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Latest iOS Update Will Block Notifications When You’re Driving

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Distracted driving is dangerous—the CDC estimates that eight people die in the U.S. every day in a car crash with a distracted driver, and 1161 are injured. While plenty of states have laws against texting and driving, for many people, the temptation of that smartphone notification is just too much.

Apple is taking steps to reduce that temptation, though. The company announced today on June 5 that the new iOS 11—set for a Fall 2017 release—will have a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” function, according to The Verge.

The function will be activated through Bluetooth or WiFi data, according to The Verge, though it’s not clear yet how that will work. (Perhaps if you hook your phone up to your car speakers through Bluetooth, then it will know you’re on the road?) When your phone senses you’re driving, it automatically goes into a special Do Not Disturb mode, blacking out your screen while you’re in motion. If anyone sends you a text, iMessage will respond with an automated message saying you’re on the road.

You can choose specific contacts to exempt from this function, so you can still get emergency messages. If your phone mistakenly thinks you’re driving but you're just a passenger in a vehicle, you can also exit out of the Do Not Disturb mode.

Your phone is always fighting for your attention, but it’s a lot easier to avoid temptation than to resist it, as recent studies have found. So software designed to keep you clueless about the texts that await you at every stoplight could make a huge difference, making the roads safer for everyone.

[h/t The Verge]

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Police Recover Nearly 100 Artifacts Stolen From John Lennon’s Estate
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A collection of artifacts stolen from John Lennon’s estate, including diaries, glasses, and handwritten music, has been recovered by German police, the Associated Press reports. After arresting the first suspect, law enforcement is now working to apprehend a second person of interest in the case.

The nearly 100 items went missing from the New York home of the late Beatles star’s widow Yoko Ono in 2006. Years later, German police were tipped off to their whereabouts when a bankruptcy administrator came across the haul in the storage facility of a Berlin auction house. The three leather-bound diaries that were recovered are dated 1975, 1979, and 1980. One entry refers to Lennon’s famous nude photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz, and another was written the morning of December 8, 1980, hours before he was shot and killed. In addition to the journals, police retrieved two pairs of his iconic glasses, a 1965 recording of a Beatles concert, a 1952 school book, contract documents for the copyright of the song “I’m the Greatest”, handwritten scores for "Woman" and "Just Like Starting Over”, and a cigarette case.

German authorities flew to New York to have Ono verify the items' authenticity. "She was very emotional and we noticed clearly how much these things mean to her,” prosecutor Susann Wettley told AP. When the objects will be returned to Ono is still unclear.

The first suspect, a 58-year-old German businessman from Turkey, was arrested Monday, November 21, following a raid of his house and vehicles. The second suspect is one of Ono's former chauffeurs who has a past conviction related to the theft. Police officers are hoping to extradite him from his current home in Turkey before moving forward with the case.

[h/t AP]

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This Gorgeous Town in the Swiss Alps Wants to Pay You $25,000 to Move There
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If living in a fairy tale-like village in the Swiss Alps is like something out of a dream, then getting paid to do just that might be your fantasy life come true. But that’s exactly what the tiny town of Albinen, Switzerland is proposing. As The Independent reports, the town’s residents are getting set to vote on a proposal that would pay a family of four over $70,000 to commit to spending 10 years living there, as a way to bolster the dwindling population.

New residents will be eligible for grants of approximately $25,000 per adult and $10,000 per child for two kids. There are, of course, a few stipulations: new residents must be under the age of 45 and commit to making the town their permanent residence for at least 10 years. (If they leave before the allotted time frame, they’ll have to pay the money back.) They'll also have to choose to live in a home with a minimum price of $201,000.

Currently, the village is home to about 240 people, but that number is beginning to shrink, as longtime residents have chosen to move away. According to commune president Beat Jost, the recent relocation of three families in particular led to the loss of eight pupils at the local school, which forced its closure. While jobs in the village itself aren't plentiful, Albinen is close to several larger towns. And if you're game to do a bit of traveling, Geneva's only two hours away and Zurich is just about three hours.

The hope is that the promise of some cold hard cash, which could come in handy when it comes to purchasing a home in the town, can help to reverse this trend.

In a newsletter to residents detailing the proposal, the town noted that the program would be “an investment in the village’s future.”

[h/t: The Independent]

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