'Unicode' Articles

New 2019 Emoji Candidates Include Service Dog, Deaf Person and More Couples

The Unicode Consortium is working on the list of emojis that will be added to Unicode 12 in 2019, and today Emojipedia shared some details on new emoji candidates that have been suggested for inclusion. New candidates for Unicode 12 include service dog, deaf people, and mixed race couples. Because the list of emojis has not yet been finalized, these new emoji candidates won't be included for sure, but they could make their way onto various platforms that support emoji if the Unicode Consortium ultimately approves them. These new emoji candidate suggestions join other emoji suggested for 2019, including diving mask, waffle, Hindu temple, white heart, ice cube, sloth, flamingo, skunk, ballet shoes, falafel, onion, garlic, otter, and more. A full list of Unicode 12 emoji candidates is available from Emojipedia. Apple will likely add the Unicode 12 emoji to iOS, macOS, and Apple Watch devices sometime in the fall of 2019. At the current time, we're waiting on the addition of Unicode 11 emojis, which Apple said it will add to iOS later this year. Apple previewed many of the new emoji that it plans to add, including red hair, gray hair, curly hair, cold face, party face, face with hearts, superheroes, kangaroo, peacock, parrot, lobster, mango, lettuce, cupcake, and more. A few proposals have been made for emojis coming in 2020 and were announced by the Unicode Consortium today, including ninja, military helmet, mammoth, feather, dodo, magic wand, carpentry saw, and screwdriver. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this

How to Fix the 'Black Dot' Unicode Bug Crashing iMessage

Yet another Unicode bug has been discovered that is capable of crashing apps and operating systems, ranging from WhatsApp on Android to iMessage on iOS. We won't share the exact string, to prevent it from spreading further, but it includes black dot (⚫️) and pointing left (👈) emojis plus other hidden characters. Simply put, this particular Unicode string cannot be rendered properly and leads to system crashing. In general, when the bug affects iMessage, the issue can be resolved by deleting the conversation containing the problematic message. The following steps work on iPhone 6s and newer, excluding the iPhone SE:Force close the Messages app. Ask Siri to send a reply to the sender of the message so that the Unicode string is no longer the most recent bubble in the conversation. 3D Touch on the Messages app icon from the home screen and tap New Message in the menu that pops open. Tap on Cancel in the top-right corner of the New Message screen. Tap on Edit in the top-left corner of the conversation list. Tap the circle to the left of the conversation containing the problematic message. A blue checkmark will appear. Tap on Delete in the bottom-right corner.If you have an iPhone with Siri but not 3D Touch, ranging from the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE, the steps are slightly different:Force close the Messages app. Ask Siri to send a reply to the sender of the message as many times as necessary until the bubble containing the Unicode string is bumped off the visible part of the conversation. Open the Messages app. Tap on the back arrow in the