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.

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Daily Links and Deals – RIP: Nexus 9 dies a silent death as it disappears from the Google Store

daily_links_1Today, the Nexus 9 is no more, an interesting piece on how old family photos find a new purpose in art, a look at the excitement that we used to find in gadgets. In Deals, Amazon is having device sales for Mother’s Day and Kobo is having a Buy One, Get One sale.

Daily Links for Thursday, April 28, 2016:

RIP: Nexus 9 dies a silent death as it disappears from the Google Store (9 to 5 Google) The Nexus 9 never seemed to be as popular a device as its 7 inch brother…. And, yeah, it was overpriced.

The Digital Afterlife of Lost Family Photos (NYT) An interesting and poignant piece. How do we label this? Is it art, history or intrusion?

Intel looks to replace headphone jacks with Type-C connector (Computer World) That story about Apple getting rid of the headphone jack in new devices is starting to sound more plausible.

Mossberg: When gadgets were king (The Verge) This story took me back. Leave a comment if you ever struggled to connect a 2400-baud modem.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell, a Cinderella re-telling, for $2.99.

There’s still time for gifts for Mother’s Day! Amazon has some deals on both e-ink Kindles and Fire tablets. First, you can get $20 off the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle for Kids bundle.  Amazon is also offering the Fire HD 10 for $50 off for a limited time.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, and deals on pre-owned Fire tablets. I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order. Current delivery date is June 1, 2016.

You can also take advantage of a trade-in offer from Amazon on your old Fire tablet. The clock is ticking on this offer. Trade-in must be completed by May 9, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France by Richard Goodman for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Destiny of the Wolf by Terry Spear for 99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Uninvited by Cat Winters for $1.99.

Kobo is also having a Buy One Get One free sale, ends May 2, 2016.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Past Crimes: A Van Shaw Novel by Glenn Erik Hamilton for $1.99.

Google has a selection of Limited-Time 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.

Daily Links: Paying full price for your new phone is a good idea

daily_links_1Daily Links for day, January 10, 2016:

Paying full price for your new phone is a good idea (CNET)- This is a big change for a lot of people, but once you have tried it, you may not want to go back.

Bonaverde Plans To Reinvent The Way You Drink Coffee (Techcrunch) – Because, coffee…

Headphone makers quietly prepare for the iPhone 7 (The Verge) – Yet a third angle on this story: the headphone manufacturers themselves.

Deals of the Day:

The Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal selection includes all four books in the The Warrior Chronicles series by K.F. Breene for $1.99 each.

And, as one of their Today’s Deals, Amazon has the 8GB  BLU Life One 4G LTE Smartphone – GSM Unlocked for $99 and the 16GB BLU Vivo Air LTE Smartphone – GSM Unlocked for $149.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat, and Tweet Your Way to Success by Barbara Pachter for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Watch the Wall, My Darling by Jane Aiken Hodge for $2.99.

The Kobo Daily Find is Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs for $1.99. And through 1/11/16, Kobo is still offering a New Reads for the New Year! Buy One, Get One FREE deal and one for 30% Off Sale on Select eBook Box Sets with Promo Code: BOX30. .

iTunes hasn’t added any new books to their Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 deals.

Today, the Google Play Books store is featuring 80% off the first books in the romance genre.

(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: You Can Kiss Your 3.5mm Headphone Jack Goodbye

daily_links_1Daily Links for today, January 6, 2016:

You Can Kiss Your 3.5mm Headphone Jack Goodbye (Digital Music News) – This has big implications for tablets, e-readers and definitely audiobooks!

iOS eBook reading app updates: NOOK gains 3D Touch support, Kobo, Scribd apps are updated (Talking New Media) – Information on the latest IOS updates for reading apps.

Dell Has Been Hacked, and Scammers Have Its Customer Database (The Digital Reader) – In case you missed this story. As a long-time Dell customer, this ruined my day.

Digital eye strain worse for multitaskers, survey finds (Chicago Tribune) – We hear a lot about the mental aspects of multitasking, this is interesting info on the physical effects.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Robert Ludlum’s (TM) The Utopia Experiment (A Covert-One novel Book 10) and Fern Michaels’ Betrayal, each $1.99.

Barnes and Noble Nook Romance Daily Find is Holt’s Gamble (Wild Western Hearts Series, Book 1) by Barbara Ankrum for $1.99. They also have a selection of Great Reads Under $5.00.

The Kobo Daily Deal is Tempted by Your Touch by Jen Holling from the Brides of the Bloodstone series, $1.99.

iTunes Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Assassin’s Blade (The Throne of Glass Novellas) by Sarah J. Maas for $2.99.

Cross-platform publisher deals for today:

The City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Google and iTunes).

Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Google and iTunes).

(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: The Secret in the Old VCR Tapes

daily_links_1Today’s interesting links and finds:

The Secret in the Old VCR Tapes (ReCode) – This speaks on so many levels. With rapidly changing technology, who do we entrust our memories to?

No headphone jack? Some tech writers can’t imagine it (Talking New Media) – Are plug-in headphones going the way of the CD and DVD drive?

Town that has no cell phone service loses its primary Internet provider (Ars Technica) – Disconnected. This is truly terrifying.

Why We Need a Streaming Service for News (Media Shift) – Is this really the next logical evolution of news?

Amazon’s Fire tablets now have a blue light filter to help you sleep after nighttime reading (The Next Web) – The latest update to the Fire aims to make it easier to read at night on a backlit device.

Deals and Finds of the Day:

On the Kindle Daily Deals pages, Amazon has several lists of booksin the history, mystery, thriller and sci-fi and fantesy genres that are reduced in price through December 31, 2015.  I found a book on Sumi-e: The Art of Japanese Ink Painting in the history category.

Barnes and Noble has 19 Christmas-themed romances and mysteries for the Nook Daily Find.

Kobo has The Bees by Laline Paull for only $1.99 at , Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

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.