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Summer’s in full swing here in the US. Whether you’re trying to make memories while traveling, enjoying food and drink with loved ones, or even if you just need ways to pass the time while you cling to your blessed bubble of air conditioning as much as possible, we’ve got some app and gear suggestions that may help you out.
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I am a big fan of Apple Music, but Spotify is also really fantastic. One of the aspects of Spotify that I do miss on Apple Music is the wealth of homemade playlists. Spotify is the defacto place for most people to share playlists because Spotify doesn’t require a paid plan in order to listen to them. SongShift is a neat app that helps bridge the gap between Spotify’s playlists and Apple Music’s integrated library.
You might have missed it this week, but the iPhone turned nine. Just a few years ago, the iPhone was a mere rumor with no credibility behind it, and the only popular smartphones on the market were run by Windows Mobile and Blackberry. A lot has happened in the past 9 years, and it’s hard to imagine a world without iPhones today.
Dan Moren, for Six Colors, recently purchased some Philips Hue light bulbs, and wrote a bit about the usability and expansion available for the popular smart bulb brand. Using a combination of Hue, Yonomi, HomeKit, and IFTTT, he set up a “red alert” mode for his home in which the lights turn red and blink. It’s crazy that we have so much technology available to us, and it’s fun to see how people tinker and implement different things using these tools. Like Dan mentions, though, we’re still only scratching the surface. We really have no clue what the homes of 2050 will look like.
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