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Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests Digging into Snapchat’s code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface. The post Snapchat …

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Dual cameras for Spectacles 3? Report suggests Snap-designed glasses with AR

Dual cameras for Spectacles 3? Report suggests Snap-designed glasses with AR Despite underselling the first generation, Snap Inc. isn’t done with camera glasses yet. According to a recent report, the company is rumored to be working on another Snap Spectacles with dual cameras for augmented reality features. The post Dual …

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Snap launches a certification program for AR shops to craft branded lenses – TechCrunch

Snap launches a certification program for AR shops to craft branded lenses – TechCrunch Snap has announced a partner program intended to make it easer for brands to get on board with — and pay for — its augmented reality ‘lenses’ by helping advertisers find certified AR shops to craft …

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WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging – TechCrunch

WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging – TechCrunch WhatsApp already ruined Snapchat’s growth once. WhatsApp Status, its clone of Snapchat Stories, now has 450 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 188 million. That’s despite its 24-hour disappearing slideshows missing tons of features including augmented reality selfie …

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Snap is being probed over its IPO because some investors are salty about losing money – TechCrunch

Snap is being probed over its IPO because some investors are salty about losing money – TechCrunch Here’s something I didn’t expect to read today. The U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed Snap for details on its IPO apparently in connection with a lawsuit from disgruntled shareholders …

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Limiting social media use reduced loneliness and depression in new experiment – TechCrunch

Limiting social media use reduced loneliness and depression in new experiment – TechCrunch The idea that social media can be harmful to our mental and emotional well-being is not a new one, but little has been done by researchers to directly measure the effect; surveys and correlative studies are at …

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Children are being “datafied” before we’ve understood the risks, report warns – TechCrunch

Children are being “datafied” before we’ve understood the risks, report warns – TechCrunch A report by England’s children’s commissioner has raised concerns about how kids’ data is being collected and shared across the board, in both the private and public sectors. In the report, entitled Who knows what about me?, Anne …

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Guardian Circle upgrades with a decentralized alert network – TechCrunch

Guardian Circle upgrades with a decentralized alert network – TechCrunch Chris Hays and Mark Jeffrey wanted to create a way for everyone to be able to tell their loved ones if they were in trouble. Their first product, GuardianCircle did just that, netting a mention in a few years ago. …

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Snapchat’s PR sues influencer for not promoting Spectacles on Instagram – TechCrunch

Snapchat’s PR sues influencer for not promoting Spectacles on Instagram – TechCrunch Influcencer marketing could get a lot more accountable if Snapchat’s PR firm wins this lawsuit. Snapchat hoped that social media stars promoting v2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses on its biggest competitor could boost interest after it only …

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