Weekly Refresh: Google’s New Inbox, Bank of America Double Dips, 707-HP Sedans, and More – Oct 19-25

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From Google’s new Inbox app to Bank of America double dipping and a 707-hp sedan from Dodge, we’ve covered a lot over the past week here at Techaeris. Here’s a quick recap of some of the stories we covered in our Weekly Refresh.


First Google with Android Wear, then Apple’s Apple Watch – could Microsoft be next? The Microsoft smartwatch just may be hitting shelves at the same time or soon after Apple’s offering and it has one leg up on the competition.


Google’s Gmail app could be receiving an update to allow users to check Outlook and Yahoo mail as well. (courtesy Android Police)

With Google’s mobile operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop just around the corner, we can expect to see Google updating Gmail and other core apps as well. Could Google be integrating support for other email accounts inside their Gmail app?

Yet another security breach as Staples stores in the Northeastern portion of the United States might be dealing with a latest credit card breach and are investigating the situation.

The new Kindle, dubbed the Voyage, has arrived. The 6″ e-reader has some pumped up specs from previous models, but comes at a hefty starting price of $199.


Move over McFly! The hoverboard is here.

Move over McFly! A company called Hendo has developed what they are calling the world’s first hoverboard.

Google introduced Security Key in a bid to make 2-step verification even better. Security Key is a physical USB key that further keeps your information secure from would be hackers.

Evollve wants to make screen time more educational with the introduction of Ozobot – a robot that “moves kids from augmented reality back to physical play.”

Drones have become a buzzword that sparks a lot of negativity. Government and corporate drones concern some people, but there is also the consumer drone that has recently gained momentum.


Qmee aims to change the way you search. Check out how in our exclusive interview.

Our own Crystal Black sat down with the founders of Qmee in this exclusive Techaeris interview. Qmee is a search loyalty company that is storming the UK and US and Techaeris has the exclusive inside scoop on what’s next for this London-based company.

Wow, big accusations here… Now Julian Assange has written an op/ed piece in Newsweek where he dismantles Google and Eric Schmidt. Painting both the company and its CEO as the complete opposite of its “Don’t be evil” motto.

Bluesmart, a start up company, has really gone to town creating a suitcase that is absolutely chock full with tech. We can’t stop drooling over this one over here!


Hello Skynet!

Boston Dynamics ATLAS Robot was first introduced July 2013 and as expected was not the most nimble of robots out there, but Boston Dynamics has offered a glimpse into some of the improvements they’ve made with ATLAS.

iTunes and iTunes Radio haven’t done as well as the company had hoped and faced against the likes of Pandora, Slacker, Google Play Music and Spotify Apple – could merging the Beats streaming service into iTunes the answer?


Journey has just released their journaling app to the Chrome app store to sit alongside their Android app.

One of the hidden features in the updated Android Lollipop preview appears to limit taking screenshots in a wider range of popular video apps as users are finding they can’t take screenshots in Netflix, Google Play Movies, and now YouTube.


TYLT cases are on sale until the end of the month!

TYLT makes a variety of phone cases, external batteries and speakers for mobile devices and right now they’re offering some of their cases for just $10.

Today, after several years in the incubator, Google has unveiled Inbox: their vision for the future of e-mail. Have you had a chance to try it out yet? If so, let us know what you think so far!

Facebook is taking a crack at bringing back a piece of Internet history with Rooms, their more modern take on the Internet Bulletin Boards of the past.


The OnePlus One goes on pre-order Monday!

Monday October 27th @ 11am, EST (8am PST), the gracious folks over at OnePlus are blessing the masses with a pre-order sale, a complete 180 from their current business model. Are you excited to finally be able to pre-order a OnePlus One?

Since there are clearly no more pressing matters to attend to, the United States Senate is investigating allegations against secrecy app Whisper.

Are you currently an Apple iPhone/iOS user? Thinking of moving from your current platform to Google’s Android devices? Well, Google has laid out a guide for those of making the move over.

The Galaxy Alpha’s surprisingly high quality has been widely hailed by reviewers, and details on a new 64-bit variant have been leaked.



Elementary Icon Pack offers custom icons with a muted pastel palette. (courtesy Travis Hall)

Customization and icon packs are a key feature of Android, and we take a look at the Elementary Icon Pack by Travis Hall in this icon pack review.


Oops! A property development firm probably wishes that more people weren’t aware of SimCity, as they’ve been caught passing a screenshot off as their own design.


We all know Google’s services are all about its ads. The new ‘Inbox’ is no exception, encouraging your inbox to be as full as possible.


Your Google search results might look a bit different going forward. In an ongoing effort in the fight against software and music piracy, Google announced a plan to put greater emphasis on legitimate sources.

Bank Of America customers are experiencing the first early adopter woes of Apple Pay. It seems the bank or Apple, have a glitch in their payment system and some BoA customers are getting double charged while using Apple Pay.


KFC is looking into utilizing Google Glass to make their workers more efficient.

Wearables are an entirely new category in the tech market and most people are just starting to get acclimated to the idea of a smartwatch and Google Glass. KFC has been experimenting with software on Glass to make their workers more efficient.

Now Google Nest has added home-automation company Revolv under the Nest brand. This move further confirms Google’s desire to be a part of your home.

In 2013 Larry Page broadened Pichai’s role to include Android and now Page has yet again given the 42-year old Pichai a larger portfolio to head up over at Google.



Oh you know you want this!

The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is a 707-hp machine and probably the first Dodge that has actually made Alex Hernandez look twice in a very long time. Check out this beast of a sedan from Dodge!

Ford is considering giving Tesla some competition by possibly building their own electric vehicle. Ford CEO Mark Fields said the company has the know how and tools to make a vehicle like the Model S.


Apple Insider is reporting that Apple is considering lowering the Beats Subscription price to half that of its competition ($5 monthly).


Google Play Music’s new web interface screenshot with Songza integration.

About time! Google Play Music was updated earlier this week with Songza activity and time-based recommendations, as well as a redesigned “Listen Now” page.

Microsoft seems to be taking a step backwards as they’ve quietly announced that the free streaming option on their Xbox Music service will end in December.

Woah – the new Steve Jobs movie is taking shape with the announcement of Christian Bale in the lead role. Aaron Sorkin, the films director, confirmed Bale’s role earlier this week.

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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