helmet, mammoth, feather, dodo, magic wand, carpentry saw and a screwdriver, it said. (IANS)

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Google Assistant App Backed up With Siri Shortcut For iOS Users

The new shortcuts integration is available as part of the updated version of Assistant for iOS

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AI-driven audio news feed comes to Google Assistant. (IANS)

The Google Assistant app on iOS is now backed with Siri shortcut to make the use of Assistant more convenient for iOS users.

“We added support for Siri Shortcuts to make it even easier to access your Assistant,” read the app description on Apple’s App Store.

You can also set up Siri shortcuts for phrases you frequently use with Assistant, come up with a custom voice command for a single smart home action, trigger Google Assistant smart home routines inside of Siri, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

“Like saying ‘Goodnight Google’ to Siri could open Assistant and run a routine like turning off all your lights and locking the door,” added the report.

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Users can already add an Assistant widget on the iPhone screens and with the new feature, users could cross stream and use Siri to connect to Google Assistant.

The new shortcuts integration is available as part of the updated version of Assistant for iOS.

Earlier in May, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa performed the first ever integration of two intelligent assistants at the “Build 2018” developers’ conference held in Seattle.

Their integration worked with the command: “Alexa, open Cortana” and while Alexa accepted personal requests, Cortana helped with business needs. (IANS)