Amazon Helping-Hand Marketplace Set To Launch Monday

 Amazon Home Services 

Amazon is reportedly rebranding their hired-help service “Amazon Local Services” and relaunching as “Amazon Home Services” on Monday.

The on-demand services sector has become increasingly valuable as consumers have realized the value of a dollar can’t be taken for granted these days. It’s important to get top-quality service for those hard earned dollars and reputable providers play the top role in spending wisely.

Amazon’s Home Services offering makes a great deal of sense for the company that offers most any product imaginable. Soon if you live in one of the covered markets, Amazon can offer up a professional to install that new ceiling fan or give lessons for that new guitar and there’s only one shopping cart involved. The updated marketplace places Amazon directly in competion with service providers like Angie’s List, Yelp, Google’s business and Groupon. 

Amazon will hand-pick the pros it offers by requiring licensing, insurance and a complete background check. The caveot though, Amazon reportedly could take up to a 20% cut of the price of the service with varying levels down to as little as 5%. Reportedly, pros listed in Amazon Home Services will offer their service for equal priceing to direct buying and if a lower price is discovered, Amazon will match it. The upside for service providers is that Amazon will only allow real customers — those that have checked out through Amazon — to leave reviews, weeding out bogus comments from competitors.

A search of “Amazon Home Services” reveals this link, but is dead at the time of this post, however the “About” page is live.

[via Tech Crunch]

2017 Will See Flying Cars For Sale

aeromobile 3.0

The news of the AeroMobil 3.0 going on sale to the public in 2017 made me think back to the 80’s when I would watch George Jetson dash out to his flying car docked at his home perched high in the sky and zoom off to work with out even a thought of a paved road. The AeroMobil is hardly the flying contraptions the Jetson’s were used to, but it is a step in that direction at least. [Read more…]

HBO Streaming Service Coming To Apple Devices – No Cable Or Satellite Service Needed

With more and more content providers looking to the internet to get content to the masses and with the masses getting fed up with bloated, high-priced cable and satellite bills, a la carte streaming services from major networks are coming down the pike fast.

HBO’s standalone streaming service, HBO Now, will launch on Apple devices in April and not coincidentally, just in time for the season premiere of “Game of Thrones,” the network announced on Monday at Apple’s Spring Forward event. New HBO series like “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective,” and “Veep” will stream live along side cable and satellite provider feeds so there will be no extra time spent waiting for these shows to be added to the library.

The new HBO Now service will cost $14.99 a month and will give subscribers access to all of the network’s past, present and future series plus HBO’s lineup of Hollywood movies. Apple has exclusivity for 90 days from launch, so non-Apple users will have to wait until mid-summer, assuming other providers will launch the service.