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Snapchat brings Snap Map to the web

Last year, Snapchat released Snap Map, collections of public Stories laid out on a map so you can check out what your pals are up to or see if anything interesting is happening nearby. Now, Snapchat has made the map viewable on the web. Whether you’re on Snapchat or not, you can head over to map.snapchat.com and view public Stories from around the world.

Snapchat says it’s bringing Snap Map to the web in order to give everyone a look into events going on around them. The in-app version has allowed users to see what’s going on in places outside of where they live and has become a tool for discovery and engagement during breaking news events, according to the company. In that regard, the web version of Snap Map can be embedded into other websites and Snapchat says it hopes the map will become a resource for media outlets. However, giving everyone a peek at what Snapchat offers could entice more people to sign up, which is also surely at play here.

This is one of the rare instances where Snapchat seems to be following the lead of other social platforms instead of the other way around. Instagram has brought more and more of its features to the web, while Snapchat is just getting started. Last month, for example, Snapchat began allowing users to share certain Stories outside of the app.

For users concerned that their Stories will be available on the web for anyone to see, only those that you’ve opted to share publicly through Snap to Our Story can be uploaded to Snap Map. The content is also moderated before it’s loaded to Snap Map and won’t show users’ locations through their Actionmojis. The web map is available now and you can check it out here.

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Overcharging a lithium-ion battery anode can lead to lithium buildup, which can break through a battery's separator, create a short-circuit and cause catastrophic failure. That can cause the electrolyte to emit gases and literally blow up the battery, so manufacturers impose strict charging power limits to prevent it.

Those limits are based on hard-to-measure internal temperatures, however, which is where the WMG probe comes in. It's a fiber optic sensor, protected by a chemical layer that can be directly inserted into a lithium-ion cell to give highly precise thermal measurements without affecting its performance.

The team tested the sensor on standard 18650 li-ion cells, used in Tesla's Model S and X, among other EVs. They discovered that they can be charged five times faster than previously thought without damage. Such speeds would reduce battery life, but if used judiciously, the impact would be minimized, said lead researcher Dr. Tazdin Amietszajew.

Faster charging as always comes at the expense of overall battery life but many consumers would welcome the ability to charge a vehicle battery quickly when short journey times are required and then to switch to standard charge periods at other times.

There's still some work to do. While the research showed the li-ion cells can support higher temperatures, EVs and charging systems would have to have "precisely tuned profiles/limits" to prevent problems. It's also not clear how battery makers would install the sensors in the cells.

Nevertheless, it shows a lot of promise for much faster charging speeds in the near future. Even if battery capacities stayed the same, charging in 5 minutes instead of 25 could flip a lot of drivers over to the green side.

Via: Clean Technica

Source: University of Warwick

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