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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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White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

It's no secret the White House has been working to increase its social presence, and latest among that effort is its new Snapchat account. According to the administration, the new “WhiteHouse” account on Snapchat provides a “behind-the-scenes glimpse” of current White House happenings and likewise gives the public a way to engage with the administration. This follows the VR holiday tour the White House released last month.

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OMG Snapchat is down, it’s not just you!

OMG Snapchat is down, it’s not just you!

This morning Snapchat when down and millions of users were forced to resort to social networks like Twitter and Facebook to completely, utterly freak. Yes, Facebook and Twitter, social networks in which messages do not disappear. Complaints were lodged without hashtags, without @ symbols, and even without the word Snapchat spelled correctly. It was a terrible time for the otherwise Snapchatter-free networks that, as of late, had only been housing complaints about politicians and coffee cups.

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Ruffle is the anonymous Snapchat: beware the obvious

Ruffle is the anonymous Snapchat: beware the obvious

There's a brand new app on the block with a perfect name, Ruffle (because it's about to do just that to your feathers). This app was made for image sharing, and that's just what it'll do. You'll send images (most likely photos you've taken) to completely random strangers*, and in return you'll receive photos from completely random strangers. When you see a photo incoming, you'll see it pixelated. If you don't want to de-pixelate it, you don't have to.

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Snapchat introduces “Story Explorer” feature

Snapchat introduces “Story Explorer” feature

Snapchat has added a new feature called “Story Explorer,” which makes its easy for users to explore moments that are related. This feature will tie together the hundreds or thousands of moments that are related to each other, such as snaps of breaking news events or sports games. The feature is launching first for Los Angles and New York Live Stories, and will be rolling out to cover “many more” unspecified stories in the near future.

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Snapchat rolls out paid lens store to some users

Snapchat rolls out paid lens store to some users

Following its launch of Lenses earlier this year, Snapchat has launched a for-pay lens store where users can purchase additional lenses for $0.99 and keep them forever. These for-pay lenses join the free lens options offered by Snapchat, and show up with them once a user makes the purchase. In the grand scheme of things, it is a small addition for users, but one that gives them a little more freedom while demonstrating the company’s latest effort to monetize itself.

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Snapchat is not selling most of your replays

Snapchat is not selling most of your replays

Last week Snapchat revealed a new set updates to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, which of course threw users into a tizzy. In fact, not a whole lot is different this time around compared to any other update over the past couple of years. The big differences come in the sales of Replays and the way the Terms and Privacy Policy were written. They're easier to read now than they were before. Of course, to some people, that means it's time to panic.

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Snapchat shutters its original content channel

Snapchat shutters its original content channel

Snapchat's Snap Channel, a feature for showcasing the messaging platform's original content, including videos, stories, and even shows, is being shut down roughly five months after its debut. This news comes from Deadline, which adds that the company has laid off the staff that handled creation and curation of original content, along with the departure of Marcus Wiley, Fox's former co-head of comedy development, which was hired by Snapchat to lead its own program development.

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Snapchat’s new ‘Travel Mode’ reduces data usage

Snapchat’s new ‘Travel Mode’ reduces data usage

Snapchat has pushed out updates for its Android and iOS apps, and they both benefit from a handful of new features as a result. For iPhone and Android users, the update brings a trio of new welcomed features, the most important of which is 'Travel Mode', which cuts down on how much data the apps use. That feature is particularly appropriate considering how, earlier this year, Snapchat had an issue that caused it to gobble up massive quantities of users' data.

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Apple shares Beats 1 Radio studio tour on Snapchat

Apple shares Beats 1 Radio studio tour on Snapchat

In unique choice of platform, Apple has used messaging/social media app Snapchat to share several videos offering a behind-the-scenes look at the studios of its Beats 1 radio service, a primary feature of Apple Music. Posted from the Snapchat account name "applemusic," the videos mark a new form of promotion from Apple, letting users see the Beats 1 studios in Los Angeles, New York, and London, and introducing DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden.

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Snapchat adds tap to view feature and more

Snapchat adds tap to view feature and more

Snapchat has updated its mobile app, and with the update comes a change to a commonly used feature: opening snaps and stories. In the past you had to press and hold the screen to view these things — with the update, though, you can just tap to view instead. It might not seem like much, but all that holding was taking up precious milliseconds, and if you’re a frequent Snapchat user the difference will add up. That’s not the biggest feature among the changes, though.

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