Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


Apple sapphire glass provider to lay off hundreds in US

Apple sapphire glass provider to lay off hundreds in US

Layoffs are nothing new in the tech world, they happen regularly as companies pare down to help maximize profits. A big round of layoffs has now been announced for a company operating out of Mesa, Arizona that provides sapphire glass to Apple for certain products. The company is called GT Advanced Technologies and it filed for bankruptcy protection last week. On Thursday, the manufacturer announced plans for massive layoffs at the factory.

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Austin Google Fiber rollout begins in December

Austin Google Fiber rollout begins in December

Austin, Texas is one of the places in the country where high tech companies flourish. Some major technology companies have operations in Austin including Motorola and Dell among others. In April 2013, Google announced that after Kansas City, Austin would be the second city to get the ultra fast Google Fiber internet service. The web giant has now announced that the rollout of Google Fiber in south and southeast Austin will begin in December.

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Team Sunswift sets record for EV speed over 500km distance

Team Sunswift sets record for EV speed over 500km distance

A group of Australian students has set an official world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500km using a car they built at the university dubbed eVe and operated by team Sunswift. The record was certified by FIA, a motorsports governing body, with a new speed mark of 109.966 km/h set by team Sunswift in July. Before Sunswift reset the record, it had stood at 73 km/h for 26 years.

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Amazon UK rolls out same-day pick-up service for Prime customers

Amazon UK rolls out same-day pick-up service for Prime customers

Amazon.co.uk has announced a new service that Prime customers in the UK will be very interested to hear about. The new service is for same-day pick-up of items. That means customers close to a pick-up location can order something in the morning and then go pick it up in the afternoon. The service is a collaboration between Amazon and a newspaper and magazine distributor called Smith News. The best news is that starting out the service will be free to Prime members.

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Blood Type Racing produces 1000bhp Hyundai Genesis for SEMA

Blood Type Racing produces 1000bhp Hyundai Genesis for SEMA

A car tuner in Chicago has a car that it has been working on that will be on display at SEMA in Las Vegas. The car started life as a normal Hyundai Genesis and has been transformed into something much more. The tuner is called Blood Type Racing, and the massively changed Genesis produces 1000bhp at the crank. At the wheels, the car has 800hp, which is a massive amount of power for a car that started life with a normal 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine.

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Citroen Devine DS concept car hints at brand’s future

Citroen Devine DS concept car hints at brand’s future

Citroen is a French automaker and one of those names that we don’t see here in the US. The company makes some interesting cars and it has been showing off a very cool concept car at the Paris Motor Show called the Citroen DS. Judging by the design elements of the car, the D in DS must stand for Diamond. The car sits very low to the ground with a height of 1.35m tall.

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Dorian Nakamoto starts legal fund to sue Newsweek

Dorian Nakamoto starts legal fund to sue Newsweek

Bitcoin is the most well known and popular of all the virtual currencies out there, it's also the one worth the most real money. Since bitcoin first hit the market people have been looking for the person who invented the currency. In March of this year, Newsweek published a story claiming that a man named Dorian Nakamoto from California was the founder of bitcoin, a claim that Nakamoto has denied since the story first surfaced.

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Droid Turbo launch date teased by Verizon Wireless

Droid Turbo launch date teased by Verizon Wireless

We have talked several times now about the new phone that has leaked on a few occasions from Motorola called the Droid Turbo. There have been several leaks that have hinted at what the specifications of the new smartphone might be. Verizon Wireless has now posted up a countdown clock that is ticking away the minutes until a new Droid device is unveiled, as of writing the countdown has 14 days and a bit more than six hours to go.

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Oppo N3 aluminum chassis and rotating camera teased

Oppo N3 aluminum chassis and rotating camera teased

Oppo has taken to Facebook to tease the upcoming N3 smartphone ahead of its launch. We have talked a few times about the Oppo N3 in the past, the launch for the smartphone is believed to be set for October 29. Ahead of launch, Oppo has some teaser shots up on Facebook showing off some of the design and construction elements of the device. One of the images shows off the aluminum chassis of the device.

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Ambi Climate helps control heating and cooling costs

Ambi Climate helps control heating and cooling costs

One of the most expensive utilities for many people all around the world is electricity. With many homes using electricity for cooling and heating, electric bills can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars per month. One of the places where people can save money is by cutting back on the costs of heating and cooling, this is where a device called Ambi Climate comes in. Ambi Climate is a small internet of things device that you place in the home and it learns your habits and home environment to automatically adjust the AC unit.

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