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Twitter can be a nightmare dumpster fire even when not sabotaged by a bored and horny billionaire. But thankfully, you can now step away from some of the toxicity that thrives on the social media service.
On Monday, Twitter announced a new feature called unmentioned. This lets you unsubscribe from conversations, meaning confabs you don’t want to be involved in won’t show up in your notifications. If someone is @ you and you’d rather not read all the angry babble from them and their followers, just tap the three dots in the corner of the tweet and choose Leave This Conversation. It will unmark you and happily leave you free from rabid reactions indirectly thrown at you. Twitter says the feature is available to everyone on the platform.
It will be a boon to Bean Dads everywhere.
Android 13 is getting a final beta update
On Wednesday, the latest Android 13 beta update was rolled out for developers, giving app makers the opportunity to make some more tweaks to ensure their programs work on the mobile operating system. It is the final version for the beta version. All that’s next for the Android 13 roadmap is a definitive launch sometime this fall.
There are a number of new features with Android 13, including major updates focused on privacy and productivity settings like app grouping and individual language support for apps. There’s also a wealth of new visual customization options and better big screen support.
BMW relies heavily on booty burners
Hey, do you like it when your butt is warm? Cool – that’s $18, please.
That’s the deal BMW is offering to customers in some countries, including South Korea, Germany and the UK. Customers can pay to unlock features in BMW vehicles and activate hardware components already built into the cars, like the heated seats mentioned above. 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, aren’t you? What would a few more subscriptions be like to keep the high beams on or use the cruise control?
After Jalopnik broke the news about the implementation of these microtransactions, BMW issued a statement clarifying some details. The company said it currently has no plans to introduce these fees in the US, but it currently offers the options in South Korea, the UK, Germany, South Africa and New Zealand.
It’s a growing trend; Tesla has been charging subscription and unlock fees for years, and GM has started a similar program to provide software-enabled upgrades. Welcome in the future.
Last month, the FDA dealt what appeared to be a deathblow to e-cigarette maker Juul. It ordered the company to stop selling its controversial vape sticks in the US, effectively ending the company’s domination of the vaping market. Juul fought back and a judge upheld the order. Now the company is locked in a lawsuit that could shape the state of the nicotine industry. But even as Juul breathes its last, competitors are moving in to claim the vape crown.
In this week’s episode of the gadget lab Podcast, WIRED Senior Writer Arielle Pardes joins the show to talk about Juul, public health and the future of nicotine tech.