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Mobile Phones &nob &Software &the web Guest Contributor on 13 Jul 2015

iTunes Streaming vs Spotify – How Do They Compare?

With the latest Apple Music service which is an update for iTunes, Apple has strolled into a crowded and competitive scene in the quest for dominance in the music streaming world, and it seems it is going to get its ass kicked. You cannot expect to win the dollars of the customers if you are releasing a half-assed service. Competing with the other competitors is a tough job, and releasing a lame product will always come back and bite you in the ass.

Apple has been a great competition in the industry so far with iTunes, which still cannot compare with Spotify. And even with the release of the Apple Music service it seems as if its programmers have lost any interest in competing. You just can’t release an unfinished job and expect for the customers to give their money and be happy with it. Maybe they should learn from the online casino industry, where you can find one of the healthiest competitions. For example, if sites like don’t have the latest casino bonuses and no deposit casino codes, the customers will continue onto the next best site.

So, why should people bother with Apple Music when they can use Spotify for music streaming? The prices are similar, and the music catalog is almost the same, but people have reported many different bugs with Apple Music which will surely deter them from using it after the trial period.


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Mobile Phones &nob Wes Novack on 14 Feb 2015

Recycle your phone for cash with

The typical smartphone user these days is a fickle creature. With the breakneck pace of technological innovation occurring in the mobile space, it’s not uncommon for the average user to acquire a new smartphone every 2 years, if not, every single year.

With Google and Apple continually innovating, adding new features that change the ways in which we use our smartphones, and releasing new versions of the venerable Android and iOS operating systems, the demand for new devices puts us in a vicious cycle of never-ending phone upgrades.

But with these continuous refreshes, we leave behind the devices of yesteryear. Often passed off as a hand-me-down or tossed into a dark drawer, sometimes never to see the light of day again, there’s a better after-life to be considered for these poor abandoned phones. Recoup some cash by utilizing a phone recycling service.

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Mobile Phones &nob &Software &the web Wes Novack on 21 Aug 2014

Telephony in the cloud

Yeah, we’ve all heard of Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts. These little software gems are fantastic, free(!), voice & video calling products that are just sitting out there on our smartphones (or PC’s), just waiting for us to use them, almost magically, over the interwebs.


Perhaps you even have a VoIP service at home, such as MagicJack, Ooma or Vonage. However, if you’re a small or medium sized business and you need a professional-grade telephony system, without the costs of buying, supporting and maintaining an infrastructure and support staff, you might want to consider looking at telephony solutions in the cloud.

You can get this type of business-class telephony by using a virtual hosted Private Branch eXchange (PBX), which provides many advanced features that are simply just not available with a regular consumer phone line. Let’s take a look at a few of the advanced features offered by PBX solution providers.

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Mobile Phones Steven Kippel on 12 Jun 2014

Amazon reveals Prime Music

Amazon reveals Prime Music

amazonAmazon today has added more benefit to Amazon Prime subscribers: Prime Music.

In the vein of Spotify, Google Play Music, Beats Music and iTunes, Prime Music provides unlimited, ad-free streaming of millions of songs. Unlike these other services, Amazon Prime Music is not a monthly subscription, but comes with no additional cost to annual Amazon Prime subscribers.


Amazon Prime members now receive:

  • Free two-day shipping on most items
  • Prime Instant Video – Free streaming of thousands of TV programs and movies
  • Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
  • Kindle First – a free book download every month
  • Prime Pantry – low-cost grocery items

All of this for the annual price (currently) of $99.

Mobile Phones &Software Wes Novack on 02 Mar 2014

Now writing for Greenbot

I am now freelance writing for Greenbot, a new website by IDG Media (publishers of PCWord, TechHive, etc) dedicated to all things Android related.

Check out a few of the initial articles that I’ve written for them.

No Kindle? No problem! Score free Android apps at Amazon’s Appstore

One tidbit that didn’t make the cut in my Greenbot piece: Amazon also doles out ‘Amazon Coins’ as an added bonus with select app purchases. For example, the ‘GoneMAD Music Player Unlocker’ is currently on sale for 0.99 on both the Play Store and Amazon’s Appstore, but Amazon also throws in 30 coins. Each coin is equivalent to 1 cent in credit, so you’ll earn 30 cents towards a future purchase at Amazon if you buy there.

Jelly for Android: Diving deep inside the new image-based Q&A app

Jelly was launched with a lot of hype due to the involvement of Biz Stone (Twitter’s co-founder). Unfortunately, I just didn’t find the service very useful or compelling.

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Hardware &Mobile Phones &nob &Software Wes Novack on 09 Feb 2014

Zubie Key can turn your vehicle into a smartcar

This post brought to you by Zubie. All opinions are 100% mine.

These days we’re all connected to the ‘net at home with PC’s and tablets, and on the go with smartphones, but what about while in the car? The majority of automobiles on the road today just aren’t taking advantage of mobile network Internet connectivity, smart apps and the diagnostic code information that is available via the built in vehicle dumbputers.


The proliferation of smartcars is assuredly in our future, but until then, Zubie is rushing to bridge the gap with the Zubie Key product and its associated services.

Here’s the abbreviated product rundown from Zubie themselves.

“Zubie is a connected car solution that makes driving and owning a car safer, easier and less expensive. It uses a smart plug-in device, the Zubie Key, to plug directly into the car’s On-board Diagnostics (OBD) port and capture valuable vehicle and driving data for car owners and drivers — location tracking, driving patterns, vehicle health and alerts, and more.”

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Hardware &Mobile Phones &nob &Online Video &Software Wes Novack on 03 Feb 2014

Dropcam cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring

This post brought to you by Dropcam. All opinions are 100% mine.

Networked and DVR-connected video cameras targeted for home use have been available for years, but what has been missing from the market is an easy-to-setup and easy-to-use Wi-Fi video camera and associated services.

Meet Dropcam


Dropcam has filled the void with its line of feature-packed Wi-Fi video cameras and services, designed to be used for home security and home monitor purposes.

“Dropcam is a cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring service with free live streaming, two-way talk and remote viewing that makes it easy to stay connected with places, people and pets, no matter where you are.”

Sounds good so far. Let’s take a look at the main advertised features of Dropcam, with my commentary added below each one.

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