Daily Links and Deals: How to “Brick” Any 64-bit iOS Device in 6 Easy Steps!

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, February 12, 2016:

I Still Use Plain Text for Everything, and I Love It (Lifehacker) – Interesting alternative to multiple apps and programs.

Congress passes permanent ban on Internet access taxes (Ars Technica) – No to taxing the Internet…

Time Inc buys what is left of MySpace for its user data (The Guardian) – So, I’m confused. Is MySpace going away now?

Dish to disable DVR ad-skip for 7 days after broadcast to resolve Fox suit (Ars Technica) – Disturbing ruling for those of us who don’t like commercials.

This adblocker-blocker helps you get around sites that ban you for hiding ads ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (The Next Web) – This stuff is starting to make my head hurt….

Apple’s Already Being Sued Over the ‘Error 53’ Issue (Gizmodo) – Did Apple brick your phone because you took it to a 3rd party repair shop? There’s a lawsuit for that!

How to “Brick” Any 64-bit iOS Device in 6 Easy Steps! (Gear Diary) – Do not try this at home, folks!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes he first 10 books in Ellis Peters’ Cadfael mystery series.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Series #25) by M. C. Beaton for $1.99.The Romance Daily Find is The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is also Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Series #25) by M. C. Beaton for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Richard Wright’s Black Boy for $1.99.

Google is offering a special promotion on Google Play Music subscriptions for $4.99 a month. You can buy 1, 3 and 6 month gift subscription. It includes YouTube Red, but alas, does not apply to the family plan. The offer is good until Febrary 15, 2016.

(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.

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.)


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.

Daily Links: How the Internet changed the way we read

daily_links_1Daily Links for day, January 4, 2016:

How the Internet changed the way we read (Daily Dot) – More on the concept of digital distraction.

GQ Tells Readers to Turn Off Ad Blockers or Pay Up (Fortune) – Do you want to read this badly enough to turn off your ad blocker?

Will 2016 be the year web advertisers realise we don’t want to be monitored? (The Guardian) – No, we all really LOVE ads!

“What Does My Site Cost?” Tells You How Much a Mobile Visitor Pays to See a Site (The Digital Reader) – Here is a way to find out if your website need to lose weight.

Amazon’s Other App Store, Alexa’s “Skills” Section, Has Quietly Grown To Over 130 Apps (Techcrunch) – Alexa, you sneaky girl! Did you know that the Amazon Echo had its own app store?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes The Choice  by Nicholas Sparks for $2.99.

Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  PULP!: Two Thriller Novels and a Novella to Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat! by Vincent Zandri for 99 cents.The Romance Daily Find is Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller for $2.99

Kobo has Silver Palate Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Sellers for Under $4 includes Jonathan Kellerman’s When the Bough Breaks 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.)


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.