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Instagram offers up new filters, emoji for hashtags

Lark, Reyes and Juno are three new filters for Instagram. Photo: Instagram

Lark, Reyes and Juno are three new filters for Instagram. Photo: Instagram

Instagram continues to play with the color wheel, introducing three new filters Monday the company says get inspiration from weekend outdoor adventures.

In addition to the filters, named Lark, Reyes and Juno, Instagram now allows users to include emoji on hashtags.

Since surpassing more than 300 million users in December, Instagram has added several new features to the photo-sharing app. It added five filters in December and last month, rolled out a new app called Layout, which allows users to combine multiple images in a single post.

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Apple Watch gets mixed reviews and HBO NOW comes to iOS on The CultCast

HBO NOW on iOS? God's be good!

HBO NOW on iOS? God’s be good!

This week: get’em while they’re hot! The Apple Watch is ready for pre-order, but the reviews are in, and they’re a mixed bag. Plus: what’s good in iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3; Robert Baratheon makes HBO NOW a no-brainer; Samsung is up to their old tricks; the new Macbook didn’t benchmark well, but it might not matter; and things get weird in an all-new Get to Know Your Cultist!

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Apple Watch gets mixed reviews and HBO NOW comes to iOS on The CultCast

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How to unlock iOS 8.3’s secret Spock emoji

iOS 8.3 emoji now include the Vulcan salute. Photo: Star Trek

iOS 8.3 emoji now include the Vulcan salute. Photo: Star Trek

iOS 8.3 includes some huge advancements to emoji with the inclusion of more racially diverse characters, but Star Trek fans might be more interested in a new emoji that makes it easier to tell your friends to “live long and prosper.”

Today, Apple added support for the Vulcan salute emoji, which was approved as a new Unicode symbol last year. The new emoji is now visible to users on iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3; however, you can’t actually pick the salute out of the emoji character sheet just yet.

There’s no word on when Apple will officially add the Spock emoji to the keyboard, but you can start using it right now by following these quick steps.

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OS X update brings Photos app and hundreds of new emojis

Photo: Apple

OS X just got better! Photo: Apple

Apple has released OS X 10.10.3 to the public. The update includes the all-new Photos app, which has been in beta for the last several weeks.

Hundreds of new emojis have also been added, along with improvements to Spotlight, Safari, Wi-Fi connectivity and more.

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What Snapchat’s confusing new friend emojis mean

Photo: Snapchat

Selfie time! Photo: Snapchat

Snapchat used to have a “Best Friends” list that showed you who each of your friends snapped with the most. It was a weird, slightly stalkerish part of the app that was removed last year.

Now Snapchat has brought back a way to see top friends, but in a more fun way that relies totally on emojis (and won’t destroy your relationships). Here’s how to decode what the new Snapchat emojis mean.

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Apple doubles down on emojis in latest iOS 8.3 beta

Selecting just the right skin tone is now even easier. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Selecting just the right skin tone is now even easier. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac


Apple continues to tweak its emoji keyboard in the latest iOS 8.3 beta, the fourth iOS beta so far to make its way to developers to test and try out new features.

The new options organize the skin tone modifiers — which debuted in beta 2 of iOS 8.3 — into tap and hold menus, making things just a bit easier to utilize while streamlining the process as well.

In addition, all the yellow-colored Emoji people that previously had brown hair now have yellow hair, as you can see in the image below.

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Holy crap! Startling emoji discovery will taint your view of ice cream

Photo: Peter Miller/Twitter

The proof is in the pudding, as they say. Photo: Peter Miller/Twitter

Apple is making some big changes to emoji with the inclusion of racially diverse characters in iOS 8.3, but the company has been hiding an emoji secret under our fingertips for years.

A startling emoji discovery was made this week by Peter Miller, who realized that the poop emoji is almost identical to the ice cream cone emoji — minus the cone and plus a splash of color. On Android, the poop and ice cream icons are pretty different, but it looks like whoever created Apple’s has been regurgitating old designs to save time.

You’ll never look at ice cream the same again. Sorry.

iOS 8.3 reveals emoji combos with a simple backspace

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Emoji combos can be revealed on iOS 8.3 with backspace. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Apple snuck a major new emoji feature into its first iOS 8.3 beta, and we’re not talking about the racially diverse kind. Along with the new skin-tones for emoji added last week, Apple has included a potentially big feature with the new emoji keyboard that lets users deconstruct some emoji to discover their emoji combos.

By tapping backspace on emoji like KISS (man, man), users can reveal the combination of two or three emoji that represent the original emoji selected. The feature only works on some of the kissing and couple emoji, but it could be expanded to include more in the future.

Here are the different combos you can unlock:

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Meet the delicious future of emoji: ligatures

Ligatures. Photo: Alexa Grafera

Ligatures are the tastiest emojis yet. Photo: Alexa Grafera

Apple is making revolutionary breakthroughs in emoji technology with racially diverse emoji in iOS 8.3. For their next innovative addition, wouldn’t it be great if multiple emoji could be joined together as a single icon?

Designers Alexa Grafera and Louie Mantia teamed up to create a delicious new style of emoji called ligatures. The duo made a special set of ice cream fixins emoji that can be strung together to make the tasty-looking desserts found in Alexa’s ice cream emoji GIF above.

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Apple adds 300 racially diverse emojis to iOS 8.3

300 new emoji are coming to your iPhone soon. Photo: Cult of Mac

300 new emoji are coming to your iPhone soon. Photo: Cult of Mac

Apple paved the way for racially diverse emoji to come to the Mac two week ago, and now with the release of iOS 8.3 beta 2, Apple has added access to 300 new emoji for iPad and iPhone users.

With iOS 8.3 beta 2 Apple now allows users to choose between five different skin tones for 60 different emoji. Switching between the different skin tones is just as easy as adding an accent mark to letters: simply press and hold an emoji to reveal the the entire palette of color options.

Here are some of the new emojis in action:

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