Daily Links and Deals: The Story of the AC Adapter

daily_links_1Today, the story of the AC adapter and why it is a big brick. Also, Amazon add Twitch to Prime benefits, Periscope triumphs over Meerkat and Facebook launches Messenger Lite. In deals, savings on Lucky brand clothes and the complete Dukes of Hazzard TV series on DVD.

Daily Links for Monday, October 3,  2016:

The Story of the AC Adapter, Thomas Edison’s Revenge on the Power Grid (Motherboard) As someone who is always scrounging for an empty outlet, I found this interesting.

Twitch will be ad-free for all Amazon Prime subscribers (The Verge) Yet another Prime benefit for members.

Meerkat the livestreaming app is no more (Engadget) Periscope turned out to be the winner here, at least where standalone apps are concerned.

Facebook launches Messenger Lite app for basic Android phones (The Verge) This is geared at people with older phones and folks in developing country with less robust internet connections.

This month’s Tor.com ebook of the month is Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear. It is free to download for bookclub members (free membership) from October 3rd to 9th.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Collector of Lost Things by Jeremy Page. Also feature are the first six books in Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles.

In Today’s Deals, 50% off Lucky brand clothing and on DVD, the Dukes of Hazzard: The Complete Seasons 1-7 (7-Pack).

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 a sale on the first six books in Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles (the upcoming final book, This is a Man, is available for pre-order here). The Romance Daily Find is Burning Moon by Jo Watson

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal is the six titles in Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles series is only $2.99 The Extra Daily Deal is Jack and Joe (Hunt For Jack Reacher Series) by Diane Capri.

Also, 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 September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

Google Books has a Celebrity Memoir 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: Zombie Cookies, Phone Separation Anxiety

daily linksDigital Life:

Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you can’t kill (Ars Technica)

Can You Survive the Phone Separation Anxiety Challenge?(Recode)

Be My Eyes App Brings Help to the Blind and Visually Impaired (Recode)

US Postal Service asks for nearly maximum rate increase possible for periodicals (Talking New Media)

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Internet of Things (Recode)

Bookmates catalog hits 200,000 English Language titles (Digital Reader)

Games and Video Streaming:

Twitch licenses legal music library for use by streamers (Ars Technica)

Broadband and Telephone News:

On Second Thought, Getting Regulated Like Old Phone Lines Wouldn’t Be So Bad, Sprint Says (Recode)

Finds and Deals:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Dealsinclude The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey, as well as romance, business and a YA post-apocalyptic novel.

NOOK Find of the Day is offering a collection of young at heart stories for $2.99. Titles include Love is the Drug and Famous Last Words.

Kobo Daily Deal is The Confession by Charles Todd ($1.99).

Music Deals: Until February 1st, Amazon has a HUGE list of $5 Digital Albums for sale. Included are a lot of greatest hits collections from various genres.

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.

Daily Links: New Update Available for Kindle Keyboard

kindlesThe Digital Life:

Amazon Rolls Out Update for Kindle Keyboard, Fixes Web Browser Issues (Digital Reader)

“Pride and Prejudice” gets its first U.S. Supreme Court citation (Washington Post)

Did Waterstone’s really see a shift back to Print? (Teleread)

The Latest Computer Virus is So Smart That It Won’t Even Attack if It Detects Defenses (Digital Reader)

Red light camera vendor Redflex freaked out it may lose contracts (Ars Technica)

Facebook (Sort Of) Launches Facebook at Work (Recode)

Gaming and video streaming:

Evolve’s questionable bargain: Pre-purchase to avoid the unlock grind (Ars Technica)

Dailymotion launches Twitch competitor for video game streaming (Gigaoam)

Broadband and Telephone news:

Broadband Competition Should Be Encouraged, Not Restricted (Recode)

Finds and Deals:

Amazon Kindle Daily Deals  today include financial thriller Black Fridays: A Novel (Jason Stafford Book 1), romance, biography, science fiction and YA deals.

Barnes and Noble Find of the Day is The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen ($2.99).

Kobo Daily Deal is Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos ($1.99).

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 links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.