For a long, long time, I resisted using a music-streaming service. But I'm totally drinking the Kool-Aid now, and you should, too. Here, I'll make it painless: Until June 30, new Spotify customers can sign up for three months of Spotify Premium for just 99 cents. Not per month, mind you: 99 cents total. After that, the subscription goes up to the usual rate: $9.99 per month.See it at SpotifySo, what, you're supposed to pay that for the rest of your life? That was always my big objection, but then I realized I'm already doing likewise for things like phone service, Netflix and Hulu. (Speaking of that, Spotify's $9.99 Premium plan now includes Hulu as well! How's that for a perk?)Meanwhile, if I were to buy just one CD or MP3 album per month, it would likely cost me at least $10. For that same amount, I get unlimited ad-free access to all the music of the world -- anytime, anywhere, no storage required (unless I want to download it for offline listening).I'm also overjoyed to be … [Read more...] about Get 3 months of Spotify Premium for 99 cents
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Google hopes a more wallet-friendly price tag will have you looking at its Pixel family again.The search giant on Tuesday unveiled the Pixel 3A, a midtier version of its flagship Pixel 3 phone released in October. The biggest difference between the two phones: about $400.The 3A costs roughly half as much as its predecessor, starting at $399 for a 5.6-inch model and $479 for a larger, 6-inch model. The original Pixel 3, which was meant to rival Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy phones, costs $799 for the standard size and $899 for a larger version, dubbed the XL.The new phones, which Google rolled out at its annual I/O developer conference, are almost identical to the more expensive models aside from a few concessions. The newer phones aren't water-resistant, lack wireless charging and feature a less powerful front-facing camera.The 3A also includes a retro feature that was done away with on the more expensive phones: a 3.5mm jack for headphones. Many premium phones, like the Pixel … [Read more...] about Pixel 3A is Google’s answer to overpriced premium smartphones
Mercedes now outsells Audi YTD and the C-Class snaps its very first Top 10 ranking. * See the Top 10 best-selling brands and Top 20 models by clicking on the title * The European new car market posts its best September score in a decade, up 7.1% to 1.495.815 deliveries across 29 countries. Year-to-date, sales are up 7.7% to 11.609.595 units, the highest level after 9 months since 2008. 16 markets record double-digit gains and just 3 post declines (Greece, the Netherlands and Ireland). The best performing markets are Romania (+63%), Hungary (+31%), Latvia (+29%), Cyprus (+21%), Poland (+20%), Slovakia (+19%) and Italy (+17%). Keep in mind September is always heavily weighted towards the UK market at an all-time high 469.696 or 31% of the entire European market. According to JATO Dynamics, SUV sales cross the 400.000 monthly units-barrier for the first time in history, boasting a 26.9% market share vs. 23.3% a year ago. The VW Tiguan spends a 2nd consecutive month (and ever) … [Read more...] about Europe September 2016: Mercedes overtakes Audi YTD to #1 premium
Do you really need to buy premium gas? Maybe. Rick explains. Actually, reading this won’t tell you; only your owner’s manual knows for sure. But read on…you may yet be off the hook… Do I Really Need to Use Premium Gas? Many years ago, premium fuel was thought (and sort of advertised) to contain added detergents that helped keep fuel injectors clean. At the time, fuel injection was rather new, and the injectors’ tiny orifices could easily get clogged by dirt. Therefore, many people bought premium-grade gas for that reason, even though the engine didn’t really require it. But today, virtually all name-brand gasoline (and probably all gasoline, period) contains a sufficient amount of detergent to keep the fuel injectors clean, so that’s no longer a good reason to pay an extra 20 percent for your gas. Historically, premium-grade fuel has mostly been used in high-performance vehicles that have high-compression, turbocharged, or supercharged engines, … [Read more...] about Do I Really Need to Use Premium Gas?
Buying a subscription service for someone has never been easier. There are more services now for more things than ever before. However, choosing which service to gift, well that's where the difficulty lies. Which is why we've simplified your subscription service choices into top threes, over three different categories: video streaming, music streaming and console gaming. CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Video streaming servicesTop pick: Amazon PrimeAn Amazon Prime membership not only gets you free two-day shipping on certain items, but also access to Amazon's vast library of video content, including movies, TV shows and a growing host of original content. And that's just where the Prime benefits start. Price: $119 per year.See it at AmazonAlso consider:NetflixNetflix is the de facto video streaming service. Its greatest strength is its original shows you can't watch anywhere else, like Stranger Things, the current Marvel Netflix … [Read more...] about From Netflix to Spotify, Game Pass and beyond: Give the gift of a subscription this year