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Twitter can be a nightmarish dumpster fire even if it’s not ruined by boring and lustful billionaires. But luckily, now you can free yourself from some of the toxicity that thrives on social media services.
On Monday, Twitter announced a new feature called Not mentioned. It lets you untag yourself from a conversation, which means meetings you don’t want to be in won’t pop up in your notifications. If someone @isyou and you don’t want to read all the angry ramblings from them and their followers, just click the three dots in the corner of the tweet and select “leave this conversation.” It’ll untangle you, allowing you to be lucky enough to escape any frenetic reactions thrown at you indirectly. Twitter says the feature is available to everyone on the platform.
This is a blessing to Bean Dads everywhere.
Android 13 gets final beta update
The latest beta update to Android 13 rolled out to developers on Wednesday, allowing app makers to make more tweaks to ensure their programs run on the mobile operating system. This is the final version of the beta. The next step on the Android 13 roadmap is a final release sometime this fall.
Android 13 comes with many new features, including major updates to privacy and productivity settings, such as app grouping and individual language support for apps. There are also tons of new visual customization options, as well as better support for larger screens.
BMW bets big on trophy burners
Hey, do you like when your ass is hot? Cool — that’s going to be $18, please.
That’s the deal BMW offers customers in several countries, including South Korea, Germany and the UK. Customers can pay to unlock features in their BMW cars, activating hardware components already built into the car, such as the aforementioned heated seats. Other options include a heated steering wheel and the ability to play engine sounds in the car. (Woohoo!) You’re already paying for a BMW, right? What other subscriptions allow you to keep your high beams on or use cruise control?
Following Jalopnik’s revelations about the implementation of these microtransactions, BMW issued a statement clarifying some details. The company said there are currently no plans to implement these charges in the U.S., but the options are currently being offered in South Korea, the U.K., Germany, South Africa and New Zealand.
It’s a growing trend; Tesla has been charging subscription and unlocking fees for years, and General Motors has launched a similar program to offer support software upgrades. Welcome to the future.
Last month, the FDA dealt a fatal blow to e-cigarette maker Juul. It ordered the company to stop selling its controversial e-cigarette sticks in the United States, effectively ending the company’s domination of the vaping market. Juul fought back, and a judge upheld the order. Now, the company finds itself in a legal battle that could affect the state of the nicotine industry. But even as Juul may have taken its last breath, rivals are vying for the vaping crown.
in this week’s show Gadget Lab Podcast, WIRED senior writer Arielle Pardes joins the show for a conversation on Juul, public health and the future of high-tech nicotine products.
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