Weekly rewind: Doggie dates, Harry Potter 8, and the cheapest Tesla yet

Weekly Rewind
In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from the second week of January. Everything from Valentine’s Day tech to tax return apps — it’s all here.

Your Valentine’s Day date could be a dog. Literally.

Weekly Rewind

Valentine’s Day is today, and you could be in for a long night if you don’t have a date already. Did you ever consider a dog as your date? I know you’re thinking that you already had too many dates with dogs, but we’re talking about an actual dog. So where do you go to meet a nice dog to spend time with? You don’t want to meet one at a bar, that never works out. Fortunately, there is now a dog dating service called Bark ‘N’ Borrow.

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Instagram addicts can finally switch between accounts with ease

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It’s official — Instagram will now allow you to switch between accounts when on either Android or iOS. Social media managers, rejoice! Your day of deliverance has finally come. In a Monday blog post, Facebook-owned Instagram noted that the much-anticipated functionality would be available in version 7.15 of the app. Now, super-grammers can manage up to five accounts simultaneously.

Read the full story here.

Phones with 7-day battery life are actually coming soon

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While plenty of tech firms are trying their hardest to develop more powerful battery technology, UK-based Intelligent Energy claims it’s taken some big strides, creating a breakthrough fuel cell small enough to fit inside a smartphone yet powerful enough to keep it running for a full week. And it could be rolled out within two years.

Read the full story here.

Get ready, Potterheads: Eighth Harry Potter book is coming July 31

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No, seriously — there’s really another Harry Potter book coming out. Scholastic will publish the script book based on J.K. Rowling’s latest story about the beloved wizard, called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II. The book comes from a play Rowling worked on with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, set to be released at 12:01 a.m. on July 31, 2016 — just in time to kick off Harry’s “birthday.”

Read the full story here.

Twitter’s new timeline has arrived, here’s how you can activate it

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Twitter’s new home timeline has been the subject of fierce discussion, both on and off the network. Now that it’s officially arrived, we can all find out what the fuss is about. Twitter announced the new feature today, just in time for its latest earnings call. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, seeing as the platform is feeling the pressure to grow beyond its current user base, and it evidently believes that new features – such as an algorithmic timeline – will help it achieve that goal.

Read the full story here.

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