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    Snap debuts true AR glasses that show the potential (and limitations) of AR / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 20 May - 22:41

Snap Inc., the company best known for the popular Snapchat social camera app, has announced its first pair of augmented reality glasses that most people would agree actually qualify as real AR glasses. Like previous glasses the company has produced, they are called Spectacles.

Spectacles will not be available to buy as a mass-market consumer product—at least not in the immediately foreseeable future. Instead, Snap is seeding units to developers and content creators so the glasses can be used to create new experiences and filters. These creators will build these with Lens Studio, a Snapchat-specific tool that is already widely in use.

Spectacles enable new ways to view and create Snapchat Lenses, which are generally simple augmented reality filters that Snapchat users apply to the videos they send each other.

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    Snap cuts off Yolo, LMK anonymous messaging apps after lawsuit over teen’s death / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 12 May - 16:23

Snap cuts off Yolo, LMK anonymous messaging apps after lawsuit over teen’s death

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Snapchat’s parent company, Snap, yesterday suspended two apps that allowed users to send anonymous messages to other users on the platform. The move came in response to a lawsuit filed Monday against Snap and the two messaging apps.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status to represent all 92 million Snapchat users, and it demands that Snap ban both Yolo and LMK from its app store. The developers of both apps, the suit alleges, did not implement adequate safeguards against harassing and bullying behavior.

The suit was brought by Kristin Bride, the mother of Carson Bride, a 16-year-old who suffered from cyberbullying on the Yolo and LMK apps. Over half the messages he received on Yolo were “meant to humiliate him, often involving sexually explicit and disturbing content,” according to the lawsuit. After a particularly personal string of insults, 16-year-old Carson searched in vain for how to reveal the identity of his bullies. Just over two weeks later, he took his own life. His last search was “reveal Yolo username online.”

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    Appeals court allows parents to sue Snap over 100mph car crash / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 5 May - 20:36

Stock photo of extreme close-up of redline speedometer.

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A California federal appeals court has denied legal immunity to Snap for the 2017 death of two teens and a 20-year-old when their car crashed into a tree at 113 miles per hour (180 km/h). Parents of two of the boys sued Snap, arguing that Snapchat's "Speed Filter" encouraged the boys to accelerate their car to more than 100 miles per hour.

The Snapchat Speed Filter in action.

The Snapchat Speed Filter in action. (credit: 9th Circuit opinion)

Last year, Snap convinced a federal trial judge that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shielded Snap from liability in the case. The once-obscure 1996 law has become a frequent source of controversy as technology giants have used it to disclaim responsibility for harmful content on their platforms.

Snap, maker of the popular Snapchat messaging app, argued that the law gave it immunity in the boys' death. Snapchat pioneered the concept of image filters that has been widely copied by other apps. In 2017, Snapchat's offerings included a Speed Filter that displayed a user's current speed—either on its own or superimposed on the user's photo. Users could use this filter to show their friends how fast they were moving.

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    New Pokémon Snap is a welcome take on the “first-person shooter” / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 28 April - 13:00 · 1 minute

When you get down to it, "shooting" in a video game is really just a way of projecting a directed line of intent from your character to another visible point on the map. This basic fact is a large part of why shooting a gun has become such a natural means of interacting with games from a first-person perspective. If your character is looking at something, shooting a gun lets you instantly and easily engage with whatever you're looking at.

There's one other major real-life action where this simple point-and-shoot mechanic applies: photography. Nintendo was among the first game-makers to realize this over 20 years ago, creating Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo 64 as a new type of first-person "shooter" (it doesn't hurt that cameras fit much better than guns with Pokémon's family-friendly branding). In the years since, though, only a handful of games have taken Nintendo's lead and replaced "shoot a gun" with "shoot a photo" as the main verb.

So it's down to Nintendo to revive and expand its own good idea with the awkwardly titled New Pokémon Snap for the Switch. Though the update can get a bit repetitive and tedious at times, this secret-packed photo safari is a great mix of chill moments and competitive personal striving for the best shots.

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    Not just Facebook: Snap, Unity warn Apple’s tracking change threatens business / ArsTechnica · Friday, 5 February, 2021 - 18:11

Snapchat on an iPhone.

Snapchat on an iPhone. (credit: Maurizio Pesce )

Social media company Snap (which runs Snapchat) and game development software company Unity have joined Facebook in warning their investors that Apple's imminent ad-tracking change will negatively impact their businesses.

As previously reported, Apple plans to use the next iOS update (iOS 14.5, due out in early spring) to implement a requirement that all apps on the platform gain user opt-in to track users with IDFA (ID for Advertisers) tags. IDFA tags are used to track what users do across multiple apps in order to target advertising more effectively.

Social media giant Facebook has told its own investors that the coming change to Apple's operating system could very negatively impact its advertising revenue, because this kind of tracking-based ad targeting is one of Facebook's main ingredients for success.

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    Ubuntu Core 20 adds secure boot with hardware-backed encryption / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 2 February, 2021 - 22:26

You might draw a fairly similar schematic diagram to give someone a simplified idea of how a traditional Linux distribution is put together—but it wouldn

Enlarge / You might draw a fairly similar schematic diagram to give someone a simplified idea of how a traditional Linux distribution is put together—but it wouldn't be as close to literal accuracy as this Ubuntu Core diagram is. (credit: Canonical )

Canonical released Ubuntu Core 20 today, which is now available for download. If you're already familiar with Ubuntu Core 20, the standout new feature is added device security with secure boot, full-disk encryption, and secure device recovery baked in. If you're not familiar with Ubuntu Core yet... read on!

The key difference between regular Ubuntu and Ubuntu Core is the underlying architecture of the system. Traditional Linux distributions rely mostly on traditional package systems— deb , in Ubuntu's case—while Ubuntu Core relies almost entirely on Canonical's relatively new snap package format.

Ubuntu Core also gets a full 10 years of support from Canonical, rather than the five years traditional Ubuntu LTS releases get. But it's a bit more difficult to get started with, since you need an Ubuntu SSO account to even log into a new Ubuntu Core installation in the first place.

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    Ubuntu, Snap, les performances de chromium se dégradent / linuxfr · Sunday, 15 November, 2020 - 21:12 · 1 minute

<p>Bonjour à tous,</p> <p>J'ai passé quelques temps ce week end sur un soucis que je rencontre avec chromium depuis la mise à jour de la distribution de mon ordinateur portable sous KDE Neon vers la 20.04. La distribution est basée sur Ubuntu.</p> <p>Le soucis était lié à la consommation mémoire du navigateur, avec mon environnement de travail et seulement quelques onglets ouverts le système utilisait rapidement plus que les 8Go de RAM disponibles. </p> <p>Suspectant fortement le passage au format snap du package j'ai décidé de tenter l'installation du package natif de la Debian stable et je dois dire que cela change tout, je reste sous les 5Go d'occupation de la RAM avec le même environnement de travail et un navigateur avec de nombreux onglets ouverts.</p> <p>Donc si vous constatez une consommation mémoire particulièrement élevée après mise à jour d'une Ubuntu en utilisant chromium, vous pouvez creuser de ce coté, c'est loin d'être négligeable comme écart et on peut facilement passer d'un système performant à une machine qui swap pour ce "détail".</p> <p>La procédure utilisée : <a href=""></a></p> <div><a href="">Télécharger ce contenu au format EPUB</a></div> <p> <strong>Commentaires :</strong> <a href="//">voir le flux Atom</a> <a href="">ouvrir dans le navigateur</a> </p>
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    Over 21 years later, Pokémon Snap is coming back on Switch / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 17 June, 2020 - 14:04 · 1 minute

We don't often write about mere game announcement teases here on Ars Technica, mainly because doing so with any frequency would leave little time for writing about anything else. But we'll make an exception for today's surprise announcement that Pokémon Snap is finally getting a Switch-based sequel, over 20 years after the original became a cult classic on the Nintendo 64.

The announcement of New Pokémon Snap , which came this morning as part of a Pokémon Presents YouTube presentation , was light on details but full of "not final" gameplay footage "from a game under development," as the fine print disclaimers warned. What we can see of the gameplay in the short clip should be familiar to those who played the Nintendo 64 cult classic back in 1999.

Using a first-person camera viewfinder perspective, players aim to get the best shots of Pokémon cavorting about environments ranging from sandy beaches to clear blue waters, grasslands, and dense forests. Pokémon lures also make an appearance, letting players draw monsters out from hiding for better shots as they scroll automatically through the islands. Players will presumably be rated on their ability to frame and compose interesting shots, as in the original.

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