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    Microsoft redesigning Skype for mobile, desktop

    San Francisco: Microsoft is redesigning Skype’s interface for both mobile and desktop, eliminating the less used features on the app and simplyfying its core functions like voice calling, video chatting and messaging. “This past year, we explored some design changes and heard from customers that we overcomplicated some of our core scenarios,” Peter Skillman, Director of design for Skype and Outlook wrote in a blog post.

  • Snapchat’s daily user count slips to 188 million from 191 million

    San Francisco: Snapchat’s daily active users number shrank 1.5 per cent to 188 million in the second quarter of 2018 — down from 191 million in the last quarter, its parent company Snap has said. Although the company’s revenue increased 44 per cent to $262 million — compared to $182 million revenue in Q2 2017 — it appears that Facebook-owned Instagram “Stories” has stalled Snapchat’s growth.

  • Snapchat to shut down its digital payment service ‘Snapcash’

    San Francisco: Photo-messaging app Snapchat is reportedly terminating its digital peer-to-peer payment service “Snapcash” on August 30, ending its four-year long partnership with US-based mobile payment company “Square”. “Yes, we’re discontinuing the ‘Snapcash’ feature as of August 30, 2018. ‘Snapcash’ was our first product created in partnership with another company – ‘Square’. We’re thankful for all the Snapchatters who used Snapcash for the last four years and for Square’s partnership,” TechCrunch quoted

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    Snapchat new update not gone down well with many users, online petition started for removal

    London: Snapchat’s latest redesign, which was released last week, has not gone down well with many users. This is evident from the fact that an online petition calling for removal of the new update has attracted more than than 6 lakh signatures. The “Remove the new Snapchat update” petition, which is hosted on Change.org, was authored by Australian user Nic Rumsey, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.

  • Apple acquires music recognition app Shazam

    San Francisco: In keeping with its plan to expand the company’s music business, Apple confirmed that it is acquiring popular music recognition app Shazam beating Snapchat and Spotify. It has come to an agreement with the London-based service late on Monday, Tech Crunch reported.

  • Google offered $30 billion to acquire Snapchat

    San Francisco : Search engine giant Google had offered $30 billion to buy Snap Inc — the parent company of popular messaging app Snapchat — in 2016 and a similar offer is still open, a media report said. Google had held informal dialogue with Snap and floated an offer of $30 billion before the latter’s last funding round, said the report. Snap’s CEO Evan Spiegel, who is widely considered as being independent,

  • Instagram is terrible for the state of Mind

    New York: Now, this might dishearten all the Instagrammers out there! A new report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK says that Instagram, the image-saturated app with over 700 million users worldwide, takes a major toll on the youth people’s mental health, most notably among young women.

  • UK schools teaching digital generation ‘netiquette’

    London : Schools in the UK are teaching children “netiquette” to stop them from texting at mealtimes, announcing deaths on Facebook or dumping romantic partners via WhatsApp, according to a media report.

  • Serena Williams expecting baby this year

    Los Angeles : Serena Williams is expecting a baby this year her spokesperson confirmed, hours after the tennis great hinted at the news in a Snapchat post.

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    Mumbai youth creates Snapchat spoof ‘SlapChat’ and it’s hilarious!

    After Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel allegedly termed India as a ‘poor country’ earlier this week, patriotism invoked in all the Indian Snapchat users. Thousands of miffed users uninstalled the multimedia mobile app dropping the rating to ‘one-star’. And soon #boycottsnapchat started trending on Twitter with people criticizing the app and the founder.

  • Netizens uninstall Snapdeal app instead of Snapchat

    New Delhi: In a case of mistaken identity, many people downgraded and uninstalled the mobile application of e-commerce platform ‘Snapdeal’ instead of social networking app ‘Snapchat’ to mark their protest against certain unverified comments of Snapchat CEO about the Indian market.

  • Snapchat gets Search feature

    New York : Few days after Facebook got a Snapchat-like “Stories” update that lets users add effects to their photos and videos, Snap Inc has introduced a “Search” option that would give users power to search through the content they posted on its app.

  • People are ‘socially’ active, yet feel lonely

    Washington: The more time you spend on social media – scrolling through Facebook, trolling on Twitter, snapping on Snapchat – the more likely you is to feel socially isolated, a new study has warned. Researchers from University of Pittsburgh in the US found that people who use social media for more than two hours a day have twice the odds of experiencing feelings of social isolation and lack a sense of social

  • Snapchat shares soar 44% on listing, valuation $28 billion

    New York: Snap Inc, the parent company of messaging app Snapchat, has gone public with stocks soaring 44 per cent on their first day of trading and valuing the company at $28 billion, the media reported on Friday.

  • Snapchat updates guidelines in a bid to block fake news

    New York: In its bid to reduce fake news and clickbait, the photo and video sharing app Snapchat which is growing up as a place for news has updated its guidelines for publishers, media reports said.

  • Instagram will notify you if your friend screenshot DMs

    New York: With the roll-out of a new update, Facebook-owned photo sharing app Instagram will now notify your friends when you take a screenshot of their Direct Messages (DM) — just like its rival Snapchat, a media report said.

  • FB testing camera effects like those of Snapchat

    New York: In yet another attempt to take on photo sharing mobile service Snapchat, Facebook is testing photo effects and masks into its main camera app for stills and videos that disappear after 24 hours. “The new camera”, as Facebook calls it, is first being tested in Ireland before rolling out to everyone, according to IANS. “The new features include Snapchat-style animated selfie masks, overlaid graphics, and geofilters, Prismaesque fine art-themed style transfer filters