Qnary Roundup: Amazon's Video Service, PriceJump, and More


Each week, the Qnary team hosts a Friday morning meeting where we discuss the most interesting issues in social media today. Here, we recap those for you.

Amazon Reportedly Planning An Ad-Supported Video Service That Will Be Cheaper Than Netflix and Hulu

According to the New York Post, Amazon is reportedly planning to launch an ad-supported media streaming service for music and videos. The Post implies that the new service would be in direct competition with Netflix and Hulu and would undercut the two popular video streaming sites on price.

By launching this reported new, cheaper service Amazon could entice more users to join its Prime service, which is currently priced at $99 per month and includes free, two-day shipping and music, television and movie streaming options.

While all these perks sound great in theory, Amazon’s Sally Fouts stated in an email that, “We’re often experimenting with new offers and experiences with customers, but we have not announced any plans to offer an ad-supported video streaming service.”

However, both the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal have reported on this service, so Amazon might be keeping the plans under wraps until all the kinks are worked out. (via Business Insider)

Google Is Closing Its Google Glass Stores

According to 9to5Google, Google is closing all its basecamp stores, which are the physical retail stores where it sold Google Glass. There were only four places in the world where customers could buy Google Glass: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City and London.

These stores are reportedly being closed simple because so many people are buying Google Glass online. However, there might be other mitigating factors that contributed to these closures, such as major developers like Twitter no longer supporting their apps on Twitter and several other companies that adopted Google Glass early on losing interest in the product. (via Business Insider)

This App Could Help Customers Save Big With On Holiday Shopping

A new app from Savings.com called PriceJump allows shoppers to find the best deal possible when shopping. Users simply have to scan the barcode of the product and PriceJump will scan local stores and 5,000 online retailers in real time to get the best price. This could save shoppers a lot of money particularly during the holidays when holiday gift prices wildly fluctuate, according to Savings.com.

However users shouldn’t just blindly buy the top price on the list. There are other things to consider, such as shipping costs from online retailers and whether or not the item is still in stock at a local store. Luckily, PriceJump does provide the phone numbers of the stores so users can call ahead to make srue what they are after is in stock. (via CNN)

Former Tinder Employees Set To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble

Several former Tinder employees have teamed up to launch a new dating app called Bumble. While Tinder has had a strong hold on the matchmaking app game, these former employees will have inside knowledge of the issues that Tinder faces and will be able to address them in their new app.

According to Bumble’s Facebook page, it is a social discovery app that “promotes a safe and respectful community” where “you’ll never get unwanted messages” and you’ll go more in depth than “dead-end matches” that are found on “other, more shallow apps.” The app is slated to launch on December 1. (via TechCrunch)

Vine Update Includes New Favorite Feature

Vine’s Tuesday update came with a new, favorite option which will send users a push notification when a new video is posted from one of their favorited Vine accounts. All a user has to do is tap the star-shaped icon that’s in the upper-right hand corner of the app screen.

 

This update will also allow users to view all of their favorite accounts in the settings tab at any time. This small update should help users find videos they are more interested in instead of having them browse though hundreds of videos each time they return to the app. (via Mashable)

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