Snapchat finally fixed one of the app’s biggest problems

Snapchat is one of the most popular apps on the planet, and the second most active social media platform to boot, which is why it’s so shocking that it took this long for the app to fix its absolutely horrid navigation controls. For years it’s been an huge headache to swipe, tap, and re-swipe the Snapchat screen to switch between the app’s various features and functions, but that’s finally coming to an end thanks to an update that begins rolling out today.  As TechCrunch reports , the update doesn’t completely overhaul the way you switch between snaps, chat, stories, and other parts of the app, but it adds a universal search feature that will probably become your new defacto directory. It brings together all your conversations, groups, friends, and friend requests into one place, and the realtime search instantly produces results even as you’re still typing in a friend or group name. The tool also makes it a lot easier to find Snapchat users you want to follow, by bringing up lists of suggested friends as you search. The list is populated with contacts from your address book, so there’s a good chance the people it flags are ones you’re going to want to connect with anyway. It doesn’t completely solve the mishmash of features that Snapchat has crammed into the app over the years, but it definitely makes it faster and easier to find what you’re looking for. The update is currently rolling out to select Android users and will be pushed to all other Android users as well as iOS snappers “soon.”
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The iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 will share one critical feature

The iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 will turn out to be pretty similar devices if current rumors are to be believed. Naturally, the same can be said about previous iPhone and Galaxy S generations, as Samsung has often borrowed features from Apple when it comes to phone design and Apple borrows from Android all the time. However, this year, the phones are expected to sport similar designs and features, and a new report sheds light on yet another key element they’ll have in common. Sources said to be familiar with the upcoming phones told The Investor that both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 will come with IP68 water and dust resistance. The iPhone 8 is the one that’s getting an upgrade here, compared to the iPhone 7’s IP67 rating. The Galaxy S8, meanwhile, will match the Galaxy S7’s IP68 rating. IP67 means a device can stay under 1 meter of water for half an hour and come away undamaged. IP68 gives you protection in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. “Apple’s iPhone 8 will feature the IP68 rating protection as part of drastic upgrades marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year,” an industry source told the site. Samsung is looking to add water resistance to a broad range of handsets, not just the Galaxy S8. “Samsung is considering water protection even for the cheapest J series phones as they are the best-selling Galaxy phones,” a different source said. The report goes on to note that both Samsung and Apple will use waterproof tapes to protect their devices, rather than adhesives, as tape makes repair work easier. 3M and NDFOS are the dominant players in the waterproof tape market. LG’s upcoming G6 is also expected to feature water and dust protection, and some Chinese companies will also have waterproof handsets out this year as well.
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Revenge of the female horror filmmaker

Stacy Title, the youngest woman ever nominated for an Oscar for directing a short movie, directed "The Bye Bye Man"Spine-tingling teaser footage for "The Bye Bye Man" has delighted fans of horror with its offering of all the delicious tropes of a great spooky story. Women flock to horror movies — in greater numbers than men, according to various box office surveys — yet until recently a female director was as rare a sight in the genre as a working cellar light or a cell phone with a signal. The worldwide film industry has churned out many thousands of horror movies since Frenchman Georges Melies directed "Le Manoir Du Diable" ("The Devil's Castle") in 1896.

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This might be the Nokia flagship that’ll take on the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8

The first brand new Nokia phone was announced only a few days ago, but the Nokia 6  (above) isn’t the kind of flagship device that you’d expect to take on the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S8 this year. Instead, the Nokia 6 is an affordable handset that targets the Chinese market. However, HMD is working on a few additional Nokia handsets that are supposed to be unveiled later this year, and the company may soon launch a Nokia 8 flagship to compete against Apple’s and Samsung’s incoming flagships. Nokia already teased a press event for MWC where it may unveil additional Nokia products. According to GSM Arena the Nokia 8 might be one of them. The phone was spotted at CES 2017, apparently, where it was used to demo Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 835 processor that will power various top-shelf Android devices, including the Galaxy S8. Qualcomm asked attendees not to take pictures or videos of the phone, but one person apparently recorded a video that shows this unannounced Nokia 8. The name isn’t final, but it’s a likely choice for HMD, given that the first Nokia handset to launch this year is called Nokia 6. Not to mention that the brand new iPhone 8 and a Galaxy S8 both have “8” in their names. According to GSM Arena , the Nokia 8 might ship in two flavors. The Snapdragon 821 version is the cheaper one and features 4GB of RAM and an unspecified camera. The Snapdragon 835 version has 6GB of RAM, 64/128GB of RAM, microSD support, 24-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and EIS, 12-megapixel camera, and a dual front-facing speaker. These two devices are apparently featured in the following video, and they appear to lack any physical buttons on the front. GSM Arena speculates that both handsets will have Carl Zeiss optics and feature heart rate monitors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPi26Ov0n7s
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