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Discover eBay Plus, get Camera+ for free, Spotify found them first, Etsy gets into manufacturing, James Bond loves Sony products, and Jimmy Kimmel fools Apple fanboys.

EBay Launches eBay Plus Memberships

Online marketplace eBay is launching its own membership program. Starting in Germany, regular eBay users will be able to sign up for eBay Plus, an effort to help both buyers and sellers cut down on shipping times. It’s thought eBay Plus will be rolled out to other countries in due course.

For an annual membership fee of $22, buyers signed up to eBay Plus will get guaranteed two-day deliveries, and free returns within 30 days. As a reward for participating in the program, sellers will receive a 15 percent discount on fees, and have their listings highlighted on the homepage. Thus, this is a win-win for everyone involved.

While eBay has now been in business foe 20 years, its growth is slowing, and eBay Plus could be the best way of persuading people to buy and sell more goods. Whether using eBay Plus or not, be sure to avoid these eBay scams 5 eBay Scams To Be Aware Of 5 eBay Scams To Be Aware Of Being scammed sucks, especially on eBay. You invest all of that time into selling a particular product or you spend a lot of time researching the perfect item, complete the transaction, and then… nothing. The... Read More and remember these critical tips for selling stuff on eBay 11 Critical Tips On How To Sell More On eBay 11 Critical Tips On How To Sell More On eBay eBay is one of the top 10 most trafficked sites on the entire Internet, so it's no wonder that when that pang of consumerist desire hits us, we head straight to eBay. Auctions can be... Read More .

Camera+ Goes Free on iPhone

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Camera+, the iPhone camera app Camera+ for iPhone Adds Powerful Controls Without Over-Complicating Things Camera+ for iPhone Adds Powerful Controls Without Over-Complicating Things Freshly updated for iOS 7, Camera+ features a range of powerful features that will please even seasoned photographers used to shooting with digital SLRs. Read More , is finally going free, after many years of only being available as a paid download. This is just the latest in a long line of previously paid apps which are being released for free, as that is now what most consumers expect. The addition of in-app purchases becoming the new standard.

The free version of Camera+ includes most of the important features of the paid version, including a stabilizer, digital zoom, a timer, a lightbox, and various other effects. However, some of the more advanced features will only be available through in-app purchases. These include manual shooting, intricate editing, and shooting in the lossless TIFF format.

The paid version of Camera+ costs $2.99, while Camera+ Free is now live on iTunes.

Spotify Found Them First

Spotify wants you to know which artists you discovered before most other people had even heard of them. To this end, the music streaming service has launched a microsite called Found Them First. This lists the breakout artists which you got into before 85 percent of other people.

According to Billboard, to be considered a breakout Spotify requires an artist to have accumulated at least 20 million streams and experienced significant growth. Any breakout artists you found first are added to a playlist Discover New Music with Spotify's Automagic Playlists Discover New Music with Spotify's Automagic Playlists Spotify has recently released several new ways of generating unique playlists that will help you discover awesome new music. We're here to guide you through these automagic playlist makers. Read More you can share with friends in order to show off.

Etsy Manufacturing Helps Crafty Folk

As its latest effort to turn the art of crafting into a legitimate business Etsy - An Alternative To eBay For Handmade Products Etsy - An Alternative To eBay For Handmade Products Read More , Etsy has launched Etsy Manufacturing. According to The New York Times, this connects Etsy sellers with small manufacturing companies, allowing the aforementioned sellers to fulfill larger orders.

Starting today, manufacturers will be able to create profiles on Etsy, with sellers able to choose which to team up with. There is a danger that this will turn Etsy into a mass-produced Hell, but the company believes craftspeople and small manufacturers share similar values.

Sony Products Are Made for Bond

While we’re all very used to seeing product placements in movies, it’s rare for the roles to be reversed. We have learned to just accept that James Bond wears a certain watch (maybe even an Apple Watch How James Bond Made Me Buy an Apple Watch How James Bond Made Me Buy an Apple Watch Bond has always had a thing for watches. Indeed, some of the best gadgets Bond has ever used have been timepieces. Which means he would buy an Apple Watch. As will I. Read More ) based on which company was willing to pay for the privilege. But Sony have taken things a step further this time ahead of the release of Spectre.

The video embedded above is the first ad in a new advertising campaign called “Made for Bond”. The ad features Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) on a mission to deliver Bond his new Xperia Z5 smartphone. Why he couldn’t just walk into a shop and purchase one for himself isn’t clear. But then he is James Bond.

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai added to the ridiculousness of this ad by stating in the press release:

“While both the Xperia Z5 and RX100 IV are action-packed and full of features, they are also real, everyday-life gadgets. Whether being used by Moneypenny on undercover surveillance or a creative photographer who wants to take and share outstanding photography captured on social channels, they’re easy to use, pocketable and award-winning products for day-to-day and secret agent use alike.”

Jimmy Kimmel Fools Apple Fanboys

And finally, I think it’s fair to say Apple fans aren’t the brightest bunch. After all, they will happily spend thousands of dollars on the latest Apple products, most of which offer nothing other than incremental updates over last year’s models. Just look at this year’s offerings A Hype-Free Guide to the Latest Apple Event... [Tech News Digest] A Hype-Free Guide to the Latest Apple Event... [Tech News Digest] It's an all-Apple edition of Tech News Digest, with a look at everything Apple revealed at its latest event. Albeit minus the hype lumped in by other publications. Read More for proof that nothing ever really changes 5 Reasons The New iPad Sucks [Opinion] 5 Reasons The New iPad Sucks [Opinion] As you're no doubt aware thanks to the blanket coverage all across the Web, Apple unveiled its latest hardware on March 7. That hardware being "the new iPad," or "iPad (third-generation)," or, as most people... Read More in the world of Apple.

U.S, chat show host Jimmy Kimmel decided to put this theory to the test, seeing if the average Apple fanboy or fangirl Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Goodbye, Apple Fanboys: Is The Internet Falling Out Of Love With Cupertino? Recent headlines make us wonder: is Apple finally losing its sheen? Are the fanboys disappearing? Read More on the street (literally) could tell the difference between an original iPhone and an iPhone 6s. It turns out they can’t tell the difference. Which suggests those eight years of upgrades were a total waste of everybody’s time and money! [H/T CultOfMac]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Would you consider paying for eBay Plus? Do you already use Camera+? What artists did you discover early? Have you ever sold products on Etsy? Would you buy a Sony product to emulate James Bond? Would you know the difference between an original iPhone and an iPhone 6s?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. netPaul12
    September 14, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) is a computer file format for storing raster graphics images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and both amateur and professional photographers in general.

  2. Leah C
    September 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    How can eBay guarantee two day shipping?

    • Pravin S
      September 15, 2015 at 7:59 am

      There are some sites in India, promise 1-day delivery, even the same day delivery. And they deliver their promise. It's all about building networks, warehouses, and more logistics. It's not very surprising considering the technology advancements.

      • Leah C
        September 15, 2015 at 1:57 pm

        Yes, but eBay doesn't do their own shipping. That's on the sellers and many times they're just normal people like you and me, not a company.

        • Pravin S
          September 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm

          Leah,
          eBay does have their own shipping (Powership - through Logistic Partners) and encourages the sellers to ship through them. But there is an option for sellers to ship on their own. The seller has to enroll him/herself to the program and make additional arrangements. Those sellers are "trusted" sellers, eBay takes complete responsibility of the delivery on behalf of such sellers. The sites like Flipkart and Amazon have their own logistic services. So, that gives them the leverage over transitions.

          Even on Flipkart and Amazon, the seller has to make some additional arrangements and abide the TOS of the site to provide "same day or 1-day" shipping. Such services are provided only to the customers from big cities. There are certain criterias for the product to pass the program eligibility. The seller may have to keep some inventories at the site's warehouse to provide swift shipping, at the same time being transparent to the tax laws.

          Let's see how it develops.

        • Leah C
          September 15, 2015 at 3:49 pm

          Thank you. I did not know all this.

        • Pravin S
          September 15, 2015 at 4:45 pm

          You are welcome.

    • Dave Parrack
      September 15, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      In order to participate in the eBay Plus program, sellers have to promise to ship within one day on orders received before 2pm. Simples.

      • Frank Plaatjies
        September 17, 2015 at 3:46 pm

        sounds like: "we will send someone to you and dump it on the next flight out, please note timezones will be a factor to "2 Day" condition" type of T&C's

  3. Howard Blair
    September 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    "...shooting in the lossless TIFF format."

    TIFF is not a "format," it's a "container," like a ZIP file. The images contained can be in almost any format, including lossless (common) or compressed with JPEG compression, and many others.

    • Steve Fahnestalk
      September 14, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      So "Tagged Image File FORMAT," the name (TIFF) means "not a format"? Hmm.

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