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13 Reasons to Update to iOS 8

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It seems like every week some Apple product is in need of an update and after awhile it gets really annoying. However sometimes an update is necessary to remind Apple connoisseurs why we'll never go from a mac to a laptop of from an iPhone to an Android. That sometimes moment, was yesterday with the iOS 8 update. It was one of those shining moments we really felt a step above the rest (not like we ever felt equal). After some of us dreaded clearing up space and we all went through the painstaking task of watching our phone slowly download iOS 8 and restart, we have arrived to a better realm of technology.

While many users have 24 hours until their iPhone 6s arrives, those of us that aren't "eligible" for our upgrades can use this latest version of Apple software. Trust it makes your now old iPhones feel like new.

Flip the page to check out six reasons an updated to iOS 8 is a must!



With the new upgrade even Apple won't be privy to our password. According to Apple's CEO Tim Cook, “On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode. Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”

However if you upload anything outside of your phone like iCloud, they will be able to access it.


Group Messaging

Ever wanted to leave a group or at least put it on mute. Well with the new upgrades you can. By clicking the top right corner of your specific group, you can rename it, exit yourself out, look at old pictures sent through, and even put it on "do not disturb."



You can now share your exact location with anyone you choose for a certain period of time. So if they are looking for you and your phone dies they will have your most recent location.

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Song Identifier

Just call Siri, Shazam because now she can recognize music playing around it.


Family Sharing

Sharing is caring and now with iOS 8, six people can share purchases from iTunes, iBook and the App Store. They don't have to be on the same account either. You can also easily share pictures if you create a shared photo album. You can do the same with the shared family calendar.

Audio Text

Moving quickly and can't text, send an audio text instead. Hold the record button down, talk and slide up to send.

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Photo Timer

Love taking pictures but want to be included, you now can with iPhones new photo timer. You can choose between three and 10 seconds.


Message Attachments

If you're anything like my friends and I, you send loads of pictures on a weekly basis. Now when you want to remember a picture sent you don't have to scroll up anymore because they are all in one location within the chat. If you hit "details" in the top right corner of your chat and scroll down you'll see all the pictures and videos ever sent to your particular conversation.



You can now use other apps within Apple apps. If you have a photo editing app, those extensions can be used in your main photo app without exiting the program. Other extensions work in the same capacity.

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You can now respond to text messages without exiting your app. You just swipe downwards to open a small reply window at the top of the screen. You can also set your emails on a notification alert so that your phone will alert you anytime someone replies to a certain thread.

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iOS 8 now has a built-in prediction keyboard. It can predict what word your trying to spell and the word you want next, however if you're a fast typer you may not care for this feature. You also can download a keyboard app that that allows you to swipe your fingers across the keyboard letters to spell out a word.



If you press the home button twice, you'll now be able to not only move between your open apps but also see your most recent and favorite contacts. There you'll be able to initiate a text, phone or video call with said person.


Send Last Location

If your phone is about to die you can now turn on "send last location." Your phone will send Apple its last whereabouts in case you lose your phone and it's dead. However this feature is only available for 24 hours.

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

In a new interview with Essence, actress Vivica A. Fox discussed how she initially turned down her role in Two Can Play That Game based on the script. The established entertainer said it's her mission to ensure that black people are positively portrayed onscreen, and noticed the aforementioned film's prose didn't live up to those standards.

"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Being Mary Jane premiere, screening, and party on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
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BET To Unveil Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

As Being Mary Jane comes to an end, BET is willing to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the series finale.

The network has enlisted the help of Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and cookbook author, to create an edible billboard that also doubles as a wedding cake. The sweet treat will commemorate Mary Jane's (played by Gabrielle Union) nuptials in the two-hour series finale.

On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

All fans have to do is pull a box from the billboard, snap a picture for the 'Gram, take a bite and enjoy. Although lovers of the show won't be able to celebrate with Mary Jane herself, biting into a slice of her wedding cake, for free, is the next best thing.

Don't forget to tune into the series finale of Being Mary Jane on Tues. (April 23) at 8/7 c.

Also, check out what's to come on the series of Being Mary Jane below.

Save the date! 👰🏾It'll be worth the wait. Join us for the series finale of #BeingMaryJane TUES APR 23 8/7c only on @BET! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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