The Prius gets a redesign that looks really cool

Toyota got it The new Prius is sleek and gleaming, and the auto press seems to agree: This looks great. Previous Prius models have always been seen as, Less than awesome, with its confusingly confusing teardrop shape and Norcorcore vibe. By comparison, the 2023 Prius looks sleek, with a sleek body that crushes the teardrop Prius into something Tesla-like.

It’s still a combustion-electric hybrid that requires a fill-up of gas to run—sadly, the all-electric revolution hasn’t quite come to the old Prius yet. Toyota says it gets around 57 mpg, making it the most fuel-efficient Prius yet. The car will also become more drifting than before, with a 220-horsepower engine under the hood. That’s fine for the Prius. Ask a car person. Other new features include a hands-free driving mode and the inclusion of solar panels to supply the battery while the vehicle is parked.

The new Prius will be available in two trims: the base model and the slightly more powerful Prius Prime. Toyota didn’t say when the cars will be available or how much they’ll cost, but look out for them next year.

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Microsoft Teams gets gaming

Microsoft has announced a new feature for its Teams video conferencing software: video games. Teams call participants can now play games like SolitaireAnd the minesweeperAnd the wonder directly in the application. Games are aimed at people who use Teams for work. Putting games inside a workplace gadget enhances a much-needed sense of human connection after nearly three years of working remotely, says Nancy Baym, senior director of research at Microsoft.

“People were able to be really productive, but they were feeling less connected, and that had a lot of detrimental effects,” says Pym. “Games are one of a number of really great ways to gently step in there and say, here’s a show for you to build a connection with each other in a low-pressure way.”

To further this goal of building connection, none of the games are single player. (No, not even Solitaire). This means that you won’t be able to play a game on your own pretending to listen to your manager’s drone on quarterly KPIs. Playing games with your team can provide a nice break from the flood of the workday, even if it still represents screen time. We’ll see how long it takes for Zoom’s fatigue to make way for him minesweeper fatigue.

Look at Leica’s Large Lens phone

Hey, check it out, Leica has made another smartphone to follow up on the Leitz Phone 1. What is it? Does it have a camera, you ask? Oh, is it. As you might expect from the popular camera brand, the Leica lens is the main attraction of the Leitz Phone 2. A large lens with a big butt occupies the top third of the phone. Its eye-focused design is a rebuttal to all smartphone camera lenses subtly integrated.

The giant Leitz Phone 2 camera takes pictures with a resolution of 47.2 megapixels. On the other side, there is a 6.6 inch OLED screen that allows you to view all those great landscape shots or wonderfully detailed selfies. Oh yeah, and you can also use it to make phone calls or whatever. It will only be available in Japan; Those outside the country will have to buy it as an import.

Netflix is ​​coming to your friends

The days of Netflix account sharing are probably coming to an end. This week, Netflix introduced a new feature in users’ account settings called Manage Access and Devices. It allows the user to disable their Netflix account on certain devices – something the user can easily deploy to kick family members, friends, and roommates out of their Netflix account. It’s harmless enough, and one that would be nice for anyone who wants to remove their TV credentials they lost in a divorce, in order to keep their ex-wife from streaming hacks on a dime. But it’s also a step that paves the way for Netflix’s purge of account sharing.

Netflix has been building towards this for months. The company has tested charging extra fees for additional accounts in a handful of countries, and says it’s looking forward to rolling out the program in nearly all of its markets next year. The company also introduced an ad-supported subscription plan earlier this month.

Twitter’s problems are too many

Well, Twitter did really well. Now that nearly every employee has left Twitter and the site appears to be in free fall, things are about to get a little weirder for Bird. (Assuming it stays in business.) No matter how Twitter continues to falter, it’s never been more vulnerable to security threats.

This week at WIRED’s Gadget Lab On the podcast, security writer Lily Hay Newman talks about the ways Twitter’s unstable situation can lead to hacking, data leaks, and the further spread of misinformation across the platform.


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