Daily Links and Deals: Audio cassettes are back—because hipsters

daily_links_1Daily Links for Saturday, January 30, 2016:

The internet bundle is already here (The Verge) – What would it be like if the internet has add-on tiers and bundles like cable?

Why the hell is Be Like Bill deemed a bigger privacy risk than ‘123456’ as our password? (The Next Web) – Memes and password scares. Is this our reality now?

Your parents are about to join Snapchat (if they haven’t already) (CNET) – Parents ruin everything, don’t they?

Unlicensed LTE in the 3.5GHz band could be good for enterprises (Computer World) –  Usable spectrum exists that won’t crowd out wi-fi.

MovieLaLa’s desktop GIF Maker will have you ruining Twitter feeds in minutes (The Next Web) – Because we need more GIFs….

Why the war on VPNs is one Netflix can’t win (Engadget) – Licensing rights or security? There is more at stake than protecting geo-blocked territories.

Audio cassettes are back—because hipsters (Quartz) There has been a huge increase in cassette sales. Yes, I said cassette. Will it last?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes all three books in the  The Spider Trilogy  by J.R. Rain, Scott Nicholson and Arthur Night for $1.99 each. This sounds like a fun, sexy vampire series.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  Departure by A. G. Riddle for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Night Owl by M. Pierce $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Tough Customer by Sandra Brown for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Perfekt Order (Aere Saga book 1) by ST Bende for $3.99.

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: US Commerce Department wants courts to be kinder, gentler to file sharers

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, January 29, 2016:

US Commerce Department wants courts to be kinder, gentler to file sharers (Ars Technica) – Under a proposed new adjustment to copyright law, the value of the copyright and an infringere’s ability to pay may be factors in awarding damages.

Windows 10 quick tips: How to protect your privacy (Computer World) – Windows 10 has some settings that aren’t exactly privacy friendly. Here’s a guide that can help you manage the system’s privacy settings.

This New Tool From the FTC Can Help Identity Theft Victims Fight Back (Motherboard) – Identity theft is a problem that has only increased as the world has gone digital. The effects can be devastating. The FTC is offering a new tool that help victims.

How Two Guys Built the Ultimate GIF Search Engine (Bloomberg) – Do you speak GIF? They’re not just pictures, but are a vital cultural communication tool.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes  The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson Series, Books 1-4 by Maria Murnane for $1.99 each. Also featured are books from the Sandman Slim and Graveyard Queen series.

Amazon is also offering another round of Kindle device bundles, Available are:

There are also a number Fire tablet bundles offered. Included are:

BUDGET TIP: They are a good deal, depending on your needs. If you need a power adapter and like Amazon’s Kindle covers, it’s a savings. If you use a multi-port USB charger for your devices and like 3rd party covers like the Moko,  you may be able to save more money buying separately. 🙂

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Attempting Normal by Marc Maron for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Tangible by Jody Wallace for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas for 99 cents. Until January 31st, Kobo also has a 50% off with promo code JAN1650 on a select list of books. The  Buy 2, Get 1 free sale still continues through February 1st.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.