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February 24, 2015

Users will also be able to choose from one of six different skin tones

Apple are launching a new range of emojis that will include racially diverse images and LGBTI families for the first time. 

The new emojis, part of the iPhone's iOS 8.3 update, appeared online yesterday (23 February) after Apple gave developers a taster of the forthcoming operating system ahead of its public release later in the year. 

The new update includes emojis with six different skin tones, as well as a selection of family-based emojis which include children posing with exclusively male or female parents. 

January 21, 2015

Travel search site's new guides also encompass Barcelona, Berlin and New York

Travel search site has launched a new series of comprehensive city guides for iPhone users – that are completely free to download and use.

Following on from momondo's popular iPad app, the guides will encompass 11 cities around the world: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris and Rome, with more cities to be added throughout the year.

November 24, 2014

Ass Hunter lets players shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you

Google has caused outrage for hosting a game that allows players to shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you.

Ass Hunter has been playable online 2002 but was uploaded to the Google Play app store yesterday (23 November).

The game description reads, 'Popular game hunting on gays is now on android! Play and do not be gay!

'Legendary game, where you are hunter and your mission is to kill gays as much as you can or escape between them to the next level. Gays may be hidden in bushes and unexpectedly catch you.

September 8, 2014

Authorities in homophobic countries have been using the app to hunt gay men

Grindr has disabled its show distance setting in countries that have a history of anti-gay violence, after reports that authorities were using the app to hunt gay men.

The setting no longer works in Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan and Zimbabwe among others, and more will be added to the list.

Grindr told GSN, ‘In light of recent security allegations surrounding a user’s specific location, Grindr is taking measures and will be releasing updates to keep users secure in territories with anti-gay legislation.'

November 12, 2013

Student, 15, with two lesbian moms asks historically LGBTI friendly Apple to remove insulting definition of ‘gay’ from its dictionary

A 15-year-old student with two lesbian moms has asked Apple to stop describing ‘gay’ as ‘foolish, stupid’ is its dictionary.

Becca Gorman in Sudbury, on the outskirts of Boston, Massachusets, US, is sadly used to the insulting phrase ‘that’s so gay’. But she never expected a company like Apple to join in.

The Apple dictionary explains ‘gay’ can mean ‘homosexual’ or lighthearted or carefree.

But it adds a third ‘informal’ definition saying it means ‘foolish, stupid, or unimpressive’.

August 12, 2013

LGBT app developer launches petition saying she is sure Apple will remove blacklisting of ‘bisexual’ once they are alerted

The lesbian behind an LGBT history app was shocked to discover Apple’s iTunes may reject her hard work if she used the word ‘bisexual’ in the description.

She says ‘bisexual’ is not a ‘dirty word’ and Apple should change their alerts accordingly.

Sarah Prager, from Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA, launched the Quist smartphone app two weeks ago to tell more people about LGBTQ history.

It was approved by Apple and has already been downloaded by 8,000 on iTunes and 2,000 on Android.

June 3, 2013

The founders of Zank, China’s new mobile gay social networking app, say they differentiate themselves from global app Jack’d by prioritizing common interests like events and venues

China’s newest mobile dating app for gay men Zank has been accused of copying the format of competiting gay dating app Jack’d.

Zank’s founder, who goes by the name Lin Jueding, said that his app was different from Jack’d because it prioritizes users’ common interests instead of sexual preferences.

May 30, 2013

A petition from All Out calls for the homophobic app to be removed from the Apple store and Google Play

Thousands are calling on an app claiming to 'cure' gay people in 60 days to be removed from Apple and Google's stores.

From Christian group Setting Captives Free, it claims people are not born gay and can cure them with a two month course.

It is currently available for free download from Google Play and the Apple store for Android and iPhone.

April 11, 2013

SAGA creator says he never thought Apple or Comixology was homophobic, but 'weirdly inconsistent' over policy

Smartphone application Comixology has admitted to banning a comic containing images of gay sex as they were confused over Apple’s policies.

The app, which many iPhone and iPad users use to read their favorite comic books, admitted responsibility yesterday (10 April).

SAGA #12, created by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples, showed a character named Prince Robot IV with a TV screen for a head showing two small images of gay pornography in its opening pages.

April 10, 2013

Issue 12 of acclaimed series SAGA containing two postage-stamp size images of gay sex will not be available on Apple devices

Apple has banned a comic for containing images of gay sex. Earlier issues, which showed explicit straight sex, are still available.

The new issue of SAGA, by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples, shows a character named Prince Robot IV with a TV screen for a head showing two small images of gay pornography.

The acclaimed series’ 12th issue will not be available through the iOS Comixology app or on iPhones or iPads.

Vaughn said: ‘As has hopefully been clear from the first page of our first issue, SAGA is a series for the proverbial “mature reader”.

April 3, 2013

Smartphone casing website, Case-Mate, has released a new kind of iPhone case that you would hardly know was there

We all like to make sure our valuables are safely protected and love to personalise them. So consult the Case-Mate. It’s the latest in the expanding line of shopping websites selling state of the art technology and extra nick-knacks to keep our assets safe and clean. It specializes in selling cases for any kind of smartphone.

August 31, 2012

Chris Thomas takes a look at the brand new in-car technology that gays are desperate to get their hands on

During the mid-80s, any luxury car worth a second glance was kitted out with the Blaupunkt Toronto SQR 46 radio cassette deck. This large Din unit was as synonymous of the decade as the pop compilations we were playing in them and the fingerless glove-wearing hands that were pressing rewind to Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

August 15, 2012

A classic take on a modern necessity

A retro feel take on a modern product is a great way of adding timeless appeal to your everyday goods and gadgets.

None more so than your trusty iPhone.

Harking back to more traditional values - long before texting, let alone mobile browsing - the iRetrophone is a fully-functional, stationary iPhone dock with working handset offering complete compatibility with a USB cable.

July 22, 2012

Within minutes of Olympic teams arriving, the app crashes in East London due to high volume of demand

The gay dating app Grindr crashed due to a massive increase in demand, which some believe has something to do with the first Olympic athletes arriving in London.

Technical experts believe the arrival of the teams on Monday (16 July) crashed the service in East London, the place where many athletes and tourists are staying during the event.

Grindr allows users to pinpoint potential partners using iPhone’s GPS system, as well as chatting to new people and friends.

June 26, 2012

Case-Mate offers luxurious smartphone cases at an affordable price and customer friendly ethic

We all like to make sure our valuables are safely protected and love to personalise them to suit our interests, but how can we afford such necessities? The answer is simple. Consult the Case-Mate.

Case-Mate is the latest in the ever expanding line of shopping websites selling state of the art technology and any extra nick-knacks for us to keep our assets safe and clean. It specializes in selling smartphone cases for any Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy or HTC.

June 15, 2012

Users of Apple's new mobile operating system will be able to text pictures of unsmiling gay and lesbian couples

Apple has announced its new mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads will include gay and lesbian 'emojis'.

People will now be able to text icons of same-sex couples holding hands, reports The Register.

Other options include pictures of a boy and girl kissing, a straight family and a girl in a bridal dress.

Strangely, however, the new gay emojis are the only figures not smiling.

May 30, 2012

Get an extra boost with Mophie's Juice Pack and help the fight to eliminate AIDS at the same time

Imagine the scenario…

You’re in a club having a great time, when suddenly your eyes meet a beautiful stranger across the crowded dance floor.

You pluck up the courage to approach them, you get chatting and hit it off instantly, but they have to rush off. 

You go to store their number in your iPhone when... it runs out of battery. 

Whats more, you need to call a cab to get back home and you obviously need to update your Twitter and Facebook status. What a disaster.