Apple Unveils Apple Music at WWDC, U.S. Army Website Hacked, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Apple Music arrives at last, the United States Army gets hacked, Uwe Boll’s Kickstarter rage, Pizza Hut Blockbuster Box movies, and Grand Theft Auto V in real life.
Apple Music Arrives at WWDC
Apple Music is like trying to run an artisanal coffee shop at Starbucks scale. But in music, as with coffee, there's snobbery against scale.
— Vlad Savov (@vladsavov) June 9, 2015
After many months of speculation, Apple has unveiled Apple Music at WWDC 2015. As expected, Apple Music is a streaming music service designed to compete with the likes of Spotify, Rdio, and the already-doomed-to-fail Tidal . Apple may be late to the party and playing catchup, but its name and reputation still gives it a significant advantage over the competition.
Apple Music comprises three distinct elements. The first is a straight streaming service which will be familiar to anyone currently using Spotify or Rdio. This offers users more than 30 million songs, plus countless albums and playlists, to stream across devices. The second is Beats 1, a live radio station curated by Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga. The third is Connect, which aims to bring artists and their fans together thanks to exclusive releases, music videos, and backstage photos.
Apple Music will be available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC from June 30, with support for Apple TV and Android added in the fall. Everybody will be offered a 3-month free trial, after which it will be priced at the standard $9.99-per-month. Up to six people can enjoy a family membership for $14.99-per-month, which is something Spotify will need to counter in order to stay on top.
U.S. Army Website Gets Hacked
The Syrian Electronic Army defaces http://t.co/2hJbB8jpOc during an Apple keynote? They obviously don't know how news cycles work in the US.
— Space Rogue (@spacerog) June 8, 2015
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has hacked into the website of the United States Army, using the opportunity to post propaganda on the homepage. Thankfully, the hack appears to have been limited to the public-facing Army.mil, which is used as an informational tool rather than anything related to the running of the military.
Brig. Gen. Malcolm B. Frost told CNN, “Today an element of the Army.mil service provider’s content was compromised. After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the website temporarily.”
The SEA is a hacktivist group loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It has previously been associated with cyber-attacks on Forbes , the Chicago Tribune, and The Associated Press (AP). The latter saw the Twitter account of the AP hacked to report an attack on the White House, reportedly wiping billions off the stock market.
Uwe Boll Hates Kickstarter
[Warning: Video is NSFW]
Movie director Uwe Boll is none too happy with Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or anyone who buys into the crowdfunding malarkey. Why? Because no one seems willing to pay him to make any more of his notoriously crappy movies. After three tries, he’s had enough, and the sweary video embedded above is his response to the apparent lack of interest.
Boll first tried to raise $500,000 on Kickstarter to make a sequel to Postal. He raised $29,000. Boll then turned to Indiegogo seeking $100,000 for Rampage 3. He raised $6,375. Boll switched back to Kickstarter with aims to raise $56,000 for Rampage 3. With just a few days to do, he has raised around $28,000. He blames you for this. And me. And everyone else in the world. Shame.
Pizza Hut Trials Blockbuster Box
Pizza Hut could soon start delivering your entertainment needs as well as fast food, and it’s all thanks to a specially designed pizza box. The Blockbuster Box starts life as storage for your fresh pizza, but with just a few adjustments is transformed into a smartphone movie projector .
You simply insert the plastic lense into the pre-cut hole, mount your smartphone on the pizza table included, and watch a movie on any flat surface thanks to the QR code printed on the box. The picture is far from perfect, and the films are probably unwatchable, but this could still be enough of a draw to make you order from Pizza Hut over the competition.
If Real Life Was Like GTA V
And finally, there have been plenty of videos showing how video games would look in real life , but none so accomplished as this one. It shows what real life would be like if we all resided in the world of Grand Theft Auto V. Which is almost true for those of you living in Southern California.
All of the various illogical elements are present here, and seeing them played out in real life makes you realize how ridiculous they actually are. The walk is absolutely perfect, as are the camera angles and bike-riding mechanics. Thankfully, there’s a behind-the-scenes video for anyone interested in the methods used. [H/T Reddit]
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