The whole internet loves Dancing Hot Dog, a lovely hot dog that dances

Snapchat—which you either use all the time or view with an uneasy skepticism, vaguely certain that it could kill you or someday lead to your incompatibility with human communication—is best known for its powerful, playful filters. There’s flower-crown filter, rainbow-vomit filter, puppy-face filter, and so on.…

Facebook and Snapchat both want us living in emoji-slathered hellscapes

Ignoring the fact that most of us already spend the better part of our days with our eyes glued to our phone, typing in questions like, “Who was the guy in that thing?” “What song is this?” and “Why do my eyes bleed when I try to go to sleep every night?”, Facebook mastermind Mark Zuckerberg envisions a world in which…

Snapchat threatened to sell ads to NRA if gun safety group didn’t buy them first

We hear a lot about Uber being a bad company full of bad people, but it’s not the only big name in the tech world with a bit of an evil streak. In fact, even Snapchat—the go-to app for both sexting and making your face look funny—is apparently a member of this not-so-exclusive club, with Mic reporting that the company…

Internet conspiracy theory: Kylie Jenner is secretly fronting a pop band

As it is, Kylie Jenner is mostly famous for having lips and being related to other famous people. That’s already more than most people can say, but it’s possible that Jenner has been secretly diversifying her résumé by fronting a mysterious pop outfit called Terror Jr. Apparently, the internet has been abuzz with …

Snapchat changes name to Snap Inc., is now a sunglasses-that-are-also-a-camera company

Social media giant Snapchat has announced that it’s no longer just the go-to place for poorly thought out photo filters and teens looking to avoid their parents on Facebook: according to Variety, the service is moving into the world of wearable cameras, rebranding its parent company as “Snap Inc,” and announcing…

Night After Night to @midnight: An oral history of Comedy Central (Part 3)

Previously in our Comedy Central oral history: Dave Chappelle broke out, then broke away, the Reno Sheriff’s Department doled out justice while “Stephen Colbert” preached truthiness, and Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele had some anger to translate. And in part one: The first 12 years of the network, from the Comedy…

There’s some impressive technology behind ridiculous Snapchat filters

Snapchat calls them “lenses.” Its users call them “filters.” But everyone knows what these applications do: They add flower crowns, bunny ears, horn-rimmed glasses, virtual makeup, and other accessories to images of people’s faces in real time. But how on earth does this technology work, where did it come from, and…

Read This: A grown-up tries to learn how to Snapchat like a teen

Snapchat’s rise to social media prominence has been fascinating to witness. According to Adweek, the app now has “an estimated 200 million monthly active users and 100 million daily active users, which puts it ahead of all of its other competitors after four years.” Primarily used by ages 13 to 25, the service is…