Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


SwiftKey Stats lands in Android app update

SwiftKey Stats lands in Android app update

If you are the sort who is always on your smartphone typing away in texts, emails, or social media posts, you might have wondered just how many words you have typed. Back in January, the SwiftKey keyboard added SwiftKey Stats to its Androids beta for people to try out. That stats feature has now moved out of beta and become an official part of the SwiftKey app in the latest update available right now.

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General Mobile 4G smartphone added to Android N compatibility list

General Mobile 4G smartphone added to Android N compatibility list

If you are the sort that tingles in anticipation when a new flavor of Android lands to play with, you are probably aware that recently Google launched the Android N preview aimed at developers. That version of Android has some cool features for sure, but it's also aimed at only developers not normal Joes. If you are a developer, Google has added a new smartphone to the compatibility list in the form of the General Mobile 4G.

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Ten One Design Blockhead fixes glaring MacBook power brick flaw

Ten One Design Blockhead fixes glaring MacBook power brick flaw

There will be some Mac fans out there offended by the mere mention that Apple has poorly designed its power brick for the MacBook line of notebooks. If you use a MacBook and you like to carry as little as possible you are probably using the power brick with the plug that puts the prongs sticking directly out of the block. The problem with that is that the brick is so large it makes it very difficult to plug into outlets that are behind anything.

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AMD XConnect brings external GPU to compatible Thunderbolt 3 notebooks

AMD XConnect brings external GPU to compatible Thunderbolt 3 notebooks

PC gamers who value portability for their gaming machines know that it's hard to find a notebook with the graphics muscle to run your favorite games with settings for graphics on high that is still portable enough to be easily carried with you. Razer's MacBook alternative called the Razer Blade Stealth is the first machine that uses AMD XConnect technology to provide portability and graphics performance when needed.

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Captain America: Civil War trailer 2 shows Avengers beatdown

Captain America: Civil War trailer 2 shows Avengers beatdown

The movie might be called Captain America: Civil War, but it looks more like an Avengers flick in the second trailer for the film that has just been released. The trailer shows Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America and a slew of other Avengers as they fight among themselves. In part of the trailer, Tony Stark tells Cap that the Avengers need to be put in check.

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Modular YOUMO power strip lets you customize the ports and outlets

Modular YOUMO power strip lets you customize the ports and outlets

Typically, when you buy a power strip all you get are outlets for plugging things in. Some might give you a USB port or two for charging other devices, but most don’t. A new power strip has turned up on Kickstarter that is called the YOUMO power strip and it allows the user to choose the configuration and what sort of outlets or ports it offers for your devices.

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SMARTvr virtual reality viewer works with any smartphone

SMARTvr virtual reality viewer works with any smartphone

Virtual reality viewers for smartphones are a big deal these days with lots of them coming onto the market. The most basic and affordable of them is the Google Cardboard viewer made out of basic cardboard. A company called DODOcase has a new VR viewer that is made out of plastic and works with any smartphone called SMARTvr. Since the device is made from a more durable plastic, it will last longer than the Google Cardboard will.

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NASA Mars InSight mission set for May 2018 launch

NASA Mars InSight mission set for May 2018 launch

NASA has announced the new launch date that it is targeting to send the Mars InSight mission into the heavens on course to the Red Planet. The InSight mission was originally set to launch in March 2016, but was delayed. NASA is now targeting InSight for launch on May 5, 2018 with landing scheduled for November 26, 2018.

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Goldgenie Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have the Midas touch

Goldgenie Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have the Midas touch

At this point, we are all familiar with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. If you like what those phones are offering in terms of hardware and performance but want a significantly blinged up versions to grace your well-heeled pockets, you need these limited edition Goldgenie versions of the smartphones. The body of the smartphone is covered in 24k gold, rose gold or platinum at the buyers choice.

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Opera announces faster native ad-blocking

Opera announces faster native ad-blocking

Opera has announced a new feature that brings native ad blocking to the browser promising to make browsing the internet faster. Since the ad-blocking tech is native and not an extension, Opera says that it works faster and happens at the web engine level. Opera says that it is the very first major browser to integrate ad-blocking features; others rely on extensions to block ads.

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OWC Aura SSD upgrade for mid-2013 and later Macs lands

OWC Aura SSD upgrade for mid-2013 and later Macs lands

Owners of mid-2013 MacBooks who are needing to boost their storage space can now get a new upgrade flash drive from OWC called the Aura SSD for Mid 2013 and Later Mac Laptops. The SSD upgrade is offered in 480GB and 1TB capacities and are the only PCIe-based flash storage device upgrades for the MacBook Pro with Retina display and newer MacBook Air devices.

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Verizon cut Samsung Pay from Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Verizon cut Samsung Pay from Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

If your preferred carrier is Verizon and you have your heart set on owning a new Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge smartphone, one bit of Samsung tech is missing from the Verizon versions of both devices. Reports indicate that Verizon forced Samsung to remove Samsung Pay from its versions of both smartphones before it would allow them to be sold via its stores. As for why Verizon would force Samsung to remove Samsung Pay, it could be related to the fact that Verizon is a partner in Android Pay. UPDATE: Verizon responds (below).

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