Daily Links and Deals: Study crazily suggests 70% of Android users want pre-installed apps

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, November 21,  2016:

Study crazily suggests 70% of Android users want pre-installed apps (The Next Web) Seriously? Who did this study? This is living proof that you can word a survey to get exactly the response you want….

Two different takes on the same story: Yes, Apple is limiting some iPhone 7 download speeds. But you probably won’t notice. (Recode) and  Apple reportedly limits Verizon iPhone 7 modem speed to match AT&T model (Ars Technica).

Deleting the Facebook App Could Save Up to 20 Percent of Your Android’s Battery Life (Gizmodo) This is not at all surprising. My battery life plummeted when I installed the app.

RIP AirPort? Apple may abandon wireless routers and Time Capsule (PC World) Time Capsule too? Wow.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

In Today’s DealsSkywalker Trampolines 15-Feet Jump N’ Dunk Trampoline with Safety Enclosure and Basketball Hoop.

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 Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi.  The Romance Daily Find is The Bridge to a Better Life: Dare Valley by Ava Miles.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. The Extra Daily Deal is The President’s Vampire (A Nathaniel Cade Novel Book 2) by Christopher Farnsworth.

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 The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker.

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.

Daily Links and Deals: Modernizing our voting procedures to reflect 21st century realities

daily_links_1Today, an interesting opinion piece on modernizing the election process. Also, tips to clear space on your Android phone, the Jetsons and a century of technological change and an unusual shaped phone. In deals, you can find luggage sets, Casio watches and 3M hearing protectors (we actually use these around our house). Also, the clock is running out for Father’s Day delivery in the Amazon device sale.

Daily Links for Wednesday, June 15, 2016:

6 quick ways to clear space on an overstuffed Android device (PC World) This may help if you have too much stuff on your phone.

Judy Jetson voice actress saw a century of wild technological change (CNET) A R.I.P for a talented actress and an interesting look at the technological changes in the last hundred years.

Monohm’s wonderfully weird circular phone is now available for preorder (The Verge) This is really cute…. but I just can’t see myself using it as a phone.

Modernizing our voting procedures to reflect 21st century realities (Techcrunch) Would you like to see online voting implemented? How do you do it so we ensure universal access and honesty and accountability?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Whistling Women by Kelly Romo for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, get up to 70% off luggage sets, messenger bags and more. Also, Casio Men’s Pathfinder watches starting at $99 and deals on select 3M hearing protectors.

Looking for an device for a Father’s Day gift? The Amazon device sale is still offering savings.. There’s just a few more days to order in time for delivery by June 19th.  Here’s what you can find:

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Unrivaled by Alyson Noël for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Beekeeper’s Son by Kelly Irvin for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is also Unrivaled by Alyson Noel for $2.99. The Extra Daily Deal is The Coming Home Series Boxed Set
by Meli Raine for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Rotten Gods by Greg Barron for $1.99.

Google has a selection of Hot Deals This Week.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals – Why Amazon is the king of innovation: Kindle’s clout

daily_links_1Today, a look at the Kindle’s role in making Amazon the most innovative tech company. Also, how the Chromebook with Android might be an unbeatable combination, a different look at fair use, and stories on how we use information and the internet’s favorite book. In deals, savings on Rosetta Stone software, Micro SD cards and $10 off the Fire for Kids bundle.

Daily Links for Monday, May 23, 2016:

How to find wisdom in the age of information (The Next Web) We hear a lot about information overload. But how well do we incorporate that information into our lives and what’s the relationship between mere information and actual wisdom?

Chromebook + Android apps = Trouble for Windows PCs (ZD Net)  If you haven’t tried a Chromebook, this may sound like hyperbole. Both if you live most of your life online (browsing, cloud storage), you’ll find very few things you can’t do with one. Adding Android apps would make for an unbeatable connection.

What is the Internet’s Favorite Book? (Priceonomics) From the Hunger Games to Harry Potter. everyone has an opinion on their favorite. What’s the collective’s opinion?

Fair Use Needs To Be Protected & All Abusers Need To Be Punished (Torrent Freak) For all the stories we hear about copyright takedowns of material that is genuinely fair use, we forget that there are people out there abusing the process too.

New subscription service Circle Go lets parents manage kids’ devices outside the home (Techcrunch) As our children are getting more and more tech at a younger age, setting limits on tech use outside the home may be really important.

 I salvaged my shattered iPhone with a ‘Band-Aid’ screen cover (Engadget) Well, at least temporarily….

Why Amazon is the king of innovation: Kindle’s clout (ZD Net)  An argument that Amazon is the most innovative tech company around and why.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Lost Concerto by Helaine Mario for 99 cents.

In Today’s Deals, get up to 65% off Rosetta Stone Power Pack sets. There are also some deals on several brands of Micro SD cards. For a limited time, you can also get $10 off the Kindle for Kids Bundle.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is over 70 Jughead comics for 99 cents each. The Romance Daily Find is River Rising by Dorothy Garlock for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is The Ending Series: The Complete Series by Lindsey Fairleigh, Lindsey Pogue for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Book of Strange by Michael Faber 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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: 5 settings every new Android owner should change

daily_links_1Today stories include 5 setting every Android user should change, a phone/smartwatch to help you monitor your child, how to control the information Windows 10 is looking for and more. In Deals, great Gifts for mother’s Day: Polaroid Snap camers, Panasonic devices for the kitchen, e-readers from Amazon and Kobo, and Fire tablet deals that include a $40 Fire.

Daily Links for Tuesday, May 3, 2016:

Xiaomi’s smartwatch for children only costs $50 (Android Authority) It makes calls, sends an SOS and sets geofences for the kids? This could be a way to up the parenting game to a new level.

5 settings every new Android owner should change (CNET) These tips help improve the battery life and functioning of your phone!

Amazon Prime Now arrives online with one-hour delivery service (Ars Technica) It’ll cost you $7.99, but two-hour delivery is free.

Classic George Plimpton Titles Reissued, Go Digital For First Time (Publisher’s Weekly) These new enhanced editions carry a heft price tag for old books.

Why Windows 10 wants your feedback and diagnostics, and how to control them (PC World) The Big Brother aspect of Windows 10 is pretty scary.

Universal and Capitol fly high with copyright win (The 1709 Blog) Label win against in-flight entertainment provider for infringement of music.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt Series Book 1) by Edmund Morris for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, get up to 27% off Polaroid Snap camera bundles and Panasonic Deals for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is less than a week away! Amazon has some great deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets:

First, in e-ink Kindles, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle. 

There are several promotions on Fire tablets. The 7″ Fire (normally $49.99) is only still only $39.99. Amazon is also offering savings on the Fire HD 6 (8GB and 16 GB versions) and the Fire HD 10 is $50 off for a limited time. There are also still deals on pre-owned Fire tablets.

And, yes, I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order. Current delivery date is June 1, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Choice by Nicholas Sparks for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Before We Met – A Novel by Lucie Whitehouse for $1.99.

And, you can still get $20 off the Kobo Glo HD.  Free shipping is included but I am not sure about a Mother’s Day delivery at this point, although they are still advertising it as a Mother’s Day sale. 🙂

The Kobo has a monthly special 3 for 2 deal features books by  Grace Burrowes. The special runs the entire month of May. 🙂

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo for $1.99.

Google has a selection of Topsellers Under $10 which includes some Lovecraft collections for 99 cents. Is it Cthulhu day?

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: A Guide to Binging Digital Comics

daily_links_1In today’s stories, tips on your digital comic reading choices, Amazon is on the hook for kid’s in-app purchased, implications of the Google and Android limitations and more. In deals, savings on anSD card, Mother’s day Kindles, Fires and a new , later, ship date for Oasis orders.

Daily Links for Wednesday, April 27, 2016:

A Guide to Binging Digital Comics (Inverse) An article on navigating the choices when it comes to reading digital comics.

The Cover of George Orwell’s 1984 Becomes Less Censored with Wear and Tear (Open Culture)  This is a delightful story about how the physical copy of this book changes with time.

Federal Judge Rules Amazon Must Refund Parents Duped By In-App Purchases (Gizmodo) No surprises here after the same thing happened to Google and Apple.

What everyone’s missing about Google Play and Chrome OS (Computer World) Cross platform integration and how that ties into Google’s long-term plans.

Len Riggio, Barnes & Noble Founder, Announces Retirement (Publisher’s Weekly) It is truly the end of an era.

Text-to-Speech Voice Found on the Kindle Oasis (The Digital Reader) This could make the Oasis a whole new e-reader with the right update.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Lie In Wait by Eric Rickstad for 99 cents.

In Today’s Deals, there’s savings on a SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Amazon has some deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets. First, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and theKindle for Kids bundle.  Amazon is also offering the Fire HD 10 for $50 off for a limited time.

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 Oasis is now scheduled for a June 1, 2016 delivery date.

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

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Understanding Stocks 2E by Michael Sincere for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom Series #1) by Sarah Sundin for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Broken Window:  A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffery Deaver for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Sing It To Her Bones by Marcia Talley for 99 cents.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case

daily_links_1Today, The Supreme Court declined to hear the Google Books case, Tidal is getting sued, we are getting 360 video and Amazon is starting to unbundle its Prime subscription. In deals, we have Belkin surge protectors, Cuisinart grills and Fire Tablet  and Kindle deals.

Daily Links for Monday, April 18, 2016:

Android VS iOS: How They Compare (Tab Times) Nice comparison of the two systems.

Jay Z, Tidal & Kanye West sued for misstatements about ‘The Life of Pablo’ exclusivity (Techcrunch) In an age where every service is offering something different and exclusive, we may be seeing more of this kind of story in the tech world.

Amazon has built a subscription launchpad with Amazon Prime (Techcrunch)  Amazon Prime can now be bought by the month and so can Amazon Prime Video.  This article talks about what Amazon may really be trying to accomplish with the move.

Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case (Ars Technica) Agree or disagree – at least it is over!

YouTube introduces live 360 video, the gateway drug to virtual reality (The Verge) Here we go. The beginning of experiencing the world without leaving your house.

Google Play Music officially has podcasts for the Web and Android (The Next Web) Be aware that you probably won’t see all of your favorite podcast. It’s not on iOS yet. Google’s terms say they do not sharing revenue with podcasters, so a lot of people passed on enrolling.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Clockwork Scarab and The Spiritglass Charade, the first two books in the Stoker & Holmes YA series by Colleen Gleason for $1.99 each. There is plenty of vampire hunting and mystery solving for the protagonists who happen to be the sister of Bram Stoker and the neice of Sherlock Holmes.

In Today’s Deals, get up to 60% off select Belkin surge protectors, up to 60% off select Cuisinart Grilling products and a  SINGER 3232 Simple Sewing Machine with Automatic Needle Threader.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, deals on pre-owned Fire tablets and savings of $15 on a Fire Essentials Bundle. 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 The Weird World of Words: A Guided Tour by Mitchell Symons for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Rogue’s Proposal (House of Trent Series #2) by Jennifer Haymore for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Killing Game by Toni Anderson for $99 cents.

LAST DAY! Select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3 at the Kobo store until April 18, 2016.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder for $2.99.

Google has a limited time promotion that includes some interesting cookbooks, including BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery by  Erin McKenna for $1.99. (Also at Amazon, Barnes and Noble)

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: 5 ways adblockers are changing your entire online experience

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, March 18, 2016:

SoundCloud has signed a licensing deal with Sony Music (The Verge) And hopefully, this means that Soundcloud will be sticking around for a while…

Stagefright exploit puts millions of Android devices at risk (Computer World) Since our phones are so essential to our lives nowadays, all these phone threats are scary.

Don’t like Twitter’s new algorithmic feed? Then turn it off. (Engadget) Hopefully we can convince Twitter that there is an advantage to a linear feed.

5 ways adblockers are changing your entire online experience (The Next Web) User-centric or publisher centric? It will be interesting to see how those interests align.

Apple is going to make my new iPad obsolete. Again (CNET) Now we have to factor “Will I be okay if they bring out a new one in 3 months” into our purchasing decisions?

Should Your Therapist Read Your Twitter? (Motherboard) Wow, is this a life in the digital age question!

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery) by Cheryl Hollon for $1.99.

Right now, Amazon is offering the high end Kindle Voyage for just $199.99. You rarely see this one on sale,so this is a good deal if you have been thinking about one of these. There are also several deals on new Fire tablets. 🙂

In Today’s Deals, Amazon has a great deal on a Anker Wireless Charger PowerPort Qi Wireless Charging Pad for $14.95.  This works for the Samsung S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5, Nexus 4 / 5 / 6 / 7, Nokia Lumia 920, LG Optimus Vu2, HTC 8X / Droid DNA and All Qi-Enabled Devices.  Amazon is also offing special pricing on the 8.9 inch HDX line of Fire Tablets.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find features seven novels in the Byrnes Family Ranch Series by Dusty Richards, including Texas Blood Feud (Byrnes Family Ranch Series #1) for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Made for Us by Samantha Chase for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Only Enchanting – A Survivor’s Club Novel (Book #4) by Mary Balogh for 99 cents.

There are lots of other Kobo deals: The Kobo Glo HD is still on sale for $20.00 off. You can get 3 eBooks for $9.99 YOu can also use coupon code 30MAR unlimited times for 30% off on select box sets.  Both of those promotions are valid through March 21. And through March 28, you can find bestsellling memoirs for $2.99 and under.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 – 1964 by William Manchester 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.