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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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Amazon is the dominant player in the growing U.S. smart speaker market. A new report claims that Amazon will continue to be the dominant brand in the smart speaker market through 2021 with 70% of the total market in the States. The report shows that in 2020 69.7% of U.S. smart speaker users will use an Amazon Echo... Read more...
Sprint and T-Mobile have been trying to merge on and off for years. The latest effort kicked off in 2019 and some states have been fighting against the merger in court. Today, U.S. District court Judge Victor Marrero ruled in favor of allowing Sprint and T-Mobile to merge despite objections by state attorneys general... Read more...
BioWare got a lot of gamers excited when it first announced Anthem. Unfortunately for both the developer and players, Anthem wasn't what everyone hoped it would be. BioWare says it has been working hard to improve stability, performance, and the general quality of life in the game. It worked on all those improvements... Read more...
An image has leaked that claims to be a promotional shot of the upcoming LG V60 ThinQ smartphone. The smartphone was expected to launch at MWC 2020, however,  LG opted to skip the show altogether this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. The image is said to have come from a promotional video that was to be shown... Read more...
The Oscars took place last night, and during the broadcast, Samsung ran an ad for its yet unannounced Galaxy Z Flip smartphone. Nowhere in the ad does Samsung mention the name of the smartphone, but it does note that the device will be unveiled at its Unpacked event on February 11, which is tomorrow. The Samsung... Read more...
Security researchers at Sophos have been investigating a pair of ransomware attacks where the attackers used legitimate, digitally signed hardware driver to delete security products from targeted computers. Once the security products were deleted from the target machines, the destructive file encryption portion of the... Read more...
Microsoft doesn't have a good track record in the smartphone realm, with its failed Windows Phone platform and hardware that didn't get people excited as an alternative to Android and iOS. Microsoft eventually threw in the towel and ended development of its Windows Phone OS, but it's certainly not done in the... Read more...
Motorola has its new Razr smartphone in the hands of various testers. One of the test scenarios that we saw recently had the smartphone loaded into a custom-made testing machine called FoldBot that folded and unfolded the phone repeatedly to see how long the device could last before the hinge or screen broke. The... Read more...
Some Windows 7 users have been hit with a strange bug this week that prevents them from shutting their computer down. When the user attempts to perform a shutdown or a reboot using traditional Start menu methods, they are greeted with a message that reads "You don't have permission to shut down this computer." It's... Read more...
Android users need to apply the latest round of security updates to their devices as one of them is meant to address a critical vulnerability in the Bluetooth subsystem. The flaw is known as CVE-2020-0022, and when exploited, it could allow arbitrary code to be run on the device with the elevated privileges of the... Read more...
For many people, the folding smartphones that are out there with seamless screens -- like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X -- aren't super appealing. They cost a lot of money and have questionable durability. For those who want more screen real estate in a smaller package, something like the Surface Duo and... Read more...
Samsung's latest folding screen smartphone, called the Galaxy Z Flip, is expected to launch soon for around $1,400. Custom luxury goods maker Caviar is producing a special version of the Galaxy Z Flip that has Joker and Harley Quinn images on the outside of the phone. The price is also much higher than the standard... Read more...
Hackers need physical access to a computer or need to trick a user into installing malware to steal data from an air-gapped PC (one that is not physically connected to a network). Air-gapped computers can have malware installed to steal data, but getting the data out is harder. That may not be the case with new... Read more...
Tech fans know that Woot is a place where you can get some good deals on all sorts of products, from electronics to pillows. The latest deal from Woot is one that console gamers will greatly appreciate. With the next-generation Sony game console expected this holiday season, prices on the current generation gear are... Read more...
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