Daily Deals: Five Top-Rated “Brain Books” and To-Fu: The Trials of Chi

Today Amazon offers the set from 5 Top-Rated “Brain Books for $1.99 each. This inspiring collection is filled with fascinating and fun strategies for unleashing your imagination, recharging your intuition, and bolstering your self-confidence. All five books feature expert advice and refreshingly original approaches designed to improve your mind and quality of life. Here is the list of the books:

  1. The Misleading Mind: How We Create Our Own Problems and How Buddhist Psychology Can Help Us Solve Them by Karuna Cayton
  2. Brain Power by Michael J. Gelb (Author), Kelly Howell (Author), Tony Buzan (Foreword)
  3. The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner
  4. Creative Thinkering by Michael Michalko
  5. The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee (Author), Chris Guillebeau (Foreword), Kate Prentiss (Illustrator)

 

 

To-Fu: The Trials of ChiTo-Fu: The Trials of Chi is an application for you Kindle Fire shared by Amazon without taking a fee today only.

He’s pliable, resilient, and tasty. Besides pairing nicely with noodles or soup, he’s an excellent weapon for sticking, slinging, and flinging through the Trials of Chi. Go on: play with your food in this entertaining game for your Android device.

Avoid the To-Fu Traps

Join our stretchy protagonist as he gets ready to undertake the infamous Trials of Chi. Ping, stick, and rebound our little hero through treacherous booby-traps and complex mechanisms using only your finger and To-Fu’s unique stretch control. The objective is to get to the Fortune Kitty while collecting as many blue Chi as you can. Don’t fall victim to a trap and become Tofurkey. Conquer the trials and help To-Fu become the illustrious Master of Chi.

Tough as To-Fu

To-Fu may quite possibly be the world’s most malleable martial artist. Stretch To-Fu with your finger and aim. Release your finger to ping him. Return To-Fu to his normal size and release to cancel the ping. Drag your finger to the spot you want To-Fu to land for precision aiming. Drag the screen to adjust your viewpoint which is very useful for floating platforms.

You and To-Fu will fight your way through five different surface types and 150 unique trials with simple touch-screen controls. Don’t underestimate his strength: even Meat knows he’s a formidable foe.

Is Microsoft About to Reveal their Kindle Fire Killer?

A few days ago word went out that Microsoft is holding a June 18th gathering that will involve a major announcement of some sort.  Shortly after that there was a leak of inside information that indicates this will be Microsoft’s first computer hardware offering.  As early as tomorrow we may have some details about an upcoming Windows 8 tablet developed and manufactured by Microsoft itself.  The big question now is what market they are shooting for.  It might make sense for this to be a big push against the Kindle Fire.

Consider the situation that Microsoft has gotten itself into.  They are trying to take over the tablet market from Apple while still maintaining dominance in the PC market.  They are doing this by supporting everything in an attempt to create consistent experience.  Tablets, PCs, video game consoles, phones, everything will have Metro on it sooner of later.  Unfortunately this includes supporting multiple architectures, which has made the company split their project.

Windows RT is what they are calling the branch of Windows 8 that runs on ARM devices and it might be in trouble.  While Microsoft is trying to create consistency, none of the applications that run on Windows RT will run on the rest of Windows 8, nor will the reverse be possible.  This means that they can’t necessarily count on the hordes of existing Windows software developers to jump on board.

The reason this matters to Kindle Fire fans is mostly that this would be a great time for Microsoft to demonstrate how a well designed product running their software can perform.  They’re already going to be pulling in a lot of people with touch interface experience for their app store.

The segment that is willing to concentrate specifically on tablet customers to the exclusion of desktops will likely be Android and iOS developers.  As a result we might see something that can do everything the Kindle Fire can, with a similar integration into a large existing media ecosystem, running an admittedly better tuned OS.  Amazon might end up with problems.

Pretty much only one thing makes this somewhat questionable.  Microsoft has not shown any particular interest in going into the budget tablet market.  They actually seem to want to disregard Android devices entirely and head straight for the top to knock down the iPad.  Reports indicate that OEMs working on ARM tablets will be charged $85 per device just for the operating system.  You can’t do that and compete with the Kindle Fire on price.

We will know more tomorrow afternoon.  This could be big news, and explain a lot about Microsoft’s interest in the Nook line, or it could turn out to have no effect at all on Kindle customers.  If not, it seems that there is nobody else on the verge of taking off until the anticipated Google Nexus tablet is finally finished.  To be totally honest, a Kindle Fire vs Windows 8 tablet competition would be a much bigger thing to worry about.