Apple will finally let you shut off those annoying requests to rate apps

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Nothing’s worse for your app experience than endless demands for ratings — but, thankfully, those days might finally be over. If you really hate those pop-ups, you’ll be able to make it so that you never have to see one again.

Since before we started playing Candy Crush, app review prompts have been a Wild West of sorts with no set rules for developers to follow. They could hit us up for ratings as often as they pleased — which can be frustrating for users after the fifth pop-up in as many days. 

Apple started to clamp down on the persistent review prompts earlier this year with a new ratings API for developers, introduced along with the iOS 10.3 beta. The new tool was part of an overhaul of the review policy, which also gave developers the ability to respond to user comments directly — but it wasn’t mandatory.   Read more…

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I have drawn the Trump administration as Sonic the Hedgehog and I am ready to answer for it

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The primary duty of a journalist is to speak truth to power — to lift “the veil” and expose the true nature of the people who control different aspects of our everyday lives.

As America struggles with massive political change in 2017, that role is especially important. And that is why I have chosen to draw the Trump administration as Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Is this “risky” satire? Certainly. Am I putting my own career in jeopardy by exposing the current administration in this way? Absolutely. In using my very specific set of skills (ruthless intelligence and the ability to draw Sonic in dozens of positions) to mock those in power, am I gambling on my own future? You bet. Read more…

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The 2020 Olympics will have more mixed-gender events than ever

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Female athletes will have the most opportunities to compete yet in the 2020 Olympic Games — both with other female athletes and with male athletes. 

On Friday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved a program for the Tokyo Games that features 18 mixed-gender events, double the amount from the Rio Olympics in 2016. 

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Some of the mixed-gender events (where men and women will compete in mixed-gendered teams) will include swimming and track relays, a triathlon team relay, table tennis, judo, cycling, and fencing team events. Additionally, a number of other events have been shifted to women’s or mixed, in an effort to promote more gender equality.  Read more…

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Amanda Bynes is back, and wants to explain that infamous Drake tweet

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Amanda Bynes is back, everyone, and she’s better than ever. 

After almost four years away from cameras living it up as a fashion student, a lace-clad Bynes reveals in a new interview with Hollyscoop that she’s working towards a clothing line of her own — as well as a return to the small screen. 

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“I’m going to start acting again,” Bynes said. “I wanna do TV, do a few guest spots of some shows that I am a fan of, and maybe a TV show where I’m the star of it in the future. That’s what I hope.” 

While sipping on strawberry acai tea from Starbucks (her favorite), Bynes also dished on her infamous Drake tweet, drawing inspiration from Blac Chyna’s looks, and who inspires her most in the fashion world. Read more…

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Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ totally gets kids are just a speed bump on the road to will.i.am

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Bad news, little Timmy. Daddy doesn’t have time for you anymore. 

You see, and we know this might be hard for someone as young as yourself to understand, your father is never around these days because he’s too busy taking risks to impress will.i.am.  

What’s that you say? You’re confused?

I’ll back up a bit. You probably know this part already, but your dad is starring in a new reality television show produced by Apple. Pretty cool, right? It’s called Planet of the Apps, and it gives app developers like your father a chance to pitch their idea to a panel of four judges with the hope of eventually getting funded.  Read more…

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DJ Khaled’s upcoming album will feature Beyoncé, Jay Z, Drake, Rihanna and more

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DJ Khaled’s greatest skill doesn’t lie in his catch phrases or Snapchat angles. Rather what the Miami-based DJ is best at is getting the world’s biggest artists hyped up enough on his  🔑  vision  🔑  to collaborate with him and a host of other A-list stars for a knockout album of guaranteed radio hits. 

This summer, he’s back at it with another oneGrateful is slated to be released June 23rd and on Friday, Khaled released the jam-packed track list for the project. 

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Tom Hardy writes heartfelt letter to his beloved dog that passed away

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Tom Hardy considered his dog Woody the “light of his life.” Sadly, Woody recently passed away and the actor’s public tribute to the dog is both heartbreaking and beautiful.

Woody was Hardy’s faithful companion and  accompanied him to movie premieres, film sets, and was even on TIME magazine’s list of most influential animals.

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In the letter, Hardy describes how he rescued Woody off a busy highway.

Hardy also describes the humorous way that he came up with the dog’s name.

Tom Hardy with his dog Woody.

Tom Hardy with his dog Woody.

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7 products to remind everyone that yes, science is real

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Nothing sounds better than having a planet to live on.  

Trump’s controversial decision to leave the Paris Agreement is a reminder that some people need more than a overwhelming consensus among scientists to convince them that climate change is real. Yeah.  

There’s been talk of some big time business leaders pledging to make up the money the U.S. was formerly responsible for contributing, but in the meantime here are a few budget-friendly options that can help you show ‘em how you really feel. Read more…

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Why am I watching a livestream of Katy Perry and Jesse Tyler Ferguson doing yoga?

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What’s going on with Katy Perry? Well, it’s just a click away. Perry is livestreaming her entire weekend to celebrate the release of her new album, Witness, and it’s basically a new age Celebrity Big Brother.

“How old would you be if you did’t know how old you are?” Perry asks Jesse Tyler Ferguson, an acquaintance, who joins her yoga session. “That’s how old your soul is.”

She begs for a fan (a literal fan) as she and her co-stars overheat in this crazy adventure. Earlier on Friday she participated in some transcendental meditation. It’s actually very comforting to watch, I think? 

Maybe deep confusion is just a state of equilibrium at this point.  Read more…

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CNN drops personality who called Trump a ‘piece of sh*t’ on Twitter

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CNN has decided to part ways with host Reza Aslan after he called President Donald Trump a “piece of sh*t” for his response to the London terror attacks last week.

Aslan, who had been host of the fairly new CNN series Believer with Reza Aslan, had tweeted about Trump and the president’s tweets after the London Bridge attacks. He wrote, “This piece of shit is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.”

The next day, Aslan, an Iranian-American who is a religious scholar and author, apologized for the offensive tweet.

I should not have used a profanity to describe the President when responding to his shocking reaction to the #LondonAttacks. My statement: pic.twitter.com/pW69jjpoZy

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