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Emoji’s May Soon Be More Racially Diverse, Thanks To Apple

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If you’ve noticed your Emoji’s seem overwhelmingly white, it’s because they are (yes, even Miley Cyrus seems to think so). So MTV Act decided to do something about it and sent an email to Tim Cook. Apple’s vice president of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton’s reply is as follows:

Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.

Ok, so they’re working on it, although there’s no timeline for when the changes might be implemented. Still, it wouldn’t be so bad if the characters representing us in text messages, you know, actually represented us, and it’s good to know something’s being done about it.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Cloak App Helps You Avoid Those You’d Rather Not See

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There are many applications that let you find your friends nearby; Cloak does the exact opposite and gives you the tools to avoid those you’d rather not run into. Created by former Buzzfeed creative director Chris Baker, Cloak lets you tag some of your friends as “undesirables” (say a nasty ex, or that creepy guy at the office that you have no choice but to work with) and then keeps track of their whereabouts through their own check ins and public geo information. If you happen to wander within a preset radius of their known location, Cloak notifies you and gives you the chance to run away.

The tagline is “incognito mode for real life” and we’re kind of really digging the idea. It’s free, although iOS only at the moment.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

OhGizmo! Review: The CitySlicker MacBook Case (Bag?)

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Laptop cases and bags come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and designs. We have seen some banal, quirky, fun, and weird ones, but surprisingly not so many serious classic looking ones.

The folks at WaterField were kind enough to send us their retro-looking CitySlicker case [Editor’s note: I like to think that this is a bag, and not a case. Cases usually let you use the laptop while it’s still inside. This does not. -Ed.), designed specifically for the 13” MacBook Air. Right off the bat, the case emanates quality and style, especially because of its generously thick dual-leather flap, which can come in 5 different (rather serious) colors. On top of this, the unit we looked at was the upgraded CitySlicker that came with a leather grab handle, as well as a shoulder strap, giving it an even more classic high-end look. Besides the leather flap and a neoprene-reinforced bottom, the case has 3 layers of protection on the inside: a padded liner, neoprene, and impact-resistant plastic.

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iCup is an Apple Logo-Shaped Mug For Your iCoffee

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The iCup is a mug in the shape of Apple’s trademark bitten apple logo that comes with a matching saucer and spoon. The saucer isn’t just a plain old saucer, as it can be plugged into your MacBook via USB to heat up the plate, keeping your mug and its contents warm while you toil away on your computer.

The iCup was designed by Tomislav Zvonarić, who was inspired by his love for Apple. That much is clear in the small details you can see in his design, from the mug’s leaf handle to the tiny apple logo on the handle of the spoon.

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iWatch Concept is the Smartwatch That People Are Waiting For

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As far as smartwatches go, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear was pretty much a disappointment. While rumors are currently flying around about the second generation of the Galaxy Gear, Apple has yet to unveil a smartwatch that integrates with their line of iPhones. So Todd Ham took it upon himself to come up with a concept design for the device while everyone waits for the official announcement.

Unlike most other concepts, Todd has come up with something that a lot of people would actually want in the actual iWatch. For example, it’s thin and sleek, and since it’s made from rubber, it’s light and not at all taxing on the wrist.

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All Dock Universal Charger For Your Smartphones and Tablets

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Gadgets have become nearly permanent fixtures in people’s lives these days. Without their phones, music players, or tablets, some people feel incomplete, ill at ease, or inconvenienced, and it makes sense, considering how these devices are used. It’s fine and dandy if you’ve got a few dozen outlets at home, but if you’ve only got a limited number of them (like most people do), then keeping these gadgets powered up can become quite a hassle.

One solution is the All Dock. It’s a charging dock for multiple devices so the number of chargers you’ll need for multiple gadgets drops down to one. It’s compatibility with gadgets from multiple manufacturers, including Apple, Android, Samsung, Sony, HTC, Kindle, Nokia, and Huawei, is a definite plus.

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Bric+ Case for iPhone 5 / 5S Aims to Provide Users with 2.5X Extended Battery Time

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Those of you who’re not happy with the battery time of your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S should give Bric+ Case a look, which is compatible with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. The case is manufactured by Sudong Cho and Bricwave and aims to provide an extended battery life, almost 2.5 times more than the original battery, thanks to the Li-ion built into the protective case. According to the company, the case can provide up to 25 hours of talk time compared to 10 hours on the original iPhone 5. Additionally, the case also comes with a Lens at the back, giving users 3.5 times optical zoom to help you improve your photography capabilities. The project is currently on Kickstarter with a $65000 funding goal, before they can start production of the case. If you think this is a good idea, head over to Kickstarter and make the pledge.

[Kickstarter] via [Geeky Gadgets]

Tired Of Passwords? Knock App Unlocks Your Mac With Knock On Your iPhone

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We live in an age where the seemingly mundane task of entering a password can become cumbersome enough for some to compel them to develop an app that helps you bypass that altogether. Knock, for instance, is software that lets you unlock your Mac just by tapping on your iPhone twice. The app doesn’t even need to be running. Think of this scenario: you’re at a cafe, you leave to go to the restroom and lock your Mac, while keeping your phone in your pocket. As soon as you’re coming back to your laptop just tap twice on your pocket and it’ll be ready for you to use before you’ve even sat down, no need to enter any password. It works brilliantly; I just downloaded and tested. The app uses low-power Bluetooth 4.0, so it won’t drain your battery. It will, however, cost you $4 to own. The Mac application is free, it’s the related one on the iPhone that costs.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

iSketchnote: From Your Pen and Paper to Your iPad

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Stylus pens make it easier for you to scribble notes or doodle on your iPad, but what if you wanted a physical copy of it, too? The last time I did this, I had to take screenshots of my work, transfer the files to my laptop, and arrange everything on a Word processor before I could print it. It took up a lot of time and I didn’t really end up with the kind of printed notes that I wanted.

If you do this a lot, then you might want to check out the iSketchnote. It’s smarter than your average smart iPad cover as it integrates a new digitizing technology called ISKN technology.

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