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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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Check Point Research has discovered a significant increase in attacks using the Phorpiex Botnet in June 2020. The research firm found that the botnet has had a resurgence delivering the Avaddon Ransomware, which is a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) variant that first surfaced in early June. Delivery during the month... Read more...
Over the years, Apple has found itself in hot water over some of its business practices. One of the most significant problems Apple in recent memory was the so-called "throttlegate" or "batterygate" in 2017. Apple was caught slowing down the processor of iPhones with older batteries, leading many users to replace a... Read more...
Of all the video games that have been announced for PC gamers in the last year, easily one of the most anticipated is Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. We've been following the development of the game very closely with its highly detailed aircraft, airports, and integration of software used by pilots in the real world... Read more...
One of the biggest things that happened this weekend was the Ubisoft Forward event, where the company talked about some of its future video games. One of the games that the company spoke about at the show was its new free-to-play battle royale shooter Hyper Scape. It was announced that the game is now in open beta for... Read more...
Ubisoft held its digital event yesterday called Ubisoft Forward, and at the show, it talked about some very cool video games that are on the horizon from the company. The big games featured at the event included the new free-to-play shooter Hyper Scape, Far Cry 6, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Watch Dogs: Legion... Read more...
Anyone in the market for some new Echo Show devices to scatter around their home will want to take advantage of special deals that Amazon has going right now. Amazon currently has significant discounts on the Echo Show 8, Echo Show, and Echo Show 5. The discounts vary with the most significant savings being offered on... Read more...
If there is one sure-fire way to sour a relationship quickly, spending large sums of money tagged for something as important as a wedding and honeymoon on a gaming PC is it. A woman posted on Reddit claiming that her fiancé had taken $8,000, which she described as their entire savings, and spent the whole amount on a... Read more...
Many folks are anticipating the next big thing in smartphones from Samsung. A few details on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G smartphone turned up early this month. Among those details were leaked images and a 360 video that showed the device in a slick bronze color. Some new information on the 5G version of Samsung's... Read more...
For many people around the world, a common way to protect their privacy and prevent anyone from watching them when they're not aware is to cover the camera lens on their notebook or desktop. People cover lenses of their webcams with all sorts of materials, including tape and other coverings. However, Apple has warned... Read more...
Zoom has had more than its fair share of security issues over the last several months with the popularity of the service soaring while people around the world are working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom is currently working to fix a recently discovered zero-day vulnerability with its Windows client... Read more...
Details on a Nest-branded speaker that will replace the Google Home have leaked recently. Rather than continue to ignore the leaks, Google has released a video that gives a glimpse of what the Nest Team is working on from home. In the background in the early scenes of that video, we see the Nest Speaker that has been... Read more...
The developers behind Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 have released the July 9 development update, and the biggest announcement is that Alpha 5 has been released. The game currently sits at Alpha 5 build 1.5.4.0 and is scheduled to enter Closed Beta on July 30. With the update comes a wealth of improved content, bug... Read more...
For most PC gamers, the place they prefer to get their video games is Steam. When the Epic Games Store first opened, many PC gamers were upset that Epic landed some high-profile exclusive titles forcing them to have games across more than one digital service. Feelings towards the Epic Games Store have changed for... Read more...
Dell has rolled out what is being hailed as the most powerful XPS system ever built. The new XPS Desktop is powered by 10th generation Intel Core processors up to a Core i9. Graphics options include up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER. While it's easy to think of XPS computers as aimed at gamers only, Dell says that... Read more...
NVIDIA has, for the first time, surpassed Intel to take the crown as the most valuable chipmaker in the United States. NVIDIA did this after its shares rose 2.3% in afternoon trading on Wednesday to reach $404 per share. When the stock hit that price per share, the company's market capitalization came in at $248... Read more...
A lot of Android fans have been wondering when the next iteration of the mobile operating system, Android 11, will exit beta and officially launch. Google recently published a video for the "Hey Google" Smart Home Summit, and in that video was a precise date for the launch of Android 11: September 8th. The date was... Read more...
Microsoft is putting some restrictions on game developers regarding their ability to charge gamers to upgrade current generation titles to versions that will run on the Xbox Series X. Word of Microsoft's stance comes from publishing sources that are familiar with the plans. Companies that have been working on games... Read more...
Samsung has taken to Twitter to confirm the date for its Unpacked event that will undoubtedly bring new smartphones (and more) for fans to enjoy. The teaser event shows a copper-colored stylus with a bit of liquid dripping off the tip and splattering on a white surface. The only text reads "Power - a new form for a... Read more...
Around the country, there are still a lot of people who are spending more time at home than usual because of the coronavirus and shutdowns in various communities. That means many active people who are typically out enjoying life are stuck indoors watching movies and TV more than normal. This has led to many people... Read more...
Microsoft has expressed interest in purchasing the Warner Bros. gaming unit, which is currently owned by AT&T. News of Microsoft's interest in buying the gaming unit comes from two people who claim to be familiar with its plans. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, also known as WB Games, has been behind some very... Read more...
With the coronavirus pandemic still significantly impacting the United States and other countries around the world, all major in-person conferences have been canceled. That means conventions such as E3 aren't happening this year, leaving publishers and devs looking for alternative ways to get the word out about their... Read more...
Xbox gamers know that Microsoft is working on its Project xCloud game streaming service that's expected to launch later this year as part of the Xbox Game Pass. The coolest part about that service is that it will allow gamers to stream titles they would typically play on the console to their smartphone. As Microsoft... Read more...
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