Archive for May, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (31 May) to…

May 31, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (31 May) to…


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

Happy bookish birthdays (30 May) to…

May 30, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (30 May) to…


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

Amazon introduces the new Echo Show 5 (mini): the perfect match with Echo Guard for $89.95!

May 30, 2019

Amazon introduces the new Echo Show 5 (mini): the perfect match with Echo Guard for $89.95!

I’m really impressed with this new Amazon device!

Echo Show 5 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

It’s a 5.5 inch screen Echo Show (I assume that’s why it’s called the Echo Show 5)…for $89.95!

Even better, you can buy two of them and save $30…making it $59.95 each.

Watching videos, videocalls, the usual Alexa functions? Sure.

They’ve added to the privacy on it…one simple innovation is having a physical lens cover you can slide over the camera so it can’t see you. Far more elegant than what our now adult kid did growing up: putting duct tape on the camera. That’s all to prevent hackers: it’s not a myth that people have remotely gained unauthorized access to cameras in computers.

They also point out that “… your voice is streamed to the cloud only after your device detects the wake word (“Alexa”). You can also turn the microphone and camera off with a press of a button.”

There are so many uses for this (both at home and at an office), but I think it ties in particularly well with Alexa Guard, which I wrote about here:

Free Alexa Guard may save your home…and lives

We just keep Alexa Guard on all the time, home or not. We’ve gotten a few alerts from it. I once was at work and got an alert that there was a breaking glass sound. I listened to it, and it was odd. I texted my Significant Other, who could be at home…but didn’t get a response. I dropped in, using the Echo Show, and had a quick conversation. Everything was fine (the sound apparently came from outside the house), but that was very reassuring.

You could put one in the nursery, or where you had a bedbound relative to feel more comfortable.

The standard Echo Show has a lot better specs (the camera is 5MP; the new one is only 1MP), but it’s also $229.99.

I think this will be a perfect workhorse for a lot of people, and at under a pound (410 grams), it will be easy to take with you when you travel, which I have done with Echo Show devices.

The Echo Spot is still available, although they are calling it a “Smart Alarm Clock” now. I love my Spot, but with that at $129.99, and with the Echo Show 5 probably having a more practical morphology, I suspect the Spot may go away after the holidays.

One more thing: you can get it with the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $289.99.

What do you think? Are you going to pre-order 1…or more? Do you see a practical use for you personally which I haven’t suggested? Will the Spot stick around? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

Happy bookish birthdays (29 May) to…

May 29, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (29 May) to…


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

Happy bookish birthdays (28 May) to..

May 28, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (28 May) to…


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

Happy bookish birthdays (27 May) to…

May 27, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (27 May) to…


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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Happy bookish birthdays (26 May) to…

May 26, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (26 May) to…


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

Happy bookish birthdays (25 May) to…

May 25, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (25 May) to…


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

Happy bookish birthdays (24 May) to…

May 24, 2019

Happy bookish birthdays (24 May) to…


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

Why Disney+ may be great for Amazon

May 23, 2019

Why Disney+ may be great for Amazon

I think Disney’s Disney+ streaming subscription service, launching November 12th, is going to be a giant success, and not just because this feels like a turning point year for Disney, what with their movies including the Avengers and the new Lion King and the “Star Wars Land” opening,

For about $7 a month (all information here is for the USA), subscribers will (eventually) get access to Marvel movies, Disney movies & TV shows, 20th Century Fox (sorry, I still like the old name) movie and TV shows, National Geographic…it’s hard for me to see who wouldn’t want it. 🙂

Of course, not everybody buys everything they want, but I’m sure lots of people will get this in addition to other streaming services they have, some will get it as their first streaming service…and while I don’t think it will be a big percentage, some may drop current subscriptions and switch to Disney+.

Among those competitors hypothetically at risk?

Amazon’s Prime Video.

Two others? Netflix and Hulu, the latter now mostly under Disney control.

So, you might think Amazon would be worried about Disney+…people who pay for Prime Video as a standalone are paying more than Disney+ ($8.99 a month). but I would guess the vast majority of people who was Prime Video do it through being members of

Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

where it is included along with a lot of other benefits, but they’ve offered Prime Video separately for long enough that we can be comfortable that it is there is a market for it

However, Amazon doesn’t just have a streaming service.

It has the hardware you can use to watch it on your TV!

Fire TV family (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

While I still sometimes encounter the mythology that Amazon is a “closed garden”, that it doesn’t want you to get anything from anywhere else, that’s easily refuted and has been from the beginning. That doesn’t mean you can get everything: you couldn’t buy Barnes & Noble’s Nook books for your Kindle when that was a hot and heavy battle.

But, if you want to watch HBO, Starz, Showtime, CBS All Access, and a whole lot more, you can pay for them through your Amazon account and have them show up on your Fire TV..

That’s what I think will happen with Disney+. I’m very confident that it will be available that way…why would Disney pass up a market which is now

bigger than Roku (Motley Fool article by Adam Levy)

?

It’s also possible that they will just have the app available to run on your Fire TV. That’s how we watch Netflix and Hulu…we pay those services directly, but still watch them on Fire TV.

In the same way that comedian Milton Berle (“Uncle Milty”) is credited with having doubled TV shows in the 1940s, Disney+ may increase Fire TV sales.

What do you think? Will you get Disney+? Will you drop something else…including Amazon Prime? Do you pay for Channels now from Amazon? Feel to let me and readers know what you think by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


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