Snap will expand distribution of Spectacles in 2017, but hardware remains an experiment

Snap, Inc. just released its IPO and there’s a lot to take away, but from a hardware perspective there’s not much present – which is actually telling in itself. The S-1 filing contains a few references to Spectacles, but they don’t suggest Snap’s view of itself as a camera company leans very heavily on its hardware products or pipeline. But that could still change, as it says it plans to expand distribution of Spectacles over the course of 2017. In an introductory note breaking down aspects

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Published in: on April 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

What a Snapchat phone could look like

In hypothetical concept designs, marketing firm Mediakix envisions what a Snap Inc. smartphone might look like, if the company that owns Snapchat was working on one. We already know that the makers of Snapchat can reinvent sunglasses. But what about smartphones? It might seen outlandish for Snap to make a phone, but not if you read the company’s IPO earlier this month. Snap made it clear that it’s about more than just an ephemeral messaging app on your phone -it’s also about hardware.

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Published in: on March 27, 2017 at 7:12 am  Leave a Comment  

As Social Platforms Rapidly Evolve Into Media Companies, What Does This Mean for Brands?

The next time you ride the bus or step into a coffee shop, look around and count how many people are reading a newspaper. Perhaps a handful? Now look around for cell phones and you’ll see it’s no secret that people are glued to their smartphone screens. While they may not be holding a newspaper, a quick peek at your neighbor’s screen and you’ll likely find them reading a blog post or news article on social media. In fact, this year, 62 percent of U.S. adults reported they get their news on a

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Published in: on February 27, 2017 at 1:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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WhatsApp tests real-time location sharing in its app

Facebook may be distancing itself from location-sharing between friends in its own app, but Facebook-owned WhatsApp appears to¬ moving in¬ this direction. A new feature spotted in the beta version of the popular mobile messaging software shows that WhatsApp has developed a real-time location-tracking option that could be used among the app’s¬ friends. The addition was spotted this week via Fortune¬ and¬ the Twitter account @WABetaInfo. The new feature is called¬ “Live Location Tracking” in

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Published in: on February 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

10+ Hilarious Tweets By Celebrity Parents

Taking a look at some of the parenting related Tweets posted by some of our favorite celebrities tells us two things. ¬ The first is that the experience of being a parent is common ground for all of us regardless of our level of fame; and second, these celebrities have a great sense of humor about it all. Funny Celebrity Parenting Tweets source Funny Celebrity Parenting Tweets source Funny Celebrity Parenting Tweets source Funny Celebrity Parenting Tweets source Funny Celebrity Parenting

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Published in: on February 20, 2017 at 8:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Facebook needs to crack down on fake “Live” videos

Was that space walk or climb of a massive antenna tower really shot on Facebook Live? No. Is the point of Facebook Live to show a virtual clock counting down to the new year? No. Yet these are some of the videos that have crookedly taken advantage of the notifications and extra News Feed visibility of Facebook Live posts. Read More

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Published in: on February 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry

Draw with your face? Conference call ping pong? Not any more. Google today quietly revealed that it will shut down the Hangouts API, preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. There was no blog post about this, just an updated FAQ and email notification to developers active on the API, forwarded to us by one of these devs. Some examples of experiences… Read More

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Published in: on January 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Instagram in 2016 (Infographic)

Instagram had a big year in 2016, and Robert Katai, visual marketer and brand evangelist for online banner creator Bannersnack, summed it up in infographic form. Milestones achieved by the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network in 2016 included: 600 million monthly active users. 300 million daily active users. 500,000 global advertisers. 60 percent of users learn about brands on Instagram. 75 percent take action after seeing Instagram posts. 50 percent follow businesses

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Published in: on January 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Facebook needs to crack down on fake “Live” videos

Was that space walk or climb of a massive antenna tower really shot on Facebook Live? No. Is the point of Facebook Live to show a virtual clock counting down to the new year? No. Yet these are some of the videos that have crookedly taken advantage of the notifications and extra News Feed visibility of Facebook Live posts. Read More

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Published in: on January 24, 2017 at 11:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Myth of Privacy: Photographer Uses Facial Recognition To Find People Online After Taking Their Photo On Subway

In today’s modern age of big data and expanding biometric¬ technologies the idea that privacy still exists is becoming more and more of a myth. ¬ To provide an example this Russian photographer used pictures he snapped on the subway and some facial recognition software and was soon able to find the subjects of his photos online. Your Face Is Big Data source Your Face Is Big Data source Your Face Is Big Data source Your Face Is Big Data source Your Face Is Big Data source Your Face Is Big

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Published in: on January 18, 2017 at 11:20 am  Leave a Comment  
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