Apple Rolling

Apple rolling out gender-neutral Santa Claus, other emojis – Fox Business

September 30, 2020 | 3:14pm

A gender-neutral Santa Claus is coming to town.

In an apparent continuation of their digital-diversity campaign, Apple debuted the new Santa emoji with the iOS 14.2 beta release Wednesday, Emojipedia reports. The non-binary Saint Nick is part of a batch, approved by the Unicode Consortium, of 117 emoticons, many of which aim to make online discourse more inclusive.

The virtual Father Christmas will swap his signature beard for a clean-shaven, more androgynous look. The X-mas mascot’s makeover comes in the wake of a survey by logo creator GraphicSprings, which revealed that 19% of Americans believe that the big man in red should in fact be neither man nor woman.

However, some view Santa’s new identity as part of the so-called War on Christmas, alongside other battles like shaming people for saying “Merry Christmas” and the PC reboots of the Yuletide classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

In one incident from 2019, holiday traditionalists flocked to the defense of a woman who was doxxed over calling him “Father Christmas” instead of just Santa.

“This gender-neutral stuff is way out of hand,” fumed one Yule die-hard.

Along with the Santa option, the Apple emoji lineup also features new skin tone variations, a much-hyped transgender flag and tuxedo and bridal gown options for both men and women.

The inclusive images drew many positive reactions on Twitter.

“APPLE TRANS RIGHTS LETS GOOO!” tweeted one proponent. Another implored Apple to add a “lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, unlabelled and non-binary flag” to the mix.

Last year, meanwhile, the tech giant ruffled some feathers after releasing a “period emoji” as part of iOS 13.2.

Controversial add-ons aside, users can enjoy new pictograms of a beaver, bubble tea, a plunger, feeding bottles, a ninja, an anatomical heart and more.

The collection will be available on the iPhone, iPad and watchOS. They may also be part of the launch next month, according to the Daily Mail.

If that wasn’t enticing enough, the Unicode Consortium also recently announced the launch of emoji version 13.1, whose selection will range from “heart on fire” to “face with spiral eyes” in an apparent homage to the tumultuous 2020. However, they likely won’t debut until 2021.

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PG&E warns of rolling blackouts in three Bay Area counties tonight – KTVU San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREABased on current forecasts for electricity supply and demand as of 8 p.m. Sunday, the state’s electric grid operator, the California Independent System Operator (ISO), has told PG&E that “rotating” power outages will not happen Sunday night after all in portions of San Francisco, San Mateo and Contra Costa counties.

The Independent System Operator earlier on Sunday had said such outages, of one to two hours, would be needed because it wouldn’t be able to contingency power reserve requirements. But the ISO has now said that the state’s energy supply is expected top meet demand Sunday night into Monday morning.

These rotating outages differ from the PG&E “Public Safety Power Shutoffs” called during specific high-fire-threat conditions, and are not related to any issues with PG&E’s equipment or its ability to deliver energy locally. 

Nevertheless, PG&E customers are “strongly urged” to conserve electricity through at least Wednesday night through measures including raising thermostats to at least 78 degrees, using a ceiling fan to bolster air conditioners’ performance, covering windows, avoid using the oven, open the refrigerator as few times as possible and use washing machines and dishwashers early in the morning or after 10 p.m.

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Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones threaten to sue Donald Trump over use of songs – The Guardian

The Rolling Stones are threatening Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives.

The Stones said in a statement on Sunday that their legal team was working with the music rights organisation BMI to stop the use of their material in Trump’s re-election campaign.

The BMI has notified the US president’s campaign on behalf of the group that the unauthorised use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement, the statement said.

If Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, he will face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed. The Stones had complained during Trump’s 2016 campaign about the use of their music to fire up his conservative base at rallies.

The 1969 classic You Can’t Always Get What You Want was a popular song for his events. It was played again at the close of Trump’s recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an indoor event criticised for its potential to spread the coronavirus.

Other musicians and their representatives have also complained about having their music associated with Trump’s events. The family of the late Tom Petty said it had issued a cease-and-desist order after his song I Won’t Back Down was used in Tulsa.

“Trump was in no way authorised to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,’’ the statement said. “Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his to be used in a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.’’

Neil Young admonished Trump in 2018 after hearing one of his songs played against his wishes during the president’s pre-midterm campaign rallies. Trump used his 1990 single, Rockin’ in the Free World, despite earlier warnings.

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