World Emoji Day 2018: Twitter, Facebook Reveal Usage Statistics, Apple Releases 70 New Emoji Characters

Apple unveils 70 new emoji characters coming later this year.


  • Cake emoji is the most used by Indians on Facebook
  • ‘Crying while laughing’ emoji is used frequently on Twitter in India
  • Apple has released custom emojis of its top management

World Emoji Day 2018, similar to each iteration since 2014, is on Tuesday, July 17. World Emoji Day was founded by Jeremy Burge, the creator of Emojipedia, which is an unofficial Wikipedia for emojis. Ever since instant messaging took over the reins of day-to-day communication, emojis or emoticons have been frequently used by people to express their feelings in a way that is comprehensible to the recipient. On the occasion, Facebook and Twitter have released statistics and infographics that reveal the volume and preferences of emojis across the world, including India. Facebook has also released two new features. Separately, Apple has released 70 new emojis in celebration of World Emoji Day, and also updated the bio photos of its leadership team with Memoji. Dating app Tinder has also released infographics for World Emoji Day, including one for India.


Facebook has introduced two new features including a camera frame and a themed text element to help users express themselves better with emoji. As per statistics revealed by Facebook, users on the social networking platform frequented the <3 heart emoji twice as much as this year compared to last year. With a total of 2,800 emojis available in Facebook’s catalogue, almost 2,300 are used every day on the platform. And, there are over 900 million instances of emoji responses, without text, on Facebook Messenger daily. More than 700 million are used on Facebook posts each day, with the biggest day being New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2017) that saw the highest amount of emojis shared on both platforms.

In India, the most popular emoji on Facebook and Facebook Messenger was the Cake emoji, which is probably used by millions of Indian Facebook users to send birthday wishes to people in their friend lists. Facebook users from the US and UK used the ‘crying while laughing’ emoji the most, also known as ‘joy’.


Even Twitter came out with its top emoji list for the period of July 2017 – June 2018. The most popular emoji on the micro-blogging platform in India is the ‘crying while laughing’ emoji. Other popular ones include the pray emoji, the smile emoji, heart emoji, fire emoji, thumbs up emoji, kiss emoji, and more. Twitter claims that it has actively introduced new thematic emojis across relevant events of culture, entertainment, sports, and news.


Apple has something in store for emoji-loving millennials. The Cupertino giant has announced 70 new emoji characters that will arrive on the Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, and Mac later this year as part of a free software update. Created based on the latest Unicode 11.0, the new list of emojis includes characters based on animals such as a kangaroo, peacock, parrot, and lobster. Apple is also adding new food emojis for mango, lettuce, cupcake, moon cake, and other popular items. A new superhero emoji, and emojis for a softball, a nazar amulet, and an infinity symbol will also make it to Apple’s range of devices.

Apple is not stopping there. On the occasion of World Emoji Day 2018, the company has releasedcustom emojis – Memoji, or personalised Animoji – based on avatars of its top management. These include emojis for CEO Tim Cook, Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, SVP – Software Engineering Craig Federighi, and others.


Dating app Tinder has also released its infographics for World Emoji Day 2018. The most used emoji characters in profile bios in India include the ‘laughing’ emoji, the cup of coffee emoji, car emoji, dog emoji, pizza emoji, camera emoji, and more. According to Tinder, Indian users on the app make use of emojis to describe their personalities, interests, and allegiance to things like coffee and pets.

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Hockey World Cup 2018: India Will Be A Force To Reckon With In The Tournament, Says Ashok Kumar

Hockey World Cup 2018: India Will Be A Force To Reckon With In The Tournament, Says Ashok Kumar

India started their Hockey World Cup 2018 campaign by registering a comprehensive 5-0 win against South Africa on Wednesday. Riding high on confidence, India will take on World No.3 Belgium in their second Pool C clash on Sunday. Talking about India’s convincing win over World No.15 South Africa, India hockey great Ashok Kumar said that he is confident of India performing well in the Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar. “The way India started the tournament shows that they are ready for the World Cup,” Ashok Kumar said.

“Scoring two goals in the first half against a team like South Africa shows the kind hockey we are playing. South Africa is not a weak team and scoring five goals against them shows that India are ready to play their hearts out and win the tournament,” added Ashok Kumar, who was a member of the Indian team that won the 1975 World Cup.

“And the credit goes to the coach and management. And after witnessing India’s performance in the match against South Africa, it is safe to say that India will continue to dish out their top-notch performance,” Ashok Kumar further added.

Talking about how fitness is important in modern-day hockey, Ashok Kumar said, “Fitness is the primary requirement in today’s hockey. If you are not fit, you won’t be able to play.”

“Even I want to play hockey, but I’m not fit. I only play hockey in my mind but it becomes a complete game when both mind and body are involved,” he added.


Lenovo Dominated India’s Tablet Market in Q3 2018: CMR

Lenovo Dominated India's Tablet Market in Q3 2018: CMR

Lenovo led as India’s tablet market grew six percent in the third quarter of 2018, a new report by CyberMedia Research (CMR) said.

According to CMR’s “Tablet PC Market Report Review”, Lenovo had a 22 percent share while domestic tablet maker iBall was at the second spot with 16 percent and Samsung was third with 15 percent.

The Indian tablet market clocked shipments of 0.83 million units while 4G tablet shipments recorded a 47 percent sequential growth in the third quarter of 2018.

“Lenovo continues to be on the first position in overall tablet market, and most of the tablets were 4G and 3G. Tab 4 series had the highest sale in Q3 2018. Major presence of Lenovo is in education sector and financial services,” CMR said in a statement.

South Korean tech major Samsung’s position has declined quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) in the overall market because it has adopted the same strategy in the last few quarters, the market research firm added.

In the coming quarter, 4G market will grow to 60 percent of the overall tablet market.

Six or seven key players will dominate the overall tablet market and the retail market may see some shrinking of its overall market share because the B2B market will continue to grow.


Teej 2018: 11 Delicious Foods To Celebrate With

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The season of festivities is here again. Hindu women across India, mostly in North are gearing up to celebrate Hariyali Teej. This year, Hariyali Teej will be celebrated on 13th August, 2018. The Indian festival is celebrated with much fervour by women of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. The festival falls in the holy month of Shravana or Sawan. The entire month is dedicated to the holy union of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Married women gather together and pray for their married life and general well-being.  On the day of Hariyali Teej, they also deck up beautifully in green sari and with green bangles, which is the significant colour of the festival. In some parts of India, they also get together and ride swings and listen to old folklores of Shiva and Parvati. Some women observe ritualistic fasts where they abstain from non-vegetarian foods. They eat simple fruit-laden diet. Once the fast is over, they indulge in some toothsome delicacies like ghewar, mathri and kachoris. The sumptuous feast that follows is a true-foodie’s dream come true.

Here are all things, fried, sugary, greasy and good that you can enjoy as part of your Teej festivities:

1. Ghewar:

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You saw this coming, didn’t you? What kaju katli is to Diwali, ghewar is to Teej. Ghevar is a round-shaped honey-comb like Rajasthani dessert dipped in sugar syrup. It is made in huge numbers during the festive season. You would find it across all major sweetmeat shops in your neighbourhood. You can make one at home too with this delicious malai ghewar recipe . The melt-in mouth malai and nutty topping is sure to leave you craving for more.

2. Gujiya:

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Gujiyas are fried dough pockets that are filled with delicious filling of khoya, nuts and jaggery. They are usually associated with festive occasions like Holi, but they are one of the most lavishly prepared Teej delicacies too. The sweet dumpling is popular across the country under many different names; in Maharashtra it is referred to as Karanji.

3. Mathri:

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Mathri is usually one of the first foods that women break their Teej fast with. The crispy snack is a like a flaky biscuit or a tiny savoury cake made from flour, water, and a dash of cumin seeds. Here’s an easy recipe that you can try this occasion.

4. Anarse Ki Goli:

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A sweet bite-sized snack made of rice flour or maida. One can call them small maida and sugar ladoos too. These nibbles are topped with sesame seeds and are an absolute delight.

5. Kheer:

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Kheer is a famous rice and milk pudding hailing from the Indian subcontinent. If you have grown up in any part of India, you must have seen how this delectable milk-based pudding makes its way through all the significant festive occasions, pujas, celebrations etc.; Teej is no different. There are a multiple versions and preparations of the dessert across India, it is even known with different names. Kheer prepared for Teej is usually rice-based, but some even use vermicelli in place of rice.  It is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios or almonds.

6. Malpua:

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Malpua is often dubbed as India’s oldest dessert. Malpua is a pancake-like sweet, which is made of rice flour in oodles of ghee and dipped in saffron-scented sugar syrup. Much like kheer, malpuas too have a distinct place in Hindu festivals, especially the ones celebrated up North, like Teej. With this delicious recipe you can make some in the comforts of your kitchen too.

7. Samosas: 

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Hariyali Teej is the festival of monsoon, and what are monsoons without our fried food cravings. The dough pockets filled with delicious stuffing is rather easy-to-make. This moong dal samosa is sure to impress.

8. Mirchi Pakodas: 

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Crisp mirch pakodas stuffed with a potato filling is one of the most beloved Rajasthani delicacies. This crunchy snack is perfect for those who enjoy spicy food.

9. Gatte Ki Sabzi: 

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Gatte refers to cooked gram flour dumplings, which are added to spicy curd-based gravy. The savoury dish goes best with piping hot rice and even rotis.

10. Dal Baati:

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Delicious gram flour dough deep-fried in ghee, served with dal. This simple Rajasthani delicacy has it all to be a show-stealer at any lunch/dinner party.

11. Pyaaz Kachori:

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These round, fluffy kachoris, full of heart-melting masalas and golden brown onions are served with a combination of imly (tamarind) and coriander-mint chutney.

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Teej 2018!