Daily Links and Deals: Amazon’s next-gen Echo may be a giant speaker with a touchscreen

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 29,  2016:

Amazon’s next-gen Echo may be a giant speaker with a touchscreen (PC World) I could enjoy this. Then,  I wouldn’t have to stop the music and say, “Alexa, what song is this?”

$89 Linux laptop? Check out the new Pinebook from Raspberry Pi rival Pine (ZD Net) I’ve never used Linux, but I would give this a try when its available….

Playing with Fire: Hacking Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet (Lilputing) If you want to try hacking your tablet but are afraid of bricking it, you may want to start with the $50 version.

AT&T launches streaming TV service to compete with Vue, Sling (ComputerWorld) Another service aimed at cord-cutters. And, the pricing may not be as clear cut as it seems.

AT&T just declared war on an open internet (and us) (The Verge) Related to the piece above. This sounds like a net neutrality nightmare.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Not So Much, Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick. You can also find The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year by Jonathan Strahan for $1.99.

Today’s Deals include slippers, pajamas and Back to the Future movies. I am sensing a trend here….

 

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. The Romance Daily Find is A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River Series #4) by Robyn Carr.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Furiously Happy A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson. The Extra Daily Deal is The Tourist by Robert Dickinson.

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. Get free shipping through December 31, 2016 on devices. (The Aura One is still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ still has a collection of limited-time deals that includes A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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: We’re Not Ready for Online Voting

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, October 27,  2016:

Streaming TV bundle roundup: Everything we know so far (PC World) Some of these services are not available yet, but it looks like there will be more choices for cord cutting than ever.

London’s New Wi-Fi Kiosks Won’t Have Public Browsing Due to NYC’s Porn Problem (Motherboard) Guess who won;t be making that mistake again – and guess who suffers  for it?

BREAKING: Twitter is killing Vine (The Next Web) R.I.P. You can also read the notice from Vine’s blog on Medium here.

Google’s new art filters are like Prisma on steroids – but you can’t use them yet (The Next Web) I love Prisma, but I really want this!

FCC imposes ISP privacy rules and takes aim at mandatory arbitration (Ars Technica) Among other things, the FCC wants ISPs to to use opt-in mechanisms for sharing users’ information.

We’re Not Ready for Online Voting (Gizmodo) This subject has come up frequently during this election. This article looks at why we are still not there yet (unfortunately).

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Charming (Pax Arcana Book 1) by Elliott James.

In Today’s Deals, a Tripp Lite 1500VA UPS Back Up, AVR, LCD Display, 10 Outlets, 120V 900W, Tel & Coax Protection, USB (SMART1500LCDT). Also,  up to 50% Off American Tourister luggage sets.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy E. Herman. The Romance Daily Find is Primal Force (K-9 Rescue Series #3) by D. D. Ayres.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Miniaturist A Novel by Jessie Burton. The Extra Daily Deal is To Love a Cowboy: A Historical Western Duet, 2 complete novels by Patricia McLinn.

Also, a selection of titles called Romance On The Ice for $4.99 or Less until October Until October 31st.

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 out of stock until November 1, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes This Side of Heaven by .Karen Kingsbury.

Google Books has a selection of Halloween Horror Sale: chills and thrills under $5.

(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: 6 reasons a library card is more useful than you think

daily_links_1Today, an article about how a library card is can still enrich your child’s life. Also, two stories about New York City broadband problems, HBO and Cinemax are still expanding their apps’ reach and the EU promises free WiFi for everyone. In deals, a Cuisinart 5-in-i griddler (that also makes pannini – yum!).

Daily Links for day, September 15 2016:

6 reasons a library card is more useful than you think (BabyCenter) This article asks the question “Can your local public library still enrich your kid’s life?”

New York City Threatens To Sue Verizon For Failure To Meet Fiber Deployment Promises (Techdirt) This happens over and over and it is one of the reasons we need municipal broadband as an option.

New York kiosks offering public web browsing are being used for porn (Mashable) That free wi-fi is causing a bit of a stir because of how it is being used.

Cable continues to crumble: HBO, Cinemax coming to Sony’s PlayStation Vue service (PC World) The former cord-cutting holdouts are continuing to explore new outlets for their apps.

European Union pledges free Wi-Fi for all citizens by 2020 (The Next Web) Bold premise, I haope they are watching New York City….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley and The Golden Barbarian (Sedikhan Book 1) by Iris Johansen.

In Today’s Deals, the Cuisinart GR-4NR 5-in-1 Griddler, Silver, Red Dials.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Changing Season by Steven Manchester. The Romance Daily Find is All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue: The Debutante Files by Sophie Jordan.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dishing the Dirt: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton. The Extra Daily Deal is Love Hawaiian Style, Aloha Series, Books 1-3 by Chris Keniston.

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 out of stock until September 23, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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: Sales at B and N Down Over 6% in Q1

daily_links_1Today, Barnes and Noble reports their Q1 earnings and the results are not pretty. Also some news a couple of interesting stories from yesterday’s Apple event (We all heard about the headphone jack beforehand, right?). And, news on cord cutting, Twitters new changes to direct messages and a piece on downsizing your library. In deals, $20 off Madden NFL 17.

Daily Links for Thursday, September 8, 2016:

Apple just made replacing your cracked iPhone screen more affordable (CNET) Update to AppleCare+ warranty lowers the cost of fixing a cracked screen to $29.

Apple’s New iPhone Doesn’t Have A Headphone Jack, What Does That Mean For Your Car? (Jalopnik) Headphone are one thing, but how do you connect on the road? The age of your vehicle and the design of the stereo system are pivotal.

Cord cutting is a bigger bargain than ever (PC World) A run through the numbers based on current prices and options.

Don’t Worry, Here’s How You Can Disable Twitter DM Read Receipts (Motherboard) If you hate auto DMs and check out my Facebook messages as much as I do, you may appreciate learning how to turn it off.

Sales at B&N Down Over 6% in Q1 (Publishers Weekly) This is not surprising for so many reasons….

Downsizing My Library for My Tiny House (Read it Forward) How do you decide which books belong in your life?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner.

In Today’s Deals, save on Madden NFL 17 for Xbox and Playstation.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a collection of Star Trek novels for $1.99 each to celebrate the series 50th anniversary. The Romance Daily Find is Seek Me with All Your Heart (Land of Canaan Series #1) by Beth Wiseman.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is All In (High Stakes Book 1) by Simona Ahrnstedt. The Extra Daily Deal is Savannah’s Song (South of Forever Book 2) by Elizabeth Barone.

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.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Adverbs A Novel by Daniel Handler.

Google Books has a selection of Big Books, Big Deals (up to 75% off).

(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: Kobo, OverDrive Post Instructions on How to Use Library eBooks on the Aura One

daily_links_1If you were looking for more info on how OverDrive works on the new Kobo e-readers, there’s news. Also, news on OpenOffice, a how-to on watching the NFL games without cable, The Reading Room re-brands and more. In deals, savings on PC storage and networking products.

Daily Links for Wednesday, September 7, 2016:

Kobo, OverDrive Post Instructions on How to Use Library eBooks on the Aura One (The Digital Reader) Well, this isn’t what I hoped for with this feature…. 😦

OpenOffice is dead. Long live LibreOffice (ZD Net) Why is one dying and the other doing just fine? Here’s the history behind this.

Consumers have no right to buy a PC without an OS, European court rules (PC World) Ah, France. Here’s an argument for building your own computer.

How to Watch the NFL Without Cable TV (Motherboard) A primer for cord-cutting football fans.

Customers want their headphone jack. Apple doesn’t care (Quartz) Apple is pushing back against the tradition business model of the customer is always right.

The Reading Room, Renamed Bookstr, Debuts New Website (Publishers Weekly) By re-branding, this service hopes to attract millennials.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Wishes (The Montgomery/Taggert Family Book 7) by Jude Deveraux.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 50% off select PC storage and networking products (includes extension drives, SD cards, routers, WiFi extenders and more).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Quirk: Brain Science Makes Sense of Your Peculiar Personality by Hannah Holmes. The Romance Daily Find is Off the Hook by Laura Drewry.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Mother Teresa An Authorized Biography by Kathryn Spink. The Extra Daily Deal is AT Once An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 3 by John W. Mefford. 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.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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: Lots Of Newspapers Discovering That Paywalls Don’t Work

daily_links_1Today, a look why paywalls aren’t working for newspapers. Also, Google is ditching Hangouts in favor of You Tube Live and launching a Facetime alternative and two articles on how the numbers for cable subscribers and library users in the UK are falling. In deals, luggage and backpack deals and continued back to school deals on Kindles and Fire tablets.

Daily Links for Tuesday, August 16, 2016:

Lots Of Newspapers Discovering That Paywalls Don’t Work (Techdirt) Any more, people read articles, they don’t read magazines and newspapers in the same way they used to….

Google is ditching ‘Hangouts On Air’ in favor of YouTube Live (The Next Web) The end is coming fast.

Every major cable TV company lost subscribers last quarter (Ars Technica) ISPs, however, are doing just fine. Cord-cutters still need the internet.

Google launches Duo, its cross-platform answer to FaceTime, for Android and iOS (PC World) Let’s see if this app can take on Facetime and Skype.

Adult library usage falls ‘significantly’ across all groups (The Bookseller) It is very likely that the catastrophic number of library closings in the UK is affecting this number.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Tidewater Inn (The Hope Beach Series Book 1) by Colleen Coble.

In Today’s Deals, up to 60% off luggage and backpacks and deals on iOttie car mount phone holders.

Back to school savings on select Kindles, Fire tablets and Alexa devices. For a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and $20 off the basic Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite.  You can also find savings on the Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet (Wi-Fi and 4G LTE),  the Fire HD 6 Tablet and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives by Theresa Brown.       The Romance Daily Find is Unleashed by Rachel Lacey.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola. The Extra Daily Deal is Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight The Negative Calorie Effect by Neal Barnard, M.D.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Marley & Me by John Grogan.

Google Books has a Sensational Sci-Fi Sale, a selection of SF books under $4.

(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: Bookstagramming: It’s a thing

daily_links_1Today, a look at an the notion of posting book pictures on Instagram. Also, a lawsuit over manipulative upgrades to Windows 10, what Comcast thinks about streaming and a glimpse of how seductive (and dangerous) free Wi-Fi really is. In deals, Rock Band 4 bundles and savings on headphones.

Daily Links for Friday, July 29, 2016:

Comcast’s Still Not Sure There’s Any Money In This Whole “Streaming” Thing (The Consumerist) It seems abundantly clear that Comcast doesn’t get the whole streaming and cord-cutting thing….

Florida men sue Microsoft over ‘coerced’ upgrades to Windows 10 (Computer World) Is this going to have the impact of the Internet Explorer case? This will be an interesting one to watch.

Bookstagramming: It’s a thing (Crain’s Chicago Business) Even people who only read ebooks (like me) like pretty pictures of books. What’s not to love? PS: It doesn’t necessarily indicate digital fatigue.

The dangerous cost of ‘free’ Wi-Fi  (PC World) It might surprise you to see just how willing people are to contact to a free Wi-Fi spot….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Bringing Delaney Home (A Cates Brothers Book) by Lee Kilraine.

In Today’s DealsRock Band 4 – Band In A Box Bundle and select AKG Over the Ear and JBL In-Ear Headphones.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Reawakened by Colleen Houck. The Romance Daily Find is Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Everything I Left Unsaid A Novel by M. O’Keefe. The Extra Daily Deal is Radio Shangri-La
What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth by Lisa Napoli.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm.

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book 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.