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I Saw the News Today: Headscarf Emoji, Update Unlocks Rage, Parkinson’s Treatment First

A Saudi teen pushes for an emoji that looks like her, the Internet complains about iOS 10 update, and stem cell research takes another step forward.

 

Saudi Teen Seeks Identity, Pushes for Headscarf Emoji

Rayouf Alhumedhi is a 15-year-old Saudi who lives in Germany and feels that she, and people like her, is poorly represented in the world of the emoji. Speaking to the BBC, Rayouf said, “There are so many Muslim women in this world who wear the headscarf. It might seem trivial…but it’s different when you see yourself on the keyboard around the world. Once you experience that, it’s really great.” Beginning on Reddit, Rayouf’s push for her own modicum of identity will surely be used as a political tool, for or against Muslims—which is a shame, because if something so small means anything to people struggling for positivism in such a guarded cosmopolitan landscape that Europe currently is, why not do it?

Rayouf hopes to present a final version for approval in November.

 

Australian Man Opts for Stem Cell Trial to Treat Parkinson’s, World’s First

The transformative procedure utilizes neural stem cells taken from an unfertilized egg and planted into the effected areas of the patient’s brain. The owner of the brain in this instance is Australian man Fred van Ross who has been living with Parkinson’s Disease for more than a decade. The treatment aims to regenerate the hormone dopamine, which is clipped in those who suffer from the condition. Along with others who participated in the trial, Van Ross will be assessed in 12 months time with the results expected to be known in 2019.

 

iOS 10 Update Removes Slide to Unlock, Internet Loses Plot

Callously removing a command that Apple has taught us for many years, the very recent update has killed the “slide to unlock” function, a flick of the thumb which has now become pure impulse. Which is fine, but as trained canines in the art of the Apple, it’s like suddenly asking us to roll over when all you’ve taught us to do is sit. Predictably, the Internet has returned fire through collective meme, but not as much as I thought there would be, which might owe to the fact that most of us remain locked out of our phones.

Woof.

Ooh. The criticism. Criticism which dragged this not-at-all condescending picture from Apple support.

Yeah, we know, Apple. We’re si-rolling over. We know.

 

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