Apple wants an astronaut emoji (among other things)

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Get ready for even more emoji.
Get ready for even more emoji.
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Astronauts and pilots are set to get their own emoji characters if Apple has its way.

The iPhone-maker recently submitted a request to the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee to add five more professions (artist, astronaut, firefighter, judge, and pilot) to the Emoji 4.0 update that is set to bring support for gendered emoji, a rainbow flag, and more.

Take a look at Apple’s proposed designs:

Brazil Foxconn To Begin Producing iPads As Tax Hurdle Overcome

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A Brazil-made iPad has been in the offing since July 2011. However, plans by Taiwan’s Foxconn to build the tablet in South America were held up by negotiations surrounding taxes that could double the cost of Apple’s tablet. Now comes word the government has exempted the iPad, freeing Foxconn to begin churning out iPads stamped “Made in Brazil.”

The Apple Store: Coming To a Target Store Near You

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Target Apple displays could expand later this year. (Photo/tonyhall - http://flic.kr/p/8KwQ6T)
Target Apple displays could expand later this year. (Photo/tonyhall - http://flic.kr/p/8KwQ6T)

Do you live in an area too small to support an Apple Store but has a Target retail location? Apple reportedly will launch later this year “store-within-a-store” sites at 25 of the chain’s larger U.S. locations. The plan would expand the Cupertino, Calif. company’s retail reach already available at more than 600 Best Buy stores.

Google: We’re Activating 700K Android Devices Each Day

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Photo by Joi - http://flic.kr/p/5uw2cn

How many Android-powered devices are in use? Android promoter and Google Vice President Andy Rubin shed some light on the question Tuesday night. Rubin said 700,000 devices are being activated by carriers each day. However, the figure could confirm reports earlier this week that Android’s growth has slowed following a red-hot summer.

Tim Cook Is Cozying Apple Up With Big Business

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Photo by lemagit - http://flic.kr/p/5SFWHN

After a rather thorny relationship with the corporate class, Apple is getting downright chummy with businesses buying thousands of iPhones and iPads. The Cupertino, Calif. company now has access to the boardrooms co-founder Steve Jobs once rejected.

One in Six Apple Dollars Came from China [Report]

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Apple Launches iPad 2 In China

China has always been important for Apple manufacturing, with marque products such as the iPhone and iPad originating in the Asian giant. However, now China is also becoming an important source for sales revenue. China’s 1.33 billion people are now Apple’s second-best revenue-generating market. Little wonder Apple CEO Tim Cook Tuesday calls China “an enormous opportunity” for the tech giant.

Look To IBM To See How Apple Can Survive Without Steve Jobs

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At first, the two companies seem as different as possible. IBM was part of the personal computer’s birth, while Apple has promoted the post-PC era. However, the young tech giant can take a lesson from the veteran computer company in how to survive the departure of a corporate icon. At the front of the class is Apple CEO Tim Cook, once an IBM exec.