Google’s Play Store stumbles, trips and still somehow manages to ship a Nexus 4

I just got an email from Google’s Play Store, stating that my Nexus 4 is on its way here. I wasn’t sure my order really got through although I got a receipt. Here’s the story.

Yesterday morning I basically had the Play Store device page for the 16 GB Nexus 4 on a 30 second refresh. The day before Stefan Keuchel, PR spokesperson for Google Germany, told his followers on Twitter that the devices would start selling between 8:30 at 9:30 am. So it wasn’t too difficult to plan that hour into the morning routine. Just sit at your desk and look for changes on the site. Nothing too difficult if you’re using multiple displays to do multiple things at once.

So, at around 9:12 the sales went live, I added the device to my cart, went to check out, selected my address and credit card – I added it the day before, so I could be sure it wouldn’t be an issue – clicked on order and all I got was an error message. Great, Google’s shop failed in a bad way due to many people collectively decided to order some devices.
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Change your Skype email to a secret address now

Emil Protalinski for The Next Web – Security hole allows anyone to hijack your Skype account using only your email address:

We reproduced the attack, step-by-step, and managed to access the Skype accounts of TNW writer (with permission) Josh Ong (as well as editor Matt Brian to verify again) with only their email addresses. Essentially, that email address is used to create a new account with your own email address tied to it. Then, minus a couple of key steps, you can use a password reset token to gain access to your target’s account.

You better change your email to an address nobody knows. Hint: Gmail supports the + operator in addresses. So yourusername+totallysecretaddition@gmail.com arrives at yourusername@gmail.com.

Update:
The Verge reports that Microsoft is disabling password resets.

Google’s Nexus 4 & 10 available from the Play Store now

Google’s newest Nexus devices – Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 with 3G – are available from various European Play Stores now, go grab them while they’re hot. There’s also a 20 Dollar bumper in case you want one for your Nexus 4. Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 are available in two capacities, Nexus 7 with 3G is also available now. Shipment (of a Nexus 4) is due in 3 to 5 days according to my receipt.

I wonder how real world battery performance of the Nexus 4 will turn out. Reviewers so far came up with mixed results.

Some of you with the older Galaxy Nexus can already get the newest Android 4.2 directly from Google. Thanks to Pau Oliva on Twitter, here’s the Nexus 7 update (zip). More info on how to install it is available at Android Police.

Update (9:28 CET): Nexus 4 with 8/16 GB is already sold out here (German Play Store). No “add to cart” anymore, it’s back to email notification.

Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

Sam Byford for The Verge:

Steven Sinofsky, the Microsoft executive in charge of Windows, has left the company. Julie Larson-Green is to assume control of Windows software and hardware engineering, and CFO Tami Reller will be in charge of the Windows business. The changes are effective immediately, and no reason was given for Sinofsky’s departure.

Looks like it’s management shakeup season these days.

Apple’s noisy Palo Alto store

Jean-Louis Gassée Minding The (Apple)Store:

The store is impressive but it’s also unpleasantly, almost unbearably noisy. And mine isn’t a voice in the wilderness. The wife of a friend walked in, spent a few minutes, and vowed to never return for fear of hearing loss. She’d rather go to the cramped but much more hospitable Stanford store.

A few days later, I heard a similar complaint from the spouse of an Apple employee. She used to enjoy accompanying her husband to the old Palo Alto store, but now refuses because of the cacophony.

Apparently Apple’s newest Palo Alto store has a noise problem. According to Gassée Apple is aware of the issue. They were using an SPL recorder and employees wearing omnidirectional sound recorders to gather data when he went there to see hear for himself.

New iPhone coming early?

China’s Commercial Times (Google Translate):

The industry pointed out that Apple’s new machine together, the new version of the iPhone, iPad and iTV in the first half of next year will be launched, including in low-priced products are also expected to debut, breaking Apple over the years, the practice of the year a new machine.

There are already rumors – take them with a grain of salt – about an upcoming iPhone 5S (plus iPad and “iTV”) that could be out in early 2013. These kind of things have the potential to ruin the ever important December quarter.