Spotify Play Button: Music To My Ears

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Spotify launched a new feature earlier this month known as the Spotify Play Button. This interactive feature allows any website or blog to include songs, albums, or playlists from the music service on any page. Anyone can listen to the playlists chosen by the page's author–provided the free Spotify application is installed on his or her computer. Clearly this new feature is an attempt to increase Spotify's user base to take on other music services like Pandora. I've been an avid fan of Spotify for some time now, and highly recommend the free service to others. Spotify allows users to listen to a radio station featuring artists similar to your favorites, share your music socially via Facebook integration, and select individual tracks to play when you want control of your music (a feature Pandora lacks). What's better, none of the music from Spotify needs to be physically downloaded to your computer–it's all in the cloud. Including the Spotify Play Button... Read More »

Digital Easter Eggs: The Internet’s Coolest Hidden Treasures

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It’s Easter season. This means millions of people from around the world will soon wake up on Easter Sunday to participate in Easter egg hunts in their very own backyards. For technology and pop culture buffs, the search for Easter eggs is never over. In the online world, the term “Easter egg” has a different meaning—it is any hidden, entertaining gem that is left by a programmer for people to discover by doing a series of reproducible actions. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Easter eggs and where to find them so you can access them too. Enjoy! Read More »

How To Win Contests and Sweepstakes

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On any given day, thousands of contests are created to promote goods and services of companies around the world. Someone has to win those contests. Why not let that person be you? In the last year, I’ve entered numerous contests in order to win fantastic prizes, including tee shirts, high-end backpacks, VIP concert tickets, gift cards, cash, and a $5,000 scholarship. The purpose of this post is not to gloat, but to assure the world that anyone can win with the right techniques and mindset. While most attribute my contest success to luck (and it is a big factor), I do have a method that I use to increase my chances of winning these contests. I've shared some tips below. Read More »

Dear Uncertain College Student

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I’d bet good money that we’ve all been asked the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question at some point in our lives. I went through an awkward stage during my early teenage years when I responded to the question with, “I want to be an actuarial scientist.” After I learned that actuaries essentially do statistics problems all-day, every day to determine life expectancy, I decided that the career path wasn’t for me. My other childhood dreams—movie star, professional baseball player, professional Game Boy player—didn’t seem practical. In short, as I “grew up” I knew that I would one day need a job, but I didn’t know what the job would be. For college students there is a lot of pressure to know what you want to do in life and how you are going to make it happen. After all, you are paying thousands of dollars to study your interests full-time. The reality is that many students still don’t know the answer to that question. If that is the case for you... Read More »

Keep Your Old Facebook Profile With A Creative Timeline Design

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Ever since I opened my Facebook profile to the public, I’ve enjoyed connecting with people from all over the world. I've noticed one of the recurring topics of conversation with people is Facebook's latest change, Timeline. Since Facebook decided to change the profile layout (again...) the new profile has been gradually rolled out over the last few months, and many users have been inquiring about my cover photo featured on the first Mashable Timeline gallery. Rather than answer each inquiry individually, I decided to make a template that can be easily used to design anyone’s cover photo to make it look like the “old” profile. If you play a quick game of Spot the Differences you’ll see that several parts of the design (no profile picture, the “Write Something…” box, the “Friends” star) look different than your old profile—this is by design. It is meant to look like what your friends saw when visiting that profile. Here is what the template looks like... Read More »