DMM’s 1/20/17 Freebie Friday

Posted January 19, 2017 By Mom
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Welcome to DMM’s 1/20/17 Freebie Friday! Today I’m cross-posting from my Love My Echo site with a post that features two Audible titles that are free for both Amazon’s US and UK customers, plus a third, bonus title that’s currently available to US customers only.

 

Leadership

 

Today’s first freebie is Extraordinary Leadership (UK readers click here).

 

In a constantly changing, hyper-competitive world, leadership is more important than ever. Yet few people have what it takes to inspire, develop, and guide others. In this presentation, Robin Sharma shares the leadership lessons that he gives to clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and NASA. Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes.

 

Next is Recession Proof Graduate: How to Land the Job You Want by Doing Free Work (UK readers click here).

 

Recession-Proof Graduate is a wildly popular career guide that’s been downloaded over 150,000 times. This audiobook is frequently shared among students, teachers, parents, counselors, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. It’s been integrated in the coursework at a number of universities, given away as a graduation gift, and translated to Italian.

I struggled to find meaningful work – or any work – after getting out of school. I graduated in 2008 – during the worst economy in 80 years – and spent my days spamming my resume to hundreds of companies I didn’t want to work for…and never heard back. It was exhausting. When I changed my strategy, I landed a handful of dream gigs, got to work with amazing people like Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi, and found myself turning down multiple paid job offers. Best of all, I was getting paid to work on projects that made me come alive. It was a far cry from the days of begging for soul-crushing work. People kept asking how I did it, so I wrote this free guide on how to use free work to land your dream job.

Runtime: 42 minutes.

 

This last one is for Amazon US customers only, I’m afraid. A Conversation with Joseph Finder and Malcolm Gladwell.

 

Joseph Finder and Malcolm Gladwell are both best-selling authors who write about issues from the business world – one in fiction and the other in nonfiction. Listen to this insightful conversation between these authors as they discuss topics that range from the best qualities of CEOs and sales people, to the nature of genius, to how they do their research and the mechanics of writing, to the intricacies of interpreting facial micro-expressions.

Joseph Finder is the author of Paranoia, Company Man, and the upcoming Killer Instinct. His thrillers focus on characters who inhabit the cut-throat corporate world.

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of Blink and The Tipping Point. He writes on corporate culture as well as social habits. Killer Instinct will be available for download on May 16, 2006.

Runtime: 1 hour, 9 minutes.

 

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Logitech offers integration with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant (e.g., Echo, Dot and Tap) for its Harmony smart home devices (click here to view Logitech’s own help page about it). You can take advantage of this new functionality with the Logitech Harmony Companion All in One Remote Control for Smart Home and Entertainment Devices, works with Alexa (UK visitors – click here). Currently (as of 1/19/16) rated 4/5 stars across over 730 reviews and currently priced at $135.34.

 

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Verizon Cuts Unlimited Data Plan Customers

Posted January 17, 2017 By Mom
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Last week the news broke that like AT&T, Verizon is taking aim at its Unlimited plan users who are heavy consumers of data.

 

Data Plan

 

As reported by Ars Technica:

Verizon Wireless customers with unlimited data plans who use more than 200GB a month will have to switch to limited plans next month or be disconnected, a company spokesperson confirmed today.

Since Verizon stopped offering unlimited data to new smartphone customers in 2011, this change affects only longtime customers who were allowed to hang on to the old plans. Verizon could simply force all customers who aren’t under contract to switch to new plans, but instead it has periodically made moves that reduce the numbers of unlimited data subscribers.

“Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a small group of customers on unlimited plans who use more than 200GB a month that they must move to a Verizon Plan by February 16, 2017,” Verizon spokesperson Kelly Crummey told Ars today.

 

Click here to read the full article on Ars Technica, which includes more historical background and information about pricing on Verizon’s current 100-GB/month plan.

 

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With the Try Amazon Music Unlimited: 30-Day Free Trial offer (Amazon UK customers click here), it’s easy to try Amazon Music Unlimited and see how it stacks up against competitors like Pandora and Spotify before you commit to an ongoing subscription. At $9.99/mo for a single membership, $14.99 for a household membership, $79/yr or $7.99/mo for Prime members and $3.99/mo for a single-device Alexa subscription, and with tens of millions of tracks available, AMU may be exactly the music streaming service you’re looking for.

Amazon Music Unlimited Free Trial

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New Feature: Movie Monday!

Posted January 15, 2017 By Mom
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Since Music Monday has been getting pretty repetitive, with lots of Classical music and not much else, I’ve decided to introduce a new feature: Movie Monday. On Movie Monday I’ll help you tackle movie night with brief reviews of movies, TV shows and other digital videos you may have missed that are worth the rental or purchase.

 

Theater Robbery

 

This week, it’s all about the action movies.

 

Escape Plan (R)
One of the world’s foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.”

Sylvester Stallone stars as Ray Breslin, the world’s top expert in structural security. When he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit, his skills are put to the ultimate test in an attempt to break out of one of his own prisons. Co-stars some pretty big names: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Sam Neill, Vincent D’Onofrio and 50 Cent.

The acting is strong across the board and the script is very good. If you enjoy the types of movies where the hero must solve puzzles or come up with a daring plan, like Ocean’s 11 or Aeon Flux, you’ll probably like this one a lot. Plus, it’s a pleasure to see these two top action stars playing against one another at last.

 

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)
An action thriller about a man (Matt Damon) who decides to fight the powerful Adjustment Bureau, risking his political future to be with the only woman he’s ever loved (Emily Blunt).

This one is kind of like Dark City meets The Island. A shadowy, secret cabal exerts absolute control over major world events to ensure their own, profitable ends. They have the power to change not only people’s lives, but their memories as well, to more easily bend everyone and everything to their own will without anyone even knowing it’s happening.

When Senate hopeful David Norris (Damon) accidentally gets a glimpse behind the curtain of The Adjustment Bureau’s existence, activities and plans for him, he fights to regain control over his own destiny and desire to be with a ballet dancer (Blunt) he’s begun to fall for.

Interesting, twisty script and an intriguing premise, with two top-notch actors in the lead roles.

 

Source Code (PG-13)
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the mind-bending action thriller about an experimental government program used to try and stop a deadly terrorist attack in downtown Chicago.

Speaking of twisty…this one’s got a humdinger of a twist ending, and I won’t spoil it for you.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Colter Stevens, a soldier who wakes to find himself in unfamiliar surroundings, guided only by remote voices and video images. He’s told he’s part of an experimental government project to stop terrorist attacks through virtual reality, and that he’ll be sent into a virtual reality scenario in which he must find a bomb that’s been planted on a commuter train and discover who planted it before it explodes. He can make multiple attempts but time is limited, and with each foray into the scenario he becomes more attached to a woman he meets on the train.

He begins to suspect the scenario isn’t virtual at all, that the woman and everyone else on the train are real people, and that his remote contacts aren’t telling him everything.

Co-stars the excellent Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright.

 

      
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Free App Friday!
Don’t let the negative implications of Friday the 13th get you down: mellow out with these stress-relief puzzle apps.

Remember that free apps may include in-app purchase (IAP) options or be ad-supported, but given that these apps have been given very high ratings by MANY consumers, where IAP links or ads are present they must be pretty unobtrusive. Descriptions below are from the apps’ product pages.

 

 

FlipPix Art – Zoo – Use logic to determine which tiles should be filled to reveal a hidden picture.

HexLogic: Zoo – Players will enjoy using their deduction and reasoning skills to paint tiles and reveal a hidden picture.

Doodle Numbers – addictive puzzle game – Improves your math skills by asking you to solve series of simple and fun pattern-matching puzzles.

Mahjong Venice Mystery Puzzle – Pair up and match colorful tiles to clear over 400 Mahjong levels and solve an ancient mystery.

 

 

Swipe The Words – You need to find a word and swipe it to beat the puzzle. After you find and swipe a word, the grid is reorganized to form a new one. With all the letters on board crushed, the puzzle is solved.

Unblock Me FREE – Slide blocks to free the trapped piece.

Flow Free – Connect matching colors with pipe to create a Flow®. Pair all colors, and cover the entire board to solve each puzzle.

 

 

Blendoku – Blendoku is a puzzle game that will challenge your ability to distinguish and arrange colors.

Two Dots – CONNECT one dot to another, connect four dots to make a square, sink anchors, make a line, create bombs, fight fire, break ice, and much more in this fun free puzzle game

Definitionado – Use your sharp intellect and knowledge of word meanings, idioms, riddles, and trivia to solve these fun puzzles!

 

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The ARMOR MiNE Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker currently (as of 1/13/17) has an average review rating of 4.5/5 stars across over 1,100 reviews and is currently priced at $29.95, making it a great pick for portable audio that won’t break the bank.

 

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1/13/16 Freebie Friday: Audible Sessions

Posted January 12, 2017 By Mom
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Audible Sessions exclusive interviews feature many bestselling authors, like Archer, McDermid, Connolly and Hill to name just a few, plus a sprinkling of celebrity memoirists. There are more than 300 interviews to choose from, and they’re all FREE!

 

 

Here are just a few of the many noteworthy Audible Sessions interviews, which generally run between 15 minutes to a half hour.

 

Bryan Cranston: Audible Sessions (Amazon UK customers click here) – Bryan Cranston joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios for an exclusive interview on the release of his autobiography, A Life in Parts (Amazon UK customers click here). Bryan discusses the writing process, the experience of recording the audiobook, and of course his role as Walter White in Breaking Bad. 17 minutes.

 

Audible Sessions with Johnny Marr (Amazon UK customers click here) – Legendary musician Johnny Marr, co-founder of The Smiths, joins David Darlington in the Audible Studios to discuss his autobiography, Set the Boy Free (Amazon UK customers click here). 24 minutes.

 

Miriam Margolyes: Audible Sessions (Amazon UK customers click here) – The legendary Miriam Margolyes joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss her career, Maggie Smith, and her involvement in a new audiobook project with a series of letters unearthed by the National Archives. 28 minutes.

 

Amazon US customers, click here to browse the full catalog of Audible Sessions exclusive interviews.

(Amazon UK customers click here).

 

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The Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Generation, Works with Alexa (UK visitors click here) is currently (as of 1/12/16) rated 4.5/5 stars across over 9,000 reviews and priced at $247. Climate control with your voice: if you’ve got an Alexa-enabled device, it’s a thing!

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