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Tinder petitions for an interracial couple emoji

Love is universal and technology is for everyone

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When Unicode released 161 new emoji early this year, we all thought of it as a step towards embracing diversity. We have people of color, redheads, and same-sex couples added to the official emoji catalog. But we’ve been missing one — interracial couples.

Tinder launched a campaign called #RepresentLove last February 27, in collaboration with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Emojination founder Jennifer 8. Lee, with the goal of petitioning Unicode to introduce an interracial couple emoji.


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In a recent study, Tinder and other popular dating apps may be responsible for an increase in interracial marriages. The research showed that online dating and interracial relationships go hand in hand. It may be true since dating apps are now a platform for us to meet anyone, anywhere in the world. In one swipe, we can connect with someone even from a completely different background.

Why is Tinder petitioning?

Tinder stated that the study inspired them to be at the forefront of creating change. They surveyed their users to find out how they think, feel, and connect.

The results were announced alongside the campaign, with vague information on numbers such as “72 percent believe Tinder is the most racially diverse dating app,” “77 percent of Tinder users say they’re more open-minded about who they date,” and “66 percent of global respondents who dated someone of a different race said it enabled them to experience places they weren’t previously aware of.”

I’m cynical when it comes to numbers, but I appreciate the effort to promote diversity. Our times are changing, and we’re becoming more accepting with the differences in racial and ethnic backgrounds. The tech world might still have a long way to overcome these boundaries but this campaign is a big leap into making technology for everyone.

The campaign website acknowledged the long process which starts from Unicode Consortium (the governing body of all things emoji) accepting the petition. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and other platforms will modify their emoji once the proposal has been approved.

If you believe in Tinder’s outcry and that love is universal, let’s stand together with Tinder and #RepresentLove. The petition already garnered 10,000 signatures as of writing.

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Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks

A classic coming back to life!

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After a week from E3 2019, Nintendo has announced the release of its latest mobile game. The Japanese game company has been reviving its classic titles lately and the newest one coming to our phones is Dr. Mario World.

The new Nintendo game for mobile will be available for iOS and Android on July 10 for free. Pre-registration is already open on the App Store and Play Store.


A new trailer for Dr. Mario World gives us our first look at the game. From the looks of it, it’s going to be pretty different yet familiar. Instead of a Tetris-style gameplay where the capsules fall down the screen, Dr. Mario World will require players to drag the capsules on the playing field. Since the game will be played on phones with touchscreens, this approach makes better sense than left-right buttons.

Like most free-to-play titles, the game will have in-app purchases that’ll help players progress in the game. The game also has countdown timers and character customizations.

The original Dr. Mario game came out in 1990 and it instantly became one of the best Nintendo titles. It was originally developed for the NES. It was ported and remade for multiple platforms after.

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SEE ALSO: Nintendo reveals new Pokémon games for the Switch

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New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box

Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal

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Here’s more news about the US trade ban against Huawei. The latest American company to take action is Facebook. The popular social networking company is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.

The latest blow to the Chinese tech giant doesn’t necessarily mean users won’t be able to access Facebook. According to a report by Reuters, customers who already bought Huawei phones will still be able to use Facebook apps and receive updates. Although, new Huawei phones will no longer have Facebook pre-installed. Other Facebook-owned apps are also affected including WhatsApp and Instagram.


If you purchased a Huawei phone lately, you might have noticed that your phone came with a few apps pre-installed — aside from the native apps, of course. Usually, smartphone vendors have deals with developers like Facebook to make their app widely available. Aside from Facebook, Huawei phones also come pre-installed with Twitter and Booking.com in many markets.

While Facebook’s move to stay away won’t badly hurt Huawei, it could affect the partnership sales outlook. Again, the Facebook ban only affects Huawei phones that have yet to come out of the factory. Also, Facebook can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store assuming Huawei will not lose access to it soon.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat

Could lead to less secure apps

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For three weeks, Huawei’s biggest concerns were the loss of Android and ARM architecture support. The recent Trump ban created pandemonium for the Chinese company. Since the ban’s announcement, Huawei has struggled with solutions and appeals. Unfortunately, the company’s troubles are not stopping.

In a Financial Times report, Google argues that Trump’s ban will ironically open Huawei to more cybersecurity issues. Likewise, an Android ban will cascade down to the operating system’s supported apps. Users will likely resort to less secure installation methods for their lost apps.


Google further explains that using an Android hybrid (since the platform is open-source by nature) could result in more holes in the system’s security. Huawei’s alternative — either their own custom OS or a forked Android variant — will not offer the same amount of protection.

In related news, Facebook has banned their app’s pre-installs on their future smartphones. Currently, Huawei’s phones come installed with Facebook’s slew of apps — Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. Arguably, all three apps are essential pieces of a smartphone’s ecosystem. As such, smartphone makers often strike pre-installation deals with app developers, allowing devices to come with these essential apps.

Of course, Huawei users can still install them manually through the Google Play Store. However, this method is also in jeopardy. By August 19, Google is forced to sever support for Huawei, pending a permanent resolution. The ban can feasibly take the Play Store with it. If that happens, Huawei users can no longer install Facebook through the usual means. Users will start resorting to Huawei’s own store or APK installs.

Huawei’s continued dealing with bans rings an ominous death knell for the Chinese company. Without a conclusive resolution, the world’s number-two smartphone manufacturer is facing an uncertain, dangerous future for its phones, inside and out.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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