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May, 2019

Apple bumps the App Store cell connection download cap up to 200 MB

Good news: Apple now allows you to download bigger apps over a cellular connection than it used to.

Bad news: there’s still a cap, and you still can’t bypass it.

As noticed by 9to5Mac, the iOS App Store now lets you download apps up to 200 MB in size while on a cell network; anything bigger than that, and you’ll need to connect to WiFi. Before this change, the cap was 150 MB.

And if you’ve got an unlimited (be it actually unlimited or cough-cough-‘unlimited’) plan, or if you know you’ve got enough monthly data left to cover a big download, or you just really, really need a certain big app and WiFi just isn’t available? You’re still out of luck. That 200 MB cap hits everyone. People have found tricky, fleeting workarounds to bypass the cap over the years, but there’s no official “Yeah, yeah, the app is huge, I know.” button to click or power user setting to toggle.

The App Store being cautious about file size isn’t inherently a bad thing; with many users only getting an allotment of a couple gigs a month, a few accidental downloads over the cell networks can eat up that data quick. But it really does suck to open up an app you need and find it’s requiring some update that exceeds the cap, only to realize you’re nowhere near a friendly WiFi network. At least give us the choice, you know?

On the upside, most developers seem to be pretty aware of the cap; they’ll hack and slash their app install package until it squeaks under the limit, even if it means downloading more stuff through the app itself post-install. Now, at least, they’ve got 50 more megabytes of wiggle room to start with.

What Jake and Logan Paul’s new gossip channel says about the state of YouTube

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Can you really discuss drama if you’re at the center of the drama?

We regret to inform you that Jake and Logan Paul are teaming up once again — this time, they’re skipping their usual impossibly loud antics to sit down and unpack YouTube drama in a shared tea channel called Jake ‘n Logan.

Their first video predictably opens with the brothers squawking at the camera. 

“Since we’re brothers and we think alike, and we’re the exact opposite, we’d get together once a week to talk about whatever,” Logan said, turning to a cross-eyed Jake. 

“This channel is going to be us talking about stuff on the internet,” Jake continued.   Read more…

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‘When They See Us’ is an insightful miniseries about a heart-wrenching subject

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In only four episodes, When They See Us sheds insightful new light on a subject already covered widely by the media over the years. 

Ava DuVernay’s miniseries takes a closer look at the The Central Park Five case, offering an intimate glimpse into the lives of the black and Latino men who were arrested and falsely convicted for sexually assaulting a woman in 1989 but then exonerated in 2002 after the real rapist confessed. The episodes chronicle their time as teenagers on the night of the arrest through their trial, prison sentence, exoneration, and the difficulties in rejoining the world. Their journey is distressing to watch because we know the outcome of it all — that these boys will spend the better part of their youth in prison for a crime of which they are innocent. Read more…

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