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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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Most of us don't put much stock into the claims of mobile carriers that unlimited data users slow down the network for everyone. We tend to think that the carriers are just using excuses to throttle our connections and charge us more money. But according to recent tests from OpenSignal, speeds at AT&T and Verizon are... Read more...
MWR Labs has been able to demonstrate a hack on older Amazon Echo speakers that turns the device into an always-on spy sitting right in your home. Detractors of the way Amazon crafted it's speakers to always listen for your voice will use this as an "I told you so" moment. According to the researchers, the Echo is... Read more...
Being tracked when you are online is a everyday reality for many of us. While there are ways that you can hide your online shopping and surfing habits from tracking devices and marketers, the majority of us don't care if Google knows that we bought new pants from Amazon. Google's latest shopper tracking program is a... Read more...
Nothing makes you neighbors as angry as waking them up at 4 a.m. on a Saturday morning when you fire up your Mustang with the loud rumbly exhaust on your way to the local race track. I know this from the experience of owning six different Mustangs during my life with none of them left stock. Car guys and gals want a... Read more...
VR and AR are two of the biggest growth areas in computing today. So far, much of that growth has been focused on gaming, like the new Lenovo and Disney tie up for Star Wars AR content. The future will also see wider use of VR and AR in the workplace. To support this business use of VR hardware, HP has announced a new wearable computer called Read more...
Election hacking is a real concern these days, and Microsoft recently helped cripple Russian hacking group called "Fancy Bear" after the group pulled off the DNC hack last year. A group of hackers at DEF CON 2017 had a bunch of voting machines to play with and they found some exploits that could allow potential... Read more...
Researchers from Exodus Intelligence discovered a zero-day attack that threatens most of the popular smartphones on the market today. The hack is called Broadpwn and it affects devices running iOS and Android. Specifically all Samsung Galaxy S3 through Galaxy S8 devices are susceptible as are the Note 3, 6, 6X, and... Read more...
Microsoft has been doing a lot for Linux fans lately. Last week, the software giant announced its full support for Open Source and Linux by joining the Cloud Computing Foundation. Microsoft is now back with a new feature coming out of beta that Linux users will be happy to hear. In the Windows 10 Fall Creators... Read more...
During AMD's earnings call earlier this week amidst all the talk of booming Ryzen and Radeon sales, AMD CEO Lisa Su took the time to point out that AMD was still in Ryzen's "early innings." AMD has more desktop Ryzen parts to ship in the coming months, and Ryzen mobile processors are set to hit retail in time for... Read more...
Anyone who was around and watching MTV back in 1985 (the first release of the song was in 1984) will remember A-Ha and the music video for the band's song Take On Me. The music video was notable because it looked like part of the video was drawn and mixed in with real life on the other side of a window to another... Read more...
AMD has been doing very well with its new line of Ryzen processors, gamers and enthusiasts are excited about the brand again. In fact, PC fans are happy enough with Ryzen right now that much of the growth AMD posted in its recent financials was laid squarely at the feet of the Ryzen and Radeon GPU growth. The next big... Read more...
Microsoft wasn't always particularly pro-open source. In fact, for much of its history, the software giant was very much focused on its own offerings often to the detriment of anything open source. That isn't the case today with Microsoft contributing to open source projects and developing versions of its popular... Read more...
With the boom of cryptocurrencies, many geeks have flocked to the virtual mining of Bitcoin and Ethereum. The boom in Ethereum mining recently was so massive that it was hard for gamers to find AMD Radeon graphics cards for gaming PCs because so many Ethereum speculators had gobbled up all the cards on the market... Read more...
Foxconn has announced that it is making a massive investment into a new U.S. manufacturing facility. The gigantic factory will cover 20,000 square feet and is said to be a virtual village with the factory, housing, and services arrayed around a 1,000 acre parcel of land. The investment in the facility by Foxconn will... Read more...
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