CNN: Snapchat creators earn serious money from making AR filters. “[Ana] Casciello is part of a community of about 100 ‘official lens creators’ who make custom augmented reality lenses for Snapchat. Many creators find ways to earn tens of thousands of dollars creating sponsored AR lenses for brands, including Nike (NKE) and Fanta, and selling merchandise such as t-shirts.”
Neowin: Snap Inc launches third iteration of its Spectacles sunglasses. “Snap Inc, the firm behind Snapchat, has announced Spectacles 3, it’s latest attempt at camera-equipped sunglasses. The new model comes in two colours, Carbon and Mineral and includes HD cameras near each eye to capture depth and dimensions similarly to eyes. The glasses also let users record videos in 3D at 60 fps, all with high-fidelity audio.” I really wonder why Snap keeps coming back to this.
MakeUseOf: The Best Snapchat Drawings and How to Draw Them. “Users have taken the Edit Photo tool beyond its original intent, and are now using it to create hilarious memes and stories. In this article we explain how to draw on Snapchat, and share some funny Snapchat drawings you can replicate.”
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Research looks at how Snapchat filters affect self-image. “While observing heavy use of selfie apps such as Snapchat, graduate student Amy Niu found herself wondering about the effects that virtual makeovers have on college-age females. Apps such as Snapchat and others offer users photographic filters that change their look. In China, where Niu is originally from, apps similar to this are used even more heavily than they are in the United States.”
Slashgear: F-Secure Data Discovery Portal reveals your Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Snapchat, Apple data with a click. “The brands Google, Apple, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Amazon are all on the list. In the F-Secure Data Discovery Portal, you’ll be shown the ways and means with which you’ll learn all the data these major internet-centric companies have on you – and what you’ll be able to do with this knowledge now that it’s yours once more. Ever wonder how many recordings of your voice Amazon keeps? Now you can hear yourself in each file, one by one.”
Ubergizmo: Snapchat Announces Creator Shows With Celebs Like Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Snapchat is trying out its hand with new video content in a hope to capture more eyeballs for in-app content. It has announced new Creator Shows which will be available in the app. These shows feature celebrities like the Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, tennis superstar Serene Williams, Kevin Hart as well as creators like Loren Grey, Rickey Thompson, and Emma Chamberlain.”
MakeUseOf: How to Make a Snapchat Geofilter on a Budget . “A Snapchat geofilter is a great way to identify a specific location, and can also be used to advertise an event or local business. Creating a geofilter isn’t as hard or expensive as it sounds. So, in this article we explain how to make a Snapchat geofilter on a budget.”