Daily Links and Deals: Hacked Toy Company VTech’s TOS Now Says It’s Not Liable for Hacks

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, February 10, 2016:

Hacked Toy Company VTech’s TOS Now Says It’s Not Liable for Hacks (Motherboard) – This is a pretty smarmy move….

A smart fan that decides whether you are worthy of being cooled (Ars Technica) – The implication of an Internet of ethical things is somewhat disturbing.

Feeling Loved Without Followers (Techcrunch) – The supposed rationale behind the new Twitter timeline changes. And here’s how to turn them off…

Newsweek Is Dropping Its Paywall (Advertising Age)  – This paywall situation is getting confusing, with some dropping them and other sites putting them up.

VSCO is now publishing original content on its platform (The Verge) – Interesting to see this photography app branching out into more editorial content.

Skype is getting musical Mojis made by Paul McCartney (The Next Web) – Paul McCartney and emojis? Need I say more?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Joyland by Steven King and Wish List by Fern Michaels for 99 cents each.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Twelve Months by Steven Manchester for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Viscount Who Loved Me With 2nd Epilogue by Julia Quinn for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Joyland by Stephen King for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig for $2.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

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Update Your Kindle… or else!

Kindle 1If you have a older, pre-2012 Kindle that you haven’t updated recently, Amazon is letting customers know that it’s time to do something about that.

This morning, I received an email from Amazon reminding me that I have devices that need to be updated.  Now I am being told that unless I update them, I will no longer be able to “continue downloading e-books and using Kindle services.”

According to the email,

If you do not update the devices’ software by March 22, 2016, you will no longer be able to access Kindle services or get the update via Wi-Fi or a wireless connection. To resume access, you will need to manually update the software on each of your Kindle devices.

Note that you WILL still be able to update your Kindle after that date. You will just need to manually download and install the update.

The frustrating thing about the email is that it doesn’t indicate which Kindles need the update. I have two first-generation Kindles that I am not using right now. The devices are currently being stored with batteries removed until to decide what to do with them, so I assume that they are included. However, I also have a DX and Kindle Keyboard which I will now have to double-check to make sure they are up to date.

A lot of people have given or loaned older Kindles to family and friends. Since this is a critical update, you may need to check too make sure the devices are running the most recent version of the software. People who have modified or “jail-broken” their devices may have a problem going forward.

You can find instructions on how to update your particular Kindle model here. If you are not sure if you need to update, there are also links on the page for checking the software version for each model Kindle.

Did you get a notice to update?

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Daily Links and Deals: ‘Happy Birthday’ settlement puts the song in the public domain

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, February 9, 2016:

‘Happy Birthday’ settlement puts the song in the public domain (Engadget) – Warner reportedly agrees to song’s public domain status.

Beware piracy defense lawyers can be trolls too (TorrentFreak) –  It can be really hard to tell what color hat someone is wearing….

1Password For Android Gets Fingerprint Unlock And Material Design Makeover (Techcrunch) – The password’s not quite extinct yet, but more and more programs are using biometrics.

Google restores ad blocker for Samsung browser to the Play Store (The Verge) – An update to this story.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz by Rena Kornreich Gelissen with Heather Dune Macadam for $2.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Drunk On You by Teri Anne Stanley for  99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Death of a Policeman by M. C. Beaton A Hamish Macbeth Mystery (Book #29) for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes His Reckless Bargain by Cynthia Wright for $2.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


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Daily Links and Deals: Why You Should Be Concerned About The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, February 8, 2016:

Why You Should Be Concerned About The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Techcrunch) – Very disturbing. How do these laws get passed?

Facebook’s Free Basics service has been banned in India (The Verge) – India’s new net neutrality law is stricter than US rules.

Small changes in your digital routine can make you smarter–and more sane (Quartz) – There may be a better way to deal with your digital life.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes The Kennedy Brothers: The Rise and Fall of Jack and Bobby by Richard D. Mahoney for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  Friend of the Devil (Inspector Alan Banks Series #17) by Peter Robinson for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Irresistible by Liz Bankes for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Sullivans Boxed Set Books 1-4 (San Francisco Sullivans) by Bella Andre for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison for $1.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


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Device Deals: Kindle, Fire, Nook and Kobo

fire_6_2How about an e-reader for Valentine’s Day? Kindle, Nook and Kobo are all having special deals on devices just in time for gift-giving.

Amazon: 

Until February 13, 2016, Amazon has all most of their Kindle and Fire devices on sale.  Want a $40 Fire Tablet? A Kid’s Bundle? A new Paperwhite? Amazon is also featuring a number of bundles which include the device and the accessories together. All of these are available at reduced prices.

Barnes and Noble:

Do you have an old Nook that has seen better days? Barnes and Noble is offering you $50 towards a new Samsung Nook for you a trade-in on your old device. Offer is good until March 5, 2016 and terms and conditions apply. You can find more details here.

Kobo:

And, if you have been wanting a new Kobo ereader, this is the perfect time. Through February 14, 2016, you can get the Kobo Glo HD e-reader for  just $109.99. Free delivery is included.

Which do you think is a better gift? A box of chocolates or an e-reader? :)

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Daily Links and Deals: Watch All Of This Year’s Super Bowl Ads Now

daily_links_1Daily Links for Sunday, February 7, 2016:

Watch All Of This Year’s Super Bowl Ads Now (Previously TV) – Now that that’s taken care of, all you have to tune in for is the halftime show and the Puppy Bowl!

Let’s help this psychotic Smart Home kill its owner (The Verge) – What’s your biggest fear about a smart home? Now, let’s deal with that….

French Spelling Changes, 26 Years in the Making, Cause a Fracas (NYT) – Once again, I am extremely grateful we decided not to have a language academy in the United States.

How To Start Fresh And Stay Safe With A New Device (Techcrunch) – How to properly back up and wipe a device before you pass it on to someone new.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes books in the Rachel Scott Adventure Series for  $1.99 each.

Some pundits are predicting that people will be scrambling to purchase the Amazon Echo after today’ Superbowl ad airs. Here’s your last chance to get one before the rush. :)

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  The Football Fan’s Manifesto by Michael Tunison for $1.99.The Romance Daily Find is To Win Her Love by Mackenzie Crowne for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes I Never Had It Made:  An Autobiography by Jackie Robinson for $1.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


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Daily Links and Deals: How to watch Super Bowl 50 for free on almost any device

daily_links_1Daily Links for Saturday, February 6, 2016:

How to watch Super Bowl 50 for free on almost any device (CNET) – Possibly useful for Sunday, LOL?

A Fine mess: how not to assert your copyright in the YouTube age (The Verge) – As more and more people are creators, we are going to see more and more of these kinds of issues.

I almost managed a week using only my iPad… but one thing held me back (The Next Web) –  And this is why the PC and the laptop aren’t dead yet….

Twitter’s timeline will soon show tweets out of order (The Verge) This is going to be a big problem for a lot of people.

Review: 2 low-cost Windows 10 laptops challenge the Chromebooks (Computer World) –  I love my Chromebook, but they don’t do everything.

The Internet Archive Opened an Online Malware Museum (Motherboard) – Who wants to see really old malware from the 80s and 90s.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes books from The Huntress/FBI Thriller Series for  $1.99 each.

You can also find refurbished TIVO systems priced from $29.99 to $89.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Chaos and Moonlight by A.D. Marrow for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer for $2.99. And Until February 19th. you can buy two romance themed novels and get one free.

And, thrugh February 14, 2016, you can get the Kobo Glo HD e-reader for $109.99 (includes free delivery).

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The One You Fear by Paul Pikington for $3.99

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

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