Articles about Snapchat

Snapchat is an image-centric social media platform of American origin developed by Snap Inc. (formerly known as Snapchat Inc.). The platform was co-founded in 2015 by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown when they were studying together at Stanford University. Initially, the platform focused on chatting with snaps, i.e. person-to-person image sharing once users sign up with their phone number. Today, the platform has broadened its horizons with several elements using new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to apply filters to faces in real-time, help users interact with augmented reality objects, and has garnered a fanbase for these unique offerings. As of July 2021, Snapchat is available in 37 languages and caters to 293 million daily active users. According to a letter to investors in 2020, over four billion Snaps are sent each day. Meanwhile, Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc. calls itself “a camera company”. It believes that reinventing the camera is a simple way to improve the way people communicate. The company is also known for Snapchat Glasses that can be purchased from vending machines. The glasses have cameras built-in and can directly post point-of-view Snap Stories for you.

Snap inks deal with Sony Music, launches AR Music Lenses

16 Nov 2021

Snap inks deal with Sony Music, launches AR Music Lenses

Social media app Snapchat's parent, Snap Inc. (formerly Snapchat), has inked a licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment so the latter's artists' music can be added to Snap's Sounds Library.

NewsBytes Briefing: Clubhouse officially comes to Android, and more

22 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Clubhouse officially comes to Android, and more

Clubhouse sure has played its exclusivity card to the ragged end. But like all things new and intriguing, the novelty of the audio-only social media platform has worn off, which has manifested in a 10-fold drop in downloads of the iOS app.

Snap challenges Instagram with host of updates for Creators, Businesses

21 May 2021

Snap challenges Instagram with host of updates for Creators, Businesses

Snap Inc. has announced a host of updates that allow Snapchat to consolidate its reach among creators, developers, and businesses alike.

NewsBytes Briefing: Germans are making a flying Tesla, and more

19 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Germans are making a flying Tesla, and more

What's better than an electric car? An electric aircraft, of course. German aviation start-up Volocopter is about to give a whole new dimension to range anxiety with its electric-powered rotorcraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing.

Snap Inc. claims to have achieved carbon neutrality

18 May 2021

Snap Inc. claims to have achieved carbon neutrality

Snap Inc. on Monday announced a strategy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Addressing the environmental impact of its operations and steps it has taken to address them, the company declared that it has become carbon neutral.

NewsBytes Briefing: App makers are terrified for Apple, and more

24 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: App makers are terrified for Apple, and more

If you thought the term Big Tech mafia was a hyperbole, think again. App makers told US senators that they are scared of Apple and Google during the ongoing anti-trust dog and pony show.

Instagram Reels' latest feature called Remix mimics Duets from TikTok

01 Apr 2021

Instagram Reels' latest feature called Remix mimics Duets from TikTok

It's no secret that Instagram Reels is Facebook's version of TikTok. And, now Instagram's new Remix feature announced yesterday mimics TikTok's Duet feature.

Reddit hires former Snap executive Drew Vollero as first CFO

08 Mar 2021

Reddit hires former Snap executive Drew Vollero as first CFO

Reddit, the internet discussion platform riding high on unprecedented growth, has roped in former Snap Inc. executive Drew Vollero as its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

After Capitol violence, Facebook and Instagram suspend Trump's accounts indefinitely

08 Jan 2021

After Capitol violence, Facebook and Instagram suspend Trump's accounts indefinitely

Outgoing United States President Donald Trump has been slapped with an indefinite ban by Facebook and Instagram. He was initially barred from posting anything on these platforms for 24 hours, in wake of the deadly violence at the Capitol.

England's Foden and Greenwood sent home after breaching COVID-19 rules

07 Sep 2020

England's Foden and Greenwood sent home after breaching COVID-19 rules

England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been sent home separately after they allegedly invited two women to the team hotel in Reykjavik and breaking coronavirus isolation rules as a result.

Happy Birthday Kylie Jenner: Lesser-known facts about her

10 Aug 2020

Happy Birthday Kylie Jenner: Lesser-known facts about her

Kylie Jenner is a media personality whose name is synonymous to all things fashion. But beyond the physical beauty, lies an entrepreneur par excellence who has built an empire surrounding beauty in just her teens.

NewsBytes Briefing: Zuckerberg says no deal with Trump and more

21 Jul 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Zuckerberg says no deal with Trump and more

Since last evening, the world of technology has seen some notable developments.

Tech Briefing: Apple pays $1bn penalty, Google invests in India

14 Jul 2020

Tech Briefing: Apple pays $1bn penalty, Google invests in India

A lot happened in the technology world when you were sleeping.

Facebook to PUBG, Army directs troops to delete 89 apps

09 Jul 2020

Facebook to PUBG, Army directs troops to delete 89 apps

Amid growing security concerns, the Indian Army has directed its troops to delete 89 smartphone applications.

Twitter's audio tweets have a major accessibility issue: Details here

19 Jun 2020

Twitter's audio tweets have a major accessibility issue: Details here

A day ago, Twitter announced audio tweets as a way to let users share their personal thoughts and experiences in their own voice.

Now, Instagram is testing Snapchat-like 'self-disappearing' messages

20 Mar 2020

Now, Instagram is testing Snapchat-like 'self-disappearing' messages

After Stories, Instagram is copying another highly-celebrated feature from Snapchat- ephemeral or self-disappearing text messages.

Twitter wants to become an Instagram-clone, disgruntled users say #RIPTwitter

05 Mar 2020

Twitter wants to become an Instagram-clone, disgruntled users say #RIPTwitter

Stories are everywhere, and you won't be able to dodge them anytime soon!

In conservative Saudi, youngsters are taking the 'risk' of dating

13 Feb 2020

In conservative Saudi, youngsters are taking the 'risk' of dating

Saudi Arabia's conservative society bans a lot of things and a relationship before marriage is one of them.

Jio, Snapchat launch creative video challenge: How to participate

27 Jan 2020

Jio, Snapchat launch creative video challenge: How to participate

Reliance Jio and Snapchat have partnered to launch a new creative challenge called Jio's Got Talent where Snapchatters can showcase their talent and win exciting prizes.

Apparently, TikTok's owner built a tool to make deepfakes

04 Jan 2020

Apparently, TikTok's owner built a tool to make deepfakes

TikTok's owner ByteDance appears to have developed an AI-powered feature to create deepfakes or morphed videos with someone else's face inserted.

#NewsBytesWeeklyRecap: Next-gen Xbox, OPPO AR glasses, iOS issues, and more

15 Dec 2019

#NewsBytesWeeklyRecap: Next-gen Xbox, OPPO AR glasses, iOS issues, and more

This week in tech we saw some tempting hardware announcements, including that of the next-generation Xbox Series X console and OPPO's AR glasses.

#FunUsingTech: Snapchat will let you create your cameos using Deepfake

09 Dec 2019

#FunUsingTech: Snapchat will let you create your cameos using Deepfake

After a bunch of Chinese apps, Snapchat is gearing up to use the controversial Deepfake technology - which has been used to mar the image of actors/politicians - for a fun effect.

Facebook just launched an app to make memes: Details here

20 Nov 2019

Facebook just launched an app to make memes: Details here

From Twitter to Snapchat, the entire social media scene is driven by the culture of viral and funny memes.

Instagram building new 'Threads' app to take on Snapchat

28 Aug 2019

Instagram building new 'Threads' app to take on Snapchat

Once again, Facebook is mimicking Snapchat to improve its own product.

People are using Snapchat/Instagram to sell illegal guns: Here's how

25 Aug 2019

People are using Snapchat/Instagram to sell illegal guns: Here's how

Weapons' trafficking has been going on for a long time, both in India and abroad.

#TechBytes: How to use Snapchat filters and lenses

19 Aug 2019

#TechBytes: How to use Snapchat filters and lenses

With a humongous set of features, Snapchat dominates as one of the most entertaining photo-sharing apps on the internet.

Soon, Android Messages could offer Snapchat-like AR effects

01 Jul 2019

Soon, Android Messages could offer Snapchat-like AR effects

Android Messages, Google's main app for texting on smartphones, could soon get a major upgrade.

How Snapchat's 'gender swap' filter helped arrest this pedophile cop

13 Jun 2019

How Snapchat's 'gender swap' filter helped arrest this pedophile cop

Although Snapchat has increasingly become less popular since Instagram introduced Stories, its recent 'gender swap' filter made it popular once again.

Snapchat employees spied on users without their consent: Here's how

24 May 2019

Snapchat employees spied on users without their consent: Here's how

After Facebook, the concerns of personal data security have shifted towards Snap, the owner of ephemeral photo-sharing service Snapchat.

Soon, your Snapchat stories will come on Tinder: Here's how

05 Apr 2019

Soon, your Snapchat stories will come on Tinder: Here's how

Snapchat's iconic 'Stories' feature is heading over to Tinder.

New to TikTok? Here are some tips to get started

07 Mar 2019

New to TikTok? Here are some tips to get started

If you're a regular on the internet, you would have heard about TikTok, a content-creation app that is taking the world by storm.

Soon, Android users will get a new, completely redesigned Snapchat

27 Feb 2019

Soon, Android users will get a new, completely redesigned Snapchat

In a matter of months, Android users will get a completely redesigned version of popular photo-messaging app Snapchat.

Snapchat might soon bring 'permanent snaps'. Why the U-turn?

29 Jan 2019

Snapchat might soon bring 'permanent snaps'. Why the U-turn?

Snapchat's most iconic feature, the 'disappearing' snaps, could soon see a major change.

Apple's FaceTime bug lets people spy on you: Here's how

29 Jan 2019

Apple's FaceTime bug lets people spy on you: Here's how

A weird bug has been detected in Apple's FaceTime service, one that can be used by bad actors for the purpose of spying.

Android Q might let you reverse app updates: Details here

28 Jan 2019

Android Q might let you reverse app updates: Details here

The benefits of keeping an updated app are endless; you get fancy new features, enhanced performance, and even design changes.

Now, WeChat mimics Snapchat Stories, launches self-disappearing 'Time Capsule'

26 Dec 2018

Now, WeChat mimics Snapchat Stories, launches self-disappearing 'Time Capsule'

Snap's famous 'Stories' feature has been mimicked, once again.

What should be the resolutions of tech companies

20 Dec 2018

What should be the resolutions of tech companies

When the year ends, you think about your regrets, your failures and how you will conquer the new year.

Now, you can shop from Instagram videos: See how

19 Nov 2018

Now, you can shop from Instagram videos: See how

In a fresh move directed at social commerce, Instagram is rolling out three features, including an option to buy products directly from videos, The Verge reported.

Human traffickers are using social platforms to target victims: Study

11 Oct 2018

Human traffickers are using social platforms to target victims: Study

We all use social networks like Facebook, Tinder, and Instagram to find new friends and stay connected.

Soon, Snapchat users can scan and buy real-world products

25 Sep 2018

Soon, Snapchat users can scan and buy real-world products

Snapchat and Amazon are teaming up to introduce a unique shopping feature called 'Visual Search'.