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59 new emoji are coming to iOS, MacOS and Apple Watch

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Apple on Tuesday revealed 59 new emoji coming to iOS, MacOS and the Apple Watch in celebration of World Emoji Day.
'Apple on Tuesday revealed 59 new emoji coming to iOS, MacOS and the Apple Watch in celebration of World Emoji Day.The new emoji aim to provide further diversity, with even more options for people, food, animals and faces.For the “holding hands” people emoji in particular, users will soon be able to choose from 75 combinations of skin colour and gender. “Following Apple’s proposal to the Unicode Consortium last year to introduce more disability-themed emoji, a new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg will be available in the emoji keyboard,” the company also noted.Apple’s food emoji will also expand to include garlic, waffles and butter while a sloth, skunk and flamingo will join the animals.A yawn face, saree and and one piece swimsuit will be added too.The new emojis are set to arrive on Apple platforms later this year.Feature image: screenshot, Apple . The post 59 new emoji are coming to iOS, MacOS and Apple Watch appeared first on Memeburn .'

Apple is planning to produce its own podcasts, report reveals

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'Apple is planning to fund its very own podcasts to compete with other leading audio streaming brands, a report by Bloomberg revealed on Tuesday.According to “people familiar with the matter”, the company has entered into talks with various companies to buy podcast streaming rights.The move suggests that Apple will soon begin producing and streaming original podcasts exclusively available on its own platforms.Bloomberg also noted that Spotify’s shares dropped by 2.7% in New York after the news of Apple’s intentions spread.Feature image: Apple  . The post Apple is planning to produce its own podcasts, report reveals appeared first on Memeburn .'

The Dark Side of Dark Mode

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Apple, which has already introduced “dark mode” in macOS, is widely expected to replicate this in its mobile operating system iOS this year. The move comes as a number of technology companies introduce dark mode in their apps and operating systems.
'Apple, which has already introduced “dark mode” in macOS, is widely expected to replicate this in its mobile operating system iOS this year. The move comes as a number of technology companies introduce dark mode in their apps and operating systems. But is it something everyone wants? TidBITS: When text is white on a black background as it would be in Dark Mode, the whiteness of the lines lightens the edges of each line broadly on both sides, blurring the edge. If the thin lines of the text are black and the background is white, however, white from both sides washes over the entire line, lightening it evenly, so the edges aren’t blurred. Blur is a bad thing because of how the human eye relies primarily on contrast when extracting detail from an image. In “Reality and Digital Pictures” (12 December 2005), Charles wrote: The eye does not see light per se, it sees changes in light — contrast. If two objects do not contrast with one another, to the eye they meld into one. This fact makes controlling the contrast of adjacent details to be paramount in importance. He was focused on issues revolving around photographs, but contrast has been shown to be paramount in numerous studies of textual legibility as well. Of course, contrast goes in both directions — black on white and white on black both have high contrast. In the scientific literature, black on white is called “positive polarity,” whereas white on black is called “negative polarity.” Numerous studies over decades of research have found that positive polarity displays provide improved performance in a variety of areas. […] Taptagaporn and Saito (1990, 1993) tracked changes in pupil size for different illumination levels as well as for the viewing of different visual targets, such as a cathode ray tube (CRT) display, script and keyboard. They found less visual fatigue as measured by the frequency of changes in pupil size when working was accomplished with a positive than with a negative polarity display. Likewise, Saito, Taptagaporn, and Salvendy (1993) found faster lens accommodation and thus faster focusing of the eye with positive than with negative polarity displays. To summarize, a dark-on-light display like a Mac in Light Mode provides better performance in focusing of the eye, identifying letters, transcribing letters, text comprehension, reading speed, and proofreading performance, and it results in less visual fatigue and increased visual comfort. The benefits apply to both the young and the old, as that paper concludes: In an ageing society, age-related vision changes need to be considered when designing digital displays. Visual acuity testing and a proofreading task revealed a positive polarity advantage for younger and older adults. Dark characters on light background lead to better legibility and are strongly recommended independent of observer’s age. Read more of this story at Slashdot.'

Apple iPod just got its first major update in nearly four years

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It’s the first update to Apple’s iPod product since the sixth-generation iPod Touch was released in July 2015.
'Apple decided to give its iPod Touch an update. The iPod Touch is the last of the media player range that first helped to catapult Apple into the mobile space and started their rise to smartphone dominance. The last update to the Touch happened in July 2015, when the sixth generation Touch was released. The update to generation seven might leave customers slightly underwhelmed. Apple left the aesthetics of the iPod Touch alone. The iPod Touch will still sport the same bezel 4-inch display home button and cameras. So what are apple changing? iPod Touch’s new features They’ll be upgrading the iPod Touch processor to an A10 fusion chip, and they’ll be making 256GB version of the media player available. Image: Supplied The A10 fusion chip, which is going into the iPod Touch, is the same processor in the iPhone 7, the least powerful iPhone still sold by Apple. Vice president of Product Marketing Greg Joswiak explains: “We’re making the most affordable iOS device even better with performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality. The ultra-thin and lightweight design of iPod touch has always made it ideal for enjoying games, music and so much more wherever you go.” So, if you’re one of the die-hard fans of the Touch who was waiting for an update that brought it in line with ‘latest gen’ hardware, you’re bound to be a little disappointed. Image: Supplied Faster, stronger, slightly better Still, the hardware update will mean that the iPod touch will be able to handle iOS updates into the future. With the Apple boasting that the new chip will double CPU performance, the Touch will now be able to handle Group Facetime and Apple’s augmented reality apps, both of which were unavailable on the previous hardware. The updated iPod Touch starts at $199 for the 32GB model, $299 (around R4 420) for 128GB of storage, and $399 (R5 902) for the new 256GB option. Image: Supplied Also read – Apple TV Plus: Apple releases streaming service To get breaking news first, download thesouthafrican.com’s app for iOS and Android .'