Snap Map & DND While Driving


Where you at?

Snapchat is currently involved in another battle of one-upsmanship with Facebook and Instagram (which are kind of the same thing, since Facebook actually owns Instagram…)

Snapchat’s latest feature is a location-sharing feature that allows you to, well… share your location with your friends on Snapchat. It’s called Snap Map, and it integrates BitMoji so that when you click on a friend’s location, it’ll show you what they’re up to with a Snapchat-selected “ActionMoji”.

Originally, it was assumed that Snapchat had copied a social map startup called Zenly when it created the Snap Map feature, but as it turns out, they just acquired Zenly instead. Zenly will still have its own app and be able to run independently, a lot like the way that Facebook currently runs Instagram independently.

Facebook’s Messenger app has a Live Location feature as well, which allows you to broadcast your location even when the app is closed. Snap Map will directly compete with this feature, but it also only updates your location when you actually have the app open, so there’s some increased privacy and it saves some background battery life.

The Snap Map feature has the potential to boost Snapchats falling user base by turning the app into a communications/offline-meetup utility. When Instagram launched Instagram Stories, they quickly surpassed Snapchat in terms of users, since Stories offers most of the same features as Snapchat itself. Instagram currently has about 250 million daily users, while Snapchat is lagging behind at 166 million.

Don’t worry though, if you’re not into sharing your location, you can absolutely turn it off.

Snap ya later

Drive safe

Because Apple said so.

Seriously though, don’t text and drive. We shouldn’t have to say it. Put the phone away, the texts can wait till you get where you’re going.

Apple is putting a new card in play to prevent texting (or phone use in general) while driving. Their new feature on the iOS 11 beta update is “Do Not Disturb While Driving”

For those of us who don’t like to be interrupted by notifications while sleeping, we’re already familiar with Apple’s Do Not Disturb feature. (Swipe up from the bottom of your screen, click on the little moon icon, and then you won’t receive notifications till you click it again). You could, in theory, just use that same Do Not Disturb feature any time you’re about to drive, but chances are you won’t remember to do that every time.

Many Android devices actually already allow these features by allowing you to download an app that prevents you from getting text/call/push notifications while you’re in motion, but iOS hasn’t allowed external applications (i.e. non-Apple apps) to interfere with iOS functions like texting and calling. The new feature will allow you to configure so that certain types of notifications or certain people will be able to get through, but most people who text you while the Do Not Disturb is running will receive an automated text telling them that you’ll get back to them when you’re done driving.

Don’t worry though. CarPlay and other music apps will still work even with the Do Not Disturb feature activated, so you can still jam out while you’re on the road!

Buckle up

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