Amazon Is Working on Free One-Day Shipping for Prime Members

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iStock.com/Jorge Villalba

If you've managed to avoid signing up for Amazon Prime up til now, new changes to the subscription service may finally lure you onto the bandwagon. As The Verge reports, the cost of an Amazon Prime membership will soon include free one-day shipping.

Free two-day shipping has long been one of the biggest perks offered through the service. Amazon Prime costs $119 a year—a fee that can quickly pay for itself if members order from the online retailer on a regular basis.

Now Amazon is looking to add even more value to the membership. During the company's first quarter 2019 earnings call, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky said that Amazon plans to expand one-day shipping to Prime members, first in North America and then around the globe. In order to do that, Amazon is working with the U.S. Postal Service and its other delivery partners to bring one-day shipping to more ZIP codes. There's no timeline yet showing when the new perk will be available to Prime members, but the company plans to share more details in the second quarter of 2019.

Amazon currently offers free one-day shipping to Prime customers, but only on select orders of $35 or more. This new perk would apply to all eligible orders at no extra cost.

Even before Amazon rolls out free one-day shipping, there are plenty of reasons to join Prime. Members receive unlimited photo storage, free e-books, and access to streaming movies, music, and TV shows. You can sign up for a free trial here.

[h/t The Verge]

Google Is Celebrating Friends's 25th Anniversary With Hilarious Easter Eggs

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On September 22, the more-popular-than-ever show Friends turns 25 years old, and this pop culture milestone has generated all kinds of celebrations, like the release of Central Perk coffee, a LEGO set, a “How You Doin’?” T-shirt, a jewelry collection, a theatrical Friends marathon, and more. To properly prepare for the anniversary, you’ll probably want to head to Google to learn more about the show, right? Well, now the search engine giant is even getting in on the fun with some Friends-inspired Easter eggs. 

All you need to do is either Google your favorite character’s full name or the first name followed by “Friends.” Not to give too much away—it really is a nice surprise—but type in “Joey Tribbiani.” A pizza icon will appear under the Knowledge Panel (located beneath the picture) on the right side of the screen. Click on the pizza to see an animation, followed by one of Joey's most recognizable (and relatable) lines. To annoy coworkers, friends, family members, and/or anyone else in earshot, just keep clicking on the icon. 

But the best Easter egg pops up when you Google “Friends glossary.” At the top of the page, you'll get funny definitions for words like pivot, woopah, unagi, unfloopy, and plenty of other running jokes from the show. Between the glossary and the Easter eggs, you won’t be able to get “Smelly Cat” out of your head, but you'll at least wind up with a unique trifle recipe.

PopSockets Is Rolling Out a Line of Drink Holders

PopSockets
PopSockets

PopSockets have become something of a fidgeting consumer’s dream. The cute and accordion-esque accessory knob that attaches to phones allows for an improved grip and gives people something to noodle with. Now, the company is hoping you’ll recognize the value in having a PopSockets appliance for your hot and cold drinks.

The PopThirst Cup Sleeve and the PopThirst Can Holder resemble insulated sleeves you can purchase for beverages. But these sleeves have a socket for a PopGrip attachment, which you can thread between your fingers to make for a more secure grip. This might be beneficial in the car, where bumpy roads can prompt more spills.

A PopSockets PopThirst cup sleeve is pictured
PopSockets

Holding a drink with the PopGrip acting as a handle seems a little more precarious. Most people will not do this, but if they do, you will probably find the consequences on Instagram.

Since going on sale in 2014, PopSockets has become a phone accessory giant, moving 100 million units in 2018.

The PopThirst Cup Sleeve and Can Holder are both one-size-fits-all and retail for $15 each.

[h/t The Verge]

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