Tech giants mark World Emoji Day with new inclusive options

NEW YORK — Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that of course include cute critters, but the tech giants also continue to push the boundaries of inclusion and diversity.The announcement coincides with Wednesday’s World Emoji Day .Apple Inc. is releasing new variants of its holding hands emoji that allow people to pick any combination of skin tone and gender, 75 possible combinations in all. There are also wheelchairs, prosthetic arms and legs, as well as a new guide dog and an ear with a hearing aid.And then there’s the sloth, the flamingo, the skunk, the orangutan, as well as a new yawning emoji.Apple said 59 new emoji designs will be available this fall with a free software update for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. Thousands of emoji are currently available, including emotive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, more professions, various clothing options, food types, animals, mythical creaturesThe Associated Press

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