Amazon Offers Free MP3s To CD Buyers:  Amazon has just introduced a new service called “Auto-Rip” which offers music fans that purchase designated CDs from Amazon to receive both a CD and an MP3 version of the same album*. So if you still have a CD player in your car you can now buy a new CD from Amazon on your smart phone or tablet and immediately access the MP3 version of the album and listen to it on your smart phone or tablet while waiting for the CD to arrive in the mail.

There are a number of articles to be found online today regarding this new service. Here’s a link to a  PaidContent article on the subject titled Amazon gives free digital album to anyone who buys the CD:

http://paidcontent.org/2013/01/10/amazon-gives-free-digital-album-to-anyone-who-buys-the-cd/

And here’s a link to the Amazon Music page which allows you to hear all about this new service from the horse’s mouth as the expression goes!

http://goo.gl/o9C1X

Kindle Touch Software Update: Amazon has also just issued a software update for its Kindle Touch series of touch screen e-readers. The update offers Kindle Touch owners a bunch of new features including a new and improved user interface and Whispersync for Voice. Here’s a link to an Engadget article on the subject titled Kindle Touch updated with new UI, Whispersync for Voice and comic book navigation:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/10/kindle-touch-updated-with-new-ui-whipersync-for-voice-and-comic/

And if you are wondering – “What on Earth is Whispersynch for Voice anyway?” – here’s a link to a page on the Amazon site that offers an in-depth explanation of the term – and the cliff notes version is if you own a Kindle and download the Audible app (Amazon owns the Audible audio book company) than you can switch between reading an e-book version and listening to an audio book version of the same book.

Why Power Outlets Are Different In Different Countries: The Gizmodo tech site is offering readers a cool article with a bit of history to it! The article discusses the reasons why, as the article states “Why Power Outlets Look So Weird in Other Countries” (of course people who live in other countries can say the same thing about the power outlets in the United States); basically you have to go back to the dawn of the age of electricity when you had inventors,  scientists and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse coming up with and promoting competing HZ electric frequency standards – and long story short – the electric standards were not standardized internationally – the U.S. selected one frequency and other western countries other frequencies so in essence today there is no international standard HZ frequency  for electricity; hence electric outlets look different in other countries. Here’s the link to the articles which offers a more in-depth explanation of the subject:

http://gizmodo.com/5972640/why-power-outlets-look-so-weird-in-other-countries

Have a great day!

Linda R.

*The new Amazon Auto Rip service includes qualifying CDs Amazon customers have already purchased so you may be able to access songs you purchased from Amazon years ago and download them to your PC, tablet or smart phone.

References

Buckley, Sean. (2013, January 10). Kindle Touch updated with new UI, Whispersync for Voice and comic book navigation. Engadget. Online.

Roberts, Jeff John. (2013, January 10). Amazon gives free digital album to anyone who buys the CD. PaidContent. Online

Tarantola, Andrew. (2013, January 8). Why Power Outlets Look So Weird in Other Countries. Gizmodo. Online. 

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