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Try Apple Music for Free, Indiegogo Attempts Greece Bailout, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 01-07-2015

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 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. Read More 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

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 Why Fraud Is a Real Threat to Crowdfunding Crowdfunding, once novel and untested, has started to make its way into the mainstream. As a result, it has attracted scammers and fraudsters able to exploit the system and walk away with millions of dollars. Read More 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

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 Can Emoji Transcend Language Boundaries? Will the connected age help us move beyond language as we know it? Some people think that emoji could revolutionize how we communicate. Let's take a look. Read More . And coming to a dictionary Emoji Added to the Dictionary, Lenovo Cast Pucks Google, & More... [Tech News Digest] WTF Emoji Clickbait, Lenovo Casts its line, Google Play age ratings, Facebook meets Harry Potter, a Humble Nindie Bundle for Nintendo fans, and the music video which finds your finger. Read More 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

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 The NSA Can Spy On Almost Everybody, Google Buys Songza, And More... [Tech News Digest] Online book sales have overtaken retail book sales, the UK is investigating the Facebook experiment, IFTTT makes Yo useful, Oculus Rift experiment gives third-person perspective, and Google tests our general knowledge with Smarty Pins. Read More .

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 8 Things You Probably Didn’t Realize Siri Could Do Siri has become one of the iPhone’s defining features, but for many people, it’s not always the most useful. While some of this is due to the limitations of voice recognition, the oddity of using... Read More . 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]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Will you be trying the free trial of Apple Music? Can you help bail out Greece? Are you interested in seeing the Edward Snowden movie? Is Siri just plain old evil?

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. Anonymous
    July 1, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Didn't James Clapper the Director of National Intelligence lie before congress about the NSA spying ? (not sure how intelligent he is)

    At least Edward Snowden seems to have been correct so far despite what you might find wrong with his tactics or the government's failure to provide a whistle-blower status for him.

    Yes, he probably violated his contract. Although I have to say that is probably of less concern than the U.S. government/NSA violating the the contract it supposedly had/has with its citizens under The Constitution .