TLW #010: Nothing Phone 1, Ioniq 6, BMW subscription, JWST photos, Netflix Ad Tier

Nothing Phone (1) is released

Last week, Carl Pei‘s Nothing company released its first official phone. The Nothing Phone 1 is a mid-range phone sporting dual cameras and a Snapdragon 778G+. Much of the phone is typical of a mid-range Android smartphone. The stand-out feature of this phone is its design and glyph interface. The glyph interface lights up in sync with ringtones, notifications, and charging. Currently, this phone will be available in parts of Europe and Asia. It will not be available in the United States. Below are the phone specifications:

  • 📺 6.55″ OLED 1080 x 2400 120Hz
  • 🧠 Snapdragon 778G+
  • 🗃️ 8/12GB RAM 128/256GB
  • 📸 50MP wide, 50MP ultrawide, 16MP selfie
  • 🎨 White, Black
  • 🔌 33w wired, 15w Qi, Reserve
  • 🔋 4500 mAh
  • 💸 £399
  • 📆 2022.07.16

See more on Nothing’s official website

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai showed off their first EV sedan, the Ioniq 6. The Ioniq 6 is being built on the same e-GMP platform as the Ioniq 5. Production of the Ioniq 6 will start later this fall. The EV is expected to have a range of 380 miles, 10-80% charge in 18 min, and bi-directional charging. Expect both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models.

The interior of the car will feature a 12-inch touch infotainment system and a 12-inch dash screen. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come standard. Bluetooth multi-connection is also included to pair two devices to its Bose sound system. Sustainable materials were used throughout the interior cabin, from bio paint derived from vegetable oils for the doors to the recycled fishing net carpet.

There is no info on pricing as of yet, but I expect Hyundai to release more info starting this fall.

Read more on Hyundai’s press release

BMW M2

BMW will charge a monthly subscription for using your car’s features

In other automobile news, BMW announced that it will start charging a monthly subscription for certain features such as heated seats ($18/mo), automatic high beams ($12/mo), and steering wheel heating ($12/mo) in select markets. These markets currently include the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea, New Zealand, and South Africa. BMW says that owners of their cars will not need to bring their cars to the dealership to have these features installed. The hardware is already in these cars and the owner simply needs to go to their ConnectedDrive store to enable them.

Frankly, I find their new business model ridiculous. BMW is starting to look more like a low-cost airline carrier than a luxury car brand.

Read more about this on Business Insider

The image is divided horizontally by an undulating line between a cloudscape forming a nebula along the bottom portion and a comparatively clear upper portion. Speckled across both portions is a starfield, showing innumerable stars of many sizes. The smallest of these are small, distant, and faint points of light. The largest of these appear larger, closer, brighter, and more fully resolved with 8-point diffraction spikes. The upper portion of the image is blueish, and has wispy translucent cloud-like streaks rising from the nebula below. The orangish cloudy formation in the bottom half varies in density and ranges from translucent to opaque. The stars vary in color, the majority of which have a blue or orange hue. The cloud-like structure of the nebula contains ridges, peaks, and valleys – an appearance very similar to a mountain range. Three long diffraction spikes from the top right edge of the image suggest the presence of a large star just out of view.
NASA’s Webb Reveals Cosmic Cliffs, Glittering Landscape of Star Birth

James Webb Space Telescope releases some spectacular photo

NASA released the first series of photos from the James Webb Space Telescope and they are extraordinary. The original concept of the JWST dates back to 1989 before the Hubble Telescope was even launched. After multiple series of delays and ballooning costs, it officially launched on Dec 25th, 2021. The telescope has been in space for about 6 months now and was originally expected to have a life span of 10 years. Due to how smoothly the launch and subsequent travels went, NASA is now expecting the telescope to far outlast its original life span to 20 years. The JWST is expected to provide us with a better look at our universe as well as the possibility of finding water and other signs of life in the galaxy.

Check out the latest images coming from JWST

Netflix releasing an ad tier subscription with Microsoft

Netflix will be using Microsoft’s ad platform to create an ad-tier version of Netflix. There is no info on pricing or how these ads would be surfaced at the moment. I suspect that Netflix might use the same approach as Hulu where ads are inserted within various points of a video. Would you be interested in the ad-tier version of Netflix or do you think this will just be an excuse for Netflix to further increase its prices?

Read more from Microsoft’s press release

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