Daily Links and Deals: Why You Can’t Find Prince’s Music Online

daily_links_1Today, a story about the death of music icon Prince and the mark he left on copyright, a car that lets you know when you’re speeding and more. In today’s deals, there’s a JBL speaker and a a RAV power charger, as well as deals on Fire tablets and accessories.

Daily Links for Friday, April 23, 2016:

Why You Can’t Find Prince’s Music Online (Motherboard) We lost a legend in the music world yesterday, and he left his mark on copyright issues, too.

In Europe, Ford will read the speed limit signs, prevent your speeding (Techcrunch) Does this mean no more trying to talk your way out of a ticket?

Comcast now lets some customers watch TV sans classic set-top box (Ars Technica) This is cord cutting without cord cutting…..

Sites that block adblockers seem to be suffering (The Stack) This article seems a bit skeptical, but I don’t read or link to articles behind paywalls anymore.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the delightful sounding Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School) by Jen Calonita for $1.99. It’s about a girl who lives in a boot who gets sentenced to a reform school with teachers like The Big Bad Wolf and Cinderella’s evil step-mother. That sounds like fun!

In Today’s Deals,there’s a JBL Flip Portable Stereo Speaker with Wireless Bluetooth Connection (Certified Refurbished) and a RAVPower 13000mAh Portable Charger.

Amazon is now offering the 8 GB $50 Fire in colors! Besides black, you can get blue, magenta and tangerine. The 16 GB version is only $20.00 more. And don’t  forget to protect your investment with a case! There are lots of cases, covers and accessories to choose from for 50% off.

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.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find today features 9 books for Earth Day, including environmental classic Silent Spring by Rachel Carson for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is In the Dark by Sally Eggert for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story by Rachael Kadish 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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Did your Fire Tablet just deregister itself?

fire HDXI am reading multiple reports on the Amazon forums that some people are having problems with their Fire tablets somehow spontaneously deregistering from their accounts. Members are reporting that all their books, personal photos, documents and emails are being wiped off the devices.

Many of the reports seem to involve the Fire HD 8.9, but I did see one reporting the problem on an Fire HD 8 and another reporting the issue on a Fire HD 6.

It’s not clear if this is an update gone wrong or a bug. It does seem to be specific to the Fire tablets and not the e-ink Kindles. The tablets seem to doing a factory reset while in sleep mode. One forum member said that they called customer service and were told that Amazon is working on the problem.

I don’t keep very many personal items on my Fire tablets, but I do have a couple of apps that I have to install manually as they are not in the app store. I did notice that the Scribd app was missing from my Fire HD 6, as well as a couple of others. So, I will be calling customer service later today to see what’s up.

Have you had a problem with your Fire tablet?

Update: I posted an update to this issue here.

Update 2: Amazon has posted an announcement on the issue. Post here.

Related: Did your Fire tablet just de-register … again? June 17, 2016