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Spotlight: What’s new with Free on Spotify?

All these new features!

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Time to rejoice, music lovers! Last April, Spotify quietly announced the new and improved Free on Spotify, and today, we got up close and personal with all the new things the app can now do.

The streaming company’s Free on Spotify redesign will make for a better listening experience for all free users. How, you may ask? Well, it all boils down to five new key features.

Pick your favorites

Spotify’s taste onboarding allows you to pick five (or more) of your favorite artists and this will set the stage for your Spotify experience — a home screen and music discovery experience tailored to your choices will await.

Pick and play… list

15 playlists will automatically be curated based on your music preferences for your listening pleasure. These playlists are different for each individual person, and they update depending on your interactions. Talk about personalized listening!

When you decide to make your own playlists, you’ll also get suggestions based on your artist choice and even playlist title.

What you want, when you want

Previously only available to Premium users, Free users now have unlimited skips — yes, you heard right! The caveat: The feature is only available for those 15 curated playlists, which isn’t half bad as those are catered to your personal taste.

All ❤️s

Actions on specific songs will help you create a better experience on the Spotify app. Hitting ❤️ on a song means it will go to Your Favorites, a playlist that’s found on your home screen.

You can also “unlike” songs which removes said offending song from future playlists. Don’t worry though, this is reversible — simply searching for the song and tapping ❤️ will undo the action.

Optimize your data

For the data-conscious, there’s now a data saving mode! This isn’t turned on by default but all you need to do is head to settings and activate it.

Happy listening!

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TechDen helps create better and healthier screen habits

Time to pull ourselves away from those addictive screens

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of us spend a majority of our time staring at a screen. This is all fine and dandy, technology is awesome, but we also have to admit that our devices have changed how we interact IRL. The founders of TechDen has thought of a way to pull us away from our screens and back into the real world.

TechDen merges software and hardware to create a system that can help build healthier screen habits. The Den lets you charge and store up to two devices, and manage multiple ones. The accompanying app lets you create “sessions” of specific time periods with their own duration based on people’s schedules, as well as schedules to remotely lock and unlock the doors of The Den.

You receive notifications when devices are removed as well as time usage, and in the family setting, this system creates opportunities for collaboration — you can talk to your kids about the session schedules, and even utilize these sessions as incentives.

TechDen is marketed towards families to encourage more real-world interaction with an “out of sight, out of mind” point of view. Really though, this tech would be very helpful for anyone who wants to build a healthy relationship with their devices for themselves.

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SafeDate gives you ease of mind going into a date

This app lets your friends keep tabs on you

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In 2005, Emma Sayle started Killing Kittens, best known for its extravagant sex parties. It aims to enable women to explore their sexuality in an open and safe space. Since it started, KK has had an incredibly strict code of conduct for their parties to ensure that women feel “empowered, safe, and confident.” Members are vetted before being admitted and there is a rule wherein only the women can approach men.

Last July, she launched the SafeDate app which puts a modern twist to what girls have been doing for years. This app lets you input information for your dates, including a profile for the person you’re going out with. You then designate a “safe friend” to whom you will have to check in with at a time which you set. If you don’t check in by the time you set, your friend will be notified and given the details of your date, and it would be up to them to decide what to do next.

Sayle told Wired that we can’t stop bad things from happening, nor can we tell people what to do. But if someone seeing the SafeDate logo makes them think twice, and women feel safer knowing that someone they trust is keeping an eye out for them, it’s a step in the right direction. We definitely couldn’t agree more!

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6 apps and websites to help your wedding planning

Let us help you get ready to say ‘I do!’

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They say that your wedding day is the most important day of your life. It’s also probably one of the most expensive and stressful days ever. Luckily, technology has made it so much easier to plan such a momentous event. We’ve gathered some of these resources to help with your wedding planning.

For your all-around planning — Wedding Planner by The Knot

The Knot’s wedding planner app pretty much covers everything you need to plan your wedding. You can look for inspiration, create your budget and checklists, and even find vendors right from your phone or tablet. It’s literally your digital wedding planner, or at the very least, your wedding assistant.

For amazing wedding invites and thank you cards — Minted

Whether you need a website, save the date, invitation, or thank you cards for your wedding, or perhaps the program, place cards, menus for the reception, this website can connect you to many different independent artists that can get it done. You can have samples sent to you, and you can coordinate with your artist as much as you need to get the perfect designs.

For vendors you might need in your area — Carats & Cake

This site lets you look through different weddings and see which vendors were there. If you like any of the vendors you see, you can get their info from their profile. This website works through recommendations of real couples, and even if you don’t find someone you want to hire, you at least get to look at beautiful photos that can serve as inspiration as well.

For your registry and wedding gifts — Wedding Wire Registry (formerly Newly Wish) and Tendr

The Wedding Wire Registry consolidates all your registries from different retailers. You can create your retail registries and import them into your page, which you may then customize to match your wedding theme. This makes your wedding gift list more organized and easy to monitor, which is good for both you and your guests.

If you prefer to get your gifts in cash instead, Tendr is a really elegant and easy way to go. You can create a page for your occasion, and your friends and family can send you their gifts through that, alongside a beautifully designed digital card. Something that makes this even better is that you can donate a percentage of your gifts to a charity of your choosing.

For when you need help accomplishing different tasks — TaskRabbit

If you find yourself lacking hands when it comes to the wedding itself (perhaps last minute), you can use TaskRabbit to get the help you need. From decorations to emergency purchases, and even overall assistance, this app could help you get things done and get one less thing off your plate!There you have it: six resources that cover most aspects of wedding planning. Whether you’re already engaged and planning your wedding (a huge CONGRATS to you!) or just love looking at wedding-related things for your future special day, we hope this was able to help you find something useful.

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