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Make My Drive Fun

I've had this bookmarked for a few weeks, but wish I'd checked it out a before our trip to Bristol a few weeks ago. One to keep in mind for our next road trip.

Posted 22nd Aug 2022 @ 14:11

A new eruption of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Very late getting to see these photos and sharing, but they are stunning. I'm always impressed by volcanic activity.

Posted 19th Aug 2022 @ 09:00

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

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