Daily Links and Deals: iPhone Bug Can Force Phones to Repeatedly Call 911

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, November 10,  2016:

The best messaging apps with end-to-end encryption (Greenbot.com) Privacy concerns seem to be exploding since Tuesday. Even Whats App is rolling out two-factor authentication.

Facebook buys black market passwords to keep your account safe (CNET) I get the idea here, but the thought of Facebook tracking down my other info on the internet kind of creeps me out.

You can now send people money on PayPal by shouting at Siri (The Verge) Wow, sending money keeps getting easier and easier….

iPhone Bug Can Force Phones to Repeatedly Call 911 (Gizmodo) And Apple really, really needs to patch this.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 40% on select Ravensburger and Wonder Forge games. Also, Mad Men: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray + Digital HD].

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 Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts by Jackie Alpers.        The Romance Daily Find is Don’t Die, My Love by Lurlene McDaniel.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner. The Extra Daily Deal is I Wish (I Wish Book 1) by Elizabeth Langston.

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.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Mud Sisters by Edie Claire.

Google Books has a selection of Start a New Mystery titles, a first in series sale.

(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: Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, October 28,  2016:

You need an adapter (or a new cable) to plug your iPhone into the new MacBook Pros (The Verge) Why shouldn’t you ahve to pay an extra $25 to be able to charge your phone?

An education expert says reading to kids makes them more curious than giving them phones or tablets (Business Insider) We still keep going ’round about what the “experts” consider to be right way to deal with technology for our children.

This endless 80s-inspired pinball game is ridiculously addictive (The Next Web) Okay, pinball wizards!  This really looks like fun.

Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race (ProPublica) This is so wrong, deeply disturbing and, absolutely illegal.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Forgetting Time: A Novel by Sharon Guskin. (This one is my must buy for the day!)

In Today’s Deals, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate All in One Remote with Customizable Touch Screen and Closed Cabinet RF Control – Black.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham. The Romance Daily Find is Welcoming the Bad Boy: A Hero’s Welcome Novel by Annie Rains.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Ice Twins: A Novel by S.K. Tremayne. The Extra Daily Deal is Primal Force (A K-9 Rescue Novel Book 3) by D. D. Ayres.

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 Pumpkintown Perils (the first four Wild Wild Witch mysteries) by Aubrey Law.

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: The death of the headphone jack is all about the iPhone 8

daily_links_1Today, an article that speculates on the reason the headphone jack is disappearing from the iPhone 7. Also, the war between Facebook and ad blockers is getting interesting, Microsoft backs down on cancelling Windows 7 support, Gooogle+ is no longer a requirement and archivists struggle with now obsolete formats to preserve the past. In deals, save on the Fire HD 6 and the HD 10.

Daily Links for Friday, August 12, 2016:

Ad blockers circumvent Facebook’s unblockable ads (PC World) And, to counter, now Facebook rolls out code to nullify Adblock Plus’ workaround (Techcrunch). This promises to be interesting, doesn’t it?

Microsoft relents on shorter Windows 7 support decree (Computer World) The tech giant is backing off ending support for older versions of the OS.

The death of the headphone jack is all about the iPhone 8 (Mashable) So maybe the headphone jack goes missing now so we can all vent our anger on this iteration of the iPhone, allowing the next one to prosper.

Archivists Grapple With Problems Of Preserving Recent Culture Held On Tape Cassettes And Floppy Drives (Techdirt) It used to be the case that all our records were on paper, That’s changed over the last 30 years and presents challenges for archivists and historians.

The Google Play Store is stripping away most tie-ins to Google+ (PC World) No, you are not going to need a Google+ account to use most services any more.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon has the Fire HD 6 (my favorite Fire tablet) for $69.99. The Fire HD 10 Tablet is also on sale for $50 off.

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes  Ask : The counterintuitive online formula to discover exactly what your customers want to buy…create a mass of raving fans…and take any business to the next level by Ryan Levesque and Feed (Newsflesh Book 1) by Mira Grant.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Lost Treasures of R&B by Nelson George. The Romance Daily Find is Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad by Liz Langley.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert. The Extra Daily Deal is Halfhead by Stuart B. MacBride.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum.

Google Books has a selection of The Winningest Deals’ books for 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: Why Audio Is Better Than Print

daily_links_1Today, a look at why audio is better than print. Also, news on Google Fiber high speed wireless tests, calls for Congress to change the laws about municipal broadband, library roles in providing services for the homeless, and how Facebook may be the one to tip the scales in the ad blocker war. In deals, a Dyson cordless vacuum and savings on a selection of Nerf toys.

Daily Links for Thursday, August 11, 2016:

Google Fiber to test home wireless internet in up to 24 US areas (Engadget) High speed wireless is being tested, but you won’t have access to it yet.

Congress Should Support Community Broadband Networks, Advocates Say (Motherboard) While the FCC mulls what to after yesterday’s loss for municipal broadband rights is triggering calls for lawmakers to step in.

Why Audio Is Better Than Print (Digital Book World) We talk a lot about which format is better, ebooks or print. Here’s an opinion piece on audio versus print.

Public libraries are serving the homeless more than just books (Southern California Public Radio) The homeless bring special needs to the library that regular users don’t have.

How Facebook Could Change Ad Blocking (Plagiarism Today) Facebook’s tech expertise and sheer size may mean it is the only player that can force a change in the ad blocking battle.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes books in the John Russell series by David Downing.

In Today’s Deals, a refurbished Dyson V6 Slim Cordless Vacuum and up to 50% off select NERF toys.

Also today, save $25 on the Kindle Voyage Essentials Bundle. Amazon also has the Fire HD 6 (my favorite Fire tablet) for $69.99. The Fire HD 10 Tablet on sale for $50 off.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Last Summer of the Camperdowns: A Novel by Elizabeth Kelly. The Romance Daily Find is Taking Heart by T. J. Kline.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is True Believer by Nicholas Sparks. The Extra Daily Deal is DAKAR: The Savoi Affair by Lavina Giamusso.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

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: Twitter is notifying affected users after millions of login details leaked

daily_links_1Today, Twitter is notifying users who may be affected by this latest password leak. (They are still saying it is not a hack.) Also, Google will stop updating older Chromebooks, why robocallers can still call you on your cell and a scary UK startup that reads private conversations to see if you are likely to pay your rent. In deals, a huge set of tools and a Bruaun shaver.

Daily Links for day, June 10, 2016:

Why robocallers can stalk you on your cell phone (PC World) Outdated laws make it easy for telemarketers and scammers to have their way.

Google Will Stop Updating Older Chromebooks From This Month (OMG Google) Important information to read if you have an older Chromebook.

Startup lets landlords scan tenants’ Facebook to check if they can pay rent (The Verge) Scanning social media is bad enough, but “private conversations” are included as well!

Twitter is notifying affected users after millions of login details leaked (PC World) I have This isn’t stopping anytime soon, so it’s time to buckle down and get secure.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs and speculative thriller Three Days in April by Edward Ashton.

In Today’s Deals, a Crescent CTK170CMP2 Mechanics Tool Set, 170-Piece. Also, the Braun Series 9 Electric Shaver. Also, the Fire HD 10 tablet is still $50 off. The 16GB version is only $179.99. The tablet is also available in both 32GB and 64GB models.

At Barnes and Noble Nook. today marks the start of B-Fest, a three-day event in Barnes & Noble stores celebrating the best books for teens. Today’s Daily Find offers up to 70% off teen and young adult novels. The Romance Daily Find is Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs for $3.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels Book 3) by Loretta Chase 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 Links and Deals: Reuters finds readers want quality news, but aren’t willing to pay for it

daily_links_1Today, a recent study shows that readers want quality news but still don’t want to have to pay for it. Also, an apartment complex tries to implement the social media policy from Hell, tips for guarding your info on Facebook and Google, and free magazines documenting the philosophy behind the Expressionism movement (it is more than just art). In deals, savings on Pebble smartwatches.

Daily Links for Friday, June 3, 2016:

Apartment Building Attempts To Coerce Tenants Into Crazy Social Media Policy Post-Lease (TechDirt) Just wait until your Homeowners’ Association tries this!

Stop Facebook tracking you across the web, change these settings (ZD Net) This applies even if you do not have a Facebook account…. Yes, really!

Download 336 Issues of the Avant-Garde Magazine The Storm (1910-1932), Featuring the Work of Kandinsky, Klee, Moholy-Nagy & More (Open Culture) Spectacular resource for looking at the roots of Expressionism.

This App Maps Your Face Wrinkles to Help You Deal With Aging (Motherboard) Um. Not sure how I feel about this one. Do I really need to be reminded of this?

How to listen to, and delete, your Google Now voice history (Techcrunch) Google, we had not idea you were saving so much info on us! I mean, we knew, but WOW!

Reuters finds readers want quality news, but aren’t willing to pay for it (Digiday) And this is a problem. Now what do publishers do?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Thunder Point Series Books 1-3: The Wanderer\The Newcomer\The Hero by Robyn Carr for $1.99. Also, Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness by Tal Ben-Shahar for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, savings on select Pebble Time smartwatches.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel by Anita Diamant for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Devil Wears Spurs: A Texas Kings Novel by Soraya Lane for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is “A” is for Alibi: Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (Book 1) by Sue Grafton for $2.99. The Extra Daily Deal is Seized by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders, Book 1) by Melissa Foster for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Fixed In Fear: A Justice Novel by T.E. Woods 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 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.