The Biggest News Story in Social Media This Week

If you missed the latest news in tech, Newsbeat on BBC is a great way to stay in touch. Two days ago, Newsbeat reported breaking news that Snapchat had developed “Memories,” a new update that will give user the ability to use old photos and videos. The update, which builds on current app capabilities that can only hold onto pictures for 24 hours, will potentially have a huge impact on the app that 150 million people use every day.

This app will give people the ability to sift through old photos and combine them into albums that they can share with their friends and family on special occasions in a way that Snapchat was not originally envisioned to. Until now, users have had to save their photos onto their own phones and be willing to take up personal storage space in their phones. They’ve also had to screenshot photos sent to them from friends, which can sometimes be less than desirable when you have that white countdown in the corner of all of those photos.

The new update will be released over the next month, but Snapchat said the app will be released selectively. Hopefully, Snapchat looks at numbers and chooses to send this update to the people who use the app the most regardless of who they are instead of limiting the app’s update release to well-known and wealthy Snapchat users.

Only time will tell, but Snapchat’s “Memories” is definitely the biggest news story in social media this week.

Acquisition by Snapchat Suggests 3D Selfies in the Future

As can be expected from the fastest-rising online social network, Snapchat is entering an acquisition phase with the goal of offering enticing features to their growing user base.

The company’s latest acquisition suggests that Snapchat users could take three-dimensional selfies in the near future, but there may also be a potential for virtual reality applications.

Snapchat quietly acquired Seene, a tech startup dedicated to the field of computer vision. As a company, Seene started doing business as Obvious Engineering, and its immediate focus was on developing applications that allow smartphone cameras to capture 3D image data for advanced rendering.

Seene is dedicated to the mobile space and the opportunities it offers for computer vision applications. The research and development conducted thus far by Seene has focused on interpreting motion and visual depth data captured by mobile devices with the goal of 3D reconstruction.

What is unique about Seene is that it seeks to accomplish something very similar to what Microsoft has done with the Kinect peripheral for the Xbox; however, it does not require several cameras and sensors to detect motion. With a single smartphone camera and an app, Seene can capture geometry data that can be translated into a 3D object.

Since Snapchat users seem to be obsessed with selfies, it can be safely assumed that this latest acquisition could be used for self-portraits and avatar creation. As Seene continues its research and development, geometry and motion data can be captured to make short 3D videos, which are the lifeblood of Snapchat.