Weekly Refresh: Mega iPhone 6 Rumors, Robot Vacuums, Google/FTC Settlement and More – Aug 31 to Sep 6

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From iPhone 6 rumors to iCloud changes and T-Mobile news 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.


VPN not working in OS X Yosemite? Check out Alex Hernandez’s workaround and let us know if it worked for you!

iCloud Login Screenshot

Yikes! Huge news this week as nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and over 100 celebrities were obtained from the cloud. We take a look at the impact this has on the average user and what steps you can take to better protect your online data.

Robot vacuums aren’t new, but vacuum giant Dyson is entering the fray with a product 16 years in the making. Check out why Dyson thinks The Eye is the robot vacuum for you.

Leaked photo of Moto 360

Some images leaked just ahead of the launch of the much anticipated Moto 360 – the first Android Wear device to feature a traditional round face.

As usual, the only way you’ll be able to dial in to the upcoming Apple device reveal on September 9th is through an Apple device.

In light of the recent nude image leak, Tim Cook announced this week that various changes are coming to iCloud in the form of security alert features. We ask – why the heck didn’t iCloud have this feature already?!

More than a couple sources are claiming that NFC will be available on both the iPhone 6 and upcoming iWatch. If true, this could definitely be the boost NFC needs to hit the mainstream.

Do you shop online? If so, chances are you’ve used your smartphone or tablet to make purchases as over half of all e-purchases are now made through mobile devices. The times sure are changin’!

Thinner, faster PC’s? It could become a reality with Intel’s new Core M-series processors. This processor could be used to make PC’s much thinner – and fanless to boot!


If the rumors are true and NFC is (finally) included in the iPhone 6, this could be the boost that the mobile payment technology needs to become mainstream.

The Internet on your terms? Not so fast!

Mobile device privacy is at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days, and the developers of the app Disconnect launched an app that stops installed apps from collecting data on users. Without warning, Google pulled the Android version from the Google Play Store. What gives?

Fueling speculation that NFC will be included in the upcoming iPhone, we’re hearing whispers that Apple is working with VISA, AMEX, and Mastercard on some sort of iPhone payment system.

One of the UK’s major multi-network retailers were dealt a major blow after Vodafone announced that it will not be renewing their contract with them. Starting February 2015, customers will no longer be able to buy Vodafone connections through Phones 4U.

…and more iPhone 6 rumors/news. This time in the form of a video that purportedly shows the upcoming Apple device.

Galaxy Note Edge

Bring on the devices! Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 as expected, and a new offering – the Galaxy Note Edge which features a curved edge on one side of the mobile device.

Motorola launched their new device just ahead of the iPhone 6. Check out why you might want to pick up the new Moto X instead.

Just ahead of next week’s Apple press conference, even more images of the expected iPhone 6 have surfaced.


Blake Mitchell gives us his thoughts on when you can expect (or not expect) Apple’s anticipated iWatch.

Should Apple step up and own the iCloud nude photo breach? Find out what Alex Hernandez has to say on the matter!

In a second editorial on the iWatch, Blake Mitchell takes a look and offers his thoughts on why he thinks the Apple iWatch will ultimately fail.

Apple leaking on purpose?

Every time we turn around, it feels like we’re reporting on another data breach. Check out Alex Hernandez’s thoughts on whether or not you can ever trust companies to keep your personal data secure.

Apple usually remains tight-lipped on upcoming devices, but it’s entirely possible that this rash of iPhone 6 leaks is intentional and meant to counter negative reaction from last week’s iCloud data breach.


Google funded start-up Calico has partnered with AbbVie to further develop drugs that could treat cancer and Alzheimers.

Is Skynet one step closer? Google is partnering up with the University of California to develop a quantum computer chip which will no doubt one day become autonomous, leading to… ah heck – you’ve all seen Terminator.


Poor Isis Wallet. They’ve dropped the Isis name due to recent events with the other ISIS and are now called Softcard.

Tesla sets up battery production in Nevada.

Nevada could be scoring big as it sounds like Tesla has chosen that state for their new gigafactory to manufacture batteries for their Tesla vehicles.

Not sure if you can call this a promotion, but Megan Smith – former VP of Google X – is now the United States CTO.

Apple just can’t catch a break – now one of it’s suppliers is being accused of labor violations over in China.

Google agrees to pay out $19 million

Google has settled with the FTC over a complaint that kids were racking up credit card charges by making unauthorized in-app purchases through the Google Play Store. They’ve agreed to pay a minimum of $19 million in refunds.

Is Dish Network in talks to buy up T-Mobile? If so, do you think this would be a good fit?

Say what? T-Mobile is suing Huawei for allegedly stealing parts of a robot arm – yes a robot arm! – used for testing mobile devices.

Marc Newson joins Jony Ive over at Apple as their new Senior VP of design. What do you think of this new dynamic duo of design?

So long Twitpic…

Game over for Twitpic as they’ve decided not to pursue defending their name against Twitter’s trademark suit against them.

Sounds like Walgreen’s and CVS will be the first two businesses on board to accept iPhone mobile payments once the device launches.

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!

Last Updated on November 27, 2018.


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