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.

Ellis Peters’ Cadfael mysteries available as e-books

cadfaelOver the years, I have written about a lot of my favorite books that were not available as e-books. But thanks to the explosion of tablets, smartphones as well as e-ink devices, many, many backlist titles are finally appearing in digital editions. Today, I discovered that we can add all 21 of Ellis Peters’ Cadfael mysteries to the finally available as digital editions list! I am seeing publication dates of 2014, so I may have just missed these… They were previously only available in print or as audiobooks.

The books are published by Open Media and are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes and other places where e-books are sold. The prices on the books  average in the $8 to $9 range; although today, I found the first title in the series, A Morbid Taste for Bones,  for only $3.82 ( The odd amount sounds like it might be  a price match to me.)

The Wikipedia article contains the series order and can be found here.

ETA: The Cadfael books are also available on the Scribd and Oyster services.