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Snapchat overhaul will completely redesign app: it’ll be easier to use

Snapchat overhaul will completely redesign app: it’ll be easier to use

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has announced its third fiscal quarter results, revealing details about its app as it existed throughout the past quarter -- both goods and bad things. On the upside, Snap says that Snapchat crash rates were down across the board since it started keeping track last year. The company also revealed plans for a big app redesign.

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Snapchat Spectacles believed the hype, thousands sit unsold

Snapchat Spectacles believed the hype, thousands sit unsold

Snap's Spectacles aren't the hot commodity they were at launch - to an extreme degree, it would seem. A report from The Information today said there are "hundreds of thousands of unsold units sitting in warehouses" - this after a seemingly super-powered launch with targeted sales and limited supply to artificially grow demand.

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Snapchat Context Cards offer up more information about the Snaps you see

Snapchat Context Cards offer up more information about the Snaps you see

Today we're seeing Snapchat bolster its feature set in the face of increasing competition from the likes of Instagram. Launching today is a new feature called "Context Cards," which will offer extra information on the Snaps that you look at. Context Cards seem to go hand-in-hand with Snapchat Maps, and indeed, those who use Maps will probably get a lot of use out of Context Cards as well.

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Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Earlier this year, Instagram added face filters to its service, allowing users to add special effects to their selfies. Those face filters served to further blur the line between Instagram and Snapchat, and today Instagram is taking it one step forward by adding those same face filters to Live Videos. With this new feature, you'll be able to swap between your face filters as your friends watch you in real time.

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iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

I don't think I've ever been in the midst of a conversation and thought "what this discussion needs is my opinion stated by a perfectly-animated poop emoji," though I concede I'm a sample of one. There's also been doubt among some I've spoken to post-Apple iPhone X event that you couldn't do Animojis with a regular front-facing camera and facial tracking. After all, Snapchat has cemented its relevance, in part, by doing just that across pretty much any smartphone.

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Snapchat Discover will soon add college newspapers

Snapchat Discover will soon add college newspapers

Snapchat's Discover already hosts a wide range of publishers from both traditional and digital media, including NBC, CNN, Buzzfeed, and Mashable, but its latest expansion will introduce more local content with an interesting twist. The social media giant will soon be adding college newspapers, however their content will only be viewable if you're on a particular school's campus.

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Snapchat isn’t ready to give up on original scripted shows

Snapchat isn’t ready to give up on original scripted shows

It was the end of 2015 when Snapchat decided to shut down its 'Snap Channel,' an in-app destination where it offered its users original video content. The channel had only persisted for several months before being shut down, but the company isn't ready to call it quits. New information suggests that Snapchat will be launching a new round of original scripted content by the end of this year.

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These 2 SnapChat tips just fixed my phone

These 2 SnapChat tips just fixed my phone

I just made to TINY changes to SnapChat and fixed two relatively giant issues with my phone. The app requests a bundle of permissions when it's first downloaded on a smartphone - that can be an issue. But it's not unfixable. As a couple of Reddit-based smartphone users made plain to me over the past 24 hours: SnapChat causes some seemingly-unrelated problems that I might never have guessed.

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Snapchat Crowd Surf could make you care about Stories

Snapchat Crowd Surf could make you care about Stories

Snapchat Stories may finally serve a purpose beyond shameless self-promotion and giving advertisers another route into your wallet. A new Snapchat feature, previewed at Lorde's concert at Outside Lands this weekend, promises to turn the photo messaging app into a crowd-powered media tool. Dubbed Crowd Surf, it takes multiple snaps and then seamlessly combines them.

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Pikachu Snapchat filter released as OUTBREAK hits Japan and Pokemon GO

Pikachu Snapchat filter released as OUTBREAK hits Japan and Pokemon GO

This morning The Pokemon Company sponsored a Pikachu Snapchat filter to join in on the fun of Pikachu OUTBREAK in Japan. This morning (last night for Japan) was the big Pokemon GO STADIUM event taking place during Pikachu OUTBREAK, and Mewtwo was released as well. If that all made sense to you, congratulations, you're either a Millennial or very well attuned to Pokemon in pop culture and our everyday Pika-tuned society.

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Google’s Snapchat Discover clone Stamp is AMP for Millennials

Google’s Snapchat Discover clone Stamp is AMP for Millennials

Watch out Snapchat: Google wants to eat your lunch. While the Battle Royale may have been between Snapchat and Facebook until now, with the latter frequently accused of stealing the features of the former, now the Mountain View search giant is wading into the ring. According to sources, it not only has eyes on one of Snapchat's more lucrative features, but potential customers already lined up to use it.

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Instagram Stories: 1 year on, Snapchat should be terrified

Instagram Stories: 1 year on, Snapchat should be terrified

It was a year ago today that Instagram rolled out a new feature called Stories, which allows users to post videos and photos to a feed that lasts 24 hours before disappearing. It sounded instantly familiar, as it was basically a copy of Snapchat's own Stories feature, and those similarities were all a lot of people talked about after the reveal. It's fitting, then, that a year later we're talking about those similarities once again, but for vastly different reasons.

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