Sites and gadgets and hashtags, oh my! The hottest online trends to keep you cooled off this summer

Summer memesTo stay cooled off this summer, you’ll want to keep up with the latest online trends. Stay in the know by keeping up with these cool sites, gadgets, and hashtags. Whether you’re looking to organize your budget with an iPhone app or you want to check out the news on the new Nintendo Wii U, we’ve got the info here!

Websites and apps to keep you in check

There have been an influx of apps claiming to keep your busy life in order, but how many do you actually use? Here are a few apps and sites, compiled by the Huffington Post on June 17, 2013 in “19 Mobile Apps For Your Mobile Life,” that we deem useful.

  • Mint allows you to track your financial commitments in one place; available for Android and iPhone.
  • Hey Where Are You? While this tracking app has a bit of a creeper feeling, it can help you track down friends at a crowded venue or summer music festival. Free, but for your iPhone only.
  • Out and about and need to work on that group project real quick before Happy Hour? Wi-Fi Finder will find the closest free or paid Wi-Fi connects in your area. Both for iPhone and Android.
  • A cool app called Key Ring combines all of your customer loyalty cards into one place. Just scan the bar code in and clear your key chains off. Both for iPhone and Android

Gadgets to keep you busy this summer

Looking for the latest gadget to give your man this year, or to keep for yourself? Check out the latest gadgets on Men’s Health‘s “Techlust.” Here are some highlights:

  • Like to take to the trails and hate heading back home at night? Check out these mountable lights that attach to your handlebars, Serfas Thunderbolt Lights. Only $45 on Amazon.
  • If you have a few extra hundred dollars lying around (graduation money?) you may want to check out the Nintendo Wii U: The controller-ran version that “integrates a touchscreen into the usual array of joysticks and buttons.” It costs upwards of $350 but promises to be as fun a party system as the original.

Because women like cool gadgets, too, here’s Cosmopolitan writer Ariel Nagi’s take on handy gadgets for the female crowd in her post “11 Tech Gadgets That Can Save You Time Now.”

  • Soiree Tilt Beverage Chilling Spheres: Cool down your snacks and drinks without watering them down with these stainless steel chilling spheres. $30 on Amazon.
  • Duracell Powermat: For around $60, this gadget can charge up to three devices at once!
  • Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer: For when that shot of you and the hottie next door just can’t wait to be printed and hung up. Starts around $214.

Trending hashtags

Following trending hashtags through Twitter will help you keep up with what’s hot this summer.  Staying in the loop can take a lot of work but if you’re an avid tweeter, you know how to go with the flow. Here are a few tips:

  • Tailor the trends that Twitter shows you by country, or region
  • Check the trends several times a day to stay updated
  • Retweet using the trending hashtags to keep up with the crowd

In other news…


Illustration: Copyright Calene Luczo [Portfolio]

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish there was such a thing as a Pandaroo or a Taranturaptor? ” Well, if you haven’t, you need to check out Wired’s June 3, 2013 post by Nadia Drake titled “Taranturaptor, Pandaroo, and Other Animal Hybrids We Wish Existed.” Drake explores the possibility of 11 different hybrids ranging from a Cuttlephant and a Piranhatee. The article features drawings from some talented young (and some alum) artists from California State University – Monterey Bay’s Science Illustration program. Is your roomie terrified of both spiders and sharks? Be sure to print this hybrid animal out for her bedroom door.

Now that you’re in-tune with what’s happening online and in the world of technology, relax and enjoy your summer knowing that we’ve got you covered!

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