The facts are this: Cadillac will offer in-car Internet from Autonet Mobile. The cost of the factory installed unit will be $499 a month and the monthly subscription fee will be $29.99 a month. Autonet feels that families will be the first to use this new service.
The downside- is this is another nail in the coffin of Satellite Radio.
It's kind of morbid, but if use any type of online social network, or online gaming, how will other members know that you have died. That is a dilemma.
Two sites have been created to handle such a service
1) Deathswitch- a site bills itself as "information insurance- Don't Die with Secrets" that allows you to set up emails with attachments sent to a predetermined email list. You have to check in periodically, and if you don't- the emails are automatically sent. (Can you imagine if you DON'T login?) A Free account gives you 1 email; a Subscription cost is $20 per year for 20 emails.. Imagine sending an email detailing crimes you committed, or feelings about others. (It reminds me of the rapture email site I posted about last year)
2) Slightly Morbid- sends out emails to a predetermined list, but you don't have to check in. Give your password and other information to a trusted friend, and they can trigger the site to send the missives.
Sports by Brooks starts Monday with a unique auction item. It seems as though, there were times at autograph shows, that you could get the late great Yankee Slugger to sign just about anything with his name. One fan got him to sign a baseball - F*ck Yogi - Mickey Mantle. I wonder if Yogi Berra would even care at this point in his life....?
The ball is being auctioned on Grey Flannel and the full pic of the ball can be found on Sports By Brooks! Current bid is $2,700.
Modelworks® has introduced a Mini Me® Smash Me Bernie Madoff Doll for $99.95. I guess the only folks that could afford the doll are those who weren't ripped off by the Slime-bucket Madoff. If you order now, you get a free hammer to hit the doll.
KFI's John and Ken will be all over this story, as the afternoon drive hosts have been very critical of almost every aspect of this story- From Suleman taking assistance from the Feds and State of California, to the PR angle Suleman is focusing on with this story....
Nadya Suleman has launched the Nadya Suleman Family Website- with pictures of all 8 infants. The site has links to leave a comment, and soliciting donations. Overall the site is professionally done, but like I said on Buzzfeed, this story has new twists and turns daily.
Breaking As Seen on TV news, Billy Mays is getting a reality show on Discovery channel. WAIT THERE'S MORE... will follow TV Pitchman Billy Mays and Andrew Sullivan, as they search for new products, and pitch them to you....What a concept...eh? I wonder what Discover Channel's cut in the action in the product sales?
Microsoft was issued U.S. patent application number 20080319910
, on Christmas Day for a pay-as-you-go computer system. After a
one-time charge, a computer user will be charged for time and programs
used on a subsidized computer. MS notes the that user could pay more
for usage than the computer in the long run, but the computer would
have an extended “useful life”. Microsoft must have reviewed the
cellular companies business models before filing for the patent. Perhaps someday Cable companies will move to this model as I wrote about a couple weeks ago.
The Amish people are a very private tight-knit community, that is why I find the Heat Surge - As Seen on TV product all that interesting. Saturday I was watching a cable channel high up there, and was dozing off, when I heard a spot for Heat Surge, made with Amish wood, by real Amish, in Amish country. I immediately woke up- and focused on the offer- The Heat Surge is a portable heater that looks like a fireplace, but the TV spot showed "Amish" working on the product in their warehouses. You buy the Amish Mantle- and the heater is free! That's right Free! A $565 value for less than $300. Isn't that Amazing! An engraved certification of authenticity
Now I don't know if these Amish were real or actors- but I just found it strange that a sect like the Amish would allow their name to be used to sell a TV product and allow a TV crew to film them working. Have the Amish come of Age? I thought they shunned electricity? Not so fast- after doing some web searching I found some interesting articles- Pro and Con on this item- and the Amish involvement
I didn't know the name of Bob Bowersox, until I saw his picture. Most people will recognize Bowersox as the affiable host for many, many years on QVC and author of a QVC cookbook, and a marriage guide. Who knew these hosts had so many fans, but Bowersox announced he was leaving over the weekend, and the searches and forum posts took off. He is going on to pursue other interests, but for some who are addicted to QVC- He will be missed.