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Music apps beyond music – The most popular apps that take your listening experience to a whole new level

Music means something different to each and every one of us. However, most can find a common denominator when speaking about music, in that it’s an important part of their life and it makes up for a solid portion of their pastime or hobby time. However, many will go above and beyond to turn music into something more. For them just listening to music isn’t enough, as they need to enhance their listening experience in a number of ways. Today’s technology has made it possible for those who love music beyond a mere listening session to take things to a new level. Here are the most important apps in every music lover’s arsenal:

Musixmatch

This Chrome plugin also comes as a standalone app, and it does the job just as well as it does in Google’s browser. The app has the very appealing feature of displaying the lyrics to any song directly on your screen. Now, you can see the entirety of a song’s lyrics as the song plays out, eliminating any doubt about what the artist had said in each line. Use it to understand the song better or turn your phone into a karaoke machine, the choice is yours.

YouTube
This might surprise some people but yes, YouTube is on the list as well. Many might have not realized but YouTube has turned into a very important part of today’s musical culture. It has taken over from platforms like MTV, as in artists now resort to YouTube to promote their music. In combination with a youtube to mp3 converter, you can even download music to your computer or device, making it easy to get a hold of your favorite songs. An example of such a converter is https://ytmp3.com/, which only needs you to give them the link to the video you want converted and click a button in order to receive the MP3 version.

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Communications Security for Your Business – Deciphering the Tech Talk

In recent months, there has been an increased scrutiny on how secure modern communications are. There was the United States government wanting a way to access your personal information on your cell phone without your knowledge. Additionally, in mid-October, a widespread hack that affected modern WiFi encryption was revealed. While these are attacks on personal information, they also have distinct implications for businesses. So while everyone’s focus is on security, now is a good time to address what a few of those terms mean, and how they affect your business.

VOIP – Hosted vs. Premise-based Solutions
Every business relies on some form of voice communication. When choosing their phone systems, many companies turn to voice over internet protocol (VOIP) as a way of bundling their voice communication with their online presence. One of the chief security decisions when dealing with business VOIP solutions is choosing between hosted and premise-based VOIP solutions. But what does this mean and how does it affect the security of your company?

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Milo Wi-Fi System: Adding Reliability to an Unreliable Network

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Milo Wifi for SponsoredTweets. All opinions are 100% mine.

Internet speeds have been held back for several years, and setting up and connecting to the internet at home has become increasingly difficult. That’s where Milo wants to make a difference. The Milo Wifi System is able to add coverage, reliability and flexibility to any existing Wi-Fi setup, and its simple setup process makes it a breeze to get it up and running.

Milo can be configured as its own Wi-Fi network, without the need of a router; or it can be configured as an addition to your existing router and network. Adding Milo to your existing network will allow your Wi-Fi network to reach farther and faster. It does this using a feature called SmartSeek which constantly checks your connections and adjusts them to give improved performance.

When I setup Milo, I used the recommended configuration of adding it onto my additional router. I saw increased speeds from areas in my house that normally take long to load webpages. Using Milo I’ve seen about a 20-30% improvement from both uploading and downloading speeds.

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A Web Hosting Plan For Every Company

Every company’s needs are unique so why shouldn’t web hosting providers meet them with flexible offerings? Whether you’re a startup enterprise signing up for your very first website, or in the midst of growing and switching to a Virtual Private Server, the host you choose to go with should be scalable, offer you the best in customer care, and bonus features at a price point you can’t refuse. Bear in mind that simply partnering with a strong webhost can boost your user engagement, because they will offer you and your customers reliable, consistent service.

A Canadian web host like HostPapa makes it easy to run a website and offers versatile services with a variety of packages, suites and add-ons, so you can customize your options to fit your hosting needs. There are three tiers for shared hosting from their Starter package, to their popular Business package, to their Business Pro package, which all include free domain registration, unlimited bandwidth and essential features such as a 99.9% uptime guarantee so websites will always stay online and available, and an easy to use cPanel for controlling website activities.

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Why Tech Wednesday: The iPhone X Will Cost $279 To Replace The Screen. Here Are Some Other Things That You Could Buy With $279

Sure, that new iPhone looks cool. You can show it off to your friends and be the cool kid on the block for the next couple of days. But Apple has released pricing info for those unfortunate enough to drop their shiny new phone and the most shocking is the $279 charge for repairing the screen.

So for those people we figured we’d have a little fun with the numbers and see what else that $279 could’ve bought you.

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This Waffle Stick Maker Will Drastically Increase You Consumption of Waffle Sticks

What can be more exciting than being able to make waffle sticks whenever you want? I mean,  I guess a lot of things, but waffle sticks are pretty cool too.

The Babycakes Waffle Stick Maker Mini makes making waffle sticks much easier than making waffle sticks by using a regular waffle maker, by making waffles that are already sticks (I’m so sorry). The design means that everytime you make cook waffles, they come out ready to dip in your favorite healthy toppings, like melted chocolate, Nutella or just good ol’ syrup.

I mean, you could just cut up regular waffles into sticks, but what are you, a psychopath or something?

It’s available for $13. Though it only makes 4 small sticks at a time, so it might feel a little ridiculous going back so many times for more. Is there such a thing as going back for eights?

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Exploring the Top Benefits of Tech Gadgets for Education

Whether you are looking for the best Bluetooth earbuds to listen to the latest lecture that you recorded or you simply need a more sophisticated calculator, you know that certain gadgets are imperative to streamlining the education process. Learning more about how certain gadgets can benefit you when you are learning will help you to make sure that you have the ones that you need to get the most out of the material that you are studying.

 

Study When It is Convenient for You

 

Certain tech gadgets make it easier for you to study on the go, or at least review lectures and the basic material. For example, if you have the best Bluetooth earbuds handy, you can listen to lectures while you are commuting to school or when you are waiting for an appointment. You can also utilize a flashcard app on your smartphone and create flashcards that include the pertinent information that you are learning in your classes. Both of these make it easier to review the material more often so that you can master it.

 

Take Advantage of Independent Learning

 

Technology has made it easier than ever before to take advantage of independent learning opportunities. When you are in school, your teachers and professors will tell you that for every hour you spend in class, you have to spend one to two hours at home reviewing the material. Before technology changed the world, this typically involved just reading your notes and your books. However, you can not engage in interactive activities and even host virtual study groups.

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The LaySee Pillow Is Made For People With Glasses

If you’ve ever tried to lay your head on a pillow while wearing glasses, you know how much of a pain it can be. And if you don’t wear glasses, then I’m happy for you, it must be nice to have functioning eyes.

For everyone else there’s LaySee, a pillow with contoured edges that allow you to lay your pretty head to rest while wearing glasses. I’m not saying it’s a good idea to sleep with glasses on (unless you’re trying to read your mind), but if you just want to rest your head and watch some Stranger Things then maybe you could use a LaySee Pillow.

It costs $79, but it’s made of premium materials. Now I just wonder if it work with people who wear contacts.

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This Hunger Games Theme Park in Dubai Doesn’t Really Get The Irony

The Hall of Heroes (Not Pictured: All the dead kids who were forced to fight each other)

The Motiongate Dubai theme park, has recently debuted their newest addition, a Hunger Games themed section. The section features a “Capitol Bullet Train” rollercoaster, the Hall of Heroes, and the Panem Aerial Tour multimedia experience.

I think they don’t quite understand the irony in having Hunger Games themed attractions, as the franchise revolves around a dystopian future where only rich residents enjoy a high standard of living and nearly everyone else suffers from poverty and starvation. There’s also that little detail where they make kids fight to the death annually for their amusement.

Honestly, if they’re going all in with Hunger Games attractions, they could do a little better. How about park staff dressed like Panem Officers who confiscate the food you just bought, flash mobs that every hour, pretend to riot to protest the wealthy. Of course, the main attraction would be the Hunger Games Experience where kids between the ages of 12 to 17 fight in mock version of the actual games. The losers are kicked out of the park, no refunds, while the winners get a $5 gift card.

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