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Soon you may be able to unlock your front door with your iPhone

By Martha Tesema


Your quick mental checklist of “phones, keys, wallet” before leaving the house could soon be narrowed down to “phone, wallet.”

That’s because Apple may be introducing a new function that would allow you to unlock your car and house doors with your iPhone.

According to The Information (h/t Engadget), the near field communication (NFC) chip in your iPhone — responsible for the easy transactions behind things like Apple Pay — is rumored to be expanding beyond its current capabilities.

“The change to the near-field communication, or NFC, chip, which is expected to be announced next month, could pave the way for people to use iPhones for other security-sensitive interactions, from paying transit fares and opening car doors to verifying their identity in other ways,” the article reads, via …

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I created a rapping alter ego to deal with my soul-crushing anxiety


“I will send an ambulance if you really want me to.”

These were the words I heard over the phone, as I lay crumpled on the bathroom floor. I was in high school, at a party, and I had just tried marijuana for the first time. My chest was pounding, and I was convinced I was having a heart attack. Annoyingly, the 911 operator did not share my sense of urgency. In fact, she said marijuana-induced panic attacks were common and that this “didn’t qualify as an emergency.” And, to my great surprise, I did not die that night in 2009.


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The Parkland students stopped a huge corporation from donating to the NRA

By Martha Tesema


The Parkland students are continuing to advocate for gun control, one issue at a time, and their efforts are creating real change. The latest proof of that is Publix, a supermarket chain found based in the southeastern United States.

After boycotts and protests on Friday, the grocery store has publicly announced it will stop making political contributions, including those for Florida gubernatorial candidate and …

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ drops an opening weekend bomb on the box office

By Adam Rosenberg


It’s trite and super-obvious, but it needs to be said: Disney probably has a bad feeling about this.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is looking at a three-day Memorial Day weekend box office of $83.3 million in the United States. That’s a great starting point for movies not called “Star Wars,” but the figure is much lower than what had been expected.

In the run-up to opening weekend, Disney expected to pull in a four-day box office total of $130 million to $150 million. But at the current pace, there’s still some question as to whether or not Solo will manage to break $100 million. …

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‘Solo’ features two major deep cuts from the old, now-dead Star Wars canon

By Adam Rosenberg


The Legends of Star Wars live on in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

First, a brief history lesson: Not long after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the new corporate parent made a controversial decision. The Star Wars Expanded Universe, a timeline of events outside the movies that was chronicled in books, comics, video games, and more, would be no more.

The various forms of media from that timeline would be re-branded as “Legends” to avoid confusion. Meanwhile, all future books, comics, games, etc. would fold into a new and improved Star Wars canon, grounded by the movies and the Clone Wars TV series (Rebels didn’t exist at that point). …

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