Daily Links and Deals: Evolving Technologies Change the Nature of Internet Use

daily_links_1Today, stories on how new technology affects how we use the internet, changes in Journalism, and a new smart toy for your pets lets you play with your cat or dog from anywhere. In deals, an offer from Verizon and sale pricing on the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Tap Alexa-enabled devices.

Daily Links for Tuesday, April 19, 2016:

Track all your partner’s infidelities with this smart mattress (Engadget) Is it just me or is this taking “connectedness” too far?

Key Ring Chronicles: Library Card (McSweeney’s) Um, that doesn’t happen with ebooks….

Verizon Wireless Android Users Can Get 2GB Free for Using Android Pay! (Gear Diary) This is a limited time offer good through mid-June.

Journalism isn’t dying. But it’s changing WAY faster than most people understand (Washington Post) Until we understand those changes, a clear direction for journalism is not going to present itself.

Play with your pets from anywhere with PlayDate’s smart ball (Engadget) This sounds like it would be a great for pet owners, although it is a little pricey.

The New York Public Library Digitizes Centuries-Old Hebrew Manuscripts (NYPL) Fascinating collection of late medieval and early modern manuscripts, including a couple on Kaballah.

Evolving Technologies Change the Nature of Internet Use (NTIA) A report from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration looks at how we interact online with new tech.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Mandel Files, Volume 1: Mindstar Rising & A Quantum Murder (Greg Mandel) by Peter F. Hamilton for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon is offering 15% off the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Tap.  Also a deal on the Sons of Anarchy: The Complete series on either Blu-ray or DVD.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, and deals on pre-owned Fire tablets. I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Chasing Jillian (Love and Football Series #5) for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt 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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

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