“While the rest of the world is going out of their way to help small businesses during this pandemic, Apple has chosen to go after our small business,” says Prepear co-founder Natalie Monson.
New Non-Binary Emojis Fall Short of Their Good Intentions
While the announcement might be a step in the right direction, it inadvertently reinforces even more gender stereotypes, limiting nonbinary individuals to greyish androgynous figures defined primarily by their haircuts.
83% of Gen Z Phone Users Feel More Comfortable Expressing Emotions Through Emojis
A new report by Adobe for World Emoji Day reveals surprising new findings on the increasing role that emojis play in our culture, economy, and daily communication. Also, Apple introduces a slew of new emojis for 2019.
John and Yoko’s Wedding Album, Once an Oddity, Now an Icon
An unlikely element of Lennon and Ono’s late-1960s peace campaign was an aural selfie, ahead of its time.
Artists Hired by Apple Are Being Paid in AirPods and Apple Watches
The United States’s first trillion-dollar company asks artists participating in its Today at Apple event series to take their pick of gadgets in lieu of a paycheck.
NRA Loses One as Apple Replaces Revolver Emoji with Squirt Gun
Come fall, Apple will pry the gun emoji from your cold, texting hands.
Apple Watches Won’t Work on Tattooed Wrists
The new Apple Watch is the pinnacle of technological achievement.
Crimes of the Art
On this week’s art crime blotter: Castle manager disappears 58 paintings, art thief returns loot to restaurant, opera company sells bronze sculpture for scrap.
Sketches for First Mac Icons Acquired by MoMA
When Susan Kare sketched the icons for the first Macintosh computer back in the early 1980s, she only had basic black-and-white pixels to create a universal user language.
Why Did Russia’s iMonument Disappear?
A public statue of an Apple iPhone installed in St. Petersburg, Russia as a memorial to Steve Jobs was removed on Friday, allegedly in response to the tech company’s new chief executive, Tim Cook, coming out as gay.
A Map, Not a Territory: Apple and the End of Skeuomorphism
In an influential special issue of Scientific American appearing in 1991, the computer scientist Mark Weiser wrote of the challenges in integrating computers to “the natural human environment” such that they “vanish into the background.” Though not quite a theory of user interface design, Weiser’s notion of “ubiquitous computing” remains definitive in its vision for computing as a pervasive but unobtrusive element of the human experience.
Frank Gehry’s Flourishes too Flashy for Facebook
A powerful company deserves a powerful building for its headquarters — Apple is getting a UFO-style office building from Foster + Partners in Cupertino, after all. So Facebook’s decision to ask none other than Frank Gehry to design their new space in Menlo Park, California.