Welcome to “The Week in Tech,” where we recap some of the most interesting technology and mobile stories from the past week.
This week we cover the increase in Amazon Prime’s price, the Internet’s 25th birthday, and how Malaysia Airlines’ MH370 just disappeared despite all of the tracking technology available.
Amazon raises price of Prime to $99
Citing increased transportation and delivery costs, Amazon is raising the price of their Prime subscription to $99, a bump of $20. Amazon charged the $79 annual rate for Prime during its first nine years of existence.
Amazon has always worked to keep prices low, many times squeezing their suppliers on cost. But in a brave new world where Amazon now bears the costs of original content production for Prime Instant Video, this move was necessary and expected. While some customers complained, investors applauded the news, as this helps Amazon improve their low margins, which has been a concern on Wall Street for a long time.
If you’re a Prime subscriber, what do you think about the price hike? Will you end your subscription or is Prime that valuable to you?
25th Anniversary of the Internet
Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web!
On March, 12, 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee created a proposal for “Mesh” that would become the foundation of the Internet. 25 years later to the day, Berners-Lee advocated the creation of an “Internet Bill of Rights” in each country to protect the free and open web.
Berners-Lee has been a big critic of the surveillance tactics of the NSA and Great Britain’s GCHQ and believes that users’ rights are being infringed upon more and more everyday. He hopes to gain support for maintaining a neutral Internet through the Web at 25 campaign.
Read more at The Guardian and view Berners-Lee’s message below.
Malaysia Air Flight 370 – Where Are You?
This isn’t really a story focused on technology, but more of mystery of how today’s technology can just lose a plane. If you hadn’t heard, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, lost all communications with air traffic control in the middle of the night and hasn’t been found for days. The missing Boeing 777 has baffled aviation experts and national governments. There has been a lot of speculation but nothing conclusive has been found.
How can this be? With today’s satellite and communications technology, how can an entire aircraft go missing for nearly a week? The story continues to unfold but the mystery remains.
What do you think of these stories? Have you read other interesting mobile and technology stories this week that are worth mentioning? Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments.