Yesterday, WWE Network presented the Greatest Royal Rumble Event. The event took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in front of 70,000+ members of the WWE Universe.
Here's a breakdown of what happened:
WWE Backlash is the next PPV event and will air one week from Sunday on WWE Network.
Two days ago, Amazon released news that they will be increasing the price of their annual Prime membership plan. The membership will increase from $99 to $119, effective May 11, 2018. This is the first Prime price hike since March of 2014. The reason for the increase is being attributed to rising cost of service demands.
Amazon's Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky released the following statement on the increase:
"The value of Prime to customers has never been greater. And the cost is also high, as we pointed out especially with shipping options and digital benefits, we continue to see rises in costs. So effective May 11, we're going to increase the price of our U.S. annual plan from $99 to $119 for new members. The new price will apply to renewals starting on June 16. Prime provides a unique combination of benefits, and we continue to invest in making this Prime program even more valuable for our members. As a reminder, we haven't increased the U.S. annual price Prime since our single increase, which was in March of 2014."
The popularity of Amazon Prime has increased significantly through the years, due to the following attractive features:
Amazon Prime has over 100 million paid members throughout the globe. These existing Prime members will have until June 16 to renew their subscription at the current $99/yr price.
During the last couple of days, I been monitoring what people on social media had to say about the price hike. Surprisingly, many are on-board with the increase. The reason being that the free shipping balances out the increase, making the extra $20/yr worth it. Other people are outraged, threatening to discontinue their membership immediately.
As a Prime member, I have no problem paying an extra $20/yr on the membership. As a first time mom, I love the 2-day shipping incentive. Lord knows I can't have a delay in receiving diaper and formula shipments! LOL!
Readers: How do you feel about the price increase? Let me know in the comments below.
After his surprising return and win over John Cena, The Undertaker will enter the squared circle again to battle Rusev in a Casket Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. WWE announced the contest this morning.
The rules of the Casket Match is for a WWE superstar to trap their opponent inside the casket and close the lid. The match is a classic Undertaker contest.
The Undertaker's return sent shockwaves throughout the WWE Universe. No one was more shocked than John Cena, who received word of the Undertaker's arrival during WrestleMania. He was told by an official that The Undertaker had arrived, and he subsequently raced backstage. Later on, Cena came out in his wrestling gear and waited in the ring. His excitement turned to disappointment when Elias came out instead of the Deadman. Cena was livid. He took out his aggression on Elias. Cena departed the ring and headed backstage. Suddenly, the arena became dark and The Undertaker's music came on. Moments later, The Deadman appeared. The Undertaker and Cena battled for a few minutes, with the Deadman putting Cena out with a tombstone and the 1, 2, 3.
The Undertaker had never looked better. He didn't miss a beat, and I cannot wait to see him put an end to Rusev Day on April 27 (sorry guys, but The Undertaker is my all-time favorite wrestler. I have to root for him).
Welcome back, The Undertaker! You still got it!
WWE Universe: Who are you rooting for? The Undertaker or Rusev? Let me know in the comments below.
Attention Amazon Prime members, your Amazon Prime shopping experience is about to get more fashionable.
Looking to get a 'leg up' on the competition, Amazon is unveiling Prime Wardrobe.
Prime Wardrobe will allow Amazon Prime members the ability to try clothes on at home before purchasing.
Customers will be able to order clothing and accessories at no charge. You will have one week to try on your clothing and accessories. If you do not like your choices, you can send them back, using a prepaid UPS shipping label. Customers will have to pay for what they keep.
The program is currently available to select Prime Members. You will have to request an invitation to join.
To request an invitation to join, click here: www.amazon.com/learn-more-prime-wardrobe/b?ie=UTF8&node=16122413011&tag=126598-primewardrobe-20
If you are accepted into the program, there will be no additional fees for the service.
Keep in mind that not all clothing and accessories are available on the program. However, there are plenty of items that you can choose from.
This past week, we were rocked by a series of Hollywood breakups. In Bachelor Nation, we were rocked by the splitting of two strong couples: Engaged couple Clare Crawley and Benoit Beausejour-Savard, and Dean Unglert and Lesley Murphy.
What went wrong with our favorite 'Bachelor' couples?
Dean and Lesley announced their split on Friday, after 4 months together. Long distance is being blamed for their split.
Engaged couple Clare and Benoit released a joint statement regarding their breakup:
"We understand a lot of you have been asking about our relationship since the show, and we wanted to thank you all for the love and respect as we navigated it in real life off camera. We do understand however, having a public engagement on TV kind of changes that. It’s with a heavy heart that we have mutually decided to end our relationship. We think the world of each other, and we were both hoping we could make this work. I’m sorry that this may not be what you want to hear, but it’s our truth. Just know there are no negative feelings here, we are simply two people who believed in love, and were open enough to give it a chance. We still care for each other very deeply (That is why no hate or disrespectful comments will be tolerated about the other.) Please respect our privacy as well, as with the end of any relationship, it is never easy. Thank you for your understanding and love while we have shared our vulnerability with the world. Clare & Benoît."
If you shopped at Best Buy between September 27, 2017 and October 12, 2017, your payment information may have been hacked via their online chat services. According to Best Buy, hackers were able to get a hold of credit card information.
The electronics retailer released a statement, saying:
"As best we can tell, only a small fraction of our overall online customer population could have been caught up in this...incident whether or not they used the chat function."
Best Buy joins Sears and Delta Air Lines in the latest of data breeches via chat services.
Best Buy will be reaching out to customers who were impacted by the data breech, and they will not be responsible for any charges that may have occurred during the data breech.
23 years after Empire Records took over the world, it looks like the man is saving/resurrecting the Empire.
A musical version is currently in the works, with original writer Carol Heikkinen working to adapt the script for the stage. The announcement was made on Friday.
Heikkinen said this about the musical:
"The movie was really about a family that formed among these minimum-wage record clerks. There’s a lot of nostalgia now for those old record stores where you could go and talk to people who loved the same music you loved, and discover new bands. We hope the musical will capture the memory of what it was like to be young in a time before iTunes and Spotify – music is such an important part of the youth experience, and it’s what brings these characters together."
If you're wondering if "sexy Rexy's" song "Say No More, Mon Amour" will be in the musical, those close to the musical report that the song will be "weaved in in an unexpected form."
So, when can we expect "Empire Records: The Musical?" The goal is for the musical to hit Broadway in 2020, as a celebration of the film's 25th anniversary.
The musical does not have a director or a creative team as of yet.
My Two Cents
Empire Records came out when I was 13 years old. From the moment it came out, it was my favorite movie of all-time. I loved the characters, I loved the story, and I especially loved the music. The movie continues to be my all-time favorite movie.
If the musical makes it to Broadway, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be on a train to NYC and I will be there opening night.
My inner teenager is jumping up and down in excitement, belting out "Sugar High."
source: EW (Entertainment Weekly)
We live in a day and age where we are ruled by technology. Without the help of virtual assistants, we would forget about work meetings, doctor appointments, soccer games, and more. Even our kids are relying on technology with each passing day. As parents, it can be hard to communicate with our kids when technology and electronics are distracting them.
For example, how hard is it to get our kids downstairs for dinner? Kids could be upstairs playing video games, listening to music while doing homework, or binge-watching their favorite TV shows on Amazon Prime. Keeping it in the Amazon family, Echo is now able to notify your kids that dinner is ready.
If you have multiple Echos in your household, Amazon Alexa Announcements can turn Echo's speaker into an intercom system, letting everyone in the household know that dinner is ready. From the kitchen, moms and dads can simply say to Alexa: "Alexa, announce that dinner is ready." Alexa will then announce "Dinner is ready" through every connected Echo system in your household.
The feature has just rolled out in the United States and Canada.
Behold the power of love! Maria and Mike Kanellis welcomed a baby girl on Wednesday. Her name is Fredica Moon. According to wwe.com, both mom and baby are doing well.
Maria Kanellis has been chronicling her pregnancy on Instagram. She has recorded herself staying fit and active, right up to the last week. The videos have been inspiring for many women out there. I love her posts and they inspired me to stay active during my pregnancy.
My Two Cents
Congrats to both Maria and Mike on their adorable baby girl!
According to the British Royal Society for Public Health, a survey was conducted last year and it showed that Instagram was ranked as the worst social media platform for well-being and overall mental health.
The social media platform is famous for photo and video sharing. At times, some of the photo and video sharing can result in negative body image and cyber-bullying.
Instagram has taken notice and they want to make some changes. An entire team of people are working hard to ensure that people feel better about themselves. Appropriately dubbed the "Well-being Team," the team is focused on the well-being of the Instagram community. Instagram spokesperson Eva Chen had this to say about the Well-being Team:
"Making the community a safer place, a place where people feel good, is a huge priority for Instagram. I would say one of the top priorities."
So, how will Instagram cut down on negative well-being?
Instagram plans to fortify the offensive comment filters by automatically hiding the inappropriate comments. Also, users will have the capability to create their own filters for comments. Instagram will also implement a team that will review anonymous reports of people who may require mental health support. Those that need mental health support will be connected with organizations that can help others feel better about themselves.
Outside of Evan Chen, Instagram has not commented on these changes, as they are still in development.
Readers: Have you been cyber-bullied on Instagram? Do you think these changes will make a difference? Let me know in the comments below.