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Bridge Bytes: Weekly Roundup 17/01/2019

10 months ago by Harry Robinson

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We’re already halfway through January and there’s no sign of anything slowing down in the tech industry. This week we’ve got ski-slopes and phone leaks, and no that isn’t the plot to the new James Bond film. It’s time to forget about the January blues and terabyte out of the latest tech news.

 

Easy as ABC

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has made another incredible milestone this week. Just before markets closed on Thursday, Alphabet’s market value hit $1 trillion. To put that into perspective, written out that’s 1,000,000,000,000, or one million million. Apple was the first US company to hit a $1 trillion cap in 2018, followed later that year by Amazon (which has since dropped below that figure), and Microsoft hit the $1 trillion mark in April 2019. Whilst Alphabet may not be leading the pack, we’re sure they’ll find comfort in their $1,000,000,000,000 cap.

 

Wasted slopes

Amager Bakke is not your average power plant. Sat in the centre of Copenhagen, this waste-to-energy facility also boasts a ski slope on its roof, the world’s tallest climbing wall and challenging hiking trails too. The plant takes waste from up to 300 lorries each day and has cemented itself as the cleanest (and coolest) energy facility on the planet. The plant was opened in 2017 as part of Copenhagen’s pledge to have a zero-carbon output by 2025. The building was designed by renowned Dutch architect, Bjarke Ingels who is famous for his off the wall but and sustainable designs.

 

Ion-invincible

Lithium batteries are cheap, widespread and also shockingly flammable. Well, until now that is. A new rugged battery has been unveiled, by researchers at the University of Maryland, that can be cut, shot, bent, and soaked without an interruption in power. Relieving news for Samsung after their 2016 controversy with exploding Galaxy Note 7 models. By mixing water-based electrolytes (that are both non-toxic and non-flammable) with lithium salts and polymer, they created a battery with an electrical output of 4 volts, similar to the current lithium batteries of today. The batteries are still very much in the developmental phase, as no indication of a release date has been shared.

 

How many cameras???

The latest leaks of Huawei’s flagship P40 Pro have made waves across the tech industry. Showing a sleek frame with a glass front and back panels, the showstopper comes in the form of Huawei’s camera innovation. They’ve stuck 5 lenses onto the camera bump. Forget Iphone’s measly 3, this is shaping up to be yet another market leader from Huawei. The only issue now is that pesky business with the Chinese government potentially spying on you. But who needs privacy when you can have 5 camera lenses?