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On this blog we will track down the latest Amazon Kindle news. We will keep you up to date with whats hot in the bestsellers section, including books, ebooks and blogs... and we will also bring you great Kindle3 tips and tricks along with reviews for the latest KindleDX accessories.

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Daily Deals: The Test and Paranormal Agency

The TestToday Amazon offers The Test by Patricia Gussin just for $0.99

Renowned philanthropist and billionaire Paul Parnell had reached the pinnacle of monetary success, but not without cost. Had he put too much emphasis on work and spent too little time with his family?Determined to leave something far more valuable than money to his six children, Paul instructs his lawyers to create an unusual last will and testament. This unorthodox will, which stipulates that the lion’s share of Paul’s two billion dollar estate be given to the heirs who pass the test, was Paul’s last hope of creating an enduring legacy by inspiring his children to give back to society and embrace a code of moral values.The six children-Rory, Frank, Dan, Monica, Carla and Ashley-have only one year to make a difference. But what a difference one year will make.Before these six very different siblings can complete the test, they’ll be forced to face their personal demons and the incredibly evil influence that could claim one of their own.

Some words about the Author

Patricia Gussin is a physician who grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and practiced in Philadelphia. She and her husband, Bob, divide their time between Longboat Key, Florida, and East Hampton, New York. She is also the author of Shadow of Death and Twisted Justice.

 

Paranormal AgencyParanormal Agency is a game for your Kindle Fire. You can install it for free today only.

Sometimes there’s more to solving mysteries than simply being a good detective–especially when the crimes are being committed by poltergeists. Do you have the ghost-hunting skills to track down the truth?

Don your sleuthing gear and get ready for spooky encounters as you hunt for obscure items in Paranormal Agency, a fun hidden object game for your Android device.

Heather Mills, Ghost Detective

Detective Heather Mills has the amazing ability to see ghosts and other mysterious entities that are not visible to other people. When spooky ghosts and weird creatures start showing up in local homes, it’s up to Heather and her agency to get to the bottom of this macabre mystery and look for reasons behind recent poltergeist attacks on innocent citizens.

Help Heather hunt for hidden items in locations all over the city and find out who is behind the attacks. Explore more than 50 challenging levels and test yourself with five types of hidden object challenges in this compelling, mysterious game. You’ll play seven unique mini-games as you navigate the storyline’s twists and turns.

Note: A free version of Paranormal Agency, with fewer features, is also available. Get your chance to get the full version for free!

Penguin Tentatively Returns eBooks to Libraries, but Not Kindles

By launching a pilot program to bring their publications back to libraries through OverDrive competitor 3M, Penguin has taken a step back toward serving its customers. At least so long as those customers don’t like reading on their Kindle. One of the notable shortcomings of the new system, and likely one reason that it is so appealing to Penguin, is that it completely lacks Kindle compatibility at this time.

The ongoing disputes between Amazon and the Big 6 publishers have provided any number of inconveniences for readers over the years now, but the library system has been hit particularly hard. While demand for eBooks, especially those compatible with the Kindle platform, has been rising at an ever increasing rate, publishers have been doing their best to make sure that eBook borrowing is as inconvenient as possible when it is available at all.

If that sounds horribly over the top, it is. Just not in the way you might think. The appeal of the 3M system for publishers, when it last made big news in library lending, was that it would force customers to both be in the library building to load their eBook and to wait in line as kiosks to get their chance. The OverDrive system, which often allows borrowers to download their titles over WiFi, allows for too little friction. Penguin, along with others, is concerned that if they don’t find some way to make using an eReader less simple and hassle-free then it will result in lost sales.

The argument is simple enough to follow, but seems to demonstrate how thoroughly these publishers understand their customers. By this logic, the only reason that book stores are able to stay in business is that libraries took too much of a drive or had longer lines.

To be fair, 3M has gotten better since those planning stages. Users are now able to browse and borrow from wherever they like, it seems, and there is even a fair selection available. The originally mandatory kiosks have been changed into promotional tools within the library itself and the program now includes branded eReaders meant specifically to be lent out to library patrons. It’s possible this explains why Penguin is only tentatively on board with the whole program even now, as well as why they will only be offering titles that are at least six months old.

Supposedly there will eventually be some degree of Kindle compatibility with the 3M lending network. Reportedly Amazon broke off earlier talks with a request that they resume in June, so at least things are still being discussed. It is unlikely that 3M will allow things to go the same way that OverDrive did, however, in shuffling their users through an Amazon store page. Given the customer base that Amazon already has, as well as the internal Kindle Owners’ Lending Library being used as a promotional tool for the Amazon Prime subscription service, this might become something that takes quite a while to come to terms over. Kindle owners probably shouldn’t be holding their breath waiting for Penguin, 3M, or Amazon to come around.

Daily Deals: In the Courts of the Sun and MASH

In the Courts of the SunToday Amazon offers  In the Courts of the Sun by Brian D’Amato just for $2.99

According to the ancient Maya, December 21, 2012, could be the day the world ends. In this ambitious novel, a modern-day descendant of the Maya, Jed DeLanda, goes back in time to save mankind. Well, he doesn’t go back physically; that’s not possible in D’Amato’s world, but it is possible to send back the consciousness of a person and to place it inside the mind of someone living in the past. The plan was to put Jed’s mind inside the body of a Mayan king in the year 664 CE, but, instead, he winds up inside the head of a man about to be killed by ritual sacrifice. Can Jed keep his host alive long enough to save the world? This is the sort of novel that Robert Silverberg might write (and, in fact, it feels a bit like Silverberg’s classic Up the Line)—a richly detailed, intellectually stimulating adventure through time. Unfortunately, it takes too long for the adventure to begin. While it’s fine to describe the future world in which Jed lives and even to establish his credentials for being chosen as humanity’s savior, we shouldn’t be made to wait 200-odd pages before Jed is flung back into the past. Still, he is an engaging narrator, telling his story in an easy, often humorous style. With the release later this year of the high-profile movie 2012 (also based on the Mayan prophecy), prepare for this title to be in high demand. –David Pitt

Some words about the Author

Brian D’Amato is an artist who sculptures and installations have been shown in galleries and museums over the world. His first novel, Beauty, was hailed by Dean Koontz as “the best first novel I have read in a decade”.

 

MASHMASH – is an application which you can install into your Kindle Fire for free today only. It was chosen for daily Amazon Appstore Deals.

Discover who you’ll marry, where you’ll live, how many kids you’ll have, and if you’ll be filthy stinking rich (or just stinking). Play MASH the classic way, or mix it up and discover even more about your future. MASH Elite offers a variety of stories to download. For each story, fill in the blanks with your choices and make it your own.

In the old days, kids used to waste paper playing this game, but now you can discover all the secrets of your future on your seemingly psychic Android.

Fill-in Your Future Fantasy Life

Once you choose a story to play, you’ll be prompted to enter information. Carefully contemplate and select a choice; or, for a more serendipitous approach, roll the dice and let the app choose. You can even randomize your choices.

The Spiral Has Spoken

Once you make all of your choices, it’s time to leave the rest up to your spiral art and the MASH powers-that-be. Draw a spiral using your finger and discover your destiny. Watch the pencil eliminate choices based on your MASH number and then–voila! See what your future holds!

Once your MASH fate finally lands you Justin Bieber in a mansion off the coast of France with two beautiful children who never sass back, save and share your results with your friends via e-mail or Facebook.

Kindle Fire vs Windows 8 Tablets: Another Pointless Comparison

There is essentially no competition to be found between the Kindle Fire and any imaginable Windows 8 Tablet at this time.  I’ve touched on this a bit here already immediately following the announcement of the Microsoft Surface tablet, but it’s come up in emails and various other places often enough since then to be worth revisiting.  They are catering to completely different needs, price ranges, and purposes.  I doubt this comes as much of a surprise to anybody, but let’s hit the high points again.

The comparison ends up being very similar to that of the iPad vs the Kindle Fire.  It is inevitable that people will compare them.  After all, they are both tablets.  Add to that the fact that they are both extremely popular and that each is backed by one of the biggest companies in the world right now and the parallels are too clear to ignore.  Stepping past the most superficial aspects gives us a much more meaningful understanding.

In the case of Windows 8, we’re looking at a tablet OS that is deliberately formed into something that could replace a laptop.  The Surface is the ideal example, as you would expect when Microsoft designed both hardware and software sides of things.  Users get productivity apps along the lines of a full Office suite, a well-integrated social media sharing system, and more.  If you could possibly want to do it on a tablet, or on a portable computing device in general, Windows 8 is probably somehow equipped for that.

The Kindle Fire, on the other hand, doesn’t even come with full Android functionality.  It is an Amazon device meant for consuming Amazon media services.  You don’t get much in the way of access to third party programs.  Even media coming in from a non-Amazon source isn’t always supported as well as one might like.  I can recall a few occasions when the lack of a decent codec pack was problematic.  If a particular user’s situation demands it then they can certainly install some approximation of office apps and such, but the experience will be less than ideal and there is no way to significantly improve it.

There is a reason that the Kindle Fire is priced so far below things like the iPad and, presumably, the Surface.  You wouldn’t be wrong to guess that part of it is simply an inability to compete at that price point, but you wouldn’t be entirely right either.  Amazon is using the tablet in a different way and not even really trying to compete.

There will always be implicit comparisons.  Not only will they come up with the big names in the tablet market, but the Kindle Fire will forever be lumped in with the Android Market as people try to figure out who is doing well.  In reality, it doesn’t even belong there.  Their device is being sold cheaply, maybe even at cost even now, specifically because it doesn’t matter how much they make on the hardware.

Anybody who uses a Kindle Fire, however briefly, is a win for the company simply because they are then tied into the media network where Amazon is really interested in making their money.  They don’t want to make a tablet that can be everything for everybody, just to add a bit of incentive to choose them for any digital media needs one might have.

Daily Deals: A Small Fortune and Dumb or Smart – The Test

A Small FortuneToday Amazon offers A Small Fortune by Audrey Braun just for $0.99.

When Celia Donnelly’s husband, Jonathon, surprises her with a family vacation to Mexico, the harried book editor couldn’t be happier. She is overworked and exhausted, a situation that has taken a toll on her eighteen-year marriage, not to mention her relationship with her teenaged son. Escaping the perpetually rainy Pacific Northwest for the sugary sands of Mexico could be just what the doctor ordered. Yet shortly after their arrival south of the border, a chance encounter with a stranger sparks illicit memories of a former affair. The moment passes, but that brief encounter proves enough to change her life forever. Hours later, Celia is lured from the beach and abducted off the street. At first a seemingly random victim, Celia quickly realizes her captors know exactly who she is. Desperate for news of her family and devastated by the betrayal of someone she trusts, Celia, along with an unlikely ally, is soon running for her life. Pursued from the balmy shores of Mexico to the steamy thickets of the jungle, to the crisp, cold mountains of Zurich, Celia will stop at nothing to find her way home.

Some words about the Author

Audrey Braun has lived all over the United States and Europe. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family. A Small Fortune is her first novel.

 

Dumb or Smart - The TestDumb or Smart – The Test is a logic game which you can download and install to your Kindle Fire for free today only.

Are you up to the Challenge?

With 80 levels of puzzles, memory games, logic tests, word scrabbles, and picture challenges, do you dare learn the truth? Just how smart are you? If you’re not all that brave, challenge your friends to get three stars on all 80 levels of brain twisting, logic bending games.

Like riddles? We got ‘em. This app offers puzzles galore, and much more. If you really are a “brainiac,” prove to all who know you that you’re smarter than a fifth grader–and beyond! Relax, have fun, and don’t take the reality of your low IQ too seriously. While playing, you’ll get some serious entertainment with cool sound effects, music score, and quality graphics.

Kill some time, and relax: the burden of being the smartest person on earth will be kindly lifted from your weary shoulders.

Amazon Appstore Expansion Indicates Kindle Fire is Nearly Ready For International Release

Amazon recently announced that they are now interested in developer submissions of Android apps for the international expansion of the Amazon Appstore for Android.  Those who are interested can now submit via the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Portal in order to be ready for the expansion.  This summer the Appstore is expanding to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.  Beyond that there are apparently plans for more, but even a handful of new markets should generate a big surge in popularity for the Appstore in general and the Kindle Fire in particular.

The Kindle Fire has to be what this is all about, of course.  We are expecting the next iterations of the Kindle line, both tablet and eReader, before the summer is out.  Although their first Android tablet has started to lose some of its initial popularity, it is clear that Amazon has a great deal invested in the idea of mobile devices integrated into their media distribution system.

Because of its integration, however, selling the Kindle Fire outside the US has seemed problematic at best.  Amazon has a lot going for them, but media rights need to be established in any country the company chooses to support.  That means not just books as with the Kindle eReaders but also movies, television, music, and apps.

Getting the apps will probably be the easiest part for this effort.  By setting up a portal by which Android developers can submit their applications, they are actually setting up an interesting alternative to Google Play.  Google has had a few incidents with regard to paying their international developers (mostly failing to pay them, actually) that makes an alternate major app store with a proven record huge news.

There are no estimates yet on exactly when the Kindle Fire will be offered outside the United States.  It even makes some sense to question whether Amazon will bother marketing the existing model at all.  With a newer high resolution model supposedly on the way, as well as a larger version set to follow soon after, waiting an extra month or two to make sure to put the best product forward might be the smart move.

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http://simonwebb.ca/curtailment-introduction-to-chemical-engineering-thermodynamics-7th-edition/ The Appstore for Android has already proven itself able to provide better returns for developers than its Google counterpart.  It’s true that many find the extra oversight and extended review process to be painful, occasionally to the point of refusal, but that has not stopped the store from growing rapidly over the past year.  Customers seem to value the higher submission standards, if nothing else.

Will this be enough to revive interest in the Kindle Fire?  That’s hard to say.  With Windows 8 right around the corner and Apple surely waiting to one-up any competition as soon as they are able to justify it financially, it’s an unsettling time to be selling Android tablets.  Because of Amazon’s break with Google’s standard interface and store, as well as the ecosystem integration, they stand somewhat apart from the Android crowd and might be able to survive even if interest in Android falls abruptly.  The next Kindle Fire is going to have to be impressive to regain the kind of market share that it had at the end of 2011, though.

Daily Deals: River of the Brokenhearted and PicShop – Photo Editor

River of the BrokenheartedToday Amazon offers River of the Brokenhearted by David Adams Richards just for $1.99

From the author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Mercy Among the Children comes the utterly beguiling, big-hearted story of one woman’s resolute struggle to overcome small-town prejudice and deceit. Spanning generations, River of the Brokenhearted explores the life and legacy of Janie McCleary, a brave Irish Catholic girl who dared to marry a man from the Church of England. Their union is quickly deemed scandalous, and when her husband dies just before the Great Depression, everyone in town, led by the unscrupulous Joey Elias, turns against her. Janie is left alone to raise a family. Her solution is to open one of the first movie theaters in North America, which she runs with such success that she manages to ostracize herself even further. She is a pioneer before the age of feminism, and the burden of her salty individualism will shape the lives of her children and grandchildren. Written with compassion and mastery, River of the Brokenhearted muses on the tyranny of memory and history, and peers into the hearts of extraordinary characters, where Richards finds an alchemy of venality and goodwill, deceit and brotherliness, and marked cruelty and true love. Once again, David Adams Richards has brought us a work of astonishing grace, rooted in his special territory on the great river of New Brunswick, but firmly universal in scope.

Some words about the Author

David Adams Richards has won numerous awards for his fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Peggy, and their sons, John Thomas and Anton.

 

PicShop - Photo EditorPicShop – Photo Editor is full-featured photo editor which you can install at your Android device (Kindle Fire and others) for free today only.

PicShop – Photo Editor features a beautiful design combined with tons of editing options and dozens of filters. With support for HD images up to 8MP, PicShop is great for serious photographers as well as casual. Post your perfected photos to Facebook, Twitter or e-mail with a single click.

The UI Layer for PicShop is fully GPU accelerated, which translates into extremely low battery consumption, and a beautifully smooth 60hz interface. This app is a joy to use.

Photo Editing Controls

The Editing Suite includes Color/Saturation, Brightness/Contrast, Sharpen/Blur, Tilt Shift, Depth of Field, Blemish Remover, RedEye Remover, Auto-Correction, Crop, Rotate, and Flip.

Features
  • Full Editing Suite
  • Filters and Effects
  • Frames and Overlays
  • Sketch Mode w/ 8 different brushes
  • Meme Maker (YES RLY)
  • Speech Bubbles
  • Text w/ Adjustable Font
  • Fun Stickers (Hats, Moustaches, Love etc)
  • Social Integration (Facebook, Twitter, Email)
  • Customize app with your own personal theme

The Tablet Divide

When I got my iPad, I also got an external keyboard.  It worked okay, but since it wasn’t directly integrated with the tablet, it did have some lag time.  My biggest hope is for the tablet to merge with the laptop.

I was unsure of how long it would take for this to happen until the release of the Microsoft Surface tablet.  It has a keyboard built into its cover.  This is the catalyst that will nudge tablets towards a hybrid laptop/tablet deal.  I’m really excited about this new development because it eliminates the need for both a computer and tablet, adds portability, and increases accessibility.

Now, to my point.  Rumors are indicating that Amazon is set to release a 10.1 inch Kindle Fire.  How much of this is just wishful thinking, it is hard to tell.  I have no doubt that the online retail giant can create a competitive larger tablet, but will they lose their original focus?

The competition gap and functionality of large and small tablets is widening.  Larger tablets more computer like in terms of power, whereas smaller tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are more for gaming, reading, and internet browsing.

I would love to see Amazon create a Kindle Fire that would provide both an optimal reading experience and serve as a multi purpose device.  There really aren’t that many major adjustments for e-ink Kindles left, at least not any that we know of at this point.  We’ll get a glowlight version this year, and maybe color next year.

Maybe a few years from now, the technology will be there to do a hybrid e-reader and tablet.  But, considering how quickly technology changes, there may be something completely different hitting the big market by then.

So, basically, I think Amazon definitely has the resources to build a larger tablet that will sell well.  But, I would like to see them hang on to their core mission: a better reading experience. Better to excel at one or a couple of products than to make a slew of mediocre ones.

 

Daily Deals: Until the Next Time and Router Aqua

Until the Next TimeToday Amazon offers Until the Next Time by Kevin Fox just for $1.99

For Sean Corrigan the past is simply what happened yesterday, until his twenty-first birthday, when he is given a journal left him by his fatherÕs brother MichaelÑa man he had not known existed. The journal, kept after his uncle fled from New York City to Ireland to escape prosecution for a murder he did not commit, draws Sean into a hunt for the truth about MichaelÕs fate.

Sean too leaves New York for Ireland, where he is caught up in the lives of people who not only know all about Michael Corrigan but have a score to settle. As his connection to his uncle grows stronger, he realizes that within the tattered journal he carries lies the story of his own lifeÑhis past as well as his futureÑand the key to finding the one woman he is fated to love forever.

With the appeal of The Time TravelerÕs Wife and the classic Time and Again, this novel is a romance cloaked in mystery and suspense that takes readers inside the rich heritage of Irish history and faith. Until the Next Time is a remarkable story about time and memory and the way ancient myths affect everythingÑfrom what we believe to who we love.

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Kevin Fox is a producer and writer for the Fox TS series Lie to Me, and his professional screen- writer credits include the film The Negotiator. He splits his time between coasts, living in both Los Angeles and New Jersey. This is his first novel.

 

Router AquaRouter Aqua is a game to download for free today only.

Router Aqua is a brain game that requires connecting matching color dots in the shortest possible distance while avoiding overlaps. Explore multiple routes through seven chapters, each more complex than the last.

… Isn’t Always a Straight Line

Chapter One introduces you to the basic gameplay and is well-suited for players of all ages. Chapter Two requires a bit of intellectual dexterity. For Chapter Three, you need to earn at least 130 points from the previous chapters to continue the game. Finish each stage with a perfect score to earn a Star Point. When you earn five or more Star Points, use them to get hints on more difficult levels.

Keep in mind that you need to plan ahead before you connect the first line, or the rest of the lines will tangle–and won’t connect. Each stage (or level) offers up to five stars, earning you a Star Point for a perfect score. Capture the Star Point by joining all dots in the stage using the shortest possible lines.

Part circuit board, part connect-the-dots, Router Aqua’s simple yet beautifully designed, glowing graphics pull you from level to level as you work through incrementally challenging puzzle boards. Every chapter contains lots of levels, and as you master the game, you may find yourself wandering back along familiar paths to replay, working toward even better scores and making your mark on the global leaderboard.

Kindle App Updates Hit iPad, iPhone, and Android

The most recent round of updates to the Kindle platform has begun to expand beyond the realm of Amazon-designed hardware.  Users of the Kindle for iOS and Kindle for Android are now enjoying updates to their software.  This comes as part of Amazon’s transition to the new Kindle Format 8 system which, while still an ongoing process, will eventually offer superior formatting control to publishers on every supported device.

The Kindle for iOS update makes this version 3.1 of the app.  The most notable changes are specifically meant for users of the iPad.  On the tablet, this app now supports KF8 formatting already in use in many children’s books and comics.  These include Kindle Text Pop Up and Kindle Panel View.  iPad users will also get to have a bit more control over their general reading experience.  You get smaller margins and an overall cleaner look to the page, which should help in any book.

The update wasn’t just for iPad users though.  Everybody running Kindle for iOS will now once again be able to look up words via Google and Wikipedia again.  The loss of that ability was a matter of some annoyance for many a while back.  Navigation should also be somewhat improved for all thanks to a search function allowing users to access specific titles and authors.

Kindle for Android didn’t get quite so extensive a treatment this time around, but what was changed will be important for some.  Assuming you are running Android on a tablet, version 3.6.0 will allow for more extensive formatting controls.  These include similar improvements in margin control as on the iPad, but also line spacing and landscape optimization controls.  If you choose to, you can now view two pages side by side in Kindle for Android to better simulate the experience of reading a paper book.  From experience, including but not limited to the Kindle Fire, I can say that this has a hugely positive effect on landscape formatted tablet reading.

No word has been given just yet about whether or not the KF8 features that have now made their way to the iOS app, along with the Kindle eReader and more, will be coming to Android in the near future.  I would say to expect them around the same time as the new Kindle is released at the latest, but we don’t know when that will be beyond that it is most likely before the end of July.

While I am a huge fan of the dedicated eReader for any sort of extended reading experience, the Kindle apps add a level of convenience that you really have to appreciate.  Not every occasion for reading requires pulling out the Kindle and sitting for hours poring over your favorite book.  These improvements are a good sign that Amazon is paying attention to the way their apps present themselves on various platforms and device types, as well as signaling that they have every intention of optimizing things for as many users as possible.

Daily Deals: The Eagle Has Landed and Sudoku SuperDoKu 1.0

The Eagle Has Landed (Liam Devlin)Today Amazon offers The Eagle Has Landed (Liam Devlin) by Jack Higgins just for $1.99

In November of 1943, an elite team of Nazi paratroopers descends on British soil with a diabolical goal: to abduct Winston Churchill and cripple the Allied war effort. The mission, ordered by Hitler himself and planned by Heinrich Himmler, is led by ace agent Kurt Steiner and aided on the ground by IRA gunman Liam Devlin.

As the deadly duo executes Hitler’s harrowing plot, only the quiet town of Studley Constable stands in their way. Its residents are the lone souls aware of the impending Nazi plan, and they must become the most unlikely of heroes as the fate of the war hangs in the balance.

Some words about the Author

Since The Eagle Has Landed—one of the biggest-selling thrillers of all time—every novel Jack Higgins has written has become an international bestseller. He has had simultaneous number-one bestsellers in hardcover and paperback, and many of his books have been made into successful movies, including The Eagle Has Landed, To Catch a King, On Dangerous Ground, Eye of the Storm, and Thunder Point. He has degrees in sociology, social psychology, and economics from the University of London, and a doctorate in media from Leeds Metropolitan University. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an expert scuba diver and marksman, Higgins lives in Jersey on the Channel Islands.

 

Sudoku SuperDoKu 1.0Sudoku SuperDoKu 1.0 is a game for your Kindle Fire which you can obtain for free today only.

If laws were written to discourage apps from taking steroids, SuperDoKu would definitely be in trouble. In this case, proprietary algorithms created by the developers of Sudoku SuperDoKu act as steroids, generating infinite numbers of puzzles, ensuring you’ll never run out of new puzzles to solve.

An App to Change your Sudoku Experience

Have you ever been half-way through a Sudoku puzzle only to be interrupted with a phone call or with the need to launch another app on your smartphone? Well, with the unique auto-save feature of Sudoku SuperDoKu, you’ll never again have to worry about losing your game progress. Simply relaunch Sudoku SuperDoKu, and you’ll pick up right where you left off. Whether you’re an expert Sudokuict or a beginner, there’s a puzzle for you. For seasoned players, the standard puzzle comes in easy, medium, and hard flavors. Beginners and children can play the mini-Sudoku (2×2, 2×3, or 3×2) puzzles.

Features
  • Hint feature if you get stuck
  • Pencil-marking option
  • Step-by-step animation showing how to solve tough puzzles

Stuck on a hard puzzle? Maybe you’re too tired to think but still want to play? Try the on-demand “Hint” feature for a hint or to find incorrectly marked cells. Or use the special “Crib” feature using pencil-markings to hone your playing skills. Tapping an empty cell multiple times narrows possible values. Or sit back and ask Sudoku SuperDoKu to solve the puzzle for you, and enjoy a step-by-step animation that even reveals dead-ends! You can also stop the animation by tapping any cell or function key to resume gameplay. And the “Undo” animation feature complements the “Solve” feature with soothing music media.

Kindle Fire Passed By Nook Tablet in Web Traffic

Right now it is safe to say that the iPad is on top when it comes to tablets.  I’m assuming nobody genuinely thinks anymore that the Kindle Fire was ever about trying to bring down Apple’s device.  It is no surprise then that in a recent analysis of their web traffic impressions, the Chitika Ad Network found that 91% of tablet traffic on the web comes from iPads.

What was somewhat surprising was that for the first time we see the Nook Tablet beating the Kindle Fire in terms of use.  Since May, the Nook has jumped from making up 0.53% of all tablet traffic to accounting for 0.85%.  For just a month, that’s an impressive increase in presence.  The Kindle Fire saw no such increase and even seems to have fallen off slightly in the same period.

What does this mean for the two devices?  Unfortunately this data is hard to draw any real conclusions from.  Lacking any sort of information about data collection, we don’t even know as much about what devices we are talking about.  How much of the Nook’s internet presence comes from people running rooted tablets thanks to simple tools making use of the SD slot, for example?  That matters, since it is essentially a lost customer for B&N when they are selling their hardware at near-cost in order to lock people into their ecosystem.

Even if we assume that those users are completely removed, we are still left with a study that examines only web use.  Anybody who has spent time browsing the internet on either of these devices already knows that while pleasant enough for what it is, the browsing experience a 7” tablet offers will generally fail to impress.

I would be more excited to see information about impressions and click-throughs on advertising in popular apps across multiple platforms.  That would be likely to give us a better understanding of the comparison since just about everybody loads up some Angry Birds or Words With Friends from time to time.

With the iPad still providing about fifty times the traffic of its closest competition this is all really a minor point.  You just can’t expect a small device designed for media consumption to do the same job or generate the same interest as Apple’s more powerful and popular product.  They have nothing to fear from Android tablets in general right now, let alone the budget side of the market.

Clearly this data will be helpful for anybody who is interested in trying to target tablet users specifically when designing a web-based advertising campaign.  For the rest of us, however, there is not enough detail to be worth thinking too much about it.  It would be nice if the Nook Tablet suddenly experienced a huge boost in popularity since Amazon couldn’t help but push back by adding new products or software features, but that isn’t necessarily the case here.

Maybe the next generation of tablets, with Windows 8 competing against the iPad and a Microsoft-backed Nook line providing intense competition for the Kindle Fire, but for now things are pretty much on hold.

Daily Deals: Pocket-47 and Animal Find

Pocket-47 (A Nicholas Colt Thriller)Today Amazon offers Pocket-47 (A Nicholas Colt Thriller) by Jude Hardin just for $1.99

Meet Nicholas Colt, a PI with an intriguing past. Once guitarist for the renowned band Colt .45, he’s the sole survivor of a small-plane crash that killed his wife, daughter, and the rest of the band. After that, he renounced music and set up shop as a detective in his Airstream trailor near a lake in north Florida. When orphaned Leitha Ryan hires him to find her runaway 15-year-old sister, Brittney (eschewing police for fear of losing Brittney to foster care), the trail leads to a white-supremacy sect and connects to Colt’s earlier life through SWAT sniper and former SEAL Roy Massengill, who once worked for the band. Pocket-47, Colt learns, is a pilot’s expression that can mean not only an unexplained glitch but also sabotage. Colt is a physical, no-holds-barred PI, reminiscent of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, and his debut is action-packed. With a hefty toll of dead bodies, some described in cringe-inducing detail, this is crime fiction at its rawest. Hard-boiled connoisseurs should make Colt’s acquaintance now.

Some words about the Author

Jude Hardin graduated from the University of Louisville with an English degree, and currently lives in northeast Florida. When he’s not pounding away at the computer keyboard, Jude can be found pounding away on his drums, playing tennis, reading, or down at the pond fishing with his son.

 

 

Animal FindAnimal Find is a funny application for your Kindle Fire which can entertain your kids for long time. Today only you can download the game for free.

The world is full of unique animals, and the Animal Find app lets your child discover them. This fun matching game designed for young children encourages learning through spoken word and picture association. The pleasant narration and beautifully animated graphics are sure to make this animal safari fun and educational.

Match the Animals

Facing a grid full of different kinds of cute animals, your child will listen for the cheerful narrator to speak an animal name. Simply touch the matching animal. A correct answer is awarded with a pleasant tone. The animal disappears from the grid of choices and another is added.

Find Animals helps to promote self-directed learning time. An incorrect choice results in a non-alarming buzz. After a few seconds, the animal will bounce to help your little tyke match it properly–without your help! As your child learns the animals, they’ll be able respond to the animal names much more quickly and earn more stars.

From Boars to Narwhals

Your child will learn all kinds of exciting new animals. Animal Find sends your tyke searching for more than just cats, cows, monkeys, and tigers. It’s easy to learn more specific and rare animals like the anglerfish, chameleon, narwhal, and antelope.

Play either of two game modes: Play All Day or Tik Tok. While playing in the timed mode, choose a difficulty mode of easy, medium, or hard. Choose the difficulty mode to match your child’s age.

Animal Find will help to develop auditory, visual, and fine motor skills. Save scores and watch your little one improve. With beautifully illustrated animals and graphics, your child will stay engaged and entertained.

Microsoft Surface Tablet Isn’t Kindle Competition Exactly, But…

Ok, so as much as the Microsoft tablet announcement seemed potentially poised to do something even more unsettling to the small tablet market than Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire pricing could accomplish, the danger has mostly passed.  There is no way that either of the versions of Microsoft’s new Surface tablet are going to be priced comparably to consumption-specific tablets any time soon.

They do bring a few things to the table that might make people think twice about bringing anything else into an academic situation, though.  That could be bad news for the Kindle given Amazon’s emphasis on academic applications for their devices.  While many students couldn’t afford something like an iPad in addition to their computer, a tablet like the Surface has the potential to let students do without a computer while still retaining much of the functionality of a Kindle Fire type of device.

Looking specifically at the ARM-driven Windows RT model, which will be the first to become available, there are really interesting things going on.  No, it will not have anything approximating an E Ink display, but it will come with a 10.6” HD screen.  That’s going to make a big difference for everything from movie viewing to game playing.

On top of that, the device integrates two digitizers.  One of those handles normal touch behavior while the other is specific to stylus contact.  In the event you are writing with a stylus, the Surface knows to ignore your fingers so that you can write naturally.  This will be huge for everything from in-text annotation to general note taking.  Comfortable one-handed scribbling on the go might finally be possible on a tablet.

For media, the Microsoft tablet will have outputs so that you can put your video on an HDTV or monitor as desired.  This was an important enough feature that they practically opened the reveal by talking about how there would be a Netflix app available at launch.  It is also something that the Kindle Fire has definitely been missing.

It will, as always, come down to price.  Right now we know nothing besides that the Surface for Windows RT will be priced close to comparable ARM tablet alternatives.  That probably means that it will run at least $400.  In that case, Amazon has little to worry about among their primary customers.

The biggest concern is going to be when Amazon reveals their new Kindle Fire later this year.  A 10.1” Kindle Fire would be nice, but if it doesn’t significantly undercut both the iPad 2 and the Surface then there will be trouble.  I love the tight integration that Amazon has given their tablet, but when you have something that is literally intended to be a complete PC you don’t need that.

The best we can hope for is that Amazon will stick to their undercutting strategy and market the newer, larger model of the Kindle Fire for something like $250 to maintain its position as a valid alternative for the consumer on a budget.

Daily Deals: Five Top-Rated “Brain Books” and To-Fu: The Trials of Chi

Today Amazon offers the set from 5 Top-Rated “Brain Books for $1.99 each. This inspiring collection is filled with fascinating and fun strategies for unleashing your imagination, recharging your intuition, and bolstering your self-confidence. All five books feature expert advice and refreshingly original approaches designed to improve your mind and quality of life. Here is the list of the books:

  1. The Misleading Mind: How We Create Our Own Problems and How Buddhist Psychology Can Help Us Solve Them by Karuna Cayton
  2. Brain Power by Michael J. Gelb (Author), Kelly Howell (Author), Tony Buzan (Foreword)
  3. The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner
  4. Creative Thinkering by Michael Michalko
  5. The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee (Author), Chris Guillebeau (Foreword), Kate Prentiss (Illustrator)

 

 

To-Fu: The Trials of ChiTo-Fu: The Trials of Chi is an application for you Kindle Fire shared by Amazon without taking a fee today only.

He’s pliable, resilient, and tasty. Besides pairing nicely with noodles or soup, he’s an excellent weapon for sticking, slinging, and flinging through the Trials of Chi. Go on: play with your food in this entertaining game for your Android device.

Avoid the To-Fu Traps

Join our stretchy protagonist as he gets ready to undertake the infamous Trials of Chi. Ping, stick, and rebound our little hero through treacherous booby-traps and complex mechanisms using only your finger and To-Fu’s unique stretch control. The objective is to get to the Fortune Kitty while collecting as many blue Chi as you can. Don’t fall victim to a trap and become Tofurkey. Conquer the trials and help To-Fu become the illustrious Master of Chi.

Tough as To-Fu

To-Fu may quite possibly be the world’s most malleable martial artist. Stretch To-Fu with your finger and aim. Release your finger to ping him. Return To-Fu to his normal size and release to cancel the ping. Drag your finger to the spot you want To-Fu to land for precision aiming. Drag the screen to adjust your viewpoint which is very useful for floating platforms.

You and To-Fu will fight your way through five different surface types and 150 unique trials with simple touch-screen controls. Don’t underestimate his strength: even Meat knows he’s a formidable foe.

Is Microsoft About to Reveal their Kindle Fire Killer?

A few days ago word went out that Microsoft is holding a June 18th gathering that will involve a major announcement of some sort.  Shortly after that there was a leak of inside information that indicates this will be Microsoft’s first computer hardware offering.  As early as tomorrow we may have some details about an upcoming Windows 8 tablet developed and manufactured by Microsoft itself.  The big question now is what market they are shooting for.  It might make sense for this to be a big push against the Kindle Fire.

Consider the situation that Microsoft has gotten itself into.  They are trying to take over the tablet market from Apple while still maintaining dominance in the PC market.  They are doing this by supporting everything in an attempt to create consistent experience.  Tablets, PCs, video game consoles, phones, everything will have Metro on it sooner of later.  Unfortunately this includes supporting multiple architectures, which has made the company split their project.

Windows RT is what they are calling the branch of Windows 8 that runs on ARM devices and it might be in trouble.  While Microsoft is trying to create consistency, none of the applications that run on Windows RT will run on the rest of Windows 8, nor will the reverse be possible.  This means that they can’t necessarily count on the hordes of existing Windows software developers to jump on board.

The reason this matters to Kindle Fire fans is mostly that this would be a great time for Microsoft to demonstrate how a well designed product running their software can perform.  They’re already going to be pulling in a lot of people with touch interface experience for their app store.

The segment that is willing to concentrate specifically on tablet customers to the exclusion of desktops will likely be Android and iOS developers.  As a result we might see something that can do everything the Kindle Fire can, with a similar integration into a large existing media ecosystem, running an admittedly better tuned OS.  Amazon might end up with problems.

Pretty much only one thing makes this somewhat questionable.  Microsoft has not shown any particular interest in going into the budget tablet market.  They actually seem to want to disregard Android devices entirely and head straight for the top to knock down the iPad.  Reports indicate that OEMs working on ARM tablets will be charged $85 per device just for the operating system.  You can’t do that and compete with the Kindle Fire on price.

We will know more tomorrow afternoon.  This could be big news, and explain a lot about Microsoft’s interest in the Nook line, or it could turn out to have no effect at all on Kindle customers.  If not, it seems that there is nobody else on the verge of taking off until the anticipated Google Nexus tablet is finally finished.  To be totally honest, a Kindle Fire vs Windows 8 tablet competition would be a much bigger thing to worry about.

Daily Deals: $0.99 Mysteries and Thrillers and Super Stickman Golf

Today Amazon offers set of $0.99 Mysteries and Thrillers which consist of 12 books. Here are the list:

  1. They Never Die Quietly by D.M. Annechino
  2. Resuscitation by D.M. Annechino
  3. Liquid Fear by Scott Nicholson
  4. Chronic Fear by Scott Nicholson
  5. Up Jumped the Devil (A Darryl Billups Mystery) by Blair S. Walker
  6. Hidden in Plain View (A Darryl Billups Mystery) by Blair S. Walker
  7. Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes (A Darryl Billups Mystery) by Blair S. Walker
  8. Asylum Harbor by Traci Hohenstein
  9. Burn Out by Traci Hohenstein
  10. Punctured (Las Vegas Mystery) by Rex Kusler
  11. Ashes to Dust (Las Vegas Mystery) by Rex Kusler
  12. Desert Drop (Las Vegas Mystery) by Rex Kusler

 

Super Stickman GolfSuper Stickman Golf is a game for your Kindle Fire which you can get for free today only.

Super Stickman Golf isn’t golf the way you know it; it’s actually a physics puzzler nicely blended with the challenges and themes of traditional golf. Super Stickman Golf offers something golfers have only dreamt about while trying to par the course: special abilities. You’re not just a golfer anymore. You’re a Super Stickman Golfer with cool super powers.

Golf of the Future

Since 18 holes are never enough, you can swing your way through more than 300 extraordinary holes. Use your special abilities to try to get that birdie and manipulate the ball like you’ve never done before–even with a perfect swing.

Choose your ball carefully. Since this isn’t just ordinary golf, you can’t use ordinary balls. You can choose from sticky balls, ice balls, air brakes, and nitro balls. If you’ve ever wanted to stop your ball in mid-air, freeze water, or stick your shot to something, now you’ve got the balls to do it.

New Kindle Fire Will Drop Kindle Fire Classic Price to $149

Unless literally none of the information we have about upcoming developments in Kindle products turns out to be accurate, there are a couple things we can safely assume.  There will definitely be a front-lit Kindle eReader along the lines of the Nook Simple Touch w/ GlowLight, for example.  That was inevitable, of course, but thanks to the details of Amazon’s recent contract with the US State Dept we know that it will be sooner rather than later.  We also know that there will be a new Kindle Fire tablet of some sort this year.

Amazon is said to have originally intended a larger model Kindle Fire to b ready on release day, giving customers some choice.  Due to time constraints, and the need to be ready for last year’s holiday season, that didn’t pan out.  This year the talk has been about Amazon making good on that potential.  We have heard rumors indicating an 8.9” Kindle Fire, a 10.1” Kindle Fire, both at once, and more.  The predicted timeline puts whatever happens in the next 4-6 months.

The latest update we have on this comes via DigiTimes.  As always, they must be taken with some caution.  Still, the information seems realistic and they have come up with some early information in the past that turned out accurate.

This report indicates that Amazon will be releasing an update to their 7” Kindle Fire in the third quarter of 2012.  It will include a higher resolution 1280 by 800 screen as well as other unspecified hardware improvements meant to target higher-end tablet customers.  The price of this model will still be just $199.

The existing Kindle Fire will continue to be available to customers much as the iPad 2 remains available despite the hardware having moved on.  The Kindle Fire Classic, or whatever it is called by this time, will be sold for just $149.  This is expected to go a long way toward increasing Amazon’s exposure and overall Android tablet dominance.

The same report also goes on to explain that the previously mentioned 10.1” Kindle Fire is still going to be made and appears to be on the way either late in 2012 or early in 2013.  Supposed 8.9” device development has been suspended, presumably because three active options in the Kindle Fire line will already be more than enough to choose from.  There is no word so far how much this larger tablet will cost.

DigiTimes aside, I think that there is enough precedent to say that Amazon will likely have a large sale on the existing Kindle Fire prior to and immediately following the release of its successor.  It may be kept around, much as the Kindle Keyboard has been, but more likely the price drop will simply be a transition tool.  Amazon has been suspected of selling previous generation devices as “refurbished” regardless of their actual condition in order to drum up some last minute interest and clear out existing inventories.

Daily Deals: The Cold Dish and Dead by Dawn

The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire MysteryToday Amazon offers The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson just for $2.99

A strong sense of place, a credible plot and deft dialogue lift Johnson’s good-humored debut novel, the first of a new series, set in Bighorn Mountain country. Walt Longmire, the veteran sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo., usually has little to do on his patrols. When Cody Pritchard is found shot to death near the Cheyenne reservation, everyone, including Deputy Victoria Moretti, a transplanted Philadelphian, believes he died in an accident. But two years earlier, Cody was one of four high schoolers convicted of raping a young Native American girl. All were given suspended sentences, and when another of the four turns up dead, it appears that someone is out for revenge. As fear mounts, Sheriff Longmire feels tension in the air between the white population and the Native American community, and he’s not pleased to think that his lifelong friend, Henry Standing Bear, might be directly involved in the murders. While the prose could stand tautening at times simply to up the suspense, Johnson has made an assured start that should appeal to a wide range of mystery fans. – Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Some words about the Author

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, now an A&E drama series, Longmire. He si the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix 813. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

 

Dead by Dawn (Ad-Free)Dead by Dawn (Ad-Free) is a game for your Kindle Fire which you can obtain for free today only.

You’ve been locked in a cemetery. Do you want the good news or bad news first? Well, the good news is the groundskeeper will unlock the gate at 6 a.m. The bad news is the cemetery is filled with flesh-eating zombies and other undead creatures! Can you survive until morning, or will you be Dead by Dawn?

Enjoy this fast-paced, first-person shooter game for your Android. Zombies are rendered in realistic, dimly-lit 3D, and they come crawling out of the woodwork. Upload your high scores to global online leaderboards.

To move around the cemetery, simply swipe the on-screen joystick. Try to keep moving or you risk being overwhelmed by zombies. Also, collect a variety of different weapons to defend yourself. To reload, just tap your on-screen ammo counter, then rock and roll!

Kindle Fire Ads May Be More Productive than Their iPad Counterparts

When it comes to selling advertising space, it makes sense that bigger is better.  Billboards reach more people than bus stop ads.  That may not translate entirely to the tablet PC, however.  In a recent report, mobile advertising company Jumptap revealed that Kindle Fire ads are the most successful at getting customers to click through, despite the relatively smaller screen space they have to work with compared to the competition.

It seems that while the iPad has had the most success for its advertisers up until now, with .9% of those who view a given ad choosing to click through to the product, the Kindle Fire has already bumped itself up to 1.02%.   That is nearly twice the success rate that the closest non-Apple competition has enjoyed, as shown by the Jumptap graphic to the right.

This actually seems to support the general trend for those who choose to invest in the Kindle Fire.  We have already seen that Android developers enjoy something like three times the income through Amazon that the same app tends to bring in through Google’s own marketplace.  Now advertisers are learning the same thing.  Perhaps the only truly surprising bit of information here is that the Kindle Fire beat out the iPad.  As mentioned, shouldn’t bigger ads be better ads?

The Jumptap theory is that this is the result of a generation gap.  Kindle Fire owners are significantly more likely to be in the 45 to 64 year old range, which differs from iPad owners who are far more likely to come from the 18 to 34 year old range.  They suggest that while these older users are generally less likely to buy products on the device itself, potentially limiting the impact of some ad campaigns, it is worth coming up with ads optimized for the Kindle Fire’s smaller screen in order to take advantage of the click-through rate.

To illustrate, they used the example of fast food advertisements.  It seems these were tending to catch much more attention on weekends than during the week, but they are obviously the sort of small, quick graphic that can appeal to any demographic even when the product isn’t something offered through a given device.

Since we have a wealth of information available to properly tailor ads to their recipients in many cases, it seems like we have reached the point where size doesn’t matter.  Or at least a point where size matters less.  We can’t predict yet what effect a larger Kindle Fire will have on this data when Amazon gets around to releasing one, so it might just be a matter of Amazon customers being more predisposed to click on ads they find potentially interesting for all I know.

It’s always going to be up to developers to decide how best to monetize their product and this once again shows that Amazon’s platform is a superior choice.  The more we see of this, the more likely we are to see wider adoption of the Amazon Appstore for Android.  As a Kindle Fire user, even one who hates these very ads, that means this comes across as good news.

Daily Deals: A Gay and Melancholy Sound and World Cricket Championship – Pro

A Gay and Melancholy Sound (Book Lust Rediscoveries)Today Amazon offers A Gay and Melancholy Sound (Book Lust Rediscoveries) by Merle Miller and Nancy Pearl just for $0.99

The first book in nationally renowned librarian Nancy Pearl’s new Book Lust Rediscoveries series, this lost literary classic is available for the first time in decades. As funny and entertaining as it is captivating and heartrending, A Gay and Melancholy Sound is a shattering depiction of modern disconnection and the tragic consequences of a life bereft of love.

Joshua Bland has lived the kind of life many would define as extraordinary. Born in a small Iowa town to a controlling, delusional mother who had always wanted a daughter rather than a son, her anger at him colors his life. His father, a compassionate drinker incapable of dealing with Joshua’s mother, walks out on his wife and son, leaving a vacuum in the family that is damagingly filled by his tutor-cum-stepfather Petrarch Pavan, scion of a wealthy New York family who has secrets of his own. Playing on Joshua’s brilliance, Petrarch trains him to win a nationwide knowledge competition, but Joshua’s disappointing results in the finals are met with anger and disbelief by both his mother and stepfather. If Petrarch was unsuccessful in teaching Joshua the information he needed to win the contest, he had more success in instilling Joshua with the cynicism, self-doubt, and self-hatred that fill his own soul.

Enlisting in the army during World War II, he serves first as an infantryman, where his irreverent letters home turn him into a best-selling author. Then, as a paratrooper, he meets the physical challenges he thought were beyond his reach and helps free the concentration camps before being wounded as the Allied forces free Buchenwald. Back home after the war, he becomes a wildly successful producer—and all of this by the age of thirty-seven. But when his production company flounders amid critical and financial woes, the reality of who he is becomes perfectly, depressingly clear: he has had a lifetime of extraordinary experiences—and no emotional connection to any of it.

Some words about the Authors

Merle Miller was born on May 17, 1919 in Montour, Iowa, and grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa and the London School of Economics. He joined the US. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he worked as an editor of Yank. His best-known books are his biographies of three presidents: Plain Speaking: An Oral History of Harry Truman, Lyndon: An Oral Biography, and Ike the Soldier: As They Knew Him. His novels include That Winter, The Sure Thing, Reunion, A Secret Understanding, A Gay and Melancholy Sound, What Happened, Island 49, and A Day in Late September. He also wrote We Dropped the A-Bomb, The Judges and the Judged, Only You, Dick Daring!, about his experiences writing a television pilot for CBS starring Barbara Stanwyck and Jackie Cooper, and On Being Different, an expansion of his 1971 article for the The New York Times Magazine entitled “What It Means to Be a Homosexual.” He died in 1986.

Nancy Pearl is a librarian and lifelong reader. She regularly comments on books on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Her books include 2003’s Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, 2005’s More Book Lust: 1,000 New Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment and Reason; Book Crush: For Kids and Teens: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest, published in 2007, and 2010’s Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers. Among her many awards and honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; the 2010 Margaret E. Monroe Award from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association; and the 2004 Women’s National Book Association Award, given to “a living American woman who …has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.”

 

World Cricket Championship - ProWorld Cricket Championship – Pro is a game which is free today only.

The tension, the fun, the high voltage drama; it’s all here in World Cricket Championship – Pro. This 3D-style cricket game takes you into the arena of international cricket, offering two game modes for twice the intensity.

In Quick Play, choose your own team and your opponent. Batsmen are pre-chosen, but you select your bowlers from the players available. By winning the toss you have the option to bat or ball first. You can play either a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 over match. If you are a first-time player, try Quick Play mode a few times before you move on to Tournament mode.

In Tournament mode, two groups play simultaneously, though you only confront the team from the other group at the quarter-final level. Choose your own side and play against the specified team. As in Quick Play, batsmen are specified, but you can select your bowlers. Win at least four games out of six to avoid elimination and enter the quarter-finals. Elimination automatically ends the tournament. Quarter-finals and semi-finals are knock-out rounds. Win your quarter-final to enter the semi-final round, then progress toward the championship match.

Amazon Brings HBO GO to Kindle Fire

Beginning immediately, Kindle Fire owners are able to take advantage of the new HBO GO app.  This app, downloadable from the Amazon Appstore for Android, lets HBO subscribers watch their favorite content on demand right from their Kindle.  This means immediate access to, among other things, over 1,400 episodes of HBO’s original content.

You’ll find a lot of that content already available through Amazon’s Instant Video store, but how likely is anybody to pay the $2.99 per episode they’re asking for Game of Thrones at the moment even if DVDs aren’t available?  Chances are good that if you’re really excited about these shows then you already have an HBO subscription and as such will incur no extra charges when bringing your Kindle Fire out as a viewing option.

Amazon has invested a lot of time into making their video selection competitive.  The Instant Video service has gone from somewhat helpful at best to being a genuinely persuasive reason to consider Amazon Prime.  The fact that the Kindle Fire offers convenient direct access to these videos is a large part of why the device was so important to Amazon’s efforts.  After the Kindle eReader took off so strongly they were naturally after a way to turn that model around for other forms of media.

Some people were genuinely worried that Amazon’s emphasis on selling video content and Amazon Prime subscriptions would lead them to exclude other providers to varying degrees.  This is even more of a concern now that they keep expanding.  One of these days there might even be real competition with services like Netflix.  It’s good to see that Amazon’s interest in being a part of the digital video business isn’t so important to them that they would make it difficult for apps like this one to get to customers.

Subscribers will be able to create their own Watchlists to keep track of things.  You also get to mark your favorite shows so that your Watchlist is immediately updated with new episodes as they become available.  From what I can tell, this content is out for streaming almost immediately upon airing, so it makes a lot of sense for those of us unlikely to schedule around weekly TV viewing rituals.

There will also be access to bonus content.  Viewers will be able to pull up behind the scenes extras, interviews with cast and crew, recaps of prior episodes to keep you up to date, and the usual DVR-style interface that we have come to expect.  As in most cases like this, if you are viewing a video on one device and have to stop for whatever reason you can pick up where you left off later regardless of whether you are still on that same device.

HBO still carries a subscription outside of anything related to the Kindle Fire.  This is a great deal if you already have that subscription.  If not, chances are good that this will not be quite enough to push you over the edge into buying.  It’s a neat app and HBO shows are some of the best in production right now by any measure.  That should be your deciding factor.  The Kindle Fire access is just a hugely convenient bonus.

Daily Deals: Twisted Justice and Daisy’s Crazy Day

Twisted JusticeAmazon offers Twisted Justice by Patricia Gussin just for $0.99

For better…Laura Nelson has it all – a successful career as a surgeon, five well-adjusted kids, and a gorgeous, prominent husband Steve, a nightly news anchor at the Tampa TV News.For worse…Laura’s seemingly perfect world shatters when she discovers that Steve is sharing much more than a news desk and a billboard with Kim, his sexy co-anchor. But Steve’s torrid fling with his coworker is about to come to an abrupt end..Till death do us part…When Kim is murdered, Laura is left holding the smoking gun. How far would Laura go to preserve her perfect life? That’s about to become yesterday’s news.Now, Laura must fight to protect her freedom as lies, deception and dark secrets threaten to close in on her, and change her perfect life into a perfect nightmare.But, looks can be deceiving. And deceit can be deadly. Sexy, alluring and provocative, Twisted Justice delivers fiery hot action, pulse-pounding suspense, and a razor-sharp plot full of dangerous curves.

Some words about Author

Patricia Gussin, M.D. is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, is Board Certified in Family Medicine and holds an MBA from Columbia University. Pat practiced medicine and directed medical research as a worldwide vice president for a leading healthcare company. Gussin is also author of Shadow of Death and the upcoming What’s Next for You?

 

Daisy's Crazy DayDaisy’s Crazy Day is the next application which you can download and install to your Kindle Fire for free today within Amazon Appstore Deals.

It’s Crazy Being Daisy

Daisy’s got a hot date with Brad tonight, and she needs your help getting ready! Her day is getting crazier by the second. Can you beat the clock and get her to her date on time? Find out in this simple, yet addictive, game for your Android device.

Seven Steps to a Great Date

If only Daisy could get through her day and not be late for her date with Brad! You can help by playing seven mini-games, each of which gets her a little closer to the big evening.

First, wake Daisy up by ringing her alarm clock, then find all the items she needs in the shower. Once she’s squeaky-clean, pick out a matching outfit from Daisy’s favorite magazine, and then … oops! Daisy locked herself out of her apartment when she checked the mail, so you’ll have to help her kick the door in.

Phew! Now catch your breath and assemble the perfect fruit smoothie for Daisy’s lunch. Once she’s all fueled up, Daisy needs to run an errand. But she realizes that the shoes in her closet are a mess! Help her match each pair and box them up as fast as you can, because time is running short.

Finally, it’s time for a quick trip to the mall. Daisy discovers that the other shoppers are a nasty bunch–but she’s no slouch, either. Help fend off the competition by chucking Daisy’s shoes at anyone who gets too close. Hey, none of them would have looked good in that dress, anyway!

Did you make it past all seven games? Congratulations! Now Daisy can go on her date with the dreamy Brad. If you didn’t, start over and try again. Remember, good dates don’t just happen by themselves, and if there’s one thing Daisy isn’t, it’s lazy. Good luck!

Thoughts on the Future of the Kindle eReader

In most of the ways that matter we can safely say that the eBook war is over.  Owning a Kindle is no longer strange or a sign that one is obsessed with gadgets.  Where does all this lead, though?  In many ways there is nowhere left to go for these devices, or at least nowhere obvious, and while they will certainly persist in at least as advanced a form as they have already achieved there is the question of how much room for growth the eReader market will eventually have.

I bring this up because of reliability issues in eReading devices.  Unlike most electronics that I have owned, my worry here is that they tend to be overly reliable.  I have owned a handful of such devices since my first in 2006.  That one, a Sony Reader PRS-500, still works as well as the day I bought it.  The battery was a little worse for wear after sitting for six months in a closet, but the screen is fine.  The same is true of every other example I have on hand.

Until now, upgrading was a matter of often drastic improvements in screen contrast and refresh rate.  Five minutes on a first generation Kindle will have you tearing your hair out if you’re used to using a Kindle Keyboard.  With E Ink Pearl displays we have hit a point where you are basically looking at paper.  Thanks to the Nook Simple Touch w/ GlowLight, and soon its anticipated Kindle counterpart, we are able to read in the dark without trouble.

Short of introducing color and non-perceivable screen refreshes there is not a lot of room to grow.  If anybody manages to figure out both of those without introducing severe downsides like battery life reduction then chances are good that the displays will be more useful on tablets anyway and the dedicated eReader will remain a niche purchase.

If we have a product that will not likely see much in the way of hardware improvement beyond the next generation or two, especially one that can last as long as a Kindle, it could cause rather lower sales rates than one expects in consumer electronics.  The newest eReader I own has already outlasted the newest laptop I own despite having seen ten times the use.  Looking purely at the hardware side of my purchasing pattern would give the wrong idea about my preferences as a consumer.

Essentially, I’m wondering how long the idea that the hardware and media sides of the Kindle business model can be kept even nominally separate.  There may come a time when stagnant growth for the line is not the sign of problems.

I don’t doubt that eReaders in general and the Kindle in particular will continue to be updated.  If nothing else, there are parts besides the screens that will need to be updated to keep up with new software features as time goes on.  I only wonder how often people will feel the need to upgrade.  It is hard to see huge performance improvement as a necessary factor when you’re talking about a device meant to emulate the experience of flipping over pieces of paper to see what’s on the other side.

Daily Deals: More Sweet Tea and Voltage Premium

More Sweet TeaToday Amazon offers More Sweet Tea by Deborah Smith,  Sandra Chastain, Virginia Ellis, Deborah Dixon, Maureen Hardegree just for $1.99.

Settle back into that comfortable chair and enjoy a second helping of poignant, humorous and nostalgic tales about how things used to be in the legendary South. From vindictive mules and small town marriage rituals that include a pig, to Grandma’s story of how a quilt square got her a husband and a home remedy of the hemorrhoidal variety that goes awry, More Sweet Tea delivers what readers have been thirsting for since the first in the Sweet Tea series, Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

Voltage PremiumAlso you can download Voltage Premium – it is a game for your Kindle Fire. Today only it is free for download from Amazon site.

Toying around with powerful electric circuits just became casual gameplay. Voltage Premium is a challenging puzzle game that requires you to connect the blue electrical circuit with the red electrical circuit.

Getting Wired

The red current comes from the tube running up the left side of the screen, and the blue current comes from the right. Each tube contains multiple outlets. Connect to an outlet with a provided puzzle piece and slowly work your way across the screen until you connect the two currents.

Similar to Tetris-style gameplay, you’re given one puzzle piece at a time, but they’re all different. Some pieces rotate, while others do not. Some pieces can slide across the top of your screen allowing you to drop them anywhere, while others sit stagnant. This is determined by the color of the piece. You’ll always know the next available piece which is displayed in the corner. Play smart; you’re only one step ahead.

Power-up

Earn bonus pieces for more turns, to swap pieces, or to activate a bomb. Most bonuses are earned after leveling up and appear as a colored button at the top of your screen. Colored buttons are good. We like to push colored buttons.

Build the high-voltage circuit in two game modes: Timed or Unlimited. Compete with other players through OpenFeint scoring system.

Zzzzi Zzzap

The diesel-punk themed graphics and high voltage snaps, sizzles, and zaps are ironically paired with an easy-listening, instrumental ensemble. It’s classy and dangerous! Now, would someone please hold my overcoat while I quickly fuse some dangerously high-voltage fuses?