Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


BMW unveils streetlight that charges electric cars

BMW unveils streetlight that charges electric cars

Electric cars are ideal for people who live in cities where pollution tends to be the worst and driving distances tend to be less with lower speeds. Those shorter distances and slower speeds mean that electric cars are more practical than they are in rural areas where driving distances tend to be longer. The challenge for urban EV owners is finding a place to charge their vehicles.

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Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge builds floating castles

Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge builds floating castles

Sometimes you need to unplug and get away from the video games, smartphones, and tablets to do something in the real world like a board game. Board games are fun, but they usually have one thing in common, they are played on a flat fold out game board. ThinkGeek has rolled out a new game called Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge, and it has a game board unlike anything else out there.

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Man rides rocket-powered bike to 207mph record

Man rides rocket-powered bike to 207mph record

The typical bike is powered by human legs, and some riders can go surprisingly fast on a bicycle. Typically riding down a steep hill is about as fast as most folks ever go on bike, but a man in France has ridden a bicycle fast enough to outrun a Ferrari. His name is François Gissy and he now holds the world record for riding a bike at 207mph.

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Nexus 6 heads to 12 more countries, still not shipping

Nexus 6 heads to 12 more countries, still not shipping

There are a lot of fans of Android out there waiting to get hands on the Nexus 6 smartphone with Android 5.0 onboard. That device isn't shipping just yet, but availability is being announced. Google recently announced that the smartphone will be available in 12 more countries. Despite "availability" in those countries, the device isn’t available to ship.

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Google Barges scuttled over fire safety concerns

Google Barges scuttled over fire safety concerns

When the Google barges started to catch the attention of geeks around the world over last year, we all wondered what the plan for the floating buildings was. We learned eventually that Google planned to use them as floating show rooms to show off technology. Just as construction appeared to be nearing completion Google pulled the plug and sent all of the barges to the scrap heap.

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Nexus 6 cases hit Google Play, available soon

Nexus 6 cases hit Google Play, available soon

Most smartphone users know that using a smartphone for an extended time without a case is asking for trouble. The first drop could be the end of an expensive smartphone. With the Nexus 6 getting ready to launch around the world, a lot of accessories are starting to turn up, including a pair of cases that have hit Google Play marked as coming soon. When "soon" is we don't know.

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Opera Mini 9 for iOS reduces video buffering

Opera Mini 9 for iOS reduces video buffering

A new version of Opera Mini is available for users of iOS devices that promises to make loading video faster and reduce the amount of buffering you have to sit through. The new version is called Opera Mini 9 with video boost. Opera also says that the browser will help you reduce data usage, which is great for people who are on a data limited account.

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Volvo shows off new V60 Cross Country

Volvo shows off new V60 Cross Country

Volvo has unveiled a new version of its V60 sports wagon called the V60 Cross Country. The new car was unveiled at the 2014 LA Motor Show. Volvo promises that the new V60 Cross Country brings all-road capability to its V60 line. The Cross Country offers a sporty and connected driving feel with the ability to go anywhere according to Volvo.

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Range Rover adds more off-road capability to high-end SUVs

Range Rover adds more off-road capability to high-end SUVs

Range Rover has announced that it has added more off-road capability to two of its higher-end SUVs and improved the efficiency of the vehicles. The two models that get the improvements are the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. Both of these vehicles get the Land Rover All-Terrain Progress Control system. Both of these vehicles also gain improved six-cylinder gas and diesel engines.

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