Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Alerts: Today's Free App of the Day is a good one - Elements of Photography Pro, usually $3.50. Sale pricing on Fire TV and Fire HDX 7" tablet, as well as on a FireTV-tablet bundle

Alert to a very good free App of the Day for Android and all Kindle Fire tablets

It's Elements of Photography Pro by Arkenstone Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and, so far, has 25 reviews with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 (edited to add that a new app user just low-graded it because he thought it was a camera he could use).

  This app also has integrated Google Translate and is available in 14 languages.]

At the right is a sample lesson screen
from the app.

At any rate, it should be useful to anyone wanting to understand how to use combinations of settings for any given photo situation.   Included are tips and a quiz section.

Updated the Free Books search links
(Non-Classics/Contemporary) available for November, with October also accessible.
    October 2014  November 2014.
    Also, all currently free non-classics sorted by:
    Publication Date   Bestselling    High ratings

Quick alert for limited-time pricing on a couple of tablet and streaming tv options
Amazon is starting its limited time pricing deals as they approach Black Friday, and online stores seem to be starting earlier every year.

Unfortunately, Amazon is now showing only starting prices for tablet products and asking customers to choose added storage and/or Wireless options (WiFi or WiFi+3G) after adding to the cart.  However, it's a little less confusing than it was when they had the 'hover' chart of different pricing based on storage and connectivity options.

The Kindle Fire HDX 7" tablet, recently given a regular price of $199 (down from $229), to start, is being sold for a limited time at $179 to start.
  And the Fire TV is available currently at a discounted price of $84 (down from $99).  There's no indication of expiration date for the sale, but this sold for a few days recently for that price and then was raised to 4.99

  They are also drawing attention on the tablet product pages to a current bundled pricing for the FireTV with a Kindle Fire HDX 7" tablet with 16 GB of storage space.  There is NO option to add storage to this tablet when bundled with Fire TV.  I'm personally more comfortable with 32 GB of storage, but Amazon pushes its Cloud storage for apps you use less frequently and these are downloadable at any time.

  At $259 for both, this allows the FireTV to have tablet content "mirrored" to your HDTV or even "flung" to it so that an Instant Prime movie starting on the tablet can be shown on just the HDTV, freeing up the tablet to be used for other things.
  That means that a few people can enjoy the video on the TV, with the Amazon Cloud processing the stream and freeing up the tablet's processor.  This includes being able to use the feature of checking who's in the current scene being watched, seen via Amazon's X-Ray feature available when viewing Amazon Instant Video -- but the tablet can be used for books, games, and other apps, while the video is shown on the TV.

That's it for now, as I have to be gone until tomorrow, but I wanted to send the alerts out to anyone who might be interested in them.

Check often: Temporarily-free recently published Kindle books
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.  Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

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