In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. Read on to find out what we’re talking about this week:
SAMSUNG DEVELOPING FAST-CHARGING BATTERY
Samsung announced this week that they are working on developing a type of battery that could fully charge in less than fifteen minutes, Mashable reports. Called the ‘graphene ball’ battery, the Korean tech giant claims that this new battery could charge up to five times faster than current lithium-ion batteries.
As well as charging in twelve minutes, Samsung claims the graphene ball material could enable battery capacities to grow by up to 45%. Combined with super-fast charging, this new battery could have incredible implications for our smartphones, as well as other gadgets and vehicles that could benefit from high-capacity batteries.
MAJOR SNAPCHAT REDESIGN ON THE WAY
Snapchat is one of many social media apps that has been gradually tweaked since its inception, but from today onwards you may see a very different app. Snapchat has announced in a blog post that they are introducing a new and improved app, “organised around your relationships and personalised just for you”.
What will this mean for avid snappers? For a start, Snapchat will be separating the social from the media. Chats and Stories from your friends will now be on the left side of the app, with Stories from publishers and advertisers on the right. There will be a new, dynamic Friends page – this will turn your snap feed from a chronological timeline to an algorithm based one. Snapchat will now display your ‘Best Friends’ stories and chats first, similar to the newsfeeds of Facebook and Instagram. The app will continue to open to the camera.
Snapchat is no doubt hoping for increased engagement with these changes, particularly as Instagram’s Stories feature is becoming more popular than ever for sharing moments with friends. The new update will be rolled out to all Snapchat users in the coming weeks.
MICROSOFT EDGE AVAILABLE FOR IOS AND ANDROID
If you regularly switch between your Microsoft laptop or PC and your phone, you might be interested to know that Microsoft has just released its Microsoft Edge app for both iOS and Android devices. Microsoft Edge is the company’s mobile browser, which was initially released for public testing in October.
Microsoft Edge allows users to work seamlessly between Windows 10 devices and their smartphones, so you can switch between mobile and desktop browsing. Edge also lets users easily save favourites, reading lists and passwords to use between mobile and desktop devices. You can read more about Microsoft Edge at blogs.windows.com.
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