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Apple Unveils Apple Music at WWDC, U.S. Army Website Hacked, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 09-06-2015

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

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 Why Jay Z's Tidal Music Streaming Service is Doomed to Fail Jay Z recently relaunched Tidal, the music streaming service he acquired for $56 million. Tidal has 99 problems, and the pitch is one. Read More . 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 Streaming Music Secrets: How To Get More Out Of Spotify As brilliant as the standard Spotify experience is, it can be improved via the use of websites and apps, transforming an already excellent service into an unmissable one. Read More 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.

There were plenty of other announcements made at WWDC 2015, so keep your browsers pointed at our Mac and iOS sections for updates.

U.S. Army Website Gets Hacked

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, 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 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 4 Top Hacker Groups And What They Want It's easy to think of hacker groups as some kind of romantic back-room revolutionaries. But who are they really? What do they stand for, and what attacks have they conducted in the past? Read More loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It has previously been associated with cyber-attacks on Forbes New Galaxy Gear, Snowden Elected, Candy Crush IPO, Google Glassholes [Tech News Digest] Samsung's Galaxy Gear hardware, Forbes was hacked, Edward Snowden elected student rector at Glasgow University, Candy Crush powering King's IPO, Irrational Games gets dissolved, and Google reminds us all to stop being Glassholes. Read More , 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 How to Make a DIY Shoebox Projector for Your Phone Want to project your phone's display on a screen or wall? Here's how to build your own DIY smartphone projector with a shoebox. Read More .

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 8 Really Geeky but Creative Ways to Use QR Codes at Home The plain-Jane QR code had a hi-tech beginning – Toyota used them in their manufacturing process for scanning automobile components. From there, QR codes have made the journey to even fashion ramps. That demonstrates their... Read More 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 How Video Games Would Look In Real Life Video games have become infinitely more realistic over the decades, but they still offer a simple, stylized version of the real world we live in. These foibles often go unnoticed by gamers, but when you... Read More , 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]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

What are your first impressions of Apple Music? What should be done to tackle the Syrian Electronic Army? Is Uwe Boll just bitter about Kickstarter? Would you use a Pizza Hut Blockbuster Box? How glad are you that real life isn’t like GTA V?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day in the comments below.

Image Credits: Fe Ilya via Flickr


Related topics: Apple, Apple Music, Hacking, Kickstarter, Spotify.

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  1. Anonymous
    June 9, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I got a cardboard smartphone projector from a science museum a while back. Maybe it's my ancient iPhone 4, but it's a pretty sad experience. The picture is crummy because smartphones just don't make enough light. I was in a literal dark room and still couldn't see the picture very well.