Week in Review: August 3-8

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From Google Street View Car accidents to transforming paper robots to staff app picks, we’ve covered a lot over the past week here at Techaeris. Here’s a quick recap of some of the stories we covered.


The NFL made our tech news again this week. Last week we covered their roll out of a real-time player tracking system, this week it announced they are providing Microsoft Surface tablets to NFL teams through a partnership with Microsoft.

Not again! Looks like Apple has filed yet another patent on an existing technology – this time Apple has been granted a wireless power patent, which some have interpreted that wireless charging may be coming to the new iPhone. Check out the article to find out what this patent really means and what it’s potential uses are.

Image courtesy www.wired.co.uk
Image courtesy www.wired.co.uk

Social media consultants are finally on board with HTTPS after Google announced earlier this week that HTTPS will be used as a ranking signal – in other words, websites which implement HTTPS may rank higher than their non-HTTPS counterparts. I guess that’s one way to get social media consultants on board with a more secure internet!

Think all hackers are bad? You might want to rethink that notion as a team of researchers from Fox-IT and FireEye took on the Cryptolocker Trojan Virus and were able to recover many of the keys used to encrypt hard drives. Infected drives are held at ransom until a user pays to receive the unlock key. Read on about how these Whitehat hackers fought back.

Alex Hernandez, our fearless leader, has an app for you to check out if you want to use your Apple keyboard on a PC.

Not the first time a Google Street View car has been involved in an accident!

Oh no! Was the driver of this Google Maps car using Apple Maps navigation (we kid!) when it took a wrong turn and drove the wrong way down a one-way street causing a collision? Check out all the juicy details in our coverage of the incident.

And don’t forget to check out our seventh Tech History Thursday installment!


Earlier this week, Foursquare launched a re-designed, and re-focused, Foursquare app. We took it for a spin to see if the changes were enough to entice us to “check back in”.

Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager

Lost your Android phone? A new update to the Android Device Manager rolled out which added a new callback function that will allow someone who has found a lost Android device to click a large green “call owner” button to assist in returning the device.

As well, week 2 of our Appetizers – staff’s favorite apps – went out. There’s always a gem or two in these recommendations so be sure to check out this week’s list.


This week we reviewed the TYLT Energi 2k wall charger/battery. Head on over to read our thoughts on it and see what we think about this crowdfunded wall charger/battery solution.


Get the latest geek news from the Techaeris crew!

Things on the gaming front here on Techaeris were a bit on the quite side – but that’s because we’ve moved a lot of our gaming content over to our sister site, MOARGeek. Be sure to check us over there to keep up to date on the gaming front!


android aosp launcher
Android Launcher

Greg Morris gave us his thoughts in his Op/Ed: How to Save Android From Itself. With Android dominating the global mobile market with a whopping 85% of total smartphone sales, Greg looks at some of the features of the open source Android operating system and some of the potential issues and problems that have arisen over the years.

Do you agree or disagree with Greg’s thoughts on the matter?


Paper robots? That transform? Engineers and scientists at MIT and Harvard have created a self-assembling paper robot that partially puts itself together and walks away – all for about $100 worth of supplies. Could our paper robot overlords be here? Keep those lighters handy!

Falcon 9 carrying AsiaSat 8 to orbit (courtesy SpaceX)
Falcon 9 carrying AsiaSat 8 to orbit (courtesy SpaceX)

Elon Musk and the crew from SpaceX have successfully launched AsiaSat 8 into orbit earlier this week. Read more about the launch and what services the Sat 8 will provide for the region!

James Cameron has released a documentary called Deep Sea Challenge which is based on his recent endeavor to explore the Mariana Trench.


After losing a court battle last month, it looks like the popular Aereo service might be running out of lifelines as a New York federal judge waived Aereo’s emergency motion to try and save it’s business.


On a site note, we’ve had to temporarily shut down the Techaeris Aercast. Hopefully we’ll be back on the podcast at some point in time, read more about why we made this difficult decision.

Who doesn’t love LEGO? A new kickstarter – Brick-a-Pick allows you to convert any image into a LEGO mosaic that you can build yourself. How cool is that?

That about wraps up our first week in review – 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!

Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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