Dark Horse unleashes Hell(boy) on your messages with branded emoji sets


Now, you can use Hellboy emojis to drop the Right Hand of Doom on your friends in iMessages.
Photo: Swype

How big a fan of Hellboy are you?

If you answered, “Such a big fan that I wish ‘Hellboy’ were a language I could speak all the time — if only someone would make a keyboard to that effect,” you’re in luck because custom keyboard designer Swype has teamed up with publisher Dark Horse Comics to bring both Red and samurai rabbit Usagi Yojimbo to your iMessages.

Slack’s ‘emoji reactions’ make your co-workers awesome

Slack now lets you react to a message with an emoji, any one of the 722.
Photo: Slack

Slack is ingraining emojis even deeper into your work environment whether you like it or not. Users were already able to send emojis casually while chatting, but now anyone can specifically react to messages in Slack with emojis. It’s pretty easy to get creative with this, and it’s sure to spice up the chat with your co-workers.

Taco, unicorn, and burrito emoji are coming to your keyboard


Are you ready for taco emoji?
Are you ready for taco emoji?
Photo: Unicode Consortium

Get ready to roll your eyes at hot dogs, because new emoji are coming.

The Unicode Consortium, the group in charge of designing and implementing those little pictures you use to add emotion to your iMessages, is rolling out Unicode Version 8 tomorrow, and it’s bringing 41 new icons with it.

You can check out all of the newcomers at Emojipedia, but here’s all you need to know: You can now express your love of unicorns and tacos entirely in pictures.

Here’s the full list:

Emoji are about to takeover over your passwords

How will we express this emotion?!
A British company has developed an emoji-only password option for online banking.
Photo: Intelligent Environments/Vimeo

Our friends chuckle when we text them a story using emoji. Fun little pictures rich in context and feeling, especially when we can make use of the smiling poo.

But that funny emoji story could also make a very secure password.

The British company Intelligent Environments has developed emoji security technology the developers say will be easier to remember and offer many more combinations that a four-digit PIN code.

Smell the bacon? It’s one of 38 new emojis on the way

Apple's on a hot streak with its new emoji.
Apple's on a hot streak with its new emoji.
Photo: Cookbookman17/Flickr CC

If you’ve long found yourself unable to communicate effectively with your friends because of the lack of “bacon,” “shark” and “man in tuxedo” emojis, you could be in luck next year.

That’e because the Unicode Consortium, aka the Mountain View, California-based organization that standardizes characters and emoji across different operating systems — is set to add 38 all-new emojis to its Unicode 9.0 update.

Arriving in June 2016, they should find their way onto iOS not long after. Here’s what you can expect: