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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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Microsoft is talking about its vision for the future of Microsoft 365 and how the difficulties faced in 2020 will change the service in the years to come. Some of the changes Microsoft is talking about will roll out within a year or two, while other changes are "very much exploratory." One thing that everyone has... Read more...
Lenovo is a name associated with laptop and desktop computers, but it's expanding its offerings with a new Android-powered smartphone aimed squarely at mobile gamers. The phone is called the Legion Phone Duel and features six customized layout themes to choose from with distinctive design details, colors, and icons... Read more...
Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most anticipated games for PC gamers landing in 2020. The game is notable for relying on actual software in the simulation that pilots use in the real world along with real-time traffic, among other things. The game comes in three different versions and will have 30 different... Read more...
We're already a bit more than halfway through 2020, and expectations are that a new Call of Duty game will be announced this year. While no official announcement has been made so far, the game is reportedly called Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The very first hints at some of the features in the game have surfaced... Read more...
Security researchers from China have outlined a new attack dubbed BadPower that can alter the firmware of fast chargers to cause damage to power systems of connected devices. Using the technique, the researchers say they can melt components or potentially set devices on fire. BadPower was detailed last week in a... Read more...
The most popular web browser around is Google Chrome, and lots of Android users who prefer the browser will be glad to hear the latest news about a new feature. A report indicates that Chrome Canary for Android will get a scheduler feature for downloads. This will allow users to schedule a download to happen when they... Read more...
The internet is a place where it's difficult to trust anything that anyone says. A recent case of more than a handful of VPN providers who claim to keep no logs of their user's activity, yet leaked activity logs, highlights that you can't trust anyone online. As it turns out, the seven VPN providers were logging user... Read more...
Leaked images of a set of true wireless earbuds from OnePlus called the OnePlus Buds have surfaced online. The photos reportedly come from an app that was uploaded to the web called OnePlus Pods. The images are taken from the app and show three available colors, and what the earbuds and their associated charging case... Read more...
Paying an extra fee to play video games online with current-generation game consoles is nothing new. There is now speculation that Microsoft may be getting ready to ditch Xbox Live Gold with the launch of the Xbox Series X game console. We're certainly taking these rumors with a grain of salt, but what can't be... Read more...
OnePlus fans are frothing in anticipation of the new, affordable OnePlus Nord Android phone that is set to launch July 21. Some new details on the smartphone have been shared on the OnePlus forums that come from OnePlus representative Shawn L, Head of Product for Nord. In the post, he shares information on the... Read more...
We've known that Samsung is working on next-generation Galaxy Buds for a while. The current version of the Galaxy Buds has a traditional earphone tip and rounded exterior that looks a bit strange in the ear. Samsung's next-gen Galaxy Buds have a completely different “bean” shape to them; whether that will make them... Read more...
There's a lot to like about the Google Chrome OS and the lower-priced desktop and laptop devices that run it. Currently, typical Chrome OS devices look more like traditional laptops or tablets, however, that could be changing with a new rumor suggesting that Google is working on a dual-screen Chromebook. Google's... Read more...
A new NPG Group report is out that looked at video game spending in June 2020. The report found that spending in June was the highest that has ben recorded since 2010. It's not surprising that people are spending big money on gaming in the U.S. as many around the nation are still unable to [fully] return to work due... Read more...
According to security officials in the UK, Russian cyber actors have been targeting organizations that are involved in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine development. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of GCHQ, published an advisory that detailed the activity of the Russian threat group known as... Read more...
The latest developer update for Microsoft Flight Simulator was issued yesterday, and it was pointed out that it's been just over a year since they began working on the game in close conjunction with the community. The developers promise to continue engaging with the community by listening and reacting to... Read more...
New Android malware has surfaced that has an extensive range of data theft capabilities. BlackRock, as the malware is known, has targeted 337 Android applications. The threat was first seen in May and was discovered by security research firm ThreatFabric. According to the research firm, BlackRock is derived from the... Read more...
When it comes to games on the PC, the vast majority of people have gotten used to downloading from digital storefronts. However, some people like to have physical boxes and materials that come with retail games, and recent details surfaced about Microsoft Flight Simulator that indicate the game is over 90GB in... Read more...
A major Twitter hack was perpetrated yesterday that resulted in multiple high-profile Twitter accounts being compromised. Among the hacked accounts were those of Apple, Elon Musk, and U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden. All of the compromised accounts displayed similar messages that promised to double the amount of... Read more...
Data storage products for portable devices, game consoles, and computers are items that everyone needs at some point. Anyone wanting to add some storage gear from Western Digital or SanDisk to their inventory should check out Amazon for exclusive discounts on SSDs for desktops to memory cards and everything in... Read more...
SpaceX has been on a roll in 2020 with its Falcon 9 rocket launches, which the most high-profile one sending NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley into space to dock with the ISS via a Crew Dragon capsule. Perhaps one of the most important things for the general population that the company is doing is with... Read more...
Microsoft's July 2020 Patch Tuesday release has fixes for over 120 security vulnerabilities found in a dozen of its software products. This is typically the case with Patch Tuesday releases, but there is one vulnerability in particular that you should pay close attention to. Microsoft has announced that it released... Read more...
Students all around the country are home for the summer, and anyone looking for an excellent gift idea that will give the kids something fun to do (while being educational at the same time) should check out the Kano PC. The Kano PC is a DIY kit that builds a real Windows 10-powered PC out of individual components. The... Read more...
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