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Happy Sunday! Alright, I'm just going to come out and say it. I have a confession to make. There's a product out there that has been available for the past month or two, and for some reason, I can't seem to get it out of my head.

That device? The Meta Quest 3.

I know, I know. I almost feel ashamed for writing that, but truth be told, I’ve seen some AMAZING things from Twitter and Threads users.

Here, let me show you what I'm talking about. Imagine this scenario below. We've been there thousands of times. Wait until around the 7-8 second mark, and you'll see the magic:

Pretty cool, right? Here, let me show you more.

I mean, cmon?! Did you see that?! That alone is “take my money” territory. So yeah, this is where I’m out right now.

Alright. That’s the last one. Now, here’s the hard part. The price.

The Meta Quest 3 costs $499 for a measly 128GB storage. The 512GB option will set you back $649.99, respectfully.

Yeah, definitely not for those on a budget. And that's understandable. Is this a product that's priced too high, or is it worth the cost? The reviews provide some insight, but personal preference also plays a role.

I'm going to give it a try, but it's going to be on my terms. Do I need it? No. But do I want to own one and have the option of allowing another piece of technology to gather dust? Yep, you bet.

If there are any new developments on my side, I’ll let everyone know.

Here’s what we’ll be tackling today:

  • ⚡️ Quick Tech Tips

  • 📰 News

  • 💻 New Product Launches

  • ⚒️ Tools Worth Checking Out

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📱Recent product launches

💡Quick Tech Tips💡

iPhone users: I assume most of you have switched to iOS 17, right? If you haven’t, you really should. Mainly, it would be best if you did it for the security aspect, but overall, it keeps your device running lean.

If you still need some convincing, here’s a list of some of the stuff you’re missing out on:

  1. Automatically deleting verification codes sent via text or email: iOS 17 offers the ability to automate the deletion of verification codes for added privacy and convenience. (LEARN MORE)

  2. Locking private tabs in Safari: With iOS 17, you can lock private tabs in Safari to protect your browsing privacy.

  3. Using Apple Maps offline for navigation: iOS 17 introduces the capability to use Apple Maps offline, ensuring you have access to navigation even without an internet connection.

  4. Using Visual Look Up to identify laundry codes: iOS 17 introduces Visual Look Up, a feature that enables you to remember laundry codes and gain more information about clothing care instructions.

  5. Customizing the clock font: iOS 17 allows customization of the clock font, allowing you to personalize the appearance of the clock on your device.

Windows 11 users, don’t worry; I didn’t forget about you guys:

Windows 11 offers several hidden tweaks and user interface enhancements that can enhance your experience. Here are some of the features you can try out:

  1. Title bar window shake: You can shake a window's title bar to minimize all other open windows. This allows for improved focus and decluttering of your workspace.

  2. Rearrange the start button: Windows 11 allows you to customize the placement of the start button to your preferred location. This gives you more control over the layout and organization of your desktop.

  3. Focus sessions: Windows 11 introduces focus sessions, which help you stay productive by allowing you to allocate specific time for focused work and breaks. This feature enhances your ability to manage your time effectively.

  4. Clipboard history: Windows 11 includes a clipboard history feature that saves multiple items you've copied. This makes it easier to access and paste them later, improving your productivity.

📰 News you can use

Jury finds Sam Bankman-Fried guilty of billion-dollar fraud

Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX and Alameda Research, has been found guilty on all seven counts of fraud and money laundering. He misappropriated billions of dollars from customer funds and deceived investors and lenders. The U.S. Department of Justice charged him about 11 months ago, and the jury reached a verdict in just four hours.

YouTube is cracking the whip on ad-blockers, but users are fighting back

YouTube has implemented a new strategy to address users who use ad-blockers. It now displays a non-dismissable pop-up message asking them to turn off their ad-blocker or add YouTube to their allowlist. As a result, users resist this approach, leading to a surge of new ad-block users joining the platform. So yeah, YouTube’s decision backfired.

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Headlines worth checking out

💻 Apple throws shade at Android, labels it as a ‘massive tracking device’: Apple is testifying against Google on behalf of the DOJ, and things are getting pretty dicey. (LINK)

🚗 Swedish Ports Threaten to Block Teslas From Entering the Country
Swedish ports are considering a blockade against Tesla vehicles, signaling a potential conflict in the automotive industry. (LINK)

⚡️ Scientists make a breakthrough in research that could charge electric cars in seconds
A scientific breakthrough promises the potential for electric cars to be set in seconds. (LINK)

🍎 Apple shows its 'massive battleship' is getting even bigger
Apple demonstrates its growing dominance and expansion in the tech industry. (LINK)

🧒 Teen boys use AI to make fake nudes of classmates, sparking police probe
The misuse of AI by teenagers to create fake nude images of classmates has led to a police investigation. (LINK)

📺 Max users grandfathered into a $15.99 ad-free plan will see a price hike to $19.99: Long-time users on Max's legacy ad-free plan are facing a price increase. (LINK)

🔐 This tiny hacking device is attacking iPhones: A new iPhone hacking threat has emerged involving a small device causing significant issues. Experts are urgently studying its functionality. (LINK)

🕵️ Apple throws shade at Android, labels it as a ‘massive tracking device’: Apple doesn't hold back in the legal fight against Google, marking Android as a 'huge tracking device.' (LINK)

🚘 Tesla Vision fails as owners complain of Model 3s hitting stationary objects: Tesla's advanced Vision system is under fire as reports surface of Model 3 vehicles colliding with static objects. (LINK)

🎥 Scarlett Johansson hits AI app with legal action for using her likeness: Scarlett Johansson is taking a stand against the unauthorized use of her image by an AI app. (LINK)

🧪 23andMe pockets $20M from GSK to share anonymized DNA data
23andMe will provide a summary analysis of anonymized data to GSK, aiming to uncover new avenues to combat diseases. (LINK)

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-Kevin 

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