Apple’s iOS 9 Features New Emojis, Including the Middle Finger

Update (Sept. 17): The new emojis are only available to Beta users, as it will be part of the iOS 9.1 update. The link to become a beta user and get it now is here

Gone are the days of archaic emoticons, using a colon for eyes and parenthesis for a mouth. “emojis” have become a staple in modern day conversation. Where one word, or phrase have been used to describe a feeling, activity, etc. emojis have replaced them — but only to a certain degree.

After several updates and additions, including an multiracial skin tone modifier, the emoji faithful continue to gripe about the lack of several obvious additions. This has lead to some improvisational uses for existing emojis (cactus as a middle finger, and eggplant as…well you know.)

Now Apple will welcome over 250 new emojis, including an eye rolling smiley, a mortorcycle, several nation’s flags and finally, the middle finger.

The new emojis are available right now for those who update to iOS 9.1 Beta, exclusively available for Apple users who have signed up for their Beta program which you can apply to here. The Beta program also includes the forthcoming OS X “El Capitan” operating system for Macbook users, ahead of its September 30 launch date. The official iOS 9 update is also now available for iPhone and iPad which will feature the new emojis as well.

Downloading the official iOS 9 update is simple:

Go to Settings > General > Software Update, then follow the on screen prompts.

Check out some of the new emojis above and the other features you can expect from iOS9 here.

 

 

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Apple just Dropped Another Bomb on the Tech World

Tim Cook has unveiled new line of Apple products in San Francisco today. The announcement was made at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, which is one of Apple well know locations for press events. The products vary in items such as watches, TV’s and even a new IPad. The watches, which will be released in October, now come in gold and rose gold, there is also the option of a new sports band as well.  An Apple TV that features Siri is, what Cook calls, “the future of TV.”

The IPad Pro will now feature a large, 12.9-inch display. Apple is also rumored to be working on an even lager version of the IPad for professionals and businesses.The Notorious Iphone will be making an appearance as well in brand new colors.

Time to start putting in those overtime shifts, because Apple season is now upon us.

King Jut (@KingJut92)

 

Apple Refuses to Let Up Reign, Will Reportedly Launch Own TV Shows & Movies

Yes, Tim Cook has plans to take over the world. This isn’t news.

It appears that Apple is preparing to throw themselves into the extremely competitive arena of online TV show and movie streaming, according to reports from Variety. The hundred-billion dollar company allegedly sent a team of trusted employees to Hollywood to speak with execs about “their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content.”

Sure, Apple has no experience dabbling in the entertainment industry, but the resources they have at their disposal alone should be enough to make the guys at Netflix, Hulu and Amazon drip a little sweat on their respective desks this morning. It’s long been proven that Apple may not always be the first to the party–tablets, watches, music streaming–but when they do show up, they show out.

Plus, imagine Leonardo Dicaprio or Idris Elba making a Drake-esque speech at the reveal conference for Apple’s Netflix equivalent? Scary.

Apple Announces September Event, Will Likely Reveal New iPhone

That iPhone you just bought 8 months ago is already about to be outdated.

Apple has officially announced its September event, which has been rumored for much of August. At the event, they’re expected to reveal the newest iPhone, which has all but been confirmed to be the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6c.

According to Mac Rumors–which has been right more often than they’ve been wrong when it comes to guessing iPhone updates–one of the biggest draws of the new phones will be the possible addition of “Force Touch” technology, described as something that will “allow for new gestures that incorporate pressure sensitivity, and improved Touch ID to make fingerprint recognition faster.”

The expected reveal will take place on September 9.

Dr. Dre Issues An Apology To All The Women He Has Hurt

Dr. Dre has been on a winning streak. He’s on the top of the Forbes list, and the movie Straight Outta Compton reigned in the box office as well as the soundtrack which he produced. Which is no surprise that his troubled past is haunting him in the midst of all this success. The biopic omitted Dre’s alleged assaults on women including former journalist Dee Barnes, however, it is said that the assault was included in the original script.

Dr. Dre addressed the issue in the following statement released to the New York Times:

Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again. I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.

He also addressed the issue in his Rolling Stone cover story with Ice Cube saying:

I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life. I was young, fucking stupid. I would say all the allegations aren’t true—some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really fucked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.

Apple also decided to back up their consultant with the following statement:

Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed

The women at the center of the allegations are hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes, Michel’le, an R&B singer and Dr. Dre’s former girlfriend, and Tairrie B, a onetime label mate, have all come together to tell their stories with the help of social media. Barnes argues that her coming out after the release of Straight Outta Compton isn’t opportunistic and the N.W.A members are the ones who brought up the past with the film.

The women have yet to respond to Dr. Dre’s apology. Stay tuned for any updates on this story.

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Apple Removes Games That Offensively Feature Confederate Flag From App Store

Apple said Thursday that it is removing games from its online app store that feature the Confederate flag

Apple‘s announcement to remove games from the app store that use the Confederate flag in “offensive or mean-spirited ways” comes to no surprise, as companies like Walmart and others vowed to do the same after Dylann Roof appeared in photos holding the flag. The move comes days after Apple CEO Tim Cook called on people in a tweet to honor the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting by eradicating racism and the symbols that feed it.

In Apple’s statement Thursday the guidelines for the apps that are being removed are ones that are offensive outside from historical or educational use…

That use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines. Other apps that depict the flag in educational or historical contexts are not being removed.

The company is working with developers to get games that have been removed, like the Civil War battle game “Cannon Shooter”, back in the app store after the changes are made.

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

Here’s What We Took Away From Apple’s WWDC ’15 Presentation

On Monday, Apple provide us with a lot to look forward to in the near future at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. Between the technology behemoth’s upcoming “Apple Music” service, which will be their forray into the music streaming world, as well as what we can expect from their upcoming iOS 9 and OSX El Capitan operating systems.

 

Apple Music

The biggest takeaway from this year’s WWDC was Apple’s forthcoming music streaming service, Apple Music. The iTunes-powered service is looking jump straight into the fiery competition between heavy weight contenders, Spotify and Pandora, as well as the JAY Z-backed, “new kid on the block”, Tidal. While the service doesn’t exactly offer anything we haven’t seen before as of yet, it’s aiming to do it the best — and on a platform that most are probably already familiar with.

With a release date of June 30, Apple Music boasts a 30 million song catalog, with recommendations that aren’t based on algorithms or otherwise computer generated but by actual music experts, to help make the expansive catalog more traversable. According to Seattle Pi, “an Apple spokeswoman said the company has signed deals with the three major record labels, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group, along with independent labels,” so you can expect some familiar names in the mix, as well as several new ones.

Apple Music will also feature “Connect” which will allow artists — both signed and unsigned — to share music and possibly more directly to their fans, adding a level of interactivity and intimacy that is largely unseen on other platforms.

iTunes Radio will become “Apple Radio” within Apple Music, which will also offer curated recommendations from experts, as well as “Beats1”, Apple’s new 24-hour Internet radio station. Beats1 will broadcast in over 100 countries, and feature programing from three DJs, Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga.

Apple Music subscriptions will run $9.99 per month for one user, and $14.99 for the family pass which provides the service to up to six users.

 

Operating Systems 

  • OS X 10.11: El Capitan

Mac’s OS X Yosemite operating system will receive an upgrade this fall with the upcoming OS X El Capitan. A major feature of the forthcoming OS is its ADD-inducing Split View mode, allowing users to work with two apps, side by side, simultaneously. The Notes app will be improved with the ability to support pictures, video, drawings, interactive checklists and even maps, accessible across all of a user’s Apple devices. Also the Maps app will receive a needed upgrade, providing public transportation directions based on your arrival time which you can port directly to your iPhone. Couple all of that with the uber-helpful ability to mute all of your tabs in Safari as well as nifty new Trackpad gestures — one in particular allows you to find your mouse cursor by shaking it — and El Capitan is shaping up to be a welcomed improvement on the Mac interface.

  • iOS 9

iOS 9’s improvements will largely be major updates to Siri, making the voice assistant more proactive. For example, it will keep track of all things that pertain to you, such as flight information, on it’s own. Additionally, if you check your Twitter feed first thing in the morning, Siri will know and offer to show you it upon wake up, and it will be ever-ready with a simple swipe of your home screen. A “Now Playing” menu will also pop up on your iPhone’s lock screen upon plugging your headphones into the device, and when you receive a call from an unknown number Siri will scour your emails to attempt to identify the contact.

iOS 9’s refinements are best seen on iPads, as it they will practically turn the tablet device into a mini laptop, oppose to just an oversized iPhone. Similar to OS X El Capitan, iPad will receive Split View for apps, which can be adjusted between a half and half to 70-30 split, with both apps fully functional simultaneously. Additionally, images can be dragged from one half to the other; this feature is exclusive to the iPad Air 2. Older iPad models, however,  will receive “Slide Over” which allows users to quickly switch between apps with a slide gesture, as well as a video player that allows videos to be played in the corner of your screen no matter what app you’re on (including FaceTime calls and HBO Now).

Healthkit will receive updates such as hydration monitoring, menstrual periods, reproductive health measurmeents, and UV exposure, while Homekit will upgrade with controls for your window shades, thermostats, lights and sensors according to CNN Money.

With all of  these announcements, Apple is looking as formidable as ever to wage war against competitors across the board. We look forward to seeing how this plays out.

Those interested in beta testing Apple’s iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, if you’re willing to fork over $99 you can join Apple’s New Developer Program here.

 

Finally: Apple Adds Menstual Cycle Tracker for iPhone

After side eyes from women due to Apple’s lack of health related features for the ladies, the tech giant has answered the call, adding a Menstual cycle tracker to its Health app. Dubbed “Reproductive Tracking,” the feature will be available on Apple’s iOS 9 update.

Although there are dozens of period and ovulation tracking apps available, Apple’s new feature will automatically be added to the Health app, right next to the step count, and other medical and exercise information. They’re also adding information about how much time you spend sitting down and your exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Ladies, are you excited about the new feature?

Angela Wilson – (@SheisAngela)

Spotify’s CEO is Already ReTweeting Apple Music Slander

Let the games begin

Just a few minutes ago, Apple unveiled its new music streaming and radio services, Apple Music and Beats Radio 1, to the masses at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference. After Apple execs Tim Cook and Jimmy Iovine introduced the services, Drake took the stage to talk a little bit about why the new Connect feature, which will be a part of Apple Music, is reminiscent of how he and his band of OVO brothers overtook the Toronto music scene and eventually the rap game, beginning in 2008.

The conference concluded with a live performance by The Weeknd, who premiered his new single, “I Can’t Feel My Face,” and a rundown of when Apple Music will be available to the masses: June 30th. Just after that announcement, Spotify’s CEO, Daniel Ek, wasted zero time making sure his feelings were indirectly felt on Twitter.

spotify ceo

Here’s the tweet from the snapshot.

 

Pretty petty, huh? Wait until Jay Z gets in the mix.

Live Stream Apple’s 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple may be about to unveil its new streaming service

In the midst of the battles between TIDAL and Pandora, and several feverish conversations about artists’ royalties and percentages, Apple has quietly stuck their foot in the door of the streaming game, and those quiet whispers are about to become from-the-rooftop screams.

Last week, Billboard confirmed that Drake and Pharrell had signed on in some capacity to be a part of Apple’s new streaming service, and yesterday, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris spilled the beans: Apple will be unveiling its new streaming service today at its WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference).

You can catch a live stream of the action right here (if you have a Mac, or are on Safari). If not, stay updated via our Twitter.