Installing Spotify in Ubuntu 16.04

Spotify has become a popular choice for those looking to listen to music at any time and with the ability to stream and create playlists, it has become one of the more popular music apps. While many use Spotify on iOS or Android devices, it can also be installed on Ubuntu and will allow Linux users to reap the many benefits of this powerful music app. Linux may not be the most popular operating system being used, but with thousands making use of it, users will need to know how they can benefit from Spotify. The operating system is also great for any other internet actions, including playing at some of the best canadian casinos, which offer an amazing way to engage in life-like casino games for real money.

Overview of Spotify

Spotify is a Swedish streaming service
that has finally made its way to the United States and it offers the ability to stream music through computers and mobile devices. Spotify is a music radio streaming service, but it also comes with some amazing tools so that users can customize their listening experience. It allows users to create and share playlists as well as songs and all of this can be done through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. It is quite similar to using the Apple iTunes software, offering access to more than 15 million songs.

The great thing about Spotify is that it can be used anywhere and it is completely free. The company moniker allows users to Spot and Identify songs they like. To get started with this great service one will just register for a free account. When Spotify was first offered it was by invitation only, but now with millions of users worldwide, it is one of the most popular music streaming services in the industry.

The main difference between Spotify and other internet radio services is that there is a download that must be performed. Once the software has been added to the hard drive, users can enjoy the great technology and gain access to thousands of the most popular songs. While most users will choose the free version, Spotify also has two paid versions that can be enjoyed. The Spotify Premium and Spotify Family offer more benefits, including being free of all ads, offering enhanced sound quality, allowing users to listen when they are offline and also offers mobile listening without the shuffle mode being in use.

Using the Spotify Code

Spotify unfortunately has no supported release for Linux, but there is a way to get the benefit of Spotify by installing a code. By making use of the code, one will be able to add the Spotify repository, check for all the latest versions and install Spotify so it can be used on Linux devices. To benefit from Spotify, simply use the code provided and execute it. The code should be copied as it is written and pasted into the Terminal, and is as follows:

sudo apt-add-repository -y “deb stable non-free” &&
sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys D2C19886 &&
sudo apt-get update -qq &&
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

. These are four separate commands and need to be entered exactly. As soon as the commands have been added and executed, users should have no problem instantly opening Spotify on their computer or mobile device.

The reason there is no dedicated Spotify client for Linux is because the company says there are not enough Linux users, and even fewer who pay for the service. However, with the provided code, users can make use of Spotify on Linux powered devices and can continue to enjoy the music streaming service. On a positive note, the Ubuntu Phone does come with an unofficial Spotify app for all premium users, so there are some options aside from using the code on a computer.

The Growing Popularity of Linux

For many years, the Linux operating system has lurked in the background, taking a back burner to more popular and more powerful systems like Windows and iOS. However, things started to change in 2008 when Google released an Android device that made use of Linux in the background. Android devices cannot run any Linux applications that have not been translated to the Google platform, but the success of Android has also lead to the success of Linux. Linux is now used on many Android devices and is also used by products that are developed by Apple.

Seeing as Android dominates the smartphone market it goes without saying the Linux has enjoyed some great growth over the years. However, it does not stop there. Linux is also being used in smart televisions that are being developed by LG and Samsung and it is also seen in Nest thermostats, Kindle e-readers and even in some drones made by companies like 3DR. To give consumers an idea of how popular Linux has become, it is responsible for the displays in Tesla cars and is also used by other manufacturers like Honda, Ford and Toyota. Many companies are now turning to Linux when they wish to create new technology. Since it can be customized to meet the needs of the consumer, it is a system that can provide benefits to many different industries, not just the home computer or smartphone industries.

There are also online casinos that have started to support Linux. For many years, Windows was the star of the show when it came to the ability to play online casino games, but Linux users, including Ubuntu users, can now enjoy great casino games and many of the new online casinos to enter the market are offering software that is compatible with Linux.

9 Best Free Themes for Bootstrap

Looking for a great, free Bootstrap theme that you can use as a jumping off point for your upcoming projects? Take a peek at this list of our top nine favorite (and free!!) themes built using the Bootstrap framework.

  1. Ninestars

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Ninestars is a free Bootstrap theme that’s both minimalist and professional in terms of design and vibe. It’s fully responsive and has a cool slide-out menu that utilizes CSS transitions.

2. Freelancer

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This is a cool theme that is perfect to use if you’re a freelancer looking for a nice, clean way to showcase your portfolio as a single page site. Includes a great set of flat icons.

3. Lightwave

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Lightwave is a fully responsive Bootstrap template that comes with six different style themes. Additionally, it’s really easy to customize to suit the needs of just about any project.

4. Basic

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Another great theme for people looking to create an online portfolio to showcase their work. It’s a 2 page theme that is fully responsive, has a minimalist, trendy design, that lets you keep it simple while communicating your skills.

5. Material Kit

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Material Kit is a free Boostrap UI kit that has restyled all of the basic Booststrap elements and comes with example pages that you can use as templates for your upcoming projects.

6. uButia

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uButia is a free Bootstrap template that would be great for any digital businesses looking for a new way to present themselves online. It’s easy to customize and comes installed with FontAwesome for all of your possible icon needs.

7. Elate

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Elate is another free and responsive portfolio template. It’s got a clean design, smooth scrolling and animation effects, and comes with four different style themes.

8. Umbrella

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Umbrella is a cool, bright, and colorful app that would be perfect for showcasing a product or service. Features include icons, a slider functionality, and responsiveness.

9. Hexa

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Hexa is a unique template that will accommodate 13 hexagonal images on the front page of your site. Perfect for photographers or designers who want to quickly give the user an idea of what they’re capable of. The template is fully responsive.

10 Free and Fun Filler Text Generators

Even if you absolutely love your job as a web developer or designer, there are still times when we could benefit from adding a little more whimsy to our day. A great way to do this is with a free, fun, and harmless filler text generator. It’s a standard practice to use the old Latin Lorem Ipsum… text as a placeholder for actual test in a preliminary design or product, so why not spice it up a bit? What follows is a list of fun and free text generators that are sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who comes across them.

1. Bacon Ipsum

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Bacon Ipsum is one of the more popular alternate text filler generators. Basically what it does is insert the names of meats, cuts of meat, and meat dishes into an otherwise standard Lorem Ipsum passage.

2. Samuel L. Ipsum

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Instead of the standard Lorem Ipsum, this generator gives you text straight out of a Samuel L. Jackson movie. It’s definitely not suitable for work, but if you’re really determined to use it in a project, there’s a “lite” version of the plugin that generates text sans any profanities (there’s also a “classic” version that generates the quotes sprinkled in with some Lorem Ipsum, if you’re a traditionalist).

3. Cat Ipsum

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If you’re not a cat person then you might not appreciate this one. Cat Ipsum generates text that reads like a stream of consciousness from a cat. It also gives you the option to start it off with a little Latin or to just dive straight into the mind of a feline.

4. Yorkshire Ipsum

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This generator provides text meant to mimic the accent of a person from Yorkshire, England. The accent is famously hard to understand, so depending on where you’re from and you who are, Yorkshire Ipsum could be more difficult to decipher than classic Latin.

5. Hodor Ipsum

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Unless you’re a Game of Thrones fan, this text generator probably won’t interest you. The only word that the generator provides for you is, naturally, Hodor. But at least the passages are punctuated. Choose from the dropdown list how many Hodors you want — each Hodor corresponds to another paragraph of, yeah, Hodor.

6. Hipster Ipsum

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Hipster Ipsum generates paragraphs of text that only include hipster words — quinoa, listicle, venmo, bicycle, sriracha, williamsburg, etc.

7. Pirate Ipsum

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Pirate Ipsum will generate a block of text that is all in “pirate speak” — think a lot of “ayes,” “scaleywags,” and “mateys.”

8. Office Ipsum

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Office Ipsum generates a collection of text having to do with work and office environments. Basically, it’s a huge list of business buzzwords that you’ve probably heard a thousand times before in hundreds of meetings or conference calls.

9. Cheese Ipsum

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Because you can never have too much cheese in your life, this text generator gives you a list of so many different types of cheeses that your mouth will be watering just reading it. This isn’t just a list of snotty, high-brow cheese either — queso is listed right next to camembert.

10. Hairy Ipsum

Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 6.31.58 PMThis generator is for those who want to add a little manly ruggedness to their projects. The generator will provide you with a list of words that are the pinnacle of masculinity — mustache, boxing champion, etc.

8 CSS Snippets for Animal Lovers

One of the most fun (and least practical, if you care about not wasting time) ways to use CSS is to create shapes and colors out of regular HTML elements to make them look like real things — like food, objects, or animals. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the best CSS snippets that can be used to turn boring old divs into creations that resemble real live animals. Some of them are even animated! If you love cats and CSS, then keep reading, this one is for you.

  1. Pure CSS Black Cat

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Let’s start with a black cat because it’s a classic. This black cat is created purely with CSS, and it even includes CSS animations so that its eyes and ears both move in sync with each other (the ears move up and down, the eyes move from left to right).

2. CSS Dog

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If you’re not a cat person, maybe this dog will appeal to you. This pure CSS dog silhouette is a sophisticated representation of man’s best friend. It even comes complete with a bone and a collar.

3. Teddy Bear

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This snippet doesn’t create a realistic looking bear, the bear resembles more of a teddy bear, but it’s still really cute and has a nice little animation (the little arm waves at you). Besides, realistic-looking bears are kind of scary anyway. The snippet is pure CSS — no JavaScript or jQuery required.

4. Dog and Ball

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This awesome animated CSS snippet features a very enthusiastic dog and his very enthusiastically wagging tail. In front of the dog is a brightly colored ball, which bounces when you click on it. This snippet is really well done. Not only is the quality of the animation great, but the overall CSS is aesthetically pleasing and realistic looking.

5. Loading Cat

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This cat snippet is probably slightly more useful than the other snippets on this list. The animated cat in this snippet also doubles as a loading effect. The cat moves around in a counter-clockwise circle that could easily be used in place of other circular loading animations that might be used in a project.

6. Rabbit

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This adorable bunny is created purely using CSS and even includes a really cool animated hover effect (when you hover over the bunny, balloons start to rise in the background).

7. SVG Bird

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SVG animations are super useful and versatile in creating any sort of shape and being able to animate it. In this case, the shape that’s been created is a bird, and the animation it’s achieving is a slight flapping of the wings (it’s eyes also move from left to right).

8. CSS Fat Cat

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One more cat for good measure. This pure CSS cat is, as you might be able to tell from the title, a little fat. He’s also wearing a suit because, why not? The cat does have a little animation — the tail is wagging, but based on the serious angry eyebrows this cat is sporting, it’s probably not in a happy way.

Top 5 WordPress Plugins for SEO

One of the greatest benefits of using WordPress as a CMS is that there are so many free plugins available for WordPress that will totally beef up and streamline the SEO of any site. When looking for plugins to boost your SEO, it can be a bit overwhelming because of the sheet amount of free plugins available. If you need help narrowing down the options in terms of which SEO plugins to add to your site, take a look at this list we’ve curated of 5 of the absolute best WordPress plugins for SEO.

  1. Yoast SEO

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Yoast is one of the most popular (if not THE most popular) WordPress plugin for improving your SEO. It’s popular for a reason…this plugin is packed with features and is completely free. Yoast does so much more than allow you to input keywords and meta details. It gives you a rundown of the SEO quality of each page and post that you publish, it allows you to set social media sharing settings (how you want it to look on Facebook or Twitter when your content is shared, etc), and generates XML sitemaps and so, so much more.

2. All in One SEO Pack

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If for whatever reason you don’t want all of the extra features that come with Yoast and are just looking for a plugin that allows you to optimize your pages and posts with keywords and meta descriptions, then All in One SEO Pack is a great option. If it weren’t for Yoast, it would probably be the most popular SEO plugin available for WordPress. It’s easy to use even if you don’t have any knowledge or expertise in coding.

3. Google XML Sitemaps

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Again, if you don’t have Yoast and need to generate a sitemap, this plugin is a great way to do it. Sitemaps optimize your SEO because it makes it easier for search engines like Google to index your site because they can plainly see and access the way that content is structured on your site. A sitemap is pretty much mandatory if you want to have great SEO, and Google XML Sitemaps will generate one for you without you having to do anything other than install and activate the plugin.

4. Keyword Planner

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This one’s not technically a plugin, but it’s an undeniably valuable resource when it comes to SEO. This is a great tool to use to find which keywords have the highest search volume, which keywords advertiser’s are interested in, and which keywords you can use to outrank other sites, so you can try to tailor your content to fit within these parameters.

5. Broken Link Checker

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If you’re a web developer or work in SEO, then you probably know that broken links are not great for your search engine rankings. This plugin, the Broken Link Checker, checks all your content — posts, pages, even comments — for broken links an alerts you to them so that you can either delete the broken link or change it from a broken link to a live link. It also gives you the option to have broken links show up differently (usually with a line through the link, crossing out the text) within your content, signaling to your user that the link is bad in the hopes that they won’t try to use it.