Disney Launches New Star Wars App, Hulu Pays for South Park, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Get Star Wars on your mobile, watch South Park on Hulu, avoid Spotify on iTunes, hard-wire your Chromecast, pirate the music of David Guetta, and beware the vagaries of time travel.
This IS the App You’re Looking For
Disney and Lucasfilm have teamed up to release a new Star Wars app on Android and on iOS. The free app has more than enough to keep Star Wars fans entertained in the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015. A date which has its own countdown timer built right into the app.
There is breaking news from across the Star Wars universe, fun facts from the series, a weather feature linking real-life conditions to those on Star Wars planets, videos, GIFs, selfies, and a sound board. Best of all are the augmented reality elements, which let you use your phone like a lightsaber and add virtual stormtroopers to your homescreen.
People who don’t like Star Wars should obviously avoid the official Star Wars app like the plague. Meanwhile, the rest of us right-thinking, well-adjusted individuals can live out our fantasies of being Luke Skywalker or Han Solo. Geeks rule.
Hulu Keeps Hold of South Park
— hulu (@hulu) July 8, 2015
Fans of South Park will be delighted to hear that the show will continue on for at least another four years, and possibly longer. This is thanks to Comedy Central tying up a deal with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who will carry on producing new episodes of the show until 2019.
This means South Park will pass 300 episodes before it disappears, becoming the “longest-running scripted primetime series on cable” in the process. It also means South Park will stay exclusively on Hulu , which has paid a phenomenal $192 million for the streaming rights to the show.
Seinfeld cost Hulu “just” $160 million, making South Park a rather expensive show. However, for that money, Hulu retains the rights to the full back catalog, as well as the right to stream new episodes just a day after they initially air on Comedy Central.
Spotify Hates iTunes
If you’re an iOS user, you can save $3 a month on your Spotify subscription simply by signing up on the Web instead of iTunes. This is because Apple insists on taking a 30 percent cut of all payments made through iTunes, forcing Spotify to up the price to $12.99-a-month instead of the standard $9.99-a-month.
Until now, Spotify has played nice with Apple, but the launch of Apple Music means the gloves are off. Spotify is therefore informing iOS users about the price differential, and advising them to stop giving money to Apple for doing nothing but allowing the Spotify app to run on iOS. Pay heed, or pay Apple unnecessarily.
Chromecast Gets Own Ethernet Adapter
Google has launched an Ethernet adapter for Chromecast, allowing users to connect their Chromecast directly to their broadband router. Unfortunately, the initial stock released on the Google Store in the U.S. were so low that they have all sold out within 24 hours.
While the Google Chromecast is a rather magical device with a shockingly low asking price, it isn’t perfect. One of the complaints is the lack of a wired connection, which the Ethernet adapter is designed to fix. There is no word yet on when additional stock will be released.
David Guetta Embraces Piracy
Some musicians, such as Prince , are having trouble accepting that streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music are the future of music consumption. Compare that position to the mindset of David Guetta, who is even open to the idea of people downloading his music for free.
As reported by TorrentFreak, Guetta recently told the BBC, “I just want people to have access to my music. If there was no piracy, why can I sell out 20,000 people every in Brazil? Is it because of how many records we sold in the shops? Of course not”.
Guetta added, “I wish that every person who’s listening to my music would send me a little check. That would make me a very rich person, that would be wonderful. But at the same time this is impossible. You can’t fight progress, so you better embrace it”.
The fact is that piracy is wrong, but that isn’t going to stop millions of people from doing it on a daily basis. In the meantime, artists such as Guetta can still sell concert tickets and merchandise to their fans, and make millions of dollars in the process. While this obviously isn’t ideal, it is reality. Are you listening, Taylor Swift?!
The One-Minute Time Machine Short
And finally, imagine having the power to travel back in time to correct all of the mistakes you have made in your life. It’s a truly mind-blowing and awe-inspiring idea, but in reality it would be an overwhelming undertaking that would be ultimately futile.
However, travelling back in time by just a minute would be an easier option. Especially when doing so involved nothing more than pressing a big red button. Unfortunately, as this short film shows, there’s also a rather major downside to messing about with time. [H/T Sploid]
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
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