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iOS 8.3 How-to: Type like a Vulcan


With Apple’s release of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, there are now over 300 new emojis including diversity options. Apple uses the unicode emoji set, which includes Spock’s Vulcan salute. However, Apple hasn’t added the Vulcan salute — or “raised hand with fingers separated between the ring and the middle finger” symbol as it’s officially named — to the emoji keyboard, so you cannot type it without creating a workaround. There is a trick, however, that can be done by creating a keyboard shortcut.

Open up this tweet on your iOS device. Then you are going to copy the emoticon by tapping and holding on it. Then press Copy.

Copy Vulcan salute

Since we copied Vulcan salute emoji, we can now create the text shortcut. Open up Settings, and then select General.

iOS 8 Settings app

Scroll down and select Keyboard.

iOS 8 Settings Keyboard Selection

Then select Shortcuts.

iOS 8 Keyboard Settings


Star Trek: Into Darkness hits iTunes three weeks before DVD release


Star Trek: Into Darkness, the highest-grossing movie in the Star Trek series, is now available on iTunes ($14.99SD/$19.99HD), Amazon Streaming and XBox Live Video three weeks before it is released on DVD or Blu-ray. It’s the first major movie available on digital media like iTunes prior to DVD sales, as part of a push to maximise digital sales.

Set a year after events in the original Star Trek movie, it was generally well-received by critics and grossed over $453M worldwide. Reviews and trailer below the fold …