Snapchat brings emojis to life with 3D stickersThe app finds a new way to get quirky with emojis that move in video, but it also runs into controversy with a Bob Marley filter. Meanwhile, Viber rolls out total encryption for chats, right as tech companies voice concerns about a possible anti-encryption...
The emojis are coming to life. Would you like a donut? I'm Bridget Carey. This is your CNet update. [MUSIC] Well I I don't normally have emoji icons stuck to me. What you saw in the intro was a video I created in Snapchat. It's a new effect getting lots of buzz, and it's called a 3D sticker. You pick an emoji, and stick it to anything in your video. And it will follow an object no matter how you move. Once you pick the emoji in size you just hold the spot you want it to stick in the video. Of course this isn't life changing technology but it is something we have not yet seen in today's assortment of social media tricks and It's only a matter of time before Facebook or another social app will copy the concept. Snap chat tends to be on the edge of trying new things, but one special effect did get the app in hot water for being shall we say half baked. On Wednesday the app created a special effect filter that puts Jamaican musician Bob Marley's space on your face. People are speaking out against it online. Calling it insensitive. Some are saying it is a digital form of black face. Snapchat added the effect on 4/20. It is a day that is an unofficial holiday, of sorts, for marijuana smokers and supporters But critics said it reduces this iconic artist to just being a pothead. But there's more important news beyond what Snapchat is doing of course. If you prefer your chat apps to be more on the secure side, the messaging app Viber is adding end to end encryption to all chat. That means, that no one can listen in to spy on your conversation not even the team at viber. Now if there is nothing fishy with the connection a lock icon on the screen will turn from green to red to alert you, and that can mean. The other person is using a new phone or the security is breached. This is rolling out over the next two weeks, you just have to update the app. Last month, the Facebook owned WhatsApp also made end-to-end encryption the default for it's one billion users. BY comparison [UNKNOWN] has about 700 million users, but here's the unique twist to [UNKNOWN] It's not a US company. If the government orders [UNKNOWN] it unencrypt its software, it doesn't have to comply. And speaking of encryption, several major tech companies have joined together. In an open letter to express deep concerns over a draft encryption bill, that may soon be heard in Congress. The bill aims to give law enforcement the power to order a tech company to decrypt data on demand. Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are just among the many Saying that this type of requirement would be harmful to consumers. That's all for this tech news roundup. And you can head to Cnet.com for the latest. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.