This Week In Tech 10/21-10/28/2017

sorry for releasing this late I’ve been really busy.

This week Nintendo announced an Animal Crossingmobile game, Google announced a new electronic payment system, the iPhone X is Avalible for pre-order, the most important thing I missed while I had computer problems was that Qualcomm made the first 5G connection. Super Mario Odyssey is out.

Google announced Google Pay a payment system that intigrates Android Pay and a few other things.

Super Mario Odyssey is out. It’s great. The game is long but it can be easy or hard depending on what you choose to do. I’ll be writing a full review of the game soon.

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Star Trek Discovery Episode 4 “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” Review

by Sam Greenwood 

“The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” is the third episode of Star Trek Disvoery. I gennerally liked it.


The show starts with a pan out from the synthesis of ‘s uniform. Tilly brings in a box that is dinging it ends up being Georgiou’s will.Then she is called to the bridge to be told by Lorca to investigate the monster thing form the Glenn last episode. Cut to intro then commercials Then to the Klingon ship they are talking about the battle of the binary star

Then cut to the Discovery with in a lab studying the monster with the computer. Then the computer says it detected a genetic connection to the tardigrade then Landry walks in and tells Michael that she was assigned to work with her. The glenns logs were curupted so they have no idea of how the monster got there.

Lorca is weaponizing the monster. Lorca is eating and an admiral calls on the holophone and tells him about a destress call about a Klingon attack. The admiral tells Lorca to use the Spore Drive. In engineering Stamets tells Lorca that the glenn blew up because they hit a wall of hawking radiation as they exited the myselial network also the ship lost navigation control Then he shows Lorca other equipment that was salvaged form the glenn. One big pace of equipment mounted in the chamber that Lorca used to show what the spore drive does.

Saru jumps in and says that the Klingon will arrive at the planet within 5 hours. Back on the Klingon ship they are talking about what takuvmah(the Klingon killed in episode 2) said about the war. And one of them says “words don’t win wars”.


The spore drive is on but may not be able to control where they are going black alert and battle stations. The monster starts roaring when warp starts up/

The ship ends up at the wromgp lace ends up being a star. There end up being problems with the ship because of the star.

Michael mentioned that the monster reacted to the Spore Drice jump. Landry says it was probably just scared of the sun. Michael says it reacted before the jump. Michael says that it was most likely related the the spore drive its self/

The doctor is dermal regenerating Stamtes’s skull, Lorca walks in, they start arguing about stuff. Lorca says it not a science vessel a war ship Stamets says “” Lorca plays audio transition from the planet they are headed to. The planet is destroyed.

Landry tries to sedate the monster even though Michael thinks its a bad idea. Then Landry opens the pen the monster runs out she tries to shoot it but it just keeps running. Eventually throwing her. transports to sickbay

The Klingons are on the glenn exploring they find stuff but not what they are looking for

Back on the Discovery Saru and Michael are talking Michael apologizing for being selfish on the Shenzhou.  Now we find out that Landry was killed by that monster.

Tilly sneaks Michael spores to test her theory that the monster has something to do with the Spore Drive.

Landrey opens the monsters pen and puts the canister of spores down the monster just sits there

in engineering is analyzing the tricorders from the mission. The doors to engineering on the glenn were blown out. thinks that the monster escaped from there and that the monster has something to do with the spore drive. Theorizes that the monster con some how effect where the ship goes on the myselium network

They put the monster in the garden and notice that its doing some sort on synthesis. Now theorizes that the monster con outright control where the ship goes on the myselium network

back to the Klingon ship again talking about how the crew of the glenn died


Stamets and try connecting the monster to the equipment from the glenn and it works,  At the planet they try to defend but everything is going down. thhey do a spore jump so they aren’t noticed by the people on the planet. And to end the episode discovery Michael opens the will

The Spore Drive

The outer ring of the ship spins and recesses the spores.

The tardigrade can control the ships destination while on Spore Drive.


Other then the Spore Drive this episode fits in canon.

My Verdict  

This episode is good but I wish theat Landry didn’t die. The tardigrade seems to be an interesting part of the story.

This Week In Tech 10/01-10/07/2017

This week Google hosted their 2017 Made By Google Event and Sonos also hosted an event. AOL announces that they are killing AIM.

On Wednesday Google hosted their 2nd annual Made By Google Event. At the event they announced new Pixel Phones, new Google Home devices, Airpod like wireless headphones, and some weird camera. For more information refer to my live blog.

Earlier that same day Sonos announced that their making all their speakers compatible with airplay. They also announced a new speaker the Sonos Play One that is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. It’s coming out October 24th and will cost $199. 

This week AOL announced that their killing off AIM. As of December 15 AOL instant messenger won’t be active any more. 

Made By Google Event 2017

Yesterday Google hosted an event. They announced lots of stuff including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Also stuff about Google Home and other new stuff.

First Up on stage was Sundar Pachai he started talking stats and AI. Not much new there.

Then Rick Osterloh who talked about more stats and also mentioned that google home is and how its been accepted by the general population . Google Home Hands-Free calling is coming to the UK. 

Now for actuale hardware. The first thing they announced was the Google Home Mini which is a smalller and Dougnut shaped Google Home. Nest is intigrating more with Google  Home. oming October 19 for $49. Then they announced the Google Home Mox a Home family device that specializes in music I think that is has built in smart DJ software. It has some sort of room tracking software to adjust the tunong of the speaker. Launching first in the US on November 13 with YouTube Music until Febuary for $399.

The Google Pixel family was next. The 1st device announced was the PixelBook a convertable Chromebook.

Star Trek Discovery Episode 3 Review “Context Is for Kings”

“Context Is for Kings” is the third episode of Star Trek Disvoery. I gennerally liked it. The storyline worked gennerally well. it broke canon in a very inprotant way.


The story was good. I liked how the episode had a solid storyline, Charecter development was great. I like how the story picks up with Michael on a prison transport its an intersting way to start an episode of Trek. The Discovery saving the prison transport is an interesting way to introduce a ship. Then we find the prisoners being escorted to the mess hall. Then a fight breaks out and the chief of security points a phaser at Michael  but says that the captian wats to see her. The captian he says that he wants her to join the crew. Then while in her quarters Michael hears a Black Alert and asks her bunk mate what it us is but her bunk mate says that is Michael hasnt been briefed she can’t say. While on an away mission htey go to investigate the mysterious explosion they find some weird mosnter. Later in the episode she is brought top engineering and told that on this ship they are developing a new way to fly called the Spore Drive. After that to end the episode we find the captian in a menagerie with the monster that was found earlier and a Gorn skeleton.

The Spore Drive

Spore drive was an organic propulsion system the Federation experimented with during the 2240s and 2250s. The technology used mycelium spores harvested from Prototaxites stellaviatori fungus to jump or leap across the mycelial network.

Spore drive was based on the ideas of two collegues and friends, Paul Stamets and Straal, who had been working on it since 2244. They were eager to get to their veins and muscles that held the galaxy together.

Memoty Alpha



This episode is canonically flawed in multiple ways. Firstly the fact that the Spore Drive has never been mentioned before this seems weird because the writers said that they were stirctly sticking to canon. Also the aforementioned Gorn skeleton, the Gorn haven’t been met yet the TOS episode Arena was Earths first contact with them.

My Verdict  

This episode makes the show a definte must watech. If you dont\’t want to watch episdodes 1 and 2 this is definitely where to start.

Star Trek Discovery Episode 2 Review “Battle At The Binary Star”

“Battle At The Binary Star” is the second episode of Star Trek Disvoery. I gennerally liked it. The storyline worked gennerally well. I liked how it had lots of refrences to canon but also it broke canon in other ways. The ethics computre is an interesting part of the episode.


The story was good. It was essentially a 2 parter with episode 1. It’s procally one of the best conclusions of a 2 parter in trek. The story picks up right where episode 1 left off


Most of the episode fits into canon. There are a couple of things that don’t fit into canon like the ethics computer.

General Stuff

I think the ethics computer is a bad idea because it was so easy for Michael to get out of the birg.