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    Movim 0.16 – Cesco

    Timothée Jaussoin – pubsub.movim.eu / Movim – Monday, 18 November - 05:27 edit

A bit less than 4 months after the previous 0.15 release we are pleased to announce the release of the 0.16 version of Movim.

This release comes like always with both new exciting features and performance improvements. But for this one we focused more on making the general usage more accessible and bringing some useful features in.

What's new?

Drawing and content sharing

Thanks to the awesome collaboration with my girlfriend this release comes with a totally new feature that will allow you to draw quickly something over a picture you just took or a blank canvas. Those drawings can then be published within chat discussions or as publications.

The Snap feature was slightly redesigned to integrate with the Draw feature, you can also now switch between different cameras if multiple are detected (useful on mobile phones).

The camera switching feature was also integrated in the video-conferencing system allowing you to switch from your front and back views within a video-conference.

Attachments

The attachments menu in the chat panel was redesigned to integrate this new Drawing feature while keeping the UI clean and accessible.

Chat improvements

Movim now integrates a quick #emoji insertion feature 😱😍 in the chat discussions. When writing a message you can directly type the emojis code using its related :shortcut:. On desktop some work was also done to do all this process using only the keyboard.

Chats and chatrooms list improvements

The chats and chatrooms list now displays more information about the currently opened discussions:

  • The chatstates (to know if the contact or one of the rooms occupants is currently typing a message) are displayed in real-time
  • Movim is showing if the last chat message was sent by you
  • The chatrooms are now displayed with a specific icon if they can be publicly discovered and if the occupants can see each-other public profiles (some issues were also fixed regarding the handling of those information backend wise). This allows the users to know more clearly what are the risks of discussing within a room and for the admins to change the rooms configurations regarding their privacy needs.

Big refactoring of how the XMPP clients and servers capabilities are handled

This is one of the biggest internal changes that was made for this release. On the XMPP network, the clients and servers are telling each-others what they are capable of. This allows, for example, for a client to know if a server supports file upload to display the feature automatically in the UI.

Movim was handling very weirdly the content of those capability information for several years. The related code was heavily refactored fixing some features detection issues and adding some new features for the users.

Movim now displays all the connected clients of all your connected contacts. This allows you to call a device specifically if your contact can be reached on several clients that supports the video-calling feature.

Search

The search panel was improved and now allows you to search in Communities. It is also faster to load (especially on mobile) and displays more reliable results especially for tags results.

Slight design changes

The general design and animations were slightly changed to allow more content to be displayed (some padding were removed in the chat to display more information within the discussion bubbles) or to make the UI a bit more snappy.

Performances

Last but not least! New features don't mean performance hit. Two big performance improvements were introduced in this release.

A small database change that was overseen until now allows Movim to load chat messages way faster if you have hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of records stored.

The upgrade of one of our dependencies, reactphp/http, improved the overall speed of around 10 to 20% (especially during the connection and during page switching). This allows Movim to stay around or bellow 300ms for most of the pageloads.

What's next ?

For the next release some work is planned to support the PHP 7.4 version and to boost code regarding the new performance features that are coming with this exciting release (especially with the Preloading feature).

Some new XMPP extensions such as XEP-0424: Message Retraction and XEP-0425: Message Moderation are also planned.

We will see if those changes will come into a minor 0.16.1 release or a major 0.17 release.

In the meantime we hope you'll enjoy all those new features and keep spreading Movim around. You can also support us by giving a bit of money monthly on our Patreon. This allows us to cover our expenses (servers, domains) and to create some goodies (I heard that some new stickers are planned).

That's all folks!

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    Because Internet makes a linguist’s case for l33t speak, other online-text fads

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica – Saturday, 2 November - 14:00

Linguistics in the Internet age <em>can</em> be fun.

Enlarge / Linguistics in the Internet age can be fun. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images)

The Internet has done good things to the English language.

That's the most important thing linguist Gretchen McCulloch has to say in her book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language . Though many prominent opinion-havers rage about the imminent death of the English language at the hands of emoji-wielding teenagers, the Internet has done no more harm to English than television, radio, or dime novels.

In fact, McCulloch makes a compelling argument that Internet language, and emoji in particular, is restoring life to the relatively emotionless medium of text. For hundreds of years, public writing was limited to formal contexts like newspapers and books, written by educated people using very formal language for the edification of other educated people. Even fiction draws a clear line between informal dialogue and formal narration. On the Internet, on the other hand, the lines are much less clear. Private, informal writing (like shopping lists or notes passed between students at the back of a classroom) is now publicly visible, and the conventions developed by individuals or small groups for writing informally can spread and interact on a global scale. To McCulloch, this is more exciting than it is scary, and reading Because Internet might convince you to feel the same.

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    iOS 13.2 apporte des emojis non-genrés et des couples mixtes sur iPhone et iPad

    news.movim.eu / Numerama – Tuesday, 29 October - 08:21

La nouvelle mise à jour iOS du 28 octobre 2019 consacre l'arrivée de 398 nouveaux emojis, dont la possibilité de personnaliser les couples, mais aussi un emoji « neutre » entre le féminin et le masculin. [Lire la suite]

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    Google’s Play Store is giving an age-rating finger to Fleksy, a Gboard rival REVERSED HAND WITH MIDDLE FINGER EXTENDED

    news.movim.eu / TechCrunch – Wednesday, 23 October - 11:11

Platform power is a helluva a drug. Do a search on Google’s Play store in Europe and you’ll find the company’s own Gboard app has an age rating of PEGI 3 — aka the pan-European game information labelling system which signifies content is suitable for all age groups.

PEGI 3 means it may still contain a little cartoon violence. Say, for example, an emoji fist or middle finger.

Now do a search on Play for the rival Fleksy keyboard app and you’ll find it has a PEGI 12 age rating. This label signifies the rated content can contain slightly more graphic fantasy violence and mild bad language.

The discrepancy in labelling suggests there’s a material difference between Gboard and Fleksy — in terms of the content you might encounter. Yet both are pretty similar keyboard apps — with features like predictive emoji and baked in GIFs. Gboard also lets you create custom emoji . While Fleksy puts mini apps at your fingertips .

A more major difference is that Gboard is made by Play Store owner and platform controller, Google. Whereas Fleksy is an indie keyboard that since 2017 has been developed by ThingThing, a startup based out of Spain.

Fleksy’s keyboard didn’t used to carry a 12+ age rating — this is a new development. Not based on its content changing but based on Google enforcing its Play Store policies differently.

The Fleksy app, which has been on the Play Store for around eight years at this point — and per Play Store install stats has had more than 5M downloads to date — was PEGI 3 rating until earlier this month. But then Google stepped in and forced the team to up the rating to 12. Which means the Play Store description for Fleksy in Europe now rates it PEGI 12 and specifies it contains “Mild Swearing”.

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The Play store’s system for age ratings requires developers to fill in a content ratings form , responding to a series of questions about their app’s content, in order to obtain a suggested rating.

Fleksy’s team have done so over the years — and come up with the PEGI 3 rating without issue. But this month they found they were being issued the questionnaire multiple times and then that their latest app update was blocked without explanation — meaning they had to reach out to Play Developer Support to ask what was going wrong.

After some email back and forth with support staff they were told that the app contained age inappropriate emoji content. Here’s what Google wrote:

During review, we found that the content rating is not accurate for your app… Content ratings are used to inform consumers, especially parents, of potentially objectionable content that exists within an app.

For example, we found that your app contains content (e.g. emoji) that is not appropriate for all ages. Please refer to the attached screenshot.

In the attached screenshot Google’s staff fingered the middle finger emoji as the reason for blocking the update:

Fleksy Play review emoji violation

“We never thought a simple emoji is meant to be 12+,” ThingThing CEO Olivier Plante tells us.

With their update rejected the team was forced to raise the rating of Fleksy to PEGI 12 — just to get their update unblocked so they could push out a round of bug fixes for the app.

That’s not the end of the saga, though. Google’s Play Store team is still not happy with the regional age rating for Fleksy — and wants to push the rating even higher — claiming, in a subsequent email, that “your app contains mature content (e.g. emoji) and should have higher rating”.

Now, to be crystal clear, Google’s own Gboard app also contains the middle finger emoji. We are 100% sure of this because we double-checked…

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Emojis available on Google’s Gboard keyboard, including the ‘screw you’ middle finger. Photo credit: Romain Dillet/TechCrunch

This is not surprising. Pretty much any smartphone keyboard — native or add-on — would contain this symbol because it’s a totally standard emoji.

But when Plante pointed out to Google that the middle finger emoji can be found in both Fleksy’s and Gboard’s keyboards — and asked them to drop Fleksy’s rating back to PEGI 3 like Gboard — the Play team did not respond.

A PEGI 16 rating means the depiction of violence (or sexual activity) “reaches a stage that looks the same as would be expected in real life”, per official guidance on the labels , while the use of bad language can be “more extreme”, and content may include the use of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs.

And remember Google is objecting to “mature” emoji. So perhaps its app reviewers have been clutching at their pearls after finding other standard emojis which depict stuff like glasses of beer, martinis and wine… 🤦‍♀️

Over on the US Play Store, meanwhile, the Fleksy app is rated “teen”.

While Gboard is — yup, you guessed it! — ‘E for Everyone’… 🤔

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Plante says the double standard Google is imposing on its own app vs third party keyboards is infuriating, and he accuses the platform giant of anti-competitive behavior.

“We’re all-in for competition, it’s healthy… but incumbent players like Google playing it unfair, making their keyboard 3+ with identical emojis, is another showcase of abuse of power,” he tells TechCrunch.

A quick search of the Play Store for other third party keyboard apps unearths a mixture of ratings — most rated PEGI 3 (such as Microsoft-owned SwiftKey and Grammarly Keyboard); some PEGI 12 (such as Facemoji Emoji Keyboard which, per Play Store’s summary contains “violence”).

Only one that we could find among the top listed keyboard apps has a PEGI 16 rating.

This is an app called Classic Big Keyboard — whose listing specifies it contains “Strong Language” (and what keyboard might not, frankly!?). Though, judging by the Play store screenshots, it appears to be a fairly bog standard keyboard that simply offers adjustable key sizes. As well as, yes, standard emoji.

“It came as a surprise,” says Plante describing how the trouble with Play started. “At first, in the past weeks, we started to fill in the rating reviews and I got constant emails the rating form needed to be filled with no details as why we needed to revise it so often (6 times) and then this last week we got rejected for the same reason. This emoji was in our product since day 1 of its existence.”

Asked whether he can think of any trigger for Fleksy to come under scrutiny by Play store reviewers now, he says: “We don’t know why but for sure we’re progressing nicely in the penetration of our keyboard. We’re growing fast for sure but unsure this is the reason.”

“I suspect someone is doubling down on competitive keyboards over there as they lost quite some grip of their search business via the alternative browsers in Europe…. Perhaps there is a correlation?” he adds, referring to the European Commission’s antitrust decision against Google Android last year — when the tech giant was hit with a $5BN fine for various breaches of EU competition law. A fine which it’s appealing.

“I’ll continue to fight for a fair market and am glad that Europe is leading the way in this,” adds Plante.

Following the EU antitrust ruling against Android, which Google is legally compelled to comply with during any appeals process, it now displays choice screens to Android users in Europe — offering alternative search engines and browsers for download, alongside Google’s own dominate search  and browser (Chrome) apps.

However the company still retains plenty of levers it can pull and push to influence the presentation of content within its dominant Play Store — influencing how rival apps are perceived by Android users and so whether or not they choose to download them.

So requiring that a keyboard app rival gets badged with a much higher age rating than Google’s own keyboard app isn’t a good look to say the least.

We reached out to Google for an explanation about the discrepancy in age ratings between Fleksy and Gboard and will update this report with any further response. At first glance a spokesman agreed with us that the situation looks odd.

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    Microsoft : des nouveaux claviers avec des touches “emoji” et “Office”

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek – Wednesday, 16 October - 13:20

Bonne nouvelle pour les amateurs de raccourcis. Microsoft lance deux claviers comportant deux nouvelles touches : « Office » et « Emoji ». La touche Office est positionnée là où se trouve actuellement l’une des deux touches Windows (celle de droite) précise The Verge qui a pu découvrir les nouveaux appareils. Elle permet d’accéder à l’application Office ou, combinée à une autre touche, de lancer un logiciel spécifique de cette suite. Office + W permettra ainsi d’ouvrir Word tandis que Office + X lancera le tableur Excel.

A droite de cette touche “Office”, une deuxième touche vient s’ajouter : “Emoji”. Les émoticônes, smiley sont clairement ancrés désormais dans notre société et permettent d’exprimer en image un ressenti (rire, tristesse, amusement…). Statista qui avait réalisé une étude en 2017 sur l’utilisation des émoticônes par les Français révélait que 81% d’entre eux incorporaient des emoji dans leurs échanges avec leurs proches. Microsoft pourrait donc avoir visé juste avec sa touche Emoji. Le fonctionnement de cette dernière est très simple : elle ouvre un menu contenant les émoticônes. Les deux nouveaux claviers disposant de ces touches sont le Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard à 59,99$ et le Bluetooth Keyboard à 49,99$ disponibles aux Etats-Unis depuis hier.

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    Microsoft lance des claviers avec un raccourci dédié aux emojis

    news.movim.eu / Numerama – Monday, 14 October - 16:27

Clavier Microsoft

Microsoft s'est décidé à commercialiser de nouveaux claviers dont la particularité est d'avoir des touches permettant de lancer directement Word ou Excel, mais aussi d'aller chercher plus vite des emojis. [Lire la suite]

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    L’emoji “OK” rejoint la liste des symboles haineux sur le web

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek – Monday, 30 September - 10:20

Si l’emoji “Ok” est souvent utilisé au premier degré, pour signifier “tout va bien” , le symbole apparaît depuis quelques années dans un registre bien différent, celui du mouvement suprématiste blanc. Le constat paraît assez étonnant, et pourtant, comme l’explique la BBC , la Ligue Anti-diffamation américaine vient de classer le symbole au rang de symbole haineux, au même titre que le salut nazi, ou les signes de ralliement du Ku Klux Klan. Selon l’organisme, la position de la main lorsque le pouce et l’index se rejoignent représenterait en effet l’abréviation “WP” pour White Power . “Nous pensons que la police et le public doivent être pleinement informés de la signification de ces images, qui peuvent servir de premier signal d’alerte pour la présence d’ennemis dans une communauté ou une école” , explique l’ADL , qui appelle tout de même à ne pas tirer de conclusions trop hâtives quant à l’utilisation de ce symbole, qui reste encore souvent utilisé à des fins inoffensives.

Pour rappel, ce n’est pas la première fois que le désormais sulfureux emoji “Ok” fait parler de lui. En France il y a quelques mois, Marine Le Pen avait créé la polémique en faisant le geste aux côtés du leader conservateur estonien Ruben Kaalep. Elle avait par la suite retiré la photo des réseaux sociaux, arguant qu’elle ne connaissait pas la signification du symbole. Un peu plus tôt cette année, le suprémaciste blanc à l’origine du massacre de Christchurch en Nouvelle-Zélande avait également affiché le signe raciste lors de son procès. À l’origine simple plaisanterie postée sur 4cha n pour faire croire au grand public et aux médias que l’emoji “Ok” était porteur de toute une symbolique haineuse, l’idée semble avoir réellement séduit les groupuscules extrémistes.

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    Emojivision app turns your iPhone’s camera into a real-time emoji painting machine

    news.movim.eu / TechCrunch – Tuesday, 27 August - 17:02

Your iPhone is capable of some impressive feats of computational photography, and a new app created by developer Gabriel O’Flaherty-Chan shows one way all that power can be put to creative use. Emojivision lets you see the world as if it were made up entirely of emojis.

The free app (which induces an in-app purchase for $2.79 that unlocks more emoji packs) works by breaking down your iPhone’s camera sensor input to its color palette fundamentals, finding its nearest neighbor from a subset of emojis (organized thematically within the app) and then rebuilding the image with a filter that overlays the image, and that can run at 60fps so you’d be hard-pressed to spot any lag between it and a real-time feed.

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You can use the app to take selfies, interpret photos from your phone’s photo gallery, or just mess around with resolution to see how finely detailed, or how abstractly and yet obviously emoji-based you can get. This isn’t the app to go to if you’re looking for a hyper-realistic or clear visual interpretation of your face, but it is a fun thing to show your friends – and an impressive bit of software engineering, too.

O’Flaherty-Chan has create some noteworthy mobile software projects in the past – including when he managed to hack a fully playable version of Pokémon Yellow onto an Apple Watch . He’s currently working on building a gigantic real-time strategy game set within a procedurally-generated universe – like a ‘No Man’s Sky’ but with a focus on the RTS elements that should make for a very compelling and evolving approach to gathering resources and expanding your empire.