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 http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free” &&
sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –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.

8 Stylish and Free Responsive Email Templates

It’s 2017…why is sending responsive, browser friendly emails still such a hassle? If you’re frustrated with your email templates and are sick of coding them over and over to fix things that don’t work or try to make them fully responsive across dozens of different devices, maybe it’s time to try your hand at a free responsive email template. What follows is a list of some of the best of what’s out there in this department.

  1. Cerberus

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This one is a free download that comes with simple, responsive patterns for you to use when writing your HTMl emails. The emails are responsive and compatible with all browsers and email clients — even Outlook!

2. Foundation for Emails

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Brought to us by the people over at Zurb, Foundation for Emails lets you create free, responsive email templates that are universally compatible. Not only are the responsive, but the templates can also be edited quickly using Sass. If you’ve worked with Foundation for Sites, this is a great option for you, as you should be familiar with the coding style of Foundation.

3. Antwort

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Don’t be put off by the simple style of Antwort’s site — these templates are great. They’re easy to use and customize and also lightweight, plus, they’re totally free.

4. Campaign Monitor

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Campaign Monitor is an email marketing company that provides, along with many other services, access to free, colorful, creative, and industry-specific email templates. The templates are free, responsive, and will save you a lot of design work.

5. Basic Responsive Email Template

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If you’re looking for something a little less stylish than what Campaign Monitor has to offer, this template might be right for you. It’s basic and rather generic, but not completely void of any style or personality. Because it’s so simple, it’s perfect for customizing to match the aesthetic of your site’s style or brand.

6. Responsive HTML Email Template

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Before the days of iPhones and tablets, back when responsive design wasn’t even necessary, people used to use tables to design and structure pretty much everything, from big web pages to little emails. Since tables are sort of a pain to make responsive, this is no longer the norm. However, if you’re old-school and find yourself more comfortable working with tables, this template is a great option. It’s built with tables but by some miracle is still responsive! Definitely worth checking out.

7. Future-Proof Email Template

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This email template aims to be fully responsive even without media queries so that it works on even super old versions of browsers and email clients. It claims to be “future proof” because it achieves its look using only the most basic, simple code.

8. MJML

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MJML is a free responsive email framework that’s lightweight and easy to use. It contains components that make the code easy to edit and adjust, and it should only take seconds to add a new content section to your email template.

8 Cool Effects You Can Create with HTML5 Canvas

If you know how to use it, HTML5 canvas gives you the ability to create many different animation, text, and design effects that you can use in any of your projects. Canvas makes it possible to seamlessly add awesome and versatile effects to your pages without making your page really heavy, or requiring additional software to run (like Flash, for example). Check out some of our favorite ways to use canvas in the list below!

1. Click to Draw

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Did you know you can let users draw on your canvas? Check out my sloppily-drawn smiley face above, and click through to the tutorial to try it out for yourself (hopefully you’re better at drawing than I am).

2. Canvas Stars

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Create this space effect with twinkly stars using HTML canvas for all of your galactic themed projects!

3. Canvas Charts

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Did you know you can use canvas to create colorful, cool charts? Check out how to do it for yourself in this tutorial.

4. Falling Confetti

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-3-45-15-pmIf your project is a celebratory one, why not consider adding some falling confetti effects created with HTML5 canvas.

5. Canvas Parallax Mountains

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This canvas effect is really unique. Not only does canvas create the mountain shapes, but it also performs a parallax scroll effect that makes it appear as though the mountains are in motion.

6. Canvas Lightning Storm Effect

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Another effect where canvas imitates nature. The rain effect is complemented by a cool lightning bolt that lights up the sky to reveal background clouds.

7. Canvas Loader

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This bright loading effect is created entirely with HTML5 Canvas. The loading effect is the animation used to write the word “loading”, that occurs as quickly or as slowly as it takes to load the page.

8. Aurora Borealis Canvas Animation

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This cool canvas effect mimics the colorful dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. The lights in the canvas are actually animated so it appears as if they’re moving.

6 Free WordPress Themes for Photographers

If you’re a photographer with a WordPress site, there are so many different options you can use to display your photography and create a portfolio. One thing you should definitely do to ensure that your photos get the page real-estate they deserve is to use a theme that was specifically designed for displaying photos. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Gridsby

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Gridsby is a WordPress theme with a grid layout that was inspired by Pinterest. It’s great for displaying your photos as a full collection rather than individually. The theme is fully responsive.

2. Panorama

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Panorama is fully responsive and allows you to feature several full-size photos on your home page (the images can also function as links). The home page images also come with nice CSS effects for smooth transitioning between feature images.

3. Yuuta

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Yuuta is a simple theme that you can use to feature your full-size images as backgrounds of your posts as they appear on the home page of your site. The images will take up the entire width of your page, so they’ll be beautifully displayed. The theme is also fully responsive.

4. Divina

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Divina is a theme designed specifically for photographers. Use it to display your photos in a clean, minimalist grid that enlarges the photos when they’re clicked on. The theme is responsive and features a sidebar.

5. Aperture

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The Aperture theme’s full-screen slider is a great way to display your full sized images.

6. Adirondack

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Grid layouts are great for displaying photographs, so here’s another one. This one has a modern, clean design that will display your posts’ featured images on the home page of your site.

5 Best Color Picking Tools for Your Front End Projects

Looking for a tool to help you explore and choose your color options for your next project? Here are 5 of some of the best and most versatile color picking tools that we love to use.

  1. HTML Color Picker from W3 Schools

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This HTML Color picker from W3 schools is a really great tool to discover all of your color options. Not only does the picker make it easy to select a color on your own and explore different shades of that color, but it also gives you the color values in Hex, RGBA, and HSL formats.

2. HTML Color Codes

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This is a really useful tool that not only allows you to choose colors, but also lets you save them for later AND export them CSS files in Hex, RGB, HTML, CSS, and SCSS formats. As a bonus, the tool also suggests other colors for you that will complement the color of your choosing.

3. Color Hex

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Color Hex is a color picking tool that also gives you access to the colors that have been recently picked by other users so that you can see which colors are “trending.” It also lets users create and browse through color palettes, in case you’re looking for some hue inspiration.

4. Color Palette Generator

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This color palette generator will automatically generate a color palette for you based on any image that you provide. If you’re using an image as inspiration for some of your designs, this is a really great and interesting tool to use.

5. Get Colors from Images

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Here’s a color picking program that allows you to upload an image and use a dropper tool to pick a specific color from anywhere on the image. Again, this one is really useful if you have a photo that you’re using as a color palette inspiration.