Amazon Prime Opts For Monthly Subs to Compete With Netflix

When it comes to video streaming service, there is currently a debate over which is best for you, Netflix or Amazon prime. With Netflix recently raising its prices, Amazon Prime looks to be a large contender thanks to some of the original content it now produces, but many are put off by the large upfront cost for the service. This could change as US users of the service could switch to a monthly service.

Previously Prime users had to pay a yearly subscription of $99, offering access to not only their fast delivery options but also Prime Video and Prime Music, the media providing aspects of the Prime service. The monthly subscription costs $10.99 a month if you wanted to keep all the benefits while if you only wanted Prime Video you could opt in for the $8.99 subscription.

With the yearly total costing you $131.88, a 25% increase overly the annual membership, users may want to take the monthly bundle around times like Christmas or large concentrations of birthdays, rather than using it as a go to package over the yearly service. It should also be noted that if you were to select the monthly subscription you won’t get the 25% prepayment discount that annual members of prime benefit from.

AT&T Will No Longer Let You Pay A Fraction Of Your Phones Cost Upfront

First it was pay as you go, with people topping up an amount and fearing that text telling them that they would soon be unable to text. Then came the contracts, offering you the ability to pay a monthly fee in order to get a set amount of minutes and texts before being charged additional amounts. The third stage to this evolution was phone subsidies, similar to contracts but at a greater cost, these contracts came with a mobile phone offering you the chance to get the latest phone at a slightly higher cost but with monthly payments. An alternative to this third method was to pay a small fraction upfront for your device while you had a contract. Seems like AT&T is just one of many looking to stop this process.

By paying a fraction of the price upfront, you could walk away with a brand new model on a contract, however if you wished to leave the contract or upgrade to a new model and keep the original handset you were expected to pay for the remainder of the phone.

With companies like T-mobile and Verizon Wireless already stopping the up-front payment method AT&T customers will either have to bring their own phone, pay full price upfront or pay monthly for the device in a separate device payment plan.

French Uber Drivers Launch Rival App

Uber is known for a lot of things, from their drivers employment stance ranging from contractors to employee’s being charged with crimes. One of the more recent decisions they’ve had to face with was the decision to cut fares across Paris. Some drivers have had enough though and have created their own app in order to compete with the taxi app.

VTC Cab is an app created by former uber drivers to complete with the popular app. The app is available on the Google Play store and now iTunes, and shares some similarities with the Uber app. Users can hail cars and rate their drivers, but VTC Cab also allows you to place orders for a taxi in advance and works on a different model to Uber. Instead of the commission taking a cut of the raised funds there is a membership fee.

Instead of the 20% that Uber takes off all trips, VTC Cab will only charge its drivers a monthly fee of €250 (around £180), meaning that anything after that initial fee is theirs to keep. Mohammed Radi, the app’s founder, also stated that they will offer a customer service phone line, instead of following the email based system other app-based taxi services use.

Do you use Uber? Do you drive for an Uber-type service? What are your thoughts on a flat fee per month instead of a commission?

Instagram is Now More Popular Than Twitter

Instagram is now officially more popular than Twitter and exceeded 400 million monthly users for the first time. This compares to Twitter’s current community of 304 million monthly active users during the last quarter. Unbelievably, the data shows Instagram’s user base increased exponentially by 100 million in just nine months. There has been a dramatic growth in Japan and Brazil which could explain the figures released today. Instagram released a statement regarding this momentous occasion which reads:

“Instagrammers continue to capture incredible photos and videos from all corners of the earth (and even the solar system). We’ve seen inspiring moments like the first surface image of Pluto and Champions League celebrations, as well as striking locales like the white pools of Turkey and a Namibian desert ghost town. These are just a few of the more than 80 million photos per day shared on Instagram.”

“Also, a few notable names have joined Instagram in the last 100 million. The most followed accounts include David Beckham from the UK, Caitlyn Jenner from the US, Indonesia’s Raffi and Nagita, German soccer player Toni Kroos and South Korea’s T.O.P.”

“When Instagram launched nearly five years ago, 400 million seemed like a distant dream. Now, we continue to strive to improve Instagram — helping you experience the world through images and connect with others through shared passions.”

Now that the company is becoming such an influential social media platform, it’s trying to entice sponsors to pay for adverts and make the service more profitable. Film trailers are already quite common on Instagram and I expect other media forms to take advantage of such a massive user base. Personally, I find Twitter much more useful, but it’s interesting to see how various social media services change over time.

Do you use Instagram?

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Comodo Internet Security 7.0 Launces in the UK, Backed by a £300 Virus-Free Guarantee

Comodo is a company offering leading solutions in terms of PC/Mac antivirus and malware software, SSL digital certifications, as well as android antivirus and malware solutions. It’s latest product is the all-in-one protection software, Comodo Internet Security Pro 7, which has been recently made available to the UK market.

The all-in-one software is said to be a unique and patented prevention tool for unknown viruses, as well as a detection tool for known ones. It works by inspecting each file attempting to run on a computer and instantly compares the file to its White List and Black List database. In the case of a file not being present in either list, the software restricts its access using Auto Sandbox Technology, keeping the computer clean and virus-free.

The company has also made a few changes to its latest Comodo Internet Security Pro 7 software, including a user interface update that allows tasks to be performed quicker while delivering more information on the current computer status. In addition to the interface update, Comodo claims that it has shortened the Sandbox function’s average process time per file by up to 700%, while adding the ability to reverse potentially undesirable actions of software without necessarily blocking the software entirely.

Also, Comodo has added an advanced Website Filtering feature, allowing website access rules to be created for particular users of a computer and logging each activity when a user tries to visit a website which is in conflict with a rule. Another interesting new feature added is the Protected Data Folder, which keeps each and every file placed inside a ‘Protected Data Folder’ from being read, accessed and modified by applications running in Sandbox mode. The last but not least addition is PrivDog, a software specially designed to suppress any malicious advertisement, while being able to run alongside all major browsers on the market.

What makes Comodo’s Internet Security Pro 7.0 one of the best antivirus and malicious software prevention is the company’s confidence in suppressing each and every virus and malware roaming the internet, including GOZeuS and CryptoLocker, as the company stated. This is why the company offers a $500 (£298.54) money back guarantee, should a user’s computer become infected while using the Comodo Internet Security Pro 7.0.

The Comodo Internet Security Pro 7.0 comes with a yearly subscription of just £30 which covers three machines and includes GeekBuddy online support. Comodo’s Internet Security Complete 7 is also available at a £68 yearly subscription, including all of the Pro’s features, plus TrustConnect Wi-Fi/Hotspot encryption and 50 GB of Online Storage. A trial for the software can be downloaded over at Comodo’s website.