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Amazon Prime Day Fails, Neil Young Hates Streaming, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 16-07-2015

Amazon Prime Day disappoints, Neil Young throws toys out of pram, Twitter dashes off an update, Netflix grows in 2015, and a scarily good zombie short.


The Problem With Amazon Prime Day

The first ever Amazon Prime Day may also be the last, judging by the overwhelmingly negative comments from customers hoping to pick up a bargain. The biggest problem was hype, as the first Amazon Prime Day, held yesterday (July 15) did not live up to expectations. Instead, the whole event has left a nasty taste in the mouth of many loyal Amazon Prime Is Amazon Prime Worth Your Money? We Help You Decide! Amazon Prime is a big deal. But is it worth the money you pay for it? We answer your questions and concerns. Read More subscribers.

Amazon didn’t lie, as there were some incredible bargains on offer. Unfortunately, demand outstripped supply, meaning most people were left picking up the scraps left behind by the eager beavers sitting at their computers all day ready to click “Buy” at a moment’s notice. These scraps trended towards being old stock Amazon needed to clear out of its warehouses.

This may well have been “bigger than Black Friday” in terms of the number of items on offer, but we all know quality is much more important than quantity. Amazon probably made a small fortune yesterday, but judging by the reactions on social networking sites, the online retailer has eroded the faith shown by longtime Amazon Prime subscribers 10 Awesome Amazon Prime Benefits You've Probably Overlooked Free two-day shipping is just the beginning. Here are some notable Amazon Prime subscription benefits you may not know about. Read More thinking they were being rewarded for their loyalty.

If there is to be an Amazon Prime Day 2016, Amazon needs to up its game in every department. A better user interface, better deals with more stock available at the lower price, and more common sense right across the board. As The Next Web pithily notes, this first Amazon Prime Day could have been called the Amazon Garage Sale.


Neil Young Is an Old Man

Neil Young is pulling his back catalog from every music streaming service, including Spotify Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify is the biggest music streaming service around. If you're not sure how to use it, this guide will walk you through the service, as well as offer some crucial top tips. Read More and Apple Music Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know After the purchase of Beats last year, Apple has finally unleashed its streaming music service upon the world. Read More . He claims it’s over the inherently poor audio quality offered by these services, but we suspect it’s just because he’s old and crotchety.

It could also have something to do with Young owning Pono, a rival digital music service which puts the onus on high-resolution audio. Unfortunately for Young, the vast majority of people are not audiophiles, and really don’t care about high-fidelity recordings. In fact, most can’t even hear the difference, hence why Jay Z’s Tidal is doomed to fail Why Jay Z's Tidal Music Streaming Service is Doomed to Fail Jay Z recently relaunched Tidal, the music streaming service he acquired for $56 million. Tidal has 99 problems, and the pitch is one. Read More .

Young announced he was throwing his toys out of his pram with a post on Facebook. He stated, “I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music.”

Whereas making your music unavailable to your fans on the platforms they use is a completely selfless and positive move, obviously. Thanks, Obama Neil.


Twitter Improves Its Dashboard

Twitter has rolled out a new data dashboard to users, making it easier for individuals to manage their privacy and security settings. To access your dashboard, simply click “Settings” on, and a range of different options will be revealed.

You can see who has recently accessed your account to verify it’s secure. You can revoke access for particular apps you no longer use or trust. You can change your password or enable two-factor authentication What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. It is commonly used in everyday life. For example paying with a credit card not only requires the card,... Read More . And plenty more besides. Do it. Do it now.

Netflix Knocks Out the Competition

Netflix is enjoying a fantastic year, and its second quarter earnings [PDF link] suggest the success is set to continue. The streaming media company added 3.3 million subscribers in the last three months, which helped it bring in $1.64 billion in revenue.


Unfortunately, that only translates into $26 million in income, thanks to the costs involved in international expansion, funding Originals such as House of Cards and Sense8, and marketing. Still, the share price continues to climb, having doubled during 2015.

Watch the Super Zero Zombie Short

And finally, Super Zero is a short film about zombies that makes The Walking Dead look positively pedestrian. It doesn’t take itself half as seriously as AMC’s snoozefest, having more in common with the lighthearted dystopian flick, Zombieland.

Super Zero is only 15 minutes long, and ends just as it starts to get good. However, that makes it the perfect fodder for a Web series 5 Original Web Series That Should Totally Be on TV There are a ton of wonderful Web series on YouTube, Vimeo, Blip, Hulu, and others. And some of these are so good they should totally be on "real" television. Read More , which is exactly what writer and director Mitch Cohen is planning. We recommend he has Josh Hershberg use technology to kill zombies Keep the Undead Dead: The Best Tech for Taking out Zombies This is a breaking report. An unknown disease is sweeping the nation. Please remain indoors. There are some items in your home that may be of assistance. What follows is a special report from MakeUseOf. Read More . [H/T Geek Supply Co.]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Did you nab any bargains during Amazon Prime Day? Is Neil Young right or wrong about the quality of streaming music? Have you secured your Twitter account? Do you subscribe to Netflix? If so, why? Would you like to see Super Zero turned into a Web series?


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. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    As a crotchety old man who is in the process of going deaf and can't appreciate high fidelity any more, I applaud Neil Young for trying to set an example, and standing on his principles. He certainly doesn't need any more money, and I'm sure he won't be losing any sleep during one his many naps over what you have to say.

    • Dave Parrack
      July 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      I never thought he would lose any sleep. But that doesn't preclude me from offering an opinion.

  2. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Neal Young is completely right about the quality of streaming music and he's within his rights as an artist to not make it available in that format.

    • Dave Parrack
      July 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Of course he's within his rights, but he's doing more of a disservice to his fans by taking it off streaming services, especially when the vast majority aren't bothered by bitrates.

  3. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I think many people fail to understand what a prime day or a black friday is intended for.

    It is NOT intended for customers to save money.

    It IS intended to get people shopping and when the loss leaders are sold out, to buy other, more expensive offerings.

    Its all about making big business money.

    Anyone fooled into thinking that this was about them are indeed fools.

    Of course the good sale items were limited.

    Of course the cheapest junk possible was pushed toward then as alternatives.

    This is standard economics here folks.

    Did you expect anything different from a for-profit company?

    • Dave Parrack
      July 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      I guess you're right. Maybe I am a fool for not seeing through these things. In my defence, I have never bought anything during one of these sales, because I refuse to buy shit I don't need just because it's cheaper than usual.

  4. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I usually get sarcasm or some jokes but I guess I need the "Whereas making your music unavailable to your fans on the platforms they use is a completely selfless and positive move, obviously. Thanks, Obama Neil." line explained to me.

    Why put Obama's name there and a line through it?

    I can't think of a single Neil Young song in my playlist, guess his songs will sound the same to me now as they did before.

    • Dave Parrack
      July 17, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      There's an Internet meme where people blame President Obama for everything by saying, "Thanks, Obama". I was citing that but blaming Neil instead. Simples.