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iOS 16 will show live scores from NBA, MLB, and Premier League games on iPhone's lock screen

Excited for this, I actually hope I'll be able to delete some apps I use purely for checking scores.

I assume it will be tied to a team, but would be good to have this available during a competition like the World Cup. And on that, can it handle multiple events at the same time? Or multiple Live Activities at once?

Posted 12th Aug 2022 @ 14:10

The future of cars as computers

This has come in conversation with family recently, but I hadn't dug into the details. I knew BMW experimented with this type of thing for CarPlay/Android Auto activation but walked that back. This new proposal, is probably not surprising in a subscription driven world, but it does feel extremely greedy.

This was quoted from The Verge's article by Nick:

A monthly subscription to heat your BMW's front seats costs roughly $18, with options to subscribe for a year ($180), three years ($300), or pay for “unlimited” access for $415.

What happens when the car moves on to a new owner? Do they get all of the enabled features and the original owner carries those luxuries over to their next car? Or is the feature dead for everyone until a new subscription is started?

If I make an in-app purchase on my phone, I know that my next upgrade will bring that purchase with me. If that's the way BMW are moving, then maybe it's not so bad. But I would guess that purchase will be tied to the car making this a more difficult conversation when looking at the next model.

This isn't limited to BMW either, pretty sure Mercedes-Benz are looking for ways to eek more money out of their new car buying customers too.

Posted 28th Jul 2022 @ 11:49

Instagram is Dead

I have never seen what Instagram is now been described so accurately:

What's left is a constantly mutating product that copies features from whatever popular service — Snapchat, TikTok, or whatever. It is all about marketing and pushing substandard products and mediocre services pushed by influencers with less depth than a sheet of paper.

It has become QVC 2.0.

On the occasions I click into Instagram, I end up hooked in reels rather than looking at posts or stories. It's the one area not overrun with ads (yet), but it's also the area that I should spent next to no time in.

There's also some worthwhile commentary on this article by Nick Heer.

Posted 19th Jul 2022 @ 09:42

The Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC AMG is pure '80s excess

What I'd give to find a great example of one of these Mercedes-Benz SECs and then electrify it.

Posted 11th Jul 2022 @ 17:17

Titanium double barrel whistle

I need to file this under things I really want, but have absolutely no need for.

Price: £58+

Posted 11th Jul 2022 @ 14:37

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson agrees to resign, BBC reports

Finally.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to resign as Conservative Party leader Thursday, the BBC reports. The expected announcement comes after a historic number of government resignations, triggered by a series of scandals, left Johnson's position untenable.

Posted 7th Jul 2022 @ 09:26

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