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Tech Giant Apple adds a wider range of fresh Emojis that include new Facial Expressions, Professions and Food

iPhone emoji keyboard will now entail symbols that feature occupations like teacher, firefighter and scientist

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(Representative Image) A person holding Apple Smartphone. Pixabay

December 13, 2016: With the launch of iOS 10.2 software update for iPhone on Monday, Apple has added a wider range of fresh emojis that include new facial expressions, professions and food.

According to a report in Fortune, Apple is releasing emoji for sneezing, selfies and more.

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iPhone emoji keyboard will now entail symbols that feature occupations like teacher, firefighter and scientist.

The new software update will also have a people-themed emojis including one representing a pregnant woman.

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“The newly released batch will also bring new types of smiley faces that show different emotions and actions, such as a face with a Pinocchio-like nose,” the report noted.

Various tech companies have been making an effort to develop emojis that are more inclusive and represent a wider range of people. Apple’s move to include more emojis in its new update is believed to be on the similar lines.

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According to the report, a group of Google employees proposed a new set of gender-diverse emoji in May, while Facebook rolled out new options for its Messenger platform in June. (IANS)

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Samsung Competes Apple, Launches Stores and Expand Retail Footprints in US

On February 20, Samsung is also hosting its "Unpacked" event in San Francisco, where it will announce its first foldable smartphone and "Galaxy S10".

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Samsung's retail presence in the US was marked only by pop-up stores and dedicated spaces in franchisees like Best Buy. Pixabay

Keeping in line with the prevailing competition with Apple, Samsung is planning to inaugurate three full-scale stores in Los Angeles, New York and Houston on February 20, aiming to expand its retail footprint in the US, Apple Insider reported.

Samsung intends to allow users to try and buy its products ranging from smartphones to Virtual Reality (VR) glasses and televisions via these retail stores.

Much like Apple Stores, the South Korean giant plans on providing in-person customer support along with walk-in repairs available for mobile devices.

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Apple has long touted its retail stores as one of its key advantages, since people can try products in advance and have a place to turn if they need help with setup or troubleshooting. Pixabay

Up until now, Samsung’s retail presence in the US was marked only by pop-up stores and dedicated spaces in franchisees like Best Buy. This move comes at a time when Apple is coping with declining iPhone sales, driven mostly by tough competition in China from local smartphone makers.

“Apple has long touted its retail stores as one of its key advantages, since people can try products in advance and have a place to turn if they need help with setup or troubleshooting. It remains to be seen whether Samsung would be able to cultivate an equal or superior level of support and whether or not will enough people choose to shop at outlets instead of online or at the many third-party vendors that carry Samsung gears,” the report said.

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Due to low traffic and poor response, the company failed in its attempts at retail expansion in the UK and withdrew quickly.

On February 20, Samsung is also hosting its “Unpacked” event in San Francisco, where it will announce its first foldable smartphone and “Galaxy S10”, the report noted. (IANS)