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

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.  SEE ALSO: 3 years later, who knows ...

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Learn about APIs and how to use them with this set of 6 online courses on sale for less than $30

To the uninitiated, API stands for Application Programming Interface. Technical jargon aside, it’s basically a set of codes commercial sites permit others to borrow, allowing them to use it however they want. Take Twitter, for example: You don’t imagine them exposing the entirety of their code (aka inner workings) to ...

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Practice mindfulness with these 3D puzzles and leave your phone alone for the afternoon

Between the 24-hour news cycle and binging Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why, we could all use a little break. May we suggest the humble puzzle as a way to distract from the hell hole that is Twitter and cable news?  SEE ALSO: 9 of the best noise-cancelling headphones for ...

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Driverless shuttles will beat other autonomous vehicles to the road

Shared autonomous vehicles, self-driving buses, driverless shuttles — whatever you call them, these vehicles are beating autonomous cars to the road.  While companies like Waymo, GM’s Cruise, Lyft, Uber, Baidu, Tesla, and others continue testing personal vehicles that can drive themselves, others are focusing efforts away from personal transit options ...

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Review: the Google News app is a news junkie's dream come true

Google News $Free View Product The Good Tailor-made for news junkies • Lightning fast • even video • Offline reading lets you take the news with you The Bad Might be overwhelming for casual readers • Interface can be difficult to naviagte The Bottom Line If you’re serious about the ...

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Code for America wants to clear 250,000 marijuana convictions

Over the years Jennifer Pahlka has listened as discouraged people across America shared their stories of missed employment, education, financial, and housing opportunities with her. She’s comforted these individuals, gotten to know them, and learned that past marijuana convictions follow them in ways that make it impossible to move forward ...

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A beginner's guide to making iPhone apps

A lot of people think app development is some unattainable, alien skill accessible only to those big-brained, glasses-wearing creatures we rudely call “nerds.” But that’s simply not true.  Anyone can make an iPhone app, and everyone should make an iPhone app. Though it may seem daunting, apps are not difficult ...

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Grab the world's first on-the-go Spotify player at its lowest price yet

Whoever said that history repeats itself was seriously onto something. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen the resurgence of things we’ve enjoyed from yesteryear — Polaroids, turntables and vinyl records, the Nokia 3310, heck, even bell-bottom jeans. But one item that’s got people buzzing is the Mighty — ...

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Cities scramble to contain the flood of e-scooters

The motorized scooters arrived with a vengeance—but cities including San Francisco are putting up a fight. The city is forcing all scooters off the road as it implements a new permit program for the vehicles.  Beyond the Bay Area, other large cities such as Washington, D.C., and Austin saw flocks ...

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It just got easier to share locations with friends on Snapchat

When Snap Maps launched last June, some privacy concerns were raised. But the company had the right idea, turning off sharing with all for everyone by default. Today, Snapchat is providing an update to Snap Maps that I wish had been included earlier. You can now request a location or ...

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