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Snapchat for iOS updated with camera roll face-swapping feature

Snapchat for iOS updated with camera roll face-swapping feature

So far, 2016 has produced one clear trend in social media: pictures of face swaps. Now, Snapchat, one of the most popular apps for sharing such photo shenanigans, has been updated on iOS to include face-swapping right from the camera roll. This means you no longer need to have a second person in the frame with you, or try to point your phone's camera at an existing image. Snapchat will now let you scroll through your existing photos to see instant swaps.

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Snapchat excuses Bob Marley lens as 4/20 reaches its end

Snapchat excuses Bob Marley lens as 4/20 reaches its end

Today's 4/20, as you know, and I probably don't have to explain what that means. As expected, social media is filled with photos showing off a certain activity...and, unfortunately, awkward Snapchat photos featuring Bob Marley's likeness. Internet goers were quick to criticize the lens, which the company hasn't formally associated with 4/20, but is all wink wink about it. Still, despite the day's worth of public lashing, Snapchat has excused the filter with a canned statement.

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Snapchat unveils Chat 2.0 for seamless voice and video chats

Snapchat unveils Chat 2.0 for seamless voice and video chats

Snapchat has announced its new Chat 2.0 update, saying it has made it easier than ever to initiate voice and video chats with friends through the app. Chatting is great, but sometimes voice and video gets across your message better than typed words can — thusly enters the update, and the ease by which users can make the transition from one type of messaging to another. Says the company, it has been “working on this redesign for a while."

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Snapchat tipped in acquisition of Bitstrips

Snapchat tipped in acquisition of Bitstrips

If you thought the Bitstrips fad had passed, think again. Sources have cropped up claiming the Toronto company has been acquired by Snapchat, the digital playground for millennials. No official announcement has been made and as such all figures are rumors — the company is said to have paid $100 million for Bitstrips, doing so using a mixture of stock and cash.

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WhatsApp tipped to launch encrypted voice calls soon

WhatsApp tipped to launch encrypted voice calls soon

In light of Apple’s ongoing legal battle with the FBI, other tech companies are looking to boost their own encryption, according to sources. Among them is WhatsApp, which is said to be prepping an encrypted voice calls rollout, adding to its other encrypted features. As well, Snapchat is said to be working on a secure messaging platform, and Google is looking into putting its encrypted email technology to use elsewhere.

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Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

Snapchat possibly making smart glasses, hiring hints

It continues to be harder and harder to pin down exactly what Snapchat "is" — sure, it fits in the category of social apps, but its features have included experiments with marketing and original content creation, news and citizen journalism, and, of course, selfies. What could make defining the service even more difficult? A venture in to hardware. And that's exactly what Snapchat seems to be exploring, as recent hiring details indicate the development of a glasses-based wearable device.

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Snapchat teams with MLB to launch ‘Snapchat Day’

Snapchat teams with MLB to launch ‘Snapchat Day’

Major League Baseball and Snapchat have teamed up to launch what they call ‘Snapchat Day.’ On March 11, MLB players will be given the greenlight to use smartphones while games are underway, doing so to take selfies and videos for sharing on Snapchat. The selfie stick ‘SnapBat’ first introduced last year will also be resurrected for Snapchat Day, bringing with it a new design; each team will get its own SnapBat.

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Snapchat gets phished, hands over information on 700 employees

Snapchat gets phished, hands over information on 700 employees

When it comes to security of any kind, there is one place where you're most likely to find a vulnerability. I'm referring, of course, to the human element. Anytime you have a person standing between sensitive information and those with malicious intent, there is the possibility of error. The people at Snapchat learned this the hard way, over the weekend.

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Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Forget the geofilters and birthday lenses — Snapchat has added a face-swapping feature, making it possible for two users to trade faces. The feature works exactly the same as all the face swapping apps dotting the respective app store landscapes, but is a fun addition for Snapchat users. Swapped faces have been plastering social networks today, and the results are, as you probably guessed, mostly horrifying.

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Snapchat adds Birthday Party lens for your special day

Snapchat adds Birthday Party lens for your special day

When your special day rolls around (that’s to say, your birthday), Snapchat will have a little treat for you. Found in the new Birthday Party feature is a couple special birthday-centric lenses you’ll be able to unlock, something that will also be available on your Snapchat friends’ birthdays. The lens you get will be adjusted based on whether it’s your own birthday or that of a friend.

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Snapchat now offers temporary custom geofilters, starting at $5

Snapchat now offers temporary custom geofilters, starting at $5

When you're taking a picture with Snapchat, there are a few different overlays that you can pick from. These include the time, your speed, and the current temperature. And depending on your location, you might find a unique geofilter. Soon, you'll be able to create your own temporary geofilter, for a price.

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Snapchat voice and video calling features leaked

Snapchat voice and video calling features leaked

If you want to send a pic or a video to someone complete with a note and a doodle on it, then Snapchat is probably the app you open to do so. It probably also helps that the app lets you know if the photo you sent was saved by the recipient. Well, in addition to these features, it would seem that the people behind the loveable ghost icon are hard at work at some other interesting things for the app.

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