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Apple To Finally Launch Multicultural Emojis

Apple To Finally Launch Multicultural Emojis

Congratulations, Apple users, diversification is finally coming to your emoji selection! The next Apple update will be bringing new skin tones to your emojis, finally allowing Apple users to find the perfect smiles and heart faces that they can identify with.

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    Emojis have become a way of life for mobile users, who often find that a picture is worth at least 140 characters.

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    While emojis of smiling cats and aliens are abundant, many have noticed that Apple’s emojis have been lacking in the multicultural department.

    Emoji collections have been predominately white, and many users have voiced their disapproval. In fact, a DoSomething.org petition collected thousands of signatures in an effort to bring diversity to the cartoon collection of texting characters. Miley Cyrus even tweeted about the emojis, helping to spread awareness and to make the issue go viral.

    Well, someone upstairs was listening, because Apple users will soon be getting diverse emojis added to their collection.

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    Apple’s next update will be offering emojis with six different skin tones. New emojis will let you pick a hand, face, or even a princess or construction worker emoji, and then let you select a skin tone color. Just hold down the emoji to see your options.

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      The new skin tones and flags are just some of the 300 new emojis set to be released later this year. Apple will also be releasing 32 more flags, allowing you to virtually celebrate your heritage, no matter where you’re from. They’ll also be adding – you guessed it – an Apple Watch.

      Congratulations to the new emojis who will be joining our cast of merry characters. Now we just need ginger emojis and emojis with more varieties of hair color. Who knows, maybe next year?

      What do you think of the new emojis? What emojis would you like to see added?

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      Featured photo credit: CNN via money.cnn.com

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      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

      1. Zoho Notebook
        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
      2. Evernote
        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
      3. Net Notes
        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
      4. i-Lighter
        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
      5. Clipmarks
        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
      6. UberNote
        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
      7. iLeonardo
        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
      8. Zotero
        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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