Daily Deals: The Minotaur and 4th of July Mahjong

The Minotaur: A Jake Grafton NovelToday Amazon offers The Minotaur by Stephen Coonts just for $1.99

At the height of the Cold War, Captain Jake Grafton becomes entangled in the hunt for a spy selling high-tech military secrets to the Soviet Union.

Naval pilot Jake Grafton flies fighter jets with ice water in his veins. But when he’s assigned a desk job in the Pentagon as the head of a top-secret stealth bomber program, his nerve is tested as never before. Colleagues start dying mysteriously, test flights are sabotaged, and the program is threatened at every level. If Grafton can’t infiltrate a web of espionage and counter-espionage centered round the deadly traitor, code-named the Minotaur, he stands to lose much more than just his career.

The Minotaur is an exhilarating thriller and fascinating procedural, revealing the complexities of military technology R&D.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Stephen Coonts, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

 

4th of July Mahjong4th of July Mahjong is a logical game which you can obtain today for free.

Yankee Doodle…Mahjong!

Celebrate the 4th of July with 4th of July Mahjong! With six themed layouts, great patriotic music, beautiful backgrounds and tiles, you’re sure to keep coming back for more fun this Independence Day and all year long.

4th of July Mahjong is a themed version of classic mahjong solitaire. Match identical tiles in pairs to eliminate them from the mahjong board. Choose the right path of matches and you will essentially remove all the tiles from the board. Remove all the tiles and you win.

4th of July Mahjong is designed to help out your mahjong solitaire game. If you click on a tile which cannot be used, the tiles unusable at the time will gray out and you can clearly see which mahjong tiles can be selected at that point in time. Also, one hint per game is allowed for free, and you can get unlimited hints just by kindly sharing us on Facebook with all your friends.

Nexus 7 Thoughts

I have to hand it to Google.  They, along with Asus have put together a tablet that should do well in the market.  Based on my experience with an Asus laptop, it is a great company.  According to reviewers who have had a chance to get their hands on the Nexus 7 claim it is solid and easy to use.  It is going for a competitive $199 price, the same price as the Kindle Fire.

Good news for Android lovers.  The Nexus 7 will run on the latest Android operating system, Jelly Bean.

Here’s the catch. Google has a tendency to release a lot of projects that show promise, then they fizzle.  Note Google Wave, and Google Buzz.  Even Google Plus hasn’t found a strong footing.  They’re very innovative with their ideas, but they don’t quite follow through from start to finish.  If the tablet went in the same direction, technical support would be mediocre at best.

An advantage that Amazon has over Google as far as tablets are concerned, is seniority. Over the past year, Amazon has built up a robust app collection for the Kindle Fire.  It is also the front runner on books, which is the way it should be considering that books are what Amazon is most known for.

The 2nd generation of the Kindle Fire is expected to release on July 31 with a camera and other much needed tune ups.  So, if you can wait a month,  see what this new version has to offer, and then weigh it with the Nexus 7. Chances are that Amazon will include a lot of the features that the Nexus 7 currently offers that the first generation Kindle Fire doesn’t, such as a camera.

When it comes to buying technology, I try to wait til the 2nd generation or later.  I did this with my Kindle, iPad, and phone.  The price goes down and the device gets a tune up.

Google’s biggest asset is search engine technology.  Different companies excel at different things.  I think they have what it takes to make a good 7 inch tablet that can be competitive.  The question is, will they go the extra mile and make it better than good?

As consumers we have options that can fit different preferences as opposed to being locked into one device, which is awesome. I’ll be watching closely to see what happens with the new Google tablet, and how it will fare in the tablet market.