Daily Links and Deals: There’s E Ink everything now, even wallets

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, November 30,  2016:

How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone From Anywhere In The World (Vanity Fair) This may be a bit TL;DR for some, but it is fascinating case study on malware and cyber security issues.

Netflix for Android now lets you download videos to watch offline (9 to 5 Google) This is huge!  Related: How to watch Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services offline with PlayOn Cloud (from PC World).

Spotify is using billboards to call users out on their questionable listening habits (The Next Web) Funny? Yes. But the privacy concern outweigh that. And it skates dangerously close to shaming people for their music choices.

There’s E Ink everything now, even wallets (The Verge) Um… I am kind of scratching my head at this one. I get the premise, but black and white e-ink? Seriously?

Twitter now ranks your conversations based on who replies (Engadget) Why won’t they just leave Twitter alone?

Yes, the U.K. now has a law to log web users’ browsing behavior, hack devices and limit encryption (Techcrunch) This Investigatory Powers law is pretty scary, especially because of how many people can access the information without a warrant.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features popular reads on Kindle for $2.99, including Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 1) by Stephen King.

In Today’s Deals, Sony H.ear on Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (only the Charcoal Black ones are on sale).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully by Arielle Eckstut, David Henry Sterry. The Romance Daily Find is The Forbidden Man (Edge of Scandal Series #1) by Elle Wright.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth. The Extra Daily Deal is Come Home to Sweetgrass Boxed Set: Books 1-3 Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs (plus bonus Christmas novella) by Jean Brashear.

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

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 still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ still has a collection of limited-time deals that includes Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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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Daily Links and Deals: Amazon’s next-gen Echo may be a giant speaker with a touchscreen

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 29,  2016:

Amazon’s next-gen Echo may be a giant speaker with a touchscreen (PC World) I could enjoy this. Then,  I wouldn’t have to stop the music and say, “Alexa, what song is this?”

$89 Linux laptop? Check out the new Pinebook from Raspberry Pi rival Pine (ZD Net) I’ve never used Linux, but I would give this a try when its available….

Playing with Fire: Hacking Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet (Lilputing) If you want to try hacking your tablet but are afraid of bricking it, you may want to start with the $50 version.

AT&T launches streaming TV service to compete with Vue, Sling (ComputerWorld) Another service aimed at cord-cutters. And, the pricing may not be as clear cut as it seems.

AT&T just declared war on an open internet (and us) (The Verge) Related to the piece above. This sounds like a net neutrality nightmare.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Not So Much, Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick. You can also find The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year by Jonathan Strahan for $1.99.

Today’s Deals include slippers, pajamas and Back to the Future movies. I am sensing a trend here….

 

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. The Romance Daily Find is A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River Series #4) by Robyn Carr.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Furiously Happy A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson. The Extra Daily Deal is The Tourist by Robert Dickinson.

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

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. Get free shipping through December 31, 2016 on devices. (The Aura One is still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ still has a collection of limited-time deals that includes A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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.

More Fire de-registration issues for children’s tablets

kids_freetime_xSeveral times this year, owners of Fire tablets have had issues with Amazon Fire tablets spontaneously unregistering. This happened in back in April and in June (see here and here). The problem seemed to be especially prevalent in Fires that had Freetime installed.

Well, it seems that the issue has been happening again over the past week. I’ve had a number of Fire users reach out to me here on the blog trying to find out if there has been a fix for the problem. Just like in June, the problems seem to be related to Fires running Freetime under child profiles. The Fires de-register and all app data is lost. Since most of these are tablets used by children, it is particularly frustrating for parents and children alike.

The bad news, from what I can find, is that Amazon still does not seem to have an explanation for the problem.

While your best bet for assistance is to call Amazon Kindle support, there are several threads on this issue on Amazon forums that may be helpful:

You can stay updated on the issue by clicking the “Track this discussion” button located on the right side of the screen on any of the forums.

Many parents are complaining that Amazon isn’t being helpful on the issue. More on this to come….

Daily Links and Deals: How did ‘Cyber Monday’ begin? (Plus deal, deals, deals!)

cybermondayIt is Cyber Monday, and there are lots of deals today on tablets, ereaders and hundreds of ebooks at priced at under $5.

Daily Links for day, November 28,  2016:

Tablets: Why businesses are falling in love with them, just as consumers are getting bored (ZD Net) European businesses are liking 2-in-1 tablets in a big way.

‘Google Cast’ is being phased out in favor of Chromecast for connected TVs and speakers (PC World) And the name is….Um, I think somebody needs to make up their mind.

Why you should start using Google Keep right away (Computer World) Trying this now. Because of the price increase, I am trying to clear my Evernote account before the renewal date. And, yes, Keep is available as an app for your desktop or as a Chrome extension.

Here’s the tech you shouldn’t buy on Black Friday (CNET) Since this applies in spades to Cyber Monday, it is worth a read.

How did ‘Cyber Monday’ begin? Here’s an interesting video on the origins of CyberMonday

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals for Cyber Monday includes over 400 titles at up to 85% off!

Today’s Deals include the Moto Z Unlocked Smartphone, 64GB (U.S. Warranty) plus many, many more.

For Cyber Monday, Kindle Unlimited subscriptions are on sale! Get 25% off a 6 months subscription, 33% off 12 months and 40% off a two year subscription.

All of the Echo lineup is on sale. Get the Amazon Echo  for $139.99, the Echo Dot (2nd Generation) ($39.99) and the Amazon Tap  for $89.99.

The All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote  is $29.99.

If you are looking for an e-reader deal, you can get a basic Kindle for $50 ($30 off), a Kindle Paperwhite for $100 ($20 off) and a Kindle Voyage.for $170 ($30 off).

Want a Fire Tablet? Amazon has you covered. Get the Fire tablet, 7″ for $33.33; Fire Tablet Variety Pack (3 tablets), $99.99;  Fire HD 8, $59.99 and the Fire Kids Bundle for $74.99.

Amazon also has a great selection of Certified Refurbished devices available. These come with a full one-year warranty. You can find deals on Paperwhites ($80), a Kindle Voyage ($120) and the Amazon Echo ($120) here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find for Cyber Monday is 500 NOOK books under $5. The Romance Daily Find is Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay Series #1) by Jill Shalvis.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

All of the Nook Devices are also on sale here! You can find the new $50 NOOK tablet, the entire line of Samsung branded tablets and the e-ink Glowlight Plus, all at reduced prices.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. The Extra Daily Deal is Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter.

For Cyber Monday, Kobo is also having a huge blowout sale with hit ebook titles under $4.99. (Today only.)

In device deals, the Kobo Aura Edition 2 is $99.99. The Kobo Touch 2.0 is $89.99 and includes a free sleepcover. All Kobo device offer free shipping today.  (The Aura One is still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ Weekly is also having an Great Books, Amazing Deals sale with hundreds to titles. Books include A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and other fiction and non-fiction titles.

Google has a lot of Cyberweek Specials: In Books, there are deals for Cyber Monday and you get up to 75% off Comics. In Movies, get half off any movie to own or 50% off anyone movie rental.

In devices, the Google Home is only $99 and comes with 6 months free of YouTube Red music. Plus, you can save $10 on the Chromecast or Chromecast Audio.

(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.

Amazon’s Black Friday Device Deals have already started

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If you have been waiting for a deal on a  Amazon device, the savings are already here. Amazon’s Black Friday Deals have already started! So far this morning, I have found the following:

All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote ($29.99) Amazon’s streaming stick with Alexa voice assistance built in. There are also deals on the Fire TV and bundles with an antenna or for gaming.

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) ($39.99) Save $10 off the regular price. These can turn an existing stereo into a voice-activated system and are small enough to put almost anywhere. I even found a new case for the Dot that lets you customize the look!

Amazon Echo (139.99) – Save $40 off the original Alexa device. This powerful hands-free voice-activated speaker is meant to be used in one location, although there are bases available to make it portable.

Amazon Tap ($89.99) Save $40 on this Alexa enabled portable Bluetooth speaker. Unlike the Echo and the Dot, the Tap is not voice-activated, but uses a button to a trigger the Alexa voice system.

Fire Tablet ($33.33) Save $16.66 on Amazon’s lowest price tablet.from the Fire line. This 7″ device is also Alexa-enabled. You can also find various bundles at special prices, including the Fire Essentials bundle ($51.31) and the Fire Kids Edition ($74.99).

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet ($59.99) Save $30 on the 2nd generation of Amazon’s 8″ tablet. Alexa-enabled, comes in 16 and 35 GB configurations and 4 colors.

If you are looking for an e-reader deal, you can get a basic Kindle for $50 ($30 off), a Kindle Paperwhite for $100 ($20 off) and a Kindle Voyage.for $170 ($30 off).

Amazon also has a great selection of Certified Refurbished devices available. These come with a full one-year warranty. You can find deals on Paperwhites ($80), a Kindle Voyage ($120) and the Amazon Echo ($120) here.

Are any of these on your holiday wish list?

How does the new $50 NOOK tablet compare to the $50 Fire?

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Barnes and Noble has a new NOOK tablet coming on November 25th. Most recently, B & N has had a line of tablets co-branded with Samsung, but now is getting back into the tablet game again with this new budget friendly device. It’s priced at $50, clearly competing with Amazon’s 7 inch Fire tablet.

Here’s a comparison table of the specs for the two devices:

Fire 7” NOOK
Price Starting at $49.99 $49.99
Screen Size 7″ IPS Display 7″ IPS Display
Resolution 1024 x 600 (171 ppi) 1024 x 600 (171 ppi)
Colors Black, Magenta, Blue, Tangerine Black
Processor Quad-core 1.3 GHz Unknown
Alexa Enabled Yes No
Google Play No Yes
Content Access to millions of movies, TV episodes, songs, books, apps, games, and more via AMAZON Audio: M4A, 3GA, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AAC

Video: MP4, 3GP, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Gallery (pictures): JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP

Reader/Other: PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, HWP, HWT, HML, HWPX, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, DOT, DOTX, HWDT, XLSX, XLSB, XLS, XLSM,XLTX, XLTM, XLT, CELL, HCDT, PRN, TXT, CSV, TSV, HTML, HTM, PPTX, PPT, POTX, THMX, SHOW, HSDT, HTHEME

Audio Mono speaker,

Built-in microphone

Unknown (website specs only list headphone jack)
Storage 8 or 16 GB

(expandable by up to 200 GB microSD card)

Free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content

8GB on-board memory

Add up to 128GB with an optional microSD card and store eligible eBooks (NOOK Books® with Digital Rights Management enabled only) to make more room. All of your NOOK® purchases are stored for free in the NOOK Cloud.

Cameras VGA Front-facing camera +

2 MP rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording

Front: VGA

Rear: 2 MP

Connectivity Single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n Dual-Band (2.4GHz/5GHz) Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)

 

Battery Life* Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music Up to 7 hours of reading, watching videos and web browsing
Weight** 11.0 oz (313 g) 8.80 oz
Dimensions** 7.5” x 4.5” x 0.4”

(191 x 115 x 10.6 mm)

7.40” x 4.2” x 0.39”

 

Customer Support Screen Sharing + email, web, and phone In-store support provides assistance for setup, connectivity, and basic troubleshooting when you visit Barnes & Noble bookstores

The specs on the new NOOK tablet seem pretty comparable with the 7″ Fire. There are a few pluses for the Nook. Unlike the Fire, the new Nook doesn’t have the special advertising offers on the lock screens. It also runs a straight version of Android (6.0) and has the Google Play store installed on the tablet. (You can install the Play store on the Fire, but it involves work and whether it continues to function is at the mercy of software updates.) The new NOOK tablet also features dual band WiFi rather than the single band sported by the Fire.

The Fire, of course, now has voice integration with digital assistant Alexa installed on the device.

The tablet is available for pre-order now with free shipping on the Barnes and Noble website. Tablets begin shipping on Friday, November 25, 2016. It will also will be available in stores on Black Friday.

I ordered one of the these new NOOK tablets and will be posting a review after I have played with it for a while. 🙂

And PS: If you are interested in one, at least for the time being, the Samsung-branded NOOK tablets are still available (and at sale prices!).

Daily Links and Deals: IPA-FEP Global Report Promotes ‘Zero-Rate’ VAT on Books

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 22,  2016:

Watch out: ɢoogle.com isn’t the same as Google.com (The Next Web) Did you know that you can use unicode symbols in domain names?

Netflix feels like Blockbuster these days (The Verge) A look at whether Netflix’s recommendations become less personal.

Office Depot caught claiming out-of-box PCs showed “symptoms of malware” (Ars Technica) Two words: Lenovo. Superfish.

Google can now tell you how busy a place is before you arrive (Techcrunch) I think I could really use this one, especially for trips to the grocery store.

IPA-FEP Global Report Promotes ‘Zero-Rate’ VAT on Books (Publishing Perspectives) Who would have guessed that high VAT prices would have a negative effect on ebook buying? Hint: almost anyone who purchases ebooks.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel by Hazel Gaynor.

Free Audiobook: Invisible Man: A Novel by Ralph Ellison (Audible – Unabridged Edition).

In Today’s Deals, up to 50% Off Calvin Klein clothing.

Black Friday Deals Week is starting! If you are looking for an e-reader deal, you can get a basic Kindle for $50 ($30 off), a Kindle Paperwhite for $100 ($20 off) and a Kindle Voyage.for $170 ($30 off).

Amazon also has a great selection of Certified Refurbished devices available. These come with a full one-year warranty. You can find deals on Paperwhites ($80), a Kindle Voyage ($120) and the Amazon Echo ($120) here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a selection of 25 books priced at just $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Mysterious Affair at Styles: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Book 1) by Agatha Christie. The Extra Daily Deal is Magic Bites: A Special Edition of the First Kate Daniels Novel by Ilona Andrews.

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

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 still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Cockroaches (Harry Hole #2) by Jo Nesbø.

Google Books has a selection of Big 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.)


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.