Daily Links for Wednesday, October 5, 2016:
Apple adopts Windows 10 tactic to auto-download Sierra to Macs (Computer World) As if Windows doing it wasn’t bad enough….
Google’s Pixel phones aren’t water resistant, and that’s inexcusable (The Verge) Are we expecting too much from our tech? This story made me wonder. Just because its new, why does it also have to be waterproof? (The inexcusable word caught my eye.
Do these Taylor Swift photos make my app look fat? (Recode) If you have ever bemoaned the fact that an app gets bigger with every upgrade (Kindle app, I am looking at you), you may be able to relate to this.
Verizon workers can now be fired if they fix copper phone lines (Ars Technica) As someone who still has a landline because of the superior quality, I find this very disturbing.
The Amazon Echo won’t connect to BT broadband — and customers are outraged (Business Insider) UK Echo users are having an unexpected compatibility problem.
DESIGN BIAS: You Think Popup Ads Are Bad? They’re Even Worse for the Blind (Motherboard) For quite sometime, accessibility standards have been a goal for websites. We are still not there yet.
Deals of the Day:
Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes all three books in Alan Russell’s Gideon and Sirius detective series including book one, Burning Man. I love this procedural series about a police detective and his canine partner. Warning: not a cozy doggy novel.
In Today’s Deals, a ROBO 3D R1 Plus 10x9x8-Inch ABS/PLA 3D Printer, White.
The Echo is now available in white. There is also an All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.
The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom. The Romance Daily Find is A Whisper of Desire: A Disgraced Lords Novel by Bronwen Evans.
Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.
Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Santangelos A Novel by Jackie Collins. The Extra Daily Deal is The Amber Stone (Clifton Sisters Book 2) by Dara Girard.
Also, a selection of titles called Romance On The Ice for $4.99 or Less until October Until October 31st.
There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until October 14, 2016.)
iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz (101 all-new simple, vegan recipes that all require 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl or 1 pot, or 30 minutes or less to prepare).
Google Books has a selection of Hot Deals.
(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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My Mac didn’t auto-download anything–yet. I’m never the first to install a new OS; I won’t risk my graphics programs and plug-ins not working as expected, so I wait until the the all-clear from those companies first.
I need to check mine. We just bought a new Mac a couple of months ago to put music recording software on. The software wouldn’t work with the OS version it shipped with. The software now works with the Mac, so now that I am ready to install it, I definitely don’t want it to update to Sierra, LOL. Nor do I want to waste the bandwidth with an unneeded upgrade. 😦