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]

What to Watch at CES 2014

Sony SmartWatch 2
Sony SmartWatch 2

The International Consumer Electronics Show, better known as CES is upon us once again and CES 2014 will see some pretty amazing tech gear like usual.  This year we will see wearables of all kinds from smart watches to to attachable fitness gizmos. [Read more…]

Apple Event, iPad Mini Coming

Today is the day for Apple,s “We’ve got a little more to show you.” press event at the California Theatre in San Jose.  All indications point to this event as the debut for the iPad Mini, but rumors say that we could also see a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro or Mac Mini.

Today’s event is scheduled to start at 10:00am PST.  You can get updates via live blogs here, here, here, here or here and if you have Apple TV you can watch a live stream.