Apple HomePod Explored and Explained

Originally announced on the 5th June 2017 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, The HomePod is a smart speaker system designed by Apple to challenge Google’s Home and Amazon’s Echo devices.

Available in Space Grey or White, the HomePod was originally due to be launched in the December but was subsequently delayed until 9th February 2018 when it was released in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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15 Exciting Electronica Music Kits Trending Right Now

Unlike the typical music item that is usually a fixed-length track, Music Kits are song tracks that have been pre-edited into individual musical sections that can be rearranged, like building blocks, to create custom-timed and custom-structured pieces.

This means that, without musical or audio expertise or highly specialised audio software, you can create a professional finish to your soundtracks by dragging and dropping individual song sections to fit both the length of music your scenes require and the tempo progression needed.

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15 Fantastic Funk & Groove Music Kits for Your Next Project

If you’re unfamiliar with Envato’s Music Kits, read Eric Schwarz’s tutorial Why Envato Music Kits Are the Essential Audio Solution to Any Project.

Unlike the typical music item that is usually a fixed-length track, Music Kits are song tracks that have been pre-edited into individual musical sections that can be rearranged, like building blocks, to create custom-timed and custom-structured pieces.

This means that, without musical or audio expertise or highly specialised audio software, you can create a professional finish to your soundtracks by dragging and dropping individual song sections to fit both the length of music your scenes require and the tempo progression needed.

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15 Envato Music Kits for New Year Projects

If you’re not familiar with Envato’s Music Kits, read Eric Schwarz’s tutorial Why Envato Music Kits Are the Essential Audio Solution to Any Project.

Unlike the typical music item that is usually a fixed-length track, Music Kits are song tracks that have been pre-edited into individual musical sections that can be rearranged, like building blocks, to create custom-timed and custom-structured pieces.

This means that, without musical or audio expertise or highly specialised audio software, you can create a professional finish to your soundtracks by dragging and dropping individual song sections to fit both the length of music your scenes require and the tempo progression needed.

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Use a Smartphone to Teach Children Good Money Management

With the rise in popularity of Contactless and Chip&PIN payments, debit cards have overtaken cash since July 2017 in the United Kingdom.

Piggy banks could be a thing of the past. Pocket money is also becoming cashless with debit cards being offered to children from eight to 18 years old and as young as six years old in one case.

The debit cards aimed at children and teenagers are prepaid cards, have no risk or possibility of going overdrawn and are all managed by an associated smartphone app in which a child can learn about good money management and budget for different things.

Parents also get an app from which they can restrict where their child can spend money, make regular and one-off payments and block the card if necessary.

In the UK, there’s three main offerings, each with their own strength, weaknesses and costs.

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Manage Financial Affairs From a Smartphone: FinTech Round-Up, Part 2

In this tutorial series, I’ll explain FinTech and challenger banks and show you the apps to use so that you can run your financial affairs from a smartphone.

Important: this tutorial does not constitute financial advice. As with all investing, your capital is at risk. Investment products may not be right for everyone and tax rules may change in the future.

Always do your own research to ensure any product is right for your particular circumstances. If you’re unsure, you must seek independent financial advice. Envato Tuts+ does not accept liability if things go wrong.

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Manage Financial Affairs From a Smartphone: FinTech Round-Up, Part 1

In this tutorial, I’ll explain FinTech and challenger banks and show you the apps to use so that you can run your financial affairs from a smartphone.

FinTech is the term given to a new wave of startup technology companies challenging conventional ways of transacting business within the financial sector. FinTech being short for Financial Technology. Such banks are sometimes called neobanks.

In London, these companies are predominantly based in and around an area dubbed silicon roundabout.

Such companies are not confined to the United Kingdom. There’s some innovative thinking coming from overseas, too, some of it available to customers in the UK.

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