Category Archives: Site Reviews

GoGo Entertainment app review – GoGo quickly away from it

Many airlines are turning their in-flight entertainment over to GoGo Entertainment (who also controls GoGo Internet in the flights). The use and flow of this application as an entertainment server is horrid. Here is my story.

On a recent American Airlines flight (formerly US Air leg from St Louis to Charlotte) I noticed all the in seat music was disabled. The magazine and agents directed me to the GoGo Internet to then hook into the GoGo Entertainment to get the music, movies and TV shows. I presumed some would be free and some would be pay. I presumed I could use any newer device for sure. I successfully connected to the GoGo Internet and the link given to get the entertainment was invalid. Here is the link they give in the magazine

American Way Magazine entertainment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now attempting to go tho that page while in fight or even here at the computer shows that it is invalid; the page could not be displayed. The real link is http://content.gogoair.com/american-we/ or http://videoonaa.com to get to the right page.

Mobile Passport app from US Customs – review

Recently US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched the Mobile Passport application for everyone entering through select airports. The Mobile Passport allows you to skip the lines and even the new automated kiosks and head straight to a special (hopefully quicker and shorter) line.  At the time of writing this there were five airports currently live and the ability to email them your next choices.

The Mobile Passport App by Airside Mobile lets you skip the line at US airports for Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Just fill out your profile and answer CBP’s questions – then go straight to the “Mobile Passport Control” express lane at the airport!

To get the application you can head to the official MobilePassport.us website and click the links for the iOS or Android versions so you know you are getting the real CBP apps.  While I did not find any fake ones yet, you will be scanning and entering your actual US Passport information so I would make sure it is the real one you are downloading.

Us Mobile Passport setup

Setup of the application itself was quite simple.  You enter your profile information from your official US Passport. This includes taking a picture of yourself and then scanning the barcode on your passport or entering it all manually.  I did this step both ways and like the scanning but did not get it to work every time.  Another bonus is that a single family can all use one app.  Each person needs a profile/entry into the application. but you do not all need the app on your phone.  Individuals travelling would need the app installed.

YouTube Red – a week in review

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I had to spend some serious time with YouTube Red to really get a valid opinion. So a week of deep diving and usage and here is my review and opinions.  The first thing I had to take into account was how much do the ads really bother me?  Honestly I am so used to them since the start I ignore them.  Even the additions of cards, links and other monetization doesn’t dissuade me and the masses from watching.

With YouTube Red you enter a world of

Ad-free videos whenever you sign in to YouTube or a YouTube app—on your mobile device, desktop, or enabled TV. Take your videos on your commute or your next trip. Relax or rock out to your music without listening to ads. Watch what you want, whenever you want.

Now in theory that sounds great. But most YouTube videos are about 4 minutes and I am always connected when it is important.  I do not see myself worrying about 4 minute videos when on a plane.  I have movies and other media for that.  Heck they really do not even have an official YouTube Red logo yet.

Membership

I was slightly shocked at the $9.99/month fee (even with the free trial period) for YouTube Red.  While I may “Keep supporting artists and the people who make your favorite videos, even while watching without video ads” I am sure most are making a ton of money off of ads already. How is my $9.99 subscription paid across the content creators? Number of views? Downloads? Subscribers?  What if I watch if offline 400 times, do they get more? I see a big flaw in this model if they are losing ad revenue.

Amazon Follow quietly launches for everyone

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Amazon Follow quietly launched for everyone that adds content to Amazon. Previously, Amazon Follow was invite only as a way for authors to reach their readers. As a constant Amazon reviewer I can now have people follow my reviews for recommended products.

Amazon does not go into deep detail about how many notifications you receive or how they are actually viewed other than the web interface for any outside of authors. A book author could send a short email notice to followers on upcoming book releases and other information.  I do not see them allowing reviewers to notify followers every time a review is posted.  Some reviewers happen to post multiple per day. The following is below in Amazon help:

IdoNotes Amazon Profile

By choosing to share your release, a message from you may be shared with followers in e-mail notifications and will be available on their Follow Updates timeline.

You may receive relevant email updates about the people, brands, and interests you follow.

  • Follow authors to receive new release alerts. You may also receive occasional personal announcements from authors you follow.
  • Follow customers to get occasional updates when they post new content, such as reviews or articles.
  • Follow interests to get occasional updates for popular products and content.
  • Follow brands to get occasional updates when they release products.

 

As you can see, a simple follow button for Amazon has been added below each reviewers profile. While book authors would be able to reach readers, this allow reviewers like myself to alert you to our reviews and create a larger fan base.

A downside to Amazon Follow will also come into play.  Amazon states that when someone begins to like too many of your reviews they are then tagged as a Fan and their ratings do not count for your reviewer ranking.  This makes Amazon Follow have both benefit and downside at once.

If you are an avid Amazon shopper, keep up with my profile for all my product reviews and feel free to follow.  Also make sure to visit the Spiked Studio page on YouTube for all the big review videos.