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Here’s how to get prescription lenses for Spectacles

Here’s how to get prescription lenses for Spectacles

Want to get in on the Snapchat Spectacles craze but need prescription glasses in order to see? Snap's $130 wearable camera makes no claims to improve your vision, only show your Snapchat contacts what you could be seeing if only you had corrective lenses, but now there's an option for those of us who are short- or long-sighted. Even better, it doesn't make the existing Spectacles any more bulky.

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Snapchat Spectacles prescription lenses are coming

Snapchat Spectacles prescription lenses are coming

Snapchat Spectacles owners who ordinarily need prescription lenses will soon be able to add them to the coveted video-sharing glasses. Spectacles, the unexpected must-have of late 2016 that have prompted block-circling lines wherever the company's pop-up vending machine appears, are still commanding a premium on eBay for those who can bear to part with their pair. However, left out of the fun are those whose vision would normally demand they cough up for prescription sunglasses.

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The Snapchat Spectacles NYC pop-up is sticking around

The Snapchat Spectacles NYC pop-up is sticking around

Snapchat may have put its Spectacles sunglasses-cum-camera on sale on the West Coast first, but it's New York City where the first Spectacles store has sprung up. The social app surprised would-be buyers of its coveted wearables by not only bringing the Minion-esque Spectacles Bot to NYC this morning, but giving it a whole store to sit in. Better news still, the pop-up is going to stick around, at least for a while.

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Snapchat Spectacles vending machine is now in Big Sur, California

Snapchat Spectacles vending machine is now in Big Sur, California

Snapchat created a lot of buzz a few days ago by launching its new Spectacles wearable — sunglasses equipped with a camera — through a bright yellow vending machine placed in Venice Beach, California. The surprise release came without warning, and what's more, the vending machine is the only way to buy a pair of the $130 glasses. But the big yellow box has appeared in a second location today, giving those in central California another chance to snag a pair.

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Facebook Flash takes on Snapchat in emerging markets

Facebook Flash takes on Snapchat in emerging markets

Facebook has recently become more aggressive in its expansion into other territories, particularly those already held by bigger names in that area. Facebook Workplace struck at Slack even before Microsoft got its Teams out the door. Facebook was recently reported to be aiming for LinkedIn as well. Heck, it is even taking a stab at Valve’s Steam with Facebook Gameroom. And now, it is again trying to wrest the crown from Snapchat, for the third time already. But this time, Facebook Flash is treading where Snapchat might have difficulty walking into: Internet-constrained markets.

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Snapchat put its crazy Spectacles on sale: here’s what happened

Snapchat put its crazy Spectacles on sale: here’s what happened

The company now known as Snap has hardware aspirations, and Spectacles is its first foray into that industry. The sunglasses feature integrated cameras that record short videos with a life-like perspective, but Snap isn't making it easy to get ahold of its glasses. Rather than launching them through an online store, Snap has elected to make Spectacles available on a very limited basis via a vending machine...and this, by all accounts, has been quite a bit of fun.

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Snapchat Spectacles now available via yellow ‘bot’ vending machine

Snapchat Spectacles now available via yellow ‘bot’ vending machine

Snapchat's previously announced Spectacles -- that is, its camera-equipped sunglasses -- are now available to buy, but they're not easy to get (for most people). You have to buy the camera glasses from a yellow vending machine Snap Inc. calls a 'bot,' and it is currently located in Los Angeles, California. The vending machine is only staying in one spot for a single day, though, then it'll disappear not unlike photos and videos shared via Snapchat.

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Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

It seems this week's addition of Halloween-themed masks to Facebook Live was just the beginning Zuckerberg & Co.'s "borrowing" from Snapchat — actually, I guess Instagram Stories was the first step, but who's counting? Now the blue social network behemoth is moving on to Snapchat's main features: camera filters and effects within its main app, along with disappearing messages.

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Snapchat rolls out Story Playlists, ending Auto Advance frustrations

Snapchat rolls out Story Playlists, ending Auto Advance frustrations

Frequent Snapchat users will be pleased to hear about a set of changes coming to the app's popular Story feature. The first is a removal of the Auto Advance setting, which would automatically play every new video from friends, jumping to one after the other, when you only wanted to watch one. Replacing this is something new called Story Playlists, which lets users choose which friends' videos they want to watch and in what order.

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Facebook Messenger testing feature akin to Snapchat Stories

Facebook Messenger testing feature akin to Snapchat Stories

Mostly everyone is familiar with Snapchat Stories at this point, and Instagram recently rolled out its own Stories feature that is similar in many ways. Now Facebook is apparently looking into getting into the mix, and is testing a somewhat similar feature for Messenger apparently called "Messenger Day." The feature cropped up via a user in Poland who is apparently one of the people with access to the test.

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Michael Kors launches new activity tracker in support of World Food Day

Michael Kors launches new activity tracker in support of World Food Day

Watch Hunger Stop, an initiative belonging to designer Michael Kors' brand, is entering its fourth year, and it's gearing up for World Food Day on October 16. With this latest drive to donate meals to children in need around the world, Michael Kors has teamed up with actress Kate Hudson to launch a new activity tracker, the sales of which will go to benefit the United Nations World Food Program.

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What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

What you should know about Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat's unexpected rebranding to Snap Inc. may have come as a surprise, but it's the company's first hardware product that really has us talking. The new Snap Spectacles, a wirelessly-enabled camera built into a pair of sunglasses, has already been described as the second coming of Google Glass, though the ephemeral messaging company undoubtedly hopes that they'll have more staying power than Google's ill-fated wearable.

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