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Snapchat Introduces Two New Features To Make The App More Interactive

Both the features have been released globally and would reach all users over the coming weeks

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Snapchat made more interactive with 2 new features. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Snapchat has introduced two new features — “Friendship Profiles” and “Bitmoji Stories” in an attempt to make the app more interactive and fun.

With “Friendship Profiles”, Snapchat would hold content like images, videos, messages and links that users have saved in Chat with a friend or a group of friends, the company wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

“Each ‘Friendship Profile’ one will be unique, highlighting the most special moments you’ve shared and saved, showcasing relationship privately,” the post said.

Snapchat is reportedly planning to launch more "Lenses" that will react to sounds over the coming weeks.
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“Bitmoji Stories” are being introduced in English language only, as a new comic strip, starring Bitmoji avtaar of the Snapchatters themselves, with guest appearances from friends.

“Find new episodes of ‘Bitmoji Stories’ each week right in the ‘Discover feed’,” the post added.

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Both the features have been released globally and would reach all users over the coming weeks. (IANS)

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Snapchat Brings ‘Lensathon’ to India

Snapchat Joins hands with Skillenza to launch its first-ever Lensathon to India

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Snapchat launches 'Lensathon' in India. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Snapchat on Friday announced a partnership with community-based platform Skillenza to bring its first-ever Lensathon to India – an online hackathon open to national participation to create Augmented Reality (AR) experiences using Lens Studio.

Lens Studio is a free desktop app launched by Snapchat in 2017, that provides the tools and templates needed to build digital skills, create Lenses and share them on Snapchat.

Since its launch, over 900,000 Lenses have been made by the community all over the world.

The Lensathon is an opportunity to add to this growth and breadth of experiences available on Snapchat.

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All the Lensathon participants have the opportunity to attend webinars to learn Lens creation. Pixabay

“In the past year, we have worked closely with high schools and colleges across India, teaching digital skills to students through Lens Studio workshops. The Lensathon is another step in that direction,” Juhi Bhatnagar, Strategy and Business Development Lead, India at Snap, said in a statement.

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Participants can build multiple lenses with the limitation that the last 5 lenses submitted will be evaluated against the criteria.

All the Lensathon participants have the opportunity to attend webinars to learn Lens creation from the experts from the Lens team at Snapchat.

The most creative and original Lenses will stand a chance to join the Official Lens Creator program, alongside winning other cash prizes, swag and Snap Spectacles. (IANS)

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Experience Augmented Reality With Snapchat

A mega spin art lens filter by Snapchat gives you an augmented reality experience

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Snapchat has released a new filter which gives you an experience of augmented reality. Pixabay

By Aditi Roy

Have you managed to discover the artist in you while home-sheltering and social distancing?

If not, then Snapchat come to your aid as it announced a new augmented reality experience created in close collaboration with renowned artist Damien Hirst.

Inspired by his iconic ‘Spin’ paintings, this globally available Snapchat lens allows anyone to make their own spin art in his style, right from home. Pour virtual paint as your canvas spins to make many possible creations.

Snapchat and Hirst have also teamed up with the charity Partners in Health on this experience to support their COVID-19 relief efforts. The organisation is working to support vulnerable communities during the pandemic and provide care for millions of patients worldwide.

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The filter is available worldwode on snapchat. Pixabay

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Artist Damien Hirst commented:

“It’s amazing to be working with Snapchat on this totally mega spin art lens and making it possible for millions of people to make their own spin paintings right from their phones. I am so happy that this partnership also supports Partners in Health, a brilliant and forward-thinking organisation that helps communities in developing countries around the world cope with the devastating impact of COVID-19,”

Hirst first began experimenting with spin art in 1992, and at the first exhibition of the series, all gallery visitors were invited to make their own free drawings on a spin drawing machine made from a drill, democratizing the experience of making art. Now, a wider audience than ever will experiencethis through augmented reality as the Snap community worldwide can try their hand at making their own version of Hirst’s iconic art through the lens of Snapchat’s camera. Additionally, Snapchatterscan also submit their creations to “Our Story” so that the whole Snapchat community can see what they’ve made, creating a composite virtual gallery of Spin paintings. (IANS)

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Gmail, Snapchat and Nest Officially Back Up After Suffering Brief Outrage

Gmail was quickly restored for some users, "and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future," Google said

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The outage led to emails failing to be delivered at Gmail, and some security cameras hooked up to Nest temporarily failing to record footage. Pixabay

Gmail, Snapchat and the smart home device Nest were officially back up on Thursday after suffering a brief outage on Google’s Cloud Platform.

The outage led to emails failing to be delivered at Gmail, and some security cameras hooked up to Nest temporarily failing to record footage. It also took out Snapchat completely, for more than an hour, on Wednesday afternoon, reports The Guardian.

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Gmail, Snapchat and the smart home device Nest were officially back up on Thursday after suffering a brief outage on Google’s Cloud Platform. Pixabay

“Mitigation work is currently under way by our engineering team. We believe that most impact was mitigated at 0740 US/Pacific [1540 BST], allowing many services to recover. Impact is now believed to be limited more directly to use of the IAM API,” the report quoted Google spokesperson as saying.

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Gmail was quickly restored for some users, “and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future,” Google said.

The outages came after a period of intense growth in web traffic, which has caused problems at a number of companies, including Microsoft and more. (IANS)