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Daily Deals: I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can and Shopper’s Paradise HD

I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can

I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can by Barbara Gordon is today book within Daily Deals on Amazon. Today price is $0.99.

Barbara had it all: a successful career as an award-winning documentary film maker, a strong relationship, and plenty of friends. But a lingering problem with anxiety drew her into a dangerous Valium addiction. Her story is an honest, gripping look into addiction, her ill-advised cold-turkey withdrawal and the hospitalizations that followed, the worst the psychiatric field has to offer, and her painful yet persistent pathway back to functioning. Through it all, Gordon is a beacon of hope, actively choosing life over the alternative, even after journeying to the darkest depths of the human psyche.This beautifully written classic is a must read for anyone battling their own psychological demons, anyone in the mental health field, and everyone in need of an inspiring survivor story. Praise for I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can:Spellbinding seems too mild a word. -Detroit Free PressGordon’s story rings with authenticity. -Washington PostNot only a frightening account of the tortured journey of her mind and soul, but a beautiful story that is filled with life and hope. -Philadelphia Bulletin

Some words about the Author

Barbara Gordon is the author of the best-selling drug-addiction memoir, I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can. In addition to having been a writer for NBC’s The Today Show, Barbara is also a three time Emmy award winning film maker. She has written for Parade and numerous other magazines. She has given scores of lectures and speeches throughout the US.

 

Shopper's Paradise HD
For those who loves to play in financial games Amazon give good chance to get Shopper’s Paradise HD for free within Appstore Deals.

Become a retail tycoon and outsmart your competition before the last customer leaves town. In Shopper’s Paradise HD, it’s up to you to build a retail empire that will rule the business world.

Empire Builder

Build or buy stores, movie theaters, hotels, and warehouses. Hire and manage employees, and get the best locations. Keep tabs on specific employees such as cashiers, clerks, and managers. Schedule sales to get more customers in the doors. Watch your town grow as you grow a variety of businesses.

Homeland Security

Make sure you don’t suffer from “inventory shrinkage” from thieves. Hire police officers to keep your complex safe. Maintain your properties and catch shoplifters that cut into your profits.

Shopper’s Paradise HD features a variety of maps such as Easyville, Pharmacity, and Snake Road, among other scenic locales. Play at three different levels of difficulty. Can you build that Shopper’s Paradise that every retail maven dreams about?

Kindle vs Playbook: Is the BlackBerry Back in the Race?

While the big talk in tablets lately has been all about newly affordable Android based devices like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, RIM has yet to drop entirely out of the race.  Their previous effort, the BlackBerry PlayBook, failed to excite as much interest as they had hoped (partly due to the lack of basic functionality like an email client).  This past week, however, brought us the new PlayBook 2.0.  It is a new and improved device on a completely upgraded operating system that packs possibly the most impressive performance available at the moment in the $200 area.  Will this be enough to propel the floundering RIM into the lead?

While the Nook Tablet has done a fairly good job of demonstrating that numerically superior hardware isn’t necessarily what you need to come out on top in the tablet market, the new PlayBook is a completely different experience.  In addition to addressing the problems that their original tablet OS offering had RIM has included support for Android app conversion by developers, a fully featured web browser at least the equal to anything else available on a mobile device today, and more.  The hardware includes everything one would expect based on similarly priced competition, along with Bluetooth support, GPS, microphone, dual HD cameras, HDMI 1080p output, and slightly better internal speakers than other offerings.  This isn’t an insignificant upgrade and the performance in a hands-on test backs it up quite well.

The only thing working against the BlackBerry comeback seems to be the lack of a competitive ecosystem.  While there are certainly apps available, many of those that you would expect to see, based on top sellers in Apple, Google, or Amazon’s App Stores, are simply absent.  Of those that do make an appearance, there are rarely free versions since RIM does not permit any sort integration with the company’s own advertising service and there are still questions among developers as to the long term viability of third party advertising integration based on early reports that such would not be supported on PlayBook OS 2.0.  For now you can get a great device with a fair number of apps, but the entire ecosystem is smaller than Amazon’s in-house Android App Store which is itself often complained about as being too sparsely populated.

Unlike the original PlayBook, this is not a device that is shipping with a large number of inherent flaws as best I can tell.  If it came down to choosing right this minute then the Kindle Fire is still probably the better choice based on useful apps, but that will not necessarily always be the case.  The biggest factor will be user adoption.  If enough BlackBerry tablets get sold, developers will start paying attention and the ecosystem will flourish.  RIM already claims that their developers make better returns than any other platform’s, which could be a big plus given a larger user base.  The trick will be getting the word out and keeping people interested in the near future.  At the same price as a PlayBook, customers can grab a $200 Kindle Fire and have most of what they want right this minute rather than having great hardware without the desired functionality.  We’ll have to keep an eye out to see how they choose to address this.