[Sponsored Post] 10 Best Music Download Sites

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Music is loved and adored in all parts of the world. Over the course of the previous decades, numerous mediums and methods have been used by people to listen to their favorite songs; however, listening to music was never as simple and convenient as it is today. Gone are the days when you had to search for your favorite songs and albums in music shops;  now you can find all the details and almost every single recorded song on the internet, thanks to websites like YouYube. If you do not have a fast internet connection, you may not enjoy listening to your favorite songs on YouTube. You definitely have to buffer first. I’d recommend to use 4K YouTube to MP3: free youtube to mp3 converter and listen to any song in MP3 format.

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[Sponsored Post] Top 5 Video Editors for Mac

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As Apple products are becoming popular among people, the users have to put up with the Mac OS. So if you are a Mac PC user and video shooting fanatic, it’s essential to have compatible software for video editing tasks. Here I pick up the 5 best video editing software programs for Mac that you can try it out.

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[Sponsored Post] Recycle your old Cell phone, Tablet, Laptop or MP3 Player for Cash!

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Consumer electronics is one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States at an over $4 billion dollar increase in growth from last year. This past year in 2012, Americans purchased over $206 billion dollars worth of electronics devices, most of which have a 1.5 to 3 year life span.

While this new wave of technology consumption is both exciting and fast paced , the quick turnover of newly purchased electronics to make way for new and improved models creates a vast quantity of used electronics that are destined for a junk drawer or even worse a landfill. In fact, for cell phones alone, over 150 million were discarded in the U.S last year and now reside in your local landfill. There are also tens of millions of computers, laptops, tablets, mp3 players, televisions and many other devices that follow this same path. READ MORE

[Sponsored Post] Businesses Work on Cloud Nine with Cloud PBX Solutions

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If your business finally decided to switch over to a cloud-based phone system, then congratulations are in order! You’ve decided to make the leap over to a more flexible, mobile, and cost effective VoIP phone system.

However, if you’re still feeling noncommittal, then learning about cloud PBXs, how they operate, and how you can seamlessly implement one into your business, may make the decision easier for you.

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[Sponsored Post] The iOS User Interface Reimagined by Angell Echo

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Instead of relying on the conventional menu layout seen in most iOS apps, Angell Echo has taken a completely new approach to user interface design for the iPhone and iPad with the release of Stellar Cineplex. In its place, the team developed Panoramic Walk-Through 3D technology which allows users to navigate through a 3D virtual environment that mimics a real space.

Designed for one of the biggest movie theater companies in China, the new design does not take away from functionality, programming seven distinct sections to meet the movie-goers’ needs from the comfort of their own home: the Stellar shop, auditorium, foyer, box office, VIP lounge, news center and concession stand.

To keep content fresh, Stellar Cineplex came with content management system that took all imported images and scaled them to the 3D virtual space. The design even allowed Stellar International Cineplex, the company, to place promotional material in the app in the style of backlit ads that are so ubiquitous in theaters around the world.

This first version of this app is just the beginning with plans to expand the usability of this platform even more. Planned updates include allowing users to utilize augmented reality, participate in movie clubs and take part in promotional events. Users will also have more opportunities to make purchases in the app from their mobile phones.

[Sponsored Post] Enhancing Business Operations for Nonprofit Organizations through Cloud Services

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With increasing demands for nonprofit services amidst current economic challenges, having better means to streamline operations will help these organizations remain effective and sustainable. Leveraging cloud services can help nonprofits increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

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[Sponsored Post] What is my Old iPhone Worth?

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For those of us out there trying to decide if our current iPhones are good enough in the shadow of the iPhone 4S, the cost of upgrading is usually a big factor. One way to take the sting out of this transaction is to trade-in or sell your old phone. The decision to trade-in or sell is similar to when you are getting a new car. Trading-in is easy, but you get a rock bottom price. Selling in an existing marketplace like eBay or Craigslist will get you more money, but is a hassle. Bridging this gap for potential sellers is Glyde, an online marketplace with an incredibly simple interface which takes the hassle out of selling, and offers the highest price possible.

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[Sponsored Post] Buy Now or Wait? Decide has the Answers.

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Buying electronics can be tricky business. Prices tend to fluctuate rapidly and can vary from retailer to retailer. In addition, new models ship on a regular basis. You’re never quite sure when is the best time to buy in order to get the best deal on your electronics purchase.

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[Sponsored Post] Is the Desktop Dying Out?

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These days over 80% of households in the UK own at least one computer and in many homes it is the laptop computer that we will notice more often than desktop PCs. Smaller, more portable, more stylish and oh so 21st century, laptops have fast become one of the must have gadgets around the house. So does this mean the end of the desktop computer?

There are many positives and negatives with both types of computer and it largely depends what you want to do with it whether you will be better off with one or the other.

In general laptops are more expensive than desktop computers if you match the specifications exactly, so depending on your budget you should be able to get higher specification and more powerful desktop computers for the same money as bottom of the range laptops.

Desktop PCs also tend to have more cutting edge technology packed inside as it can take some time for new features to be made small enough for the laptop market, so if you tend to use your computer for lots of gaming, music creation, photo or video editing or anything else requiring high processor speeds and outstanding graphics capabilities, you may find that a desktop is more capable than a laptop.

One of the biggest advantages of a laptop is, of course, its portability. Unfortunately this is also its biggest downfall too, as millions of laptop computers are stolen every year from homes, public places and offices. Consider if you really need the computer to be portable and think about how often you will really use it outside of the home. University students often buy laptops thinking they will take them to lecture theatres with them, but in reality they never do and University halls of residence are one of the worst places for laptop theft.

Another major difference is the ability to upgrade components of the computer as your needs change or technology advances. Laptops can have their memory upgraded, the hard drive can be replaced and the CD/DVD drive can be changed, but that’s about it. This means there is little that can be done to upgrade the overall performance of a laptop, particularly in terms of gaming and graphics upgrades.

Desktop computers however, can be infinitely upgraded with as many new components as you can fit into your case. Even if you run out of space in your case you can always transfer your hard drive into a bigger one! The downside is that desktops do not hold any resale value, although if you have upgraded sound cards, graphics cards and memory you might be able to sell on these individual components to get some money back.

As the situation is currently it is unlikely that we will see the end of desktop PCs. Until there is a way to increase the longevity of laptops by enabling more plug and play upgrading, serious gamers, designers, musicians and photographers will always have a need for the highly customisable desktop computer.