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Daily Deals: The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning and Heavy Gunner

The Hitman's Guide to HousecleaningToday’s Amazon daily deal are: ebook “The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning” by Hallgrimur Helgason for $0.99 and a game Heavy Gunner free for downloading today only.

With some 66 hits under his belt, Tomislav Bokšić, or Toxic, has a flawless record as hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York. That is, until he kills the wrong guy and is forced to flee the States, leaving behind the life he knows and loves. Suddenly, he finds himself on a plane hurtling toward Reykjavik, Iceland, borrowing the identity of an American televangelist named Father Friendly. With no means of escape from this island devoid of gun shops and contract killing, tragicomic hilarity ensues as he is forced to come to terms with his bloody past and reevaluate his future.

Toxic, the hero of Hallgrimur Helgason’s The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning, had a record of 66 perfect kills. Then came the 67th–an undercover FBI agent–and suddenly he found himself in Iceland with a new identity. Oops. Avoid this kind of careless error by following Toxic’s handy tips.

1. Don’t miss the target. People tend to get a bit upset if they notice you’re trying to kill them.
2. Don’t waste a bullet. You have to think about the environment, too–you really shouldn’t add an unnecessary gunshot to an already noisy city.
3. Morning is for murder. Nobody expects a bullet for breakfast.
4. Don’t kill a priest. He who kills a man of the church will be killed by a church.
5. Don’t confuse killing and murder. Murder is for amateurs, killing is for the professionals.
6. If you have to take on another person’s identity, never let it be a priest. With that collar around your neck, your sex appeal is gone.
7. When you’re dating, don’t talk about your job–unless you’re overseas. Foreign girls are crazy about guys who kill Americans.
8. Embrace every new passport they give you. It’s always nice to get a new life now and then.
9. Don’t kill the wrong guy. Or you’ll end up in Iceland.
10. When in Iceland, stop the killing. There are so few of them.

 

Heavy GunnerReady… Aim… Fire!

Dust off that bandana, light your cigar, and put away your teddy bear, because it’s time to become a turret-turning, machine-gun wielding soldier! Get ready for the ultimate melee in Heavy Gunner, an intergalactic shooting game for your Android device. With its manic action and tilt control, Heavy Gunner is the kind of game that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Be the last man standing in defense of humanity. Now get started!

Campaign and Challenge Modes

Are you the type to complete a campaign where your aim is to eliminate the target in a series of operations or do you prefer test your ability and endurance with challenge mode? Either way, Heavy Gunner has you covered. In Campaign Mode you have a designated amount of time to complete the objectives and two difficulty levels. Challenge Mode offers an Infinite option where you have endless enemies in five different scenarios as well as a Survival option with 50 stages of extreme situations. Conquer both if you’re tough enough.

Trade Points for Upgrades

Outfit your tank with the meanest, deadliest weapons possible. As you play through the game, you earn points to purchase or upgrade your weaponry. To arm your tank, select up to two weapons that can be used alternately in battle.

Custom Gaming Experience

Heavy Gunner features robust setting options to customize the gameplay experience. You can calibrate the settings to your device and play style. Choose from tilt or touch controls, adjust the sensitivity, select touch style from multi- or single-touch, and select priority from speed or quality.

Achievements and Ranking

There are dozens of unique achievements to earn in Heavy Gunner. Earn achievements by racking up enemy kills, getting upgrades, clearing stages and chapters, and more. The app also features local leaderboards to track your high scores.

Kindle Color E Ink Rumor Completely False

I would be the first to admit that the Kindle line is amazing.  I love my Kindle Keyboard and use it daily.  I also know that I’m not the only one.  It is therefore unsurprising that when a Digitimes rumor indicated that Amazon was buying up truckloads of color E Ink screens in a size that would work in the standard eReader form, many people took it seriously.  It turns out that this is pretty much confirmed to be a fabrication already, and that is not at all the bad thing that it seems at face value.

As those who have followed any of the rumor storms surrounding Kindle releases are probably aware by now, Digitimes is something of a questionable source.  While they get just enough right that people keep checking back, this time other more reliable resources with far better track records have checked into the situation and confirmed that there is no chance at all that Amazon will be launching a color Kindle.  Not only are the E Ink Triton displays currently being produced primarily in 9.7” rather than the 6” that Amazon would certainly require after the failure of the Kindle DX to take off in any major way, they would apparently need at least a year to gear up for fresh production of this magnitude.

Before you get upset, though, take a look at the Triton display a little more closely.  Under ideal conditions, it is amazing.  Everything we would ever ask for from a color eReader and perfect for a new Kindle to breathe innovation into the eReader market with.  What we saw at CES 2011 was not that.  It looked nice, but that’s about all.  The colors were definitely on the screen and they were distinct and easy to make out, but they were dull.  Uninteresting.  Not quite ready.

As much as I would love to have a brand new color eReader that could bring everything in the print world together again without the need for the flaws of LCD displays, this is not the way to pull it off.  When Amazon releases their first color Kindle eReader, let’s hope that they take it seriously and make it a serious product rather than just jumping to get something on the market to prove to customers that they haven’t completely given up on reading in favor of tablet sales.

Make no mistake, in time there will be a Kindle Color and it will not have an LCD display.  Jeff Bezos said a long while back now that he was unwilling to release a color eReader before the technology was ready to do it right.  This is not that time and I am happy to say that there is no reliable indication that either Bezos or Amazon in general have changed tune.  Give it a year or two, then we can see what the future of eReading looks like.  In the meantime, there is always the Kindle we know.