A vacationing soldier in Hawaii... Earth´s most active volcano, anxious to repeat itself... Two murders involving love, madness, friendship, hippies, tsunamis, and the great hereafter... Be careful what you say online...A wildly inventive story about love, madness, friendship, hippies, tsunamis, murder and the great hereafter all in a vivid tropical setting. It is funny, fascinating and touching. If you have never been to the Big Island, this book will make you want to go. If you have been there, this will make you feel like you have returned. The perfect book for a hammock and a tall drink. Adult themes and language. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aaron Shook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002221/bk_acx0_002221_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´Magisterial... a tour de force.´ Anthony Giddens ´Essential reading.´ Jamie Bartlett ´Prepare to be terrified, exhilarated and occasionally inspired.´ Catherine Mayer ´Timely and incisive.´ Greg Williams, Wired A groundbreaking examination of the new centres of power and control in the twenty-first century. The old gods are dying. Giant corporations collapse overnight. Newspapers are being swallowed. Stock prices plummet with a tweet. Governments are losing control. The old familiarities are tumbling down and a strange new social order is rising in their place. More crime now happens online than offline. Facebook has grown bigger than any state, bots battle elections, technologists have reinvented democracy and information wars are breaking out around us. New mines produce crypto-currencies, coders write policy, and algorithms shape our lives in more ways than we can imagine. What is going on? For centuries, writers and thinkers have used power as a prism through which to view and understand the world at moments of seismic change. The Death of the Gods is an exploration of power in the digital age, and a journey in search of the new centres of control today. From a cyber-crime raid in suburbia to the engine rooms of Silicon Valley, and from the digital soldiers of Berkshire to the hackers of Las Vegas, pioneering technology researcher Carl Miller traces how power - the most important currency of all - is being transformed, fought over, won and lost. As power escapes from its old bonds, he shows us where it has gone, the shape it now takes and how it touches each of our lives. Astounding opportunities are at our fingertips. But are we more powerful as individuals than ever before? Or more controlled?
Ever woken from a night of revelry to find your drunken antics the subject of a tagfest? Ever accidentally wall-posted yourself into a relationship row or been hunted by a school-days stalker? If your real social life is dying a death at the hands of your virtual one, fear not, Facebookers - help is just a little book away.This cheeky unofficial guide will show you how to navigate the perilous pitfalls of life online while having as much fun as possible.Get to grips with tags, pokes, requests and posts, and work them to your advantage. Tips and hints include how to:tag your way out of a bad relationshippoke and post without stalkingkeep your friends close and your enemies closerWhether you´re a Facebook virgin or an application addict, you won´t want to log in without this book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lucy York. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/summ/000088/bk_summ_000088_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In The Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas, Roberto Simanowski wonders if we are on the brink of a society that views social, political, and ethical challenges as technological problems that can be fixed with the right algorithm, the best data, or the fastest computer. For example, the ´´death algorithm ¿ is programmed into a driverless car to decide, in an emergency, whether to plow into a group of pedestrians, a mother and child, or a brick wall. Can such life-and-death decisions no longer be left to the individual human? In these incisive essays, Simanowski asks us to consider what it means to be living in a time when the president of the United States declares the mainstream media to be an enemy of the people¿while Facebook transforms the people into the enemy of mainstream media. Simanowski describes smartphone zombies (or ´´smombies¿) who remove themselves from the physical world to the parallel universe of social media networks; calls on Adorno to help parse Trump´s tweeting; considers transmedia cannibalism, as written text is transformed into a postliterate object; compares the economic and social effects of the sharing economy to a sixteen-wheeler running over a plastic bottle on the road; and explains why philosophy mat become the most important element in the automotive and technology industries.
Wenn man darüber nachdenkt, was einmal bleiben soll, kommt das Leben jetzt in Ordnung. Frau Magnusson zeigt wie! In Schweden gibt es eine Tradition, die sich Döstädning nennt - die Kunst die Dinge des Lebens zu ordnen. Es geht darum, Wesentliches von Unwesentlichem zu trennen, darüber nachzudenken, was man bewahren und weitergeben möchte. Keiner weiß darüber mehr als die über achtzigjährige Margareta Magnusson. Sie hat für sich bewusst entschieden, was sie weitergeben will und was dem Vergessen anheimfallen soll und dies in ihrem Buch ´´Frau Magnussons Kunst, die letzten Dinge des Lebens zu ordnen´´ festgehalten. Ob es sich um Erbstücke, Familiengeheimnisse oder den Facebook-Account handelt, sie weiß, wie man damit umgehen muss. Egal in welchem Alter man sich befindet, Frau Magnusson hilft uns lebensklug und charmant. Sie weiß, wie wir uns das Leben einfacher machen können. Denn wenn man an das denkt, was über den Tod hinaus bleiben soll, kommt überraschenderweise das Leben in Ordnung. ´´Voll mit positiven und praktischen Anregungen - dieses kleine Buch kann Ihr Leben verändern´´ Juliet Stevenson
The Myth of Capitalism tells the story of how America has gone from an open, competitive marketplace to an economy where a few very powerful companies dominate key industries that affect our daily lives. Digital monopolies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon act as gatekeepers to the digital world. Amazon is capturing almost all online shopping dollars. We have the illusion of choice, but for most critical decisions, we have only one or two companies, when it comes to high speed internet, health insurance, medical care, mortgage title insurance, social networks, internet searches, or even consumer goods like toothpaste. Every day, the average American transfers a little of their paycheck to monopolists and oligopolists. The solution is vigorous anti-trust enforcement to return America to a period where competition created higher economic growth, more jobs, higher wages, and a level playing field for all. The Myth of Capitalism is the story of industrial concentration, but it matters to everyone, because the stakes could not be higher. It tackles the big questions of: why the US is becoming a more unequal society, why economic growth is anemic despite trillions of dollars of federal debt and money printing, why the number of start-ups has declined, and why workers are losing out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pamela Almand. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/003196/bk_gdan_003196_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This story is a gem representing the delightful stories from the Indian subcontinent which capture the simple essence of everyday life in rural/urban India. The simple pleasures of life indicate a time gone by, before the advent of cellphones and Facebook, a time which almost stood still, a time where children could revel in the rain, make paper boats and race them down a drain, play marbles, and generally pass time. The once idyllic life almost seems too slow and bear and hence is fascinating to watch unfurl as we listen to the story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Hawkes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/081062/bk_acx0_081062_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
While judge Peter Ault is away on holiday, his teenage daughter Rachel throws a party. The invite goes out on Facebook and before she knows it over 100 kids have descended on the house. The party turns into a riot and the property is trashed. And before the night is over Rachel and her boyfriend are dead. With two bodies, over 100 suspects and the national media shrieking, DI Faraday is confronted with a nightmare investigation. The judge´s neighbour had promised to keep an eye on things. Now, awaiting the judge´s return, he is determined to find the killer. The neighbour´s name? Bazza Mackenzie, the city´s cocaine king. His trusty lieutenant charged with this freelance investigation? Ex DC Paul Winter. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Pepper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/000919/bk_isis_000919_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.