The Unicode Consortium has updated its character-encoding standard to include an additional 250 emoji, or small pictorial representations of things such as a smiling face, a thumbs-up, or a shining sun.
Unicode 7.0 offers a spider, dark sunglasses, a hammer, an airplane arriving, a rocket, and a satellite, among other new emoji.
It is not known when or if the new symbols will be available for use on cellphones. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and other phone software makers will need to provide font updates for that to happen.
The latest version also includes new symbols for the Russian ruble, the Azerbaijani manat, and a host of other symbols, historical scripts, and updates to existing scripts.
Unicode provides a consistent way for computer software around the world to handle and transmit characters, and has grown to encompass most of the world's languages. Emoji, originally developed in Japan for use on cell phones, are popular worldwide, especially among teens.
From PC World
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