News - Part 6

9/26/16 Music Monday: Nature Sounds Albums

Welcome To DMM’s 9/26/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. Today it’s Nature Sounds albums. Whether to set the tone during meditation, yoga, reading or a tub soak, or to help you fall asleep, there’s nothing quite like the white noise of nature sounds albums. Each of these three albums is a little over an hour long, currently rated 4.5/5 stars, and priced at about a dollar.

9/19/16 Music Monday: Past Hits Collections

Welcome To DMM’s 9/19/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. Today it’s collections of greatest hits from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Greatest Songs of the 1940s 22 hits from such original artists as Billie Holliday, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and more. Currently rated 4.5/5 stars, priced at $5.00. 50 Greatest No. 1 Hits of the 50s 50 top chart hits from such original artists as Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, The Everly Brothers and more. Currently rated 4.5/5 stars, priced at $6.99.

9/12/16 Music Monday

Welcome To DMM’s 9/12/16 Music Monday! Each week I comb through the Amazon Digital Music catalog to find a few bargain-priced gems to share. Today’s picks are sure to please Broadway fans. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & An American in Paris Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (16:35 runtime) and An American In Paris (18:21 runtime) conducted by Bernstein. Rated 4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $1.98.

FreeApp Friday for 3/4/16: All Angry Birds Edition

Free App Friday! At first Angry Birds was just about firing projectile birds from slingshots to destroy towers, but now there’s racing, a role-playing game, special Star Wars and Transformers editions, and more! Angry Birds – The goal of the game is to catapult each bird toward the pigs, who hide behind a variety of destructible materials. Use each bird’s unique skills to break through crates, boards, stone, ice, snow, glass, boulders, and dynamite to vanquish the devious pigs. Angry Birds Slingshot Stella – Join Stella and her super adventurous friends on a quest to protect their home from the greedy Bad Princess and her powerful piggies! Meet this fierce new bunch, master their amazing superpowers and explore magical Golden Island! Angry Birds Seasons – Join the Angry Birds as they celebrate unique seasonal events from around the world! Angry Birds Star Wars – A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away……

Amazon’s Actually Free Apps: What’s The Catch?

Ever since Amazon launched its Underground program for apps, through which consumers can get “Actually Free” versions of popular apps, app fans have been wondering how this is possible. After all, all Actually Free apps are free to download and include in-game items like power ups, hints, extra turns and other upgrades (that the user formerly had to buy with real money) at no charge. Who’s Paying For This? Amazon. If you’re thinking the catch must be that somehow, some way, at some point you are going to be charged for using Actually Free apps, you can stop worrying about that. They are really, truly, Actually Free. With a regular, not Actually Free app the app developer makes his money through up-front purchases of apps or in-app purchases paid by app users. In an Actually Free app, the developer gets paid by Amazon on a sort of commission basis that’s tied to…

Facebook-ery: Facebook Emoticons & Emoji

FB Emoticons! You can enter specific keyboard combinations and Facebook will automatically convert them into those full-color pictures for you (though the full-color picture won’t be visible until AFTER you’ve posted the status update). Alternatively, you can copy certain symbols from one page or window and paste them into your Facebook status update to achieve the same effect. It doesn’t work with just ANY old symbol, though. There are approved character sets. Here’s an image from Symbols & Emoticons showing some of the full-color emoticons you can create on Facebook with simple keystrokes (click or tap on images to view an enlarged version in a new tab or window): And here are a few more from The Next Web:

Are RFID Blocking Wallets Necessary?

I recently posted about Smart Card technology, which prompted a reader question: once you’ve got at least one Smart Card, do you need to get one of those specially-lined wallets to block scammers from reading the data off your card through your purse or wallet? Not really. If it makes you feel safer to have one of those special wallets, then it’s probably worth the investment. But tech security analysts agree that while it’s possible for an enterprising crook to use tech devices to scan your Smart Cards’ data, it’s not worth those crooks’ while to attempt it.

FreeMusicMonday: A Spooky Halloween Soundtrack Album

Welcome To Free Music Monday! Today’s pick is just the thing to set the mood for Halloween decorating and costume planning, and for the kids’ party later this month: Unpleasantville. One Amazon reviewer says: If you like Danny Elfman, you’ll like this. A moody tingly delight. It is a soundtrack, so don’t expect any coherence between the songs, but on the other hand, each song describes a different mood. I agree with the other reviewers, despite its name and subject matter, it’s not just for Halloween. Says another: Un-Expected pleasure. Okay I admit it. I bought this (well it was free) because of the Halloween connotation to it. What a pleasant surprise! It has a very ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ feel to it and I really like it now. It even brings a smile to my face that it was free! Click here to grab your free copy of Unpleasantville.

A Year Of Amazon Prime At Thirty Per Cent Off – Even For Current Prime Members

**UPDATE 9/25/15** Sorry kids, it appears Amazon has closed the loophole by NOT allowing Gift of Prime purchases at the Transparent promo discount price. I was told just two days ago, by an Amazon customer support rep who checked with a supervisor at the time, that Gift of Prime subscriptions would be eligible for the $67 promo price, but apparently there’s been a policy change in the two days since then. This Friday, 9/25/15 only, to celebrate its 5 wins for Transparent in the 67th Emmy Awards, Amazon will be offering one year of Prime membership to new members at a reduced price of $67. That’s a $32 savings, and represents a savings of over 30%. The offer begins at 12:01am PST on 9/25/15 and ends at 11:59pm the same day, and is only applicable to new memberships. The fact that the offer specifically mentions “new members” might lead you to believe that if…

Alexa Voice Service, Amazon Echo, Amazon Instant Videos, Fire TV, Kindle Fire, savvy consumer

I just posted about the new tablets for another site so I’ll reproduce that same post here, then add the new Fire TV details. Here’s the rundown on the new models, from Amazon: All-New Fire Tablet ($49.99, available for order today, ships 9/30/15): This is a groundbreaking new tablet for under $50. The new Fire tablet includes a quad-core processor, 7” IPS display, front- and rear-facing cameras, up to 128GB of expandable storage, exclusive Amazon features and services, and access to the world’s best content ecosystem—all for just $49.99. Customers can also choose to buy Fire as a six-pack for less than $250. My take: the specs on this $50 tablet are surprisingly good. Its display is a bit lower in resolution than the current HD6, and its processor speed and battery life are both a little lower than the HD6 as well. But it’s not a dramatic difference, and the new…