Amazon Elements Is Ethical, Woz Debunks Apple Origin Myth, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, get three months of Spotify Premium for 99 cents, play Breakout on your Nintendo 3DS, and how Gangnam Style broke YouTube.
Amazon Elements Offers Ethical Products
Alternate headline: Amazon begins selling diapers to insufferable parents http://t.co/eEy6iJc8O9 pic.twitter.com/p2EaEZHZi9
— Thomas Ricker (@Trixxy) December 5, 2014
Amazon has launched Amazon Elements, offering premium versions of everyday essentials. The big draw with Amazon Elements is the level of information offered regarding the manufacturing of the product and the materials and ingredients used in its creation.
This all hints at Amazon adding an ethical bent to its brand . With Amazon Elements, the company is promising to think of its customers, offer more convenient pack sizes, test the products itself, and offer truthful marketing. Which is certainly refreshing in this day and age.
There is a catch to this though: Amazon Elements is another service available exclusively to Amazon Prime subscribers . Which suggests that while Amazon is keen to be more open and honest in its approach to selling products, that only applies to the people willing to pay an annual fee for the privilege. Too cynical?
Woz Debunks Apple Garage Origin Myth
Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20.
— Steve Jobs_bot (@Applewalker1) November 29, 2014
Steve Wozniak, better known to almost everybody as Woz, has somewhat debunked the Apple origin myth. It has always been claimed that Apple was born and bred in Steve Jobs’ garage, or at least the the garage of his childhood home in Los Altos, California. Not so, says Woz.
In an interview with Bloomberg (via CNET), Woz said, “The garage is a bit of a myth. It’s overblown. The garage represents us better than anything else, but we did no designs there. We would drive the finished products to the garage, make them work and then we’d drive them down to the store that paid us cash. [Apple] outgrew that garage very quickly. There were hardly ever more than two people in the garage and mostly they were sitting around kind of doing nothing productive.”
So now we know. It was all a lie, or, at the very least, exaggerated to make the story more romantic. It doesn’t change anything, and Apple has still grown from being worth zero to being worth around a gazillion dollars . But it’s nice to finally learn the truth.
Spotify Offers Premium For 99 Cents
Sometimes an image is worth 2 billion words. http://t.co/BvaBqKWjJ8 pic.twitter.com/q1VJWT2Q9z
— Spotify (@Spotify) November 18, 2014
Spotify is offering people who haven’t yet signed up to the service three months of Spotify Premium for just 99 cents. This offer only applies to new users in the U.S. who sign up before December 31, 2014.
Spotify Premium ups the sound quality, lets you listen on mobile devices, lets you listen offline, and removes the ads. It’s normally priced at $9.99-per-month, meaning this deal could save you almost $30.
Play Breakout On Your Nintendo 3DS
Owners of the new Nintendo 3DS can play Breakout on Nintendo’s handheld console, and all that’s required is knowing the Super Mario theme. As can be seen in the video above, all you need to do to unlock this geeky Easter egg is tap out the first seven notes of the Mario tune while using the built-in Web browser.
OK, so a simplified version of Breakout isn’t going to be as much fun as actually playing a Mario game, but it’s nice of Nintendo to include such a cool little extra.
Gangnam Style Broke YouTube
Google has revealed that Gangnam Style , the huge hit from Korean pop star PSY, broke YouTube, specifically the view counter.
In a Google+ blog post, the YouTube team revealed, “We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY. “Gangnam Style” has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!”
We can’t see anyone, not even PSY, ever hitting that new number. And if he did he’d be richer than Apple, Bill Gates, and the Queen of England combined.
Watch The First Terminator Genisys Trailer
And finally, we have the first official trailer for the new Terminator Genisys movie. OK, so it’s not quite technology news, but it’s Terminator! With Arnie! And robots from the future! And Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones! So it counts.
Terminator Genisys is a reboot, a prequel, and a sequel all rolled into one glorious (and slightly controversial) whole. Which suggests you will need to have seen the previous films for any of it to make sense. Terminator Genisys is due to be released on July 1, 2015.
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