Apple released the first beta of iOS 8.1 to developers just yesterday, and as we expected, it comes with a lot of minor changes that make up for a handful update over what is available publicly in the form of iOS 8.0.2. Here, we’ll run through all the changes in a neatly organized bulleted list.

Once the early buzz surrounding the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has begun to peter out, attentions will naturally turn to the other major announcement that Apple made at its big keynote event earlier on this month. After the formality of the Cupertino’s two latest handsets was completed, Tim Cook and his executive team took the wraps off Apple Watch, and although the market is going to be waiting quite a while for a hands-on, the Mac maker has granted one or two watch-focused blogs the opportunity to do precisely that. As well as posting a lengthy review and some delicious snaps, a new article also insights how app installation and management of Apple Watch will be controlled through a dedicated iPhone app, and if you’ve been waiting on those key details regarding the functionality of the wearable everyone’s talking about, then join us after the leap!

If you’re approaching this festive season with one eye on purchasing a low-cost laptop or an extremely cheap Android tablet then it could be worth holding off on the usual – but somewhat limited – options.

The major names in the modern tech industry engage in battle on a variety of fronts, and while a cloud service seems a must-have in this modern Digital Age, the social networking spectrum is considerably broader than Facebook and Twitter. Before Google+, the famed search company also had Orkut, and although its following had died out in most areas aside from certain quarters of Latin America, it was still running up until early on in July this year. It was at that point that the Big G decided to kill off Orkut for good, and with the deadline for the retrieval of data also set for September 30th, Orkut is now officially no more.

You can say what you will about Popcorn Time – and let’s face it, most of what could be uttered about so-called “Netflix for Torrents” has already been said – but one cannot argue that those behind it aren’t frequent with their updates. With versions of the app already spanning most of the major platforms including Windows, Mac and Android, it was confirmed late in August that an iOS edition was in the making. At the time, it was noted that Popcorn Time for iPhone and iPad would become available in a matter of days, but while today’s official roll-out is slightly later than we’d hoped, it does appear to be a nicely refined experience worthy of the wait.

After weeks of apparent deliberation over the name and months of screenshots, Microsoft has just taken the wraps off Windows 10, and below, we’ve all the key details as revealed by the software company.

OS X Yosemite 10.10 Gold Master (GM) candidate is now available for download at the Mac Dev Center, signaling the fact that public release is near. More details can be found right here.

With the small matter of the iPhone 6 launch now over and done with, Apple is looking ahead to what’s next, and the customary refresh of the iPad line-up seems inevitable as we close in on the month of October. It has long since been presumed that the company’s tablet range would be in receipt of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and having done some digging on the new iOS 8.1 beta released to devs a short while ago, once investigative developer has discovered references to back up this claim, as well possible Apple Pay support.

From what we’ve so far seen of Apple Watch – which, admittedly, isn’t a great deal – the functionality looks fairly adept and fit for purpose, but given Jony Ive’s reported utterances that Switzerland was in trouble, coupled with the reviews of several key figures in the timepiece industry, there’s no doubting the fact that the Cupertino’s new wearable makes a considerable fashion statement as well. Given that Paris is among the most renowned fashion-centered cities in the world, it seems as good a venue as any to play host to the showcasing of the undeniably cool gadget, and at the Colette Boutique in the French capital, Apple Watch has just gone on display. Check some of the photos after the break.

The biggest stories in technology these days tend to be about smartphones. Even with smartwatches threatening to take over as the most talked about, highly anticipated hardware releases going, the not-so-humble smartphone still manages to truly capture the imagination like few other new releases.

When Apple first introduced folders in iOS way back with the iOS 4 release, it was largely laughed at by Android fans for being flimsy and barely functional. They had good reason to do that, too; Android has had a much functional, not to mention useful, folder organization system since time immemorial, whereas iOS’ initial attempts were lousy and half-baked at best. In fact, there were so many lacking bits and pieces, and glitches, that one of them ended up serving a purpose that wasn’t originally intended; the ability to nest folders within folders. It appears that the same glitch has carried over all the way to iOS 8 as well, and using the same technique (which we’ll describe going forward for the uninitiated), you can nest folders within folders even in iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2.

Thus far, Apple has launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in just under 30 nations, with the initial roll-out in the United States, United Kingdom and several others on September 19th followed closely by the addition of a further 20 countries only last Friday. Conspicuous by its absence, however, has been China, an emerging market with something of an affinity to Apple’s product line-up. But with the news having trickled out to the blogosphere a short while ago that Chinese regulators has approved both of the Mac maker’s new smartphones for retail, Apple has now confirmed that the larger handsets will be available throughout the world’s most populous nation as of October 17th.

Apple has just released bash updates for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.7 Lion. These can be downloaded and installed by all users concerned by the well-documented Shellshock vulnerability, which has caused quite the stir over the past few days. We’ve all of the details, along with those all-important download links, right here.

Apple’s iOS 8 seemed to be experiencing a smooth initial transition, with millions of users downloading on the very first day of its launch and bugs apparently as minor as they were few. But after the mess that Apple made with iOS 8.0.1, things seem to have gone downhill somewhat, and it now appears that iOS 8′s ‘Reset All Settings’ feature is also removing iCloud Drive documents apparently safe in Apple’s secure online storage hub.

Apple has just released iOS 8.1 beta 1 download for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. The first beta build carries a build number of 12B401 and is available to download immediately for registered developers, and is likely an update which includes support for Apple Pay and other bug fixes.

Ordinarily, Apple releases a major enhancement to its mobile software in September, with a further, ‘.1′ update arriving early on in the following year. However, iOS 8′s schedule of updates will see the Cupertino pushing out the changes much more aggressively, with three major new releases set to arrive before iOS 9. Not only has iOS 8 brought so much to the table already, but there’s still a great deal to come, and so along with the customary iOS 8.1 update, expect to see iOS 8.2 and a further iOS 8.3 as Apple seeks to roll out and establish the likes of Health / HomeKit, CarPlay, Apple Pay and several other potential game-changers.

Some ten days after the official roll-out of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the official Facebook Messenger app has just been updated in compliance with both new handsets. The changelog doesn’t list anything else by way of changes, but given that app developers often squeeze in a couple of gratuitous bug fixes and performance enhancements without explicitly mentioning them, this is an update recommended for all using Facebook Messenger for iOS.

We heard late on last week that Apple could be plotting the roll out of a refreshed Mac mini next month to coincide with the launch of OS X 10.10 Yosemite as well as the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2. A new report has added another release to a growing list of touted products set to arrive over the next few weeks, noting that Apple is also set to take the wraps off a 27-inch iMac with Retina display. Citing sources familiar with Apple’s product movements, the report suggests that this as-yet unannounced keynote may be much larger than first anticipated, but like the purported Mac mini refresh, the Cupertino company will be forced into using the ageing Haswell processor from Intel rather than the imminent Broadwell.

Microsoft’s next version of Windows has been casually referred to as “Windows 9″, which makes a great deal of sense given that the current Windows 8.x was preceded by Windows 7. But while it’s still a distinct possibility that the software giant will retain the numbered system, the company has also tried to ramp up hype of the impending Windows Technical Preview by keeping enthusiasts guessing as to what name the next major build will take, and with an official moniker expected to be officially revealed soon, a site set up specifically for the Tech. Preview appears to have slipped “Windows TH”.

The roll out of the Galaxy Note 4 has been brought forward by Samsung in a somewhat hurried attempt to compete with the unforeseen popularity of Apple’s two new iPhones, but in its haste, the Korean outfit may have released some units with a quite significant design issue. As the Tizen maker’s Cupertino rival looks to recover from the Bendgate issue, it has emerged that some Note 4 users have discovered quite a large gap between the display and the outer frame – sizeable enough to fit a business card or a couple of sheets of paper – and given the asking price of the latest installment to the iconic phablet series, it’s not exactly the kind of build quality that said users would’ve expected.

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