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Amazon Releases "Price Check" iPhone App

amazon_logo_0With Black Friday and Cyber Monday drawing nigh, it can never hurt to have another resource to help you score the best deals on the best gifts, right?  Amazon released a new iPhone app today called Price Check, that gives you a new way to go about comparison shopping.

The new app lets users scan the barcode of a product, take a picture of an item or even say the product’s name to be able to access product listings on’s marketplace.  If a user happens to get a match on Amazon’s site, they can then go ahead and purchase it with one click.  But not only will a barcode scan give you pricing from, but other online retailers as well.

Another feature is that you can use the app to take a picture of an item and match it up to books, DVDs, CDs and video games (Amazon’s planning on adding even more categories soon). 

By default, the app will display prices sorted from low to high and will even give you a heads up if you can score free shipping.  The company says that Price Check gives prices on “millions of products” and gives access to customer reviews; sharing via Twitter, Facebook, text message or e-mail link; and immediate purchasing through 1-Click ordering and Amazon Prime.

via TechCrunch

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Hulu Pondering Hulu Plus Price Drop

Oh, Hulu. Our love for you is a fickle thing. When you were a free web-based streaming service that offered up a deep and enjoyable catalog of TV and movie content,  our hearts went pitter-pat at the very mention of your name. Later, when you scaled back the variety of content you offered, the relationship cooled. Then you told us that if we wanted to get access to your “premium content,” we’d have to pay for it. That was dirty. We were so hurt that we ran to the arms of our reliable old flame Netflix, who for one low, reasonable price, has never denied us anything. What’s that you say? You miss us so much that you’re thinking about loweing your price to a meager .95 a month?

Darling, welcome back.

According to a number of sources, Hulu is considering the possibility of dropping the cost of their Hulu Plus service to the very reasonable price of .95 per month–almost half of the service’s current price. Why the cost cutting, you ask? Well, currently, both Netflix and Hulu Plus offer their services for a little under . However, Hulu’s offerings pale in comparison to the rich catalog of TV shows and movies available to Netflix users. Will a lower price point persuade users to return to latch on to the service in the manner that Hulu is no doubt hoping for? It’s hard to say. With Netflix’s deep market penetration, availability on a large number of devices, and the added bonus of to-your-door DVD delivery Hulu could still be fighting an uphill battle, despite their more friendly price point.


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AAPL Stock Share Price Breaks $300


(Chart courtesy of CNN Money)

Speaking of the sky being the limit, Apple’s finances reached a new milestone today.  It opened for trading today at over 0 a share, rising 25% since late August, and a whopping 42% since the start of the year.

Earlier this year, Apple surged past 0 billion in market capitalization in March, and then blew by Wal-Mart in the same category, only days later.  Then in April, Apple’s stock went by 0 a share for the first time, and then in May, Apple surpassed Microsoft and became the second-largest U.S. company by market capitalization, only lagging behind Exxon Mobil.

Since then, Apple has now expanded its hold on market capitalization over Microsoft by almost billion, but hasn’t quite been able to catch up to Exxon Mobil as that company has also done fairly well over the past few months.

Apple’s due up to release their June-September quarter earnings next Monday, and some observers are thinking that Cupertino could hit billion in quarterly revenue for the first time ever, and could also blow by Microsoft in revenue for the first time in fifteen years. 

As of the time of this writing, Apple’s share price was at 8.86 in after hours trading.

via MacRumors

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