Apple makes iOS8 available; Amazon launches 6 new devices

Quick news from around the Web.

> Apple will reportedly unveil the next generation of iPad tablets around mid-October. Article

> Kevin Lynch, who clashed with Apple while at Adobe, now runs Apple's team that works on wearable software. Article

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says that the commission has the legal standing to meet confidentially with potential critics of media mergers. Article

> Apple Makes iOS8 available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (5th generation). Article

> The launch of several health-and-fitness-related apps built on Apple's HealthKit platform has been delayed by a software bug. Article

> Amazon debuted six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage. Article

> Qualcomm launched an LTE Broadcast Software Development Kit. Release

> Virgin Atlantic will equip its entire fleet with Gogo's new in-flight Wi-Fi service, which promises shared connections of up to 70 Mbps via satellite link. Article

> Weightless SIG is planning to build its Internet-of-things connectivity network on the same industrial bands used by ZigBee, Z-Wave and Sigfox. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The wireless industry has 5G on its mind, with most pundits calling for requirements and specs to be laid out over the next couple of years so as to enable commercial rollouts in a little over five years. Commentary

> FirstNet's board approved the issuance of a request for information (RFI) and a statement of objectives, which are intended to help FirstNet develop a comprehensive network-acquisition strategy. Article

> AT&T and Nokia are among those applauding a proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city within a real city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies. Article

Telecom News

> Rackspace abandoned its efforts to find a buyer and has chosen to remain independent while naming a permanent CEO to lead the company. Article

> Frontier says that its pending acquisition of AT&T's Connecticut operations reflects its desire to seek out deals that scale its operations. Article

Cable News

> The National Cable Telecommunications Association is reinventing and rebranding The Cable Show as an event focused on the distribution of online video. Article

> A bill renewing the ability of satellite operators to take broadcast signals from far-away stations and deliver them to about 1.5 million rural subscribers without local access to various broadcast outlets has passed the Senate by voice vote. Article

And finally… Google CEO Larry Page reportedly has started a "Google 2.0" project that looks at big challenges facing humanity and how Google can overcome them. Article