Apr 16th 2015

“ICYMI, TGIF C U l8r and BYOB. LOL”

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Hey guys,

So, in case you have no idea what I wrote in the title above, here’s what it means: ”In case you missed it, thank god it’s Friday, see you later and bring your own bottle. Laugh out loud”.

Well, no, I’m not actually inviting all of you to my house. This is actually a text I  received from a friend of mine last week, and it took me a couple of minutes to figure out what she was trying to say.

That’s why I wanted to tell you everything you need to know about LOLspeak.
LOLspeak is a specialized form of mobile texting and messaging communication. Their origin is of course from abbreviations, which have been used in the English language since the 15th century.

With the widespread use of textual communication through emails, texting, messaging and social media, the use of LOLspeak became increasingly popular due to the fact that most of these texting services limit the number of characters that can be used in each message/post/text/etc.

Furthermore, LOLspeak is much quicker to write; and in this fast paced world, we are always looking for new ways to save time.

Here are a few examples of the more popular uses of LOLspeak:

  • BRB – Be Right Back
  • OMG – Oh My God
  • YOLO - You Only Live Once
  • IDK – I Don’t Know
  • ROLF – Rolling On The Floor Laughing
  • AFK – Away From Keyboard
  • TBH – To Be Honest

But don’t forget, not all LOLspeak can be used in formal school or business writing, so you should check Abbreviations.com to make sure that you didn’t just send your boss an email using “WTF” :)

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team

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Apr 5th 2015

It’s Easter time, let’s go egg hunting, put all our eggs in one basket and then eat them all

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According to the Old testament, Easter (or Pascha) is the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead.
However, you won’t find any mentions of the holiday’s iconic symbols such as the Easter bunny and Eggs, in the Bible.

So what is the origin of these traditions and symbols?
It’s believed that the word Easter derives from Eostre (or Eastre), the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring.
Her earthly symbol was the rabbit (a symbol of fertility and new life on his own).

However, the Easter bunny didn’t arrive to America until the 1700s, when German immigrants brought their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase”. Children made special nets for the hare to lay its colored eggs in, and then they would try and find the eggs.

Eventually the custom spread across the U.S., the nests were replaced by decorated baskets, and chocolates, candies and small gifts were added to the Easter custom of hunting after the colored eggs.

 Happy Easter everyone, and may your egg hunt be successful.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

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Mar 31st 2015

Ginger proudly introduces ‘Entertain’

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Hey Ginger fans,

As part of our continuing effort to maximize mobile productivity, we are happy to announce that we’ve just launched an updated version of Ginger Keyboard that includes ‘Entertain’, a brand new, exclusive to Ginger, interface with cool features such as:

  • Our ‘Games Center’, where you can find some of your favorite old-school games like Snake and  Squash (Pong-like) as well as newer games like 2048.
  • A rich content feed from top-tier publications where you can catch up on all the latest headlines.

Easily accessible from your keyboard, these features are perfect to pass the time while you’re waiting for replies in your messaging interactions.

We chose 3 of our favorite retro games because they are fun and can be played quickly. The content feed is also great to skim through to catch up on headlines. This Content Feed can be customized simply by choosing your favorite categories, and you’ll be provided with the latest news, information, articles etc.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

 

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Mar 26th 2015

What is Emoji?

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Hey guys,

It seems that is everyone’s CRAZY about emoji.
From your 9 year old kid sister, to your 83 year old grandmother, it seems like everyone’s adding yellow smiley (or not so smiley) faces to their messages and SMS.
However, what is emoji, who invented it and when did it take over the world? No one knows.
That’s why Ginger is here to help and give you all the info you need to know about EMOJI.

The word emoji literally means, in Japanese, “picture” (e) and “character” (moji), and it was created around 1998 by Shigetaka Kurita in Japan.
The definition of each emoji is quite fuzzy, as they are embedded in complicated social context, making them open to interpretation.
However, you can find the different meanings and descriptions of the most popular emoji on Emojipedia.

Hope this helped you understand a little bit more about emoji :)

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team

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Mar 16th 2015

Ginger gives you an insider’s glimpse into US messaging habits

Hey guys,

As you know, today, there’s an app for almost everything, and it seems that there’s nothing we can’t do without using our smart phones.
However, it looks like the obsession with texting has reached a new level.

According to recent studies, most smartphone users check their phones 150 times a day.
Americans open their keyboard 171 times a day, and more than half (94) of the time keyboards are opened, they’re used to write messages.

Interestingly, although you can find many free messaging apps, the native SMS is still the most popular messaging medium (by far).

Although Facebook Messenger is the undisputed king, hands-down. During the weekdays the coveted second spot is held by WhatsApp, rotating with the upstart Kik during the weekends.

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Have a great week, and don’t forget to use Ginger Keyboard for all that texting.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

 

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