Posts Tagged ‘amazon’

As feared, FCC and big ISPs plan to roll back Net Neutrality rules – ISPs win, consumers lose

// November 21st, 2017 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai - aka "The Dolt"

As feared, the FCC has decided to dismantle Obama-era net neutrality rules, rules that protected consumers from ISP throttling.  The winners of course, are ISPs, cable companies, and wireless companies.  The losers – the American consumer.  The changes are expected to be approved at a Federal Communications Commission meeting in mid-December. 

WTF, I just found this racist Halloween mask depicting a black man on Amazon

// September 21st, 2016 // 1 Comment » // News

I was searching for lifelike mice on Amazon today (long story) and found this unbelievably racist Halloween mask of a black man. Tiny ears, white eyes, big lips – just like the racist cartoons of the 50’s. My gut reaction was shock and I began to wonder how the seller would justify placing an item […]

Microsoft OneDrive: Let us clarify, when we said “unlimited storage”, we didn’t really mean “unlimited storage”

// November 3rd, 2015 // No Comments » // Internet

Just when I assumed the era of goofy Microsoft business moves was over, they go and do it again. Yesterday Microsoft announced that they were doing away with their unlimited OneDrive storage option. According to Microsoft, some users had abused the “limit” by storing “entire moving collections and DVR recordings”.

The Jetsons future has arrived – your home responds to commands with new Amazon/Vox technology

// April 15th, 2014 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

We just took a giant step closer to Jetsons-like futuristic living. With Amazon and Vox’s newly announced partnership partnership, if you run out of toothpaste, you simply stand in your bathroom, say “Vox, send me toothpaste”, and Amazon will make sure it’s on its way to your doorstep.

Deliveries by unmanned aircraft (UAV’s or drones) – a reality in the making or head in the clouds idea?

// December 2nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

When 60 Minutes broke the well-timed Cyber Monday story that Amazon intended to offer product deliveries with a 30-minute turnaround time using automated flying drones, people wondered, can this be true? Could drones be used to make personal deliveries to our homes? In short, yes, it can, and will be done – and the FAA […]

Amazon improves Cloud Drive – new version allows file synchronization (but doesn’t support Android or iOS yet)

// April 1st, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Amazon today announced the availability of their improved Amazon Cloud Drive cloud storage service. The new version of Amazon Cloud Drive allows file synchronization via a desktop app for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, and Mac OS 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. No word on when support for Android, iOS, or other mobile platforms will […]

Stephen King’s Under the Dome mini-series to appear on CBS June 24 followed by Amazon Prime 3-4 days later

// February 12th, 2013 // No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

Under The Dome, a 13-episode adaptation of a Stephen King novel that’s being produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television will tell the story of a small New England town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The series’ first episode should air June 24 […]

Amazon announces “Coins” – its own “virtual currency” to be introduced in May 2013

// February 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

It’s going to be interesting to see what direction Amazon takes with its newly announced virtual currency – “Coins”. The new concept could be promotional in nature, or possibly used to Amazon’s benefit by promoting customer loyalty and/or reeling in app developers and locking them in to Amazon’s App Store platform. Amazon Coins are a […]

Amazon’s US-East data center agony – takes Netflix offline for 18 hours on Christmas Eve

// December 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Internet

Amazon’s US-East Region 1 data center is a popular choice for their ELB (Elastic Load Balancing) service because it’s cheap and typically is the first data center to get new services when Amazon rolls them out. It also tends to be a headache for US-East customers who rely on its CDN delivery network. On Christmas […]

Amazon announces six new comedy series pilots

// December 21st, 2012 // No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

Amazon announced yesterday that its film production arm, Amazon Studios, is producing six comedy series pilots that could become full-season productions if the pilots are well received by viewers. The comedy series were created by a mix of established writers such as Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Principato-Young (Reno 911), and David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), as […]

Possible new species of spider builds an exact replica of itself as a decoy

// December 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // General Science News

A possible new species of spider in the Cyclosa genus has been discovered that builds a realistic, larger fake decoy spider to confuse predators (or to lure in prey). The decoy spider is built like a larger version of the spider itself, complete with legs and all, and is about an inch in body length. […]

Finally, digital single issue comics from DC now available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble online stores

// November 8th, 2012 // No Comments » // Comics News

Single issues of digital DC Comics are now available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple. Previously digital single issues were available only in Comixology and DC Apps and the only comics viewable on Amazon and Barnes and Noble devices were graphic novels. The new digital single issues can be viewed on the color Amazon […]

Reports indicate Amazon is close to greenlighting new, original musical comedy titled “Browsers”

// November 6th, 2012 // No Comments » // Moves, TV, and Music News

Reports indicate that Amazon is getting close to greenlighting a new, original musical comedy titled “Browsers”. The single-camera project was originally developed last year at CBS, but it didn’t get beyond the script stage. “Browsers” revolves around four interns working at a Huffington Post-esque website, with musical elements woven into the narrative.

Amazon rolls out new Amazon Cloud Drive Photos app for easy storage of photos on the cloud

// November 1st, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Amazon has rolled out a new photo-management application, Cloud Drive Photos for Android, this morning. The application integrates tightly with the photo capabilities in Android. Users can press and hold a photo in the gallery and choose “Upload to Cloud Drive” to send photos to Amazon’s cloud storage service or choose to upload all photos […]

Amazon pulls no punches with its homepage ad blasting the Apple iPad mini – ballsy

// October 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Mobile

Amazon quickly went on the offensive after last week’s iPad mini announcement, pointing out the glaring differences between the iPad Mini and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. Leading off the ad is this quote: “Your Apple 7.9 inch tablet has far few pixels than the competing 7-in tablets. You’re cramming a worse screen in there, charging […]

Amazon EC2 goes down – takes Reddit, Flipboard, Github, and others down with it

// October 22nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology News

Amazon is reporting an outage in its Service Health dashboard which is affecting several big-name sites including Reddit, Coursera, Imgur, Flipboard, FastCompany, Heroku, Airbnb, Github, VYou and many more.