The era of à la carte TV may finally be here—ready or not. Today, you can officially stream Showtime over the internet, without a cable subscription, for $11 a month. You can get it through Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod, on a Roku, via Hulu, or through Sony’s PlayStation Vue—another cord-cutting service.
Reuters reports that later this year Amazon will start testing a marketplace for services, where users can find and hire everything from babysitters to handymen. It will be testing the service in limited areas to gauge demand and figure out logistics before moving forward with a broader launch.
If you want to disappear from the internet or just nuke some of your web accounts quickly and—mostly—painlessly, here's a good solution: Just Delete Me, "a massive list of the most popular web apps and services with links to delete your account from those services."
We don't usually recommend emulating cell phone carrier behavior, but this is pretty cool: Rdio now lets you combine accounts into a family account for a ~20% discount.
If the US launch is anything like the European launch, existing users—including Europeans—will be able to share limited invites with keen Americans. So, y'know, if you know any friendly Europeans, get your bribes in now.
It's no secret that Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo are always expanding their reaches, slowly but surely adding new products and services into their line-ups. The New York Times's Nick Bilton took a step back and surveyed their empires.
There has been lots of chatter about Google Voice being on the verge of being released, so keep an eye out tomorrow and early next week to see if it hits. You'll probably have to sign up early to get a number in an area code you like.
As a lazy writer who is occasionally forced to interview an actual person, I still haven't found the perfect solution to transcribing phone interviews without doing it myself. But a service called Cogi looks promising.
What exactly are you saying when you give someone one of Blue Raven's Mail-In Service and Repair Kits for iPod? You buy the box at the store, wrap it up and put it under the tree. When your loved ones finally open it, they learn that they have received a fast-turnaround repair session for their iPod. So you're…
Rick Ueno, the general manager of the Chicago Sheraton Hotel, launched a program this week to help his customers relax by disconnecting their BlackBerry or other mobile communication device. The idea for this service came from his own sick and twisted addiction to his BlackBerry. The service is free and whatever…
We here at Gizmodo tend to keep all kinds of crap in our basement offices—well I tend to keep lots of crap down here, I don't know about the rest of those kids—and this seems like a fairly painless way to figure out where to dump it. Throwplace.com offers lists of local donation spots in your area and allows you to…
While we kept singing that "White Rabbit" song as we browsed this site, this seems like a good idea for Gizmodo-fans and their close friends and relatives. Essentially, White Rabbit can find and purchase anything from Japan you'd likle. These things have been around for years, but these guys kind of know what's up:
Here's a hit-or-miss idea: Millenium Music wants to give you an iPod in exchange for your CDs. Yup. You can rip all your music, then sell the hard copy in favor of an iPod. Just stop by or mail in your CDs to Millenium and as long as they're not scratched to hell or missing anything for the most part, you can trade…