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Snap launches Spectacles 3 with a new design

They’re becoming a fashion statement

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Snapchat’s parent company has been leaning on a niche set of hardware to fuel the instant-photo sharing apps appeal. While the first-generation Spectacles received mixed response and sales were lukewarm, the brand continues trying its luck by augmenting new features.

The generation one Spectacles were all about trendy colors and youthful design, while the second-generation wearable aimed at a better functionality. The new Spectacles 3 incorporate previous learnings and aim to a subtle fashion statement.

With steel frames and classic details, the Spectacles 3 feature two cameras on the front to properly capture depth. It also incorporates augmented reality Snapchat filters. These 3D effects will be able to closely leverage the apps picture editing or enhancing capabilities.

Users can quickly tap one of the two buttons and record up to 60 seconds of video. This includes audio captured from four microphones or a still picture. These instantly get synced with your phone and you can use Snapchat to add filters.

Snap is also pairing along a brand-new Snap 3D Viewer (a Google Cardboard knockoff) for experiencing this 3D content. Augmented reality has always been the company’s forte and it wants to combine it with the Spectacles.

The brand claims you can capture 70 videos and more than 200 photos on a single charge. They have 4GB of internal storage, sufficient to hold up to 100 videos or 1,200 photos. Charging them takes 75 minutes via a USB-C port.

They’ll be available in two colors, Carbon and Mineral. The tips are adjustable and a tinted lens has been provided for sunlight protection. They’re now available for pre-order with a starting price of US$ 380. Snap is officially making them as a “limited edition” with an unspecified number of units up for sale.

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Facebook’s iOS app is accessing your iPhone camera without permission

Just a glitch?

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Facebook’s persistent misuse of user data is no surprise to people already. The social media giant has found itself on the forefront of numerous privacy cases as of late. Naturally, every subsequent article digs an inch further down into Facebook’s grave. Surprisingly enough, Facebook is back at it again.

Corroborated by several users, Facebook’s iOS app is reportedly accessing your iPhone’s camera behind your back. For example, one user reports the sudden launch of the app’s Story feature. Like Instagram’s own Stories, Facebook’s Story feature accesses the camera to shoot photos. On its own, the error is just a nasty bug, easily fixable with a patch.

However, another user has spotted a more alarming error. Caught on tape, the iOS app accesses your camera literally behind your News Feed. This glitch is a lot less obvious than the previous one. Most people won’t spot the bug immediately. According to the same user, the bug is present only on iOS 13.2.2.

In Facebook’s defense, both instances are apparently just bugs introduced by a recent update. Facebook is already working on a decisive patch to address these issues. The patch should roll out soon.

Regardless, Facebook’s latest blunder is a bottomless pit of controversial speculation. Is it really a glitch? Is it Facebook’s exploitation accidentally revealing itself? No one knows. Still, it’s not a good look. Bad luck, Facebook.

SEE ALSO: Facebook reveals its new company logo amidst controversy

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OPPO Philippines offers 40% discount on service parts

Save more on your next repair

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It’s a fact that our devices have limited lifespans. When our devices start to break down, the only way to go is to dispose it or repair it. Those who choose the latter may find it hard since after-sales support is often tricky and lacking for most manufacturers; but not OPPO.

OPPO Philippines is offering up to 40% discount on service parts for device repairs. All service parts are covered by the discount — from motherboards to the top cover of the device.

The discount is eligible for the Neo 7, F1s, A37, F1 Plus, F1s 64GB, A39, A57, A71, F3, F3 Plus, F5, F5 Pro, F5 Youth, A7, A71 2018, A83, F7, F7 Youth, A3S and F9. The discount for service parts is available from November 4 onwards at all OPPO Service Centers nationwide. To know more, visit their website.

OPPO also has several initiatives that provide technical support to its consumers. It has a 1-hour flash fix program, a phone loan program, and a service app to help users when their devices suddenly break down. Plus, all OPPO devices come with an international warranty.

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Instagram has started borrowing features from TikTok

Instagram is looking out for inspiration

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A couple of years back, Instagram and Snapchat were involved in a brutal face-off, each wanting supremacy over the other. Thanks to Snapchat, Stories are now an integral part of not only Instagram but also Facebook and WhatsApp.

In 2019, Snapchat is no longer viewed as a threat to Instagram. A new kid on the block is challenging the status quo — TikTok. Instagram launched a new video editing tool in Brazil that copies some of the best-known features of TikTok.

Dubbed Reels, it lets you create “15-second video clips set to music and share them as Stories,” which can be shared wider via a new “Top Reels” section on the Explore page.

Per a recent tweet from engineer Jane Manchun Wong, this new tool will also let you remix other users’ Scenes if their account is public. Reels is launching today on iOS and Android but is limited to Brazil for now.

 

It’s safe to assume that Instagram is piloting the new feature because a release timeline for other regions isn’t available yet.

Instagram also has IGTV that is essentially a YouTube rival. However, short videos have been the main forte of TikTok and since the death of Vine, there has been a vacuum in this segment. With healthy funding from its Chinese parent Bytedance, TikTok has enough firepower to take on the Facebook-owned app.

In a leaked audio recording, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also expressed concerns about TikTok’s growth and dominance in certain market. He said that the Chinese company has “married short-form, immersive video with browse. So it’s almost like the ‘Explore Tab’ that we have on Instagram, which is today primarily about feed posts and highlighting different feed posts.”

Instagram previously launched a dedicated video sharing app called Lasso but failed to migrate users over from the primary app. Incorporating similar features in the Instagram app is the best way to ensure users get on board.

 

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