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Snapchat is one among the most used apps in the world, second only to Facebook.  When it first launched, people thought of it as a photo sharing revolution. The app, which originally started off as a person to person photo sharing app, now evolved to feature “Stories” which last for 24 hours and even discover where brands and influencers can showcase their content.  Started by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown, this app currently has up to 190 million active daily users. Apart from the cool filters and stories, about what else is this app? Keep reading to find out some interesting facts about Snapchat which you probably did not know.

 

1) Originally called Picaboo

When it first launched in 2011, Snapchat was called Picaboo and was exclusive only for iOS users.  Later, in 2012, the app was renamed to Snapchat and was made available to Android users as well.

 

2) Try till you succeed

The founders, Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown tried and failed at 34 projects before coming up with the idea of Snapchat.  Spiegel, in an interview, mentioned, the idea of Snapchat came up they were working on a college project at Stanford University.

 

3) 3.5 billion pictures and videos per day

As of 2017, approximately 3.5 billion pictures and videos were shared and viewed every single day on Snapchat.  Yes, everyone loves Snapchat!

 

4) Drinks are the most shared pictures

Recent stats show, a large number of Snapchat users share photos of their drinks with their friends.  A shocking 93 % of people have used Snapchat for this.

 

5) Women form the majority users

As of April 2019, women account for approximately 61 % Snapchat users, with men forming only 38 % of the user base.

Most of the users belong to the age group of 18-20 years.

 

6) Zuckerberg wants Snapchat

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Mark Zuckerberg has been trying to acquire Snapchat for a while now, but in vain.  Zuckerberg first offered a billion dollars for Snapchat and when he was rejected, came back with $ 3 billion dollars, only to face rejection again.  His final offer of $ 4 billion was also rejected by Snapchat. Till date, Evan Spiegel remains adamant about selling Snapchat.

 

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Facebook Finally Launches Messenger Rooms Which Accommodates 50 People And Unlimited Video Calls

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Facebook Finally Launches Messenger Rooms Which Accommodates 50 People And Unlimited Video Calls

The lockdown and quarantine measures implemented in multiple countries meant that people could not commute to work or go outside for social gatherings.  This scenario hugely benefited video calling and conferencing platforms and applications.  Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts and Houseparty have seen a phenomenal spike in daily active users.  Facebook has joined the club by finally upgrading its messenger capabilities.  

Facebook Messenger is a chatting and video calling application developed by Facebook.  Facebook is finally introducing a new feature in messenger named Messenger Rooms.  The free feature will allow Facebook and Messenger users to create group video calls of up to 50 people, contrary to the eight people limit available currently.  The Messenger Room does not require a Facebook account and works similar to the Zoom meeting rooms.  Participants can join the room by clicking on a link.

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The rooms do not have any time limit which lets people converse indefinitely.  There are a slew of other features like augmented reality filters, normal filters, virtual masks and a feature to lock the rooms.  Facebook also announced that it is doubling WhatsApp’s video call person limit from four  to eight people as well.  However the Messenger Rooms feature is not immediately available and Facebook will roll the feature out slowly in all the regions it operates.

In a company blog post,Facebook said that 700 million accounts participate in calls everyday between Facebook and WhatsApp.  Once Facebook announced this news, shares of the video calling company Zoom fell down by 5%.

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Star Wars And Coca Cola Singapore Launch Limited Edition  World’s First Electronic Coke Bottles

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Star Wars And Coca Cola Singapore Launch Limited Edition  World’s First Electronic Coke Bottles

Star Wars over the years has managed to gather a cult following which stretches across generations.  Star Wars is one of the biggest and the most famous film franchises to have ever been created.  The latest trilogy in the Star Wars is referred to as the Skywalker Saga and the final movie of the trilogy, The Rise Of Skywalker released last year.  Movie franchises have been known to rely on merchandising as part of their promotional strategies and the Star Wars franchise partnered up with Coca Cola to create a unique and one of its kind merchandise.  The output of this partnership is very unique and the world’s first electronic coke bottle.

Coca-Cola Singapore harnessed the flexibility of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays to wrap special-edition sugar-free Coke bottles with light-up, glowing lightsabers wielded by the Star Wars characters, Rey and Kylo Ren.

These bottles are part of a limited edition batch and the only way to obtain one of them is by answering a riddle which is revealed on Facebook and Instagram.  Answering these riddles will reveal locations near the 7-Eleven stores around Singapore where one can obtain a special pass. This special pass can be redeemed to purchase the limited edition bottle.  These bottles have a touch sensor and squeezing the bottle will light up the lightsabers of Kylo Ren and Rey. Each OLED on the bottle can light up to 500 times.

There are only 8000 of these bottles available making these collectibles very rare.  Some of these bottles are sold on ebay for as much as $ 800 which is a high premium.  

It will be interesting to see how this OLED technology will be incorporated and it is safe to say that we would be seeing more products which use OLEDs on their packaging in the future.  Coca Cola is always at the forefront of innovation and these electronic coke bottles are a perfect example.  

‘May the force be with you’ should you set out to find one of these rare collectibles!

 

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The Japanese are responsible for some of the most important innovations which shaped the world.  However, there are some gadgets which, although useful, can seem a bit unusual. Here is a list of five such Japanese innovations, which may seem funny but are quite useful.

Five unusual yet useful Japanese innovations

1) Eye drop glasses

Every one of us has gone through the struggle of putting eye drops without spilling them.  It truly is a waste of money. Hence, Japanese innovators came up with a solution and invented the eye drop glasses.  Even though the glasses look funny, they ensure anybody who uses them will never waste eye drops ever again.

2) Head support 

Head support is a device in the shape of an arm.  Designed for people who work extensively with computers, this device is useful if you want to avoid neck pain.  The device can also help keep your head in one position when you accidentally fall asleep.

3) Movable fridge

Invented by Panasonic, this movable fridge is equipped with sensors, is able to move around your house and can come to you when commanded.  Known as the fridge of the future, this invention will be great to assist to the elderly.

4) Handwritten letter vending machine

In the age of smartphones, there are many who still prefer handwritten notes.  However, many people are too busy or too lazy to write a letter. The Japanese scientists found a solution to this problem and introduced vending machines which generate handwritten letters.

5) Flying umbrella

 

The flying umbrella is a device invented by Asahi Power Services and uses artificial intelligence (AI).  The flying umbrella is a solution for people who are tired of holding an umbrella while doing their daily tasks.  The flying umbrella, thanks to AI, can hover above its owner, saving them from rain and allowing them to do their tasks without any problem.

 

Did we miss mentioning any other unusual yet useful Japanese inventions?  Comment below and let us know.

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