The so called “Colbert emoji” is now available in Unicode 10.0 and on iOS


According to Unicode Consortium president, Mark Davis, one of the latest emojis released is inspired by Stephen Colbert from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“Just cut off my nose, dip me in yellow paint, and I defy you to tell the difference.” — Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert, the host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, now effectively has his own emoji, with Davis of the Unicode Consortium referring to it as the “Colbert Emoji”. The emoji in question, which was created by Maximilian Merz, features — and is officially called — “Face With A Single Eyebrow Raised”.

“Face With A Single Eyebrow Raised” Emoji, colloquially known as the “Colbert” emoji — a name which the current Unicode Consortium president himself has reiterated.

The emoji, which Time Magazine has described in detail is included with the release of Unicode 10.0, alongside more than 20 other emojis, ranging from “Crazy Face” to pie and a hedgehog. Time described the emoji as intending to convey “skepticism, accompanied by the concepts of disapproval and (mild) surprise.”

Colbert was excited about the news of its release, going so far as to feature it as a segment within his late night television show. During the episode (pictured below), Colbert was able to match the expression of the emoji to near perfection, commenting “just cut off my nose, dip me in yellow paint, and I defy you to tell the difference,” before continuing to state that the emoji is now available in the latest update to the iPhone operating system (iOS), as well as on Twitter, Facebook, What’s App, and “let’s say, Samsung smart refrigerators” — the latter most likely referring to the Samsung Galaxy(R) smartphone brand.

Colbert mimics the expression of the emoji colloquially named after him by Unicode Consortium president, Mark Davis. All rights belong to CBS and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

In the words of Rob Marvin, PC Magazine associate editor, “the Colbert emoji’s potential is boundless, but this is one of modern nerdom’s foremost thought leaders we’re talking about; a man who can make an Atticus Finch-level legal argument on the differences between Gollum and Smeagol while a man’s actual life hangs in the balance…”


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-- Above article originally published by Kyle on Medium.com. The original can be viewed here.

Sunil Shahzad, BlueAngelHost, and their history of hosting illegal content

Here at Hexxium Creations, our many volunteers are frequently finding new malicious domains, but it is rare that we discover an entire network of malicious domains as well as the source behind them. We recently noticed a tweet from an Electronic Arts developer on Twitter that was exposing a Twitter account that was pretending to be an 'official' account for Rockstar's not yet released game Red Dead Redemption 2


The fake Twitter account (now suspended) was promoting a goo.gl short link that lead to "livebetaservers[DOT]com", a domain with the intent to trick users into thinking they will get early access to play-test "Red Dead Redemption 2". If a user fell for this trick, they would get sent to endless ads demanding the user's personal information and promising to give them access to this non-existent play-test. As a result of this, our team immediately took action and looked into who was in control of this domain & its hosting.

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3D Touch in App Switcher to return to iOS 11

According to Apple executive, Craig Federighi.

Originally published by Kyle on Medium, see original post here.

User interacting with an iPhone, using the 3D Touch app-switching feature. Photo: Tom Rolfe/TapSmart

According to an email obtained by MacRumors, Apple executive Craig Federighi confirmed that the popular user feature gesture referred to as “3D Touch app switch gesture” will be returning within a future “iOS 11.x update.”

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The gesture, which was removed from the latest version of iOS due to an apparent technical constraint, provided users with a convenient way of getting from the multi-tasking screen on iPhones and has been a part of 3D-Touch equipped Apple devices since iOS 9. The simplicity of the gesture, which has been a part of 3D-Touch equipped Apple devices¹ since iOS 9 and required only a firm press on the left edge of the screen and a flick to the right, made it a popular and missed feature by users. Until the aforementioned update when it is returned to an iteration of iOS 11, users will have to use the old tried-and-true method of bringing up the app switcher, double-tapping the home button on the device. If the gesture is not returned by the time that the iPhone X — which does not have a physical “home” button — is released later this year, users will have to swipe up on the virtual home bar of the device, pausing in the middle of the screen, to trigger the app-switcher/multi-tasking.

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A first for iOS devices: Snapchat users beware

Potential privacy risk in app on iOS 11 can allow recording of Snapchat without notification

Originally published by Kyle on medium.com, original story link.

Snapchat messages screen. Photo: Xavier Harding/Mic

Apple’s new mobile operating system update, iOS 11, has introduced an iPhone feature that has unsettling ramifications for users of the popular app, Snapchat.

Snapchat allows users to send “snaps” — short videos or photos— to other app users, which are only available to be viewed for a set amount of seconds determined by the sender and can only be replayed a limited number of times before being deleted. If a user were to “screenshot” an image or video, the app normally notifies the sending user (or group if a group-chat) that such an action — which is generally considered poor etiquette within the app’s user base — has taken place. This transient nature has been key to the app’s success with its key demographic, young adults aged 18 to 24, since its founding in 2011 by three Sanford University undergraduates.

Previously, the only way on iOS¹ to capture a snap was through screenshotting the message/image. Users of the app have discovered that the newly introduced screen-recording feature can potentially allow users to record Snapchat content without notifying the user that sent it. The inability of users to record “Snaps” with a notification being sent to the other party has been a feature which many of its 150+ million users have taken for granted.

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NOTICE: Email Server Configuration Error

At approximately 7:3o P.M (U.S Central Time) yesterday (May 25th) we discovered that a configuration error was present with our MX addresses, this error meant that any email you attempted to send us was never actually sent to us and was returned to you with error code 550. We apologize for this extreme downtime, we were not aware of the issue until now, it may have been this way since August 30th 2016 when we changed hosting providers. At no point was any information compromised via this error, emails from us continued to work, it just prevented you from emailing us back. We’ve worked with our hosting provider to fix this issue and at this time all email systems seem nominal. We’ve likely missed a few hundreds emails in this time-span, if you’ve previously sent us an email and it failed, you can now forward that email to us for review immediately.

My Apologies,
Andrew Gildner

AMD Ryzen: A Potentially Bleak Future for Intel

As of February 22nd 2017, AMD’s newest lineup of CPUs dubbed “Ryzen” has officially launched, and while not yet actually available on sites such as Newegg.com until early March, it has struck a clear business fear into Intel. YouTube user AdoredTV has uploaded a video discussing the current issues over at Intel, and about how they laid off some of their workforce, likely in preparation of Ryzen launching.

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Ransomware – A User’s Worst Nightmare

Ransomware is on the rise, it is a malware infection that will encrypt a user’s files and hold them for a ransom that normally can only be paid in bitcoin or other not easily traceable payment forms. This type of malware infection is particularly crippling to a business as they could potentially lose financial information and more to hackers. Recently, Malwarebytes shared a blog post that a hospital in LA paid around 17,000 dollars in bitcoin (40BTC) to recover their files that were encrypted by Ransomware, as a result of this and the rise we have noticed in Ransomware infections, we will now cover what Ransomware does in this blog post as well as how you can protect yourself from this threat.

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