spectacles

  • Snap opens second Spectacles pop-up shop in Venice, LA

    Snap opens second Spectacles pop-up shop in Venice, LA

    Snap today took another step on its quest to truly become the “camera company” it says it is. Following the November 21st launch and subsequent February 20th close of its NYC pop-up shop, it’s now opening a temporary store on the Venice boardwalk near its Los Angeles headquarters. Of course, would-be camera sunglasses buyers don’t have to trek to a physical location… Read More

  • Snapchat soars again on second day of trading

    Snapchat soars again on second day of trading

    Snap Inc., the parent of Snapchat, has been off to the races with its debut on the stock market. Yesterday, the stock closed at $24.48, a 44% gain from the IPO price of $17. And today it’s gone up a bit further, surpassing $29 at one point, an almost 20% increase from the close of yesterday. Shares later fell to $27, but it’s still on track for a 10% gain for day two. This… Read More

  • Snap reportedly looked at drones as a product option

    Snap reportedly looked at drones as a product option

    Snap’s camera company ambitions included exploring drones as a possible product line, according to a new report from the New York Times. The drone plans would’ve given users the potential to take photos and videos from an eagle-eye perspective to share on Snapchat, its social network, and would’ve offered another hardware option alongside Spectacles as a way to help users… Read More

  • Snap: Rewriting ‘Art of War’ for social networking — by not documenting anything Crunch Network

    Snap: Rewriting ‘Art of War’ for social networking — by not documenting anything

    Social networks may be the most valuable and durable types of businesses powered by “network effects,” the phenomenon of products or services becoming more powerful the more people use them. This is one reason the imminent IPO of social/mobile app Snap, which thrives on network effects, is being so closely watched. Another is that Snap represents the first credible threat to Facebook. Read More

  • Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130

    Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130

    Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt. So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online for $129.99 in the U.S. at Spectacles.com. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Snap files publicly for its massive IPO

    Snap files publicly for its massive IPO, Uber will pause its service in Taiwan starting February 12th, Pokémon GO crosses $1 billion in revenue, Facebook lets you search images by content and Licking County government gets its offices shut down by ransomware. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

  • Snap to list on New York Stock Exchange

    Snap to list on New York Stock Exchange

    Snap, the parent of Snapchat, will be listing on the New York Stock Exchange, TechCrunch has confirmed. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. This means that you can expect to see a big Snapchat banner on Wall Street and that executives will probably be ringing the opening bell when the company debuts, likely in March. The move sends the message that Snap wants its IPO… Read More

  • Crunch Report | AppDynamics CEO Talks Cisco Acquisition

    AppDynamics CEO David Wadhwani and Cisco VP of IoT Rowan Trollope talk to us about the $3.7 billion acquisition, Alpahbet biotech moonshot lands $800 million in funding and a Snapchat Spectacles case melts while charging. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • This Snapchat Spectacles case melted while charging

    This Snapchat Spectacles case melted while charging

    Galaxy Note 7napchat? One owner of Snap Inc’s Spectacles camera-glasses had a similar experience. They tell TechCrunch that after charging the Spectacles case for a half-hour, they returned to find “the internals melted”, and provided us with this photographic evidence. The owner, who wished not to be named, wrote that you can see “the big button and LEDs…all that… Read More

  • A Stroll Through Snap’s NYC Spectacle Line

    Strolling through the line at Snapchat’s NYC Spectacle store

    Snap, the social media company formerly known as Snapchat, has launched a Spectacles pop-up shop in NYC. Inside the store, there is a Snap Bot (a vending machine full of Spectacles). Outside the store, there is a line — a long, winding line of people who stand out in the freezing cold to buy a pair of Snapchat-capable sunglasses. Personally, I have trouble justifying standing outside in… Read More

  • This is Snapchat’s new Spectacles store in New York City

    Snapchat surprised everyone this morning when instead of dropping its Spectacles vending machine in a remote location like the Grand Canyon or Oklahoma, it opened a legitimate storefront in New York City. The store is all white – and contains a sole Bot vending machine, as well as rotating TVs mounted on the wall that show off Spectacles’ 360-degree video capability. The store is… Read More

  • Spectacles finally arrive in NYC with a Central Park Snapbot store

    Spectacles finally arrive in NYC with a Central Park Snapbot store

    Snapchat has been dropping its Spectacles-selling Snapbot vending machines at various spots across the country, but Monday marks the first time it’s put them on the east coast – and the new location is smack dab in the middle of NYC at the southeast corner of Central Park. And the good news is this one will be operating through New Years’ Eve, marking the first time one… Read More

  • Snapchat’s Spectacles vending machine lands in Santa Monica

    Snapchat’s Spectacles vending machine lands in Santa Monica

    Another day, another seemingly random location drop for Snapbot, your friendly neighborhood Snapchat Spectacles vending machine. Today’s lucky destination is Santa Monica, bucking the recent trend of out-of-the-way spots for one just up the coast a bit from its original Venice Beach location in LA. Snap, Inc. began selling Spectacles without much in the way of warning last Friday… Read More

  • Gadget Story Time with Spectacles

    Spectacles by Snap are a lot of fun! Join us as we put them through their paces, try them out, talk to people on the street and just have a really great day. I would tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. Alright… enjoy the show. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Facebook’s Fake News Problem

    Facebook has a fake news problem, Snapchat’s Spectacles hype train continues into Tulsa, Oklahoma, Apple releases a coffee table book, Microsoft partners with OpenAI and we have our friend Justin Kan on the show with his new app, Whale. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • This is why Snapchat didn’t give Spectacles to techies

    This is why Snapchat didn’t give Spectacles to techies

    If you want to make something cool, don’t give it to geeks first. Google Glass learned that the hard way. Despite Snapchat’s best efforts, Robert Scoble still got a hold of a pair of the Spectacles camera glasses. He’s the enthusiastic tech blogger above who shot a nude selfie wearing Google Glass in the shower that came to embody the gadget’s cursed brand. He even… Read More

  • Snapchat’s Spectacles are now on sale near Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Snapchat’s Spectacles are now on sale near Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Snapchat’s ongoing marketing campaign for Spectacles continues to mean you can only buy them from a single Snapbot deployed at a single location, for a limited time. Today’s spot is just outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, the third location after Venice Beach in LA last week, and Big Sur in norther California on Sunday. The new location is the first beyond the west coast, and my colleague… Read More

  • Guess where Spectacles are going on sale next and win some TechCrunch swag

    Guess where Spectacles are going on sale next and win some TechCrunch swag

    We’re four days into the launch of Snapchat Spectacles and the hype has shown no signs of letting up. Snapchat has deployed its vending machine Bot in two different locations so far – Venice Beach in Los Angeles and a small bakery in Big Sur, California. Both locations were announced at 7AM local time, at which point it was a mad rush to get in line – hundreds of people… Read More

  • Snapchat Spectacles vending machine page starts 24-hour countdown to next location

    Snapchat Spectacles vending machine page starts 24-hour countdown to next location

    Snapchat’s going to be selling Spectacles at another location in just under 24 hours as of Saturday morning, as the company’s Snapbot locator page started a 24 hour countdown timer as of 7 AM PT (10 AM ET). The sleeping bot on Snap’s Spectacles locator page will presumably be replaced by an updated map when the countdown runs out, showing you were the adorable vending… Read More