Don’t Pay Monthly for Amazon Prime!


Straying away from Apple news today, Amazon announced that they are increasing the monthly cost for Amazon Prime from $10.99 to $12.99. If you pay monthly for Amazon Prime Student, the price is increasing by $1 from $5.49 to $6.49.

Of course this is a terrible deal.

Amazon charges $99 for its annual Prime plan and $49 for students, which is remaining the same. This increase in price makes the monthly payment option even more silly.

Amazon hasn’t increased its price since it raised its annual cost from $79 to $99, which I’m still bitter about. But I love Amazon Prime. Like Apple, I am very much locked into that ecosystem and will continue pay a premium for fast and quality service.

Do you subscribe to Amazon Prime? If so, what do you think about this price hike?

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Review: mophie wireless charging base

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are capable of charging wirelessly.

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This is a welcomed feature to iOS users because Android phones have been able to do this for years.

This wireless charging base from mophie, is one of two wireless chargers that Apple recommends. The other is the Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad. Not only does Apple recommend these but they are also two of the few chargers that wireless charge your iPhone faster than the normal wall charger that comes in the iPhone box. Your tiny charging brick, that comes packaged with your phone, charges at a maximum of 5 watts. With mophie’s wireless charging base it will max out at 7.5 watts. That is definitely a plus over using any other wireless chargers on the market.

It does what it’s supposed to do. I won’t argue with that, one bit. It is very convenient to throw it down on the pad and not have to fiddle with cables.

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It’s not perfect though.

In order to get your phone charging, it has to sit on the pad at the correct angle. It will not charge if it is too far to the side.  My fiancé and I have run into this multiple times and have woken up with near depleted batteries. You will run into this with any wireless charger you come across but it is still something I wish I didn’t have to worry about when paying $60 for a charger. Maybe within the next couple of years we will have true wireless charging, through the air.

My only other gripe is if you want to charge your phone while using it,  good luck. Unless you hover over the device, while it is sitting on the charger, you will not be able to use your phone and charge it at the same time. And that is a little too inconvenient for me.


mophie did it right when it comes to wireless charging. It charges fast and is extremely easy. But for $60, you will have to make the decision if the price is worth the simplicity of wireless charging.

Me? I will definitely keep it around the house for those times when I don’t even have to think about charging. It will be a convenient gadget to have laying around to use as needed.

Let me know in the comments, twitter, Instagram or Facebook if you like wireless charging or plan on picking one of these up!

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Apple Acquires Shazam

Apple has confirmed that they have purchased the media recognition app, Shazam.

Neither party has said how much this deal was worth but according to TechCrunch, it is rumored to be around $400 million.

I would love to see Apple do what Google did with the Pixel 2. With the Pixel 2, Google is constantly recognizing music that is playing in the background for you to refer back to whenever you’d like. I really like this idea because as a consumer, you don’t have to think about it.

Either way, I hope Apple doesn’t kill the app and allows it to grow into something better that will help everyone.