Daily Links: AOL to consider ditching its iconic brand name

daily_links_1Daily Links for Sunday, January 17, 2016:

AOL to consider ditching its iconic brand name (The Next Web) – That sound you hear is a 9600 baud modem handshake….

Ad Blocking: A Primer (Techcrunch) – Here’s a basic primer on the ad blocking issue.

Newspaper bosses ‘paralyzed’ by change, clueless about paid content, says Steve Brill (Poynter) – Newspapers, readers and paywalls – a harsh but realistic look at the problem.

What you can watch on Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV (CNET) – There are a lot of apps for entertainment out there. If you are not sure which app a systems allows you to  run, here’s a handy chart to help you out.

Microsoft changes rules of Windows 10 upgrade game (Computer World)- Irritatingly, Microsoft is not going to let up until everybody is using Windows 10.

Amazon Echo can read your Kindle books aloud on request (Engadget) – Wemay not have text-to-speech on the Kindles, but the Amazon Echo has it.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes books from select best-selling mystery & thriller series, including the Wayward Pines Trilogy and the Tracy Crosswhite Series, are $1.99 each.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander for $3.99. The Romance Daily Find is Treasured by Candace Camp for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts for $1.99. Kobo is still featuring their Up to 80% Off Long Weekend Sale.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Tough Customer by Sandra Brown for $1.99.

According to The Verge, Google is offering a free Chromecast with the use of Android Pay. You can read the article with the details here.

(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.

Free! 130 e-books from Microsoft

Microsoft’s Eric Ligman has made more than 130 technical books free to download. Topics include: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server and more.  The books are in various formats:  mostly PDFs but there are EPUB, MOBI and DOCX as well.

Fair warning: these downloads seem pretty popular. You may encounter a slow server.