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Check Out the New Emoji Headed to Apple Devices

Exciting news, Apple device users: New emoji are on the way.

To celebrate World Emoji Day — which, if you weren't aware, happens to be today — Apple is sharing some of the new characters coming to iOS, macOS, and watchOS later this year. Apple said the emoji should "make it easier for people to express themselves with greater diversity, additional animals and creatures, new smiley faces and more."

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The new characters include a woman wearing a headscarf, a person meditating, a bearded man, a woman breastfeeding, and food items such as a sandwich and coconut. Also on tap are some more animals and "mythical creatures" like a t-rex, zebra, zombie, elf, and genie coming out of a bottle. There's also a new puking face, a "star struck" emoji (a smiley face with star eyes), and an "exploding head," for when someone says something that blows your mind.

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Apple was also apparently excited for the premiere of Game of Thrones season 7 last night, because one of the new emoji is a khaleesi character. That's right: Daenerys Targaryen, aka the Mother of Dragons, is now an emoji.

Apple is also celebrating World Emoji Day in the App Store. The Cupertino tech giant is currently highlighting a number of emoji-themed apps available for download in the store, including Emojily, which helps you create your own characters; Swiftmoji-Emoji Keyboard, which helps you find the right emoji just when you need it; and Gymoji, which promises to "help you effectively communicate while in the gym."

Meanwhile, mark your calendars, emoji fans: Sony Pictures Animation's upcoming comedy, The Emoji Movie, hits theaters on July 28.

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Meet the Huawei P20. It’s a pretty nice phone. I played around with it, and I can confirm that it is, indeed, a solid flagship with some suitably over-the-top features — what’s that you say? Three rear-facing cameras?! But all of this is kind of a moot point if you live here in the States. Sure, Huawei’s been having a lot of issues trying to sell its phones in America. In fact, just as I was playing around with the P20, news was breaking that Best Buy was planning to stop selling the company’s phones — it was a bit like finding out your starting pitcher needs Tommy John surgery before opening day. Only with, you know, lots more international espionage and such. Rather than deal with the rigmarole of getting shot down by carriers and retailers this time out, the company is simply making it clear right off the bat that the new flagship just won’t be available here — not through any sort of official channels. And honestly, it’s probably best for Huawei to just focus on those countries that have long stocked its phones — from the look of the FCC reports earlier this week, this situation is going to get worse long before it gets any better. For the rest of the world, there’s plenty to like here. The P20 looks like a cross between the iPhone X and HTC’s latest shiny metal phones. It’s got a 5.8-inch display (6.1 on the P20 Pro) and some crazy camera specs, including three rear lenses, including an eight-megapixel telephoto and 40-megapixel (!) RGP, coupled with a built-in color temperature sensor. There’s still a front-mounted fingerprint sensor and some strange choices, like a 2D face unlock function that makes do with the lack of depth sensing. No pricing or availability at press time, except here in the States, where the latter is just a picture of a big red circle with a line through it.

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