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Twitter can be a nightmarish dumpster fire even if not sabotaged by a bored and horn billionaire. But luckily, you can now opt out of some of the toxicity that thrives on the social media service.
On Monday, Twitter announced a new feature called Not mentioned. It allows you to detach from conversations, meaning confabs you don’t want to join won’t show up in your notifications. If someone @ is you and you’d rather not read all the angry ramblings from them and their followers, just tap the three dots in the corner of the tweet and select “Leave this conversation.” It will detach you and happily leave you free from any rabid responses indirectly thrown at you. Twitter says the feature is available to everyone on the platform.
It will be a blessing for bean dads everywhere.
Android 13 gets one final beta update
Wednesday, the latest beta update to Android 13 rolling out to developers, giving app makers the ability to make a few more tweaks to ensure their programs work on the mobile OS. This is the final version of the beta version. Everything below for the Android 13 roadmap is a final launch this fall.
There’s a bunch of new features coming with Android 13, including big updates focused on privacy and productivity settings like app bundling and individual language support for apps. There’s also an abundance of new visual customization options and better support for large screens.
BMW bets big on booty burners
Hey, do you like it when your ass is hot? Cool, that’ll be $18, please.
This is the offer that BMW offers to its customers in a few countries, including South Korea, Germany and the United Kingdom. Customers can pay to unlock features of BMW vehicles, activating hardware components already built into cars, such as the aforementioned heated seats. Other options include heated steering wheels and the ability to play engine sounds in your car. (Vroom Vroom!) You’re already paying for a BMW, right? What a few more subscriptions to keep your high beams on or use cruise control?
After Jalopnik announced the news of the implementation of these micro-transactions, BMW released a statement clarify some details. The company said it does not currently plan to pursue these charges in the United States, but it is currently offering the options in South Korea, United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa and New Zealand.
This is a growing trend; Tesla has been charging subscriptions and unlocking fees for years, and GM has launched a similar program to provide software upgrades. Welcome to the future.
Last month, the FDA dealt what appeared to be a fatal blow to e-cigarette maker Juul. He ordered the company to stop selling its controversial vape sticks in the United States, effectively ending the company’s reign in the vaping market. Juul fought back and a judge suspended the order. Now the company has found itself mired in a legal battle that could shape the state of the nicotine industry. But even as Juul may be drawing its last breath, competitors are moving in to claim the vaping crown.
In this week’s episode of Gadget lab podcast, WIRED Senior Writer Arielle Pardes joins the show for a conversation about Juul, public health and the future of nicotine products.