Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


Shoka Bell helps bicyclists navigate and secure their bikes

Shoka Bell helps bicyclists navigate and secure their bikes

A new device has landed on Kickstarter that aims directly at the bicyclists out there that use a bicycle to get around. The device is called the Shoka Bell and it can work like a bike bell only instead of little dings and rings, it uses an app to provide different ringtones to alert cars and pedestrians that you are there. The device can also help you navigate around unfamiliar areas.

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FordPass app lets you book parking before you get there

FordPass app lets you book parking before you get there

If you live and work in a larger city where you have to hope and pray that you can find a parking spot and then pay to park your car, you know the frustration that comes with being a car owner. Ford wants to make parking and getting to work or play easier for everyone and to facilitate that parking, Ford has a new app called FordPass that lets you choose and pay for your parking spot before you ever leave home.

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Octobot is a soft-bodied autonomous robot that can fit just about anywhere

Octobot is a soft-bodied autonomous robot that can fit just about anywhere

Scientists and researchers have created a cool autonomous robot that is modeled after an octopus called the octobot. The reason that the team modeled the robot after an octopus is because the octopus has a soft body that allows the cephalopod to squeeze into the tiniest of spaces to escape predators or catch its prey. Octobot is about the size of the palm of your hand and is made from silicone.

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Curvy, retro arcade gaming cabinet is all ’70s class

Curvy, retro arcade gaming cabinet is all ’70s class

Being a child of the '80s, I spent plenty of time around the stuff that made it from the '70s at friends and families homes. It seems to me that the hallmark of '70s design was curved wood and plastic. A sweet retro gaming cabinet from 8bitdo looks exactly like it came from the '70s only the graphics on the video games it contains are much cooler than most of what we had in the late '70s and '80s.

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Samsung HW-K950 and HW-K850 sound bars rock Dolby Atmos

Samsung HW-K950 and HW-K850 sound bars rock Dolby Atmos

Samsung has unveiled a pair of new soundbars that are designed to bring big theater sound into your home. The sound bars include the HW-K950 and the HW-K850 and both of the soundbars feature Dolby Atmos technology inside. Samsung says that the HW-K950 is the world's first 5.1.4 playback system with 15 speakers including upward-firing Dolby Atmos enabled speakers found in the front soundbar and two wireless rear speakers.

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Huawei Honor 8 launches in Europe

Huawei Honor 8 launches in Europe

A bit more than a week ago the Huawei Honor 8 launched in the US. The smartphone didn't land at the same time in Europe making fans of the device a bit miffed at being left out. Luckily, the Honor 8 has now launched in Europe so fans looking for a moderately priced device that has flagship features can now get their mitts on one.

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HP EliteBook gain Sure View privacy screen option

HP EliteBook gain Sure View privacy screen option

Depending on what industry you work in, you may be legally required to keep customer or patient data as secure as possible meaning that no unauthorized people can see the information. That can be a challenge if you are working in a public place where anyone can simply look over your shoulder and see what you are doing. HP has a new option on two of its EliteBook notebook computers that integrates a privacy screen that blocks those over the shoulder readers from seeing what you are working on called Sure View.

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Earth-mass planet found orbiting Proxima Centauri in habitable zone

Earth-mass planet found orbiting Proxima Centauri in habitable zone

Astronomers have made a very interesting discovery using telescopes belonging to the ESO and other facilities. The discovery is clear evidence that a planet is orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth. This planet is known as Proxima b and it orbits very close to its cool parent star with an orbit completed every 11 days. The scientists believe that the planet has surface temperatures that would allow liquid water to form on its surface.

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PlayStation Network accounts gain 2-step verification

PlayStation Network accounts gain 2-step verification

Sony has launched a new security feature designed to make it easier for you to keep your PlayStation account secure and under your control. The new feature is 2-step verification and launched last night to bring more security to fans of the PSN. If you don’t want to use 2-step verification, you don’t have to activate the new feature.

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Fujifilm X-A3 is a mirrorless camera for selfies

Fujifilm X-A3 is a mirrorless camera for selfies

A few days back a leak gave up some images of a new Fujifilm X-A3 digital camera. We didn’t have any specifications to go along with that leak and all we could tell is that it looked like a mirrorless camera with a retro design. Fujifilm has now gone official with the camera and says that it is a lightweight and compact selfie-optimized mirrorless camera. To facilitate taking selfies, the camera has an LCD screen that can tilt 180-degrees without being blocked by the camera.

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Kanex GoPower Watch keeps Apple Watch working all day

Kanex GoPower Watch keeps Apple Watch working all day

Apple Watch users who take advantage of the features that the watch offers might have a hard time making it all day on a signal charge. Kanex has a new portable, cordless charger made just for the Apple Watch that has 6x the power inside than the Apple Watch has alone. The device is called the Kanex GoPower Watch and it has a magnetic charging dock that uses the same inductive charging connector that comes with the watch from Apple.

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Optoma HD27 Home Theater Projector packs long life lamp

Optoma HD27 Home Theater Projector packs long life lamp

Optoma has announced a new home theater projector for the users out there who want a 1080p projector that has lots of color, contrast, and a lamp with a long life. The new projector is called the HD27 and it is an upgrade to the top selling Optoma HD26. One of the big features of the HD27 is an improved lamp life that is good for up to 8,000 hours.

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