WhatsApp Web Will Soon Get Picture-in-Picture Mode, ‘Reply Privately’ Option: Report

WhatsApp seems to be planning to add Picture-in-Picture mode to the Web client, a few months after the feature was rolled out to mobile devices across the world. The WhatsApp Web feature will be rolled out with a future update, which is said to be adding an option for users to reply to messages privately in group messages. For now, the feature is not available to download, but may be rolled out soon. Earlier this month, WhatsApp was found to include a ‘Restricted Groups’ settings to help administrators restrict group members from sending text messages, photographs, video, GIFs, documents, or voice messages.

WhatsApp Web Picture-in-Picture mode

According to a brief report by WABetaInfo, which is a popular source for unannounced WhatsApp features, the company has submitted the version 0.2.7315 of its Web client that includes the two new features. The first in the series is the Picture-in-Picture mode that lets users watch videos in a separate pop-up screen that includes controls such as a play/ pause button, volume controller, and timeline slider. A new icon apparently enables the Picture-in-Picture video content in a new screen to let you continue your chat or any other work on the existing screen. The new video-centric feature appears to work similar to the Picture-in-Picture mode available on the mobile versions of WhatsApp that was debuted in September.

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WhatsApp Web with Picture-in-Picture mode
Photo Credit: WABetaInfo

WhatsApp Reply Privately option
Alongside the new mode, the reported WhatsApp Web update includes a ‘Reply Privately’ option that allows you to communicate with one of your group members privately. As per the screenshot provided by the folks at WABetaInfo, the new option will be available alongside the existing ‘Reply’ and ‘Forward message’ options and will quote the group message alongside your private message. It is expected that the new ability to privately send messages to group members would also soon debut on WhatsApp for Android/ iOS.

The said features are not currently available on WhatsApp Web but are likely to go live on the Web-based interface in the near future.

 

Kim Kardashian Opens Up About Pregnancy Woes, Turning To Surrogacy For Baby No. 3

Kim Kardashian felt frustrated over the fact that she couldn’t carry her own child. However, the reality TV star is grateful to her unnamed surrogate for agreeing to help her with her pregnancy woes.
Photo Credit Charley Gallay | Getty Images

Kim Kardashian recently talked about her pregnancy woes in Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She also discussed her decision to hire a surrogate so she and Kanye West could have another child.

Kim Kardashian Grateful To Her Surrogate

On Sunday, Kim spoke with her older sister, Kourtney Kardashian, about her surrogate. The reality TV star said that she’s grateful to her for agreeing to carry their child.

Kim also said that she has no intentions to reveal the identity of her surrogate for fear that the media would bombard her with questions. Kim knows that the unnamed woman is not prepared for a life in front of the cameras.

The siblings’ discussion also led to Kim admitting that even though she is thankful for her surrogate, she feels frustrated that she couldn’t carry her own child.

“It’s kind of weird when it’s not you, so I don’t know whether I should start eating donuts and celebrate like I would like old times or just go to the gym,” said Kim.

Her sister, Khloe Kardashian, revealed that Kim had an embryo implanted into her before she got pregnant with her son, Saint West. Unfortunately, the embryo did not take.

“So Kim is super nervous and anxious during this waiting period. Of course, she wants to know is she or is she not having another baby,” said Khloe.

Why Did Kim Kardashian Hire A Surrogate?

Unfortunately, two doctors told Kim that she could no longer get pregnant because she could be at risk of various complications. This was what led her to consider hiring a surrogate.

Luckily for the reality TV star, she found a surrogate that’s a perfect fit for her and her family. Kim said that the woman is a nice person, and she’s also very easy to talk to.

“Getting a surrogate and finding someone that you really trust is so much more difficult of a situation than you could really imagine. You have to like make sure that their lifestyle is healthy and they have to go through psychological testing, and it was maybe a year before we finalized our current situation,” said Kim.

Kim Kardashian Expecting Baby Girl Via Surrogate

Meanwhile, Kim announced that she and Kanye are going to have a baby girl when she appeared in The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month.

During her conversation with host Ellen DeGeneres, Kim said that her 4-year-old daughter calls the unborn baby, “Baby Sister.”

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Opioids After Surgery Left Her Addicted. Is That A Medical Error?

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In April this year, Katie Herzog checked into a Boston teaching hospital for what turned out to be a nine-hour-long back surgery.

The 68-year-old consulting firm president left the hospital with a prescription for Dilaudid, an opioid used to treat severe pain, and instructions to take two pills every four hours as needed. Herzog took close to the full dose for about two weeks.

Then, worried about addiction, she began asking questions. “I said, ‘How do I taper off this? I don’t want to stay on this drug forever, you know? What do I do?’” Herzog said, recalling conversations with her various providers.

She said she never got a clear answer.

So she turned to Google to try to figure out how  to wean herself off the Dilaudid. She eventually found a Canadian Medical Association guide to tapering opioids.

“So I started tapering from 28 [milligrams], to 24 to 16,” Herzog said, scrolling through a pocket diary with red cardinals on the cover that she used to keep track.

About a month after surgery, she had a follow-up visit with her surgeon. She had reached the end of her self-imposed tapering path the day before and at the doctor’s, she recalls feeling quite sick.

“I was teary, I had diarrhea, I was vomiting a lot, I had muscle pains, headache, I had a low-grade fever,” Herzog recalled.

The surgeon thought she had a virus and told her to see her internist. Her internist came to the same conclusion.

She went home and suffered through five days of what she came to realize was acute withdrawal, and two more weeks of fatigue, nausea and diarrhea.

“I had every single symptom in the book,” Herzog said. “And there was no recognition by these really professional, senior, seasoned doctors at Boston’s finest hospitals that I was going through withdrawal.”

Herzog did not name any of the providers who had something to do with her pain management or missed signs of withdrawal. She said she sees this as a system-wide problem. Herzog did share medical records that support her story. After the withdrawal, she did not crave Dilaudid and she manages any lingering pain with Tylenol. She has since returned to her providers, who’ve acknowledged that she was in withdrawal.

Not An Isolated Incident

Herzog’s story is one doctors are hearing more and more. “We have many clinicians prescribing opioids without any understanding of opioid withdrawal symptoms,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing and co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University’s Heller School. One reason, Kolodny said, is that doctors don’t realize how quickly a patient can become dependent on drugs like Dilaudid.

Sometimes that dependence leads to full-blown addiction. About half of street drug users say they switched to heroin after prescribed painkillers became too expensive.

Now, a handful of doctors and hospital administrators are asking, if an opioid addiction starts with a prescription after surgery or some other hospital-based care, should the hospital be penalized? As in: Is addiction a medical error along the lines of some hospital-acquired infections?

Writing for the blog and journal Health Affairs, three physician-executives with the Hospital Corporation of America argue for calling it just that.

“It arises during a hospitalization, is a high-cost and high-volume condition, and could reasonably have been prevented through the application of evidence-based guidelines,” write Drs. Michael SchlosserRavi Chari and Jonathan Perlin.

The authors admit it would be hard for hospitals to monitor all patients given an opioid prescription in the weeks and months after surgery, but they say hospitals need to try.

“Addressing long-term opioid use as a hospital-acquired condition will draw a clear line between appropriate and inappropriate use, and will empower hospitals to develop evidenced-based standards of care for managing post-operative pain adequately while also helping protect the patient from future harm,” said Schlosser in an emailed response to questions.

Kolodny said it’s an idea worth considering.

“We’re in the midst of a severe opioid epidemic, caused by the over-prescribing of opioids,” Kolodny said. “Putting hospitals on the hook for the consequences of aggressive opioid prescribing makes sense to me.”

Potential Addiction Vs. Pain Management Awareness

But penalizing hospitals for patients who become addicted to opioids conflicts with payments tied to patient satisfaction surveys. Hospitals that do not adequately address patients’ pain may lose money for low patient satisfaction scores. In response to the opioid epidemic, patient surveys are shifting from questions like, “Did the hospital staff do everything they could to help you with your pain?” to questions that emphasize talking to patients about their pain. But physicians may still prescribe more, rather than fewer, opioids to avoid complaints from dissatisfied patients.

“This is a real concern that patients who may feel that their pain is under-managed may take that out in these patient report cards,” said Dr. Gabriel Brat, a trauma surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who studies the use of opioids after surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Most patients leave the hospital with more pain meds than they need. Studies show that between 67 and 92 percent of patients have opioid pills left over after common surgical procedures.

One reason that may contribute to over-prescribing is that patients vary a lot. Brat said about 10 percent of patients need intense pain management, but it’s difficult to identify who will be that 10 percent.

“Many surgeons are still prescribing opioids for the subset of patients that have higher requirements, as opposed to for the majority of patients who are taking a very small percentage of the pills that they are prescribed,” Brat explained.

There are no firm guidelines for which opioids to prescribe after surgery, at what dose or for how long. The CDC released opioid prescribing guidelines for chronic pain in 2016, but it included only brief references to acute pain.

Some opioid prescribing guidance for surgeons is emerging. A study published in September reviewed surgical records for 215,140 patients. It found that the optimal opioid prescription following general surgery is between four to nine days.

This story is part of a reporting partnership with NPR, WBUR and Kaiser Health News.

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1More Single Driver In-Ear Headphones Review

There is no shortage of in-ear headphones in the market, and you will find options that suit every price range. Companies such as Xiaomi and OnePlus are selling their models at around the Rs 2,000 mark, but there are other companies targeting users who are willing to spend more. We now have a pair of single-driver in-ear headphones from 1More, the same company that manufactures the popular Piston headphones for Xiaomi. These are priced at Rs 2,799 and command a premium over the OnePlus Bullets V2. So are these 1More headphones worth the extra money? We put them to the test.

1More Single Driver (1M301) design and features

The 1M301 is a pair of in-ear single-driver headphones, and the company even lists it as “1More Single Driver” on e-commerce sites. 1More uses a similar naming strategy for some of its other headphones as well.

The 1M301’s plastic box is unsurprisingly very similar to the one that the Xiaomi Piston Fit came in. The casings have aluminium alloy bodies that house the drivers, and an angled design that helps them sit flat when in the ears. The cables are rubber till the Y-splitter, with additional nylon braid from there till the 3.5mm plug. The nylon braid helps reduce tangles and should make the cable last longer. However, the rubber cables above the Y-splitter do tangle, which can get annoying.

1More Angled Buds NDTV 1More Single Driver Review

These in-ear headphones have a frequency range of 20 – 20000Hz and have an impedance of 32Ohms. The impedance is higher than that of other headphones such as the OnePlus Bullets V2 which means that you will need a powerful source to get the best out of them. According to 1More, the drivers have a triple-layer diaphragm comprising of aerospace-grade metal between two layers of PET. You get four sets of ear tips in the box which can be swapped based on your preference. 1More also offers a headphone pouch in the box which is a good add-on.

The inline control unit has three buttons – the call button and volume controls. The centre button can also be used to play/ pause music as well as skip tracks. Double-tapping it skips to the next track on your phone, while a triple tap jumps to the previous one. In our experience, skipping to the next track was easy but we couldn’t jump to the previous track on a OnePlus 5.

1More Single Driver (1M301) performance

We put these headphones to the test on a OnePlus 5 (Review) smartphone while listening to MP3 and FLAC files, streaming music with Saavn, and watching YouTube videos. The focus tracks used while testing these headphones were How Long by Charlie Puth, Best Friend by Sofi Tukker, and Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons.

The first thing we noticed when wearing these headphones was their wide soundstage. You can easily distinguish between different instruments. The mids were quite strong and we enjoyed listening to music. You get good bass that doesn’t overpower the mids or highs. In fact, highs can be a bit too sharp and can somewhat drown out the mids and bass at higher volumes. We would pushing the volume all the way, for the best balance. The improvement in audio quality is evident when switching from MP3 to FLAC files.

1More offers an app called 1More Assistant which can help burn headphones in for you, which is recommended when you first buy them. The app also has its own inbuilt music player with loudness compensation, and we found that enabling this kept the highs in check, giving a more balanced output even at higher volumes.

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We must say that these headphones can get loud, and long listening sessions will cause fatigue. The ear tips provided with the 1More fail to provide a proper seal, causing a lot of sound to leak out. Everyone around you will be able to hear what you’re listening to. We tried using our own Comply foam tips, which helped reduce leakage to some extent.

Apart from music, these 1More headphones can be used for calls as well. The in-line microphone cuts out ambient noise well, and we did not hear any complaints from people we talked to. The call button can be used to accept or reject calls, and long-pressing it invokes the Google Assistant on Android or Siri on iOS.

Verdict
The 1More Single Driver 1M301 offers clean and detailed output across different music genres. If you are a basshead you will miss the thump that other headphones such as the OnePlus Bullets V2 provide. If you just want to enjoy your music, these headphones are worth the price – just don’t forget to buy good ear tips separately.

Pros

  • Angled earbud design
  • Strong mids
  • Useful inline remote

Cons

  • Overpowering highs at top volume
  • Rubber tips don’t provide a good seal

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design 4
  • Performance 4
  • Value for Money 3.5
  • Overall 4

WhatsApp Web Reportedly Getting Picture-in-Picture Mode, ‘Reply Privately’ Option

Months after adding it to mobile devices, WhatsApp is now said to be bringing its Picture-in-Picture mode to desktops through a new update to the WhatsApp Web client. The new update is also reported to add the option to let users privately reply to a message they received in a group. Earlier this month, WhatsApp was found to include a ‘Restricted Groups’ settings to help administrators restrict group members from sending text messages, photographs, video, GIFs, documents, or voice messages.

According to a brief report by WABetaInfo, which is a popular source for unannounced WhatsApp features, the WhatsApp team has submitted the version 0.2.7315 of its Web client that includes the two new features. The first in the series is the Picture-in-Picture mode that lets users watch videos in a separate pop-up screen that includes controls such as a play/ pause button, volume controller, and timeline slider. A new icon apparently enables the Picture-in-Picture video content in a new screen to let you continue your chat or any other work on the existing screen. The new video-centric feature appears to work similar to the Picture-in-Picture mode available on the mobile versions of WhatsApp that was debuted in September.

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WhatsApp Web with Picture-in-Picture mode
Photo Credit: WABetaInfo

Alongside the new mode, the reported WhatsApp Web update includes a ‘Reply privately’ option that allows you to communicate with one of your group members privately. As per the screenshot provided by the folks at WABetaInfo, the new option will be available alongside the existing ‘Reply’ and ‘Forward message’ options and will quote the group message alongside your private message. It is expected that the new ability to privately send messages to group members would also soon debut on WhatsApp for Android/ iOS.

The said features are not currently available on WhatsApp Web but are likely to go live on the Web-based interface in the near future.

 

Are Kylie Jenner And Travis Scott Headed For A Split?

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are reportedly expecting a baby girl. Unfortunately, according to a new report, their relationship may not be in a great place.
Photo Credit Kylie Jenner | Facebook

Kylie Jenner is reportedly on the outs with Travis Scott as they reportedly await the birth of their first child, who is rumored to be a baby girl.

As fans likely know, Jenner has stayed mum about her pregnancy as she continues to steer clear of photographers in Los Angeles and keep her midsection under wraps on social media. All the while, rumors have swirled in regards to her pregnancy and her relationship with the rapper.

“Kylie is having a meltdown right now because Travis doesn’t seem to really care about her pregnancy. It is making her completely manic!” a source told Radar Online on Dec. 7. “She is really starting to wonder if having his baby is a huge mistake because she is hating life right now.”

Jenner’s boyfriend is signed with Kim Kardashian’s husband Kanye West’s GOOD Music Label and is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour.

“Travis is everywhere but with Kylie right now. She followed him on tour while he was in Boston, London, and even Las Vegas. But she just can’t do it anymore,” the insider said.

The insider claimed that in addition to his hectic tour schedule, Jenner is upset that Scott has allegedly chosen to increase his fame, rather than be with her as she reportedly prepares to welcome their child. As the source revealed, Scott is doing more shows than ever at the moment and recently left Jenner in Los Angeles and headed to Chicago — even though she begged him to stay with her.

While Jenner’s pregnancy is unconfirmed, sources claim she will be giving birth to a baby girl early next year.

Jenner and Scott sparked a romance this past spring just a short time after Jenner’s years-long romance with rapper Tyga came to an end. As fans of Jenner may recall, the reality star was first linked to Tyga when she was just 16-years-old but they didn’t go public with their romance until she turned 18.

To see more of Kylie Jenner and her family, including her sisters, Kendall Jenner, and Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian tune into new episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians season 14 on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on the E! Network.

Travis Scott has not yet been featured on the reality show.

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Ready Player One Trailer: Steven Spielberg’s VR Game-Movie Takes Shape

Ready Player One Trailer: Steven Spielberg's VR Game-Movie Takes Shape

Photo Credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros.

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One – the big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s 2011 debut novel – got a full trailer late on Sunday, which gives us a better idea of what the film will be about beyond being a giant collection of references and Easter eggs for every other franchise out there.

The sci-fi story, set in 2045, follows a youngster named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) who gets away from his humdrum real life to live and enjoy an advanced virtual reality game called OASIS, much like everyone else around him. Upon the death of its founder James Halliday (Mark Rylance), his will reveals that there’s an Easter egg inside OASIS (we know it’s meta), and that the first person to find it would inherit his wealth and the system itself.

The new two-minute Ready Player One trailer does a good job of setting up that premise, including the poverty-stricken nature of Watts’ real world, and the endless (virtual) possibilities of OASIS. “It’s the only place where I feel like I mean anything,” Watts says at one point. An advanced body suit even allows players to feel the touch of others, and the in-game currency has become the only stable currency that means anything.

Owing to that, control of the OASIS is coveted by nearly everyone, including major corporations who stand to benefit massively. That pits Watts – who goes by the moniker Parzival – and his new friend, Samantha Cook / Art3mis (Olivia Cooke) against their might, which unfolds both inside and outside the OASIS. Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) plays the big bad Nolan Sorrento, head of a big company that’s interested in monetising OASIS.

Ready Player One – which marks Spielberg’s return to sci-fi as director after 13 years – also stars T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) as bounty hunter i-R0k, Simon Pegg (Star Trek) as Ogden Morrow, Letitia Wright (Black Panther) as Reb, Lena Waithe (Master of None) as Aech, and Hannah John-Kamen (Black Mirror) as F’Nale Zandor among others. It’s going to be one of the biggest movies in 2018, with a reported budget of $185 million (about Rs. 1,190 crore).

Ready Player One will release March 30, 2018 worldwide.

 

1More 1M301 Headphones Review

There is no shortage of in-ear headphones in the market, and you will find options that suit every price range. Companies such as Xiaomi and OnePlus are selling their models at around the Rs 2,000 mark, but there are other companies targeting users who are willing to spend more. We now have a pair of single-driver in-ear headphones from 1More, the same company that manufactures the popular Piston headphones for Xiaomi. These are priced at Rs 2,799 and command a premium over the OnePlus Bullets V2. So are these 1More headphones worth the extra money? We put them to the test.

1More Single Driver (1M301) design and features

The 1M301 is a pair of in-ear single-driver headphones, and the company even lists it as “1More Single Driver” on e-commerce sites. 1More uses a similar naming strategy for some of its other headphones as well.

The 1M301’s plastic box is unsurprisingly very similar to the one that the Xiaomi Piston Fit came in. The casings have aluminium alloy bodies that house the drivers, and an angled design that helps them sit flat when in the ears. The cables are rubber till the Y-splitter, with additional nylon braid from there till the 3.5mm plug. The nylon braid helps reduce tangles and should make the cable last longer. However, the rubber cables above the Y-splitter do tangle, which can get annoying.

1More Angled Buds NDTV 1More Single Driver Review

These in-ear headphones have a frequency range of 20 – 20000Hz and have an impedance of 32Ohms. The impedance is higher than that of other headphones such as the OnePlus Bullets V2 which means that you will need a powerful source to get the best out of them. According to 1More, the drivers have a triple-layer diaphragm comprising of aerospace-grade metal between two layers of PET. You get four sets of ear tips in the box which can be swapped based on your preference. 1More also offers a headphone pouch in the box which is a good add-on.

The inline control unit has three buttons – the call button and volume controls. The centre button can also be used to play/ pause music as well as skip tracks. Double-tapping it skips to the next track on your phone, while a triple tap jumps to the previous one. In our experience, skipping to the next track was easy but we couldn’t jump to the previous track on a OnePlus 5.

1More Single Driver (1M301) performance

We put these headphones to the test on a OnePlus 5 (Review) smartphone while listening to MP3 and FLAC files, streaming music with Saavn, and watching YouTube videos. The focus tracks used while testing these headphones were How Long by Charlie Puth, Best Friend by Sofi Tukker, and Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons.

The first thing we noticed when wearing these headphones was their wide soundstage. You can easily distinguish between different instruments. The mids were quite strong and we enjoyed listening to music. You get good bass that doesn’t overpower the mids or highs. In fact, highs can be a bit too sharp and can somewhat drown out the mids and bass at higher volumes. We would pushing the volume all the way, for the best balance. The improvement in audio quality is evident when switching from MP3 to FLAC files.

1More offers an app called 1More Assistant which can help burn headphones in for you, which is recommended when you first buy them. The app also has its own inbuilt music player with loudness compensation, and we found that enabling this kept the highs in check, giving a more balanced output even at higher volumes.

1More Eartips NDTV 1More Single Driver Review

We must say that these headphones can get loud, and long listening sessions will cause fatigue. The ear tips provided with the 1More fail to provide a proper seal, causing a lot of sound to leak out. Everyone around you will be able to hear what you’re listening to. We tried using our own Comply foam tips, which helped reduce leakage to some extent.

Apart from music, these 1More headphones can be used for calls as well. The in-line microphone cuts out ambient noise well, and we did not hear any complaints from people we talked to. The call button can be used to accept or reject calls, and long-pressing it invokes the Google Assistant on Android or Siri on iOS.

Verdict
The 1More Single Driver 1M301 offers clean and detailed output across different music genres. If you are a basshead you will miss the thump that other headphones such as the OnePlus Bullets V2 provide. If you just want to enjoy your music, these headphones are worth the price – just don’t forget to buy good ear tips separately.

Pros

  • Angled earbud design
  • Strong mids
  • Useful inline remote

Cons

  • Overpowering highs at top volume
  • Rubber tips don’t provide a good seal

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design 4
  • Performance 4
  • Value for Money 3.5
  • Overall 4

Lil Peep’s Cause Of Death Confirmed: Toxicology Report Points The Finger At Fentanyl, Xanax

Lil Peep in the music video for “Awful Things.”
Photo Credit Lil Peep | YouTube

The cause of the untimely death of young rapper, Lil Peep, has been released to the public.

Over three weeks after reports of his death, the Pima County Medical Examiner has released the toxicology report that reveals that Peep (born Gustav Ahr) died from an overdose of Fentanyl and Xanax. The report also confirmed that the death was accidental.

A Deadly Mix

While fairly safe to use, Fentanyl and Alprazolam are a dangerous mix. Alprazolam, the generic name of Xanax, is a well-known anti-anxiety drug.

According to Drugs.com, mixing fentanyl with alprazolam (and other drugs that cause central nervous system depression) is fatal. Other side effects include respiratory distress and coma.

At the time of his death, Lil Peep’s older brother, Karl Aher, suspected that the pill the rapper took might have been laced.

“We [the family] have heard there was some sort of substance he did not expect to be involved in the substance he was taking,” Oskar told People. “He thought he could take what he did, but he had been given something and he didn’t realize what it was.”

He also mentioned that his brother, Karl, had a healthy relationship with drugs. Moreover, there was no reason for the rapper, who was also a model and fashion icon, to take his own life.

“He was super happy with where he was in life,” Oskar added.

Authorities found drug paraphernalia and evidence of an overdose at the scene. No foul play was suspected.

Drug Cocktail

TMZ reported that the medical examiner also found traces of other recreational drugs in his system. Lil Peep tested positive for marijuana and cocaine. The YouTube star also tested positive for the painkiller Tramadol and other powerful opiates such as Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, and Oxymorphone.

The medical examiner, however, did not find any traces of alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

Untimely Death

Lil Peep was found lifeless inside his tour bus on Nov. 16, hours before he was scheduled to perform at a nightclub in Tucson, Arizona. He was laid to rest in a quiet memorial held in his hometown of Long Beach, California on Dec. 12.

The music industry is mourning the untimely death of the emerging rapper who, a few months ago, has released his first and only studio album, Come Over When You’re Sober (Part One). Fellow musicians such as Diplo, Sam Smith, and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy have paid tribute to the young artist. His ex-girlfriend, actress Bella Thorne, also expressed her grief on her personal Twitter and Instagram accounts.

 

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Why I Hope Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Nothing Like Empire Strikes Back

After a long wait, Star Wars came back with a bang with the 2015 release of The Force Awakens. Made by Star Trek reboot director J J Abrams, The Force Awakens had its share of flaws, but the movie represented a strong return to form for the franchise, after the disaster that was the prequel series. Two years later, we’re about to get the second entry into the sequel trilogy, with The Last Jedi releasing this Friday. We’ll have our review of the film later this week so you’ll know what expect, but for now, our expectations are tempered with just a little bit of concern that the film is going to follow on the notes of Empire Strikes Back.

Now, that’s not a bad thing in and of itself – Empire is a definite high point of the Star Wars series. Granted, it doesn’t quite have the same sense of wonder and unfolding possibility of A New Hope, but it builds on the first film in a powerful way and delivers some great emotional notes. The problem is that the Star Wars reboots have already taken that path with Force Awakens, and it’ll be disappointing if the next film in the series also stays too close to the originals, instead of giving us something new and interesting.

Part of the appeal of The Force Awakens lay in its familiarity. “Here, fans, is a film that touches the same kind of emotional beats, and uses similar visual identifiers, as the original films that you loved so much,” the film seems to say. After the prequels, we needed something like this to restore our trust in the series. But despite having enjoyed The Force Awakens enough to rewatch it multiple times, there’s no denying that the criticisms of its similarities to A New Hope are justified.

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Photo Credit: www.starwars.com

(PLEASE NOTE: SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS STAR WARS MOVIES FOLLOW AFTER THIS POINT)

It starts off early with the scenes of Rey (Daisy Ridley) walking off into the sunset in Jakku. If that didn’t make you think of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and R2-D2 on Tantooine, you probably haven’t watched Star Wars. The desert planet where people survive intense hardship while dreaming of a bigger world, before getting a call to adventure in the form of a droid from space who holds a military secret is a little too familiar.

Speaking of familiar, Kylo Ren shares a lot with Darth Vader, as a menacing presence in a dark suit with a cape and a red lightsaber, who has no problems getting his own people killed if that helps him achieve his goals. He’s powerful and threatening, yet mysterious and the film really drives this home by showing how he aspires to be like his grandfather – Vader.

On the other side, the main trio is a little different but has its own parallels as well. Finn (John Boyega) isn’t exactly analogous to Princess Leia, but he does take the initiative and manages to rescue himself from a few tight spots. Poe (Oscar Isaac) is a smirking and cocky pilot who’s got some similarities with Han Solo, though again, there are some differences as well. Meanwhile, Rey lines up well with Luke – she’s desperate to get to space, and to find a connection to her missing family. Like Luke, it turns out that she’s a gifted pilot (she flies the Millennium Falcon, which Luke didn’t get to do), and learns to use the Force quite rapidly, just like he did.

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There’s also the grizzled old mentor – a veteran of former wars who wants to be left alone, but gets pulled in due to his personal connections to the people at the centre of the ongoing conflict. Without fully giving away the big twist from the last movie, let’s say that there are a lot of parallels to be found here as well. Finally, things come to a head when space fighters have to make a run through some trenches to blow up a giant sphere with a single well-placed attack against a super-sized weapon of mass destruction. About the only thing missing was to end with a ceremony handing out medals.

It made for great nostalgia, and we’re actually okay with coming back to the franchise that way, but we’re a little more worried the next film. There’s a tendency for trilogies to match these same beats, where the first film introduces the world, the second provides setbacks and hardships, allowing the third film to be about a triumphant turnaround. And although that’s fine as a general idea, Force Awakens clearly followed A New Hope extremely closely, and we hope The Last Jedi doesn’t mirror Empire Strikes Back in that sense.

And it seems we are not the only ones thinking along these lines. In an interview with Rolling Stone, The Last Jedi director Johnson talked about the challenge of following up Force Awakens while avoiding turning into Empire Strikes Back. “You don’t want to let yourself be guided by those deep-set grooves in your brain, but you also don’t want to make creative decisions just to spite those,” he said.

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At another point in the interview, he also talked about Rey’s parents, and there, brought up Darth Vader’s famous “I am your father” dialogue from Empire Strikes Back. He also mentioned that the film would focus more on the past of the leads – such as Luke’s parentage, and Han’s smuggler connections, both themes that were explored in Empire Strikes Back.

These aren’t red flags in any sense, and we’ve got quite high hopes from the The Last Jedi. After Force Awakens and Rogue One, Disney has certainly earned the fans’ trust and we hope Johnson is able to live up to that, while also making something that stands out as a completely original entry to the series.