Microsoft Complains About Google, Spotify Switches To Mobile, & More [Tech News Digest]
Microsoft falls out with Google, Spotify gets more mobile, Nintendo quits Brazil, Apple increases app prices, the Flappy Bird arcade cabinet, and there’s no escaping the zombie apocalypse.
Microsoft Condemns Google For Bug Timing
contradiction in Microsoft’s argument: the bug was important enough to be angry at Google, but not important enough for own separate patch
— nik cubrilovic (@nikcub) January 12, 2015
Microsoft has publicly condemned Google for posting details about a vulnerability in Windows 8.1. Google revealed the security hole over the new year exactly 90 days after informing Microsoft of the bug. However, Microsoft feels Google made an error of judgement in this particular case.
In a lengthy diatribe on the issue, Chris Betz, Senior Director of the Microsoft Security Response Center, revealed Microsoft “asked Google to work with us to protect customers by withholding details until Tuesday, January 13, when we will be releasing a fix.” By not granting this request, Betz states “the decision feels less like principles and more like a ‘gotcha’, with customers the ones who may suffer as a result.” He concludes, “What’s right for Google is not always right for customers. We urge Google to make protection of customers our collective primary goal.”
This is a difficult debate to know which side to support. Google certainly gave plenty of notice and then followed through on its promise to reveal the bug to the public. However, Microsoft asked for a short extension which Google then ignored. Which seems rather unnecessary. Whose side are you on?
Spotify Users Listen On Mobile Devices
Just got Rick Roll’d by Spotify. ?_?
— Adam Bell (@b3ll) January 12, 2015
More Spotify users listen on mobile devices than they do on desktops and the Web player. This is according to statistics the company itself splashed across screens at CES 2015. The stats show it’s 52 percent versus 48 percent: 42 percent of users listen on smartphones, 10 percent on tablets, 45 percent on desktop, and just 3 percent on the Spotify Web player .
This is a significant change, and it shows why so many other companies are now jumping on the bandwagon and offering their own streaming music services. The more people Spotify can get listening on mobile the more people the company will be able to persuade to pay to use the service. And with every new subscription Spotify adds, the less sense Taylor Swift’s argument makes.
Nintendo Quits Brazil Over High Taxes
I feel for Nintendo fans in Brazil, and I hope you’ll find cheaper (non-illegal) ways to get said games/systems.
— Travis Moore (@KingBroly) January 9, 2015
Nintendo is quitting Brazil, deciding to cease all operations in the South American country thanks to high import taxes. Nintendo will no longer sell hardware or software in Brazil for the foreseeable future, although the Japanese company has promised to “continue to monitor the evolution of the business environment and evaluate how best to serve our Brazilian fans in the future.”
Nintendo could have bypassed the high import taxes by building a manufacturing plant in the vicinity but the company has decided not to do so. With or without Nintendo selling its wares in the country, gaming in Brazil is an expensive hobby, with an Xbox One costing around $800 and a PS4 costing around $1500. Which means I would either emigrate or take up a new, much cheaper, hobby.
Apple Increases Minimum Price Of Apps
Apple has said it saw a record $500 million spent on apps and in-app purchases on the App Store in *first week* of Jan 2015 alone. Wowsers.
— Nate Lanxon (@NateLanxon) January 8, 2015
Apple has increased the minimum price of apps sold in the App Store in Europe, Russia, and Canada. According to MacRumors, the cheapest paid apps will rise from “£0.69 to £0.79 in the UK, €0.89 to €0.99 in EU countries, and $0.99 to $1.19 in Canada.” The changes are as a result of exchange rates and tax hikes, but they come hot on the heels of Apple announcing impressive figures for the first week of 2015.
There Is Now A Flappy Bird Arcade Cabinet
As if playing Flappy Bird on a smartphone or tablet wasn’t torture enough, you can now play Flappy Bird on an arcade cabinet. Bay Tek Games has turned the frustrating mobile game into an arcade cabinet with a 42-inch display. Which just means you get to see your endless failures more vividly than ever before. Oh, joy.
Parkour Fails To Beat Zombie Apocalypse
And finally, even extremely impressive parkour skills may not be enough to save you from the zombie apocalypse . We know this to be the case thanks to this video created to promote forthcoming open-world zombie survival game Dying Light.
While this video may be a promo, it’s actually put me off playing Dying Light. It’s also convinced me that if and when the zombie apocalypse does occur, I’ll be one of the first to succumb to the walking dead. Running and jumping is pointless.
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
Do you side with Microsoft or Google in the the Windows 8.1 bug row? What devices do you use to listen to Spotify? How would you survive the zombie apocalypse?
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