5 Things You Should Know

5 Things You Should Know

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Number 1:

On Thursday, the city of Gulf Shores launched a brand new website in hopes of reinforcing their "Small Town, Big Beach" brand. While the website address remains the same-- www.gulfshoresal.gov- the site is a lot easier to navigate now.

The homepage features five major categories: Government, City Services, Community, Visitors, and a "How Do I?" feature-- which is basically a way to find answers to your questions. Other new features include real-time weather updates and a current surf conditions flag.

Number 2:

More reports are swirling that Apple is planning to launch the next Iphone sometime this summer. But, it's more than just that. The Wall Street Journal's latest report also backs the rumor that Apple is working on a cheaper version of the Iphone that could be made of plastic.

If you're wondering why Apple would ever make a cheap version of it's iconic high-quality phone, it could be to target the growing pre-paid market, where people just want to pay for the phone without getting into a two-year contract.

Number 3:

Speaking of Apple, Samsung has found a way to compete with the Apple Store. Beginning this spring and summer, Samsung Experience Shops will be installed inside Best Buy stores. Samsung experts will be on hand for technical support.

It's also a win-win for Best Buy. The store is trying to rebound from a brutal 2012, in which it saw sales decline more than 11%

Number 4:

If you ever bought a vinyl record on Amazon, you can now get the digital copy for free, stored in your Amazon cloud player library. It's part of Amazon's new Autorip service. Amazon first offered it for people who bought CDs. Now, it also applies for vinyl records.

Number: 5

A big anniversary this week-- 40 years since the first mobile phone call. The phone used cost nearly $4,000, weighed more than 2 pounds, and it's battery lasted only 30 minutes.

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