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Snapchat Brings a New Lens Called ‘Time Machine’

The feature is only available to users with an iPhone X and above as it uses the tech used by the True Depth camera, but any Android or iOS device will be able to receive and view the creations

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Snapchat in a Smartphone. IANS

Photo-messaging app Snapchat on Thursday launched a new lens called ‘Time Machine’ that allows its users to change the appearance of their age simply by dragging a slider across the device’s screen.

The lens uses advanced training models and a robust neural network technology, which transform not only your face, but also hair, almost immediately.

“Time Machine lens lets you change the appearance of your age by dragging a simple slider across your screen, going from young to old in less than a second. Using advanced machine learning and training models, you can see the years melt away (or pile up!) in real time, then share with your closest friends with just a tap,” the company said in a statement.

The new lens for Snapchat has been made available for both Android and iPhone users.

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An image of the Snapchat logo created with Post-it notes is seen in lower Manhattan, New York, May 18, 2016. VOA


It is available for all iOS models after the iPhone 6s. For Android models which includes the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy A70, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Y7, Huawei Y9, Redmi Note 7, OnePlus 6T, and Google Pixel 3a.

Additionally, the lens works on both the selfie and rear camera.

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Recently, Snapchat announced a new 3D Camera Mode that will let users make and share images with diorama-like depth effects.

The feature is only available to users with an iPhone X and above as it uses the tech used by the True Depth camera, but any Android or iOS device will be able to receive and view the creations. (IANS)

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Researchers Associate Social Media Use to Eating Disorder in Adolescents

Social media use linked to eating disorder in children

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Excessive use of Social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat is linked with eating disorder among children. Pixabay

Parents, take a note. Researchers have found that excessive use of social media, particularly platforms with a strong focus on image posting and viewing such as Snapchat and Instagram, is associated with eating disorder in young adolescents.

For the study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, researchers examined data on 996 grade 7 and 8 adolescents.

“While a range of studies have focused on the impact of social media on body image, this is the first to examine the relationship between specific social media platforms and disordered eating behaviours and thoughts,” said study lead author Simon Wilksch from Flinders University in Australia.

Also, most other studies had focused on older adolescents or young-adult women, he said.

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Adolescents develop eating disorder due to meal skipping. Pixabay

The study on associations between disordered eating and social media use among young adolescent girls and boys suggested that much more needed to be done to increase resilience in young people to become less adversely impacted by social media pressures, Wilksch added.

During the study, the research team found behaviours related to disordered eating were reported by 51.7 per cent of girls and 45 per cent of boys, with strict exercise and meal skipping being the most common.

Of these, 75.4 per cent girls and 69.9 per cent boys had at least one social media account, and Instagram was the most common.

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According to the study, greater number of social media accounts and greater time spent on them were associated with a higher likelihood of disordered eating, thoughts and behaviours.

The researchers are launching an Australia-wide trial of the Media Smart Online programme designed to combat such pressures. (IANS)