Ah, October. Pumpkin spice lattes in hand. The crunch of leaves finally underfoot. Clocks turning back for that precious extra hour in bed. And... new TV, books, tech and musical offerings to bring plenty of weekend and evening activities. If you're into cosy nights in, RnB crooners and a certain creepy serving of sci-fi, then we're pleased to tell you that October is very much your month.
WATCH: Stranger Things 2
We're officially too old to go trick-or-treating, and dressing up requires far too much forward-planning. So, this year, we'll be skipping the Halloween parties for a night-in with Netflix - yes, we are of course talking about watching everyone's favourite sci-fi show, Stranger Things. The long-awaited second series has been touted by the Duffer brothers as "bigger, badder, and darker" than its predecessor, and will feel more like a "sequel" than an anthology. If you’re a fan of the music, get your very own Stranger Things CD here. October 27 2017.
READ: The Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
In The Power of Moments, the New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt, elevate and change us - and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our own life and work.
"The most interesting, immediately actionable book I've read in quite a while. I walked away with new ideas for motivating employees, delighting customers, engaging students, and even planning family vacations. If life is a series of moments, the Heath brothers have transformed how I plan to spend mine." - Adam Grant. October 5 2017.
Credit: Simon & Schuster
LISTEN TO: Morning After by dvsn
Calling all alternative RnB fans! Drake's OVO Sound label signees, dvsn (made up of vocalist Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85) are teaming up once again for their second full-length album, Morning After, which the group announced via Twitter. Due to the movie poster-like image they shared on social media, it's possible that the Canadian duo's upcoming album also includes a film. Find out on October 13 2017.
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TAP INTO: Ikea Place
Before trekking to an Ikea superstore for a family day out, you may want to consider using their brand new Ikea Place mobile app. Offering users a whole new way to shop, Ikea Place uses augmented reality to "place" furniture pieces in your house, so you can preview how things will look before even thinking about the assembly process.
According to Mashable, Ikea Place takes advantage of Apple's new ARKit tech to offer 3D and true-to-scale models of the furniture. What's more, you can walk around your room and the actual items to see exactly how they'll look from different angles. Thanks to this technology, you'll never run into the problem of ordering a bigger-than-expected coffee table ever again! Available on iOS 11.0.
EXPLORE: Philosophy Bites
Sometimes, overthinking is great. If you ever get the desire to analyse the heck out of everything for fifteen minutes a week, give the Philosophy Bites podcast a listen. Let the dulcet tones of David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton guide you through some pretty big questions, addressing philosophical theories at an introductory level, joined by a different expert every week. Intellectualise your commute by indulgently thinking about nothing (but also everything). Available on iTunes.
Credit: Philosophy Bites
Which will you be ticking off your list? Let us know in the comments section!
Remember: this is a monthly series, so keep your eyes peeled for lots more - oh, and get in touch with your suggestions for November!