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]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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Mental Floss Is Up for a Webby Award—Here’s How to Help Us Win!

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This woman doesn't work for us, but she sure is happy about our Webby Award nomination!
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The writers, editors, videographers, tech whizzes, and everybody else on the Mental Floss team began today like any other: guzzling coffee by the gallon, eager to deliver a blend of zany and informative content straight to the brains of our readers. By mid-morning, our makeshift home offices were buzzing with a heightened, electric energy—because we’d just been nominated for a Webby Award, and we’re really excited about it.

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) has included Mental Floss in the “Weird” general website category, which highlights sites “that reflect a fresh perspective in thought and action strong enough to start a revolution, change a behavior pattern, or advance old thinking lodged in bad habits, or that are just plain weird.”

Basically, there are two winners for each category. The Webby Award is chosen by IADAS members like Arianna Huffington, Monica Lewinsky, Darren Aronofsky, and representatives from just about every other industry out there. The IADAS has honored Mental Floss with two Webby Awards in the past; the website won one in 2013 for best cultural blog, and John Green nabbed another in 2015 for being the much-beloved host of our YouTube channel.

The Webby People’s Voice Award, on the other hand, is voted on by the public. So if you think Mental Floss embodies any (or all) of the aforementioned criteria for Best Weird General Website, you can help us win a People’s Voice Award by voting here. We’re up against some steep competition, including Brand Name Pencils, the world’s largest collection of vintage brand-name pencils, and Amazon Dating, a completely fake dating site modeled after Amazon’s homepage.

Voting is open through Thursday, May 7, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 19, before a special online celebration called “Webbys From Home” that’ll showcase some of the internet’s best content from the past year.

You can explore all the nominees and vote in other categories here.