Amazon Is Now Allowing Its Prime Members To Download Video To Their iOS and Android Devices

Amazon Video

Amazon has announced that it is now allowing its Prime members to download Amazon Videos to their iOS and Android devices. They are the first and only subscription streaming service to offer this feature.

Amazon today announced that Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria will now be able to download movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, to iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets for offline viewing, at no additional charge. Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables downloads of titles, meaning unlike other subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Prime members can enjoy movies and TV shows as part of their membership even when they don’t have an internet connection available.

The Beautiful Art of Crafting a Japanese Naruko Kokeshi Doll From Spinning Blocks of Wood

In this beautiful video by Te to Te to Te, artisan Yasuo Okazaki, known for his signature Naruko Kokeshi style, demonstrates how he crafts the dolls from spinning blocks of wood, how they are shaped, then fitted together before the paint is painstakingly applied. Okazaki learned the Naruko style from his father, who trained him in the craft. Te to Te to Te also offers a really great online guide to the different Kokeshi dolls that come from all over Japan.

The Naruko style of Kokeshi developed at Naruko hot springs. One of the unique characteristics of these Kokeshi is that their heads squeak when turned. They have kind faces and flared shoulders and skirts. The stripes at the top and bottom of the body are painted on the lathe, and the body is often painted with a chrysanthemum motif. The bangs are painted like the dolls sent as gifts from the Imperial Palace. Naruko Kokeshi wear a red headdress.

via WTF Japan Seriously

EggMap Stress Balls, Ingenious Squeezable Maps That Help to Relieve the Frustration of Getting Lost

Stress Balls

Hungarian designer Dénes Sátor has created EggMap Stress Balls, ingenious maps that zoom in to specific areas when squeezed. The maps also, literally and figuratively, help to relieve the stress and frustration of getting lost amongst the streets in the beautiful city of Budapest or any other city in the world.

Haven’t we all lost our nerves at least once by folding an oversized map on a sightseeing-tour?
Indeed, we can rely on technology and use a digital map on our mobile phone, but often the real challenge comes when trying to find a hotspot or even to charge your phone in the city.Well, if you haven’t mastered your navigation skills yet and you fear that your precious smartphone will end up on the ground with a crack on its display: EggMap is the perfect gadget for you. It fits in your hand or your pocket and has manual zooming – just by squeezing it, you’ll get more details about the place than bumbling with a printed version.

The EggMap Stress Ball Facebook page will be providing updates about product and pre-order availability .

If you want to be the first to know about the launch, you can register your interest on the link below. We’ll let you know as soon as possible so that you can pre-order your first EggMap for your own city. Stay tuned!

EggMap Stress Ball

EggMap Stress Ball

EggMap Stress Ball

EggMap Stress Ball

EggMap Stress Ball

images via Dénes Sátor

via designboom