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Snapchat Spectacles Now Available to Purchase Across Europe

Friday June 2, 2017 2:23 am PDT by
Snap made its Spectacles available across Europe today, almost seven months after the company debuted them in the U.S. For anyone unfamiliar with Snapchat's first hardware product, the Spectacles are a one-size-fits-all pair of sunglasses that can record 10 seconds of video at a time and sync wirelessly with the mobile Snapchat app. More than 55 million people use Snapchat daily in...

Snapchat Plans Original TV Shows Lasting 3-5 Minutes Each, Partners Include ABC, HGTV, and More

Thursday May 4, 2017 6:49 am PDT by
Snapchat is gearing up to launch a slate of original television shows, using the social network's unique, short-lived media hook as a means to create content that lasts between 3-5 minutes long. Snapchat has signed original show deals with a collection of companies over the past few months, including NBCUniversal, Turner, A+E Networks, Discovery, BBC, ABC, ESPN, Vice Media, Vertical Networks,...

Snapchat Debuts New 3D World Lenses

Tuesday April 18, 2017 9:50 am PDT by
Snapchat today expanded its set of available Lenses, introducing new ways to use the feature. Starting this morning, Snapchat users can access World Lenses, which are 3D objects that can be rotated and manipulated when taking a photo. Objects like a rainbow, a multi-colored "hello" sign, or flowers can be positioned anywhere within a photo before it's taken, with gestures available for...
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Instagram Stories Now Has More Daily Active Users Than Snapchat

Thursday April 13, 2017 8:36 am PDT by
As the competition between Instagram and Snapchat continues to heat up, a new blog post by Instagram today has revealed that the company's Snapchat clone "Instagram Stories" now has more daily active users than Snapchat itself. Of its 600 million users, Instagram now has more than 200 million users posting to or interacting with Stories every day, while Snapchat reportedly has around 158...
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Snapchat for iOS Gains New Bitmoji Widget for Messaging Friends Faster

Tuesday March 14, 2017 2:41 pm PDT by
The Snapchat app for iOS devices has been updated with a new widget feature, which is designed to make it easier and quicker for Snapchat users to send snaps and messages to friends. Available in the Today view of the Notification Center, the Snapchat widget adds a Bitmoji for friends that are marked as "Best Friends" within the Snapchat app. Tapping on the friend Bitmoji automatically...
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Snapchat Has Reportedly Worked on App-Connected Drone and 360-Degree Camera

Wednesday March 1, 2017 7:13 am PST by
Camera-focused company Snap is said to have worked on a drone that would connect to the iOS and Android Snapchat app and let users take photos and videos from aerial angles, according to sources speaking with The New York Times. Details about the drone and any of its other capabilities remain under wraps, but the work is said to help Snap "bolster" its repositioning and rebranding as a modern-day ...
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Snapchat Spectacles Now Available to Purchase Online for $130

Monday February 20, 2017 5:00 am PST by
After debuting exclusively inside special pop-up vending machines last year, Snapchat has today begun selling its video-recording Spectacles online for $129.99. Like in the vending machines, the Spectacles come in Coral, Black and Teal, and include a charging case and cable. At the time of writing, shipping estimates sit at a delivery time within the next 2-4 weeks. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel ...

Snapchat to Stream Six Exclusive Mobile Episodes of BBC's 'Planet Earth II' This Month

Monday February 6, 2017 3:00 am PST by
Snapchat has secured the rights to stream six exclusive mini episodes of hugely popular BBC nature documentary series Planet Earth II (via The Verge). The short run of mobile episodes is due to start on February 17, one day before the full series is scheduled to begin broadcast on BBC America. The 4-6 minute episodes accessible to Snapchat users will consist of content shown on the BBC in...
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Snapchat Testing 'Smarter Lenses' That Can Identify and Interact With Real-World Objects

Wednesday February 1, 2017 8:11 am PST by
Snap is said to be working on a collection of "smarter lenses" that would let users overlay virtual images and objects onto landscapes in the real world, "not just faces," and let them interact with the virtual objects similar to augmented reality (via The Information). The smarter lenses are an advancement of the "world lenses" that came to Snapchat last year, which placed various simple...
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Facebook Continues Copying Snapchat by Testing Out 'Stories' Update in Ireland

Wednesday January 25, 2017 7:47 am PST by
After copying Snapchat inside of Instagram with last year's "Instagram Stories" update, Business Insider today learned that Facebook is gearing up to launch the exact same feature in its mainline Facebook mobile app. Now called "Facebook Stories," the social media company is bringing over the same circular user interface to its main app for users in a small test in Ireland, letting them post...

Universal Search Bar Added to Snapchat's iOS App

Thursday January 12, 2017 3:44 pm PST by
Snapchat has been updated with an improved universal search feature that makes it easier for users to find friends, groups, stories, and other content on the social network, reports TechCrunch. The new universal search bar is located at the top of the Snapchat app, making it accessible when browsing, sharing a photo, and more, an improvement over the previous search features that were split up ...
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Snapchat Gains Shazam Integration, Group Chats, and Sticker Creation

Tuesday December 13, 2016 7:06 am PST by
Snapchat has gained Shazam's music recognizing abilities in its camera screen, which Shazam says is an even easier way to discover new songs and send each one to friends as Snaps. To use the new feature, all users have to do is press and hold anywhere on the Snapchat camera screen when music is playing nearby to begin the Shazam process. From there they can dig deeper into more info about the...

Snapchat's Video Spectacles on Sale via 'Snapbot' Vending Machines

Friday November 11, 2016 3:48 am PST by
Snapchat's video-recording Spectacles became available to buy in the U.S. on Thursday, not online or in stores, but from pop-up vending machines. Called 'Snapbots', the giant vending machines will dispense the Spectacles in either Black, Coral or Teal, and allow customers to try them on virtually using a built-in augmented reality display. For those unfamiliar with Snapchat's first...
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Snapchat Update Introduces Augmented Reality 'World Lenses'

Tuesday November 8, 2016 8:00 am PST by
Snapchat is joining in on the augmented reality craze today with an update to its iOS app that lets Snapchatters use both their outward-facing and self-facing cameras to discover objects hidden in the world around them through their iPhone screens. Called "World Lenses," the options include an Election Day filter, rainbow-vomiting clouds, floating glitter, snow, hearts, and a horror-themed lens...

New Snapchat Update Replaces Auto Advance With Story Playlists

Monday October 10, 2016 9:41 pm PDT by
Snapchat tonight has been updated with a new way for users to interact with other people's stories, removing Auto Advance and replacing it with Story Playlists. Currently, when a user finishes watching another user's story, the app automatically begins the next person's story. On its blog, Snap acknowledges that Auto Advance "made it impossible to individually choose which story to watch."...

Snapchat Announces 'Spectacles,' $130 Sunglasses That Record 10 Seconds of Video at a Time

Friday September 23, 2016 9:06 pm PDT by
Snapchat has announced its first hardware product, a one-size-fits-all pair of sunglasses called Spectacles that can record 10 seconds of video at a time, reports The Wall Street Journal. The glasses will cost $130 and launch this fall in three colors: teal, black and coral. Video will sync wirelessly to a paired iPhone or other smartphone. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel in Spectacles, Photo by The WSJ ...
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Snapchat Sued for Serving Sexually Explicit Content to Minors

Friday July 8, 2016 4:42 am PDT by
Snapchat is facing a lawsuit over claims that the app is guilty of routinely serving sexually explicit content to minors without warning (via The Verge). The lawsuit was filed this week by a 14-year-old boy and his mother in a district court in California. The plaintiffs argue that offensive content was shown in Snapchat's Discover page, where non-subscribed publications are delivered to user...

Snapchat Introduces 'Memories' to Save Your Favorite Moments

Wednesday July 6, 2016 10:31 am PDT by
Snapchat has introduced a new feature called Memories, accessible by swiping up on the main camera screen, that serves as a personal collection of your favorite saved snaps and stories. Memories can be viewed personally, sent to your friends, or added to your Snapchat story. A snap taken more than 24 hours ago will appear with a frame around it in your story to indicate that it is older....
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Snapchat App Redesign Lets Users Subscribe to Published Content

Wednesday June 8, 2016 1:25 am PDT by
Image messaging and social media app Snapchat has had its Stories page redesigned to increase exposure of commercial publisher's content and boost the company's ad revenue. The new look, which goes live today, enables publishers to include an image and headline with each daily story in user feeds to increase visibility. The more popular user-contributed Live Stories will now compete for...

Apple Music Snapchat Account Takes Users Behind the Scenes of Beats 1 Radio

Wednesday July 29, 2015 4:54 pm PDT by
Apple today announced a Snapchat account for Apple Music that initially provides a behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 Radio and its personalities while also showing off segments of the cities it operates from with some music playing in the background. It's unknown what kind of content the account will provide in the future. The account's first Snapchat "story", which is the combination of...