Best iOS Driving Apps MetroMile

This iOS app may solve one of the most annoying problems with city life

By on March 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

This iOS app may solve one of the most annoying problems with city life

If you live in a city and you own a car, chances are you’ve gotten an annoying parking ticket because you forgot to move your car off your street on the day your city rolls through it with a street sweeper. The good news, however, is that driving statistics app MetroMile is working on a new system that will send an alert to your smartphone on the day your street is due to be cleaned. More →

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Pandora Radio Subscription Price

Pandora is about to get a lot more expensive – even for current subscribers

By on March 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Pandora is about to get a lot more expensive – even for current subscribers

If you are a regular Pandora user toying with the idea of subscribing to the streaming music provider’s paid “Pandora One” service, it’s time to pay up. Pandora on Tuesday evening confirmed that it will soon increase the cost of its subscription service to $4.99 per month. The bump from the current $3.99 rate represents a 25% increase, but there’s good news and bad news: the good news is that current monthly subscribers will be locked in at $3.99. The bad news, however, is that those who pay the discounted annual rate of $36 per year will be forced into a monthly $3.99 plan. This rate will be discounted from the upcoming change in Pandora’s monthly subscription plan, but it will represent a 33% price increase from the current annual rate. More →

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Amazon Prime Price Increase

Amazon faces a surprisingly strong backlash against Prime price hikes

By on March 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM.

Amazon faces a surprisingly strong backlash against Prime price hikes

Amazon is about to raise the price of its Prime subscription service from $79 to $99 per year, and although the increase is likely worth it, Amazon has been trying to prepare its customers for the price hike for the past couple months. In January, Amazon hinted that it may increase the Prime subscription price to as high as $119 per year. With the final price settling at $99 per year, Amazon was hoping its customers who love Amazon Prime would be more amenable to the price increase. It turns out this has not worked out so well. More →

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Netflix Speed Test

Netflix service speeds up after company agrees to pay Comcast ‘ransom’

By on March 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Netflix service speeds up after company agrees to pay Comcast ‘ransom’

Following news that Comcast and Netflix had reached a deal whereby Netflix would pay the Internet Service Provider a fee in order to ensure Netflix subscribers have a smooth viewing experience, people panicked and cried that net neutrality was dead. While that’s not entirely true, what is now a matter of fact is that Netflix service performance on Comcast’s network has improved fairly substantially since the company ponied up what many refer to as a “ransom.” More →

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Airpnp Bathroom Rental Mobile App

This app will put your love of making quick money to the ultimate test

By on March 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

This app will put your love of making quick money to the ultimate test

Who doesn’t love making money while doing little to no actual work? The answer is, “No one.” However, some ways of making quick money are demonstrably more pleasant than others, as demonstrated by Airpnp, a new mobile app that lets you rent out your bathroom for complete strangers to use when they have to go in your neighborhood. The app acts as a sort of Craigslist for bathrooms that lets you advertise that your bathroom can be used and also sets your price at anywhere from $0 for less-than-appealing bathrooms to $10 for bathrooms that deliver the luxury treatment. More →

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Hot To Avoid Netflix Scam

Frightening new Netflix scam looks to steal all your private data

By on March 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Frightening new Netflix scam looks to steal all your private data

As scammers continue to get more and more creative with their endeavors, it is becoming increasingly important that we keep our guard up at all times. We recently covered a new scam that targets Verizon Wireless subscribers and looks to take over control of their accounts, but a new scam targeting Netflix customers is even more dangerous. More →

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YouTube Redesign

Meet the all-new, completely redesigned YouTube

By on February 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Meet the all-new, completely redesigned YouTube

YouTube just got a massive redesign and it looks a whole lot more… Googly. “The way you watch YouTube keeps changing, so we’re making a few tweaks to YouTube to keep up with you,” Google said in a post on its YouTube blog late Thursday. “Starting today you’ll see some changes to make it easier to find what you want to watch on YouTube and collect playlists to watch again and again.” YouTube’s new look definitely aligns better with the design and flow of other Google sites. While there’s bound to be some blowback from users initially — there always is — we think that they’ll come around to enjoy the new look soon enough. A couple more screenshots follow below. More →

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Windows Phone Cortana Details Leak

Microsoft’s Cortana: A personal assistant who doesn’t stalk you

By on February 20, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Microsoft’s Cortana: A personal assistant who doesn’t stalk you

Microsoft wants its soon-to-be-released Cortana to help you… but only as much as you want it to. The Verge’s Tom Warren has a nice scoop that details how Microsoft plans to make Cortana the privacy-friendly personal assistant that will specifically ask you what type of information that you want to share before storing it in its virtual notebook. More →

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Yahoo investment smarter Siri

The quest to build a better Siri

By on February 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

The quest to build a better Siri

Since Marissa Mayer became CEO, Yahoo has been on a bit of a roll and has released several well-reviewed apps (Weather, News Digest, Sports, etc.) while also bringing Flickr back from irrelevance. According to MIT Technology Review, Yahoo has even bigger plans with its recent announcement that it is investing millions of dollars to develop a smarter Siri. More →

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Valentine's Day iPhone Apps

You can ruin someone’s Valentine’s Day with just one iPhone app

By on February 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

You can ruin someone’s Valentine’s Day with just one iPhone app

T.S. Eliot once wrote that “April is the cruelest month” but one iOS app developer is trying its hardest to make sure that February is even harsher. Meet BreakupText, the iPhone app that helps you compose the perfect Dear John or Dear Jane letter to your soon-to-be-jilted lover. The app takes you through a three-step process: First you select your soon-to-be-ex’s sex, then you choose whether the relationship was casual or serious, then you supply a reason for the breakup (i.e., “I found someone else,” “I lost interest” or “I was eaten by a bear”). Then, presto! The app will send a text to your breakup target. The app costs just $0.99 and promises you’ll have “no more awkward conversations or phone calls” and will be able to “end your relationship in just a few taps.” Granted, it may be the absolute worst way to break up with someone we can imagine but for those of you who have black little hearts it just might be the way to go.

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Amazon Prime Price Increase

Jacking up Amazon Prime prices could be a huge mistake

By on February 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Jacking up Amazon Prime prices could be a huge mistake

People may love Amazon Prime, but Amazon shouldn’t take that love for granted anytime soon. The Wall Street Journal points us to a new survey conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners showing that while most Amazon Prime customers plan on renewing their subscriptions right now, that number would drop significantly if it meant paying between $99 and $119 versus the $79 annual membership they pay today. According to CIRP’s survey, 40% of Prime customers said they would “definitely” not renew their subscriptions if Amazon hiked the price all the way up to $119 while less than half said they would “probably” or “definitely” renew their subscriptions if Amazon raised prices up to $99. More →

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Apple CDN provider

How Apple could dramatically improve iCloud’s performance

By on February 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

How Apple could dramatically improve iCloud’s performance

Apple is working on its own content delivery network (CDN), a move which could improve iCloud’s performance. According to a report from Dan Rayburn at StreamingMediaBlog.com, Apple has made key hires in the industry and is currently working to build its own CDN. Apple has traditionally relied on third-party CDNs, such as Akamai or Level 3. More →

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