Daily Deals: Quiver and Vegas Bowling

Quiver

Today Amazon offers a masterful debut thriller about the original female Dracula and an underground gothic cult reenacting her ritualized killings in present day London. The name of the book is Quiver and it was written by Holly Luhning. Today’s price is $1.99.
 
In sixteenth-century Hungary, Countess Elizabeth Bathory tortured and killed over six hundred servant girls in order to bathe in their blood. She believed this practice would keep her skin youthful and her beauty immortal.
Quiver tells the story of Danica, a forensic psychologist who works at a former insane asylum-turned-forensic hospital. One of Danica’s mental patients is Malcolm Foster, who is imprisoned for murdering a fourteen-year-old girl. Foster is a menacing but fascinating patient and Danica begins to suspect that Foster may have been the head of a gothic cabal idolizing Bathory. Her peers dismiss her discoveries, while disturbing incidents begin following her home from work.
Soon after her arrival in London, Danica receives a mysterious note from Maria, a seductive archivist with whom Danica has had an intriguing and complicated past. Maria claims she has Bathory’s diaries that chronicle her relentless torture of young women. As Maria increasingly insinuates herself into Danica’s life, soon Danica is in too deep to notice that Maria’s motivations are far from selfless; in fact, they may just cost Danica her life.

Forensic psychologist Danica Winston suspects her patient, murderer Malcolm Foster, may be the leader of a gothic cabal idolizing 16th-century Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who killed girls to use their blood in beauty treatments. Winston’s peers dismiss her theory, but disturbing, work-related incidents soon haunt Winston’s personal life, solidifying her suspicions.

 

Vegas Bowling

Within Daily Deals Amazon offers to get Vegas Bowling which is a game for your Android device for free.

Hungry for cash, and sick of hustlin’ the same sad folks of the Vegas Strip casinos, these savvy swindlers have taken their game to the North Las Vegas bowling alleys looking for some easy strikes. It’s time to play Vegas-style, physics-based finger bowling on your Android device.

10-pin Hustlin’

Lace your multi-colored loafers and shine your ball, this isn’t just for recreation anymore. The ball will appear at the end of the lane when it’s your turn. Pull the ball back and release it to throw the ball. Pull back further for a faster throw. To throw a curve ball, pull back and flick forward to the left or right–but mind the gutters.

For a curve ball with more precise aiming, move the ball all the way to the right or left. When the ball is spinning fast enough, move it back to the middle, pull back, and release. Alter the weight of the ball to your liking. Heavier balls don’t go as fast but pack more of a punch when they hit.

Strikes and Spares

Like standard 10-pin score-keeping, you get two shots at knocking down all 10 pins. Earn a strike, and get another turn. Your total score is the same as how many pins you’ve knocked down. After each turn, you’ll get to view your scorecard.

The sounds and graphics create the pleasant illusion that you’re at a real bowling alley, with the exception of league-tees and beer bellies.

Is Google Taking On the Kindle Fire With a New 7” Tablet?

Until we see Windows 8 hitting shelves, the only real contenders in the tablet market are Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS.  As much as the BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 does some great things, most of its newfound strength comes from being able to import Android content.  Given the importance of Google’s place as the developer of Android, which while lagging behind iOS is still making rapid gains, it has struck many people as troubling that Amazon would take their software and cut them out of the loop entirely with the release of the Kindle Fire.  Despite the fact that it’s not really against any rules, the breaking of that the most popular Android tablet ever from the Android Marketplace and other Google services comes up frequently in Kindle Fire reviews.  Now we have reason to believe that Google has taken notice and may be willing to respond.

According to recent reports, Google will be releasing their own 7” $200 Kindle Fire competitor as early as early as 2nd Quarter this year.  Information is still mostly speculation with regard to the specifics of this new tablet, but supposedly it will run Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, have a 7” 1280 x 800 display, and be introduced in an initial production run of 1.5 – 2 million units.  For a new launch early in the year, that indicates fairly strong confidence in their product.

For once this may actually be a sufficiently strong product to beat out the competition.  Google is in a position to control the entire ecosystem surrounding their device, much like Amazon with the Kindle Fire, but can draw on a much more significant pool of content when providing apps and such.  This may be what it takes to approach the iPad in a meaningful way right off the bat.  While the most obvious conflict being sought when releasing a 7” tablet will be the Google vs Kindle Fire matchup, Apple’s anticipated iPad 3 will be joining the fray as well with a smaller design that intrigues many potential customers.

All of Google’s more recent actions with regard to Android, from the tablet optimization to the automated policing of the Android Marketplace to remove malware and other malicious programs, come together to make this a far more appealing prospect than it could have been a year ago.  The Kindle Fire has proven more than anything previously that there is room for more than one big name in the marketplace by overtaking even the most established competing Android devices in a matter of months and setting the new standard for tablet pricing.

At worst this rumored tablet would be something that other Android device developers could model their design on with confidence, knowing that Google is already designing with such a configuration in mind.  At best, maybe even the Kindle Fire and iPad have something to look out for in the months to come.  Until we see concrete details it’s hard to guess which competitor will be targeted directly, but it’s even harder to imagine that Google would settle for anything less than one of the big names in tablets.