Daily Links and Deals – Electronics-sniffing dogs: How K9s became a secret weapon for solving high-tech crimes

Daily Links for Monday, December 12,  2016:

A Hacker’s Tips For Protecting Your Digital Privacy (Fast Company) Some of the best ideas for protecting your privacy from some people who really know what they are talking about.

New ransomware lets you decrypt your files — by infecting other users (ZD Net) And that’s not even the bad part. Read the supposed reason why these hackers are doing this. Unbelievable.

Dating apps have made saving phone numbers complicated (The Verge) Computers are supposed to make things easier, right?

Electronics-sniffing dogs: How K9s became a secret weapon for solving high-tech crimes (ZD Net) Fascinating story that showcases how man’s best friend still has an important role to play in law enforcement, even in the computer age.

Skype’s radical real-time voice translator now works with normal phone calls (PC World) Skype is really working on becoming a universal translator….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Body Departed by J.R. Rain.

In Today’s Deals, a Portable Charger RAVPower 22000mAh 5.8A Output 3-Port Power Bank USB Battery Pack and up to 50% off Star Wars favorites. You can also get savings on Samsung MicroSD cards: the Samsung 128GB up to 48MB/s EVO Class 10 and the Samsung 256GB 95MB/s EVO Select.

More device sales before the holidays! The Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for $20 off. There are also deals on Fire tablets: The Fire 7″for $40, the Fire tablet variety pack (3 tablets) for $180, the Fire HD 10 for $200 and the Fire Kids Edition for $90.

Alexa devices: You can also get the Amazon Echo for $140 ($40 off), the Amazon Tap for $90 ($40 off) and the Echo Dot for $40 ($10 off.)

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Cooking with Mary Berry by Mary Berry. The Romance Daily Find is The Billionaire’s Christmas Proposal by Victoria James.

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

The new NOOK Tablet is available and is only $49.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Dragonlore The Complete Trilogy by Daniel Arenson.  The Extra Daily Deal is Moon Shell Beach A Novel by Nancy Thayer.

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’ iTunes’ Great Books, Amazing Deals under $3.99 includes 50 Self-Help Classics by Tom Butler-Bowdon.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10. Through December 22nd, you can also rent various Harper Teen books for 24 hours for 99 cents.

(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: Only 3% of fiction in English is translated, and Amazon is on a mission to change that

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, November 15, 2016:

Amazon rolls out Home Services in 20 new markets (Zd Net) Amazon’s version of Angie’s List is expanding.

Google Play Music revamps its home screen and builds more diverse playlist recommendations (PC World) It’s more than just looks. Improved recommendations are the real news here.

Only 3% of fiction in English is translated, and Amazon is on a mission to change that (Quartz) The Amazon Crossing imprint leads the pack for works in translation.

WhatsApp unveils video calls, Skype pops open guest accounts (Ars Technica) Videos calling seems to be the gold standard at this point.

Amazon launches writing competition to reinvent Twas Night Before Christmas (The Bookseller) Amazon.co.uk is holdng a contest for a new version of an old classic.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes.

In Today’s Deals, get up to 50% off select PC storage and networking products.

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 a trio of killer thrillers by award-winning author Nichole Christoff. The Romance Daily Find is Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story by Becky Wade.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Driving Heat (Nikki Heat Book 7) by Richard Castle. The Extra Daily Deal is Tony and Susan by Austin Wright (This is the novel that inspired the new movie NOCTURNAL ANIMALS).

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 Silent Enemy by Tom Young.

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: Apple launches Support App for iOS devices

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, November 9,  2016:

Electric Jukebox is a music streaming service that only works on your TV (The Verge) Here’s a perfect example of a response to disruptive technology aimed at people uncomfortable with streaming.

Why are Skype accounts getting hacked so easily? (The Verge) Doublecheck your Skype account to make sure you are protected against this, particularly if you had a password used on another site.

U.S. Copyright Office Seeks Additional Comments for Section 512 Study  (Infodocket) You can still give input on this important issue.

Google Safe Browsing will now label consistently harmful sites as ‘Repeat Offenders’ (9 to 5 Google) I think that this is a good thing, given the prevalence of phishing and malicious sites.

Apple launches Support App for iOS devices (Mashable) Finally, Apple quietly launches an official support app.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Winter Crown: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Elizabeth Chadwick.

In Today’s Deals, savings on select Stanley Products.

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 Making a Killing by John L. Hart, Olivia Rupprecht. The Romance Daily Find is Extreme Exposure by Alex Kingwell.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Girl with a Clock for a Heart: A Novel by Peter Swanson. The Extra Daily Deal is Saving Grace (Heart’s Haven Book 2) by Katie O’Connor.

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 Postwar by Tony Judt.

Google Books has a selection of titles to make you laugh in its Humor 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: Bookish fools

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, October 21,  2016:

Microsoft rescues disheveled lady Skypers with its TeleBeauty virtual makeup app (PC World) Okay, webcams are not always so flattering. That makes the idea of this one really hard to resist.

Hands on: Netflix via Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top box is a very good experience (PC World) Not sure this would really beat my Roku stick, but for a set-top cable box, it sounds impressive.

Bookish fools (Aeon) Is the preference for print over digital a mark of snobbery? A look at whate what history says….

6 ways to delete yourself from the internet (CNET) There’s a lot of information about you on the web. Here’s how to start to get rid of it – or most of it anyway.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein.

In Today’s Deals, the new Lady Gaga album (for $3.99), select patio heaters, Fila jackets and Sons of Anarchy The Complete Series [Blu-ray and DVD].

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a collection of over 70 titles in the “Idiot’s Guide” series. The Romance Daily Find is Yesterday’s Roses by Heather Cullman.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Escape by David Baldacci.   The Extra Daily Deal is Much Ado About Highlanders (The Scottish Relic Trilogy Book 1) by May McGoldrick.

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.)

Google Books has a selection of Halloween Horror Sale: Chills & thrills under $5.

(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 life-changing magic of tidying your tech: The KonTechie Method

daily_links_1Today, a look at tidying your tech that’s based on Marie Kondo’s best-selling book. Also, A Skype update for your tablet, a scary lesson about the internet from China and live content may be coming to the Amazon Fire TV. In deals, 80% off some great children’s books, deals on home electronics and a Anker PowerCore 10000 portable charger for $19.

Daily Links for Saturday, May 28, 2016:

Skype 7.0 for Android rolls out a tablet-friendly redesign (PC World) This update for Skypes supports tablets, material design and multipane window.

Amazon Fire TV update lays groundwork for more live TV streaming (Liliputing) Recent updates for the Fire TV add support for live streaming and live stations. Does this mean that Amazon is going to be offing live content soon?

The life-changing magic of tidying your tech: The KonTechie Method (CNET) If you have read Marie Kondo’s  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, this article helps you apply those principles to the tech in your life.

China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works (Washington Post) Internet use in China is high, while at at the same time, censorship is flourishing….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals features 80% off children’s books, including books by R.L. Stine, books by Rick Riordan. You can find books in both The Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series as well as Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for just $1.99 each.

In Today’s Deals, the Ecosmart ECO 27 Electric Tankless Water Heater and  the SimpliSafe SSCS2 Simplisafe2 Wireless Home Security Deluxe Pack. Also, the Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger for just $19!

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a selection of 12 Manga series starters for just $2.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is Denial by Lisa Renee Jones for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Misery by Stephen King for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is LUCY: The Complete Lucy Kendall Series with Bonus Content by Stacy Green for $4.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Women in the Middle Ages by Frances and Joseph Gies for 99 cents.

(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: Why You Try iPads and Quinoa So Readily, and Drop Them Just As Fast

daily_links_1In today’s links, we have stories on Snapchat, wireless spectrum and everything from ebooks and ipads to quinoa. In todays deals, there’s a unlocked Blu GSM phone and some great books, including Dean Koontz and some personal recommendations by me! 🙂

Daily Links for Wednesday, March 30, 2016:

A wireless-spectrum battle means you’ll get a signal in more places (FAQ) (CNET) All the details on what’s at stake here.

Snapchat just made a huge change to become your go-to messaging app (Quartz) Well, this looks somewhat easier, LOL!

Bowie tribute concert at Radio City will be streamed on Skype (Engadget) Donate to charity to catch performances by the Pixies, Blondie, the Flaming Lips and more.

What is a kernel – Gary explains (Android Authority) If you have heard the term “Linux Kernel” and were clueless about what it meant, this one’s for you.

Amazon cracks down on dodgy USB Type-C cables and adapters (Ars Technica) This is a good thing. Now,  about some of those supposedly “OEM” and lightning cables….

28,000 French-Language Ebooks Are Newly Available in the US (Publishing Perspecitves) But you can’t get them at Amazon….

Why You Try iPads and Quinoa So Readily, and Drop Them Just As Fast (Ad Age) Personally, I have stuck with quinoa and I LOVE kale, so that means I probably don’t have “Hyper-adoption” syndrome, right?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, the BLU Life One X – 4G LTE Smartphone – GSM Unlocked, black or white is $99.99. You can also find Bluetooth headphones, and universal car mounts among the deals. And, Amazon still has deals on  pre-owned Fire tablets.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Warrior (Warriors Series, #1) by Ty Patterson for 99 cents. The Romance Daily Find is Savage: The Complete Series by Shelli Stevens for 99 cents.

B & N is running a special where you can get a NOOK Bundle Offer: 10″ NOOK Device, Free Screen Film and Free Cover of Your Choice- a $330+ Value for Just $199.99. And finally, you can take 75% off all Nook Accessories.  And if you have jumped on the coloring books bandwagon, B & N  now has Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Books available.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson for $2.99.

Kobo also still has the Great Reads For $1.99 or Less promotion going on.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Moonlit Mind (Novella) by Dean Koontz for $2.99.

A couple of personal book recommendations: 

Several of my favorite authors have new books hitting the virtual shelves!  The Second Death, Volume three in T. Frohock’s Los Nefilim urban fantasy series has just been released. It’s a fantastic series, beautifully written, with a really cool system of magic – and the books are priced at just 99 cents each! And if you like dark fantasy, check out her exquisite novel, Miserere. (I re-read this book several times a year – it’s that good!)

I am really excited that Broken (The Extrahuman Union Book 1) by Susan Jane Bigelow is now back in print. This moving story of superheroes in a dystopian world really, really deserves a much wider audience. The other volumes in the series will be re-released this year, along with the new and final book in the series. The ebook edition includes tie-in prequel short story “Crimson Cadet” and a preview of book 2 in the series, Sky Ranger.

(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: Users seethe as Windows 10 arrives while their backs are turned

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, March 15, 2016:

Skype for Web (& Chromebooks) adds calling to mobile phones & landlines, guest mode & more (9 to 5 Google) Nice, shiny new features.

Overdrive launches Quickstart Ebook Collection to promote reading in elementary schools (Overdrive) Great idea to get the kids reading!

Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts (SEALG)  Images of over 4,200 manuscripts which can be searched and viewed online or freely downloaded.

Music Manuscripts Online (The Morgan Library and Museum) Digitized versions of more than 500 music manuscripts.

Users seethe as Windows 10 arrives while their backs are turned (Computer World) Yeah, this is a BIG problem. Chromebooks are looking better and better.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals includes 14 of Ian Fleming’s James Bond titles. Casino Royale, anybody?

In Today’s Deals, you will also find PNY flash drives on sale. You can get items like the PNY Attache 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, Navy Blue (P-FD64GATT3NB-GE) ($12.99) or the PNY Turbo 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Pearl White (P-FD64GTBOPW-GE) ($14.99).

I also found And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition for $2.99. Volumes one and two of The Last Policemen Trilogy are only $3.99 each (normally $9.99 each). And Pat Frank’s classic cold war novel, Alas, Babylon (Harper Perennial Olive Edition) for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Last Kingdom Saxon Tales (Book #1) by Bernard Cornwell for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Suicide Run – Three Harry Bosch Stories by Michael Connelly for $2.99.

(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.