Watch out—New timekeeping wearables from Apple and Samsung are on the best way.
Apple whisperer Mark Gurman experiences that Apple plans to release a extra rugged model of its Apple Watch within the close to future. It ought to be the most important Apple Watch of all of them, although its display is simply barely greater than the Series 7’s 1.9-inch face. It’s mentioned to be constructed with a stronger steel body and extra sturdy display and aimed at excessive sports activities fans. Perhaps the largest enchancment may very well be the battery life, which has been pitiful in earlier fashions of Apple Watch, maxing out at round 18 hours. Gurman says this extremely Apple Watch will last more, however not how for much longer. Who is aware of, possibly it’ll even final a full day now.
It’s been a leaky week for watches, with 91Mobiles exposing some details about what’s going to doubtless be Samsung’s subsequent timepiece. The Galaxy Watch 5, because it’s mentioned to be known as, will are available in two flavors: the plain outdated Watch 5 and the Watch 5 Pro. The “Pro” title seems to be how Samsung is now branding its pricier mannequin; on the Galaxy Watch 4 it used the title “Classic” for that, which was arguably much less clear. The Watch 5 Pro appears to ditch the rotating bezel discovered on the Classic in favor of a touch-sensitive body.
When both of these new watches is likely to be launched isn’t clear, however it’s doubtless that they’ll emerge within the fall, when each firms are likely to announce new merchandise.
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Twitter’s Testing Two-eets
Well, it seems to be like Elon Musk desires to back out of his bid to purchase Twitter. (Cue the lawsuits.) It’s not a actual shock, contemplating that the deal has been rocky from the start, and has solely grown extra chaotic and confrontational.
Despite this existential upheaval, the corporate is soldiering on and testing some quirky new options. The newest is one thing Twitter’s calling Co-Tweets, which is able to let customers collaborate on tweets. Right now, it solely helps co-writing between two customers. One invitations the opposite, then the completed tweet will exit to each customers’ followers.
This Google Doc-ification of tweets isn’t obtainable for everybody simply but (if it ever might be). For now, Twitter says it’s attempting out the characteristic with a choose group of customers for a restricted time. After that, God solely is aware of what’s subsequent for Twitter.
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Volkswagen Would Like to Be Eco-Conscious Now, Please
The German automotive firm Volkswagen has started building the primary of six deliberate battery factories throughout Europe. This one is in Salzgitter, Germany, and is anticipated to ultimately produce sufficient batteries to juice up half a million electrical autos. It’ll be at least 2025 earlier than the plant is definitely producing cells, however the course of is in movement.
The mission is a large transfer for the corporate, and a dramatic shift towards electrical automobile manufacturing. Volkswagen has been perceived as one thing of an environmental villain because it was caught rigging its vehicles to game US emissions tests in 2015. The trick affected hundreds of autos, and it resulted in sizable remembers and hefty fines for the corporate. It additionally undermined any makes an attempt Volkswagen made to curate an eco-friendly picture. There’s a clear monetary incentive for the corporate, as demand for electric cars is rising quick. But if it pulls this off, it could be a means for Volkswagen to attempt to clear up after itself.
TikTok Closes Shop
Last week, TikTok was noticed testing out a new Shop tab in its app. Now, that experiment appears to be dropping steam. According to the Financial Times, TikTok has determined to slow down its shopping plans, and it gained’t be increasing the characteristic to Europe or the US simply but. The app’s father or mother firm, China’s ByteDance, blamed the reversal on low engagement within the UK, the place the corporate had been testing the Shop characteristic. TikTok’s presence within the UK has been tumultuous basically, with the Shop characteristic inflicting friction amongst workers at the company’s London office. Though TikTok could have shut up Shop for now in some locations, it’s nonetheless obtainable in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia.