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Apple proposes emojis for differently-abled

The emojis must first be adopted by Unicode Consortium. After the non-profit organisation releases its guidelines, software makers such as Apple and Google

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  • Apple has proposed a Unicode Consortium
  • It will be soon releasing emoticons for differently abled
  • For this, the emojis shave to be first accepted by the consortium

In an attempt to better represent differently-abled people, Apple has proposed Unicode Consortium — the non-profit organisation that governs the global standard for emojis — to add 13 new emojis including a service dog, a wheelchair and prosthetic limbs.

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Apple will release emoticons for differently abled soon. IANS

“Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities. Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities,” The company wrote in the proposal.

“Diversifying the options available helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all,” the Cupertino-headquartered giant added.

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The tech giant reportedly consulted with top organisations for differently-abled, such as the American Council of the Blind, Cerebral Palsy Foundation and National Association of the Deaf, to put together the proposal.

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Unicode Consortium will be looking into the proposal. VOA

The emojis must first be adopted by Unicode Consortium. After the non-profit organisation releases its guidelines, software makers such as Apple and Google design versions for their respective platforms. That is why emojis look different on Android and iOS platforms, according to CNN. IANS

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Microsoft Launches New App That Evaluates Facial Expressions Against Emojis

"Emoji8" would also allow users to make GIFs summarising the best scoring pictures

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Microsoft has launched a new app called “Emoji8” that allows users to compare their own facial expressions to emojis and get evaluated with scores.

“‘Emoji8’ uses ‘Windows Machine Learning (ML)’ to evaluate your facial expressions while you imitate a random selection of emojis. You can play on the app even when you don’t have an Internet connection,” Killian McCoy, Program Manager, Microsoft wrote in a blog-post on Friday.

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New Microsoft app evaluates facial expressions against emojis. Pixabay

The app is available for those using Windows 10 October 2018 update. It is available for free download in the Microsoft Store.

“This app will give you a great end-to-end example of how you can use the Windows ML APIs to create simple yet magical experiences,” McCoy added.

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“Emoji8” would also allow users to make GIFs summarising the best scoring pictures.  (IANS)