Online TV is on. Amazon.com has announced six new pilot programs, leading off with “Alpha House,” starring John Goodman. It was created by Gary Trudeau, the creator of the Doonesbury comic strip. Alpha House is about four senators who rent a house together. Viewers will get to vote on whether this program or one of the five others becomes a full series.
Several years ago, Bob was browsing Amazon’s online music store and ended up putting two dozen classical CDs in the shopping cart. He planned to look the list over again before going to check-out. But Joy surprised him and just bought the whole batch. Yesterday, all of those CDs popped up online, ready to play from any computer, tablet or phone. Amazon’s new “AutoRip,” is a free service that automatically uploads any CD you bought from them, going all the way back to 1998. It puts the contents into your personal “Cloud Player” ready to stream online. We are more than slightly awed by this; just consider the amount of storage they must have. A playlist online is much easier [...]
Amazon Cloud Player is a place to store and play back your music collection. You get five gigabytes of free storage, but any tune you bought from Amazon is stored for free. It was previously available only on Android devices but is now available on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as well.
Amazon is now producing sitcoms and children’s TV for their “Instant Video” service on the web. If you have a script, you can submit it and get an answer within 45 days. That’s a far cry from the runaround most writers get when pitching scripts. Hooray for the digital age.
Amazon just added music CDs to its trade-in program. (We didn’t know they even had a trade-in program.) You can trade-in books, electronics, video games, movies, TV shows and now CDs for Amazon gift cards. They typically give you $2 credit for an old CD.
A good article at LifeHacker.com tells you how to make a few dollars through “Fulfillment by Amazon.” This is their program to get you to sell the stuff that you never use or look at. Put all your old gadgets, CDs, books and whatever in a box and send them off. Let Amazon do the rest.
When Joy showed Bob an advanced yoga move at the dining room table, she broke her Kindle 3 when her heel slammed down on the screen. Whoops. So we replaced it (the gadget, not the foot) with a new $79 Kindle, which is so light it nearly floats. It was a roundabout way of doing it, but that’s how we discovered what’s new with book borrowing.
You just got a new Kindle Fire or Android tablet for Christmas. What apps might you consider first?
Any.DO is the web site for a free to-do list that includes voice recognition. Tell it to remember to get some milk and it stores that to your list. It also listens and captures any other task you need to do. You can collaborate with others in creating a list of tasks or objectives. It’s available on Android tablets and phones and is coming “soon” to the iPhone, iPad and the web. (When we signed up, there were 18,485 people ahead of us on the waiting list.)