Amazon Prime Air

Amazon’s drone delivery service may have just been killed by the FAA

By on February 16, 2015 at 4:25 PM.

Amazon’s drone delivery service may have just been killed by the FAA

In late 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled Amazon “Prime Air“, an ambitious project involving drones capable of delivering purchased items to Amazon Prime customers in just 30 minutes. NBC News now relays that Amazon’s grand vision for a futuristic drone-filled world took a hit over the weekend when the FAA proposed a set of strict regulations regarding the legality of commercial drone flights. More →

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How To Find Uber Passenger Rating

It’s surprisingly easy to find out your secret Uber passenger rating – here’s how

By on February 11, 2015 at 2:25 PM.

It’s surprisingly easy to find out your secret Uber passenger rating – here’s how

As anyone who has used Uber before knows, the service’s Android and iPhone apps give customers the opportunity to rate their driver at the end of each ride. What some people might also know but many others are unaware of, however, is that Uber employs a similar rating system for passengers as well.

When you get out of your Uber car at the end of your ride, your driver’s app also pops up a message asking him or her to rate you as a passenger. Those secret ratings can be extremely important, and now there’s a surprisingly simple way to find out your passenger rating. More →

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Google Search Health Info

This is the best new Google Search feature we’ve seen in a long time

By on February 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

This is the best new Google Search feature we’ve seen in a long time

The Internet is a hypochondriac’s worst nightmare — or best friend, depending on how you look at it. In the age of the web, our first instinct is to search Google for answers to any and all questions. When we’re not feeling well, that extends to searching for clues as to what our symptoms might mean. And here, of course, is where a problem arises: Google’s search results are flooded with sites that do nothing but game search engines, and the information on those sites is often completely useless. So when you search for answers as to what ailment might be responsible for your toe ache, you might come across a website that tells you it’s bronchitis or hyperhidrosis.

Now, Google may finally have an answer to this problem. More →

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Netflix Queue

How to clean up your Netflix queue in 5 simple steps

By on February 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

How to clean up your Netflix queue in 5 simple steps

If you have been a Netflix subscriber for any substantial amount of time, there are two universal truths you now accept. First, Netflix is awesome but it can often still be quite difficult to find something good to watch (for help finding the best content Netflix has to offer, check out this post). Second, your Netflix queue has grown into a big mess. In fact, it may have gotten to the point where you don’t even use your queue anymore, and you just browse new and recommended releases on Netflix instead.

Don’t despair, however. It’s not too late to turn things around in your Netflix queue, and these five simple steps will help you quickly find your way to Netflix queue recovery. More →

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Spotify Premium Free

Get 60 days of Spotify Premium for free, but only if you hurry

By on January 28, 2015 at 5:35 PM.

Get 60 days of Spotify Premium for free, but only if you hurry

Spotify is a fantastic service, easily among the best streaming music offerings in the world. It has really become an all-in-one service compared to rivals, allowing users to stream any song in its catalog on demand, or to listen to custom radio stations based on a genre, song or artist. Not everyone has tried the service though, since there are plenty of other options out there that are almost as good in some ways, and even better in others.

If you’re among the people who have never given Spotify a shot though, now is the time to finally try the service out. More →

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Netflix Vs Popcorn Time

Meet the movie pirating service that Netflix is afraid of

By on January 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Meet the movie pirating service that Netflix is afraid of

Movie pirating used to be something that happened quietly behind closed doors. Unscrupulous Internet users would swarm to peer-to-peer file-sharing services and download bootleg copies of films, trying to hide their tracks as best they could. Now, the Internet is a very different place. People flock to Reddit and other online forums to openly discuss movie theft, and the most popular means of downloading stolen movies are widely publicized services like The Pirate Bay and Popcorn Time.

And when it comes to the latter, it turns out Popcorn Time isn’t just a tiny little piracy tool. The industry has taken notice and now Netflix, the biggest streaming movie and TV show service in the world, has directly named Popcorn Time as a threat. More →

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Amazon Prime Now

Amazon’s Prime Now service delivers your order in one hour

By on December 18, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Amazon’s Prime Now service delivers your order in one hour

Remember that string of companies like Kozmo.com that popped up in the late 1990s and offered same-day delivery service on thousands of items? The cost of running those operations quickly put them all out of business, but thin margins are Amazon’s specialty and the company just launched a service that puts those old companies to shame.

It’s called Prime Now, and it offers delivery of your order within one hour. More →

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Spotify Premium Discount

Great deal: Get 97% off Spotify Premium for three months

By on December 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

Great deal: Get 97% off Spotify Premium for three months

Is there anything worse than when an awesome Spotify playlist is interrupted by an annoying commercial? Yes, plenty of things are worse, but it’s still bothersome and avoidable if you’re willing to pay for Spotify’s ad-free Premium service. The Premium option will normally set you back $9.99 per month, but right now Spotify is offering a great deal on its paid service that offers new users a huge 97% discount. More →

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Google Maps game: Smarty Pins tests geography and trivia

This awesome game breathes new life into Google Maps

By on July 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

This awesome game breathes new life into Google Maps

Google launched a mapping game called Smarty Pins this week that has no apparent function except to be a fun way to educate yourself about geography. Basically, the app will ask you a geography-related trivia question and you have to place a pin on the location that you think represents the answer. For example, if you’re asked to find the region of Mexico whose name is synonymous with a famous hot sauce, then you might place the pin on Tabasco, Mexico and see if you are correct.

If you are correct, you don’t lose any of the 1,000 points you start out with. If you are wrong, you lose points based on the number of miles you are from the correct location. More →

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Google Maps Downloads 1 Billion

Google Maps becomes Google’s second 1 billion-download hit

By on June 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Google Maps becomes Google’s second 1 billion-download hit

When we saw that Gmail last month became the first Android app to reach 1 billion downloads, we just knew Google Maps couldn’t be that far behind. And sure enough, Android Police points out that Google Maps has recently crossed the 1 billion download threshold, making it the second Android app in history to reach this milestone. Of course, like Gmail, Google Maps comes preinstalled on most Android phones, so it shouldn’t surprise us that it reached 1 billion downloads at around the same time as Gmail. Nonetheless, it’s an extremely impressive milestone for both apps and a reminder of just how much Google’s apps and services have been conquering the world, even among people who don’t like using Android as their primary platform.

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Spotify Vs Beats

Showdown: Everything you need to know about the top streaming music services

By on June 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

Showdown: Everything you need to know about the top streaming music services

Amazon quietly took the wraps off of its new streaming music service earlier this week, and the reception thus far has been mixed. Some see Prime Music as a nice value-add for Amazon Prime users who now have yet another unlimited digital service to enjoy for their annual $99 subscription. Others see it as a half-baked product that doesn’t compete at all with established leaders in the market. Wherever you stand on the matter, the launch of Amazon’s new streaming music service marks a terrific time to revisit all of the top options out there and see how they stack up. More →

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Google Now Cards

We didn’t think it was possible, but Google Now just got even smarter

By on June 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

We didn’t think it was possible, but Google Now just got even smarter

We have said it numerous times before and now we’ll say it again: Google Now is easily one of the best things to happen to mobile devices in the past few years. The service unburdens us by doing much of the thinking for us when it comes to the various events of each day.

What will the weather be like? What time should I leave for my meeting? Is my flight on time? When is the Keyboard Cat t-shirt I ordered finally going to arrive in the mail? These are all questions that Google Now answers before we even ask them — and now, Google’s eerily brilliant virtual assistant service is getting even smarter. More →

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