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Snapchat users experience heavy data usage, battery drain from app

Usually, people complain about privacy issues when it comes to picture sharing app Snapchat. But the latest issue to plague users has nothing to do with pictures being leaked or anything like that, but more on how the latest update to the app has been burning through the background and draining the battery of mobile devices. This is probably due to the latest feature that they have introduced to users which is running in the background even when you're not using the app.

Snapchat’s Discover lets media publishers enter their ephemereal world

Messaging apps are continually evolving into more than just ways to exchange messages or even pictures. With so many out there like LINE, Viber, WhatsApp, etc, competitors are pulling out all the stops to become the app of choice. SnapChat has a following all its own, with the ephemeral nature of the pictures exchanged. Now they're branching out into publishing as they introduce a new feature called Discover, where media companies can now also enter their realm with pictures, videos, and stories.

Snapchat now has geofilters for special locations

Snapchat may be the pioneer in ephemeral apps, but since its heyday, there have been a lot of similar and copycat apps that have made its way into the market. So the developers over there are continuing to enhance their photo service, and this time around, they’ve made public the geofilters that users can apply to their photos before sending.

Content is king: social media apps update picture and video features

Social media is an ever-changing animal that brings about new trends, wants and needs everyday. Trends are not dictated by brands or social media entities, but by the users themselves. And while the adage that “content is king” still holds true for the most part, it is not content that can just be read: it lives, moves and breathes. In other words, pictures and videos are the content that rule the social media stratosphere as of this moment. The new updates on social media apps testify to this as well.

Slingshot photo-sharing app goes international

Just a week after Facebook launched its photo-sharing app and platform called Slingshot, they’ve announced that they are already making it available internationally. Initially, it was only available in the US Google Play Store, but now smartphone users anywhere in the world can now sling their photos at one another to their hearts’ content.

Snapchat’s new Chat feature adds Video, actual chat functionality

At inception, Snapchat was more of a self-destruct image viewer than actual “chat” application. An incoming update takes the service away from that functionality a bit, and will now offer actual chat capability. Users will also soon be able to take advantage of video, making face-to-face chat possible.

Snapchat’s new security system thwarted in 30 minutes

In the wake of various security concerns, Snapchat created their own type of CAPTCHA. Rather than ask for a phrase to be used, theirs asks that we find their ghost mascot. It’s fun, and sounds like a pretty decent security feature. One Developer has cracked Snapchat’s new security puzzle, and did so in the time it takes to watch a SitCom.
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