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Snapchat finally has lenses for dogs

Snapchat finally has lenses for dogs

Back in October, Snapchat introduced official support for cats, meaning users could apply lenses to their feline pets for stylish cat selfies. A couple months have passed and now the company is rolling out similar support for dogs, the initial launch including a handful of dog lenses with more inbound.

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Social networks have peaked: why users are starting to leave

Social networks have peaked: why users are starting to leave

Facebook has probably become one of the most suspected, even hated, tech companies of late. It may have even managed to surpass Google to some extent. But the infamy and exodus that Facebook is now being subjected to is really just the height of a trend that has been happening lately. YouTube stars are burning out or exploding in spectacularly distasteful ways. Twitter’s 280-character expansion got the cold shoulder reception. Tumblr dug its own grave in trying to impress Apple. And Instagram and Snapchat seem to be locked into copying each other. The fire that drove social media’s growth has seemingly been reduced to smoldering embers and users are either jumping ship to other networks or quitting outright. But it’s not for the reasons that you might think.

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Snapchat Spectacles 3 tipped to double the cameras and price

Snapchat Spectacles 3 tipped to double the cameras and price

Snap isn't giving up on wearable cameras, with a new set of Snapchat Spectacles tipped to arrive before the end of the year with double the cameras. The new sunglasses will be Snap's third attempt at the product and, it's suggested, the most expensive - and capable - to-date, as it moves closer to a vision of compelling augmented reality.

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Study finds decreased social media use improves mood and wellbeing

Study finds decreased social media use improves mood and wellbeing

Researchers with the University of Pennsylvania have found a casual link between social media use, depression, and loneliness. The study looked at Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, finding that the use of these apps resulted in a decrease in one's sense of wellbeing. This is said to be the first study that has found a casual link between social media use and depression/loneliness.

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Snapchat arrives on the desktop, bringing selfie filters to Twitch streams

Snapchat arrives on the desktop, bringing selfie filters to Twitch streams

While Snapchat's popularity on mobile has been waning for the last couple of years, the social media app has just made its debut on the desktop in two big ways. First, by releasing the new Snap Camera app on both Windows and macOS, allowing users to apply various augmented reality filters to their selfies, just as they would on a smartphone. Second, and more importantly, this app connects with several streaming and video calling platforms, including Twitch, Skype, and YouTube.

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Android Snapchat update suddenly usable, users attest

Android Snapchat update suddenly usable, users attest

It would appear that the Android developers at Snapchat did something correct in their latest app update. Users of many sorts revealed their love of the new version of the app - the app in Alpha Mode. That version of the app is not available for all users right this minute, but there is a way to attempt to get in on the build as soon as possible.

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Snapchat Spectacles launch two new styles today

Snapchat Spectacles launch two new styles today

Despite the fact that the original Spectacles didn't quite find the success Snapchat was hoping for, this year the company decided to press on with the wearable. Back in May, Snapchat introduced Spectacles V2, which came with a few new features to tempt the holdouts who may not have taken the plunge with the first version. Despite these tweaks, Spectacles V2 sported a design that was mostly similar to the original.

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Snapchat Alpha is fast and smooth: here’s how to get it

Snapchat Alpha is fast and smooth: here’s how to get it

The heat that Facebook and Twitter are getting over various issues have put social networks under a microscope. It is also giving their rivals a chance to spin the narrative in their favor. Snapchat, who also recently received a lot of flak for its hugely unpopular UI redesign, is one that definitely needs such a positive spin. And this fledgling Snapchat Alpha hidden deep in the Android app could be the image, not to mention performance, boost it sorely needs.

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Snapchat leaked on Github: What’s that mean for you?

Snapchat leaked on Github: What’s that mean for you?

This week some Snapchat source code - not ALL the code, but some - leaked and appeared on Github. That means more than a couple people had access to said source code - or fragment of source code - for a little while. Certainly long enough to download and keep for one's very own. Mercifully it does not appear that the source code leaked was too particularly important for the privacy of end users.

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Snapchat iOS source code leaked on GitHub after May update

Snapchat iOS source code leaked on GitHub after May update

Snap accidentally revealed some of its Snapchat for iOS source code, the company has confirmed. The exposure resulted from an app update issued this past May; though Snap moved quickly to fix it, someone had already grabbed a copy and shared it on GitHub. Snap says it discovered its code on the website, forcing it to issue a copyright act removal request.

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Snapchat lenses Voice Control list : Activated today

Snapchat lenses Voice Control list : Activated today

A set of new Snapchat lenses were released today - if all went as planned - with voice controls embedded within them. As Snapchat already had permission to use your smartphone's microphones when prompted, it was simply a matter of using voice recognition software to set off different effects in the Lens universe. Snapchat revealed that these lenses will hopefully be released by the end of the day today.

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Snapchat Storytellers making sneakier ads for YOU

Snapchat Storytellers making sneakier ads for YOU

This week the folks at Snapchat responsible for advertisement monetization are pushing "Storytellers" for social media influencers. It's a program which unites advertisers with the social media titans who would sell their products for them for a fee, in a creative way. In other words - sarcastic hooray! It's time for more advertisements that come to Snapchat users in the form of videos they won't realize are advertisements until it's too late!

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