Also, Microsoft patches security hole, 1080p Netflix on your iPhone, Microsoft’s Work & Play bundle, and kids react to old cameras.
Spotify Counters Taylor Swift Criticism
Taylor Swift recently removed her whole back catalog from Spotify. Swift later explained her reasons for doing so, describing the music streaming service as “an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music.”
Spotify has now countered her claims, with Daniel Ek writing a lengthy blog post defending his company’s business model and countering some of the myths surrounding it. The biggest takeaway being the fact Spotify has paid out $2 billion to “labels, publishers and collecting societies” during its lifetime; $1 billion between 2008 and 2013, and another $1 billion in the past year alone.
Other tidbits of note include: 12.5 million of Spotify’s 50 million users are paying subscribers, 500,000 plays will earn an artist around $4,000, and digital music sales are falling even in countries where Spotify isn’t yet available.
The message is clear: Taylor Swift erred in attacking Spotify. Not only does it pay artists fair compensation for their music, it’s certainly a lot better than piracy, an alternative option which nets artists zero money for their efforts.
WhatsApp Blamed For Causing Divorces
Mi whatsapp. pic.twitter.com/9k75ltt0Fh
— Alejandra Hernández. (@alevhe) November 12, 2014
WhatsApp is being cited in 40 percent of divorce cases in Italy, at least according to a report from the Italian Association of Matrimonial Lawyers. Gian Ettore Gassani, president of the association, suggested, “Social media has boosted betrayal in Italy by making it easier, first through texting, then Facebook, and now WhatsApp,” before adding that the messaging app “has encouraged the return of the Latin lover.”
There is clearly a debate to be had about whether WhatsApp and other messaging apps are actually encouraging people to cheat on their partners or whether they’re just the latest tools in a serial cheater’s arsenal. Regardless, the fact WhatsApp is cited in such a high percentage of divorce cases is rather unsettling.
Microsoft Patches Serious Security Hole
Uuuhhhhh yeah, Update Windows. Like now. https://t.co/Ce2nisf9FX
— The Weeniest Train (@SSJ3__Goku) November 12, 2014
Microsoft has released a critical patch named MS14-066 and ominously subtitled, “Vulnerability in Schannel Could Allow Remote Code Execution.” Microsoft isn’t giving too much away, merely stating that this bug would “allow remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted packets to a Windows server.” Admins are being advised to patch their systems as soon as possible.
Play 1080p Netflix Videos On Your iPhone
I should leave the house but watching Netflix on my 1080p 60hz Surface is just too beautiful lol
— Blake Hamilton (@Shockk_Wavve) November 8, 2014
You can now watch Netflix content in glorious 1080p HD on your iPhone, at least if you’ve bought the new iPhone 6 Plus. This is thanks to an update to the Netflix app for iOS 8 which sees content playing at a true 1080p resolution when connected to a solid WiFi connection. This has been the case on Android phones for over a year, but I guess it’s better late than never.
Microsoft Releases Work & Play Bundle
Office 365, OneDrive, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music and Skype Unlimited for just $199? Good job Microsoft. http://t.co/BrrZ7co2wb
— Sam Sabri (@samsabri) November 10, 2014
Microsoft has released a Work & Play Bundle offering four of its premium subscription services for a flat fee. The Work & Play Bundle includes 12 months of Office 365 Home, Skype Unlimited World and WiFi, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Music Pass for $199. Anyone who buys this bundle despite already subscribing to one or more elements will add an extra 12 months on top of their existing subscription.
The Work & Play Bundle is only available in the U.S. until Jan 4, 2015 or while stocks last. Which is rather disappointing. However, as ZDNet indicates, this is an interesting development suggesting a change of mindset at Microsoft, so we should probably expect similar bundles conbining business and pleasure activities to be launched in the future.
Kids React (Badly) To Old Cameras
And finally, technology is changing so rapidly that there’s a vast difference between the gadgets we use today and the gadgets we used just 20 years ago. Old cameras are a case in point, what with their need for film and the inability to see photos immediately after you take them.
This is the latest ‘Kids React’ video, with youngsters reacting to old cameras. They really aren’t impressed, and many can’t even get their heads around how those of us over a certain age coped without SD cards. I must admit, I don’t miss those days though, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too harsh on these little twerps.
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
Do you side with Spotify or Taylor Swift? Can WhatsApp really be blamed for divorces? Are you disappointed to see kids reacting so badly to old cameras?
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