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Apple Releases iOS 8, Amazon Releases New Kindle Voyage, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 18-09-2014

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 iOS 8 Turns Your iPhone Into A Personal Healthcare Monitor Apple's new watch will turn your iPhone into a revolutionary device for managing your health and fitness – here's how it works. Read More 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 What's New In iOS 8? After last year's big iOS 7 redesign, you'd expect a muted iOS 8 announcement at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference – but you'd be wrong. Read More 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

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 Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify is the biggest music streaming service around. If you're not sure how to use it, this guide will walk you through the service, as well as offer some crucial top tips. Read More and Rdio, and collecting things being part of Japanese culture. Which is entirely feasible for the country responsible for such bonkers music videos 10 Of The Weirdest Japanese Pop Videos That'll Make You Say WTF I know I explained last time that real life in Japan isn't all that mad, but music videos is one area that they really excel (?) at. If you've ever seen a really weird music... Read More .

Facebook Testing App Called ‘Moments’

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 5 Goat Simulator Mods You Need To Try The community around Goat Simulator is just as crazy as the developers themselves, and with the game being open to mods, even more nonsense has popped up. Read More 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?

When announcing the Apple Watch Apple's Big Event: iPhone 6, Watch & New Wireless Payment System Finally, the rumours are confirmed: two new larger iPhones and a smart timepiece known simply as the Apple Watch are on the way. Read More , 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 Fabulous Phablets: The 5 Best Big-Screen Smartphones You Can Buy If you're going to buy a big-screen phone now, and by that, we mean something that's larger than a 5.5-inch screen and smaller than a 7-inch tablet, these are your best options. Read More . 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?

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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