Did you know that Chromebooks were originally supposed to be disposable computers? That didn't quite come to pass. But a new computer company called The Hive has a PC that you actually do trade in, year after year.
In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on airbnb. I've been managing it remotely for the past year. This post includes everything I learned as well as some revenue numbers.
A few days ago Mercer, the global human resources consulting firm, published its current list of the most expensive cities in the world. According to their survey, the most expensive place to station an employee isn't New York or Tokyo. It's Luanda, Angola.
Since the whole Qwikster debacle, Netflix has tried to distance itself from DVD rentals in favor of its streaming service. But red envelopes will soon be popping through mail slots again now that Netflix has reintroduced DVD rentals.
You want a Mac—or at least try one out—but you don't want your friends to think you've become one of those Apple-owning hipsters you're always making fun of. A cloud-based Mac rental service lets you use a Mac without losing your Windows cred.
Here's a cute comic that summarizes our love-hate relationship with Netflix's movie streaming and rental service.
Buying textbooks in college are annoying! They're expensive, heavy, and instantly useless after finals. Amazon is trying to change the game with Kindle Textbook Rentals, it's a service that lets students rent Kindle textbooks to save tons of money.
YouTube might currently be chock full of unauthorized movies, but now they've struck a deal with major Hollywood studios to bring new, legal movies to their site as well. They've had a movie rental system in place since January, but the selection to this point has been largely of the never-heard-of-it variety. No word…
Netflix had teased a streaming-only plan for the US, but they've finally followed through in time for a long winter of Watch Instantly downloads. It's costs $8, with nearly all DVD-based plans seeing a price hike. Here's how much:
Redbox, the Coinstar-owned company who puts those nifty DVD rental kiosks everywhere, is apparently plotting how to take down Netflix. Step one: Offer more than 200 or so movies.
Yesterday, Netflix announced that they're pulling the plug on the sequel to their supercool Netflix Prize in which teams competed to improve the company's recommendation algorithm for a million dollar reward. Privacy: can't live with it, can't live without it.
A mother of two, who also happens to be gay (and not broadcasting it), is anonymously suing Netflix for releasing her movie preferences in that contest they held awhile back. Basically, she's Borking them.
The Wall Street Journal reports that YouTube is deep in discussions with the movie studios to offer both paid (likely $3.99) and ad-supported movie rentals. This would include new releases, which would be new to YouTube.
Fox plans to make two classes of discs, one version for retail and another, crippled, version for rental stores.
As a Netflix lover, I'm sad to see account profiles and queues go away after August. That's because I've always used them to keep Lisa's movie choices (morbid documentaries, foreign tragedies, stoner flicks) separate from mine (scifi, fantasy, action, romantic comedies). What's going to happen to Netflix's amazing…