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Shane McGlaun

Shane has been into tech since his dad brought home a Pong game when he was a toddler. A passion for gaming led to a passion for PC tech and hardware. That passion was eventually turned into a career writing about cool gadgets, computers, and automotive technology for some of the biggest publications online and in print. Shane also has a passion for the outdoors and when not writing about tech can be found hiking the trails of Colorado whilst keeping an eye open for nefarious rattlesnakes and bears.

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Fans of the strange, yet classic flick 2001: A Space Odyssey will most certainly remember the rogue computer AI named HAL-900 that eventually decided to kill all humans. If you ever wanted to own a HAL-9000 (minus the homicidal insanity bit) this is your chance, thanks to a company called Master Replicas. This company... Read more...
MIT is poised to make a massive investment into the future of nuclear fusion power. This move is significant because fusion power is potentially inexhaustible and produces zero carbon emissions. Fusion power could quite literally change the world as we know it today. MIT has announced a new collaboration with a... Read more...
Amazon is working hard on teaching its Alexa Voice AI some new tricks. Recently Alexa gained the ability to play music that you have heard previously even if you don’t know the track name. Amazon has now rolled something much more useful into its digital assistant with a new "Follow-up Mode." With this new mode, Alexa... Read more...
A new poll has been published by UMass Lowell-Washington Post that looked at the popularity of competitive gaming among young adults in the 14 to 21-year-old age range. The poll has found that among that group, e-sports are about as big and popular as football. A full 40% of people who fall into that age group says... Read more...
Lots of smartphone owners have opted to stick with their existing smartphone rather than buy the new breed of insanely expensive flagships such as the iPhone X. Sales for the iPhone X have reportedly been so slow that Apple reportedly slashed production in half for the first part of 2018. Word has now surfaced that... Read more...
We all know that asking an Amazon Echo speaker powered by Alexa to play a specific artist or song is possible (among other things). Amazon has been adding some new music controls to Alexa devices that make it easier to play songs when you don't know the artist or song title. These new playback commands are perfect for... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Defender was working hard this week, and according to Microsoft, just before noon on March 6 the AV suite put the brakes on 80,000 instances of several sophisticated trojans. These trojans were especially dastardly because they had advanced cross-process injection techniques, persistence... Read more...
Yesterday we talked about a problem that was plaguing some devices powered by Amazon Alexa that would cause them to laugh suddenly and maniacally. Amazon promised at the time that it was working on a fix and it didn’t waste any time fixing the bizarre fits of laughter Alexa was experiencing. The reason that Alexa is... Read more...
Owners of the Oculus Rift VR headsets who tried to play a game yesterday found that the headsets weren't working. The reason for the non-functioning devices was unknown at the time. The error that users were seeing on their headsets stated, "Can't Reach Oculus Runtime Service." Oculus admitted there was an issue not... Read more...
Late last month Porsche dished out new details on the Mission E Electric performance sedan that aims to challenge Tesla. Porsche is back with another electric concept that is essentially a lifted SUV wagon version of the Mission E Performance sedan called the Porsche Mission E Cross. Porsche calls it a "Cross-Utility... Read more...
GTA fans will be sad to read this latest rumor about the future of the franchise. According to sources claiming to know the plans at Rockstar, the next game in the franchise, widely expected to be called Grand Theft Auto 6, won't launch for years to come. Specifically, the launch is tipped for 2022, four years into... Read more...
Toyota has finally unveiled the new Supra at the Geneva Auto Show and the car looks absolutely fantastic. The official name of the car is the GR Supra Racing Concept, and it revives the most celebrated model in Toyota's sports car heritage. The automaker also says that the concept "demonstrates Toyota's commitment" to... Read more...
Spotify is handing out some harsh warnings to Android users that are using hacked apps, bypassing its paywall to access premium content without paying. Spotify's premium tier allows listeners to skip the commercials and download tunes directly to their devices. Spotify has sent out warning emails to an unknown number... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that it has tweaked Skype to optimize the messaging app to work more efficiently on older Android devices; specifically those running Android 4.0.3 to 5.1. The update started to roll out in the last few days and requires less storage space and has lighter memory consumption to improve overall... Read more...
If you are in the market for a new Xbox One X so you can play your favorite games in sexy 4K resolution, a smoking good deal has turned up on eBay courtesy of Newegg. The deal is a bundle that will net you an Xbox One X, extra game controller, Grand Theft Auto V, and Destiny 2 all for $499.99. The price of the deal... Read more...
Apple is set to launch a new and lower-priced version of the 13-inch MacBook Air in the coming months says notoriously accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. Kuo penned a pair of notes to investors recently that talked about a new MacBook Air notebook that will be enticing to the budget-minded Apple faithful... Read more...
Last month we talked about the incredibly transparent glass walls that Apple used for its new Cupertino spaceship campus. Those walls are so clear that distracted Apple workers keep smashing into them face first. 911 transcripts for a few of the injuries have now surfaced and it looks as if for some of these people... Read more...
Dell just launched a new Inspiron 17 5000 series notebook computer that packs a new AMD Ryzen 5 Mobile or Ryzen 3 Mobile Raven Ridge APU under the hood, similar to what we showed you in HP's recent Envy x360 . The most basic configuration with these new APUs inside is the Inspiron 17 5000 with the Ryzen 3 2200U APU... Read more...
A few days back, a rumor was making the rounds that NVIDIA would be launching some new graphics cards at either the Games Developers Conference (GDC) or its own Graphics Technology Conference (GTC). Lots of gamers and enthusiasts out there were very excited at that prospect, as GPU shortages are making it difficult... Read more...
Dropbox will now meld with the Google Cloud, bringing users "one step closer to a world where our work comes together." Dropbox says that it will soon start to roll out a series of integrations that aim to make it easier to use its cloud storage service more effectively with Google productivity and collaboration... Read more...
We already know that one of the cool features that are coming in the spring update for the Xbox One is support for 1440p gaming, which is perfect for gamers who have their Xbox One connected to a Quad HD monitor. The spring update that will bring 1440p support is now in testing with Preview Update users. With the... Read more...
Facebook is working hard to change how it operates to make the social network a more inviting place for users to connect with friends. Doing this involves bringing the hammer down on fake news and allowing the Facebook masses to determine what news sources they trust. Facebook has announced that one of the things it... Read more...
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