Do you find Instagram distracting on your phone? Well, you no longer need the app on your phone in order to create Stories. Instagram is adding support for posting Stories directly from your browser. The downside is that you can’t post videos or use any of the fun filters. But you can post still photos and text overlays. This gives you a way to participate with your Instagram account if you don’t have the room for the account on your phone. Or, like I said if you find it too distracting. What’s also coming to Instagram soon is the ability to save posts. More specifically – through your browser. If there’s a fun recipe you want to remember for later, you can bookmark the post and visit all your saved examples.
There have been a lot of changes to Instagram over the last year and there are likely to be more. On one hand these seem like great improvements, but on the other hand, they appear to be competing with other platforms. The bookmark feature suggests they are trying to compete with Pinterest. While some of these other features are in direct competition with Snapchat. Who seems to be their main rival. I have said many times that I am a bit of an Instagram traditionalist, but that doesn’t mean these features aren’t improvements.
Let’s recap some of the big Instagram updates that we’ve seen over the last year:
Instagram Polling Stickers
This seemed really neat when it first came out, but I haven’t seen many people using it lately. … Read the rest
I have written a few times about MoviePass and each time I do, I seem to be bringing you information on how the plan itself just keeps getting cheaper and cheaper. MoviePass is now offering its customers a plan for $89.95/year if you pay up front. There is a $6.55 processing fee, but that works out to be $6.95 a month. That’s per month folks. If you want to compare – that’s cheaper than a Netflix subscription. One argument why people stopped going to the movies was because of how expensive it was. Some would also argue that you could get an entire month of Netflix for a fraction of the cost of a movie ticket. But that’s no longer an argument that can be made.
In August, the company moved from a tiered pricing plan that ranged from $15 up to $50 per month, to a flat rate of just $9.95 a month. This was an incredible price reduction, so I’m not sure how they’re now able to offer $3 off of that price. Is MoviePass trying to get more sales? They are only offering this for a limited time, and will only last for one year – pending you pay up front. The second year, however, goes back up to $9.95 a month. Which is still an incredible deal, so not only am I not sure how you can pass this up. But I’m also not sure how this model is sustainable.… Read the rest
Sprint has announced a partnership with Hulu in order to give customers unlimited access to Hulu’s Limited Commercial plan. This plan will allow both new and existing customers to stream all the movies and television shows they can imagine – straight to their mobile devices. Is this incentive for you to switch to Sprint if you’re not already with them? Roger Solé, chief marketing officer for Sprint had this to say:
“How people watch their favorite shows, listen to the latest music, and play the most popular games is changing all the time. We’re excited to provide Sprint customers the best in entertainment through our unique partnership with Hulu.”
There is a catch though. There’s always a catch, right? In order to get this deal, you will need to be on Sprint’s Unlimited Freedom Plan. So if you’re already on this plan – you’re in good shape and don’t need to do anything else to get access. If you’re not on the plan, you’re still in luck. It’s one of Sprint’s cheaper “fully unlimited” plans.
Many are skeptical about Sprint’s network reliability. In order to calm those fears, they are offering up some specs. They claim that their average nationwide download speed has increased by 33% year to year. In addition, they claim that in 25 of the top 99 markets in the United States, their download speeds have increased anywhere from 40-100%. They don’t specify where those markets are, but that’s a pretty big increase for the smallest of the big four US carriers.… Read the rest