Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Wagon is a sexy crossover alternative

2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Wagon is a sexy crossover alternative

With much of the US market content to drive crossovers and SUVs, the wagon is becoming scarce. Not everyone wants a big SUV though and for those buyers seeking a wagon with luxury, three-row seating, and power underfoot Mercedes-Benz has announced that the 2017 E400 4Matic Wagon will land in US dealerships in early 2017. The wagon will come in two styles with the Luxury model getting classic styling and a hood ornament, the Sport model will get sleeker sport bumpers and grille.

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Google AI team crafts off-switch in case AI becomes maniacal

Google AI team crafts off-switch in case AI becomes maniacal

The thought of a true artificial intelligence scares many people out there because an AI able to think might not have the same goals and desire to protect life that most humans have. We can look to movies like the "The Terminator" for a worst-case scenario of what could happen with an AI run amuck. While a Terminator scenario might not happen, something along the lines of what happens in the TV show "Person of Interest" could be a more likely result of an out of control AI. Google's AI team thinks they have a solution to prevent an AI from going rogue.

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TiVo Bolt gains out-of-home streaming and in-home premium download services

TiVo Bolt gains out-of-home streaming and in-home premium download services

TiVo Bolt users have a couple new features to take advantage of that will make it easier to watch streaming and downloaded premium content out of the home. Content can be streamed from the Bolt to compatible mobile devices using the TiVo iOS or Android apps. To stream content from the Bolt to the devices app version 3.7 for iOS or 3.2 for Android is required.

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Google video details running Android apps on Chromebook

Google video details running Android apps on Chromebook

Chromebooks are one of the most cost effective ways to get into the computer realm and as such, many parents on a budget have resorted to Chromebooks for a first computing device for kids. Many schools are also relying on Chromebooks in classrooms and libraries rather than thin clients or Windows machines. One thing that has been missing from the Chromebook is access to a glut of apps and software supporting the Chromebook ecosystem. That changed at Google I/O.

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Mark Zuckerberg Pinterest and Twitter hacks blamed on LinkedIn leak

Mark Zuckerberg Pinterest and Twitter hacks blamed on LinkedIn leak

Late last month there was a major leak at LinkedIn that saw the passwords of 6.5 million users leaked online. It later became clear that the massive leak meant that 60% of the passwords used on the LinkedIn social network had been cracked. Among the users caught in that LinkedIn leak was none other than Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg wasn’t the most secure user on the networks using the same password for LinkedIn as he did for Twitter and Pinterest apparently.

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Samsung Level Active aims at Jaybird

Samsung Level Active aims at Jaybird

When it comes to earbuds for the active folks out there one of the most popular names is Jaybird. Samsung wants in on the market that Jaybird plays in and to grab some of that market Samsung has a new product in the works according to rumors and Bluetooth SIG. The name of the device is Samsung Level Active and Bluetooth SIG lists the model number as EO-BG930.

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Google teaches autonomous car to honk its horn

Google teaches autonomous car to honk its horn

When some people drive, laying on the horn is second nature. They honk for every possible perceived infraction even if there is no need. Those people are jerks and we all know it. There are those occasions though when the horn can keep you from being in an accident making it an important feature for a car. In the autonomous vehicle future, the self-driving cars will be on the road with normal people much more focused on eating or Facebook than driving and honking the horn could prevent a crash.

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Vi artificial intelligence personal trainer blasts Kickstarter goal

Vi artificial intelligence personal trainer blasts Kickstarter goal

Anyone who has worked out with a trainer knows that workouts done with someone to motivate you tend to be better workouts. A good trainer keeps you from getting lazy, but the problem is that trainers are expensive and aren't always available when you want them. A new device has landed on Kickstarter called the Vi. Vi is an artificial intelligence personal trainer integrated into a set of wireless earphones.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Tab S2 Marshmallow update is now available

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Tab S2 Marshmallow update is now available

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Tab S2 users have a new software update that is now available to download directly from the carrier. The update brings Android Marshmallow to the devices along with a slew of new features that users of the tablet and phablet can enjoy. The software version for the Marshmallow update on the Galaxy Note 4 is MMB29M.N910VVRU2CPD1.

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Bjork and HTC team for “Vulnicura” VR Album

Bjork and HTC team for “Vulnicura” VR Album

Bjork has announced the launch of her eighth studio album called "Vulnicura" and this album brings with it a claimed first for the music industry. The album will have a corresponding VR Album Exhibition as part of an 18 moth Bjork Digital world tour that is kicking off with the album. The first performance will be at the Vivid Festival in Sydney on June 4.

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Vivaldi 1.2 browser adds mouse gestures

Vivaldi 1.2 browser adds mouse gestures

The Vivaldi web browser has been updated to version 1.2 and with that update comes new features. The new features include support for mouse gestures, new shortcuts, and new tab options. The biggest new feature is support for editable mouse gestures. This feature allows users to trace the path they want to use for the gesture with the mouse pointer and save that gesture.

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Google My Account can now locate Android and iOS devices

Google My Account can now locate Android and iOS devices

Google landed the My Account hub a year ago with the goal of giving users access to controls for protecting their personal information and data in one place on Google. My Account put lots of privacy and security controls in one location including controls for privacy and security checkups. Google says that in the year since it launched, over a billion people globally have used My Account.

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