Welcome to The 848 Update, a need-to-know guide for all that has happened this week in the world of technology. Released every Friday, 848 aims to sum it all up in 500 words or less! Check back every week for more.

Re-cap: Office 2016

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Last week we talked about the upcoming Microsoft update for Microsoft Office 365. It was released on Tuesday 22nd to a generally positive reception, especially from us! The update hasn’t changed much visually, but has improved the navigation massively.
You can read more about it on our blog post here.
What we like: The ‘Tell me’ feature has made Office so easy to navigate.
What we dislike: A little understated for our taste. Give us more, Microsoft!

 

It’s feeling chilly: Google celebrates the Autumn equinox

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There’s a rather negative stereotype that technology companies are bogged down with- we’re often seen as a little too serious and professional. So Google’s fun little celebration of Autumn’s arrival shows exactly how so many technological pursuits- digital art, animation, and web design- can come together to create something light-hearted and engaging. We certainly don’t work in a strict or boring environment at the 848 office, and we love the idea of technology and creativity being associated with one another.
What we like: the innovation.
What we dislike: How could anyone dislike this?

 

Apple set their sights on the electric car

Sadly, the electric car has been a source of ridicule ever since it’s conception. If somebody could conquer the concept, however, all cars would become greener, renewable, and reliable- just like the cloud is! Apple have taken on this challenge, labelling the year 2019 as the shipping date for the electric vehicle. It’s unclear yet whether they are aiming for a self-driving car, or merely an electric dependent one. They have a lot to overcome- fingers crossed they are up to the challenge.

What we like: The cleaner use of technology.
What we dislike: Will Apple be able to make it as functional as petrol-based vehicles?

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Weirdest tech story of the week

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 The new iPhone 6S may have a 12 megapixel camera, but can it take a picture of you over your breakfast bowl? Filling a questionable gap in the market, the American cereal company which owns Cinnamon Toast Crunch has invented the “selfie spoon”- a spoon attached to a 30-inch selfie stick. The selfie stick itself has been a huge craze. You can barely scroll down a social media homepage without a group selfie-stick-engineered photo popping up. We’re all for self-expression, but maybe the selfie spoon is going a little bit too far.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

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