This Week in Tech News

Apple to announce new iPhones on Sept 9

Episode 1215

Leo says that the upcoming Apple Event will likely feature new generation iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S+ and iPhone 6C. This is an off year which means "fins," like improved camera with rumored 4K video capability. Force touch. Faster processor and maybe better graphics chips. We may also see, finally, a new refreshed AppleTV, iOS9 and an updated operating system for the Apple Watch, which isn't selling as well as everyone hoped. Leo also says the whole wearable thing hasn't performed as well as expected.

Chromebooks Becoming Popular Choice for Students

Episode 1214

Chromebook

Leo says that this year is becoming the year of the Chromebook thanks to it's low price, ease of use, and the fact that everything has moved to the cloud. The Powerwash feature enables it to start over if something goes wrong.

Leo says that while he was initially skeptical about them, he's come around to the point where he recommends them to many basic users. The Chromebook was made for students in mind. Sales are higher now than they were last year, showing that the Chromebook is really catching on as we become more linked to the cloud.

Google Announces New High Performance Router

Episode 1213

Google announced a new router called OnHub, but it's not cheap at $200. It has 13 antennas in it to guard against congestion. It looks at each of 11 bands periodically and switches to the best, uncongested band for best performance. It also has "Quality of Service" so users can prioritize web traffic. And you can control it via your Android or iOS device. It runs on 8.2.15.4 and Leo has a hunch it's for home automation.

Find out more at on.google.com/hub.

Keyless Fob Makes Volkswagens Easily Hacked

Episode 1211

SlimFold Wallet

If you have keyless entry, you're close enough to your Volkswagen, someone could break into your car by using an $18 device to amplify the signal of the key fob. If you also have a keyless ignition, they could easily steal the car as well. There is a fix for it -- a small wire mesh bag that acts as a Faraday cage. But Volkswagon has known for two years that all Volkswagen and Audi cars can easily be hacked and open the car door. And the problem is, it requires a hardware repair to fix it.

iPhone 6S Will Drop Early September

Episode 1211

Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple will announce the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus the first week of September, with rumors that an iPhone 6C color backed model coming as well. Improvements are expected to be made in the processor and camera, with Force Touch screens. This is the "tock" in the tick-tock update schedule.

In other news, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note V, which Leo says will be out next week.

US Watch Sales Drop in the Last 7 Years

Episode 1210

Apple Watch

Citing the release of the Apple Watch, US Watch sales have been reportedly declining in the last seven years. Leo says it's silly to blame Apple for the sales downturn, and it's likely that saturation with customers is blamed. Even Apple admits that the high priced Apple Watch hasn't done as well as they had hoped. Most people have a smartphone and that took the place of a wrist watch for most people long before the Apple Watch came on the scene.

Pocket Sized Transporters Could Soon Arrive in Tokyo

Episode 1210

Reuters is reporting that pocket sized, portable transporters could soon be seen on the streets of Japan. A Japenese engineer developed a portable transporter, small enough to be carried in a backpack, that is being called a "car in a bag." It's about the size of a scale, and starts to roll when you step on it. You lean in the direction you want to go, and it can go up to 6 mph.

Read more at Reuters.com.