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Let’s pretend you are at the park with your child. You would really love to send a video of them playing and giggling to grandma, but you do not want to ruin the moment by rummaging in your pocket for your phone and then awkwardly snapping a picture. Snapchat has the perfect, albeit slightly creepy, solution for you. Its “Spectacles” or camcorder-like sunglasses, should be hitting the market soon. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel remarked, “It’s one thing to see images of an experience you had, but it’s another thing to have an experience of the experience. It was the closest I’d ever come to feeling... Read more...
It's pretty remarkable how popular Snapchat has become. That hasn't gone unnoticed by the tech community at large—Facebook tried on at least two occasions to buy Snapchat, first for a whopping $1 billion then again for a staggering $3 billion, both which were turned down. Now Apple appears to want in on the action, though instead of making a bid for Snapchat, it wants to build its own version.Citing people familiar with Apple's strategy, Bloomberg says the Cupertino outfit wants to develop a video sharing and editing app similar to Snapchat as part of a broader mandate to focus on integrating social... Read more...
Have you ever wished that Instagram was more like Snapchat? Instagram heard your deepest, darkest desire and has introduced “Stories”. This feature, “let’s you share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile.”Instagram remarked, “Instagram has always been a place to share the moments you want to remember. Now you can share your highlights and everything in between, too.” How does Stories work? Instagram will form essentially a slideshow of the photos and videos a user shares throughout the day. Users will be able to add text and drawings,but the Story will... Read more...
Facebook definitely recognized the growth opportunities in Instagram when it bought the company for $1 billion in stock and cash back in 2012. First launched as an iPhone app in 2010, the service had 50 million monthly active users by September 2011. By December 2014, that number had ballooned to 300 million. And today, Instagram has announced that it has over 500 million users worldwide. Of those 500 million monthly active users, over 300 million are active on a daily basis and 80 percent of its user base comes from outside the United States (this metric stood at 75 percent in September). Instagram... Read more...
Snapchat may have began as a simple photo and video sharing application for mobile users, but it's since morphed into a social juggernaut. Part of the reason why is because the concept is so simple and addicting, though there's more to it than that. The slow roll out of additional features like filters have kept users hooked, and they've also hinted at what might be in store for the future of Snapchat, one that trades the smartphone for smart glasses.Sean Holister at CNET did some extensive detective work and what he discovered is rather interesting. For one, he notes that Snapchat is now home... Read more...
We talk a lot about the importance of businesses beefing up security to protect from the threat of those who might want to gain access to internal networks. Last week, we were given another great example of why: an integral piece of Linux software suffered a bug that at first seemed modest but turned out to be quite severe. These issues can creep up out of nowhere, and those who actively beef up their security will be those who suffer the least amount of hassle in the future. As important as that kind of security is, though, some of the biggest flaws inside of a company can be the employees... Read more...
Snapchat, the popular mobile app that allows you to send and receive timed photos, videos, and text messages, just added a potentially game changing feature—URL profile sharing. That's right, this simple feature addition could turn out to be huge for a social app that has big aspirations of generating billions of dollars.The developers at Snapchat have been working to make it easier to share and link accounts. In the old days, you had to type in someone's username and hope Snapchat would find them. Since then, Snapchat's added the ability to use QR Snapcodes, sift through your phone contacts, and... Read more...
There's a good chance that you or someone you know uses Snapchat. We're not going out on a limb to say that, it's simply a numbers thing -- at last count (May of this year), Snapchat users were sending 2 billion photos and videos to one another per day. That's an amazing amount of activity, and Facebook will try to replicate that success by rolling out a disappearing message option for its Messenger application. The self-destructing message option is being tested in France. However, as presently implemented, it's a bit different from Snapchat. Instead of setting a timer for 1 to 10 seconds (in... Read more...
Snapchat is a runaway success in terms of having a massive userbase and brand recognition, but when it come to making money off the app, the developers are still trying to figure out how best do that. One way they've come up with is by selling the ability to replay snaps. With the update that's rolling out today, Snapchat users can purchase a pack of three replays for $0.99. These are in addition to the daily replay that users have been enjoying for free. The only caveat is that you still can only replay a chat once, so you can't stockpile replays and keep viewing a snap.Today's Snapchat update... Read more...
A million dollars isn't cool, do you know what's cool? A billion dollars. Or so we were told by Justin Timberlake's portrayal of Sean Parker in the movie The Social Network, a docu-drama about Facebook. Ironically enough, Facebook reportedly offered $1 billion to acquire Snapchat, and then $3 billion after its initial bid was rebuked. It was pretty gutsy of Snapchat to turn down both offers without having any real revenue stream to speak of, along with a $4 billion offer from Google, though the lack of revenue is about to change with the introduction of ads. Beginning this weekend, Snapchat will... Read more...
Microsoft may have just figured out how to make short video messaging appealing to adults – and it might make headway with the teenage segment, too. Microsoft-owned Skype challenged the likes of Snapchat yesterday by releasing Skype Qik for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Like Snapchat, the app lets you record short videos and send them to your friends, but Skype Qik has some features that make it a different experience. Short video messages are huge with teenagers and millennials, but they’re gaining traction with all kinds of smartphone users because they make it so easy to carry... Read more...
There is some bad news for Snapchat users. About 13GB of private Snapchat photos and videos, which are supposed to be deleted after a certain amount of time, are being circulated through 4Chan. The affair has been dubbed The Snappening by 4Chan users and has prompted Snapchat to release a statement saying that it is not responsible for the leak. "We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks," a Snapchat representative said in a statement. "Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice... Read more...
It's only a matter of time before the memes start rolling that read, "Brace yourself, ads are coming to Snapchat." It's an inevitability now that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel let the cat out of the bag regarding plans to finally generate revenue -- while speaking last night at a Vanity Fair event in San Francisco, he gave the heads up that ads are headed to the popular messaging service. "People are going to see the first ads on Snapchat soon," Spiegel said. "We think they're pretty cool." Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat The question is whether or not Snapchat's users will find them cool or obtrusive.... Read more...
We imagine there's an inspirational poster hanging in Snapchat's offices that reads, "Fortune favors the bold." Certainly Snapchat's founders have been bold in reportedly turning down two seemingly obscene acquisition offers, the first for $1 billion and the second for $3 billion, both from Facebook. Rejecting such high priced bids couldn't have come easy, but in hindsight, Snapchat's gamble may have paid off with the service now valued at $10 billion. Yes, $10 billion, as hard as that is to fathom. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, that valuation comes by way of a recent investment... Read more...
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