Daily Links and Deals: Sweden’s got a crazy new photo-sharing law that it can’t possibly enforce

daily_links_1In today’s stories, news on borrowing neckties from a library, a new streaming stick, more zero rating services and a look at copyright and public art. In today’s deals, there are some DVD sets, Kindles and Fire tablets. battery charger packs in the mix.

Daily Links for Tuesday, April 5, 2016:

Philly’s Paschalville Library has a new collection: Neckties (Billy Penn) Another example of how libraries are continuing to evolve.: You can check out a tie for a job interview.

Roku debuts a new Streaming Stick with a quad-core processor, support for private listening (Techcrunch) A new streaming ROKU stick, with some great new features: More power and streaming audio directly to your headphones.

Starz launches $8.99 per month streaming service (The Verge) It has been available as an add-on to Amazon Prime; now you can get the standalone app too.

Sweden’s got a crazy new photo-sharing law that it can’t possibly enforce (The Next Web) Isn’t public art supposed to be … well, public?

T-Mobile adds Amazon Music, ESPN Radio, and Nickelodeon to Music Freedom and Binge On (The Verge) More and more services are being zero rated.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Social Lives of Dogs: The Grace of Canine Company by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas for $2.99.

In Today’s Deals, complete collections of Monk and House DVDs, savings on the Fire HD 6, pre-owned Fire tablets, and a TechMatte 10000mAh Dual-Port Power Bank External Battery Portable Charger with LED Display are among the deals.

And. yes, Amazon is still offering the Kindle Deals for customers with Amazon Prime.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The White Lie by Andrea Gillies for $2.99.  The Romance Daily Find is Coming Back by Lauren Dane for $$1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Daddy’s Girl by Lisa Scottoline for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes A Recipe for Bees by Gail Anderson-Dargatz for $1.99.

(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, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

2-day sale: Fire TV stick only $19 for Prime members

Fire TV stickIf you are an Amazon Prime member and have been thinking about trying one of the Fire TVs, Amazon may have a great deal for you. For two days only, Prime members can pick up the new Fire TV Stick for $19 – that’s $20 off the regular price of $39.

The stick comes with a remote control, but it is not voice-activated like the Fire TV Box. Instead, there is a downloadable app for voice control that can be used with the device, or you can purchase a voice-activated remote control separately. You can play games with the included remote control and it also supports the use of the optional Fire game controller.

There are some differences between the Fire TV Box and the stick. The Box has a Quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM The Fire stick is a Dual-core processor with 1 GB RAM. Both devices are wireless, but the Fire TV Box can also connect directly with an Ethernet cable.

I had personally held off on the Fire TV Box because I already own a Roku box and a Chromecast stick, both of which I use pretty much daily. Truthfully, when the Fire TV came out, I didn’t see much of a need for another streaming system. But for only $19, I am willing to give this one a try. 🙂

ETA: The Fire TV Stick  is a pre-order and will be released on  November 19th.

How about you? Is the $19 price tag tempting to you?