Archive | July 12, 2011

Amazon’s e-Mail offers 50% off Prime for student members, includes Amazon Instant Videos

Depending of how you look at it, this offer might be amazing or the end of a freebie. For a couple of years already, Amazon had offered free Amazon Prime two days shipping for the students with a valid .edu address. Today, Amazon sent the following e-mail:

Dear Amazon Student member,

Your year of FREE Two-Day Shipping will end on 02/27/2012. As a valued Amazon Student member, we would like to offer you an Amazon Prime membership for only $39/year (normally $79/year).

You can wait until your year of FREE Two-Day Shipping benefits as an Amazon Student member has ended to take advantage of this offer or upgrade at any time to continue receiving unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping, in addition to access to Prime instant videos–unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows.  

This might indicate that Amazon prepares to end the free Amazon Program for students. However, if you are interested in Amazon Video on Demand for Prime members, the news could be an unique opportunity to get into the streaming membership for 50% off. What do you think? Is this a good thing or a bad move?

If interested, check out our Amazon Prime Streaming Review.

via Amazon

Google Webmaster tools gets confused about WordPress version 3.2

Everybody makes mistakes, but this is the first time I experienced this notification from Google Webmaster Tools:

Dear site owner or webmaster of,

Your site appears to be running an older version of WordPress. Google recommends that you update to the latest release. Older or unpatched software may be vulnerable to hacking or malware that can hurt your users. To download the latest release, visit the WordPress download page.

If you have any additional questions about why you are receiving this message, Google has provided more background information in a blog post about this subject.

Best wishes,

Google Search Quality Team

Now, this would make sense if I would use an old version, but I am always careful to run the latest and greatest, in this case the newly Read More…

Netflix announces DVD only plan, stops providing both DVD and streaming plan

Netflix just announced a very important change in their plans. No longer you’ll be able to subscribe to both mailed DVD and streaming using their $8.99 plan, instead you’ll have to decide for either $7.99 streaming only plan, $7.99 1 DVD / $11.99 2 DVDs at a time plans or subscribe to both paying a minimum of $15.98 / month. The move comes as a result of Netflix being forced to cash more and more to acquire content for streaming and it was planned quite a while ago considering the recent interface changes that removed the ability to access your DVD queue from the streaming devices.

The new plans will be announced to existing subscribers over the next couple of days and apparently there is no option for the existing subscribers to keep their current plans. personally, the change doesn’t really affect me since I stopped mailing DVDs months ago, but that means I’ll have to find that last DVD I never mailed back to Netflix and send it to them.

Will Netflix move affect you or push you toward Hulu Plus?

Update: The Netflix website seems to be down for maintenance currently. No doubt to prepare it for the new subscription plans. Read More…

Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color jumps ahead Amazon’s Kindle as the best selling eReader

Based on the latest numbers churned by IDC, for the first time ever B&N’s sweet eReader / hacked Android tablet Nook Color took the lead in sales jumping ahead Amazon’s hugely successful Kindle eReader. We can’t say we are completely surprised by the news, especially since the Nook Color is our all time favorite device. The news is obviously a message from the readers that they want devices that will do more than just allowing them to read books, Internet browsing and gaming / movie watching being the obvious favorites. With Nook Color, you can do all of the above, especially if you root them and install CyanogenMod 7, a move that should give you full tablet functionality for less. If you are interested, check our series of articles in how to do it!

iPad 2 continues to dominate the tablets market but Nook Color remains on the second place, despite efforts from dedicated players like Samsung or Motorola. IDC doesn’t say though, and we would certainly like to know how many of the Nook Color buyers end up rooting / replacing their OS.

Check out IDC’s full Press Release after the break.

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XBOX 360 to get its own music service – XBOX Music

This morning, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer during Microsoft Partner Conference mentioned a new music service scheduled to arrive on their very successful XBOX 360 console called XBOX Music. While he didn’t get into more details, the service will offer over 11 million songs and follow the same path as the other media applications including Netflix, ESPN and Hulu Plus, providing Kinect support for navigation, search and voice recognition. Beside the new music service, toward the end of the year XBOX will also add YouTube streaming, Bing voice search (although limited to media content, no browser for you) and maybe even live TV.

The new voice service is widely expected to be based on Microsoft’s Zune.

via Business Insider