Apple Releases iOS 8, Amazon Releases New Kindle Voyage, And More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Japan loves CDs, testing Facebook Moments, mobile Goat Simulator, the $5,000 Apple Watch, and Samsung trolls Apple.
Apple Releases iOS 8 To Newer iDevices
Apple has begun rolling out iOS 8 to newer iDevices. Owners of iPhones from the iPhone 4s through to the iPhone 5s, the iPod touch (5th generation), the iPad 2 and newer, and both versions of the iPad mini, can now download iOS 8 for free. All iDevices older than those mentioned are stuck with older versions of Apple’s mobile operating system.
The release of iOS 8 hasn’t been without controversy. The update itself is only 1.1GB, but it requires up to 6.9GB of free space due to the movement of files during installation. This means you may have to delete some apps and/or personal content to get iOS 8 via an over-the-air (OTA) update. You can instead download iOS 8 from iTunes, and install it onto your iDevice manually, which removes the need for so much free space.
To download and install iOS 8 to your iDevice, open Settings, scroll down to General, and then click on Software Update. If iOS 8 is available, you can follow the steps to download and install it to your iDevice. If not, then you’ll have to wait until Apple pulls its finger out.
Amazon Releases Premium Kindle Voyage
— Kindle (@AmazonKindle) September 18, 2014
Amazon has announced six new Kindle products, the most interesting of which is the Kindle Voyage.
The Kindle Voyage is a premium Kindle eBook reader designed for people who “love to read.” Premium features include its smaller size and weight, more expensive materials used for construction, an adaptive front light, and a next-generation Paperwhite display. All of which means an increased price of $199.
The other new Kindle products are: a new Kindle with a touchscreen, a new Kindle Paperwhite with double the storage (from 2GB to 4GB), the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 with a high-resolution display, a faster processor, and unlimited free cloud storage, a new Kindle Fire HD, and the Kids Edition Kindle Fire, which employs a host of features to make it safe and simple for children to use.
Japan Is Still Buying Music CDs
While most of the world has embraced downloads and streaming, Japan has rejected digital music in favor of the humble CD. According to The New York Times, a whopping 85 percent of music purchased in Japan comes via CD sales, reversing the trend seen elsewhere.
Music sales are dropping overall in Japan, but, unlike almost everywhere else, digital music is taking the biggest hit. Several reasons are cited for this, including a lack of streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio, and collecting things being part of Japanese culture. Which is entirely feasible for the country responsible for such bonkers music videos .
Facebook Testing App Called ‘Moments’
How much money has Facebook invested in alternate UIs that get no traction? Home, Paper, Mentions, and now Moments: http://t.co/wQU7Oo0VW2
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) September 17, 2014
Facebook is reportedly testing a new app called Moments. According to TechCrunch, Moments is designed to help us share updates and content with specific sets of people. So, family members, close friends, or co-workers can be separated out into groups to avoid any awkward crossovers.
This is already available via Friend Lists, but it appears hardly anyone uses these, hence the need for a new dedicated app. Or so the theory goes.
Goat Simulator Lands On Android & iOS
Goat Simulator, which may just be the strangest game ever released, is now available on Android and on iOS. As the name suggests, this video game sees you cast in the role of a goat as he runs, jumps, skateboards, and even flies around, causing mayhem. It’s better than it sounds, honestly. The mobile version of Goat Simulator costs $4.99, which is a fraction of the price you would pay for the drugs needed to have a similar experience.
Gold Apple Watch To Cost $5,000?
The stainless steel Apple Watch could cost $1000. I think I’ll stick to my Casio… http://t.co/GdE77hMqol
— Dave Parrack (@DavePee) September 17, 2014
When announcing the Apple Watch , all Apple revealed in terms of the cost of ownership is that prices will start at $349. Therefore, that must be the price of the base model Sport edition. But how much will the stainless steel/sapphire version cost? Or the solid 18-karat gold version?
Apple fanboy extraordinaire Jon Gruber is guesstimating $999 for the stainless steel Apple Watch, and (at least) $4,999 for the solid gold Apple Watch. If true, then this will stun most right-thinking people, who would surely baulk at the prospect of shelling out thousands of dollars for an accessory that still requires an iPhone to be operational. Or am I just too poor to get my head around such madness?
Samsung Trolls Apple Over iPhone 6 Plus
And finally, Samsung has been condemned for “borrowing” ideas from Apple for many years. And rightly so. However, with the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the situation has been reversed. Samsung’s flagship phones have featured bigger screens for a while, and, in the Galaxy Note, Samsung led the way in popularizing phablets . And now Apple has followed suit.
Samsung has taken full advantage of this, releasing a commercial openly mocking the time it has taken Apple to catch up to the fact people increasingly want bigger smartphones. Which must be very satisfying indeed.
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
Have you downloaded iOS 8 to your Apple iDevice yet? If so, what is your opinion of it? Are you tempted to buy the premium Kindle Voyage? Is Samsung justified in trolling Apple over its new love of big screen sizes?
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