Daily Links and Deals: What are phone jammers trying to tell us?

daily_links_1Today, a story that makes us think about our obsessive use of cell phones and why people feel entitled to jam their signals. Also, articles on the stories newspapers publish, using Google maps offline, upcoming changes to Hulu and how your memory may jeopardize your security. In deals, a monochrome laser printer and a deal on an electric shaver (graduation gift time!).

Daily Links for Monday, May 30, 2016:

How to Use Google Maps Without An Internet Connection (Time) I wish I had known about this tip last weekend when I was tooling around an unfamiliar city.

How Many Stories Do Newspapers Publish Per Day? (The Atlantic) All of these are vying for your attention. Maybe this is why we can’t keep up!

Hulu may lose most of its anime catalog come June (update) (Engadget) For years, Hulu has been the go to  service for Anime. This change will be a big change to the landscape.

What are phone jammers trying to tell us? (ComputerWorld) I found this a somewhat provocative piece. How far would you go for some peace and quiet?

Why relying on your memory could compromise your security (The Next Web) Do we overestimate our memories in this department? Or is the sheer volume of passwords and their necessary complexity just too overwhelming?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes the first five books in the Stacy Justice mysteries for $1.99 each.

In Today’s Deals, the Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 8950/90 and a Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find offers a collection of books honoring men at war for Memorial Day. The Romance Daily Find is Ever After by Odessa Gillespie Black for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford for $2.99. The Extra Daily Deal is Midsummer Suspense Tales – Volume I Box Set by Asha King for $3.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes War by Sebastian Junger 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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Is a phone an e-reading device?

There was a post on Digital Book World today that caught my attention. The headline read: “Apple Pumps Another 60 Million E-Reading Devices Into Market.”

Whoa. Sixty million. Pretty impressive. The problem is, Apple doesn’t actually make a dedicated e-reading device. And, sure enough, buried in the middle of the short piece are the words:

… publishers should be more interested in the 16 million iPads and nearly 44 million iPhones the company sold last quarter. Each one is a potential ebook reading device.

Yes, note those words. “A potential ebook reading device.” While you can arguably read on a tablet sized device, thinking of a cell phone as an reader is a totally different story.

Personally, as someone who defines an e-book reading device as a device designed or purchased primarily for reading e-books, I find the article’s title rather misleading. Few of us actually purchase our phones for reading. I will certainly argue that there is a huge difference between reading on your phone while standing in line at the grocery store and using your phone for your primary e-reader, particularly if you are a heavy reader of e-books. And I say this as someone who owns a large-screen Galaxy Note II that has almost every e-reading app you can think of installed on her phone! While you certainly can read on your cell phone, using it as your primary e-reader for any length of time is a less than satisfying experience.

I would be interested in seeing current statistics on this as the reading landscape is changing.

So, how about you? Do you use your phone as a primary e-reader?