Daily Links and Deals: Libraries and Rural Broadband

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, November 30,  2016:

Google’s training AI to catch diabetic blindness before it’s too late (Engadget) This is a great use of technology to solve a serious medical issue.

Tumblr finally makes SSL connections the default for new blogs (Techcrunch) Nice to know that I can finally re-blog cat memes in relative safety, LOL!

Sling TV is launching a cloud DVR next month (The Verge) Sling TV is upping the game to compete with Playstation Vue and DirectTV Now.

This Android malware is hacking into your Google account to install apps (Mashable) Um…. More than a million accounts have been breached by this “gooligan”.

Libraries and Rural Broadband (Benton Foundation) Interesting article that shows the important role of libraries in helping with internet access in rural areas.

Microsoft Word Viewer has just a year to live (discontinued in November, 2017) (Liliputing) I will be sad to see this one go. This has been a genuinely helpful program.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Book 1) by Zoraida Cordova.

In Today’s Deals, get 40% Off Select Security Cameras.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright. The Romance Daily Find is Reckless in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is One Touch of Topaz by Iris Johansen. The Extra Daily Deal is Saga of the God-Touched Mage (Vol 1-8) by Ron Collins for $3.99.

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’ Great Books, Amazing Deals includes Black Chalk by Christopher J Yates.

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.

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Daily Links and Deals: Will print die?: When the inevitable isn’t

daily_links_1Today, a look at the not so inevitable future of e-reading. Also, audio books are huge right now. Are they the new e-readers? Other stories include news on Facebook video streaming and the possibility of an e-ink keyboard coming for Apple. In deals, get two months of Sling TV for the price of one.

Daily Links for Friday, October 14,  2016:

Apple in talks with Australian company to bring dynamic keyboard tech to MacBooks (The Next Web) An e-ink keyboard may not be that far away.

Facebook now lets you stream video to Apple TV and Chromecast (The Verge) Yes, Facebook wants you to watch their videos on your TV screen.

Will print die?: When the inevitable isn’t (OUP Blog) At one time, pundits would have the the future of reading would be ebooks. Now, they’re not so sure.

Are audio books the new e-readers? (CNBC) Interesting video look at how audiobooks fit in to the new reading  paradigm.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin.

In Today’s Deals, a deal to get two months of Sling TV for the price of one.

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 Wonderland by Jennifer Hillier. The Romance Daily Find is The Accidental Boyfriend by Maggie Dallen.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Fixer by Joseph Finder. The Extra Daily Deal is Lord Valentine’s Castle Book One of the Majipoor Cycle by Robert K. Silverberg.

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 was supposed to be available today but is still showing as out of stock until October 14, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Gendarme by Mark T. Mustian.

Google Books has a selection of Hot 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: Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers?

daily_links_1Today, an article that asks if consumer tech products are meeting the needs of baby boomers. Also, some of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones are exploding and it looks like the end of the line for Google’s Nexus. In deals, a Samsung Virtual Reality headset.

Daily Links for day, August 31, 2016:

The end of Nexus: This year’s Google phones to forge new path (Android Central) It seems that this is the end of the line for the Nexus branding.

Sling used to say it wasn’t promoting cord cutting. Now it’s running cord-cutting ads. (Recode) This showcases both a change in strategy for the company and the always delightful Danny Trejo.

Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers? (Recode) An interesting look at the particular tech needs of this age group.

Samsung halting some Galaxy Note 7 shipments following multiple user device explosions (9 to 5 Google) Um, you might want to hold off on upgrading for a bit…. Especially as there are stories about the phones mysteriously cracking inside bags.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Epic: Legends of Fantasy (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn) edited by John Joseph Adams. With contributions from George R R Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, and Paolo Bacigalupi.

In Today’s Deals, the Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset (US Version with Warranty).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is your choice of three history books for $1.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins. The Extra Daily Deal is Friends With Benefits Box Set (Books 1-3) (Friends With Benefits Series) by Luke Young.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Show Dog by Josh Dean.

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.

Daily Links and Deals: EU states set to have more power over setting own VAT rates

daily_links_1Today, stories on EU VAT rates, Sling TV adding multiple channels, disturbing news about the Horror Writers Association, email privacy  and more. In deals,Fallout 4 for PC, multi-port chargers and Fire tablet bundles and deals.

Daily Links for Thursday, April 14, 2016:

EU states set to have more power over setting own VAT rates (RTÉ) I missed this story in all the new Kindle excitement, but it is an important one. High VAT rates on ebooks are a real problem affecting sales in the EU.

Sling TV addresses one of its biggest problems with debut of a streaming service for multiple devices (Techcrunch) Sling’s one stream rule at a time was a deal-breaker for many people (including me).  Here’s their alternative.

Are e-books really that important to Amazon? (Teleread) Everyone is scared of Amazon’s domination of the ebook market, but are ebooks that important to Amazon’s bottom line?

Why and When I Will Begin Boycotting the HWA (Brian Keene) Profoundly disturbing story about some of the goings on with the Horror Writers Association.

US House Committee approves bill requiring warrants for e-mail (Ars Technica) Legal provisions to protect our email privacy are wending their way through the system. Will they become a reality.

How Snapchat Killed the Homepage: In an attempt to woo Generation Z, publishers are launching social media-only concepts. (Business of Fashion) It is not your parent’s internet anymore….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Men of the Otherworld: A Collection of Otherworld Tales (The Otherworld Series Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, there’s a deal on Fallout 4 for the PCSabrent 60 Watt (12 Amp) 10-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Rapid Charger and savings of $15 on a Fire Essentials Bundle.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6 and the pre-owned Fire tablets.  I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Dark Within by Candice Gilmer for $99 cents.

Barnes and Noble is promoting pre-orders for Bill O’Reilly’s Killing the Rising Sun, the epic true story of America’s fight against World War II Japan.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Tall, Dark, and Wicked: Wicked Trilogy (Book #2) by Madeline Hunter for $1.99.

Still available until April 18, select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3 at the Kobo store.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stweart for $1.99. This book about the plants that humans have turned into alcoholic drinks sounds fascinating!

(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: Letting Your Kids Play in Social Media

daily linksDigital Life:

Letting Your Kids Play in the Social Media Sandbox (New York Times)

Trade-In Values Have Tanked for Older eReaders (The Ebook Reader)

Used eBook Marketplace Tom Kabinet Launches eBookstore (Ink, Bits, & Pixels [formerly The Digital Reader])

Trans-Pacific Partnership still pushing to screw your rights in secret (Teleread)

Tablet Magazine puts a price on comments to eliminate online trolls (The Passive Voice)

New Dr Seuss Books Coming in July (Ink, Bits and Pixels)

How Google determined our right to be forgotten (The Guardian)

Apps and Software:

BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore (Android Central)

Kindlebox Automatically Sends Books from Dropbox to Your Kindle (Lifehacker via Teleread)

Google has officially launched a Google Play Music app for iPad (Tab Times)

IFTTT launches 3 new apps to create an easy button for the web (Gigaom)

Broadband and Telephone News:

UK parliament calls for Internet to be classified as a public utility (Ars Technica)

US carriers still stink at unlocking phones, analysis finds (Ars Technica)

Gaming and Streaming:

​Sling TV to add Epix video-on-demand channels (Cnet)

Tips, Tricks and How-to:

Log out Everywhere except your current Browser on your WordPress Blog (Social Positives)

How to connect iPad to your TV (Tab Times)

Finds and Deals:

Today’s Kindle Daily Deals titles include Romance, Science Fiction, Literature and Young adult. There are also 50 Romance and Mystery titles in the 50 Kindle Books for $2 deal. Ed McBain’s Cop Hater (87th Precinct Mysteries Book 1),  is one of the titles for $2. 🙂

The Nook Find of the Day is Vicktor E.  Frankl’s  spiritual classic, Man’s Search for Meaning for $2.99.

The Kobo Daily Deal is Smokin’ Hot by Lynn LaFleur for $2.99.

Amazon music store is featuring $5 Digital Music Deals, including Night Visions by Imagine Dragons.

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 the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.