Snapchat, to the surprise of many, has managed to become a bonafide social media platform with nearly 200 million active users. In turn, the service has expectedly become home to a number of celebrities and media personalities who use the app not just to connect with friends, but with fans worldwide.
If you’ve ever used Snapchat, you’re already well aware of the frustrating design choices the team made for viewing photos and videos through the app. In order to watch a friend’s Snap or Story, you have to press and hold down on the screen for the duration of the Snaps, which felt awkward and forced you to cover up part of the screen.
Everyone kind of hated it, but we lived it until Wednesday, July 1st, when Snapchat announced that it was replacing press-and-hold with Tap to View.
Facebook has a new toy for those users who like taking pictures of everything around them and sharing those shots with family and friends. Confirmed over the weekend, the photo-editing tool that’s similar to Snapchat’s tool should already be available to most iPhone users, with an Android version expected to launch in the future. More →
In late 2012, Apple’s iOS chief Scott Forstall was unceremoniously let go from the company he helped bring back to greatness. A longtime Steve Jobs lieutenant, Forstall was the key software head responsible for bringing the iPhone into existence, and just as importantly, for developing the first iOS SDK.
Snapchat is now officially good for something more than discreetly sending out your nude selfies. Re/code reports that Snapchat has just unveiled a new mobile payments feature called Snapcash that will let you send money through Snapchat to your friends. The new feature was created through a partnership with Square, the popular mobile app used by merchants to process credit card payments on iPhones and iPads. More →
It looks like celebrities aren’t the only targets for hackers in search of nude photos and videos. Following a series of iCloud hacks dubbed “The Fappening” that led to the release of hundreds of nude and risqué celebrity photos, hundreds of thousands of Snapchat users will wake up on Friday morning to find that their private images and video clips have been stolen and leaked on the web. Snapchat allows users to exchange photo and video messages that are automatically erased after a period of time, but many people utilize third-party Snapchat clients that automatically save the images and videos before they are deleted.
As it turns out, at least one of those third-party clients has been hacked, and the perpetrators have been saving each and every piece of media viewed with its service for the past two years. Now, all of those photos and videos have been leaked. More →
In theory, Snapchat users should not be able to save any of the shared photos and messages in the app, but there are some ways files can still be saved, defying Snapchat’s core feature. One such trick is Snapkeep, The Daily Dot reveals, an app that lets users open any shared content from Snapchat. More →
Snapchat is a hugely popular app, but its utility is relatively narrow: chat with your friends, send pictures that disappear (but not really), repeat. As the mobile messaging space continues to heat up, however, Snapchat is beginning to play with some new features that might help separate it from the pack and keep it on top of its niche within the messaging category. And as it turns out, the latest feature Snapchat is toying with is actually fairly smart. More →
Gee, what a shock: Your Snapchat snaps don’t really “disappear forever” after all. The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it had reached a settlement with Snapchat in which it said that Snapchat’s marketing claim that any pictures sent over its app would “disappear forever” was simply misleading. One issue, says the FTC, is that Snapchat’s “disappear forever” promise is one that it simply cannot keep, especially when there are several third-party applications out there let you capture and keep any pictures and videos sent over the app. More →
This can’t be emphasized enough: You really shouldn’t expect everything you send over Snapchat to remain private. The New York Times points out that Snapchat has added a new feature in its latest update that will let you easily save any text message that you receive over the service, which is something that you traditionally haven’t been able to do for the pictures that are sent through the app. More →
Why has Snapchat become so popular? That’s easy: Because it gives people a way to send messages that will be automatically destroyed soon after recipients open them, which means that you can send people confidential information without fear of it getting passed around. However, Cult of Mac points out that a new iOS tweak has the potential to gravely undermine Snapchat’s central appeal because it allows Snapchat users to save the snaps that others have sent them for future reference. More →
Ever since 4.6 million Snapchat users were subjected to a leak that threatened to reveal their phone numbers, the team behind the app has been scrambling to repair both the vulnerabilities of Snapchat and the image of their company. It started with an apology and an update, one which allowed users to opt out of the “Find Friends” feature that gave hackers the opportunity to corral millions of phone numbers in the first place. More →