It’s no secret that Instagram has been … inspired by Snapchat and some of its popular features. After Stories, Instagram is now experimenting with another well-known Snapchat feature: disappearing messages.
Snap has introduced Spectacles 3, the third iteration of its wearable camera-sunglasses. Just like the last year’s version, Spectacles 3 are also improved over their preceding model. They include some interesting upgrades compared to Spectacles 2, such as two HD cameras shooting 3D snaps. But, the price is also significantly “upgraded,” and the latest model is almost two times more expensive than the previous one.
So, Samsung has gone and done it. They’ve singlehandedly destroyed the “You don’t watch TV vertically do you? So, why do you shoot video vertically?” argument. Yes, they’ve announced a vertical TV. And it costs $1,600 (not $16,000 as some sources are reporting).
Even though “social media influencer” sounds like a made-up job, it looks like it has something in common with “real jobs” after all. If you fail to do it right – you will face consequences. And influencer Luka Sabbat is facing serious consequences after failing to promote Snapchat Spectacles on Instagram. After breaching the $60,000 contract he signed, he is now being sued.
A recent study has shown that a majority of plastic surgery patients wants to look better in selfies. But it’s not celebrities that serve as models any longer. Nowadays, people want to look like their own Snapchat selfies. Doctors have noticed this trend, and it has been discussed in an article recently published on JAMA Network.
Not long ago, it was rumored that Snap Inc. would come up with a “new and improved” version of Spectacles. And now it’s official: Snap doesn’t want to give up the camera sunglasses, so they have just released the second version of Spectacles for sale. The new model has some improvements over the previous one, but the price has gone up a bit as well. Snap hopes you’ll wear these to the beach and in other adventures, but unless you have Snapchat – I’m not so sure you’d want them.
“Snapchat is a camera.” Yeah, you’ve read it well. In its very first TV commercial, it seems that Snapchat wants to rebrand as “a new kind of camera.” Would you ever call it that way? How can a silly app be a camera?
Despite a major loss on the first generation of Spectacles, Snap Inc. doesn’t seem to give up. According to a recent report, the company plans to launch the second generation of camera sunglasses. This time, they might launch two different products: a “new and improved” line of Spectacles and a “fancier” version with two cameras, more advanced technology and consequently – a higher price.
It’s not really a secret that Facebook wants Snapchat. They offered to buy them, and Snapchat refused. So, now Facebook seem to be working as hard as they can to introduce Snapchat-like features into all of their platforms. It started with Instagram adding basic stories, which then spread to Facebook and WhatsApp. Every new version seems to add a little something extra that Snapchat users will be familiar with.
Now, no surprise, facial filters have finally come to Instagram. It was inevitable, really. But it took a while. It’s understandable why some features are taking a while to show up, though. Not all Instagram users have tried Snapchat (I hadn’t, until recently). Adding everything all at once can be a little overwhelming to existing users. So introducing it a bit at a time eases that transition to where Instagram wants to be.