Friday, November 09, 2012

Industry News, Friday Inspirational Photo, and Special Bonus Photos!

From CNET News - Amazon Wine now open for business!

“Customers order directly from a winery, via Amazon, of course, and are able to ship up to six bottles for $9.99. Looks like Amazon Prime's free, fast shipping doesn't work for this service, and the site notes each winery operates under its own permits and determines which states it can ship to.

“So far, the list of eligible states is pretty limited. It includes California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and Washington, D.C. However, Amazon said more will be coming soon.”

Makes you wonder what they will sell next!

From Publishing Executive - 25% of all Android apps pose a security risk.

“Security research firm Bit9 today released a new research report showing that more than 100,000 Android applications in the Google Play store—25 percent—pose a security risk to mobile device users and the enterprise networks to which they connect.

“In its examination of the more than 400,000 Android apps, Bit9 found that 72 percent use at least one high-risk permission. In addition, the company found that:
42 percent of applications access GPS location data, and these include wallpapers, games and utilities
31 percent access phone calls or phone numbers
26 percent access personal data, such as contacts and email
9 percent use permissions that can cost the user money”

Scary, huh?

A couple photos for you today.

I appreciate everyone’s sweet comments and praise regarding my photos. Ironically, when I took photography in high school for three semesters, I got two B’s and one C! But the teacher did tell me that if I ever slowed down, I’ve be a great photographer. (Did I mention I am Hammy the Squirrel? I can only go so slow!)

Today’s Friday Inspirational Photo:

And…

I got a review copy of How to Publish and Promote your Book Now!

(Yes, that is a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket holding up the book. Purchased him during one of my signings at the Barnes & Noble outside of GT. Extra special as that is one of the settings in my YA series, The Circle of Friends.)

Right now, I am a happy Hammy!!!

17 comments:

  1. That is some scary news about the apps and all the information it allows them to access. Slow down doesn't seem any where near your style.

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  2. That is scary about the apps. I didn't realize this.

    Amazon.ca is nothing like Amazon.com. It only deals with books and DVDs. Obviously they don't share the same philosophies. lol

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  3. I wonder about Apple aps?
    Congratulations on the review copy!

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  4. Love the cover, Diane. So happy you are doing this book. Love that photograph. Maybe you can think about publishing a book of your photos some time?
    Karen

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  5. Susan, I am either full speed or stopped. Not much in between.

    Stina, that's interesting that they are different.

    Thanks, Alex.

    Karen, I have created some Winkflash books of my photos before.

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  6. I like the crowd helping you promote the new book. :D Congrats on the new book. Let me know when you need a shoutout to help promote it.

    So, beware of apps. Good to know.

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  7. Yay for your new book! If you want to do a post over at my place, let me know! :)

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  8. Congrats on the new book!
    I love that photo of the cat.
    Pretty soon, Amazon will sell everything you could ever want. :)

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  9. Ahhhh, yes. A good book, a bottle of wine, and thou!

    And, yes. Congratulations!

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  10. whoa...apps are now a scary world...totally crazy

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  11. Hi Diane .. wine via Amazon - your new book is on my TBB list .. but your photo is just lovely - they are magical creatures aren't they ..

    Those app stories are scary .. people are so trusting ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  12. Yes a book of your photos would be good. Congrats on your new book.

    Wine from Amazon, won't be shipping to me sadly.

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  13. M Pax, thank you, I will.

    Laura, and that will be scary.

    Carolyn, when you put it like that, it sounds good.

    Thank you, Hilary.

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  14. I bought a case of wine through some online deal once and it was pretty wine at a fair price. Got airline points too, but they expired. Hate airline frequent flier miles! What a racket! I'll probably stick to buying wine from the grocery store or Costco. I don't buy that much wine anyway.

    Lee
    A Faraway View

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  15. Scary is an understatement... *gulp*
    And here I am, under the impression that I'm "safe" with the Apple i-Pad...

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  16. I love how you posed your book with all your 'stuffies!' All pictures reflect your favourite things, yes? Cats, writing books that inspire others, and stuffed toys! That is scary, especially about the Android apps. I have an Android phone and will be deleting a few apps! Thanks!

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  17. In your pictures you have incorporated some of your favourite things--cats, your writing that inspires other, and stuffed toys! I love it! That Android apps are a security risk is scary. Off to delete a few right away!

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