Amazon & Hachette Make Peace, Windows 10 Phones, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Apple downplays Masque Attack, Where To Watch TV, become an Amazon drone test pilot, and 20 years of PlayStation.
Amazon & Hachette Bury Hatchet
Amazon and Hachette have resolved their long-running dispute by signing a new multiyear deal which will see the online retailer and book publisher work together again from early 2015. The details of the deal are being kept secret, but both sides have publicly expressed satisfaction with the terms agreed.
Hachette CEO, Michael Pietsch, said, “This is great news for writers. The new agreement will benefit Hachette authors for years to come. It gives Hachette enormous marketing capability with one of our most important bookselling partners.”
David Naggar, Amazon’s Vice-President for Kindle, said, “We are pleased with this new agreement as it includes specific financial incentives for Hachette to deliver lower prices, which we believe will be a great win for readers and authors alike.”
The dispute, which has been running for most of 2014, revolved around the pricing of eBooks, with Amazon strongly believing that eBooks should be cheaper than physical copies . Amazon went as far as discouraging people from buying Hachette titles by adding lengthy shipping delays. Things should now start getting back to normal for customers.
Microsoft Promises Windows 10 Upgrades
@Kalars07 We plan to upgrade all Windows Phone 8 devices to Windows 10 in the future :)
— Lumia (@lumia) November 13, 2014
Good news for Android and iPhone users eager to switch to Windows Phone : Microsoft has promised that all Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8 will be upgraded to Windows 10. This also suggests other devices running Windows Phone 8 are in line to be upgraded to Windows 10, but Microsoft is only willing to commit to its own brand.
It was already assumed Windows Phone 8 users would get Windows 10 upon release, but with Windows Phone 7 users denied Windows Phone 8 upgrades back in 2012, an official confirmation is good news. Why Microsoft isn’t shouting this from the rooftops rather than quietly revealing it on Twitter is anyone’s guess.
Apple Dismisses Masque Attack
Remember, just because it’s Apple doesn’t mean it’s invincible. Always be careful what you click on & install: http://t.co/nLLjMkJREY
— Adam (aka Ogie) (@thelifeofadam) November 10, 2014
Apple is downplaying the threat posed by a hacking technique called Masque Attack. This technique is very similar to the WireLurker malware discovered last week . Both require users to download third-party apps from the Internet which look legitimate but which actually harbor malicious software.
Apple issued a statement saying, “We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software. We’re not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and to pay attention to any warnings as they download apps.”
In other words, this isn’t a big problem, and anyone who has been hit by Masque Attack has not only downloaded a dodgy app but ignored all warnings not to install it to their iOS device. So there.
MPAA Tells You Where To Watch TV
MPAA’s new tool to find TV shows & moves on Amazon, Hulu, etc. has unintended effect of being guide to cord-cutting. http://t.co/rxhXMENgX0
— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) November 12, 2014
A new website has launched detailing where you can watch your favorite movies and TV shows online. And this particular one, WhereToWatch.com, has been put together by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), those crazy cats who protect the interests of Hollywood.
As you may expect, Where To Watch only features legal sources for movies and TV shows, such as Netflix and iTunes. It also doesn’t have any advertising, which should win it some imaginary Internet points. As Re/Code points out, its one failing is a lack of pay TV listings, which actually makes it perfect for cord-cutters .
Amazon Is Recruiting A Drone Pilot
Amazon is forging ahead with Amazon Prime Air, its plan to deliver packages via drones . One year on from the original announcement, the company is recruiting test pilots, suggesting this is a real service rather than just a publicity stunt.
Being an Amazon drone test pilot sounds like a fun job, but the online retailer is only looking for the best of the best. Still, if you have 5 years of flight test experience and a degree in engineering, this may just be the job for you.
Sony Celebrates 20 Years Of PlayStation
And finally, the PlayStation is 20 years old, almost, with the PS One having first been released in Japan on Dec. 3, 1994. To celebrate this unbelievable milestone, Sony has released a video charting the course of its gaming platform.
This video contains nostalgic nuggets dating back two decades. For anyone like myself who has owned all of the PlayStation consoles released that time, this will likely a) make you feel old, and b) make you realize how many hours you have spent gaming over the years.
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