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


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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