Daily Links and Deals: Someone is pretending to be the IT guy at Hogwarts and it’s hilarious

daily_links_1Did you ever imagine what it must be like for the poor guy trying to keep the WiFi going at Hogwarts? Also today, a look at a 911 chat bot, a new French privacy law that may have big implications for parents and more. In Deals, there is a solar-powered bluetooth speaker and an $50 unlocked Blu smartphone.

Daily Links for Monday, May 9, 2016:

Someone is pretending to be the IT guy at Hogwarts and it’s hilarious (Radio Times) This frazzled IT guy doesn’t need Harry Potter to tell him that magic and technology don’t mix.

911bot is a chat bot that could save your life (Techcrunch) This one actually sounds interesting because it includes instructions on what to do until help arrives. since many mobile emergency calls tend to get mis-directed, this could be a lifesafer.

Parents could get sued by their kids for putting baby photos on Facebook (The Next Web) Huh? The French may be carrying privacy just a bit too far.

I just watched an infringing video and it felt pretty bad (Torrent Freak) Interesting opinion piece from the point of view from a non-creator point of view.

Library’s cord cutting puts end to unofficial sports viewing events, spurs petition (Topeka CJOnline) This is a fascinating case study into how you interpret policies. What exactly does promote literacy?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway by Peter Zheutlin for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, there is a Eton Rugged Rukus solar-powered, Bluetooth-ready, smartphone-charging speaker and a $50 BLU Advance 4.0 Unlocked Dual SIM Cellphone, 4GB, White.

There is still a promotion on the Fire HD 6 (8GB and 16 GB versions). Right now, you can also get a fie payment option. There are also still deals on pre-owned Fire tablets.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Witch of Painted Sorrows (Daughters of La Lune Series #1) for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane Series #9) by Elizabeth Hoyt for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie for $1.99.

The Kobo also has a monthly special 3 for 2 deal features books by  Grace Burrowes. The special runs until the end of month of May.:)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes A Box of Matches by Nicholson Baker 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 Deals: Blu Unlocked GSM Smartphone, more

woukTodays deals for Monday, December 21, 2015:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals include The Hope by Herman Wouk and Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Part 1, for $1.99 each. In other deals, Monday the Rabbi Took Off (The Rabbi Small Mysteries) is $1.99.

One of Today’s Deals is a BLU Vivo Air LTE Smartphone for $149. The phone is GSM and unlocked and will work on any network. (See the band requirements if you have AT&T to ensure compatibility.) There is also a special deal on various bluetooth speakers today, with prices starting at $14.99.

At Barnes and Noble, the Nook Daily Find is When Elves Attack (Serge Storms Series #14) by Tim Dorsey($1.99).  The Romance Daily Find is Second Chance Brides–2 Book Boxed Set by Wendy Lindstrom for 99 cents.

The Kobo Daily Deals is Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison for $4.99.

(Note: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.)