iOS 14.5 Brings New Features and Emojis

iOS 14.5 is set to bring over 200 new emojis in the latest update to iPhones and iPads. We breakdown the latest with the upcoming software release from emojis and other cool features.

If you are a heavy texter like me or enjoy emojis, you are going to love the newest update from Apple with iOS 14.5. Emojipedia is reporting that Apple added 217 new emoji characters to their upcoming iOS 14.5 beta release.

A majority of the new emoji represent a more diverse range of couples with various skin tones, allowing users to more relatable characters that represent them. Including the new emoji “Person: Beard.” iOS 14.5 is the first operating system from Apple to have the option to specify a woman or man with a beard.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of person with beard emoji from emojipedia.org

The various couples are not the only exciting changes; there is even with emoji connecting with the COVID-19 pandemic; more on that later.

New Smileys

We are getting three new smiley faces, including Exhaling Face, Face with Spiral Eyes, and Face in the Clouds. I can tell you that I relate the most to face with spiral eyes, especially during some zoom classes.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of new faces emoji from emojipedia.org

New Hearts

In addition to the new smiley faces, we are getting two new heart emojis. A heart on fire and a healing heart. These two are perfect for that new relationship or moving on from a previous one. These two are a great addition along with the broken heart, nice to have some variety instead of using the same full heart and a broken heart.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of heart on fire and healing heart from emojipedia.org

Updated Syringe

These are a few of the exciting changes coming in the new iOS 14.5, so what are the other updated emojis? The syringe emoji is getting an update with the blood being removed and updated to look like a vaccine emoji, which is more relevant today because of COVID.


Photo Credit: Before and After Syringe emoji from emojipedia.org

Updated Over-Ear Headphones

After having the original black over-ear headphones for so many years, we are saying goodbye and getting a new look. The new emoji is representing the new AirPod Max from apple. The new over-ear emoji isn’t the first that represent apple products.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of over-ear phone from emojipedia.org

Currently, we have the Desktop Computer representing the iMac, Laptop representing one of the Macbook models, Mobile phone representing iPhone, and then watch representing Apple Watch.

iOS 14.5 not only brings cool emojis but some relief when it comes to unlocking your iPhone with a mask on your face.

Suppose you have an Apple Watch, an option to enable a feature that allows you to use Face ID with a mask on to unlock your iPhone. Your watch must be nearby and on, and if you have a mask on, the watch will automatically unlock your phone.

Control the Default Music Player

The feature I am excited about the most for the update. Apple Music will not have to be your default music player any longer. 

If you were to ask Siri to play a song by one of your favorite artists, they will open up Apple Music or search your music library to find that song. If you don’t have the song in your library or an apple music subscription, it will not play.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Siri prompting default music player choice.

In the new iOS 14.5 update, you can select which music player will be your default for Siri. For example, for Spotify users, you can set Spotify as your default music player, so when you say “Hey Siri, play driver’s license by Oliva Rodrigo,” Siri will open Spotify and start streaming. News about the default music player change came from Reddit users using 14.5 beta versions and then MacRumors reporting the information.

Privacy Changes

iOS 14.5 includes privacy changes that require apps to seek user permission before having access to their data and activity, including tracking. The privacy change is an add-on feature from the original release in iOS 14.3. The original feature allows you to see what data apps are collecting before you download the app.


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Apple Privacy Slide from iOS 14 announcement on apple.com

Siri Updates

Siri is getting a cool new feature. The popular digital assistant will have the ability to call 911 for you. Here’s how it works. You say, “Hey Siri, call emergency.” You will then see a countdown of three seconds, giving you the option to cancel the command before the call connects.

iOS 14.5 Device Capability

The new iOS 14.5 will be available on devices running iOS 14. Includes iPhone 6S through the iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone SE, and iPod Touch seventh generation. Here is a list of all devices compatible.

Downloading iOS 14.5

iOS 14.5 will be available for download later this spring. Get your phone prepped, ensuring you are running the most recent software. Go to Settings> Tap General> Software Update. You will know within a few moments if you are running the most recent software.

What feature are you most excited to use? Let me know by hitting me up on socials at @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram.

Written by: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Cover Photo: Screenshot of Emoji Demo from Brandon Butch on YouTube

Remembering Coach Marty Schottenheimer

NFL head coaching legend Marty Schottenheimer passed away Monday, February 8, 2021, in North Carolina at the age of 77.

Schottenheimer is best known for his winning record as a head coach for the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers.

It was announced via tweet by Chris Mortensen that Schottenheimer had passed away with his family by his side. In 2014 Schottenheimer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease which he continued to battle for the next seven years.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of tweet from @mortreport announcing Marty Shottenheimer passing.

Born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania September 23, 1943, Schottenheimer grew up playing football and was drafted in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills in the 1965 AFL draft. Schottenheimer played linebacker for the Buffalo Bills and Boston Patriots, he played five years in the league and retired at just 27 years old.

After his playing career Schottenheimer began his coaching career as a linebackers coach for the New York Giants in 1975 but was promoted to defensive coordinator in just two years. After just three years with the Giants Schottenheimer became the new linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions. After two years with the Lions, he was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.

Schottenheimer spent four years as the Browns defensive coordinator in 1984 the Browns decided to fire their head coach and promote Schottenheimer mid-season, the Browns would miss the playoffs in 1984 but ended with a winning record. As head coach for the Browns Schottenheimer had an impressive 44-27 record. Schottenheimer turned the team around and made the playoffs all four times as the year-long head coach for the team.

On January 24, 1989, was hired to be the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. In just his first year the Chiefs had a winning record but missed the playoffs for just the first time as the season-long head coach. After making the playoffs in 1990, 1991, and 1992 the Chiefs traded for Hall of Famer Joe Montana. Schottenheimer continued to win and make the playoffs, in 1994 Schottenheimer and Montana led an overtime comeback against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 10 seasons with the Chiefs Schottenheimer only missed the playoffs four times and finished with an overall record of 101-58-1.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Marty Schottenheimer and Joe Montana from KC Star File Photo

Although he still hadn’t made it to the big game Schottenheimer proved he was a winner and was known for bringing his winning mindset to the field. After the 1998 season Schottenheimer retired to join ESPN as an analyst but couldn’t sit in the booth for too long. Schottenheimer was hired as the head coach for the Redskins, with the Redskins Schottenheimer became the first coach to win five games straight after losing their first five games. The Redskins narrowly missed the playoffs and Schottenheimer was fired after an 8-8 season but wasn’t done coaching in the NFL.

Schottenheimer was known for a style of football coined “Marty Ball” which he brought to each team he coached. Schottenheimer then landed in sunny San Diego, but success didn’t come right away. In his first two seasons, Schottenheimer missed the playoffs, in 2004 the Chargers led by Schottenheimer and Drew Brees made the playoffs but would eventually lose to the New York Jets in the AFC Wild Card game. Schottenheimer would make the playoffs again in 2006, this time with Phillip Rivers at the QB position. Schottenheimer and the Chargers battled against Tom Brady and the Patriots in the divisional round but eventually fell in a close three-point game in San Diego. After the loss to the Patriots Schottenheimer would be fired by owner Dean Spanos but finished with a 47-33 record as a coach of the Chargers.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Marty Schottenheimer fired up at charger game from NFL Photo Library

Schottenheimer retired as one of the best coaches ever and is eighth all-time in wins, he coached all-time greats like Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, Joe Montana, Marcus Allen, and Ladainian Tomilson etc. Schottenheimer was a winner, he loved the game of football, and brought the intensity to each team that he coached.

Many of his former players expressed their regards for Schottenheimer like Drew Brees who said, “The lessons and wisdom of Marty Schottenheimer will forever ring in my ears.”

The Cleveland Browns released a tribute video on Twitter titled: “There’s a gleam, men. There’s a gleam.”

Marty Schottenheimer will be known as a husband, father, and football legend. Although he struggled in the playoffs Schottenheimer emphasized “Marty Ball” a philosophy still used today and is recognized as one of the best football coaches of all-time.

Written by: Carson Cook | @carsoncook.talks

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Cover Photo: Marty Schottenheimer Title Card by the National Football League (NFL)

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Set for a March Release

Following years of rallying fans and online campaigns, Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of Justice League is set to release March 18, 2021 on HBO Max.

It’s been three and a half years since Justice League hit theaters. What went wrong with the first movie? And why is there a need to release another version? Here’s what you need to know and what to look forward to:

2017’s Justice League: The Hit and the Miss

With the exception of a few films including Wonder Woman and Aquaman, DC Films has struggled to achieve both commercial and critical success. Justice League was intended to be an action-packed culmination of the ultimate superhero team-up that fans had been waiting for–and then it wasn’t. Along with criticism regarding the film’s plot and pacing, the film tanked at the box office and caused Warner Bros. Pictures to lose an estimated $60 million.

A combination of production issues, changes in creative direction, and pressure from the studio were just some of the factors that contributed towards this box office bomb. Zack Snyder served as the film’s director, after previously working for DC Films in directing Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However during filming, the studio reportedly wanted to undergo extensive rewrites and reshoots to change the course of Snyder’s direction, based on the negative reception Dawn of Justice received. With most of Snyder’s version already filmed, these reshoots caused further problems going into post-production.

Due to a personal tragedy, Snyder had to step down as director. Warner Bro. eventually hired Joss Whedon to take Snyder’s place and handle all post-production duties. This drastically changed the plot of the movie and most of Snyder’s original version was scrapped. The end result obviously didn’t sit well with critics and fans alike, but we’ll soon have the chance to see Justice League’s original vision come to life.

What We Know So Far About the Snyder Cut

HBO Max and Warner Media reportedly spent $70 million on updates, including a new score and special effects. This version is set to be four hours long, without using any of the reshot footage from Whedon. Snyder’s version will also feature a different villain, Darkseid, as the main antagonist (as opposed to Steppenwolf in the 2017 film) and will even feature an appearance by Jared Leto as the Joker. In a November 2020 Interview with YouTuber Grace Randolph, Snyder teased some information regarding his cut, but not much has been revealed about the actual plot. We’ll have to wait and see if Snyder’s cut lives up to the hype.

You can check out the official trailer here

Written By: Nathalie Lum

Cover Photo Credit: The Verge

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Lands at Disney+

Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella has officially landed at Disney+, and we could not be happier. Cinderella 1997 has one of the most diverse casts in a Disney movie, which truly makes it memorable.

The year is 1997, and Disney decided to flip the script and cast R&B singer Brandy for Cinderella’s role in the live-action movie of Rodgers and Hammerstein remake of Cinderella.

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Cover Art of Cinderella on Disney+

Disney+ announced Wednesday, February 10, 2021, via Twitter, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is streaming this Friday, February 12. #Cinderella1997”

Photo Credit: Screenshot of Cinderella streaming announcement from @disneyplus on Twitter

Along with the announcement on Twitter, Brandy stopped by the view on February 4 to announce the beloved movie is hitting the streaming service.

While there, Brandy reconnected with Whoppi Goldberg, who also starred in the film as Queen Constantina. The two reflected on shooting the film with the late Whitney Houston.

Photo Credit: Screenshot from @TheView on Twitter of Whoppi Goldberg Interviewing Brandy

Goldberg shared, “It’s pretty remarkable that people have been begging for Cinderella to be re-released for almost 24 years.” I mean, who do you think, is it possible?” Well, it happened. Cinderella available for streaming, and I am elated.

Initially, the movie aired as a TV movie 20 years ago on ABC with 60 million viewers. The TV movie received six Emmy nominations.

You can stream Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Disney+.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA