Prime Day is Tomorrow – Here’s What You Need to Know

By: Kassidy Coleman


You’ve probably heard about Prime Day, which is Amazon’s version of Black Friday in July. Last year was Amazon’s first Prime Day, and while it was a huge success in sales, it left a lot of customers upset (Seriously, there’s a reason that #PrimeDayFail was trending on Twitter last Prime Day).  But this doesn’t mean we should expect this year’s Prime Day to fail, in fact, Amazon is promising this year will be much better than last.
Here’s what you need to know in order to get the most out of Prime Day:


  1. Deals will pop up starting July 12, 2016 at midnight PT (or 3 a.m. ET).
  2. Amazon stated that they will discount 100,000 + things on July 12. That’s a lot of stuff. Be cautious and don’t get too caught up in the situation just because it’s on sale.
  3. Prime Day is for Amazon Prime Members, but if you’re not a member don’t be discouraged – if you’ve never tried it before, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial membership, which you can cancel if you don’t want to continue.
  4. According to CNET, Amazon is promising more TVs than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Last year over 1,200 TVs that were under $1,000 sold out in under ten minutes, so we’re all expecting more TV deals this year
  5. Toys are a new category for Prime Day. Just expect a lot of toy deals for kids 6-years and older.
  6. If you own an Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap it’s likely that you’ll be able to gain access to exclusive deals.
  7. Amazon Products will be on sale. A lot of the top selling products from last year’s Prime Day were Amazon products. Expect deals on Fire TV Stick, Kindles, as well as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap. If you have been thinking about buying an Amazon device, wait until Prime Day.


What deals are you hoping to snag on Prime Day? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!


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Will Amazon be the Netflix of Podcasts?

By: Kassidy Coleman


Alright, let’s face it – Amazon will never be able to beat Netflix’s video streaming service and even if they won’t admit it, deep down they know it. That’s probably why they’re now trying to dominate a new industry: Podcasts.


You’ve probably heard about Audible, Amazon’s audiobook service. Well, now Amazon has released a new audio service called Channels, which soon might be considered the Netflix of podcasts. But the real question is are there enough podcast lovers that want to pay each month to access the service?


Amazon must have seen one fatal flaw in Apple’s selection of podcasts – there are simply too many, and seriously, not all of them are the best. Channels will feature original series “digital short-form audio” from an award-winning team. Yup, that’s right, they aren’t calling them podcasts, they are calling them “digital short-form audio.” Most likely they have opted to not call them podcasts, because most people know that if they want podcasts they can just go to Apple for free.


final podcast artAudible’s SVP, Eric Nuzum, told Bloomberg, “I’ve heard customers refer to podcasting as a flea market, where you’ll find some treasures, and it’s surrounded by a lot of junk. You have to be in the mood to sort through the junk to find the treasure, and people don’t want to do that all the time.”

Currently, Channels only has six shows, but forty are expected to pop up by the end of the year. If you already have an Audible membership, which is $14.95 a month, then you don’t have to pay any additional fees to access Channels. For anyone else, it will be $4.95 a month.

Will you be checking out Channels? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!
Like podcasts? Make sure you check out the NewsWatch Podcast! Our hosts discuss their favorite technologies and movies from each episode of NewsWatch on the Discovery Channel with their own comical anecdotes. It’s short, it’s fun, it’s hilarious, and it’s informative. New episodes every other Friday!


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Amazon’s New Kindle – Thinner, Lighter, and Available in White

By: Kassidy Coleman

A few months ago, Amazon released the Kindle Oasis, which was a completely redesigned “entry-level” Kindle. However, many people thought the price range of $289.00 – $379.99 was just a little too pricey for an entry level kindle, regardless of comfort or functionality. Well, just in time for the summer reading season, Amazon has released a new, perfectly priced entry-level Kindle – and this time there’s no cutesy name attached.


If you’ve been wanting to get a white Kindle, we have good news for you. There’s an option to get the new Kindle in white, which has not been an option since 2010. It has been perfectly slimmed down to 5.7 ounces (16% lighter than the previous generation of Kindle). Amazon has also given this Kindle a newly rounded back which makes it more comfortable to hold in one hand. It will be the perfect e-reader for you to take traveling this summer.


ereaderAnd it seems as though this time Amazon really thought about the blind and visually impaired – this is the first Kindle with Bluetooth audio support built-in. That means there’s no need to get a separate adapter, you can just use Kindle’s VoiceView screen reader connect to your Bluetooth headset and have the book read to you.
The new Kindle might not be the fanciest, but it is perfect if you’re looking for just an e-reader to use for its intended purpose – to read. The 6” glare-free touchscreen makes it feel very similar to reading on real paper. The only downside is the resolution is 167 ppi opposed to the other Kindles 300 ppi.


Right now you can pre-order the new Kindle in either black or white for $79 with Special Offers or $99 without.


What e-reader are you using for your summer reading? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Would You Ditch Netflix if They Started Showing Ads?

By: Kassidy Coleman

How often do you binge watch Netflix? Maybe more often than you’d like to admit? It’s okay, we already know that Netflix is one of the more popular subscription streaming video services. But there’s something you may or may not have noticed recently: Netflix prices have been rising while their catalog has been shrinking. In fact, the U.S. catalog for Netflix has shrunk by more than 2,500 titles in less than 2 1/2 years. There’s no question – Netflix is changing.

If you’re wondering why Netflix is changing, think about it for a second. Netflix used to be THE subscription video streaming service, there was absolutely no competition. Now Netflix actually has direct competitors like Hulu and Amazon who could be to blame for the changes. Before, Netflix didn’t have to worry too much about competitors because Netflix had a large catalog to browse and was completely ad free. It’s becoming apparent that Netflix is starting to get a little hurt by its competitors.

If Netflix showed ads it would increase their revenue without having to increase the prices for customers. Would you want to deal with ads on Netflix? According to AllFlicks, most Netflix customers would prefer what’s pretty much impossible – no ads, cost as little as possible, and of course have a catalog full of content.

AllFlicks asked 1,200 people on Reddit if they would rather pay more for Netflix or see advertisements while they watched videos. Over 90% of the participants stated they would prefer to pay more than see ads.

Good thing these findings line up closely to what Netflix found – they opted to increase the price slightly instead of having ads. AllFlicks also discovered that many users would ditch the streaming service completely if they started to show ads. 74% of participants agreed that they would say goodbye to Netflix if they started to show ads. Some participants were so upset by just the idea of Netflix showing ads that they used profanity.

Would you leave Netflix if they started to show ads? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Get the Gift Cards You Really Want

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Everyone loves getting gift cards, but we usually run into two scenarios. Either we get a gift card to a place we don’t really shop at. Or we stack up so many gift cards we end up forgetting that they exist. Well Cardpool has a solution for all our gift card woes. Cardpool is the premiere app for buying, spending, and selling gift cards.

Buying gift cards with this app allows you to snag pre-owned cards at great discounts. They’re serious about their discounts – they offer deals and savings of up to 35% off. Have you ever lost a gift card and suffered from severe disappointment? After buying your gift card, you can store it safely and securely on the app in case you ever accidentally lose it. So if you do happen to lose it, there is really no harm done. To make the app even more convenient, Cardpool will deliver your card directly to your digital wallet. Once that is done you can easily pay for stuff straight through your phone. It is so easy to manage all your gift cards in one place. Track your balances straight through the app so you never have to remember what’s what. Even cooler, you can sell your unwanted gift cards for cash right through Cardpool. All you have to do is get a quote for your unused or partially used gift cards and then sell them for cash or an Amazon gift card. So you get what you really want and it is super convenient and easy.

Are you ready to get the gift cards you really want? Cardpool is a free app available on iOS or through your web browser. Head to your app store or to start using it today.

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