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Coming soon to iOS: Facepalm, shrugs and more

Are you frustrated by the upcoming presidential election? Did the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians make a bone-headed move during the World Series? Did your kid back his junker car out of the garage and into your brand-new SUV?

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Daily events beg for instant, accurate emotions, and Apple is providing new emojis that cover a wide range of them — a shrug, crossed fingers, and the facepalm. 

On Tuesday, Apple released its first beta version of its iOS 10.2 software update for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch products. The developer preview will include 72 new emojis. Other additions include job descriptions like teacher, astronaut, scientist, firefighter and pilot. 

Apple has not announced an official release date for the iOS 10.2 software, but the new symbols, approved as part of Unicode 9.0 in June, are expected to be available later this month. 

So when you hear something ridiculous that makes you want to roll on the floor laughing, well, Apple will have the emoji available for you to express your feelings.

Buzzfeed compiled a complete list of the new emoji, covering the bases from clown faces to avocados.

Apple patent blocks iPhones from recording at concerts

Apple was awarded a U.S. patent in June for a system that can force iPhones into disabling video-recording functions at concert venues.

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The system uses infrared signals to send messages to the smartphones to force them to shut down video recording capabilities. Apple's patent illustration shows a phone at a concert with the words "recording disabled" on screen. 

Various artists have been outspoken about fans filming their shows, with many claiming that it spoils the experience for other fans.

During a show this summer, Adele publicly told a fan who was filming the performance: "You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera ... I'd really like you to enjoy my show because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in."

It's not known whether Apple plans to put the patent into use. 

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Yondr is another company with a mission to eliminate cellphone distractions at concerts.

The company creates "phone-free spaces" at events where attendees must seal their cellphones in one of the company's lockable pouches. The pouch stays locked inside the phone-free zone but unlocks once you leave it.

"If you haven't been to a phone-free show, you just don't know what you're missing. There's something about living in real life that can’t be replicated," Yondr founder Graham Dugoni told The Washington Post.

Ill children can now see the world without leaving St. Jude Hospital

Video includes clips from Expedia.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Expedia have teamed up in a seriously cool way to help sick children.

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The "St. Jude Dream Adventures" campaign, the 360-degree virtual experience room at the Memphis, Tennessee, location, lets children too sick to leave the hospital experience what it's like to travel the world.

Here's how it works: An Expedia employee will travel to the child's dream location, which can be anywhere from an underwater tour to watching wild horses in Argentina.

Once there, children will have the experience in real time with the employee, which gives kids the opportunity to ask questions and learn from tour guides.

 

The project is the brainchild of the 180LA creative agency. While this initial exhibition only featured four children, the agency said it's talking with the hospital about making it a permanent installation.

180LA, St. Jude and Expedia have teamed up before. A few years ago, the trio released an ad where Santa flew coach around the world so he could donate his Expedia+ points to the hospital.

Google gives itself a doodle, new logo

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Google's identity has changed once again.

After it recently announced its allegiance to Alphabet, the know-it-all, do-it-all company has unveiled its new logo Tuesday.

Of course it didn't happen without another infamous (albeit simple) doodle.

Also new are Google dots and the 'G' icon.

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Google's reasoning behind the change to its insignia is to be more compatible and prevalent on a wider variety of platforms (i.e., mobile, TV and even cars!).

The dots represent action and the 'G' has more color to it now as well.

The logo itself has animation now as well.

The font, called Product Sans, is a Google original.

Apple's iOS8 includes new 'killswitch' to curb theft

Apple's new operating system, iOS 8, comes with a "killswitch" feature already activated—unlike all the systems before it. 

The lock is a part of Apple's "Find My iPhone" app, which allows users to not only lock the phone that has been stolen but also prevents thieves from wiping the phone clean. Phones that operate on iOS 7 have the lock option, but they have to turn it on for it to work.

The difference with iOS 8 is that when anyone installs the new software, the activation lock will be on by default.

Although Apple has made this change to its software with this latest update, many in the law enforcement community claim the major tech brands have been dragging their feet on this feature. 

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"This was not a matter of urgency. You had Ray Kelly, the police commissioner of New York City, Kathy Lanier, the chief of police of Washington, D.C., ... haranguing them saying look the minute you make this – not a smartphone – a really dumb phone, a paperweight, the thefts stop."

And there seems to be some tangible evidence to support this claim. The San Francisco District Attorney gathered data from New York City, London and San Francisco which shows since Apple unveiled "Activation Lock" last year, iPhone thefts have dropped significantly. 

The evidence was so convincing to California lawmakers who crafted a bill signed into law last month that it requires all tech companies make the "killswitch" feature standard on all smartphones sold in the state after July 2015.  

As it stands, Samsung and Apple devices have the killswitch feature available, while Windows and Android devices do not; though they both say they plan to build in the feature. 

Success, roadblocks for many pre-ordering iPhone 6

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Maybe the most highly anticipated Apple release ever, the iPhone 6 went on sale at midnight on Friday, Sept. 12. As expected, a large number of people logged on to order or upgrade their phones. Some find it surprisingly simple, and others had predictable difficulties. 

Read below for a sampling of posts from social media about shoppers' experiences trying get their orders in for the new phones.

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