Try Apple Music for Free, Indiegogo Attempts Greece Bailout, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Apple Music arrives, help bail out Greece, Gmail adds emoji, play Tiny Twitch, Oliver Stone teases Edward Snowden, and Siri divides zero by zero.
You Can Now Test Apple Music
Anyone who owns an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC can now try Apple Music for free for the next three months. The free trial ends for everyone on September 30th, which means if you want to properly test Apple Music out without paying, you should sign up sooner rather than later.
People with iOS devices need to update to iOS 8.4 and then click the “Join Apple Music” option under “Account”. People using a Mac or a PC need to install the latest version of iTunes and do the same thing. Apple Music is currently available in over 100 countries.
Signing up to Apple Music means automatic renewals are turned on by default. If left unaltered, this means you’ll be billed for using the service from October 1st. To avoid this fate, go to “Account”, select “View Apple ID”, and then hit the “Manage” button under “Subscriptions”. Simply flick the “Automatic Renewal” button to Off, and you can enjoy the free trial with peace of mind.
Indiegogo Bails Out Greece
Decided to solve the Greek Debt Crisis via crowdfund. All I need is for everyone in EU to buy a Feta and Olive salad https://t.co/vOXKyBOJhZ
— Thom Feeney (@ThomFeeney) June 28, 2015
Greece is in debt up to its eyeballs right now, having struggled to get its finances back on track after the global financial crisis. The country owes a lot of money to a lot of different organizations, and some of them are now demanding those loans get paid back.
Greece has failed to pay back €1.6bn it owed as a first installment to the IMF (International Monetary Fund), and things look to be going from bad to worse. However, you could help Greece pay its $300 billion of debts by donating a few dollars to an Indiegogo campaign.
This crowdfunding effort was set up by Briton Thom Feeney. He worked out that if all 503 million people living inside the EU (European Union) donated just €3 each, the first repayment could be made in full. If people outside the EU get involved then who knows what could be achieved.
Gmail Adds New Themes & Emoji
— Gmail (@gmail) June 30, 2015
Google is adding new features to Gmail aimed at helping you “express yourself in email”. Gmail now has “emoji for just about every occasion,” because emoji is clearly the language of the future . And coming to a dictionary near you soon.
Hundreds of new themes have also been added, and you can now edit your image of choice to make it more unique to you. So, nothing groundbreaking, but some useful new stuff with which Gmail users can play around.
Tiny Twitch Requires Tiny Code
<body onload=d=Date.now,t=d(s=0)><p style="float:left" onclick="(e=d(++s)-t)<15e3?style.margin=e%300+' 0 0 '+e*7%300:alert(s)">X</p></body>
— Alex Yoder (@alex_yoder) June 30, 2015
Alex Yoder, a developer and musician, has created a game called Tiny Twitch that you really should play at least once. It’s a silly little game which you’ll tire of in mere seconds, but it’s intriguing because the source code for it fits inside a single tweet of 140 characters.
The aim of Tiny Twitch is to click the X that appears at random places on the screen as many times as you can. Suffice to say it’s better with a touchscreen. Yoder was compelled to make the game to beat a challenge set by Ben Porter. Nailed it.
Oliver Stone Teases Snowden Movie
Oliver Stone has released the first teaser trailer for his forthcoming film about Edward Snowden. Titled simply Snowden, the film tells the story behind the NSA (National Security Agency) whistleblower whose revelations led to the world discovering how the United States government spies on its own citizens .
This teaser trailer shows next to nothing and only lasts just over a minute. This makes it difficult to know what angle Stone — who co-wrote the screen adaptation — has taken with this story, although the upside-down flag suggests the film will be somewhat critical of the more nefarious activities of the NSA.
Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the titular character and Shailene Woodley as his girlfriend Lindsay Mills, is due to be released in the U.S. on December 25th. It’s based on two books, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Time of the Octopus.
Watch Siri Divide Zero by Zero
And finally, if you own an iOS device and have 30 seconds to spare, you may want to ask Siri, “What is zero divided by zero?” The only problem is you may not like the answer. Because, based on you asking this question, Siri concludes that you have no friends.
This strange answer based on the Cookie Monster isn’t the only zinger Siri has in her arsenal . Ask her to divide other numbers by zero and she’ll cycle through her full range of snarky responses. Thus proving you have nothing better to do. And no friends! [H/T CNET]
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