Author: Darrell Etherington

Instagram adds face filters to live video

 Instagram is making its face filters available for live video streaming through the app, the company announced today. Instagram had introduced face filters, which add visual effects to detected faces, back in May, but until now it was only available on video and images captured first and then posted to your Instagram Story after the fact. All existing face filters are now available for live… Read More

Snapchat brings Bitmoji to the real world with World Lenses

 Snapchat’s World Lens feature applies filters intelligently to the world around you using augmented reality and your smarpthone’s camera, and now you the app is adding support for Bitmoji to the feature. This means you can take those animated avatars of yourself and drop them into your surroundings. It’s a smart use of both Bitmoji and World Lens tech – you can do… Read More

Twitter brings its dark ‘Night mode’ theme to the web

 Twitter’s dark-toned ‘Night mode’ interface theme is now rolling out to its web client, after debuting first on its iPhone and Android apps. The dark theme will let you more easily monitor key real-time information from your Batcave to help make sure Gotham is safe if you happen to be Batman – and it could also ease eye strain when you’re using Twitter’s… Read More

Snapchat now lets you Pikachu yourself

 Snapchat is teaming up with The Pokémon Company to introduce a new Pikachu filter to the app. The official Pikachu filter applies the electric mouse’s trademark rosy cheeks, pointy ears, black nose and big eyes to faces in the app, and when users open their mouth the iconic Pikachu cry rings out as an animated version of the characters leaps into frame. The Pikachu filter is a pretty… Read More

Google said to launch AMP-based Snapchat Discover-like feature

 Google is creating a visual publication format for media companies similar to Snapchat’s “Discover,” based on its AMP mobile optimization technology for webpages and called “Stamp,” according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The program is said to be announced as soon as next week, and could include a range of publishing partners including Vox, CNN, The… Read More

Facebook said to be working on dedicated video chat device

 Facebook is reportedly working on dedicated video chat hardware, per a new report by Bloomberg. The device is said to be the inaugural major product from Facebook’s hardware-focused Building 8 product development lab, and will include a notebook-sized display. It’s intended to make video chat participants separated geographically feel like they’re together in the same space,… Read More

Twitter tests a $99 monthly automatic Tweet promotion service

 Twitter might have found an interesting halfway point between charging subscriptions and its traditional advertising revenue model – automatic promoted tweets for a flat $99 monthly fee, which could appeal to power users and brands alike. The service, spotted by Matt Navarra when Twitter emailed him as a past Twitter Ads user, “automatically amplifies your tweets and profile”… Read More