Topic: emojis

Emojicon highlights tech behind symbols

On the outside, a conference on emojis—the little faces that have grown to replace simple online symbols such as =) and :P—might sound like a cute way to spend a weekend. But at the first annual Emojicon in San Francisco this past weekend, fun was just a small part of the larger technical picture. To … continue reading

Unicode 9.0 set finalized

As of this week, Unicode has grown by 7,500 characters. This international standard for symbols added at least six new languages, 72 new emojis and 19 new symbols for the 4K television standard. The new Unicode 9.0 Standard also includes new and updated Unicode Technical Standards, including steps to reduce Unicode spoofing and to process … continue reading

SD Times Blog: MotorMood wants drivers to show how happy they are

Cars are smarter than they used to be. Bluetooth, power windows and Aux cables have long since replaced VHS players, window cranks and giant 1980s-style car phones. So why do drivers still stick their hands out their windows and wave to signal thanks in traffic? MotorMood, a Kickstarter project from a Los Angeles startup team, … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: 4, the emoji programming language

Emojis are taking over. They’re already edging out text as the alpha dog of SMS messaging, and now members of the 4chan image board are aiming to supplant code with the tiny emoticons as well. According to FourMan, the mysterious developer behind 4, the programming language aims to be easy to use and made up … continue reading

Top 5 projects trending on GitHub this week

#1. Corefx Corefx is a repository for the recently open-sourced .NET Core, featuring the foundational libraries that make it up. According to the project page, the repository doesn’t currently contain the entire set, but it does include immutable collections, an ECMA-335 metadata reader, SIMD-enabled vector types, and XML. More information about .NET Core is available … continue reading

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