Snapchat now lets you use front and rear cameras for your videos

snapchat vp product camera update
Snapchat users rejoice: Using the app’s camera just got a bit smoother.

The company recently an update — version 9.9.0 — that lets iPhone users seamlessly move between the front and rear cameras while they’re recording a snap. Until now, users had only been able to switch between the two cameras for photographs; switching between cameras for video was impossible. In fact, if you were a hardcore video user, you were probably accustomed to physically turning the phone around in your hands to record yourself or your chums.

Switching between the two cameras is now easy as pie. Simply double-tap the screen while recording your videos. Huzzah!

Sure, it’s a small update — TechCrunch noted recently that Snapchat hasn’t even publicized it on the blog or social media — but it’s a practical one, nonetheless.

Snapchat’s whole reason for being is to show friends what you’re doing, as you’re doing it, with the impermanence of snaps also promoting short attention spans. However, the previous inability to quickly switch between the front and rear cameras meant that videos were mostly just restricted to one point of view, which sort of put a damper on the app’s sharing concept. Thanks to this update, videos should become more collaborative and complete.

There’s still more to it, according to iClarified. Login verification now means that users signing into Snapchat on a new device will get an SMS code to verify their identities. This new setting can be turned on in Settings. Users can also take advantage of battery filters. Each time users send a snap, they can now include info on whether their phones are fully charged or perhaps running low on power — which can give friends a heads up in case of unexpected interruptions.

To get your hands on this new update, just head over to the Apple Store.

The company frequently updates its app to provide users with new ways to use its service, as well as to incorporate user feedback to make the user experience more enjoyable. Earlier this year, the company introduced an emoji update and Discover, a new way to find content from major brands like National Geographic and Yahoo News.

Product Review

It's not a spy, but you still won't want to friend Facebook's Portal+

Facebook has jumped into the smart home game with the Portal+, a video-calling device featuring an Amazon Alexa speaker and a screen. While it has lots of cool calling features, we’re weary of Facebook taking up counter space in our home.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (November 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Computing

How to easily record your laptop screen with apps you already have

Learning how to record your computer screen shouldn't be a challenge. Lucky for you, our comprehensive guide lays out how to do so using a host of methods, including both free and premium utilities, in both MacOS and Windows 10.
Home Theater

5 gorgeous turntables that spin stacks of wax in style for less than $500

Vinyl records are awesome, but they're also finicky. To get the best out of your stacks of wax, it's best to play them on a quality turntable. Here are the best turntables to be had for under $500.
Computing

Hackers sold 120 million private Facebook messages, report says

Up to 120 million private Facebook messages were being sold online by hackers this fall. The breach was first discovered in September and the messages were obtained through unnamed rogue browser extensions. 
Web

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. You're in luck -- we've gathered 23 of the best subreddits to help…
Social Media

Facebook opens pop-up stores at Macy’s, but they’re not selling the Portal

Facebook has opened pop-up stores at multiple Macy's, though they're not selling Facebook's new Portal device. Instead, they're showcasing small businesses and brands that are already popular on Facebook and Instagram.
Social Media

Facebook Messenger will soon let you delete sent messages

A feature coming to Facebook Messenger will let you delete a message for up to 10 minutes after you send it. The company promised the feature months ago and this week said it really is on its way ... "soon."
Social Media

Pinterest brings followed content front and center with full-width Pin format

Want to see Pinterest recommendations, or just Pins from followed users? Now Pinners can choose with a Pinterest Following feed update. The secondary feed eliminates recommendation and is (almost) chronological.
Smart Home

Facebook's Alexa-enabled video-calling devices begin shipping

Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you speak.
Social Media

Vine fans, your favorite video-looping app is coming back as Byte

Vine fans were left disappointed in 2017 when its owner, Twitter, pulled the plug on the video-looping app. But now one of its co-founders has promised that a new version of the app, called Byte, is coming soon.
News

Social media use increases depression and anxiety, experiment shows

A study has shown for the first time a causal link between social media use and lower rates of well-being. Students who limited their social media usage to 30 minutes a day showed significant decreases in anxiety and fear of missing out.
Social Media

Twitter boss hints that an edit button for tweets may finally be on its way

Twitter has been talking for years about launching an edit button for tweets, but it still hasn't landed. This week, company boss Jack Dorsey addressed the matter again, describing a quick-edit button as "achievable."
Social Media

‘Superwoman’ YouTuber Lilly Singh taking a break for her mental health

Claiming to be "mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted," popular YouTuber Lilly Singh has told her millions of fans she's taking a break from making videos in order to recuperate.