The Vendor-Designs Edition Friday, July 17, 2020

First Look: New Emojis Coming To iOS In 2020, by Emojipedia

Approved by Unicode as part of Emoji 13.0, the emoji list for 2020 was announced in January 2020. Given that each platform vendor creates its own designs for every emoji, these usually take until the second half of the year to arrive in operating system updates for end users.

Today is the first time Apple has shown the following new 2020 emojis, coming later in the year to iOS, iPadOS and macOS.

The iOS Keyboard Now Suggests The Black Fist Emoji If You Type ‘Black Lives Matter’ Or ‘BLM’, by Jay Peters, The Verge

The emoji, technically known as the “Raised Fist” emoji, has increasingly become a symbol of solidarity with people protesting against racial inequality and police brutality since the death of George Floyd. For example, usage of the medium-dark and dark skin Raised Fist emoji went up dramatically on Twitter in late May and June, according to an Emojipedia analysis. And Raised Fist and all six of its available skin color choices were the most-used emoji by a wide margin in a study of 278,244 tweets sent on June 4th and 5th that included “Black Lives Matter” and “BLM” as hashtags or as text, Emojipedia reported.


Logitech Launches New 'Folio Touch' Keyboard Case With Trackpad For 11-Inch iPad Pro, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Similar in design to the Combo Touch, the Folio Touch features a case that wraps around the ‌iPad‌ along with a laptop-like keyboard with a built-in trackpad that works with the ‌iPad Pro‌’s trackpad support. There’s also an adjustable kickstand to allow for greater positioning flexibility.

Fig Brings iOS Push Notifications To Discourse Forums, by Adam Engst, TidBITS

Fig provides native iPhone and iPad interfaces, helps you find new Discourse-based communities, and brings all your Discourse discussions into a single spot.

Camo Lets You Use Your iPhone Or iPad Camera As A Webcam On Mac, by Gayatri Tanksali, Beautiful Pixels

With Camo, you get stunning picture quality for your meetings and the grainy mess from the default FaceTime cameras on the Macs will be a thing of the past.


Apple Banishes 'Blacklist' And 'Master Branch' In Push For Inclusive Language, by Stephen Shankland, CNET

Apple has joined an industry trend toward more inclusive language in its technical domain, replacing terms with racial overtones like a "master" branch of a software project or a "blacklist" to describe resources a computer might be blocked from accessing.

Apple started making the changes in its own documentation and beta software released last month at its WWDC conference. But on Thursday, it started describing the changes more directly on its developer website to programmers who might be affected by the change. That's important since some terminology changes can actually affect how code works -- for example programming interfaces that use particular words.


Apple Helps Facilitate Coding And Creativity Opportunities At Historically Black Colleges And Universities, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple says this initiative will introduce more students and adult learners to coding and app design through its free “Everyone Can Code” and “Everyone Can Create” curricula, helping to facilitate coding clubs, for-credit coding courses, community coding events, and workforce development opportunities for learners of all ages.

Siri, Alexa Targeted As EU Probes ‘Internet Of Things’, by Aoife White, Bloomberg

Voice assistants such as Apple Inc.’s Siri and Inc.’s Alexa face scrutiny as the European Union opened a sweeping antitrust inquiry into how Silicon Valley uses data to gain a tight grip on growing markets.

Regulators already see signs that tech giants might be restricting access to data or making products that don’t work well with those made by other companies, the European Commission said in a statement on Thursday announcing the probe into the so-called internet of things.

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