Daily Links and Deals: Build 14971 offers a better way to read PDFs, e-books

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, November 18,  2016:

Google+ Sign-In method for third-party apps and services finally being replaced (9 to 5 Google) It’s more than just a different logo….

Apple Acknowledges iPhone ‘Touch Disease,’ Wants You to Pay $149 to Fix It (Motherboard) A charge is ridiculous after all the reports of the problem.At some point, there needs to be a fix for companies not coming clean about defects.

Amazon Alexa to send hands-free text messages for AT&T customers (ZD Net) I want this! Your move, T-Mobile.

Dog Parker is a high-tech parking spot… for your dog (The Next Web) I love how technology is making being a pet parent easier. My dog wants to know if it dispenses treats.

Build 14971 offers a better way to read PDFs, e-books, Paint 3D Preview, & more (The Windows Club News) Soon, you’ll be able to read DRM-free epub files in your Edge browser. Not sure that that’s exactly a better way, but…

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes burners by Bob Mayer, Deb Cavanaugh.

In Today’s Deals, a Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet vacuum.

Today onlyAmazon Prime will be available for just $79.

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 Just Life: A Novel by Neil Abramson. The Romance Daily Find is The Emperor’s Arrow by Lauren D.M. Smith.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Just Life: A Novel by Neil Abramson.  The Extra Daily Deal is The Orphan Mother A Novel by Robert Hicks.

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 Gone with the Mind by Mark Leyner.

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.

Deadline looms for free Windows 10 upgrade

windows-upgradeIf you have been holding off on upgrading to Windows 10, you are almost out of time to get the free upgrade. The deadline for reserving your copy is July 29, 2016. You are supposed to be able to reserve a copy, even if you don’t install it.(Here’s how to do it.) After the 29th, the upgrade will set you back $120.

A lot of people have been put off by Microsoft’s aggressive (and sneaky) push to get users to install the new version. Some computer experts likened Microsoft’s deceptive actions to malware. I know it took over and installed itself on my husband’s laptop, without permission. We had to roll back immediately because much of his specialized music software would not work on Windows 10.

When my computer hard drive died on me last month, I bought a new Windows 10 machine as replacement. Much of the software I’d been running on the old machine would not work on Windows 10. I am still scrounging for replacements for voice recognition, photo and video editing software. I am still trying to get one of my scanners to work properly. So your choice to upgrade may be strongly influenced by the software and peripherals you use.

Be aware that the new OS is also a privacy nightmare. Thanks to Microsoft’s new freemium model, I found out that you can’t even play a game of solitaire on the new system without being logged in and tracked. 😦

If you do upgrade, or if you already have, you should also note that Microsoft is making some changes to Windows 10 with its upcoming Anniversary update. One of the most disturbing changes is that you lose the ability to turn Cortana off. Since I prefer Google to Bing as a search default, this is probably going to be a big deal for me.

If you have decided not to upgrade your present computer, the good news is that after July 29th, Microsoft has promised that it will turn off the update nag screens (and presumably the sneaky installs). Microsoft has promised that this is the last version of Windows, making it a sure thing that if you buy another Windows machine, sooner or later, you’ll be running Windows 10.