TechSummit Rewind #018: April 12, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily look at the day’s top stories.

Windows 10 will have one-stop shop for apps, music, video

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If you’re a Windows user that’s tired of flipping back and forth between the Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Windows Store to get your media fix, you’ll be pleased to hear this news. Windows 10 will mark music, video and apps’ roll into a single unified store. If you’re using the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has already started rolling out the Movies & TV page in the Store beta. With the recent release of Music and Videos app previews, you can browse, search and view rented or purchased media in those apps, like in their Xbox equivalents. Of course, this is all in beta at the moment, but it’s a good sneak peek at how Microsoft’s unification will play out for its stores.

Amazon now able to test delivery drones in the US

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has officially granted Amazon’s request to test its new UAVs in the US.

These new UAVs aren’t allowed to fly higher than 400 feet, or exceed 100 mph in speed.

Apple fixes serious OS X security flaw just for Yosemite users

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Apple has found a serious security flaw in OS X, but only fixed it for Yosemite users. The operating system got updated yesterday with a patch.

The long story here is that the flaw enables the nefarious to get root access to your system by exploiting a backdoor in System Preferences. This enables any hacker to make themselves the computer’s administrator.

The flaw got discovered at TrueSec in October by security researcher Emil Kvarnhammar, but has existed since at least 2011.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 pre-orders open April 21st

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If you were wondering when you could get your hands on the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, the Android smartphone that takes calls upside down, pre-orders start April 21st for $249 (to get the 5.5-inch version). According to Android Central, that’s a $30 discount over if you buy it down the road. The official launch date hasn’t been confirmed, but 9to5Google reports that the unlocked Lollipop devices is coming sometime in May.

Google slashes Project Tango pricetag

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Google’s 3D spatial mapping tablet Project Tango has seen its price slashed in half to $512. Google is “opening sales more broadly” to “encourage more developers to join us on this journey.” This price drop will certainly sweeten the pot for developers on the fence.

Alibaba forms automotive, ‘smart living’ business units

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China’s Alibaba has formed an automotive unit and a ‘smart living’ division in the past week, according to the company.

The automotive business unit includes car marketing services built around Alibaba’s big data analysis, online retail site Tmall’s car sales section and providing loans to help people buy vehicles, according to an Alibaba spokeswoman.

Almost 50 car brands and 10,000 dealerships have partnered with Alibaba in China, according to the company.

Alibaba’s ‘smart living’ division includes Tmall’s electrical appliances online shopping group, some cloud computing operations and online customer-to-customer marketplace Taobao’s crowdfunding platform, according to the company. The platform allows smaller businesses to raise capital from a large group of investors, promote and sell their goods.

IG Group launches Apple Watch trading app

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UK-based IG Group will launch one of the first online trading apps for Apple’s smartwatch.

The app will automatically install on clients’ Apple Watches if it has already been downloaded to their iPhones, according to an IG statement.

Traders will be able to buy, sell and check stocks, as well as spread bets across a number of asset classes from the watch through a “one-tap” login.

The app will be available on April 24, when Apple Watch sales begin in stores.

Flipkart teams with Mumbai’s ‘dabbawalas’ to navigate city streets

Flipkart, India’s biggest e-commerce company, has teamed up with Mumbai’s lunchbox delivery men to smooth the often difficult last stretch of its delivery to customers.

“Their unique delivery system has been smooth, reliable and has survived the test of time – even under extreme conditions.”

-Neeraj Aggarwal, Flipkart senior director for last mile delivery

Under the deal, dabbawalas will make deliveries assigned from a Flipkart hub while collecting hot meals from customers’ homes.

The dabbawalas underwent training at the company’s delivery centers and would start with a paper-based tracking system, moving on the apps and wearables.

Amazon sues to block fake reviews

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Amazon has sued four websites to stop them from selling fake, positive product reviews.

The bogus reviews undermine a system that the Seattle-based retailer launched 20 years ago to help shoppers decide what to buy, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in King County, WA Superior Court.

“While small in number, these reviews threaten to undermine the trust that customers, and the vast majority of sellers and manufacturers, place in Amazon, thereby tarnishing Amazon’s brand.”

-Amazon’s complaint filed in King County, WA Superior Court

The defendants include Jay Gentile, a Californian who allegedly runs buyazonreviews.com, as well as the operators of buyamazonreviews.com, buyreviews.net and buyreviewsnow.com, according to the complaint.

The defendants have caused reviews to go up intermittedly on its website, through a “slow drip” designed to evade its detection systems for $19-$22 a review, according to Amazon.

Amazon’s lawsuit accused the various defendants of trademark infringement and violations of federal anti-cybersquatting and Washington consumer protection laws.

It seeks a halt to the alleged fake reviews and improper use of the Amazon name, as well as compensatory and triple damages.

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