Google pushes for more girl power in emojis
Google pushes for more girl power in emojis
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Google pushes for more girl power in emojis

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Google wants to put more girl power in emoji. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your CNET update. [MUSIC] The world is always crying out for more emoji icons. We just can't get enough of the texting cartoon images because Sentence structure is just too time consuming. The group responsible for setting the standards for these icons is the Unicode consortium. Often people submit proposals for new icons but they won't just add a new icon for the sake of it. There needs to be a good reason for it to aid in our communication. For example, requesting a monkey in cowboy hat could be cool but we don't need anymore monkey emojis. Thank you very much. Anyway, a team at Google has come up with a proposal to add more women with professions to the pool of icons. This new emoji would be programmed by mixing two existing emoji codes. So a businesswoman would be the code for a woman and a briefcase, a doctor could be formed from a woman and a medical symbol, and using a microscope would create a scientist. This continues on for all sorts of jobs, and there would be a male version for these professions as well. The motivation for the proposal was part of a push to improve the representation [UNKNOWN] of women in the working world as an awareness movement because women can do more than get their hair cut and get married. But that's not the only emoji petition getting attention this week. The condom maker, Durex, is asking for a condom icon. Although the world already uses eggplants and peaches to talk about the birds and the bees, the company argues that a condom emoji would empower teens to talk openly about protection. Remember kids practice safe sexting. That leaves me with an awkward transition to the next story. Its about Disney! Now it's time to say goodbye infinity- Infinity as the company is discontinuing the video games that required parents to buy physical toys so, kids could bring them to life to play in the game. Disney announced, it's no longer gonna self published console games. Disney infinity first launch in 2013 It was a spin-off of the Skylanders concept. What made Disney Infinity neat is that characters from different movies and times could interact with each other, including Marvel and Star Wars characters. And there's another change to tell you about. But this time It's about this show. From now on, CNET Update is coming to you in a new format. Updates will be shorter, and there will be more of them, each covering one story. You'll still find Update in the same places, but now the reports are just in a more snackable format, and you'll be seeing much more of me. Let me know what you think of the changes over the next week, you can email update@cnet.com, and you also know where to find me on the social medias. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]

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