Week 25: Check out what happened in the tech world

Week 25: Check out what happened in the tech world

This week Crypto market has shown some positivity as the prices of several cryptocurrencies rose. The global cryptocurrency market cap stood at the $942.31 billion mark, rising 4.57 per cent in the last 24 hours. Solana Labs launched Saga, a flagship Android mobile phone and a software development tool for Web3 programmes called ‘Solana Mobile Stack’ (SMS). Chrome on iOS has introduced five new features to iPhone and iPad users. Meta has started testing digital collectables on different platforms Read details of this news in this edition of Friday Tech News Wrap-up of Week 25.

Crypto Market this week

The market saw a positive movement this week with prices of several currencies soaring. The largest crypto Bitcoin witnessed a rise in price and reached above $21,000 after two weeks’ time. This has brought tremendous positivity after the weeks of dip. Similarly, prices of Ethereum, Cardano, Solano, Polygon, etc. have seen a surge.

Polkadot and Dogecoin added 6.66% and 4.42%, Polygon soars 24%, Avalanche 18%; Ethereum 6.86%, etc. The global cryptocurrency market cap stood at the $942.31 billion mark, rising 4.57 per cent in the last 24 hours.

Credit: Coinbase

Solana launches Saga, a flagship Android phone for web3

This week Solana Labs launched Saga, a flagship Android mobile phone and a software development tool for Web3 programmes called ‘Solana Mobile Stack’ (SMS). This will help developers to create rich mobile experiences for wallets and apps on Solana and create a Secure Element for private key management.

Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana, “Almost 7 billion people use smartphones around the world and more than 100 million people hold digital assets – and both of those numbers will continue to grow, Saga sets a new standard for the web3 experience on mobile.”

The mobile’s features are integrated with the Solana blockchain making it easy and secure to transact in web3 and manage digital assets, such as tokens and NFTs.

As per the blog, the Solana Mobile Stack SDK is available to developers now and Saga is available for pre-order starting today, with delivery in early 2023.

5 new features for Chrome on iOS

Chrome on iOS has introduced five new features to iPhone and iPad users.

1. Stronger protection from phishing and malware

Enhanced Safe Browsing can give you more proactive and tailored protection from phishing, malware and other web-based threats — and now we’re extending it to iOS. If you turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing on your iPhone or iPad, Chrome predicts and warns you proactively if web pages are dangerous by sending information about them to Google Safe Browsing to be checked. When you type your credentials into a website, Chrome can warn you if your username and password have been compromised in a third-party data breach. Chrome will then suggest you change them everywhere.

2. Fill in passwords on any app

Google Password Manager is built into Chrome on your computer or Android phone. On iOS, you can set it up as your Autofill provider so Chrome can help you quickly and securely create, store and fill in your passwords into any website or app on your iOS device.

3. Discover something new, or pick up where you left off

We’re making it easier for you to discover new content or start a fresh search in Chrome for iOS when you’ve been away for a while. You’ll still be able to find all your recent tabs, but we’re also making it easier to browse content, start a new Search or easily get back to your most frequently visited sites. This change will also come to Android soon.

Image of Chrome browser new tab page on an iPhone, which includes quick links to recent tabs, bookmarks, history and the Discover feed.

4. Translate websites faster into your language

We’re also using on-device machine learning to make those websites available in your preferred language. In particular, we are launching an updated language identification model to accurately figure out the language of the page you’re visiting, and whether it needs to be translated to match your preferences. As a result, we’re seeing many more successful translations every day.

5. Use Chrome Actions to quickly get things done

Coming soon, we’ll roll out Chrome Actions on iOS to help you get more things done quickly from the Chrome address bar. Soon, you’ll be able to save time by typing an action’s title into the address bar. The Chrome address bar also predicts when you could benefit from a Chrome Action based on the words that have been typed. Chrome Actions make it faster to do common activities on Chrome for iOS such as:

  • Clear Browsing Data
  • Open Incognito Tab
  • Set Chrome as Default Browser

Meta starts testing digital collectibles on different platforms

Meta has announced that it is adding several more ways that creators can make money on its platforms, and expanding testing of digital collectibles, like NFTs, on Instagram.

We’re expanding our test of digital collectibles on Instagram to more creators and a handful of additional countries. Creators and collectors will be able to share their digital collectibles across Facebook and Instagram after we begin rolling out the feature on Facebook with select US creators at a later date. We’ll also soon start to test NFTs in Instagram Stories with SparkAR.

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