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11th May, 2016

Google wants emoji that give working women their due

By Jon Fingas

It’s proposing Unicode changes that would include icons for professional women.

Take a look at your phone’s emoji list. Notice how the only people representing jobs (such as police officers and construction workers) are men, while women are limited to brides and princesses? Some Google developers aren’t happy with that one-sided state of affairs. They’ve proposed a new set of Unicode emoji that better represent women in professional roles. Their 13 new emoji would show both men and women in very well-known industries, ranging from tech (our favorite) to farming to rock stars. They hope that this gives young women a subtle confidence boost [...]

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11th May, 2016

Google Translate now works in apps on any Android phone

By Jon Fingas

Translate also has an offline mode in iOS, and Word Lens translation in Chinese.

If you hate having to paste foreign language text into Google Translate just to understand it, your worries are over. Google has updated Translate for Android to introduce Tap to Translate, an expansion of the translation-anywhere feature it introduced on Marshmallow last fall. Anyone running Android 4.2 or later can now decipher unfamiliar text on the spot simply by copying it — helpful if you frequently run into messages or social posts that aren’t in familiar tongues.

There’s more rolling out over the next few days, including things for the non-Android [...]

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9th May, 2016

Long-haul British Airways flights to get 70Mbps Wi-Fi

by MATT BURGESS

More than 100 British Airways planes being fitted with high-speed internet connections.

The airline, along with Iberia and Aer Lingus, has signed a deal with technology company Gogo to provide inflight connections with speeds comparable to ground-based broadband.

The technology, called 2Ku, claims to be able to provide up to 70Mbps internet speeds while planes are in the air and will be installed on some BA planes from 2017.

The higher speeds will let passengers connect to more services including video streaming services, such as Netflix. The 70Mbps connection would be split amongst those connecting on the flight, meaning actual speeds on [...]

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9th May, 2016

Karhoo takes on Uber with a price-comparing taxi app

By Matt Brian

Like Uber, but for all of London’s traditional and private taxi services.

Since Uber launched, taxi-booking companies have scrambled to createtheir own mobile-first services that give customers plenty of options, but ultimately lock customers to their fleet of drivers. A new entrant, Karhoo, launches as yet another of those types of apps, but it’s playing things a little differently from Uber and its rivals. It’s signed up 80,000 drivers of licensed black cabs, minicabs and executive cars (a third of which are in London) to provide a price comparison service for taxis across the UK.

Unlike Hailo and Gett, which exclusively deal with black [...]

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