SiriusXM CEO James Meyer says that Pandora will make Sirius subscribers more sticky and will overall reduce churn. Meyer indicates that Pandora’s focus on advertising revenue will also help Sirius monetize the two-thirds of auto sales free trials that don’t convert to a paying SiriusXM subscriber. James Meyer, CEO of SiriusXM, discussed the Pandora acquisition on CNBC: Pandora to Make Sirius Subscribers More Sticky We’re doing a lot of work on the integration of the companies (Pandora into Sirius). I’m more excited about the opportunity of Pandora today even as I dig deeper into it because I see the opportunity and I see it in in two big areas. Number one, I see how it can benefit Sirius and by that I mean our subscribers in terms of improving our value proposition and the ability to take the $5 and $10 music plans. In themselves, they are not very profitable, but bundling them in a way to our existing 33.7 million subscribers and giving them a better … [Read more...] about SiriusXM CEO: Pandora to Make Sirius Subscribers More Sticky
Energy saver No subscription required There's no denying that the TP-LINK Smart Plug Mini is one hell of a useful device. Not only does its slim, compact design stop you from taking up much space, it can monitor how much electricity and energy you're consuming from particular devices, helping you save a lot of money in the process. For Apple users however, the lack of compatability with HomeKit may be off-putting. $29 at Walmart Pros Check real-time energy usage Compact design Use to save energy/electricity Can pair with Google Assistant Cons Not compatible with Homekit No app on Windows Unlike the TP-Link, Wemo is fully compatible with Apple's HomeKit. It's also very handy with automatically remembering your Wi-Fi information, meaning that no matter where you plug it, you won't have to keep putting in the data. Apple users will steer more towards this device than the TP-Link. $28 at Amazon Pros Compatible with HomeKit Automatically remembers Wi-Fi network Sync with … [Read more...] about Wemo Mini vs TP-LINK Smart Plug Mini: Which should you buy?
2018 may finally be the year you trade in your analogue watch for something a little smarter. Over the last few years wearable devices from companies like Apple, Fitbit and Garmin have become helpful tools that keep you connected while kicking your butt into shape. And with Black Friday deals like these, buying a smartwatch or fitness tracker is more tempting than ever. But before you start looking for deals, its important to figure out what you need in a wearable or you may end up spending more on features you don't need. Designated fitness bands like Fitbit's Charge 3 and Alta or Garmin's Vivofit tend to be cheaper options. You get basic activity tracking, watch features and notifications, but you're limited by a smaller screen. Smartwatches like the Apple Watch, Fitbit Versa, or Samsung Gear for example, will still have a lot of the same fitness tracking functionality as the previous trackers, but they have more controls on the screen and can even become a … [Read more...] about Black Friday 2018 smartwatch and fitness tracker deals: $80 off Apple Watch, $70 off Galaxy Watch, $50 off Fitbit Versa
By Malcolm Owen Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 12:57 pm PT (03:57 pm ET) U.S. Health insurance firm UnitedHealthcare has opened up the option to acquire an Apple Watch Series 3 to its customers as part of its Motion program, with the Apple wearable device potentially free if daily fitness goals are met for a six-month period. Initially announced in March, the program will provide customers enrolling into the Motion program with the Apple Watch, in order to encourage daily movement. Under the scheme, the customers are provided the Apple Watch Series 3 on the basis that they can work off part of its cost every day. CNBC reports the program has also been opened up to companies, with employers able to opt in by enabling the Motion program. Once in, employees can request the Apple Watch for themselves, but will have to pay taxes and shipping for the device. For every day of a six-month period, users must complete three components of a "FIT" program, representing three different targets. … [Read more...] about UnitedHealthcare offer provides free Apple Watch Series 3 if customers exercise daily
Last year, Google began rolling out a feature that let users message businesses through their Google profiles. Now, it's integrating that feature into Google Maps. Any messages you've sent to businesses through their Google profiles will now be accessible in Maps for iOS and Android. Just tap the menu button, and then "Messages," and you'll be able to see those conversations without having to leave the app. Google is also bringing the messaging feature to more countries this week. … [Read more...] about Google Maps keeps track of your conversations with local businesses