Daily Links and Deals: There’s E Ink everything now, even wallets

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, November 30,  2016:

How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone From Anywhere In The World (Vanity Fair) This may be a bit TL;DR for some, but it is fascinating case study on malware and cyber security issues.

Netflix for Android now lets you download videos to watch offline (9 to 5 Google) This is huge!  Related: How to watch Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services offline with PlayOn Cloud (from PC World).

Spotify is using billboards to call users out on their questionable listening habits (The Next Web) Funny? Yes. But the privacy concern outweigh that. And it skates dangerously close to shaming people for their music choices.

There’s E Ink everything now, even wallets (The Verge) Um… I am kind of scratching my head at this one. I get the premise, but black and white e-ink? Seriously?

Twitter now ranks your conversations based on who replies (Engadget) Why won’t they just leave Twitter alone?

Yes, the U.K. now has a law to log web users’ browsing behavior, hack devices and limit encryption (Techcrunch) This Investigatory Powers law is pretty scary, especially because of how many people can access the information without a warrant.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features popular reads on Kindle for $2.99, including Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 1) by Stephen King.

In Today’s Deals, Sony H.ear on Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (only the Charcoal Black ones are on sale).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully by Arielle Eckstut, David Henry Sterry. The Romance Daily Find is The Forbidden Man (Edge of Scandal Series #1) by Elle Wright.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth. The Extra Daily Deal is Come Home to Sweetgrass Boxed Set: Books 1-3 Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs (plus bonus Christmas novella) by Jean Brashear.

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’ still has a collection of limited-time deals that includes Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa.

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: INDIA – Books, music downloads from foreign sites will be costlier from Dec 1

daily_links_1Daily Links for Monday, November 14, 2016:

Your iPhone’s has a hidden signal strength meter (ZD Net) This hack shows you how to use it.

Signal Downloads Spiked After Election Results (Motherboard) Post-election, encrypted messaging app Signal has a lot of new users.

Federal judge orders Amazon to refund in-app purchases made by children (The Verge) Amazon is paying the price for not warning parents about in-app purchases in children’s games.

Amazon Japan’s manga-centric Kindle is all about storage (Engadget) Alook at a Manga-optimized Kindle sold by Amazon Japan.

INDIA: Books, music downloads from foreign sites will be costlier from Dec 1 (The Hindu Business Line) A 15 percent excise tax is designed to level the playing field for domestic retailers.

AdultFriendFinder network hack exposes 412 million accounts (ZD Net) This adult dating and entertainment company’s poor security practices are supposedly to blame for the breach.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Shady Cross by James Hankins.

In Today’s Deals, RAVPower battery power banks.

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 NIV, Lifehacks Bible, eBook: Practical Tools for Successful Spiritual Habits by Kevin DeYoung. The Romance Daily Find is Much Ado About Highlanders by May McGoldrick.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Kobo Presents The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, John Helfers, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Higgins Clark, and many others. The Extra Daily Deal is Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy Book 1) by J.R. Ward.

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 Careless People by Sarah Churchwell.

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: 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: Let this retro WordArt generator take you back to 1997

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 8, 2016:

Android Auto gets rid of that pesky car requirement (PC World)Now you use your Android phone in your car without the Android hardware.

Listen to iBooks read by your iPhone: How To Video (CNET) Yes, your iPhone can also read your books to you.

How to follow the 2016 election results online (The Verge) And just cross your fingers that the internet doesn’t slow to a crawl or crash.

More pop might be in store for e-readers thanks to colorful graphene balloons (New Atlas) Are you still holding out for some color?

Let this retro WordArt generator take you back to 1997 (The Verge) Raise your hand if you remember this.

Authors on the 2016 Presidential Election (Publishers Weekly) Not surpisingly, authors have some pretty strong opinions on this election, just like the rest of us.

Both major metro and local newspapers drop their paywalls for Election Day coverage (Talking New Media) Nicely done.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Little Lamb Lost by Margaret Fenton.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 50% off select PNY memory devices. Also deals on APC UPS units and surge strips.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the Twentieth Century and How They Shaped Modern America by Michael A. Cohen.  The Romance Daily Find is Fatal Scandal by Marie Force.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers Book 1) by Rebecca Zanetti. The Extra Daily Deal is The Bone Tree: A Novel (Penn Cage Book 5) by Greg Iles.

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 Fall by John Lescroart.

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.

Daily Links and Deals: This Is Why We Still Can’t Vote Online

daily_links_1Daily Links for day, October 20,  2016:

The New Hillary Library? (New York Review of Books) A thought piece on what Hillary Clinton and Carla Hayden might accomplish for the digital future.

FCC fines T-Mobile $48M for misleading customers over unlimited data (ZD Net) Turns out, when unlimited isn’t really unlimited, you have to tell your customers.

This Is Why We Still Can’t Vote Online (Motherboard) Are you waiting for the techie’s dream of online voting? Here’s the problem….

Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices (Computer World) New cumulative updates for Windows 7 will swell to 500MB a month, Microsoft acknowledges – And this is going to be a big problem.

The 32GB iPhone 7 has 8 times slower storage performance than the 128GB model (The Next Web) New speed tests reveal some disturbing news about the 32GB iPhone.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Robert Ludlum’s (TM) The Patriot Attack (A Covert-One novel) by Kyle Mills.

In Today’s Deals, a iRobot Looj 330 Gutter Cleaning Robot, a Emile Henry Granite Pizza Stone , Granite, 14″ and  $59.99 Tommy Hilfiger Coats & Jackets.

The Echo inow available in white. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Sting by Sandra Brown. The Romance Daily Find is Promises Kept by Scarlett Dunn.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Sting by Sandra Brown. The Extra Daily Deal is the Complete Walker Island Romance Series Boxed Set Books 1-5 by Bella Andre writing as Lucy Kevin.

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 October 19, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Defending Jacob by William Landay.

Google Books still has a selection of Hot Romance Under $2 (part of the Harlequin Romance titles sale). Also, there’s a Walking Dead graphic novel sale going on!

(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: Kobo is definitely coming out with a new e-reader this summer

daily_links_1Today,  a confirmation that we’ll be seeing a new Kobo e-reader soon. Also, Tumblr will begin adding ads (money for creators to follow), photographer sues Getty Images for falsely claiming copyright, the iphone jack is disappearing and more. In deals, Rachio IRO Irrigation Controllers.

Tumblr will allow users to make money from ads (Eventually) (The Verge) The ads are coming to Tumblr. Payments to creators? That’s a bit down the road.

Photographer Sues Getty Images For $1 Billion For Claiming Copyright On Photos She Donated To The Public (Techdirt) Oh, boy. This should be an interesting story to follow, if just for the sheer scale and amount of dollars involved.

Kobo is definitely coming out with a new e-reader this summer (The Verge) Yes, it is really coming and we have part of a picture to prove it.

AT&T violated rule requiring low prices for schools, FCC says (Ars Technica) Schools and libraries are supposed to pay the lowest rates possible. AT&T and the FCC disagree as to whether that was the case for two Florida school districts.

Two Months Until the iPhone 3.5mm Headphone Jack Disappears… (Digital Music News) The sources are looking more and more reliable that the next iPhone will be sans headphone jack.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America by Jay Mathews.

In Today’s Deals, select Rachio IRO Irrigation Controllers and Diamond Jewelry Under $100.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Mrs. Robinsons Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale. The Romance Daily Find is One Lucky Hero: The Men in Uniform Series by Codi Gary.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer. The Extra Daily Deal is The Severance Trilogy by Mark McKay.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes the graphic novel, Cardboard, by Doug TenNapel. I love this cover!

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book 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.