Weekly Refresh: August 10-16

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From hardware announcements to potential T-Mobile throttling and fresh craft beer on your kitchen counter, we’ve covered a lot over the past week here at Techaeris. Here’s a quick recap of some of the stories we covered.


Getting boot loops and/or BSOD after recently updating your Windows machine? Turns out Microsoft is recommending uninstalling some recent updates – read on to find out which updates are affected.

Austin residents who were expecting 1Gbps service from AT&T back in April have finally been upgraded from 300Mbps to 1Gbps internet speed.


JLab Audio’s Crasher 2.0

JLab Audio, a designer and manufacturer of personal audio products, released Crasher 2.0 – a new portable Bluetooth Speaker. A couple of nifty features stand out – including a USB port for on-the-go charging and an internal microphone for use as a speaker phone. Check out the specs and stay tuned as we’ll be reviewing a Crasher 2.0 unit soon!

Yahoo and Google have tag teamed up against unsecure webmail! Read this article to see how Yahoo and Google plan to make Yahoo’s webmail more secure.

Be sure to check out our weekly Tech History Thursday column to see what happened this week in tech history.



Samsung Galaxy Alpha (courtesy Samsung Tomorr

Samsung officially announced their Galaxy Alpha. Complete with metal frame, it bears more than an uncanny resemblance to an iPhone.

LG is the latest tech company taking a crack at the Chinese market. It’s going to be a tough sell for the G3 given the price point and without network backing in the region.

Unlimited LTE data on T-Mobile? Not so fast… if you get caught violating their TOS, you just might get throttled.

Currently keeping a journal on a regular basis or want to get into keeping one? Check out Chris Wilson’s review of Journal, a new Android app for keeping a journal. He also compares some of the other available choices out there.

IDC numbers came out for Q2 2014 and Android continues to dominate the global market with overall market share.

A shorter list this week but we still like sharing those apps we love. Check out this week’s installment of Appetizers.

wearbles security beacon

How secure are wearables?

Wearables – including electronic wristbands such as sports activity-tracking devices, smart watches, pendants, and even smart clothing – are all the rage these days. But is your data really secure when using these devices?


Could optical computing be the next big thing? Chris Prophet takes a look at some of the technological advancements being made by Optalysys in his op/ed piece Electronics Are Dead, Long Live Optical Computers!

New writer Chris Wilson (welcome aboard Chris!) gave us his thoughts on Why You Shouldn’t Fear Big Data. Give it a read and let him – and us – know if you agree or disagree!

A huge issue around the world, especially the United States, citizens – and sometimes news reporters – are being told more and more frequently they are not allowed to record police activity with cameras and smartphones. Alex Hernandez takes a look at this issue in his editorial on the recent events in Ferguson, MO.


Because Science! Who doesn’t love science? A new website launched by Professor Brian Greene – World Science U – will let anyone just about anywhere learn just about anything science related.


Beer tap on your kitchen counter? Yes please!

Beer tap on your kitchen counter? Yes please!

Justin Jelinek had a chance to meet and sit down with Eric Stoddard from SYNEK. What better place to discuss a Kickstarter geared at bringing fresh craft beer directly to your counter than a pub? Check out what Stoddard had to say about the project, and in case you missed it you can read our initial preview.

Does the name Ethan Zuckerman ring a bell? If not, he’s the guy responsible for creating pop-up ads. Turns out he’s apologized for creating everyone’s favourite website annoyance. Check out what else he has to say about advertising and content on the Internet.

The Google acquisitions continue – this time Jetapac, a photo analyzing app, has been scooped up by Google for an undisclosed sum.


Google is having problems with… sharks?!?

You may have heard about Google’s new $300 million dollar underwater fiber optic cabling system, but it turns out they’re having a few issues with… SHARKS! Check out what Google plans to do to shark-proof the cabling.

Goodbye Internet Explorer? Not exactly, but reports indicate that Microsoft has confirmed that there have been discussions to rebrand IE as something else. If they do, do you think it can help the once dominant browser regain market share?



Skully Motorcycle Helmet

Featuring heads-up display, a rearview camera, and GPS navigation, the Android-powered Skully motorcycle helmet is being marketed as the “World’s Smartest Motorcycle Helmet”.

Wow – Elon Musk continues to up the ante. Telsa Motors is now offering an 8 year/INFINITE mile warranty on their Tesla S models.


Big loss in the entertainment industry with the passing of Robin Williams. The staff here and over at our sister site MOARGeek offered up some of our fondest memories of this great comedic/dramatic actor.

That about wraps up our Weekly Refresh – look for our recap every Sunday for a quick glance at what you may have missed over the past week. As always, the staff here at Techaeris thanks you – our readers – for checking us out throughout the week and thank you for your continued support. After all, we write because we love to share what interests us and keep you informed on tech happenings around the world!

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