Orange’s Connected Home service disappears, all Google Chromecasts get an update, BMW advises customers to extend the life of cars as much as possible, this is the roundup of the week.
While Google is rolling out an update that affects all Chromecasts since the first generation, Orange is preparing to draw a line under its Connected Home service. If you drive a BMW, be aware that the automaker strongly encourages you to extend its life rather than replace your vehicle. Finally, note that your mobile and internet packages will soon increase by 0.75 euros, regardless of your operator.
Say goodbye to the Orange Connected Home service
It’s official, Orange has announced the end of its Connected Home service as of January 15, 2023. If you have connected objects, bring them back to the store so they can then be recycled. You will be able to get a refund provided they are still under warranty. If Orange has not explained the abandonment of Maison Connectée, one can imagine that the operator prefers to concentrate on its much more profitable service, Maison Protégée.
Read: Orange puts Connected Home in the closet, here’s what will happen to your devices
Google is rolling out an update to all Chromecasts
Google has just rolled out an update that affects all Chromecasts, including the very first generation from 2013, even if the latter doesn’t run on Google TV. If you have a Chromecast and want to download the Android 12 update, click on your avatar, then on “Settings, “System”, “About” and “System update”.
Read: Google: starting today, all Chromecasts are eligible for an update
A man has his iPhones, which he had just bought at an Apple store, stolen
A 27-year-old man was assaulted on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan after buying 300 iPhones at an Apple Store. The attackers had discovered their target and allegedly managed to steal a bag containing 125 iPhones, or $95,000 worth of goods. The victim, who had planned to resell smartphones through his own company, took a significant risk by choosing to go to an Apple store at 1:45 a.m.…
Read: He buys 300 iPhones at an Apple store only to have them stolen minutes later
All mobile and internet packages are on the smaller increase of 0.75 euros
As part of the Finance Act for 2023, the government has just announced that all operators will soon have to raise the price of their mobile and internet subscriptions by 0.75 euros. We do not yet know the date this price increase will come into effect, but know that regardless of your operator, Orange, Bouygues Telecom, SFR or Free, your packages will be affected by this increase.
Read: Orange, Bouygues Telecom, Gratis, SFR: regardless of the operator, your mobile and internet plan will soon become more expensive
BMW encourages consumers to keep their vehicle as long as possible
Monica Dernai, responsible for sustainable development at BMW, recommends that her customers keep their vehicle as long as possible to “ extend the life of cars “. Indeed, the German manufacturer seems to believe that it is the best solution to reduce waste and the impact of the automotive industry on the environment.
Read: BMW advises you to keep your car rather than buy a new or used one
Test of the week
Motorola Razr 2022: a serious competitor to the Galaxy Z Flip 4
Here, Motorola keeps its promises of a high-end folding smartphone at a good price/quality ratio. We love its elegant design, its quality materials, its beautiful inner screen or the accessories in the box. Zazr 2022 is powerful, and although the autonomy is perfect, the complete recharge takes only half an hour. Despite some minor flaws, such as the volume control being placed too high or the absence of Android 13, the Razr 2022 can pretty much seduce you if you’re looking for an alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 4.
Read: Motorola Razr 2022 test: the advantages of the Galaxy Z Flip4 … without the flaws!