Daily Links and Deals: Why Is Voicemail Still a Thing?

daily_links_1Daily Links for Saturday, February 13, 2016:

Why Is Voicemail Still a Thing? (Motherboard) – All the *good stuff* comes via text or email anymore.

Google text-to-speech update adds multiple male & female voices (9 to 5 Google) – A voice from back home – hear your text read in not just male or female voices, but in accents, too. G’day!

Why Is the Heart Symbol so Anatomically Incorrect? (Priceonomics) – And just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s an interesting piece on the heart. ♥

Our Medical Data Must Become Free (Backchannel) Fascinating and scary  look at what companies are doing with your medical data and the difference it could make it you had access to it.

Wanna be startin’ somethin’: A history of the Windows start menu (The Verge) – Nostalgia time! A look at 20 years of the Windows start menu.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes four books by Fern Michaels priced from 99 cents to $2.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is  Preschooled by Anna Lefler for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is That Certain Summer: A Novel by Irene Hannon for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Sins of the Father by Jeffery Archer 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.

Daily Links: Newsonomics – Can you get readers to pay a dollar a day for digital news?

daily_links_1Newsonomics: Can you get readers to pay a dollar a day for digital news? (Nieman Lab) – Paywalls in general and paying for local news in particular are thorny issues. Is this approach a bit of a shakedown?

Mattel View Master is a blast from the past (Gear Diary) – Okay, who can resist this one? Probably not the nostalgic grownups….

Windows Turns 30: A Visual History (ReCode) – Has it really been that long?

Could the Hunger Games turn your teen into a revolutionary? (The Conversation) – Isn’t it interesting the reaction that dystopian lit gets from many parents?

And my Kindle book find of the day is the unusual vampire novel  Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Lindqvist has been referred to as “the Swedish Stephen King” and this one is a gem! The original Swedish film is highly recommended as well.

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.