Author: Kristin Hernandez

Best apps to download youtube videos to Android

Best apps to download youtube videos to Android

In the digital era, streaming services and online radio stations are more common among the netizens. It’s gradually replacing the idea of creating and curating individual music collection. Nevertheless, streaming music is recommended, especially if you haven’t ventured outside. For that reason, let’s look at the best music download app for your Android in 2020.

Best apps to download youtube videos

If you’re heading on vacation or your data gets depleted, you’ll still enjoy your favorite music provided it’s downloaded. Thankfully, this is possible due to the immense number of apps that offer this feature.

SoundCloud

SoundCloud is an outstanding music free app that allows users to download their favorite music using their Android. Artists are free to upload their content to SoundCloud, and that content can be accessed by anyone who finds it fascinating. This app boasts over 120 million tracks, which is surplus to the users’ requirements. Besides music, there are plenty of live shows, podcasts, and other content to listen to. Like Spotify, SoundCloud has a free and paid version. The free version is dominated by independent artists, while the premium version is bombarded with popular music from celebrated artists. The type of version ideal for you will depend on your favorite music or shows.

Spotify

To date, Spotify is the most renowned streaming service. It’s the ideal platform to discover the latest music, constitutes a fantastic discovery engine that aids users in finding the newest tracks to listen to. Spotify makes it hassle-free to create, share, and to add playlists.

Regardless of your music preferences, Spotify is the best download music app for you. Spotify comes in two versions, free and premium versions. The Premium version comes with more perks in contrast to the free version. With a paid version, you can download your favorite songs or albums offline, unlike the free version where all downloads require the internet.

Deezer

Deezer has been in existence for quite some time, and it’s one of the superb free music apps. This app comes with Deezer’s Flow feature that helps you spot new artists, and you can listen to your preferred playlists and mixes. Deezer has lyric fetching, immense playlist creation, and mixes centered on individual artists. Like other music download apps, Deezer comes with a free and paid version. The premium version boasts several privileges such as superb audio and offline listening and renders Android Auto support to those interested.

Pandora Music

is another renowned music download app. This app is more adored due to its user-friendly interface and cross-platform support. With Pandora Radio, you can listen and enjoy your favorite music virtually on any platform that you’re attracted to, and your stations will play the music you select. Over the last few years, the Pandora Radio content library has grown immensely. The overall experience is somewhat promising. They have an exclusive, on-demand streaming service for anyone interested in streaming without quitting Pandora. The free version of this app also does wonders.

Google Play Music

Google Play Music, …

Strange Things in Google Maps is a Web Site for the Cosmic Voyeur in All of Us

One of the most addictive and coolest web sites around today is called Map of Strange: Strange Things in Google Maps. Everybody loves Google Maps, of course. Well, everybody who doesn’t get frustrated when they find their own local destination isn’t one of those places not lost in the muddled mess of miasma that hasn’t yet been updated by the satellites with which Google does bidness. But Map of Strange takes the potential of Google Maps to illogical and thoroughly wonderful, not to mention strange, places.

Google logo neon light signage

For instance, anyone who is a fan of Jonathan Swift and his masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels will be fascinated by the satellite view of an enormous, and enormously impressive, figure of Gulliver tied to a playground by real life Lilliputians in Spain.

Navigation of Map of Strange begins on the left with the latest updates, but to totally enjoy the site to its ultimate your attention is best direct rightward. There you will find a menu of sorts that includes such clickable tags as Sightseeing, Strange, Writing, Cool and Mysteries. They are what they promise. For instance, by clicking on Sightseeing you will be taken to a page that includes such fascinating and never to be forgotten satellite images as, I kid you not, crop circle art in the shape of Oprah Winfrey’s head, or a rare view of the Seattle Space Needle from directly overhead. Clicking on the tag for Cool takes you to everything from a headache-inducing fantasia known as one of ultra-hip architect Frank Gehry’s buildings to the very uncool John Travolta’s house in Ocala, Florida.

It is the Mystery tag that brings up some of the most interesting Google Earth images. For instance, under the left-hand description Line in Ocean will pop up a satellite image of the water with a very long whitish line. What is it? I don’t know, he’s on a third, and I don’t give a damn. A really cool mysterious image is of a man’s face that, as you might well expect, has been said to resemble Jesus Christ, though of course there is not even a description of what Jesus looked like, much less any visual representation by which to make such a comparison.

The world is filled with odd images and shadows and really weird things that people created and constructed and with Google Earth spying on us all (except for Vice President Dick Cheney’s residence, notably) at all times, there are plenty of fun things to check out at Map of Strange.…

We Are Standard Project – What You Should Know

We Are Standard is more than a simple life hacks blog; it is a project of passionate writers from many niches and domains. These writers make good money from their passion by selling their articles to major online newspapers and magazines, but they also write for you for free in the pages of this beautiful blog.

We Are Standard is the name under which they initiated this project, but it is more than standards things that you will find in the pages of this blog.

Hey, let’s make a blog for all these things…

Matt Drummonds and Benjamin Alfie wrote for significant newspapers online, such as Newsweek and New York Standard. One night, they were talking about their careers and thousands of articles that they wrote during the past 20 years. Not all of them got to the pages of the publishers, as some editors don’t appreciate the real nuggets of the internet that could become viral. ‘I remember when I wanted to write about the strange things that you can find on Google maps, and my publisher said it is a subject that no one wanted to read about. He was wrong. As soon as I published the piece on We Are Standard, it got thousands of visitors daily.’

However, We Are Standard was the idea of Ben, who once said, ‘Hey, let’s make a blog for all these things that our publishers never wanted to publish. And let’s not make it standard.’

Although Matt and Ben are not , they were able to find a reliable company, to buy a domain in minutes and also to install a secure CMS to make a sleek and intuitive website for their readers.

As they were known authors in their niches, and they knew they were able to drive traffic to their websites since the first days, they went for a Virtual Private Server hosting. This package only costs a few tens of dollars a month, but it offers all the facilities required by a robust beginner’s blog.

Soon, more bloggers and friends of theirs joined the project, so We Are Standard is now a complete collection of articles from various niches and industries. What they have in common? The passion for writing and the desire of several experienced bloggers to have space where they can publish free, without worrying about the censorship of an editor.

Matt and Ben are really proud of their blog, as it is maintained with minimum expenses and brings them thousands of visitors that they could not get on their mainstream websites. They admit they were lucky to find a web hosting company with some reasonable prices and excellent customer support. They said customer support is critical, as in the lack of a web developer, they have to sort all the problems of the website by themselves.

We are standard is only one of the success stories of people writing online for good money. If you are passionate about your trade and a little talent in …

Cool Tokio Hotel Music Videos

Tokio Hotel is a hugely popular emo rock band from Germany. They released their first English album last summer, and are hoping to catch on in the U.K. and America. A lot of the attention given to Tokio Hotel revolves people’s initial question of whether the lead singer is a boy or a girl. To answer, the band is fronted by Bill Kaulitz, a boy. Here are a few of Tokio Hotel’s best music videos for Tokio Hotel newcomers to check out on YouTube:

Monsoon
Watch it

The video for the song Monsoon is pretty cool. It features the band jumping out of helicopter, driving in a car through a storm, and performing as a band in the rain. It has a forboding feel to it without being over the top. The german version of this song is Durch den Monsun.

Durch den Monsun

people in street holding umbrellas during daytime
See it

This is the german version of Monsoon. Durch den Monsun is an entirely different video than that for Monsoon. It features a younger Tokio Hotel. I actually think I prefer this one to the other. But both are pretty cool.

Scream
Watch it

One of the most popular Tokio Hotel songs. The video is done in black and white, and has the band performing in a young party atmosphere. It is one of the band’s more hyper efforts.

Schrei

This is the german version of Scream.

Don’t Jump

The band peforms among urban movie-like scenes centered around an apparent suicidal jumper. Nicely produced video and haunting song. The video is cool, but it annoys me a little that the singing doesn’t really match up.

Spring Nicht

German version of Don’t Jump.

Rescue Me

Bill defies physics in this somewhat dark, but cool music video. Awesome song.

Rette Mich

The german version of Rescue Me. Same video as Rescue Me, just different language.

Ready, Set, Go

Cool intro. Then, the band Tokio Hotel performs among a colorless sea of people.

Ubers Ende der Welt

Tokio Hotel’s original German video for Ready, Set, Go.

Der letzte Tag

This music video features the German band performing on top of a building, in front of a crowd of screaming fans.…

Top 10 Websites that Will Add Character to Your Wardrobe

1. www.urbanoutfitters.com

I’ve ordered from this site several times and I love the products. Most things are reasonably priced and I am always satisfied with my purchases. They also have some stores in bigger cities, but some items are only available online.

They have more than just clothes and accessories. They also sell apartment furniture, books, and other fun trinkets. It’s a great place to order inexpensive gifts for friends.

I also read the OU blog and download the playlist every month.

  1.  www.modcloth.com

This online vintage shop is not only adorable, it also has some of the most unique finds on the web. It is a lot like Urban Outfitters, but some of the items are one of a kind. It is also has a lot more retro glamor style , which I personally adore.

Again, most pieces are reasonably priced and the site literally has a look for every occasion.

white and orange dog wall decor

  1.  www.etsy.com

Etsy is a great online source for online fashion. They specialize in vintage and hand-made crafts. They have a lot of stuff, much more than just clothes. But I have found some great designers on the site with shockingly low prices. It’s a great place to buy and sell vintage jewelry, or garments.

I have also found a ton of eco-friendly shops on this site. Every seller has a “shop” and they all set their own prices, so some things are pretty expensive, but if you look around for a while you will find some good deals on beauty natural products and home-sewn clothes.

  1.  www.bluefly.com

This is a slightly more expensive site, but it offers more high-end brands. I really like the accessory selection, personally. It is always a good idea to check what is on sale.

Right now there is a sale on Rebecca Minkoff hand bags and I am using all of my self-control not to order one!

  1.  www.mango.com

Mango has the biggest selection online. Honestly, if you need a black skirt or a basic top you can find exactly what you need here at a decent price. If you want something flashy, or more professional you find both in the same place.

Everything is pretty classy. A lot of websites show really great pictures and send you cheaply made garments, but Mango has never let me down. Most pieces look more European and I really like that myself.

  1.  www.net-a-porter.com

This is by far the most high-end and luxury online site I have on the list. It’s really where I look to see what is new, though I don’t usually shop as online stores that are out of my price range. If I want to blow my rent money, I like to at least try on the clothes first.

But if style is more important than dollar bills, I suggest checking out this super chic shopping website.

  1.  www.frockshop.com

I love the designers on this site! Though it is still a bit out of my shopping price range, I would encourage anyone to take a peek at …

Soup Recipe – Moroccan-Inspired Chicken Soup: Saffron, Spices, and Couscous Make a Rich, Hearty Soup Exotic

This soup, though it requires a lot of steps, is fairly easy to make. If you are unfamiliar with the Moroccan staples used in the soup, just substitute with the mentioned ingredients. If you do not access to ras el hanout, which is a Moroccan spice blend that literally translates to “head of the shop” and refers to the best spice blend a merchant has to offer, substitute with a pinch each of the following ground spices and blend together into the flour to season the chicken: ground cumin, ground ginger, ground coriander, ground cardamom, ground turmeric, ground nutmeg, ground clove, and ground black pepper.

The flavor will be less complex than a full ras el hanout blend, but the spices will enhance the flavor of the chicken and the broth. You can also rub a small amount of harissa paste, which is a spicy chili paste, onto the chicken instead, if it is available. Moroccan cooking relies a lot on spices and preserved citrus to add a distinctive flavor to its dishes. Adjust the spice level to suit your personal tastes.

two sauces topped with seeds

Ingredients for Moroccan Chicken Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of smen (Moroccan clarified butter) or butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, quartered
  • 1/4 cup flour, to dust the breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon ras el hanout (or optional spice blend) to season chicken
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 parsnip, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 4-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • a generous pinch of saffron
  • a few small pieces of preserved lemon rind, optional
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon preserved lemon juice (or regular lemon juice if no preserved lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 5 ounces couscous
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Moroccan Chicken Soup

  1. Heat the oil and smen (or butter) in a large dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat.
  2. Fry the onion for 3 or 4 minutes until softened.
  3. Mix flour, ras el hanout, and salt and pepper together on a plate and dust the chicken pieces.
  4. Fry the chicken until browned, careful not to tear the flesh.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot and reserve. Add the carrots and the parsnip to the pot and reduce the heat to medium low.
  6. Cook the vegetables for a few minutes, stirring often.
  7. Return the chicken to the pan, add the stock, cinnamon stick, paprika, and preserved lemon. Season with salt and pepper (and additional ras el hanout if desired).
  8. Bring the soup to a boil, cover, and let simmer for about an hour. The vegetables should be very tender.
  9. To prepare the saffron, add it to two tablespoons of boiling water and mix.
  10. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the lemon juice and add parsley and mint.
  11. When the saffron is cooled, stir it into the egg mixture.
  12. After the soup has simmered, remove the chicken breasts from

Foods Typically Only Eaten in the Caribbean

Caribbean food is known for being especially interesting and diverse. While much of the food you might find in the Caribbean is similar to what you would find in the US or in other parts of the western world, there still are quite a few unique dishes that you are likely to see in the Caribbean.

high-angle photography of white boat on blue ocean water near green leafed trees during daytime

Take for example the Santa Fe pepper soup. Santa Fe pepper soup is a soup that was originally made in Columbia. This soup is made using chicken on the bone, cobs of corn, potatoes, and other vegetables such as sabaneras, which are natively grown in the Caribbean islands. This soup can often be found in different versions such as a Cuban stew version.

Another good example of a food typically only eaten in the Caribbean is callaloo. Callaloo is a soup from Trinidad. This soup is often made with okra, as well as taro and amaranth. Callaloo might contain meat as well and is often seasoned with things like onions, coconut milk, garlic and chili peppers. Callaloo is often eaten alongside salt fish.

One of the most that has made its way out of the Caribbean to many locations in the world, such as the United States, is Caribbean jerk. Jerk is a way of preparing meat with spices such that it becomes rather spicy and hot. Jerk uses allspice and it also uses scotch bonnet peppers. You can often find foods with a Jamaican or Caribbean jerk sauce even in the United States.

Another popular food typically only eaten in the Caribbean is peardrax. This is a soft drink that at one time was popular in the United Kingdom. Today, this pear flavored soft drink is made by the Pepsi cola company in Trinidad and is very closely identified with that nation.

Picadillo is a food often eaten in the Caribbean, but you may also find it in Latin America. Picadillo consists of tomatoes mixed with ground beef. Picadillo usually has other regional items including things like potatoes or olives. Picadillo is often served as a finger food.

If you are looking for a new culinary adventure, why not give some of these foods typically only eaten in the Caribbean a try today. You might just find that you have a new favorite delicacy.…

Rhapsody.com: Unlimited Music for $15 a Month

Are you tired of searching for free music on the Internet? Are you tired of waiting forever for songs to download, only to find out that it is not the rendition you are looking for, or that you don’t like the song after all? Do you feel like it’s not worthwhile to pay a buck for a song that you’ll get tired of in a few months, or even weeks?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should look toward Real Network’s Rhapsody-To-Go service to solve your online music quandary. At $15 a month, you can have unlimited music at your finger tips for online streaming, or download to your mp3 player that you can take with you to the gym, in the car, or be plugged in to a speaker at a friend’s party.

person holding black and white quote board

I found Rhapsody.com to be extremely pleasant and intuitive to use. It’s great for discovering music and artists you are not familiar with, and the unfamiliar works by the familiar artists alike. Each artist page not only has the complete list of artist’s albums and singles, but also offers information and links to the artist’s contemporaries and influences. For example, by checking out The Cranberries’ artist page on Rhapsody.com, you’ll also discover The Sundays and Sinead O’Connor. There is also quite an international and Latin music selection, and covers most genres from Pop and Acid Jazz to Classical and New Age.

I find that on most days, their online streaming functionality is enough for me because I listen to music most of the time while sitting at my office desk. If this is also the case for you, then I would recommend getting the $10 monthly subscription which covers unlimited access to the Rhapsody.com website and the online streaming functionality. But if you are a commuter like my husband, and spends much time in traffic where good music is necessary to keep you sane, then I would recommend investing in the reasonably priced Sansa Rhapsody Mp3 player, so you can take your music with you anywhere. It’s not by any of stretch of imagination that you can have hundreds of new songs on your Rhapsody player everyday.

I have been a subscriber to this service for over a year now, and I have to say that it has been the best $15 a month I’ve ever paid for (better than Netflix). Try it and judge for yourself.

Happy listening.…

Five of the Best Websites for Cat-Related Entertainment

The Internet is made of cats! Cat-related humor can be found all over the Web and with good reason: cats rule! Sure, they have the occasional bout of toxoplasmosis and sometimes an angry mother cat may attack people like Bailey Black, but if the Internet has proven anything, it’s shown just how talented, funny and full of teh cutes kittehs really are. Do you want in on some of this purr-fect action? Of course you do. For all you cat fans out there, here are five websites for fantastic felines.

brown tabby cat

  1. MeowCheese.com This site hosts a load of lolcat photos. There are a few dogs thrown in the mix here and there (unfortunately), but for the most part, it’s good cat fun. Users can upload their own photos, build their own lols, vote on lol submissions that may be featured on the front page, or just scroll through and enjoy the pictures and captions.
  2. KittenWar.com This is the toughest contest on the Internet! You are given two pictures of kittens, and you must click on the photo that you feel is the cutest. Plenty of tough choices in this one, I assure you. Still, aside from having to judge their cutes, you also get to enjoy them. And who doesn’t like pictures of adorable cats? It’s a great boredom killer.
  3. StuffonmyCat.com What do you get when you have a cat and then you put stuff on it? What kind of stuff, you ask? Maybe flowers, hats, toys, pillows, ribbons; you know, STUFF! Back to the question. What do you get? You get a website dedicated to cats with random items on them. Nothing harmful now! Just see for yourself. Their kitty expressions are great!
  4. KittehRoulette.com When you first load the site, you are given a random cat video. If you find that cat boring or the video ends, click “next” to be given a new video. You know, a parody of another “roulette” site on which you video chat with random strangers until you click “next”. This is better than any chat roulette, though.You won’t have to deal with random rejections or nudity. The cats don’t click next and are always covered by fur coats! Well, except for this guy.
  5. ICanHasCheezburger.com You can’t have a list of funny cat websites without the classic ICanHasCheezeburger lolcat site. Like MeowCheese, you can upload, create and vote on lolcat pictures, but you can also connect with ICHC on Facebook and Twitter. Plus, they have a store in which you can purchase all the necessary lolcat merchandise and a bunch of other non-cat photo caption sites. Good stuff!

I hope everyone finds these picks as cat-tastic as I do. If cats ever do take over the world, they’ll be pleased I told you about this and spare me.

What!? You find that ridiculous? Shows what you know. Cats are already experimenting with our technology in an attempt to master and use it against us.…

Technology and Its Effects

Pull out your phone. I bet it was right next to you , wasn’t it? While this is normal now, there was a time where most households only had one phone, and it was not that long ago. With the explosion in popularity of we have seen good and bad effects in our community. However, I would like to focus on some of the negative it has done/is doing.

  • less social interaction in person and more via technology
  • no skill needed to solve math problems
  • there is less problem solving and more looking up answers

Have you been out with your friends lately? Did you seem to notice everyone’s favorite activity? Staring at the screen. A lot of people spend more time talking to others over text when hanging out then actually talking to each other. Call me crazy, but anything that can allow you to happily spend an entire day on the couch isn’t a good thing. We need to get out of the house, get some fresh air once in a while. After all how do you think the great people in history did the things they did? I guarantee it was not playing playstation all day or spending an evening taking selfies.

people sitting down near table with assorted laptop computers

I believe people should be able to appreciate technology and how far it has come. I also believe that abusing technology is going to lead to lower functioning individuals over time. If you can get instant gratification of a math problem by searching it online or simply using a calculator what is going to motivate kids to learn the theories and algorithms behind it all? When you only search for an answer you focus too much on the answer and not enough on how you got it. Meaning you will always be searching for answers instead of solving problems.

Do not get me confused. I am not implying that everyone should go out and get rid of their electronics. Technology has come so far, it is truly amazing. The message I am trying to get through is that we need to have some self control when we use technology. Don’t let it run your life, there are too many experiences to be had to just waste life away staring at a screen. This, is how technology has affected me and my generation over the last decade. How has it affected you?…

Theme: Overlay by Kaira