Daily Links and Deals: The last VCR will be manufactured this month

daily_links_1Today, a story about the end of VCR manufacturing. Also, a followup on Deezer’s new music service, free courses available at iTunes U and a way to try electronics before you buy. In deals, the first three novels in the  Gaius Petreius Ruso Mystery Series for $2 each.

Daily Links for Thursday, July 21, 2016:

iTunes U: Free education to make you smarter (Macworld) You can use iTunes for more than just music and apps. You can find courses from universities from all over the world for free.

The last VCR will be manufactured this month (Quartz) It’s been a good 40 year run, but even Walmart stopped carrying VHS tapes a long time ago.

Firefox will start blocking Flash content next month (PC World) Since Flash is not safe, this is a good thing.

Deezer Is Launching the Strangest Free Access Tier In the World (Digital Music News) A followup to yesterday’s news. So Deezer is starting with paid and adding free later?

Grover lets you rent electronics on the cheap (Techcrunch) This is a great idea for people who want to make sure they really like tech … or to make sure it really works as promised.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features the first three books in Ruth Downie’s Gaius Petreius Ruso Mystery Series, including Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire.

In Today’s Deals, savings on select CRKT and Kershaw Knives and Tools.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a collection of twelve Star Trek movie novels for $2.00 each. The Romance Daily Find is Midnight’s Kiss (Elder Races Series #8) by Thea Harrison.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Widow’s War by Sally Cabot Gunning. The Extra Daily Deal is Must Love Chainmail: A Time Travel Romance by Angela Quarles. Also at Kobo, Kids & Teen titles at $4.99 & under.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Drafter by Kim Harrison.

(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: Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains steam

daily_links_1Today, news that carriers are agreeing to turn on the FM radio switch that is probably already in your smartphone. Also, news on Chinese instruments for GarageBand, Firefox extensions, good news from Twitter and a post about  Goodreads’ new deals newsletter. In deals, savings on TP-LINK networking products and a bargain on the Kindle HD 6 for Kids tablet (and why you should buy the 16GB version!).

Daily Links for Tuesday, May 17, 2016:

Apple’s GarageBand picks up traditional Chinese sounds and instruments in new update (Techcrunch) I can’t wait to try this on my iPad! This allows for a new level of musical creativity.

Twitter will reportedly stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit (The Verge) This, if true, is great news. Being able to have more characters, plus a link or a photo will add to the usability of Twitter.

Digital Assistants Get Women’s Names—Unless They’re ‘Lawyers’ (Motherboard) Um, this is really disturbing. “Subservient”? Really?

15 useful extensions to improve Firefox (CNET) If you are a Firefox user, these are all useful extensions.

This nifty earpiece will translate your conversations in real-time (The Next Web) If you are a fan of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to  the Galaxy, you may find this somewhat familiar…

Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains steam as carriers agree to flip the switch (9 to 5 Google) Finally! This is great news. If your phone is capable of this, why not be able to use it? After all, OTA radio is not quite dead yet.

Goodreads Deals: A New Way to Promote Your Ebooks to Millions of Goodreads Members (U.S. Market) (Goodreads) Goodreads is now offering their own bargain books newsletter.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The 5 A.M. Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals,  up to 40% off select TP-LINK networking products and the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition Tablet, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB with Kid-Proof Case. Note that you can get the 8GB version for $100. The 16GB is $20 more, but I have read too many comments from parents who said the kids ran out of room on the 8GB version. The 16GB is the better buy!

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell for $1.99.  The Extra Daily Deal is Katerina Carter Color of Money Mystery Boxed Set: Books 1-3 by Colleen Cross for $4.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes None of Your Business by Valerie Block for 99 cents.

Google has a Bad Boys of Romance promotion.

(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.