Facebook's Snapchat Clone Just Got a Little Less Ridiculous

Slingshot, Facebook's second swing at Snapchat-like ephemera, may be pretty to look at, but until now, it's suffered from one huge problem: It didn't make a lick of sense. Thankfully, Facebook's finally remedied that by getting rid of its absurd reply-to-unlock feature. In other words—you can actually use it to have a… » 8/01/14 9:14am 8/01/14 9:14am

Snapchat's Thinking About Getting Into the Mobile Payment Business

It looks like Snapchat, everybody's favorite disappearing message app, is getting ready to handle mobile payments. This week, the company filed two payments-related trademarks that seem to signal a shift in its business. But don't get any bright ideas about Snapchat the disappearing money app. There's probably a… » 7/17/14 11:00am 7/17/14 11:00am

Slingshot's Designers Say You're Using It Wrong

Facebook's new app, Slingshot, is confusing. The premise behind it is that you can send images to your friends—but they won't be able to see your image until they send one back to you. As a messaging service, it's flawed. But, according to the app's designers, it's not a messaging service. It's something entirely… » 6/23/14 4:00pm 6/23/14 4:00pm

Teens Are Literally Crawling on the Floor For the New Snapchat

The level of interest app-makers can command for adding new features is usually limited to a dutiful parroting of the press release on tech blogs. Maybe a mass privacy freakout, if you're lucky. (Sucks, but at least you know they care!) The bros at Snapchat, however, have lived a pretty blessed life. » 5/02/14 11:38am 5/02/14 11:38am

Great, Hackers Can Use Snapchat to DoS Attack Your Phone

When it comes to security, this hasn't been Snapchat's year. First hackers leaked a massive amount of private user data; then we discovered how dumb easy it is to circumvent Snapchat's anti-robot feature. Now, cyber security researchers have shown that Snapchat can be used to launch a denial-of-service attack that… » 2/08/14 11:00am 2/08/14 11:00am