Car companies want to make billions by charging monthly fees for features like heated seats, but buyers won’t pay up

Car companies expect to make billions charging customers recurring fees for vehicle features. Today, carmakers offer subscriptions for automatic high beams, remote start, and other functions. Manufacturers see dollar signs, but buyers aren’t thrilled about the idea. How would you feel about paying $5 each month for the ability to lock and unlock your car … Read more

WhatsApp broadens in-app business directory and search features

WhatsApp is introducing new Yellow Pages-like features to help users find businesses from within the instant messaging app, part of the Meta-owned platform’s growing attempts to make deeper inroads with e-commerce. The encrypted messaging service, , said on Thursday that it’s expanding a feature called “Directory” to all users in the key overseas market of … Read more

Zoom is adding email and calendar features to take on other workspace platforms

, is looking to take on the likes of and in more areas than group video calls and chats. At its Zoomtopia conference, the company announced a bunch of features that are coming to its platform, including two key ones for productivity: . You can connect third-party email and calendar services to Zoom and access … Read more

Elon Musk wants to nickel-and-dime Twitter users for features that were once free just 7 months after saying he ‘didn’t

Elon Musk is haphazardly suggesting ways to “pay the bills” at Twitter as debt interest payments soon come due. His approach is starkly different than when he said he “didn’t care about the economics” of buying it in April. Musk has reportedly suggested paid direct messages and “paywalled” videos to advisors as ways to make … Read more

Elon Musk wants to nickle-and-dime Twitter users for features that were once free just 7 months after saying he ‘didn’t

Elon Musk is haphazardly suggesting ways to “pay the bills” at Twitter as debt interest payments soon come due. His approach is starkly different than when he said he “didn’t care about the economics” of buying it in April. Musk has reportedly suggested paid direct messages and “paywalled” videos to advisors as ways to make … Read more

Ken Block’s first electric Gymkhana features a one-of-a-kind Audi EV

, Ken Block has his first Gymkhana video with an electric car — and this time, the vehicle is almost as important as the hooning. The “Electrikhana” sees Block drift around Las Vegas landmarks in a one-of-a-kind Audi S1 Hoonitron. It borrows design cues from the well-known Sport Quattro S1 while using a dual-motor system … Read more

First ‘Quantumania’ trailer features Ant-Man meeting the MCU’s newest villain

For his third solo outing, pint-sized Marvel hero Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is going small — not home. The first trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania reveals the plot of the third installment in the Ant-Man series, which also initiates Phase 5 of the . And it features the big-screen debut of … Read more

Instagram’s new anti-abuse features include DM ‘kindness reminders’

Instagram is expanding its efforts to , and that includes not-so-subtle encouragement to stay civil. is introducing DM “kindness reminders” that ask you to “keep Instagram a supportive place” when you message a creator. This probably won’t deter committed trolls when it arrives in the “coming weeks,” but the social network clearly hopes it will … Read more

Klarna launches new creator features and shoppable video

As consumers turn to content creators to influence their online shopping habits, , the buy now, pay later platform, today launched a new for retailers and influencers to collaborate on brand campaigns and to track earnings, performance and sales. Klarna’s creator platform allows over 50,000 vetted creators to have access to leading brands and retailers. … Read more