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MTA: If Only Masked iPhone Users Could Unlock Their Phones Some Other Way

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New York’s public transportation agency would like Apple to come up with some way of unlocking phones that doesn’t involve passengers lowering their masks to use Face ID, according to ABC News.

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Face ID has run into some problems during the novel coronavirus pandemic, namely that it isn’t really capable of identifying users wearing a mask. The Metropolitan Transit Authority, which runs the subways, buses, and railroads in and around New York City, is concerned because passengers are habitually removing their masks to unlock their phones with Face ID, spewing respiratory droplets everywhere, any of which might contain the virus.

MTA Chairman Patrick Foye wrote his letter to Apple that he wants the company to come up with an alternate method that does not require the bottom half of a human face to operate, according to ABC and the New York Post.

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“Upgrades enabling users to unlock their phones while keeping their masks securely covering their nose and mouth would be beneficial in all public spaces, not just on public transportation,” Foye wrote. The MTA, which may or may not be aware that all iPhones can already be unlocked with a four- or six-number passcode, offered to promote whatever solution Apple comes up with through signs and digital bulletin boards.

“There’s nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers,” Apple, which both solved and created this problem, told ABC News in a statement. “We are fully committed to continuing to work with the MTA to support their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

This might not have really become an issue had not Apple stripped Touch ID from many recent models of iPhone as it aggressively pushed Face ID as a next-generation technology.

It’s possible that Apple could come up with a version of Face ID that only scans the upper half of a user’s face (which is more difficult than it sounds) or bring back Touch ID in future phones (which doesn’t really help anyone right now). There’s also custom masks that are supposedly compatible with Face ID, but their unnerving creepiness far outstrips any phone-related convenience they might provide.

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Alternatively, MTA riders could realize that taking off their mask to scan their phone both potentially exposes them and others to the virus and probably takes longer than just typing in the passcode. But really, don’t count on it.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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