Round up #178: Screaming Kindle, DecalGirl discount
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
DecalGirl: Buy one, get one 50% off
DecalGirl is having a sale (through June 24th) on skins, cases, and more. Skins are essentially very strong decorative stickers, and they have them for Kindles. They can make very nice gifts for someone who already has a device.
Here’s the site for shopping:
Note: they list all Kindles, including RSKs (Reflective Screen Kindles…anything but a Kindle Fire) under “Tablets”. Select Tablets, then say it is made by Amazon.
Vlad Studio has some nice book-themed ones.
At checkout, you’ll be entering BOGODAD to get the discount…remember that you need to be buying two items, and the discount will be applied to the least expensive one.
Free app finds your Kindle Fire
I’ve tried a Kindle Fire locating app before and it didn’t work well for me, but now I’ve found a free one that does…and has some other interesting capabilities:
There’s a premium version as well with more capabilities, but I did like what this one did. It could locate my Kindle Fire…I went to a website, enter a passcode (they did something clever with that which didn’t make it harder for me to remember, really, but would make it harder to guess), and showed me the current location of my Fire…within a couple of hundred feet. It actually gave me an address (not the right one), but it was nearby. That could let me know, for example, if I left it at the office or at home (not that I would do either accidentally…knock on virtual wood).
What if it’s just misplaced in the house?
You can send it a command to scream…and yes, it was loud and annoying! That’s what you want, though: a thief would likely ditch the device if they were in a public area and it started screaming like a person! That also locks the screen. You can also lock it without the screaming. So, you can locate, lock, and scream…with the premium version of this app (not free), you could send a remote wipe command.
It also scans your device for malware (software that does bad things, basically): it didn’t find any on mine.
Why wouldn’t you get this? Well, if you forget your password, that could be a problem. You might not want other people in your family (if they have access to the Webroot account) tracking you…or pranking you (I wouldn’t want it to scream in the middle of a meeting). You might be concerned about the government or hackers getting information about you through Webroot. Of course, if you don’t have wi-fi on and have misplaced it, it won’t help you much. If a bad guy when it reconnects, though, it will scream at that point (my test showed it wasn’t immediately…took a few minutes).
Generally, though, I would recommend it for most people who are comfortable with having online accounts and creating (and remembering) passwords. It has four stars (out of five) with 124 reviews at the time of writing, so that is somewhat reassuring.
Eddy Cue on Steve Jobs and iBooks
The Apple Agency Model trial continues, and I’m feeling more and more like Apple might win. I wonder if that means the publishers are kicking themselves for having gotten out?
There are definitely interesting revelations. This
relates some interesting insight from Eddy Cue, being painted by the Department of Justice (DoJ) as the driver of the Agency Model for e-publishing, and who worked closely with the late Steve Jobs.
Cue says he approached the CEO in 2009 (the year before the iPad was released) about doing a bookstore, and Jobs wasn’t interested.
The year before (and within six months of the Kindle’s initial release), Jobs was famously quoted in a
as saying, “…people don’t read anymore” in dismissing the Kindle.
By 2009, though, Cue doesn’t mention that overall condemnation and marginalization of serious readers…instead, it was because phones were too small and computers were too big. That feels like a bit of a whitewash to me, but Jobs did change the position when the iPad was going to be released.
I think we’ll have a verdict by the end of next week…and if Apple loses, they could appeal.
Apple could appeal? I thought only bananas could do that…
Oh, and Apple is mad that Random House isn’t being compelled to testify…
That could bolster that appeal effort…if it becomes necessary.
Comcast will use your router to provide neighborhood wi-fi
Well, it’s not exactly your router…it’s your wi-fi gateway that you got from them for your broadband. This is a clever idea, and part of their (successful) effort to expand wi-fi for their customers.
The devices won’t use the same signal you use, but will broadcast a second one that can be used for free…by other Xfinity customers. Non-customers can use it for free…twice, and then they’d have to pay.
I’ve found wi-fi from Xfinity (we are subscribers) available to me before, and I think this will really expand it.
Comcast has to figure out how to get people not to “cut the cord” (and go without cable services). This is one way, as is their app:
The app would be a lot more attractive if it didn’t stop the video from running when I plugged in my HDMI cable to my Kindle Fire HD to watch it on my TV…I think they’ll work that out eventually.
Still, the expanded wi-fi should be good for wi-fi Kindle owners (Fire or not) who are Comcast subscribers…and others in a pinch.
Kindle hardware in India
The Papewhite, the “Mindle”, and the Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″ are now available from Amazon.in
It doesn’t appear to have local language support, though, so that’s a possible serious hindrance.
NPR’s Backseat Book Club
People might not like backseat drivers, but backseat readers? Joy for the reader, quiet for the driver. Actually, we sometimes read out loud to the others in the car, but this is an excellent reading list from National Public Radio
Reading lists are tricky things, and I haven’t read everything on this one, but it looks solid to me. I mean, once you hit
you’re good but this includes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Black Beauty) and more contemporary titles…as a former bookstore manager, I’m impressed.
Have comments on any of these stories? Feel free to let me and my readers know.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.