Constantly having beeps at the end of calls? Look at your Snapchat permissions

Snapchat rose to fame by scoring a generous initial public offering this year, making its founders billionaires thanks to Wall Street eager to participate in the next big IM thingy, and forcing them to marry Victoria’s Secret supermodels. The Snapchat app, however, is another beer, as it has been plagued by memory and power consumption leakages from the onset (like most messaging apps), as well as some recent boot crash issues.

The latest problem stemming from the Snapchat app has been more obscure to find, but there is a whole Reddit thread dedicated to the weird case of loud …


Snapchat introduces Pikachu filter, available for a limited time

Starting today, there’s a new lens available on Snapchat that turns you into everybody’s favorite high-voltage mouse – Pikachu. That’s right, after the dancing hot dog man, Snap has partnered with the Pokemon Company to bring its users an official Pikachu filter.

It’s a limited-time thing too, so if you want to see yourself as an anime boy or girl posing with the iconic Pokemon next to you, you’d better do it soon. To see the new Pikachu lens in action, check out the clips below:
Take a selfie with Pikachu! Our Pikachu Lens is available now on Snapchat …

Report: Google was ready to pay $30 billion for Snapchat last year

In November 2013, Snapchat reportedly turned down a purchase offer from Google for $4 billion. That same month and year, Snapchat turned down a deal from Facebook for $3 billion. Snap (Snapchat’s parent company) was eventually valued at more than $24 billion after going public. The bottom line was that by staying patient, Snapchat was eventually able to give its investors a better opportunity. So now out comes a rumor that states Google was willing to pay as much as $30 billion last year for Snapchat.

The talk between Google and Snapchat was alleged to have taken place just before the Series …

Nicki Minaj has no idea how to use Snapchat and it's hilarious

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Believe it or not but Nicki Minaj has something in common with the resident old in your life.

The queen of rap proved that she’s still relatable in the most unexpected way when she publicly navigated her way around Snapchat on Sunday afternoon, and ended up asking fans for their tech help. 

The rapper posted a screenshot of her username on Instagram encouraging fans to follow her on the social media platform. “Yo can y’all teach me how to use this?,” she wrote. “Wtf I wanna show y’all how a bad btch posts her first snap but…” Minaj wrote, clearly struggling on the app.  Read more…

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End of an era: Snapchat removes 10-second limit in latest update

Social media company Snap Inc. is going through some hard times. Snapchat, its main source of income, started out as an interesting app that appealed to millennials thanks to some unique features, but a lot of these functionalities have been emulated by competing services. This has, in turn, led to a loss of confidence from investors and a crash in the company’s stock value. 
In a bid to reverse this trend, Snapchat has seen some big changes recently. After voice filters, custom geo filters, and Backdrops, the latest update to hit …

Latest update adds multiple new features to Snapchat

The latest update is available for Snapchat users that adds new features to the messaging app. Let’s start with Geofilters, which will cost you $5.99. The purchase can be made inside the app by heading to the settings. These are filters that you can use for special occasions (birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, etc.). Snapchat has also added something it calls paperclip links. Add a URL to your Snap, and those viewing your messages can be transported to that particular website with a swipe up. It creates a quick and simple link.

Other new features include a voice filter that changes how …

Snapchat update adds Voice Filters and a handful of other new features

Snapchat silently pushed another update to its Android and iOS apps. The update brings a couple of new features that should further enhance user’s experience with Snapchat. This would be the second update for Snapchat released in just a week.

In case you missed it, the previous update launched in late June brought the so-called Geofilters, which would allow Snapchat users to create custom geofilters directly within the app.

The newest version of Snapchat introduces a new functionality: Voice Filters. The new feature is supposed to enable users to remix how …

Snapchat downloads are declining

It looks like Snapchat decided to sell its shares to the public at just the right time. The value of Snapchat parent Snap has declined by 26.5% since the shares peaked the day after the IPO. That was back on March 3rd. And last month, the company reported a net loss of $2.2 billion for the first quarter, which dropped the stock to a valuation under $20 billion. Even though the shares have rebounded a bit since then, the second-quarter might also bring bad news.

For the first two months of the second quarter, year-over-year downloads of the Snapchat app are down 22% according to data from …

Snapchat Spectacles invade Europe, available online and from quirky vending machines

From an average guy’s point of view, Snap’s Spectacles might look like nothing more than plastic sunglasses with an embedded video camera. To Snapchat fans, however, the colorful pair of shades could be a great extension to the popular service, allowing them to add events to their timeline from a unique, first-person perspective. And now, more people can get their hands on them. 

After starting the sales of Spectacles with a single vending machine in the US last November, now Snap Inc. is making them available in Europe. Snapbots, as these machines are called, …

Check out the evolution of mobile apps from IBM Simon to Snapchat

Did you know that the first mobile apps arrived in the distant 1994 on the IBM Simon? Although users of this one couldn’t download apps on this smartphone predecessor by any means, they had access to stock apps like a built-in calculator, contact book, clock, news, stocks, and even an early precursor to Google Maps!
Since then, apps have skyrocketed in terms of quality and quantity, as well as availability – getting an app these days is as easy as launching the app store and immediately getting bombarded with tons of software that’s vying for the …