Daily Links and Deals: 5 things to think about before buying your child a cell phone for Christmas

daily_links_1Daily Links for day, December 13,  2016:

Amazon Alexa, HCCP Collaborate on Daily Devotionals (Publishers Weekly) Harper Christian Publishing now has an Alexa skill for daily inspirational audio clips.

Apple’s release of the Airpods isn’t going very well (Quartz) What’s the hang up? Technical glitches? Supply issues? These sold out in minutes and won’t be back until mid-January.

BBC & ITV to launch BritBox streaming video service in US in 2017 (Liliputing) Oh, dear. With my British TV addiction, I am never going to get anything done…..

6 ways to bring your Wi-Fi signal into 2017 (The Next Web) Good tips for getting the most out of your Wi-Fi.

This tech generates realistic avatars from a single selfie (The Verge) Whoa! This is pretty amazing!

5 things to think about before buying your child a cell phone for Christmas (CNN) Really good article about what to think about before you give your kids a cell phone.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Oreo (New Directions Paperbook) by Fran Ross.

In Today’s DealsBÖHM Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is having a NOOK Bundles Sale: Choose from over 100 eBook bundles—fiction favorites, swoon-worthy romance, epic fantasy & more—starting at $1.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase.

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 Cold In The Shadows (Cold Justice Book 5) by Toni Anderson.  The Extra Daily Deal is Sister: A Novel
by Rosamund Lupton.

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 The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore.

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: Bookstagramming: It’s a thing

daily_links_1Today, a look at an the notion of posting book pictures on Instagram. Also, a lawsuit over manipulative upgrades to Windows 10, what Comcast thinks about streaming and a glimpse of how seductive (and dangerous) free Wi-Fi really is. In deals, Rock Band 4 bundles and savings on headphones.

Daily Links for Friday, July 29, 2016:

Comcast’s Still Not Sure There’s Any Money In This Whole “Streaming” Thing (The Consumerist) It seems abundantly clear that Comcast doesn’t get the whole streaming and cord-cutting thing….

Florida men sue Microsoft over ‘coerced’ upgrades to Windows 10 (Computer World) Is this going to have the impact of the Internet Explorer case? This will be an interesting one to watch.

Bookstagramming: It’s a thing (Crain’s Chicago Business) Even people who only read ebooks (like me) like pretty pictures of books. What’s not to love? PS: It doesn’t necessarily indicate digital fatigue.

The dangerous cost of ‘free’ Wi-Fi  (PC World) It might surprise you to see just how willing people are to contact to a free Wi-Fi spot….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Bringing Delaney Home (A Cates Brothers Book) by Lee Kilraine.

In Today’s DealsRock Band 4 – Band In A Box Bundle and select AKG Over the Ear and JBL In-Ear Headphones.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Reawakened by Colleen Houck. The Romance Daily Find is Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Everything I Left Unsaid A Novel by M. O’Keefe. The Extra Daily Deal is Radio Shangri-La
What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth by Lisa Napoli.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm.

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: 10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Getting rid of Old Unread Books

daily_links_1In today’s stories, there’s an new Netflix competitor in town. Plus, stories on wi-fi, Amazon Prime, and more. In deals today, there are savings on Dremel tools and accessories (great for crafting) and  pre-owned Fire Tablets.

Daily Links for Thursday, March 31, 2016:

Fullscreen Unveils $5 Subscription Video Service, Taking on Netflix and YouTube Red (Variety) Hm. Very targeted, which is interesting. Wonder if there is enough interest in that market share to pull this off?

New wireless tech from MIT could bring password-free Wi-Fi (Computer World) This could be a good thing…. Especially if you put it together with the ability to shut out router invaders based on distance.

10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Getting rid of Old Unread Books (Bustle) Some of these look like fun projects!

You can now buy Amazon Prime for a month at a time — if you’re a Sprint customer (ReCode)And if you want to pay a third more for the service. Easier just to buy Amazon Prime.

The complete list of ‘OK, Google’ commands (CNET) This is a pretty comprehensive list. I had no idea that it could do this much and intend to take a second look at the idea of using this.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results by Bob Knight and Bob Hammel for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon is offering savings of up to 63% on your choice of select Dremel rotary tools and accessories. You will also find some flash drives and memory cards at reduced pricing. Plus, you can still find deals on pre-owned Fire tablets.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is How to Instantly Connect with Anyone: 96 All-New Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes for $1.99.The Romance Daily Find is The Bad Boy CEO by Sugar Jamison for $1.99.

STILL AVAILABLE: 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 Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death (The Grantchester Mysteries) by James Runcie for $1.99.

STILL AVAILABLE:  Kobo  has the Great Reads For $1.99 or Less promotion.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The More You Ignore Me by Jo Brand 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.

CES Roundup for 1-4-2016

CES_Logo_smCES 2016 starts on January 6, 2016. Here is roundup of some of the interesting early stories about CES 2016:

If you are going to the event, thanks to the crazy world we live in, there are all kinds of fun new security measures.

LG made an 18-inch display you can roll up like a newspaper (The Verge) – Forget e-ink, this looks interesting…

The Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet is made for families and priced at just $100 (Android Central) – With an 8 inch form factor and lots of parental controls, depending on its performance, this could be a winner.

This company wants to unclog your Wi-Fi (The Verge) – We have a ways to go on this, but it is going to be great!

New Chromebooks From Acer, Lenovo Debut at CES 2016 (OMG Chrome) – New model Chromebooks on the horizon. And they are going to be pretty!

No, I am not going to CES, but I love reading about the gadgets. I will be doing these roundup posts intermittently during the week. The official CES website is here.

Did you know that Amazon has a page for products from CES2016? You can find it here.

Daily Links: Want a $30 credit towards for your old Nook?

WIFI_NOOK_Front_BackFrom the Digital Reader, Barnes and Noble will give you a $30 credit for your old Nook.

Hello 21st Century! Girl Scout cookie sales finally go digital, from Ars Technica.

From ReCode, Jeff Bezos says more Amazon Fire Phones are coming.  (The unlocked GSM version of the  Fire Phone is $199 until 12/3/2014 – the price change seems to have been a temporary sale rather than a permanent price reduction.)

Wanna Open your door with a smart phone? Steve Wozniak gives an impromptu product demo, also from ReCode.

Finally, from Ars Technica, the New York Public Library will rent wi-fi hotspots to people who need it most.

My Kindle deal find of the day: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) for $2.00

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.