Here are all 157 new emojis coming to smartphones later this year

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  • The Unicode Consortium has approved 157 new emojis.
  • The new emojis will be arriving on smartphones later this year. 
  • Redheads, a llama, a Petri dish, and a pleading face are among the new symbols.

It’s official: we’re getting 157 new emoji later this year. 

Unicode, the consortium responsible for choosing the new emojis across all platforms, approved the new emojis this week after working on them for several months. The list of new emojis includes redheads, a peacock, a pirate flag, and a lacrosse stick. 

There are 157 individual emojis, but that includes all six skin tones of each applicable character. With the new class of emojis — known as Emoji 11.0 — the total number of emojis will be 2,823, according to Emojipedia’s Jeremy Burge

While we most likely won’t get the new emoji until next fall, Burge has rendered the new emojis in an "Apple-like style" so we can see what they’ll eventually look like in iMessage.

Burge also created this helpful video of all the new characters, which breaks down each individual character in less than three minutes.

Meet all 157 new emojis coming to our smartphones in 2018:

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Google Drive enables commenting on Microsoft Office files

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It’s not that hard to convert Microsoft Office files into G Suite docs, sheets or slides, so you and your teammates or clients can collaborate via Google Drive. But thing is, it’s just so much easier if you don’t have to. Now, Google has rolled out a feature that gives you the power to comment directly on Microsoft Office files, PDFs and images uploaded on Drive. You simply have to highlight the part you want to comment on in Preview mode (like what you’d do on a G Suite file), click the Comment icon that pops up and type what you want to say.

You know what makes this update even sweeter? Your collaborators don’t even need to have Drive installed. They can open, say, a document on Microsoft Word, and they’ll still be able to see the comments you left and be able to respond to them. Google says this is just one example of "interoperability between G Suite and Microsoft Office products." There’s also a Drive plug-in for Outlook that makes it easier to attach files from the cloud storage to your email, and vice versa.

By giving you the option to work on non-G Suite files within Drive, Google is hoping to lighten the workload for you a bit. You don’t have to open another program if you just want to review a file and add feedback, after all, so you can quickly go back to your main task at hand. If you want to give it a spin, open one of your Office files and give it a try: the feature will make its way to your Drive today, if it hasn’t yet.

Source: Google

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Stocks rocked in their worst day since October 2008

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  • Stocks got slammed, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing down more than 600 points.
  • Tech stocks reported mostly disappointing earnings.
  • Job numbers were good, but maybe too good for some economists.
  • Oil prices slid.
  • Watch the price of the Dow move in real time here.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 666 points in its biggest point decline since October 2008, when the Troubled Asset Relief Program didn’t pass, according to Bespoke Investment Group. Its 2.56% decline was the biggest percentage slide since Brexit.

The big drop came after some of the largest companies in the world reported disappointing earnings for the holiday quarter. Of the mega-cap tech stocks that reported this week, only Amazon had a solid quarter, as Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft all had blemishes in their reports.

The Labor Department reported strong numbers on Friday, as the US economy added 200,000 jobs when economists were predicting 180,000. Average hourly earnings rose 2.9% year-over-year, the largest since the recession. That led some economists to wonder if the labor market is overheating.

The strong wages and job growth numbers ran the 10-year yield up to 2.85%, its highest in four years. It also caused Wall Street economists to strengthen their predictions of three rate hikes from the Federal Reserve this year. The hikes would be one way for the Fed to try and pour cold water on a red-hot market.

The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil was in decline on Friday as well, pulling back toward the $65 mark it crossed in January. The 0.5% decline in the price of oil followed a rare earnings miss from Exxon, which fell 6.66%. The oil company missed on earnings and revenue expectations, which has happened only three other times in the last four years.

Read more about the jobs report here.

SEE ALSO: US economy adds 200,000 jobs in January and wages rise at fastest pace since recession

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Ableton Live 10 arrives: how you’ll use it, what it means for Max for Live

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After weeks of watching Ableton’s trainers and testers have the fun, Live 10 is now the current version. Here’s what that means for you.

Live 10 is now the official release version of Ableton Live. If you didn’t jump on the discounted upgrade or preorder pricing, that’s done. Live reverts to its original pricing and retains the same editions Live 9 had (Suite, Standard, Intro).

What you get with Live 10: lots of new Devices including the Wavetable synth and Echo multi-engine delay, automatic Capture of your ideas before you hit record, improved editing of MIDI and audio especially in the Arrange view, lots of additional sounds, more Push integration, and a faster, more integrated Max for Live. It’s also much easier on the eyes, certainly on Retina displays, but across the board.

Now, in those intervening weeks, a lot of people have gotten their hands on the software. I’ve been using Live 10 betas since early fall. Here’s what I’ve found, comparing my own personal experience with other Live users, both advanced and novice.

Live 10’s highlights

Arrangement view finally feels fleshed out. Editing multiple MIDI clips in Arrange, being able to directly manipulate audio, and navigating Arrange more quickly is really essential. I really hope Ableton continue to develop this area – and that some day we even see the sort of hardware integration with Arrange that we do with Push and Session view.

You’re going to use Drum Buss a whole lot. Drum Buss sounds like a specific drum compressor. That’s even how Ableton markets it. In practice, its combination of dynamics processing and “crunch” turn out to be pretty useful all over the place, especially since its simplified controls can be used in a variety of ways to dial in very different results.

Echo and Wavetable are really beautiful. Do you need another delay and another synth? Well, maybe not. Do these add character to the release? Absolutely. Look, lots of DAWs use pack-in instruments and effects to try to earn your loyalty and upgrades. Ableton is arguably a little different in that some of these designs are so specific to the software maker as to make little sense elsewhere – think Operator or Simpler. For me, though – and your experience may be different – the new devices were an easy test. I had Live 9 on my MacBook and Live 10 on my Razer for quite a while. I was comfortable enough switching back to 9 to work on lots of projects. But it was the devices that often made me migrate over to 10 again.

Push is more useful for editing. The addition of the melodic step sequencing layout (which combines real-time entry and sequencing), the ability to work on MIDI patterns on Push, and new device support continue to make Push feel essential.

Groups inside Groups. There are a lot of usability improvements, but I think you could say this is the most important one. I can’t tell you why exactly subgroups make the whole use of groups more useful, but they do. I find myself using groups a lot more – and I know of all the usability improvements people asked for that appeared in Live 10, this was the most significant.

There are a lot of other improvement here that may require adapting a bit. Capture is something found in DAWs like Cubase, but oddly it’s easy to forget that you don’t have to hit record to grab ideas. The Arrange view’s new features require some investment of time learning shortcuts and the like – and that pays off. And you should invest some time in organizing your Library to exploit that nice new browser, for sure.

For a complete run-down of what’s new:

Ableton Live 10 in depth: hands-on impressions, what’s new

What does Max for Live integration do?

We’ve been talking to Ableton now for years about their ideas for better integrating the ideas of Cycling ’74, who make Max/MSP, and Ableton themselves, even before Ableton bought Cycling.

The big thing you’ll notice right away is that Max for Live is integrated with Live – that is, you won’t see a separate load screen. It’s “built in.”

But there’s more to it than just that, which CDM has confirmed with Ableton:

Max is better, faster, stronger, etc. Max itself has been optimized, improving device load time and CPU load, plus a lot of bug fixes.

Versions are in lockstep. Since Live and Max are integrated, you can’t accidentally run the “wrong” version of Max. This also means that a sound pack that supports a particular version of Live won’t run into a compatibility problem with an out-of-sync version of Max.

The future is surround. One easy-to-miss improvement is really an important one: Max for Live support for multichannel audio mixing opens up new possibilities for multichannel setups.

Max 8 is coming! When Max 8 ships, it’ll include the internal improvements found now in Max for Live, plus new Max 8 features for people making their own patches.

So, that’s the good news. Now, the bad news: while we’ve been promised more integration of Max and Live, they remain separate products. Standalone Max licenses may have features that don’t become available in Max for Live. And while eventually Max 8 features will come to Live 10, it sounds like there will be a lag while Ableton tests those features.

Ableton describe this as “lockstep” versions of Max and Live, but – if the versions come out at different times with different features and there’s a lag as they test integration, that’s obviously not lockstep in regards to Max. At least you have one installer and one version as far as Live and Max for Live.

We’ll keep talking to Ableton and Cycling as the Max 8 release gets closer to fully grasp how this is working, and how the closer partnership of the two companies would shape this over time. The reality here still seems to lag what we’ve been promised in terms of Max and Live being integrated and the two developers acting as one.

What might hold you back?

Live 10 doesn’t make any advances in allowing you to integrate custom hardware. As other software has added support for OSC and other protocols, or integrated native scripting, Ableton mostly keeps that kind of integration accessible to hardware vendors. (Hopefully with official support for polyphonic MIDI expression announced, Ableton will follow soon. That may be an edge case, but it’s an edge case that tends to use Live!)

That said, some quiet improvements to Max for Live regarding System Exclusive data support and custom control surface creation now became a lot more useful. MIDI-CI, a new technique for automatically configuring hardware, could combine with Max for Live in interesting ways. (My only concern there: native support would be better.)

Live is also at the pricier end of DAWs available today, for both new and existing users. Users are of course also weighing the price of this as they budget, and I know that’s been a disincentive for some of you for whom money is tight. I can’t personally say what software should cost, as unlike hardware, you can’t calculate what it costs to make. But if you don’t have the money for this, I feel your pain – been there.

By the way, if you preordered Live, you aren’t automatically charged. So you can still back out if you’re not in the financial state you thought you might be – check refund/return pricing and contact support if you need.

But I do think that Live 10 is among a handful of Live upgrades over the years that seem to make everyone happy once they take the plunge. If Live is what you use most of the time, if you’re productive in the Live workflow more than other DAWs, should you get the Live 10 upgrade? Yes. That’s an easy answer.

We’ll look a bit more at some of the devices in future and can discuss that – plus the state of other software. Stay tuned.

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Meet ‘The Wolf of Crypto Street,’ an Ohio teenager who used his entire savings to become a cryptocurrency millionaire

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  • Eddy Zillan invested his entire savings into cryptocurrencies when he was 15 years old and made over a million dollars in profits.
  • Zillan has spent the past three years studying cryptocurrencies and now offers his services as a cryptocurrency consultant. 

When Eddy Zillan first started trading in cryptocurrencies, he was too young to open an account on the trading platform, Coinbase, which requires its users to be at least 18 years old. But at age 15, Zillan glossed over the site’s terms of agreement and opened an account on Coinbase and another trading platform called Kraken, cautiously purchasing $100 worth of the cryptocurrency ethereum. 

Zillan says he was initially skeptical of putting his money on the fledgling cryptocurrency market, which he’d first heard about in reference to the now-defunct drug trading website, the Silk Road. When Zillan began investing in 2015, there were few credible resources available offering advice on how to invest in cryptocurrencies.

"At the time I invested, there were no YouTubers, there were no investors, there was no one I could learn from," Zillan said in an interview with Business Insider. "There were no books or mentors, and it was really hard to teach myself a formal education in that field."

When Zillan checked his accounts a few hours after investing his first $100, he found that he’d already made $10. Ten dollars may not sound like much, but Zillan admits he was floored. 

"I thought, ‘Wow, I just made a 10% return in a day. That’s crazy,’" he said.

Eddy Zillan

The next day, Zillan put in more cash. This time, it was $1,000.

A week later, he added an additional $5,000, and the week after that, another $6,000.

Before long, Zillan had invested a total of just over $12,000, the entirety of his savings from teaching tennis lessons along with the tidy nest egg he’d received from gifts and his Bar Mitzvah a few years earlier.

"I risked everything," he said. 

At first, Zillan’s parents had mixed feelings about their son’s interest in digital currencies. While his mother approved, his father cautioned against what he considered to be an extremely risky venture. But Zillan’s own skepticism was evaporating by the day.

Within the first few months, his returns had begun to skyrocket. As his gains inched higher, Zillan began to read about cryptocurrencies obsessively, sometimes spending hours a day on cryptocurrency forums or chatting with other investors online. Soon, he was dabbling in alternate cryptocurrencies — also known as altcoins — and day trading.

In just one short year, Zillan’s initial investment had snowballed. He claims his entire cryptocurrency portfolio had tallied a staggering $350,000.

Zillan continued educating himself on cryptocurrencies with the few resources available online. Mostly, Zillan says that his knowledge of the market stems from the conversations he’s had with other investors and the people who have created the cryptocurrencies themselves.

Like many people who invested in cryptocurrencies early on, Zillan knows that his profits are partially owed to a case of opportune timing. But Zillan says that making smart investments in cryptocurrencies requires more skill than simply opening an account on Coinbase. Zillan doesn’t underestimate his good timing, but he ultimately credits his business acumen and understanding of digital currencies for his enormous returns.

Today, Zillan says his portfolio sits comfortably at over a million dollars, and he’s turning his eye to another venture in the cryptocurrency field: advising. 

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The high school student, who turned 18 in August, has spent the past year broadening his business interest in cryptocurrencies. His company, Cryptocurrency Financial, offers cryptocurrency investing advice to businesses and novice investors. This week, he plans to launch the program’s consumer-focused app, coinalert.ly, which will be a mix of resources geared at cryptocurrency investors, along with insider trading tips, guides, explainers, and news. 

Zillan says the app fills a void in the cryptocurrency market. Despite the growing influence of cryptocurrencies, there’s still not a great deal of resources available when it comes to investing advice.

So far, cryptocurrency communities have relied largely on sites like Reddit to discuss the often volatile market, the strength of a given currency, and what seem to be pump-and-dump schemes. Zillan, who offers private cryptocurrency investing services for $250 an hour, says his goal isn’t necessarily to make money off of the company.

"My goal is to make the crypto community bigger," he said. "I want to see cryptocurrencies as the future."

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Zillan is by no means the first to offer his skills as a cryptocurrency investment guru. Amid the palpable fervor of the digital gold rush, a slew of self-proclaimed "crypto geniuses" and "crypto experts" have emerged online, espousing promises of effortless wealth in an attempt to capitalize on their investing know-how. 

Zillan says his expertise sets him apart from other cryptocurrency advisors on the market. While other advisors might resort to tricks or manipulation to profit off of unsuspecting clients, Zillan says his only motivation is to educate people.

"I’m not some guy off of Wall Street," he said. "There’s no motive or reason for me to try to trick people."

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But Zillan’s rhetoric is slightly at odds with the image he’s cultivated for himself online. Both his website and Instagram page capitalize on the "get rich quick" zeitgeist encapsulated by the cryptocurrency community. On his website, he describes himself as the "Crypto Millionaire," and he’s often pictured in a tropical location or beside a flashy sports car (Zillan owns three luxury vehicles, which he says were purchased with a mixture of profits he made from cryptocurrencies, early-stage investments, and money from his parents who are both millionaires). 

In one photo, Zillan smiles broadly beside a painting of himself in which he’s depicted as the infamous Wall Street mogul Jordan Belfort in a scene from the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street."

"The Wolf of Crypto Street," the caption reads. 

When asked why he’s comparing himself to one of the most notoriously debauched Wall Street traders in recent memory, Zillan describes the images as "a marketing type of deal" that shouldn’t be confused with the efficacy of his company.

"Sure, it’s very flashy. Wolf of Wall Street was shitty penny stocks, but what we do is completely different," he said. "I just use that for marketing. What’s going to catch your eye? Some words, or a picture of that?"

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The Morning After: Falcon Heavy away

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Elon Musk did it. The Falcon Heavy has launched Starman on his trip through the Solar System, but we’re still here to bring you the latest news. Take a peek at the launch if you missed it, and then find out what’s missing from Shadow of the Colossus and why you’ll want to Skype from HP’s new EliteBooks.


Watch this video with your sound turned on.SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket

After a brief delay, the most powerful rocket in the world launched yesterday afternoon. While the Falcon Heavy’s top portion (complete with Space Oddity-playing Tesla Roadster and Starman aboard) is proceeding on a path that will take it beyond Mars’ orbit into the asteroid belt, two of its booster rockets safely returned to Earth. The center core, unfortunately, did not survive an attempted landing on a drone ship but overall the mission appears to be a success. So what’s next for Musk & Co.? The BFR.


You can do better than a pile of notifications on your wrist.How to set up your smartwatch

Now that smartwatches are actually useful enough for the general populace, setting them up isn’t as pedestrian a task as pairing with your phone and calling it a day. On the surface, customizing your new device may not seem like a complicated task, but people often overlook some of the tools that can potentially make wearables more helpful. From recommended settings to the apps worth downloading, here’s a walkthrough of what you should look out for when setting up your new wearable.


Yasiin Bey approves.HP’s EliteBooks pack mics on both sides for clearer Skyping

HP’s new business notebooks will not only sport the latest eighth-generation Intel Core chipsets, but also come with "world-facing" mics for clearer conference calls, among other new tools. That’s useful for picking up chat from a group during a boardroom conference call, or enabling noise canceling to make sure people on the other end hear your voice and not the police siren outside.


No matter how much you want to.You can’t buy an ethical smartphone today

Devices vary, but your average smartphone may use more than 60 metals. Many of them are rare earth metals, so-called because they’re available in smaller quantities than many other metals, if not genuinely rare. Right now, it’s impossible to buy a smartphone you can be certain was produced entirely ethically. Any label on the packaging wouldn’t stand a chance of explaining the litany of factors that go into its construction. The problem is bigger than one company, NGO or trade policy, and will require everyone’s effort to make things better.


There’s something to be said for frustrating controls and a low framerate.‘Shadow of the Colossus’ remake is missing something

Sense of melancholy? Check. Colossi? Check. Improved control scheme? Check. This rebuilt version of Shadow of the Colossus fixes every big issue from the original, but Devindra Hardawar is still feeling the pull of nostalgia.


Good news for PS4 Pro owners who don’t have 4K TVs.Sony’s beta testing a new PS4 update

The upcoming 5.50 update for Sony’s PlayStation 4 will add background music during PS Now gaming, music controls on the quick menu and time restrictions for children, but our favorite feature is for the PS4 Pro. Once it’s unleashed, gamers can enable supersampling on all games, even if they haven’t been updated for the more powerful system. Just as we’ve seen on the Xbox One X, rendering games at higher-res internally and then downscaling them can increase quality on 1080p (or lower) resolution screens.

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Kevin Durant dunking in extreme slow motion is a thing of beauty

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The man is better than any trampoline. 

The Slow Mo Guys got Kevin Durant to help them film a basketball dunk in slow motion. He does two dunks: his first looks weirdly casual in slow motion, and the second he grabs the rim like a complete boss.

Lovely stuff. Read more…

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Most cryptocurrencies to hit zero – Goldman Sachs

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According to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s global head of investment research, Steve Strongin, most digital currencies are unlikely to survive in their current form, and investors should prepare for coins to lose all their value as they’re replaced by a small set of future competitors, Bloomberg reports.

Key Quotes:

Recent price swings indicated a bubble and that the tendency for different tokens to move in lockstep wasn’t rational for a “few-winners-take-most” market.

“The high correlation between the different cryptocurrencies worries me.”

“Because of the lack of intrinsic value, the currencies that don’t survive will most likely trade to zero.”

“Are any of today’s cryptocurrencies going to be an Amazon or a Google, or will they end up like many of the now-defunct search engines? Just because we are in a speculative bubble does not mean current prices can’t increase for a handful of survivors.,” 

“At the same time, it probably does mean that most, if not all, will never see their recent peaks again.”

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