How to find free Kindle books on Amazon.com

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 Kindle eBook Best Seller

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”.

Amazon Kindle Store New Releases

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.

Amazon Cloud Tag Kindle Freebie

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.

How to set up multiple user accounts in Google Chrome

When you use Google Chrome and sign in to a Google account, all your bookmarks, apps, extensions, open tabs, theme, browser settings are synced to the cloud. You then get the same browser environments when you run Chrome at work or at home.

You can set up multiple Google user accounts from within the browser. This is useful if you share a computer with your family members or you keep separate professional and personal accounts. This allows you to quickly switch between different user browser sessions without OS X logout and login.

To add an additional user, click on the Chrome menu chomemenu on the right end of browser toolbar and select Settings. 

Add New User to Google Chrome

In the “Users” section, click on “Add new user…”. A dialog appears prompting you to choose a name and an icon for the user. 

Create New User in Google Chrome

Click “Create” and a new window popups to prompt you to sign-in to a Google account in order to associate it with the user. Notice that the icon that you selected appears on top right corner of the window.

Sign In to Google Account 

Once you have more than a user setup, each right corner of Chrome window will display the icon for the current user of the session. To switch to a different user, click on the icon and select from the drop-down list.

Selecting user account in Google Chrome

Google Chrome so far is the only browser that allows multiple user accounts. Please note that multiple users within the browser is intended to provide convenience and does not secure your data against people using your Mac.

5 iOS games to get started with MFi game controllers

Announced at WWDC in June 2013, Apple’s MFi program for game controllers is an attempt to unify game controllers from different manufacturers to the same iOS 7 API and frameworks. A compatible MFi game will be able to work with any MFi certified game controllers. It’s a win-win for users, game developers and game controllers makers. 

Unfortunately initial MFi game controllers from Logitech, Moga and SteelSeries are not taking over the iOS gaming world. This is due partly to high price and low build quality. MFi game controllers are priced between $70-$100, compared to game controllers for Xbox/PlayStation for $40-$60. And there is no section or highlights in the App Store to easily find games that work with MFi controllers.

As of now, games supporting iOS 7 MFi controllers are limited. Here are five great games to get started with your new MFi game controllers:

Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8 Airborne for MFi game controllers

The popular arcade racing game series has outdone itself with Asphalt 8: Airborne by allowing you to perform high-speed aerial stunts. The game is universal app and is a free download with in-app purchase for credit and car pack.

LIMBO Game

LIMBO for MFi game controller

LIMBO Game is a dark and creepy adventure game that seems to be everyone’s favourite indie title. The touch control scheme works just fine, but a gamepad will let you enjoy it as it was originally designed for game console. LIMBO is an universal app at $4.99.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iOS with MFi support

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is Rockstar latest title to make it to iOS. Holding up well on iOS devices nearly a decade after its release on game console, this game plays best with a gamepad in hand as expected. It is an universal app at $6.99.

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

LEGO The Lord of the Rings for MFi game controller

LEGO is everywhere and there is even a full length movie. LEGO The Lord of the Rings lets you explore the middle-earth with virtual plastic bricks. The game is an universal app at $4.99.

Oceanhorn

Oceanhorn for iOS build for MFi game controllers

Stop at Oceanhorn if you’re searching for Zelda like game on the App Store. Embark on a journey to groom your hero to legend. This epic game combines colorful locales, lavish 3D visuals, captivating adventure story and music from legendary Nobuo Uematsu and Kenji Ito. Oceanhorn is an universal app at $8.99.

4 reasons why it is not a good time to buy a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One

Sony PlatStation 4 vs Microsoft Xbox One

Hardcore gamers probably would’ve own a Sony PlayStation 4 or Microsoft Xbox One by now. But for those who just need a game console in their living room for occasional thrill, here are four reasons why it is probably wiser to wait for a while before making the purchase. 

Early Stage

Both Sony and Microsoft build their console for a life span of up to10 years. In order to enjoy the full potential of brand new game console, you need to have games build specially to take advantage of the newer graphical processing power of the console. Such games are few at the moment, and typically you will get a better game selection after a year of the console’s release.

Steam Machines

Valve is entering the living room gaming with its Steam gaming platform. It has partnered with different manufactures to build gaming console based on its Steam Machine specification and SteamOS operating system. Companies such as Alienware and Origin are onboard. Steam Machine can run nearly 3,000 games currently on Steam and should see a release date later in 2014.

Apple TV

Apple store feature Apple TV as new category

Apple is unlikely to release a HDTV this year, but 4th generation Apple TV is expected this year. Apple recently revamped its online store with Apple TV featured for the first time as a new product category. This points to new emphasis of this once “hobby” product within Apple, and many has speculated that Apple will finally bring games to the Apple TV this year.

Amazon

It is rumoured that Amazon will launch its own Android based gaming console this year for a below USD $300 price. With its readily baked of music, movie and TV streaming platform, Amazon is definitely a force to be reckoned with if it introduces a console for the living room.

10 tips for getting the most out of your Apple TV

10 tips for getting the most out of your Apple TV

Apple TV, with its spartan looking remote control, is as simple as can be for a media streaming box. But that doesn’t mean it has no tricks on its own. Here are 10 tips for getting the most out of your Apple TV:

  • To quickly put your Apple TV to sleep, press and hold the “Play/Pause” button.
  • Press and hold the “Select” button during video playback, and you will get a menu to adjust audio, subtitle and speaker options.
  • When you’re playing a video or nesting deeming in submenus, press and hold the “Menu” button to take you back to the main menu.
  • Data entry using the remote is slow and error prone. Use the free Remote app on your iPhone or iPad instead. Or use any bluetooth keyboard via Settings > General > Bluetooth.
  • Rather than using the default National Geographic pictures as screen saver, you can select movie trailer posters, your Photo Stream photos or Flickr album. Change it under Settings > Screen Saver > Photos.
  • To hide apps on your home screen, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.
  • To rearrange the icons on the home screen, first navigate to the app icon. Press and hold the “Select” button until the icon begins to jiggle, then use the arrow keys to move the icon where you want.
  • In addition to iPhone and iPad, you can AirPlay content on your Mac to the Apple TV if you are running OS X Mountain Lion or later. 
  • Instead of using the stock Apple remote control, you can program non-Apple remote control if it has learning capability. Setup is under Settings > General > Remotes > Learn Remote. This allows you to use one remote to control all your home entertainment TV and boxes.
  • To reset your Apple TV in case it is unresponsive, press and hold down “Menu” button together with “Down” button.

How much RAM memory do you need for your new Mac?

The amount of memory (RAM) in your Mac is one important factor determining the performance of the computer. More RAM memory increases the overall performance and enables your Mac to run more applications at the same time.

Each app that you run uses up the RAM memory. With more open apps, the memory can run out pretty quickly. When the total memory requires is more than the installed physical memory, OS X will swap those unused memory to the hard disk so that the active app has enough memory to run. This swapping is what causes the slow down in performance.

All Macs nowadays come with minimum 4GB of memory (RAM). So is 4GB enough for you? A fresh install of OS X Mavericks takes about 1-2 GB of memory to run, which has bigger memory requirements compared to past OS X. 4GB is sufficient for day-to-day tasks such as emailing, web browsing and simple word processing.  A minimum of 8GB is recommended if you’re doing anything more than standard tasks. If you’re running more than one pro app (such as Aperture, Photoshop, Final Cut X, Xcode) at the same time, you might want to consider upgrading to 16GB of memory. 

It pays to ask yourself at the time of purchase if 4GB is enough for your need, as RAM is not upgradeable in some Mac models such as MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with Retina and 21.5 inch iMac. One way to determine the upgradability is to visit the online Apple Store website. Select to configure the Mac model, then click on “Learn more” to expand the note on memory configure option. Apple will highlight if RAM in the model is upgradeable or not in the note. The best is to confirm with Apple personnel directly.

macbook-air-ram-options

You might make do with a lower RAM memory if your Mac is equipped with a SSD drive. Typical SSD is multitude of read/write performance compared with a hard disk. This improves the speed of OS X swapping memory in and out. Thus 4GB of memory in a SSD-equipped Mac is sufficient if you’re only doing complex tasks occasionally. 

If you’re stuck with an old Mac with non-upgradeable 4GB of memory, replacing the hard disk with an SSD is one way to boost the overall performance. Another option is use a memory cleaning tool such as Memory Clean that will assist you to recover available memory.

os-x-memory-clean

We recommend a minimum of 8GB memory if you’re buying a new Mac. If you’re using your Mac only for standard tasks, then an iPad might serve you better in our opinion.

How to opt-out Gmail new integration feature that allows any Google+ users to send you email

Gmail has started rolling out new integration feature that allows any Google+ users to send you email even if they do not know your email address. When composing an email, Gmail will suggest people in your Google connections as recipients, these are people outside of your address book.

gmail-google-plus-send-email

Your email address is not visible to the Google+ recipient unless you send that email, and likewise, the recipient’s email address isn’t visible to you unless the recipient send you an email.

Your email address isn’t visible to a Google+ connection unless you send that person an email, and likewise, that person’s email address isn’t visible to you unless they send you an email.

Here is how an email from a stranger will look like:

gmial-allows-random-google-plus-send-you-email

Google has received negative press for this feature. This essentially is shoving Google+ down the throats of Gmail users. The worst part is this feature is opt-in by default with the setting that allows anyone on Google+ to send you email.

gmail-google-plus-opt-in-opt-out

Google said “You’re in control” and allows you to control via settings who in Google+ can send you email. Google is rolling out this feature over the next couple of days and will email you a direct link to this setting.

To opt-out, sign-in to Gmail on the desktop and go to the “General” tab of settings. Look for “Email via Google+”. Select “No one” from the drop down list and remember to click the “Save Changes” button.