Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


NASA Mars Trek takes you on a tour of the Red Planet

NASA Mars Trek takes you on a tour of the Red Planet

Of all the planets in the solar system other than Earth, the most explored is Mars. NASA has a number of rovers and space ships in orbit around Mars and has mapped enough of the surface of the planet to give us a very detailed look at what it's like. If you want to do some virtual exploring of Mars on your own, NASA has a new Mars Trek website that you will want to check out.

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Awesome R2-D2 creation flies like a rocket

Awesome R2-D2 creation flies like a rocket

As a huge fan of Star Wars going way back to the 80s when all the toys were all any kid wanted for Christmas, I am a big fan of R2-D2. I always liked the little droid as much as any of the other characters in the films. R2 could fly on occasion in the new films with little rocket boosters that come out of his shiny metal legs. A geek has made a flying version of R2-D2 and it looks fantastic.

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Gmail spam catching prowess improved with neural network

Gmail spam catching prowess improved with neural network

Spam email is one of the most annoying things about the internet today with inboxes flooded with messages for cheap medications and dating sites that few people actually want to see. Gmail is pretty good at catching spam messages and hiding them away in the spam folder without most users having to do much to make it happen. However, we all know that at some point you need to check spam because inevitably a message that isn't spam ends up in there.

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KAIST wireless charging system can charge multiple devices at once

KAIST wireless charging system can charge multiple devices at once

The big black squares you see in these images below are a new wireless charging system that has been developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology known as KAIST. The wireless charging device is different from many of the others already on the market in that it has the ability to charge multiple devices at the same time, but that isn’t the only cool thing this new wireless charging system can do.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 tipped for mid-August launch

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 tipped for mid-August launch

Samsung Electronics is tipped to be pushing up the launch of a new smartphone model to help the electronics giant turn around its sagging sales. The tip comes from a person who claims to be familiar with Samsung's plans, but didn't want to be identified. Samsung has had a sluggish second quarter of sales and hopes that the new smartphone will turn things around for the company according to the source.

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IBM’s 7nm wide chips may have saved Moore’s Law (for now)

IBM’s 7nm wide chips may have saved Moore’s Law (for now)

Moore's Law is something cooked up by Gordon Moore in a paper long ago. Moore would eventually go on to found Intel and the law states that computing power will double every two years. In the years since Moore came up with his law, it has held true but some scientists and researchers believe we are nearing the end of life for Moore's Law as we begin to reach limits on how small we can make chips.

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