To keep you guys up-to-date with the latest on iOS 8, the next major release of Apple’s mobile OS, we’ve created a quick checklist of everything we know so far.

Over the past few weeks, I took my SIM card out of my trusty HTC One M8 that I’ve been enjoying so much, switched it to extreme power saving mode and entirely made the jump over to Samsung’s newest flagship device, the Galaxy S5. This phone was a particularly interesting release, because it marked their definitive decision to adopt the ‘iteration over iteration’ strategy when it comes to their new devices. For Samsung, however, it’s likely to be more of a ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, type model.

Apple has just rolled out iOS 7.1.1, and although the majority of the changes packed within the minor update are not particularly significant, one just-discovered addition will be more than welcomed by frequent downloaders of apps and games. For in the Featured and Top Charts sections of the App Store, any app or game featuring in-app purchases is now labeled as such, meaning a user will not get stung by constant micro-payments in order to progress through a title or unlock the key features within an app.

Hitherto, those looking to test out beta releases of Apple’s OS X would need to sign up to the Developer Program, which, for $99 per year, looked quite a steep fee for the casual, inquisitive user. Now, however, the Cupertino company has introduced a new OS X Beta Seed Program, whereby users can test out pre-release builds of the Mac software simply by signing up with an Apple ID – no annual fee required.

Google has just dropped version 0.5.0 of the MyGlass app for iPhone, which includes the ability for users to invite friends to join up to the Explorer Program, a new control Glass from screencast feature, as well as the usual assortment of bug fixes and general performance enhancements. Full details, as well as that all-important download link, can be seen right after the break!

Over the weekend, it emerged that Nike was essentially closing off its FuelBand endeavors, laying off a large quantity of the project’s workforce in the process. Given the close relationship between Nike and Apple, and with the so-called iWatch on the horizon, there was always going to be a conflict of interests, but with Nike having calmed its project down to a virtual halt, the stage looks set for the iWatch to launch. However, a new report suggests that Nike and Apple are to collaborate in the creation of an apparently separate “smart band,” which will feature gesture controls and supposedly launch in the fall.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has sold well during its first week-and-a-half in the retail market, and its maker’s famed advertising machine, which has been in full flow once again, must take a fair amount of the credit for these strong early sales. In its latest campaign, the Korean company shows off the ruggedized nature of its latest humdinger, offering insight into its water and dust-proofing capabilities.

Apple has just released iOS 7.1.1 download links for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Therein, you’ll find minor bug fixes and performance enhancements, and below, you can check all of the details including a full change log.

A short while ago, Google took the wraps off Android Wear, a smartwatch-tailored version of its famed mobile operating system, and at the time of announcement, several initial manufacturing partners were outlined. Among those listed was Korean outfit LG, which swiftly came through and showcased its G Watch, and although information pertaining to the device’s technical specs has been scarce, the company has now come through and outlined some of the key features of its very first entry into this growing field.

Earlier on in the year, it was reported that Apple would be coming through with two variants of the so-called “iPhone 6.” Both, it was claimed, would be larger, with a 4.7-inch model accompanying a version packing an almighty 5.5-inch panel. But in recent times, we’ve heard that the greater of the two iPhone 6 configurations was subject to delay thanks to possible issues with production and yield. Now, a conflicting theory has manifested, suggesting that the redesigned, thinner battery for the 5.5-inch variant is causing issue.

Apple and Samsung are currently contesting a patent battle in a California court, with the Cupertino company convinced that its Korean counterpart has lifted certain copyrighted iOS features. Given that Samsung already lost in court versus Apple and was forced to pay over a billion dollars in compensation in a previous judgment – a decision that was later reduced on appeal – it’s fair to say that the Galaxy maker has developed a bit of a reputation, and in its latest ad campaign, Apple seems to be reveling in it.

Google is always looking to update and improve its Android operating system, and while often, these changes can take the form of significant enhancements, the Big G also likes to make subtle adjustments that enhance the user interface. Just last week, a leaked screenshot gave us a potential insight into some icon adjustments set to arrive with the much talked-about Android 4.5, and now, the official Google Nexus Twitter handle has accidentally leaked a modified, bluer Dialer app.

The rumored partnership of David Fincher and Christian Bale may be no more, with two new names now in the frame to make Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic.

The iPhone 6 seems to be the subject of a new leak or piece of information almost every day, and with so many reports flying about, it can be rather difficult to keep abreast of what’s going on. Here, we try to establish a little coherence with a brief run-through of what we think we know so far.

If you applied for the opportunity to hand over $900 to Google in exchange for a ticket to its Google I/O 2014 conference then now’s the time to start checking your email inbox, because the company has started sending out confirmation emails to those that have been selected to attend.

Google’s Play Store app is an integral part of the entire Android infrastructure, and with this in mind, it’s no wonder the updates are rolling through thick and fast. Just a week or so following the release of version 4.6.16, the Big G is rolling out Google Play Store 4.6.17, and as the version number states, the updates therein are relatively incremental. Details and download information can be found after the fold!

In the run-up to the showcasing of the Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress back in February, it was rumored that Samsung was preparing two distinctive variations of its flagship handset, and even when the official announcement finally came, reports continued to suggest that something else – something better – was on the horizon. Now, fresh reports seem to indicate that the device is very much real, and although those who’ve held off the purchase in light of the rumors will feel happy that they did so, one suspects that some early adopters of the Galaxy S5 will feel a tad short-changed.

A couple of weeks back during Microsoft’s annual BUILD developers conference, we got wind that the software giant would be reinstating the traditional Start Menu for those running desktop versions of the famed OS. At the very least, it was said, the option would be there for traditionalists looking to restore a sense of familiarity to proceedings, and although we knew that it wouldn’t be arriving with the just-released Windows 8.1 Update 1, it seemed almost certain that a subsequent release would reinstate one of the operating system’s longest-serving features. Now, a new report has indicated that said feature will indeed re-emerge this fall.

Google’s Glass Project has come along in leaps and bounds over the past year, and even though Team Glass only recently pushed through an update packing some great new features, a couple more have just been added. As revealed in a post on the Project’s official Google+ page, there’s now SMS support for those on the Apple iPhone, and additionally, the new Calendar Glassware feature allows Explorers to edit, delete and RSVP events from the agenda with ease. Full details can be seen right after the break.

The Apple iWatch has been rumored year-in, year-out, but with rumors suggesting that the Cupertino’s inaugural smartwatch effort has its own dedicated development team echoing the sentiments of analysts that the device will finally manifest in 2014, we’re very much hoping that the announcement of the elusive gadget is imminent. Hitherto, there’s been a distinct lack of hard evidence with regards to the device, with only tidbits of speculation allied to numerous concepts, but today’s render of a curved iWatch design is one of the better ones we’ve stumbled across so far.

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