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Snap’s Latest Hardware is a Dancing Hot Dog Costume

Last year, Snapchat became a “camera company,” changed its name to Snap, and unveiled its first piece of hardware: camera sunglasses called Spectacles. Today, Snap is evolving yet again. That AR dancing hot dog, the star of its last earnings call, is now officially an $80 (£60) halloween costume available on Amazon. Read More >>

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Artist Protests Augmented Reality Sculpture By Digitally ‘Vandalising’ Snapchat Balloon Dog

Augmented reality promised us a world of whimsy not confined by the rules of science. This week, we instead got a tech behemoth promoting their struggling app by plopping virtual sculptures into already magnificent places. And the art world is already firing back. Read More >>

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Snap Screws Up Basic Website, Blows Lid Off Its Own Surprise AR Announcement

Snap, Inc., the social media giant behind Snapchat and Bitmoji, launched a countdown clock for a mystery announcement on Monday afternoon at https://art.snapchat.com. Read More >>

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‘Jargon-Busting’ Social Media Guides for Teens Have Just Been Released

Terms and conditions on social media are crazy. Nobody reads them, and therefore have no idea what they're agreeing to hand over when they sign up. So now a 'jargon-buster' guide has been released by the Children's Commissioner to help teenagers and teachers work out exactly what they're getting themselves into. Read More >>

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Google’s Safe Web Surfing Tool Is Quietly Protecting Apps Like Snapchat Too

When Google’s Safe Browsing tool is working at its best, it’s invisible—a silent barrier between you and all the malware, phishing attempts, and other goblins lurking on the web. But every once in a while, you’ll see a glaring red warning when you try to visit a website that tells you to get the hell out of there. Read More >>

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Snapchat CEO on Company Earnings: The Dancing Hot Dog Was Loved by All

Despite sounding pretty screwed during its second-ever investor call on Thursday, Snapchat had a teeny nugget of good news to share. “Our dancing hot dog is likely the world’s very first augmented reality superstar,” said billionaire Snap CEO Evan Spiegel on a webcast with investors. The dancing dog has been seen more than 1.5 billion times inside the app, Spiegel said, which is fun news indeed! Read More >>

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Oops, Snapchat Accidentally Ended Up on a Russian Government Snitch Registry

As Russia transitions into an internet dystopia, it appears that Snapchat has been dragged right in. Today, Snapchat’s parent company Snap was registered as an “information distribution organiser.” And by 1 July 2018, an amended law will require “information distribution organisers” to store months of user data, and make it available for the Russian law enforcement upon request. Read More >>

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Facebook’s New Watch Tab Does Not Look Like a YouTube Killer at All

On Tuesday, Facebook announced the rollout of Watch, what it is calling “a new platform for shows on Facebook.” It’s yet another foray by the social media company from the business of distributing other people’s content into producing and licensing its own, and differs from its existing video content in that it looks a lot like Netflix or YouTube’s apps. Read More >>

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Doctors Are Using Snapchat to Bypass Clunky NHS Systems

A report into how the NHS uses technology has formed some pretty scathing opinions, suggesting that the health service has done a poor job of updating to use the most modern tools -- and adding that some doctors appear to be taking matters into their own hands by using social media to share things with colleagues. Read More >>

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The Electoral Commission is Using Snapchat to Try and Boost Voter Turnout

If you worked for the Electoral Commission, and were tasked with boosting voter turnout, how would you go about it? I hope some of you suggested teaming up with Snapchat, because that's what just happened. Read More >>

apps
Instagram Is Snapchat Now

First it was "stories", now filters - there's very little about Snapchat that isn't a part of Instagram now. Read More >>

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Tiny, Incredibly Sad Voice: ‘Hey, Instagram Has Selfie Filters, Too!’

Facebook just can’t seem to help itself. Today, the company’s photo-sharing app Instagram announced that it’s adding “face filters.” Trouble is, the concept is just a bad rip-off of the one offered by rival app Snapchat. Read More >>

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Snapchat Debuts New Disappearing Stock Price

Snap Inc., the parent company formerly known as Snapchat, just released its first earnings report since its IPO, and the results aren’t pretty. Snap missed analyst revenue estimates by $10 million, bringing in $149.6 million in revenue. And although Snapchat had a 36 per cent jump in daily active users on a year over year basis, it added just eight million new users (five per cent), from last quarter. Read More >>

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There Are No Time Limits On Your Snaps Now

Starting today, Snapchat has made one of its most defining features - the ten second time limits on snaps - an option rather than a rule. Read More >>

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Facebook Researchers Used Celebrity Bitmoji to Help Create VR Avatars

Researchers at Facebook AI Research and Tel Aviv University school of computer science published a preprint paper outlining how they created an automatic process to create VR avatars. The company’s new Facebook Spaces “social” VR venture launched this week. Read More >>