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Amazon Elements Is Ethical, Woz Debunks Apple Origin Myth, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 05-12-2014

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

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 5 Reliable Online Shopping Alternatives to Amazon Amazon is the biggest player in the game of online retailers, but that doesn't mean you have to use them. Read More . 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 Is Amazon Prime Worth Your Money? We Help You Decide! Amazon Prime is a big deal. But is it worth the money you pay for it? We answer your questions and concerns. Read More . 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

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 When Did Apple Become Popular? A Brief History of the Rise of Apple How did Apple start and when did Apple become popular? We answer these questions and more in a brief history of Apple. Read More . But it’s nice to finally learn the truth.

Spotify Offers Premium For 99 Cents

Spotify Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify is the biggest music streaming service around. If you're not sure how to use it, this guide will walk you through the service, as well as offer some crucial top tips. Read More 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 Spotify Your Music Collection: The End Of iTunes Spotify is no longer content to just compete with radio, now they're competing with the idea of even owning music. Read More 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 The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] An Italian plumber created by a Japanese artist somehow became one of the most recognizable characters on earth. Featured in over 100 games, it's hard to imagine Nintendo or even video games without this mustachioed... Read More 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 Annoy Everybody With Infinite Gangnam Style I'm thankful that not everybody in the world likes the same things. It's a fortunate fact of life that each of us as individuals has different interests and hobbies, and also gravitates towards certain genres,... Read More , 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! A Timeline Of The Robots In Films Read More 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.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Are you bothered about buying ethically-sourced products? Are you surprised to learn Apple didn’t really start in a garage? What do you think of the first trailer for the new Terminator Genisys movie?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Justin Pot
    December 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Hey, that's a pretty cool easter egg. I bet it's way more fun to find something like that by accident than it is to read about it on the web, though.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Oh, undoubtedly. Would you prefer it if people didn't share this stuff online? The danger there is it will never be discovered by anyone.

  2. DonGateley
    December 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    One has to wonder if the IRS saw anything from those early Jobs/Woz cash transactions. :-)

    • Dave Parrack
      December 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Not much, I'm sure, but then Apple has paid plenty of taxes since to make up for it :)

  3. michel
    December 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I'll believe Amazon's worried about ethics when it stops dodging billions in taxes and starts treating employees properly. This is just a marketing ploy, and a hypocritical one. Just what I expect from them.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      I suspected someone would bring that aspect of Amazon's business up, and it's a very good point. I try to keep controversial opinions out of this column, but readers can go to town :)

  4. OnlyGeek
    December 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    What is rather surprising to me is how Americans still believe in lies made up by Apple even nowadays.
    No wonder it's a place where 1/3 of people believe in astrology and 1/2 don't know the sun is a star.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      What, like the one about a Mac Pro being worth $4000... good point ;)

  5. Christian Cawley
    December 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Personally I think the trailer for Terminator: Spelling Mistake is absolutely superb. I see it's had a bad rap, but I think a lot of the negativity came from the plot leak. When you see it in the context of filmed story (albeit one in trailer form), it looks rather good.

    ("Looks" being the operative word until we get to see it...)

    • Dave Parrack
      December 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      I really hope Genisys becomes known as Terminator: Spelling Mistake, and I'll be sure you get credited with it.