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For years, one of the biggest criticisms of Snapchat has been that the app’s intentionally unintuitive design makes it difficult to use, particularly for new users. While longtime users are well-acquainted with the app’s swipe-based interface and other quirks, it could be difficult for newcomers (and, let’s be honest, older users) to grasp.

Some of that is now changing.

Earlier this week, Snapchat officially rolled out its latest update, which added a search bar that makes it much easier to find things within the app — although it does take some time to get right.

The good news, however, is that once you get used to it, you can actually save quite a bit of time as it reduces the need to swipe around to different parts of the app. Here’s a look at everything you need to know to master Snapchat’s new search.

The basics

The search bar can help you find conversations, contacts, friends, live stories and just about anything else you’d expect to find in the main section of the app. You can use this a few different ways, either as a shortcut to find specific group conversations or friends you already follow, or as a way to search for new friends.

Though some have dubbed it “universal search,” there are a few things you can’t find from the main search bar. Searching items in Memories, for example, still requires that you first navigate to the Memories section of the app (from there you can search for specific photos you have previously saved). You also can’t search the text of your chats or for items within, say, the settings menu.

You can search with emoji

If a friend uses an emoji in their username or emoji are used in the title of a group chat, then searching for that emoji will surface the relevant person or conversation. You may recall that Snapchat also uses emoji as its own form of verification for official accounts. In that case, it will surface the relevant celebrity (or celebrities) associated with that emoji.

You can watch stories from public accounts you don’t follow

Speaking of verified accounts, Snapchat’s search also allows you access the public-facing stories of verified users, even if you haven’t formally followed them in the app. Search for a celeb and a thumbnail will appear next to the add button if they have a current story. Tap into the story and you can watch without actually adding them.

We should note that this appears to apply to both officially verified accounts as well as normal accounts with public-facing stories. So, keep in mind that if you have your story set to be viewable by everyone, even those who don’t follow you can see it. (Note that if you have your story set to friends only, friends will also be able to view your story via search.)

New Friends and Quick Add

In the search menu, you’ll also notice a lower section that has three different menus: New Friends, Quick Add and contacts. These provide shortcuts to different people Snapchat predicts you may want to interact with.

New friends, as the name suggests, surfaces friends you have recently added. Contacts, on the other hand, shows people in your contacts who you haven’t yet added or those who you may want to invite to the app.

Likewise, the Quick Add section surfaces follow suggestions based on mutual friends and people you have recently added in your address book (the app displays this context under their username.)

Live Stories and Discover

Besides individual accounts and your own chats, you can also search for Discover publishers as well as live stories. There are a few different ways you can use this. You can search directly for a publisher or live story, like “NBA,” which would surface both the NBA’s publisher as well as any relevant live stories.

Or, you can also search by story title. For example, search for “Trump” and you can also see any relevant live story with the name in the title. However, this doesn’t apply to content within publisher channels, so searching for “Trump” won’t surface individual stories within Discover pages.

Article Source: Mashable

MTN Payment Breather

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A little break when you need it most

The festive period is a time of family, fun and festivities, where we sometimes spend a little more than we planned to. At MTN, we know money can be a bit tight at this time of year, and that’s why we’re offering you, our existing and new customers, a little bit of a breather.

It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is sign up or upgrade with MTN and you are on your way to enjoying a two-month Payment Breather. What this means is that you can get a package now and only start paying for it two months later.

The first two months of the Payment Breather will have a R0.00 charge for the Subscription Fee and Device Fee for the first 2 months.

Customers on Payment Breather will be charged from month 1 for the following (if added to the contract selected):

  • Out-of-Bundle (OOB) Usage
  • Bolt-on Bundles (Ad-hoc or Recurring)
  • Insurance

This offer is available on the following packages:

My MTNChoice+ S, M and L

MTN Sky Lite, Medium and Max

My MTNChoice+ Talk S, + Talk M and Talk L

To get one, simply visit your nearest MTN store.

Article Source: MTN

What does one do when money is tight in January? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

It’s that time of year again where everyone is looking to get a bonus, get something extra. Well, at MTN, we are all about giving our valued customers exactly what they need.

That’s why from 1 to 31 March 2017, we are offering 100% Bonus Giveback, a promotion that rewards you with more airtime every time you recharge. Popa with MTN 100% Bonus Giveback and get calling for less.

Wondering how you can cop this great deal? All you need to do is simply buy MTN airtime, from as little as R10, and you will get your bonus airtime to use within the hour. This 100% Bonus Giveback is valid for MTN-to-MTN calls, Mondays to Thursdays.

Recharge now and get your 100% Bonus Giveback with the network that’s all about you.

Bonus Hour: Available from 3/01/2017 to 31/03/2017. Promotion provides Pay As You Go Customers with 100% of their recharge value to use on MTN to MTN calls, SMS and Data within the first hour of recharging. A minimum recharge of R10 per day is required. Available Mondays to Thursdays only. Customers shall qualify for one giveback per day only. Migration rules apply.
See www.mtn.co.za for full Terms and Conditions. E&OE.

Source: MTN Blog

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The New iPhone 7

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The iPhone 7 is out and available at all MTN Cosmo-Net Stores on selected contract deals!

So what is all the hype about? Apple had this to say:

“iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems. The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colourful iPhone display. Splash and water resistance.1 And it looks every bit as powerful as it is.”

So, what exactly makes the iPhone 7 so great and one of the Top 10 Phones of 2016?

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Redesigned

The iPhone 7 comes with new black and jet black finished and sports a new home button. Further than that it is also splash and water resistant.

Camera

Apple has reengineered the iPhone 7 camera, adding optical image stabilisation, a six-element lens which is great to take photos or videos in low light conditions. The iPhone 7 also comes with Quad-LED True Tone Flash which flash 50 percent brighter than its predecessor the iPhone 6. The flash also adjusts dynamically according to the colour temperature of the environment resulting in sharper more brightly lit photos.

Display

Almost everything you experience with your iPhone comes to life on its display. It’s where you look at the photos, messages, news, and countless other things that make up your day. The iPhone 7 display uses the same colour space as the digital cinema industry, so what you see will be noticeably more brilliant and vibrant. Because we all deserve a bit more brightness in our day.

More colors. More true to life.

With a new wide color gamut, the Retina HD display is able to deliver cinemastandard colours — and the best colour management in the smartphone industry. More shades of the colour spectrum can be used to create an image, meaning that what you see on the screen is a truer representation of the world. So whether you’re checking out photos of that perfect dress or Live Photos you took in the tropics, the colours will be so accurate, it will look like you’re there.

Power

iPhone 7 is supercharged by the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. It’s not just faster than any previous iPhone — it’s also more efficient. That’s because the A10 Fusion chip uses an all-new architecture that enables faster processing when you need it, and the ability to use even less power when you don’t. And with the longest battery life ever in an iPhone, you can work at twice the speed of iPhone 6 and still enjoy more time between charges.

Faster and more efficient.

With an all-new four-core design, the A10 Fusion chip’s CPU has two highperformance cores and two highefficiency cores. The highperformance cores can run at up to 2x the speed of iPhone 6, while the highefficiency cores are capable of running at just one-fifth the power of the highperformance cores. That means you get the best performance and efficiency when you need it.

Longest battery life ever in an iPhone.

With the A10 Fusion chip, this year you’ll get more time between charges than ever before. Take advantage of up to two more hours on iPhone 7 and up to one more hour on iPhone 7 Plus than the previous generation.

Summary

Overall the iPhone 7 looks like it is a killer smartphone with a great range of new innovative technologies and features.

Will you be getting the new iPhone 7? Let us know in the comment section below.

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