Snap Says They’re Happy To Pay The Apple Tax
Right now, Apple and Epic are facing each other in a lawsuit in which Epic is trying to prove their point in which the 30% cut that Apple takes from developers is simply too much. They have also managed to gather a bunch of other developers who feel strongly about this cut as well, but if there is one developer who has publicly stood behind Apple, it would be Snap.
YouTube Announces $100 Million Fund For ‘Shorts’ Creators
YouTube might be the place many go to for longer form videos. For shorter form videos, there are platforms like Snapchat and TikTok, but it seems that YouTube wants it all. The company launched its Shorts feature back in 2020 which is meant to challenge the likes of TikTok and Snapchat, and now the company is looking to throw more money at it.
Snap Could Be Working On A Pair Of Augmented Reality Glasses
When it comes to wearables, Snap is no stranger to that scene. The company has released a couple iterations of its Spectacles to date, but it looks like the company wants to expand and take things to the next level. This is according to a report from The Information (paywall) who claims that Snap is apparently looking to launch a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses.
Snapchat Just Launched Its Own Take On TikTok
Following the success of TikTok, it didn’t really come as a surprise to learn that many other companies were looking to emulate that success with platforms of their own, especially with the possibility that TikTok could be banned in the US which would leave a void that other companies would be more than eager to fill.
Snapchat Users Will Soon Be Able To Share Content Outside Of The App
It used to be that back in the day, content in mobile apps would remain in mobile apps. For example, Instagram used to be pretty much only viewable and could only be interacted through the mobile app. However, it later expanded to the web where users could browse Instagram like they would on their phones.
Snapchat’s New Lenses Encourage Social Distancing
In order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, health officials are actively encouraging social distancing. This means that people should not gather in large crowds, and if you are in a public area, you should stand a certain number of feet away from another person. While social distancing won’t cure the coronavirus, it will at the very least slow down its spread.
Snapchat’s Cameo Feature Lets You Insert Your Face Into GIFs
It’s not that difficult to turn photos into animated GIFs, but if you’ve ever wanted to be inserted into an existing GIF, well, that would be kind of tricky. However, Snapchat has you covered as the company seems to be testing out a new feature called Cameo that would basically insert your face into a GIF.
Reddit Users Will Now Be Able To Share Content Directly To Snapchat
If you’ve an avid Redditor and use Snapchat quite frequently, you’ll be pleased to learn that thanks to an update to the Reddit app, it appears that you will now be able to share Reddit posts directly to Snapchat. While sharing Reddit posts isn’t new, this is more than just users copying and pasting a link.
Snapchat Announces Creator Shows With Celebs Like Arnold Schwarzenegger
Snapchat is trying out its hand with new video content in a hope to capture more eyeballs for in-app content. It has announced new Creator Shows which will be available in the app. These shows feature celebrities like the Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, tennis superstar Serene Williams, Kevin Hart as well as creators like Loren Grey, Rickey Thompson, and Emma Chamberlain.
Snapchat’s New Gender Swap Filter Used To Nab A Cop Looking For Underage Sex
Every now and then, Snapchat comes up with some pretty unique and fun filters that goes viral. More recently, the company has created a gender swap filter in which when used, it will be able to make guys look like girls, and girls look like guys. It’s a fun filter, although somewhat controversial, but recently it has gained attention for nabbing someone trying to have sex with an underage girl.
Snapchat Could Get Its Own Events Feature
Facebook’s events feature is the gold standard for establishing an online presence for your events and now it looks like Snapchat wants in on some of that action. An unannounced feature has been discovered which suggests that Snapchat may get support for events as well. This would put the feature in direct competition with the functionality that has long been offered by Facebook.
Some Snapchat Employees Abused Their Position To Spy On Users
The problem with online services is that your data is at the mercy of the company controlling the service. For the most part, many of us assume that there are safeguards in place to prevent access to our personal data, but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. In a report from Motherboard, it has been found that some Snapchat employees had abused their position to spy on users.
You May Soon Be Able To Embed Music In Snapchat Posts
It may soon be possible to embed licensed music in your Snapchat posts. Snap, the company behind the ephemeral messaging app, is reportedly in discussions with some of the largest music labels in order to license their music so that users can embed it in their posts. Instagram already has a similar deal with the labels which allows users to embed music to their Instagram Stories.
Snapchat's Gaming Platform Rumored To Arrive Next Month
If a new report is to be believed, we might see the launch of a gaming platform for Snapchat next month. The announcement is expected at the Snap Partner Summit in Los Angeles on April 4th. Snap, the company behind the ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, has not confirmed or denied the report about the launch of a gaming platform.
Snapchat Lenses Can Now Recognize Dogs
Snapchat’s Lenses features works with human faces and we’re sure that there are some who have tried using it with their pets. Last month the company added support for recognizing cats, but if you’re more of a dog person, then you’ll be pleased to learn that the latest update to Snapchat has introduced Lenses for dogs.
China’s WeChat Is Now Introducing Its Own ‘Stories’ Feature
Snapchat was the first to introduce Stories, a feature that allowed users to share posts like photos that would then disappear after a set period of time. Facebook then decided to “borrow” the feature and apply it across its various services like Facebook itself, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
Snapchat Caves, Finally Introduces Friendship Profiles
Snapchat is viewed as a messaging app, although some might argue that it is almost like a social media platform, which is why for the longest time ever, the company resisted the idea of allowing its users to create social network profiles, claiming that chances are people you chat with are your friends already.
Snapchat Calls Can Now Be Made Using The iOS Phone App
In the early days of VoIP apps, if you wanted to make a call using the app you’d have to launch the app itself and use the dialer within the app. It’s not particularly inconvenient, but if you had multiple VoIP apps, then it might get a bit messy. It was only later that Apple introduced the CallKit API that allowed calls to be made using the native iOS Phone […]
Snap Camera Brings Snapchat Filters To Your Desktop
Snapchat has popularized the use of filters and the company is now bringing its filters to the desktop. It has launched the Snap Camera app which will integrate with apps like Skype, Twitch, Google Hangouts, and Zoom. The app will enable users to apply Snapchat filters, or lenses as they’re called, on desktop. Snap Camera is available for both Windows and Mac.
Snapchat's Voter Registration Efforts Added 418,000 Voters
Major tech companies were playing their part in helping people register to vote ahead of the coming elections in the United States. Snap, the maker of Snapchat, also utilized its platform that’s popular with young adults to nudge them in the direction of voter registration. While these efforts may not seem much at first, there are numbers to back them up. Snap has revealed that it has helped 418,000 people […]