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How to remove WordPress 4.2 emoji code

So, another day, another WordPress core update.
No problem, we love updates (they keep us on our toes if nothing else) but ... wait ... what's this lump of code added to the header?

Emoji? A style function added by default to core? Why?
FFS +WordPress​​​​ give us stuff we want/ need or at least build in the option to turn this extraneous code off/ on please.

If this extra code annoys you as much as it does me, there's 2 ways you can remove it:

Add these 2 lines to your theme functions:

// WP 4.2 REMOVE EMOJI HEADER JUNK
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'print_emoji_detection_script', 7 );
remove_action( 'wp_print_styles', 'print_emoji_styles' );

OR use this plugin:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-emojis/
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It's up to your personal preference, my advice would be, presuming you don't use emojis, to use the function and remove it.
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When your internet connection is so crap even speedtest times out ...
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You should use your mobile... as a dongle ;)
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As I've said many times to those stressing over the 'end of the world' for their Google rankings, the mobile algo only affects mobile searches - by mobile I mean phones only, not tablets.
Regular desktop searches/ ranking will not be affected.
April 21st brings the day we will see Google’s mobile friendly algo goes live to all mobile searchers.  Here is everything you could possibly need to know about the mobile algo, including the most common questions as well as some of the more obscure things that do or do not have an impact on the …
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How to remove WordPress 4.2 emoji code

So, another day, another WordPress core update.
No problem, we love updates (they keep us on our toes if nothing else) but ... wait ... what's this lump of code added to the header?

Emoji? A style function added by default to core? Why?
FFS +WordPress​​ give us stuff we want/ need or at least build in the option to turn this extraneous code off/ on please.

If this extra code annoys you as much as it does me, you can remove it by adding these 2 lines to your theme functions:

// WP 4.2 REMOVE EMOJI HEADER JUNK
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'print_emoji_detection_script', 7 );
remove_action( 'wp_print_styles', 'print_emoji_styles' );

OR use this plugin:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-emojis/
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Want a +OnePlus but don't have an invite?
Now you don't need one.
Open Sales for the OnePlus One, Forever. April 20 2015 | by: Bradon. Friends,. This week marks a very special anniversary for OnePlus. Exactly one year ago this Thursday, April 23rd, we announced the OnePlus One to the world. Since then, we've been travelling down an exciting road; ...
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For the first time in, like, forever ... I bought a windows laptop

For the last 20+ years I've always bought Apple.
First machine I had was a Mac Classic, then powerbooks, macbooks etc but I've come to the conclusion that a new Mac simply is not the right choice.

I have a macbook - it's old, it's plastic, it's slowly failing to work so it's time I bought a new machine to replace it.

My options (bear in mind we're only talking laptops here):
- Macbook
- Chromebook
- Windows

Apple:
​Beautiful designed machines but you pay way over the odds for 'pretty, pretty' and the build is not as quality as it was. I don't like the fact that everything is closed down to the iPlatform - want to synch photos - itunes, want to add stuff to your ipad/ phone - itunes etc and even then it's not very straightforward.
Yes, there are other ways but they are a PITA to get going properly.
Want to add memory/ change the battery/ drives? They prefer you don't, thank you very much.
Do everything the iWay or no way.
The reason I originally went Apple was because of the design quality, the machine build and the OS - Now you just pay for the design.

Chromebook - I have 2 of the low end ones and they are brilliant machines - cheap and fast and I totally recommend them.
I've managed to get all my main tasks working on them except a vital part of my work, FTP/ SFTP/ synching etc.
So, a new Chromebook is out.

So my last option is Windows - Never had one, don't particularly like the OS but other than that there's no real reason not to buy one. Prices are ok and the build quality is on a par with Macs (obviously depending on what end of the scale/ make you buy).
So, I asked a few people I trust on these issues what they recommended and eventually went with this HP Envy from John Lewis (came with 3 year warranty and was cheaper than Currys etc so I simply HAD to have it!).
There's a few things I don't like - screen fonts look raggedy, I can't find things that would take me a few seconds on the Mac but that's purely down to not being used the the OS but overall, it's a lovely machine. Big screen, fast SSD and more than enough disc space/ memory.

Like any new machine, i've just spent, like, forever, uninstalling a ton of 'trial/ free' apps and I think I've got it as empty as required but, no doubt there's still stuff sitting there that I simply don't need - Deleted MS Office and installed Chrome were the first tasks!

Any suggestions of what I should/nt/ need do - let me know.
Buy HP Envy TouchSmart 15-j132na Laptop, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB+8GB SSD, 15.6" Touch Screen, Silver from our Laptops range at John Lewis. Free Delivery on orders over £50.
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I did, +Alan Stainer then thought, I don't really have time for another curve, just need something I can get into straight away.
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36.4% of stats are made up, it says so on the internet, therefore G+ is obviously dead.
 
A Truly Awful Google+ Hatchet Job on Forbes Exposed

As some of you know, I've made it my policy for some time now not to waste time responding to the "Google+ is dead" articles that sprout up from time to time like weeds on a spring lawn. 

But the recent rash have been so bad, so poorly researched and argued, that I had to end my silence.

My next +Marketing Land column (which should publish next week, I think) deals with the main arguments in recent articles by +Larry Kim and +Travis Wright.

But in this post I'm commenting on a new Forbes post by Steve Denning titled "Five Reasons Why Google+ Died." In a response today +Mike Elgan dealt very well with a number of Denning's reasons, including a very bad misunderstanding of a quote by Elgan that Denning doesn't even correctly attribute. You can read Elgan's post at http://goo.gl/FH6DJ5.

I want to address a statistic quoted in the introduction of Denning's article. He quotes +Scott Galloway as stating that Google+ had a "97% decline in engagement rate, year over year." (The actual figure is 98%, as you'll see later, but that's the most inconsequential of Denning's errors.)

That's a pretty stunning claim. I wanted to see the actual study, where its data came from and its methodology. No context was given around the number.

In response to my comment on the Forbes article asking for that information, Denning referred me to a previous article of his, which linked to another article. That article had an embedded video of a talk by Galloway, in which he states the 98% drop in engagement as evidence that Google+ has failed, showing for a few seconds a bar chart with that stat.

But still no link to or citation of, in the article or video, whatever study this data came from. 

It took me almost an hour to track down the original study from which the "98% drop in engagement" comes, but eventually I found it.

It's at https://www.l2inc.com/research/social-platforms-2014. Turns out that L2 is Scott Galloway's own research company. 

The full report is for "members only." I entered my email address to get the download of the non-members version. It turns out to be only an excerpt, and does not contain the methodology or any details on how the data was obtained.

As far as I can discern, L2 looked at the social profiles of about 300 brands. So first off, this is only a study of brand profiles on social media.The study does not look at regular users at all. Which means to use it as a source to proclaim overall engagement is fallacious. 

When I dig down further in the excerpt, I saw that there was a lot more to the story.

Yes, of the 300 some brands they surveyed, Facebook is killing it. But if you look at the rest of the story, Google+ is doing at least as well as, and sometimes better than., the other secondary social networks. 

The ballyhooed "98% drop in engagement rate" (engagements per follower) occurred, according to the study, from July 2013 to July 2014. While that drop is  the worst among the networks surveyed, all of the networks had drops including Facebook, which dropped 13%. 

If you look at the other stats, you get a broader story. 

In the time period studied (again, July 2013 to July 2014), the surveyed brands increased followers on Google+ by 41% (compared to an increase for Facebook of 38%). Moreover, the absolute number of followers for Google+ was the highest of any network (960K, compared to FB's 781K).

Also, brand engagement per post went up 67% on Google+, while only 26% on Facebook. 

So you see, you can prove whatever you want, it just depends on which stat you choose.

And in this case, those numbers only apply to a very small sample of brand pages, not to all users of the networks, as the Forbes writer assumed.

These days I always want to add to these posts that I come neither to praise Google+ nor to bury it (sorry, Shakespeare!). I'm not going after this as a G+ fanboy, but simply because I hate misinformation.
Google needs to rethink its mission statement and delight its customers
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I'm just going with faith in the great Google+ ghost.
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I'm not really into music, but, if I was ...
Cast your favorite tunes from your phone, tablet or laptop to your speakers.
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    Organising kit that enables events, retail outlets and gyms to successfully utilise social media tools to their max.
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WordPress and web developer, Director of Point and Stare / Head Tech for social start-up AmazeWall.
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About 15 years ago I was pumping out hand made flyers and tickets for local band nights and raves when I got a phone call from a friend. He asked me if I knew anything about the internet: "you must know about it because you have an email address".
And so my online career commenced.

First port of call was with Microsoft, (designing and building a new Games website), I then swanned over to Apple (converting the US site to English for the UK market), Canon and various other top notch global companies. Remember, this was a long time ago (in internet years) when only the biggest companies could afford anything resembling a professional website.

Fast forward and I found myself at a subsidiary of +Canon UK based in the heart of what is now known as Tech City .
It was a grand job, with brilliantly inspirational people but, eventually, had to come to an end. That's when I set up the online production agency Point and Stare, around 6 years ago, and I'm still loving it.

Coding for WordPress, Google+, social media, client liaison, contract negotiating, IFTTT,  ... yep, that's essentially, my day with Point and Stare and AmazeWall.

At night you can usually find me huddled over a Google Hangout, annoying people on the 4Networking forum, writing WordPress plugins or generally planning my next move which currently includes putting the final touches to the Hangout Staff project.

I'll do World domination ... right after I finish writing this piece of code.
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