Author Archives: Shane McGlaun

Shane has been a full time geek writing for his supper for six years. He has written for some of the coolest tech sites online and had reviews printed in the print versions of Laptop Magazine and Computer Shopper. You can follow him on Google+.

Hyundai Helps Girl Send a Message to Her Father in Space

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Hyundai helped a girl named Stephanie send a message to her father. Sending this message wasn’t as easy as simply hopping in the car and driving to his work for delivery. The girl’s father is an astronaut aboard the ISS. For the astronaut to be able to see the message, it had to be gigantic.

In fact, Hyundai had to send out expedition teams to look for locations where the message could be made large enough to be seen from space and where weather wouldn’t keep the message from being visible, a dry lake in Nevada was eventually chosen. The plan started with a hand written message from Stephanie.

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$349 da Vinci Junior 1.0 3D Printer now Available

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Back during CES 2015, one of the coolest products we saw from the show was a new 3D printer from XYZPrinting that is aimed at bringing 3D printing to the masses. The printer is called the da Vinci Junior 1.0 and it sells for $349. If you liked the idea of a cheap 3D printer you will be glad to hear that the Junior 1.0 is now shipping.

The manufacturer of the printer says that there will be three versions of the printer eventually. A version with wireless printing capability will come later this year. It’s unclear what the other version of the printer will be. The Junior 1.0 printer uses a non-heated bed and an enclosed printing area.

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Volvo XC90 Excellence is Luxury for Four

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Volvo has announced that it will be unveiling the most luxurious vehicle it has ever built at the Shanghai Auto Show. The new car is the XC90 Excellence and other than being based on the new XC90 SUV, the two cars have few similarities. Whereas the normal XC90 seats seven people, the XC90 Excellence seats only four.

It’s only the two back seat passengers that really matter with this SUV made to be driven in rather than drive. The rear seat area has two seats and lots of luxury features that make this SUV like an apartment on wheels. The two seats offer massaging, reclining, ventilation, and lots of legroom. Each of the seats has its own retractable touchscreen controller.

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Toshiba Portege R30 Ultraportable Laptop is Lightweight and Full Featured

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Toshiba has announced a new version of the Portege R30 laptop that aims to be the full featured ultraportable. Typically, when you buy an ultraportable most of the features you want get ditched to make the machine lighter. The R30 is light at 3.2 pounds, but still has all the features you want like a DVD player and network jack.

The machine also has three USB 3.0 ports, a memory card reader, and a full size HDMI output. Processors available in the machine are Intel 4th gen mobile processors paired with up to 16GB of RAM. Storage options include a 1TB hybrid drive or a 512GB SSD. Professional users who need security will like the vPro technology and TPM.

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Shelby Baja 700 turns up the Performance of the Ford Raptor

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The Ford SVT Raptor truck is already a very cool truck that is aimed at high-speed desert racing. Shelby has taken already high performance Ford vehicles and amped up the performance for years. Mostly Shelby is known for making modified mustangs. Shelby is taking that modification to the Ford SVT Raptor truck and the result is awesome.

The truck is called the Shelby Baja 700 and it has a supercharger under the hood among lots of other new parts. Along with that blower comes a new throttle body, new injectors, a heat exchanger, and a Borla exhaust. As the name of the truck hints, Shelby says power output is 700hp. More power isn’t much good without the suspension to back it up off-road.

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Aston Martin to build EV and plug-in hybrid Cars

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Aston Martin makes some very cool cars and back during the New York Auto show last month, we saw the very cool DBX concept. Aston Martin has stated recently that it is working on two green vehicles with a plug-in hybrid and a full EV in the works. The plug-in hybrid will be a production version of that slick DBX concept we saw before.

One major change will be that the production car will be a four door, not a two-door like the concept. The dimensions of the car are also being tweaked for more room on the inside. The full EV sounds even more interesting and will be another model.

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William Shatner Designed Rivet Motorcycle to go into Production

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When I think of William Shatner, I think of Captain Kirk and his stint on Psych. I certainly don’t think of motorcycles. Apparently, Shatner like motorcycles, at least enough to co-design a very wild looking bike with a bike company from Illinois.

Shatner has teamed up with American Wrench to design a trike called the Rivet. The name comes from the rivets on the body of the bike that apparently hold it together. The design is based on the style of a B-17 bomber and it looks like something Mad Max would ride in an apocalyptic future.

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Logitech Keys-to-Go Android and Windows Keyboard Launches

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In October of last year, Logitech launched a new portable keyboard for iOS users called the Logitech Keys to Go keyboard. Logitech is now back with a version of the Keys-to-Go keyboard made specifically for Android and Windows device users. The keyboard looks pretty much the same as the original iOS version with the main difference being integrated Android and Windows shortcut keys.

The keyboard uses Bluetooth to connect to your device and is made to be thin and light enough to carry anywhere. The keys are spaced for comfortable typing and it has a stand to prop your mobile device up for comfortable typing when on the go. Logitech also wraps the keyboard in FabricSkin.

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Freightliner SuperTruck is 115% More Efficient than Current Big Rigs

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The Department of Energy teamed up with four major big rig manufacturers to try to develop trucks that were at least 50% more efficient than current models. One of the makers that the DOE teamed up with was Freightliner and the company created a truck that was vastly more efficient than the DOE hoped for.

Freightliner’s SuperTruck is 115% more efficient than current big rigs. When tested in Texas pulling a full load, the truck tipped the scales at 65,000 pounds with the load. It was able to achieve 12.2 mpg at 65mph with that load making it 115% more efficient than normal trucks pulling similar loads. The truck uses aerodynamics with new skirts to block wind and a hybrid powertrain.

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Cadillac CT6 Hybrid tipped for Shanghai Debut

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A rumor is making the rounds that Cadillac is set to unveil its CT6 Hybrid at the Auto Shanghai 2015 show in a few weeks. The car is a hybrid that has been rumored to use the same engine that the new Chevy Malibu Hybrid uses under the hood. If true that means the CT6 would get a small 1.8L four-cylinder engine mated with a pair of electric motors for a total of 182hp.

The car was first unveiled at the New York Auto Show and is a flagship sedan for the Cadillac brand. If the hybrid is unveiled in Shanghai, it would be the first time for that model to be seen. The car is similar in size to the BMW 7 series and is 100% a premium car. Inside Cadillac uses wood, and carbon fiber to class things up.

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Coolest Clock uses Projector Tech to make a Smartwatch for the Wall

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I’m not a fan of normal wall clocks, especially those that have hands. The ticking drives me crazy at night or when I am trying to read and it’s quiet. I really don’t need a wall clock either since I have a smartwatch and a smartphone that can give me the time.

Despite not needing a wall clock, I really want the Coolest Clock that has turned up on Indiegogo. This is like a smartwatch for the wall and there is nothing traditional clock about this thing. The Coolest Clock has no real hands, the entire clock surface is projected on the wall from a blister projection device you hang on the wall. That means no annoyingly loud ticking hands.

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Subaru BRZ STI Concept Wows in New York

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Fans of the BRZ have been hoping for a STI version of the car since the BRZ first rolled onto the scene. The car handles and looks great, but could really use more power. Subaru has now rolled out a BRZ STI concept at the New York International Auto Show and it looks fantastic. Subaru isn’t offering up all the details on the concept just yet, but we hope those will come later.

Most of us expected the car to keep the same engine and get a turbo in STI form, but that hasn’t happened. Subaru says that the concept has an engine based on the racing engine from the Subaru BRZ Super GT race car. We don’t know how large that engine is or how much power it has.

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