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Apple, Google Coming Up with Dozens of New Emojis on World Emoji Day

The announcement coincides with Wednesday's World Emoji Day

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FILE - Emoji characters are shown on the screens of two mobile phones in Paris, Aug. 6, 2015. VOA

Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that of course include cute critters, but the tech giants also continue to push the boundaries of inclusion and diversity. The announcement coincides with Wednesday’s World Emoji Day.

Apple Inc. is releasing new variants of its holding hands emoji that allow people to pick any combination of skin tone and gender, 75 possible combinations in all. There are also wheelchairs, prosthetic arms and legs, as well as a new guide dog and an ear with a hearing aid.

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And then there’s the sloth, the flamingo, the skunk, the orangutan, as well as a new yawning emoji. Apple said its new emojis will be available in the fall with a free software update for the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. (VOA)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Adding GIFs, Polls, Emojis to TweetDeck

TweetDeck was set up in 2008 by Iain Dodsworth and was later acquired by Twitter in 2011

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The Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.. VOA

Micro-blogging site Twitter plans to update its social media dashboard app TweetDeck with support for GIFs, polls and emojis.

In a Twitter poll, users were asked to choose the missing features that people would most like to see incorporated into TweetDeck, The Verge reported on Friday.

The company plans on bringing the above mentioned new elements as well as support for threads and image tagging to TweetDeck.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“It’s not that TweetDeck is really suffering from not having these features. But it’s a gesture of goodwill from Twitter to bring these features to TweetDeck, if only to show that the app is still in its good graces,” the report said.

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For now, the features are in the test phase and details about the public roll-out remain unknown.

TweetDeck was set up in 2008 by Iain Dodsworth and was later acquired by Twitter in 2011. (IANS)