The Best Dating Apps That Aren’t Tinder


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If you're one of the millions of Millenials who use their smart phones to meet, date, and hook up with other Millenials, then you can probably attest: Finding the right app can sometimes feel just as daunting as finding the right partner. But thanks to the research group Applause, you can now choose which dating app is most likely to help you fall in love, based on their Dating App Quality Index, a comprehensive ranking of the 97 (yes, 97) most popular dating apps.

Tinder, which is considered the OG of dating apps and is largely responsible for making the phenomenon mainstream, ranks surprisingly low on the list, as does Grindr, another old standby that seems to be falling out of favor with love-starved young people. Applause attributes their poor showing to consumers judging the app's quality based on their initial experiences. 

They came to that conclusion by using a simple formula that rates app reviews from Apple's App Store and Google Play, then positions them accordingly. So while Tinder and Grindr rank in the "fair" and "poor" end of the spectrum, OKCupid, happn, and something called Qeep are among the best-reviewed dating apps in an increasingly overflowing market.

Check out a more comprehensive look at Applause's findings here, and commence swiping. After all, Valentine's Day is only a few days away. 

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.