If you have the appetite for learning about technology, be it a venture into Raspberry Pi as a hobby or programming your first mobile app, check out the free technology ebooks offer from Packt Publishing. Once a day, a new ebook from the publisher’s catalogue is offered for free. All you need is to create an account to claim the free ebook. You can read the ebook online or download it in PDF, ePub or Mobi format.
Halfbrick is offering all their iOS games for free for a limited time. This includes the classic Fruit Ninja and the popular Jetpack Joyride. Even if you don’t have the time to play the games now, it’s a good idea to download them in case you want to play them in the future. Halfbrick’s games on the App Store.
Created by Gabriele Cirulli as a programming exercise, 2048 is in essence a web clone to Threes puzzle game for iOS. The idea is to use arrow keys on your Mac or swipe on iDevices to move the titles. Tiles with the same number will merge and add up when collide. Goal is to reach the “2048” tile. Be warned, this game could be addictive.
Linux Foundation is offering $2,400 “Introduction to Linux” course free and online at edX this summer
Linux Foundation has announced that it is offering its usual “Introduction to Linux” foundation course at online learning site edX. The course (costs $2,400 usually) will commence this summer, is free of charge and you can start enrol now.
“Our mission is to advance Linux and that includes ensuring we have a talent pool of Linux professionals. To widen that talent pool and give more people access to the opportunities in the Linux community and IT industry, we are making our training program more accessible to users worldwide.”
edX is an online learning platform governed by Harvard and MIT universities. This is the first time Linux Foundation is offering its course outside its own website. The course is about 40-60 hours, there is no prerequisites and you can take the course for a certificate of completion.
Linux is the third most popular desktop operating system outside of Windows and OS X. It is also used heavily by servers running internet websites. It shares some history lineage with OS X/iOS by being similar to the Unix operating system. Some knowledge and familiarity with Linux might be beneficial in your line of work, and you will find some aspects of OS X works the same way as Linux. Take a closer look at this introductory course, it might be suitable for you.
Microsoft recently rebranded its Office Web Apps as Office Online, and the free option is now prominently showcased. Microsoft definitely wants you to signup to its paid subscription plan, and that’s why many do not realise that there is a free plan.
Office Online is Office on the web, similar to using Pages/Numbers/Keynote at iCloud.com or Google Docs. It is free and you can only use the online version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and you can not save documents to your local computer. You need to subscribe to the $9.99 per month Office 365 Home Premium plan if you want a local installed copy of MS Office, access Office on your smartphone and offline storage. If you have no other choice but to use MS Office, checkout the various available MS Office options.
There are many free Kindle ebooks available on Amazon that you can download and read immediately on your Kindle app. These books are free as part of limited time promotion or are in the public domain. There are tons of third party sites that will monitor and notify you via RSS/email with Amazon free ebook offerings. You however can obtain valuable free ebooks directly from within Amazon.com.
Amazon Best Sellers lists the top 100 best selling Kindle books updated hourly, and there is separate section for “Paid” and “Free” books. You can click on a category on the left to filter the top 100 free & paid Kindle ebooks by book genre.
Kindle Store Limited-Time Offers is another good listing from within Amazon that you can locate free Kindle ebooks. This is a listing of current promotions with discounted or free books. To narrow the search for free ebooks, sort the listing using “Price: Low to High”.
Using the same “sort by Price: Low to High” technique, you can find free books easily throughout various section of Amazon Kindle Store. For example on the main Kindle Store ebook listing, sort the price from low to high will allow you to browse through the free books out of Kindle’s over 2.4 million books. You can narrow the list by clicking on the genre listing on the left. Or check out the free new ebooks by clicking the section New Releases > Last 90 days and sort the list by low to high price.
For a listing of public domains and free classics, visit Free Popular Classics section of Kindle Store.
You can also search and locate free Kindle books using Amazon tags. Tags are labels attached to a product by Amazon customers. And Amazon customers have been consistently labelling free Kindle book using the “kindle freebie” tag. Visit the Amazon Popular Tags site, and click on “kindle freebies” for listing of products with that tag. Please note that as these tagging is crowd sourced from customers, the pricing might not be free by the time you search for it.
If you’re Amazon Prime subscription member, don’t forget you get free books each month through Kindle First and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
Prices for Kindle books often changes, get the book you want as soon as you see that it is free on Kindle Store. When click to buy and download a free Kindle book, verify that the book is indeed free by making sure the price is $0.00.
Disney’s Where’s My Mickey is now available free for the first time since its June 2013 release as a result of being App Store’s App of the Week. The gameplay is based on Disney’s own “Where’s My Water?” with Mickey based art and weather mechanics. The game includes five episodes of levels, and you can buy additional episodes and hints with in-app purchase. Download Where’s My Mickey? for iPhone and Where’s My Mickey? for iPad.