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Apple Reinvents The Watch, Unveils iPhone 6, Offers Free U2 Album, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 10-09-2014

Also, other technology news not related to Apple. Honest. Including the Internet Slowdown, Microsoft buying Minecraft, remembering the Sega Dreamcast, and playing Dark Souls with a plastic guitar.


Apple Reinvents The ‘Watch’

After years of rumors 5 Alternatives to the Apple iWatch That Are Already Available Rumors that Apple is developing a smartwatch have caused a wave of new interest in this relatively small and obscure market. What is a smartwatch? Do they already exist? What can they do? These are... Read More , Apple has finally taken the wraps off its first smartwatch. The rather dully named Apple Watch features a square face, a choice of straps in fluoroelastomer, leather, and stainless steel, a digital crown which acts as the main UI, and inductive charging. Dashing hopes this would be a standalone smartwatch, the Apple Watch needs to be paired with an iPhone 5 iPhone 5 Review and Giveaway On 21 September 2012, people all over the world queued up for the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone -- the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is the fastest, largest, thinnest and lightest... Read More or later.

As with Android Wear Google Android Wear, Moto 360 & LG G Watch, PS4 Virtual Reality [Tech News Digest] Android Wear for wearables, Moto 360 and LG G Watch, the NSA is MYSTIC, Xbox One expansion plan, PlayStation 4 virtual reality headsets, LINE Call for international chats, and the 'Unnumbered Sparks' art installation. Read More , the Apple Watch will be mainly focused on delivering notifications. However, there will be dedicated apps created for the Apple Watch, and novelty features such as animated emoji and a heartbeat sensor add to the overall package. More interesting is the taptic engine which will offer haptic feedback to the wearer’s wrist. Worryingly, battery life wasn’t mentioned during the announcement.

The Apple Watch will be available early in 2015, with prices starting at $349.

Apple Unveils iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 6, and its bigger brother, the iPhone 6 Plus.

As expected Apple Supersizes iPhone & iPad, Instagram Hyperlapse Turns Heads, And More... [Tech News Digest] HP didn't start the fire, Uber goes on lunch break, the Sounds of Street View are melodious, the sounds of typewriters typing are annoying, and reasons to never take selfies in front of people. Read More , and demanded, the iPhone 6 features a large 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus features an even larger 5.5-inch display. Both sport a new curved design mimicking the latest iPads. Scotching rumors of the so-called “sapphire display“, the screens are “ion strengthened.” Both phones are powered by the new A8 processor, and feature 8-megapixel cameras (unchanged since the iPhone 4s).


Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will ship with 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 and support the new Apple Pay feature for contactless payments. Preorders begin on Sept. 12, with the first units sold on Sept. 19. The iPhone 6 is available in gold, silver, or space grey, with prices starting at $199 on a two-year contract ($649 unlocked). People who love the iPhone will lap it up, while those on Android or Windows Phone will wonder what all the fuss is about.

Today Is Internet Slowdown Day

As previously mentioned Apple Investigates Celebrity Nudes, YouTube Introduces Tip Jar, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, looking forward to the Internet Slowdown, Windows XP edges 1% closer to death, play Star Citizen for free, the new Raspberry Pi Web browser, and the wearables we narrowly avoided. Read More , Sept. 10 is the day of the Internet Slowdown. This is an organized protest taking part on various sites across the Web — including Reddit, Netflix, and Twitter — to show support for the notion of net neutrality What Is Net Neutrality & Why Should I Care? A significant number see Net Neutrality as essential to the survival of the Internet. In this article, we're going to look at why Net Neutrality matters, and why we should fight to protect it. Read More . This idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally is under threat from rules Killing Net Neutrality, Google Play PayPal, Hunting For Code, VR For Chickens [Tech News Digest] FCC is killing net neutrality, Google works on a "right to be forgotten" tool, PayPal comes to Google Play, Microsoft launches Code Hunt, Outlook gets new features, Nescafe jars gain 3D-printed alarm clock lids, and... Read More proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Websites taking part in the Internet Slowdown will display the loading icon that has brought frustration to countless Internet users over the years. Services won’t actually be slowed down, but users will be directed to a page discussing the issues surrounding net neutrality. You can show your support by visiting

Microsoft May Be Buying Minecraft

Microsoft is rumored to be buying Mojang AB, makers of the insanely popular Minecraft A Latecomer’s Introduction To Minecraft [MUO Gaming] Minecraft, the block-based sensation that took gaming by storm, is now well over three years old. It’s almost hard to believe it’s been that long since the first alpha was posted – and it’s equally... Read More game. Microsoft and Mojang have both refused to comment on speculation, but the Wall Street Journal claims a deal is imminent.


The deal would value Mojang at around $2 billion, but could lead to Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft, walking away from the company he founded. Persson has been critical of Microsoft in the past, using the launch of Windows 8 The Windows 8 Guide This Windows 8 guide outlines everything new about Windows 8, from the tablet-like start screen to the new "app" concept to the familiar desktop mode. Read More to tell the company to “stop trying to ruin the PC.” And to be fair, he had a point.

A Free U2 Album For Every iTunes User

If you have iTunes installed on your computer Your Guide To The Awesome New Features Of iTunes 11 Apple recently released the 11th version of its popular media player iTunes, and its re-design and new features have gained lots of praises from critics of the older versions of iTunes who found the player... Read More then you now have the new U2 album waiting to be downloaded. Songs Of Innocence is being given away for free to all iTunes users who want it: just visit the Purchased page on the iTunes Store and it will be available to download.

While it’s free to iTunes users, Songs Of Innocence wasn’t given free to Apple. And U2 isn’t missing the opportunity to make more money either, with a promotional push of the band’s previous studio albums included in the deal. Still, a freebie is a freebie, even if it is only another terrible U2 album.

The Sega Dreamcast Turns 15

The Dreamcast turned 15 yesterday (Sept. 9), with the last Sega games console originally debuting on 9.9.99. This isn’t especially important technology news, but for those of us who adored the Dreamcast 6 Dreamcast Games That Stand The Test Of Time [MUO Gaming] In many ways the Dreamcast is the forgotten console in video games history. It didn't sell well, it didn't stick around long, and it never quite lived up to its early promise. However, those who... Read More despite its many failings, it’s a reminder of how many years have passed since the ad embedded above filled our young heads with wonderment at what was to come. Oh, happy days.


Playing Dark Souls With A Plastic Guitar

And finally, Dark Souls is rightly regarded as one of the toughest games ever made 7 Video Games So Hard They Will Make You Want To Throw Your Controller One of the major staples of old school video games is the incredible difficulty. I've talked about the level of challenge in older games before in an article about the things I miss most from... Read More , with a steep learning curve and brutally unforgiving difficulty level. Which makes Benjamin Gwin, who tackled (and beat) Dark Souls using nothing but a plastic Rock Band guitar either a masochistic fool or an Internet legend. Watch the video and then choose which moniker you prefer.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Are you impressed with Apple’s new products? Will you be buying an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or Apple Watch? Would you be happy to see Microsoft buy Mojang and own Minecraft? Do you have fond memories of the Sega Dreamcast?

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. brad
    September 14, 2014 at 7:25 am

    ... Songs Of Innocence wasn’t given free to Apple. And U2 isn’t missing the opportunity to make more money either, with a promotional push of the band’s previous studio albums included in the deal.

    There is nothing wrong with this. Prince did something similar years ago- giving out a CD with an English Sunday paper. Ticket sales and a CD bundle are not unheard of as well. There is also a future in apple ads coming up to.

    Mind you it helps if you are already established, rich and famous. Just wish it would work the other way.

    Proud Papa: check out a band called: paradox lockdown. Original material and all under 20.

  2. Yassine B
    September 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    this a beautiful watch

  3. Tom W
    September 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    In related news, sources close to Apple have revealed that the tech company has hired a team of ninjas to silence anyone who calls the iPhone 6 Plus a "phablet".

    • Dave P
      September 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Ha, too true. The Watch isn't a smartwatch, and the Plus isn't a phablet. At least in Apple world.

  4. dragonmouth
    September 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    "Dashing hopes this would be a standalone smartwatch, the Apple Watch needs to be paired with an iPhone 5 or later."
    Thus pulling the lock-in noose ever tighter.

    When The Weather Channel shows the unveiling announcement live, then you know the event is way overhyped.

    "Do you think Apple reinvented the watch?"
    NO. Fruitco just instituted another method to fleece their captive, I mean "audience."

    • Dave P
      September 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Too true. This only extends the Apple ecosystem.

      Do you think the Apple watch will sell in original iPhone/iPad numbers?

  5. Jose
    September 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Apple Reinvents The Watch, really??

    • Dave P
      September 10, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Well, that's up to your interpretation. The headline could be read literally, or read sarcastically given that Apple called this simply "Watch."

      Do you think Apple reinvented the watch?