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Lithium Batteries can be charged faster in the near Future: Scientists

The study noted that storing electrical energy more quickly than current electrodes is important for future applications in portable electronics and electric vehicles

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Chicago, Jan 20, 2017: Lithium batteries can be charged faster in the near future as scientists have got new insights into why adding charged metal atoms to tunnel structures within batteries improve their performance.

Rechargeable lithium batteries have helped power the ‘portable revolution’ in mobile phones, laptops and tablet computers.

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“Understanding these processes is important for the future design and development of battery materials and could lead to faster charging batteries that will benefit consumers and industry,” said Saiful Islam, Professor at the University of Bath.

The team from the University of Bath and University of Illinois-Chicago also found a way to develop new generations of lithium batteries for electric vehicles that can store energy from wind and solar power.

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The study noted that storing electrical energy more quickly than current electrodes is important for future applications in portable electronics and electric vehicles.

“Developing new materials holds the key to lighter, cheaper and safer batteries, including for electric vehicles which will help cut carbon emissions,” added Islam in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications. (IANS)

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Instagram Internally Testing Web Version of Direct Messages

In the current design, Direct on the web is reportedly available from a Direct arrow icon in the top right of the screen.

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In the current design, Direct on the web is reportedly available from a Direct arrow icon in the top right of the screen. Pixabay

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is reportedly testing internally a web version of Direct Messages (DMs) that would allow personal chat and sharing of posts between users on the app.

If and when the feature rolls out for public, it would enable Instagram users to chat via DMs on a desktop, laptop PC, Mac and non-Android or iPhone.

“Mobile reverse-engineering specialist and tipster Jane Manchun Wong alerted us about the Instagram’s test. It’s still being internally ‘dogfooded’ — used heavily by employees to identify bugs or necessary product changes. But she was able to dig past security and access the feature from both a desktop computer and mobile web browser,” TechCrunch reported late on Tuesday.

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Rolling out a web version of Direct could prove to be a full-fledged SMS alternative rather than just a tacked-on feature for discussing the photo and video app’s content, the report said. Pixabay

In the current design, Direct on the web is reportedly available from a Direct arrow icon in the top right of the screen.

Instagram added notifications feature in 2016, and later in 2017 added Explore and some other features for web users.

With a 1-billion user-base worldwide, the app still does not allow web users to post Stories from the desktop.

Rolling out a web version of Direct could prove to be a full-fledged SMS alternative rather than just a tacked-on feature for discussing the photo and video app’s content, the report said.

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With a 1-billion user-base worldwide, the app still does not allow web users to post Stories from the desktop. Pixabay

Facebook launched its chat feature on web before releasing it on mobile phones.

Similarly, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp launched a web portal in 2015 followed by desktop clients in 2016.

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It could also pave the way for Facebook’s upcoming unification of the back-end infrastructure for Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram Direct that should expand encryption and allow cross-app chat, the report added.

Instagram has not officially responded or commented on the subject.(IANS)