Ashamed of your likes on X? No longer
If you’re a subscriber to X Premium, previously known as Twitter Blue, the platform has introduced yet another change – giving those users the ability to hide their likes tab from the public. X confirmed the new ‘feature’ through a post on… X.
Turning on the feature will make an X Premium user’s like tab disappear completely from the public eye. To do so, head to the Premium tab, hit ‘preferences’ and then ‘early access’. The feature hadn’t yet gone live on Stuff’s X profile – either on desktop or mobile. Be patient – X’s announcement didn’t mention when the feature would be going live for everyone, though the change can’t be far off.
The move comes soon after X’s most recent scandal wherein Musk’s long-standing beef with the New York Times ended up with the platform seemingly suppressing posts linking to the outlet’s articles on X. In other words, censorship – something Musk was proudly against at the time of his $44 billion purchase of the platform. Just… don’t be surprised if the service’s next big update involves joining X Premium to gain access to all links posted to the site.
Bose refreshes QuietComfort range with new headphones and earbuds
Bose, makers of extremely fine headphones, just dropped three new products. Those include the $300 QuietComfort Ultra earbuds, $350 QuietComfort headphones and the crème de la crème – the QuietComfort Ultra headphones that’ll set your wallet back a hefty $430.
The three headsets are replacing their predecessors, which in the case of the year-old QuietComfort 2 buds, is quite surprising. According to Bose CEO, Lila Snyder, and Chief Product Officer, Raza Haider, that’s by design – with the company feeling that it had valuable contributions to the line-up, and just couldn’t wait. The other reason being – we’re just spitballing here – money.
We’re more interested in the best of the bunch: the QuietComfort Ultra. They are supposedly replacing the NCH 700 which launched in 2019. You’ll be able to pick these up in early October in the US, with local pricing and availability still to be determined. Bose claims these are running off a “completely re-engineered system” with a reinvigorated chipset, upgrades to the microphones and “proprietary signal processing.” That all means improved noise cancelling, call clarity, and better understanding from supported virtual assistants.
Stick it in Immersive Audio Mode and you’ll get 18 hours of battery life on a single charge. Keep it off, however, and that’ll extend up to 24 hours. On the outside, Bose has included a new volume slider, sitting alongside the Bluetooth and power buttons. It’s kept the 2.5mm jack Bose seems so keen on, since you won’t be getting any wired USB-C audio support here.
You can check out the other new additions to the line-up on Bose’s website.
Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered is a thing and we want it. Now.
During a Nintendo Direct last night, Nintendo announced that a Tomb Raider 1 – 3 Remastered trilogy is on the way, and it’ll be available on the Switch, PS5 and PS4 from 14 February 2024. Sorry, Xbox. But hey, at least you’ve still got Starfield.
Each game in the Remastered collection will feature updated visuals and come with every expansion out of the box – The Lost Artifact, The Gold Mask and The Unfinished Business, as well as any secret levels that you definitely didn’t need a step-by-step guide to discover as a kid during the 90s.
The announcement came with a trailer. It gave us a look at the original game standing alongside the remaster, and just how refreshed the visuals are. Don’t go in expecting a remaster along the lines of the Metal Gear Solid Collection, or you’ll be disappointed. Crystal Dynamics and Aspyr have opted to keep the vibe of the original intact, though Nintendo did say that players could toggle between the new visuals and the original graphics at any time throughout the playthrough.
PlayStation announced the game on its blog soon after, confirming that the game was available for pre-order. If you’re going the Nintendo route, you can pre-order it here. It’ll cost you R540 on both platforms, though Nintendo is running a 10% discount that’ll stick around ’til the game’s February launch.
Google’s Chromecast gains new abilities
Hey, would you look at that? It turns out PlayStation’s Portal
console was a waste of money after all. We knew that already, but after PlayStation’s latest update, it’s rendering the $200 excuse for a handheld even more useless. Why? Because you can now cast your games to Google’s operating system, according to a new blog post (via androidpolice).
Specifically, Sony’s senior vice president of Platform Experience, Hideaki Nishino, said that PS Remote Play is now compatible with the Chromecast with Google TV (4K) and the Sony Bravia XR A95L TV. It may not be limited to those products, with the update theoretically supporting streaming on any device running Android TV OS or up. Nishino didn’t say that exactly but did mention that Remote Play would be making its way to more Android TV OS devices in the future. Fine, we’ll wait.
Stuff hasn’t had the opportunity to test out the Chromecast’s new functionality yet, though according to The Verge, the process isn’t quite as seamless as it should be. Still, it beats buying a glorified display that’s not even OLED, right?