Emoji Passwords and BitWarden

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Let me start by saying that Emoji Passwords are probably a really daft idea. I want to use emoji in my passwords. They’re easy to type on a mobile keyboard, easy to remember, and a lot more fun than boring ASCII characters. Let’s go with ✅🐎🔋📎 (As close as possible to Correct Horse Battery Staple)…

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A QR code built from Emoji

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A QR built from emoji squares.

It’s possible to encode QR images as text. In this case, Emoji!

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iOS 14 gets support for the Unicode Power Symbol!

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Power symbols displayed on the screen.

It has been four years since Unicode officially accepted our Power Symbols proposal into the standard. Now I’m delighted to announce that users on iOS 14 are finally able to use the full set of Power Symbols. ⏻ ⏼ ⭘ ⏽ ⏾ They’re available to use in the browser, in emails, and messages. Here’s how…

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Bitly Emoji Links

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Weird symbols in the bitly dashboard.

Popular URl shortner Bitly allows users to customise its links. This means you can have all sorty of weird and wonderful character in there. For example: bit.ly/󾰀󾰀 You can also use Emoji! bit.ly/☹ bit.ly/♐ Well, OK, not all Emoji. If you try to use most of them, the Bitly system craps out and generates broken…

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Quirks and Limitations of Emoji Flags

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A screenshot of a list of country flags

This blog post contains emoji which your system may not be able to display. You may see broken text, weird symbols, or other buggy rendering. The Transgender Flag is a draft candidate for Emoji 13.0 under the name Blue, Pink, and White Flag. A number of platforms include an image for this emoji, but do…

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Invisible Pink Unicorns – a Firefox emoji rendering bug

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The upper image is partially transparent. The lower image is completely opaque.

Here’s a curious bug I just discovered in Firefox 67 for Linux. Can you see this unicorn: →🦄 ← What happens if you use CSS to change the opacity of an emoji? Here’s a unicorn, with a pink font colour: 🦄 Unicorn Let’s wrap that in this scrap of CSS to make it 50% opaque.…

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Emoji Alchemy

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Lots of colourful emoji.

I’m a fan of the Little Alchemy series of games. Combine earth and fire to get lava. Combine fire and water to get steam. Steam and lava combined makes… You get the picture. I’ve been toying around with making a version which only uses emoji. Here’s what me and my friends have come up with…

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Obsolete Technology in Unicode

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Screenshot of the Unicode standard. The page shows symbols for Telephone Receivers, Pagers, and Fax Machines.

A short meander through some of the more obscure miscellany within Unicode. Languages hang around far longer than there are native speakers, and symbols get reused and repurposed (🍆). Here are some of the delightfully old-fashioned symbols hidden in your thoroughly modern smartphone. Tapes Long before solid-state drives, we used to record data on long…

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An Animation of Every Emoji

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A friendly looking chicken stares at you

The Video EVERY EMOJI! pic.twitter.com/2fCUqwu67c — Terence Eden (@edent) October 24, 2017 Download the WEBM version (19MB). The Process Mostly notes to myself, but I thought you lot might be interested 🙂 Get Every Emoji from Twemoji Twitter maintain the Twemoji Project – it contains high quality SVGs of every emoji. They generously make them…

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Where do these arrows point?

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This is a blog post about user interfaces. I was wandering along the beach one day, when I noticed some clever chap had drawn some arrows in the sand. Can you guess where they led? The more astute of you will have realised that these are not human drawn arrows. They are, of course, footprints…

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