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+.

Gresso Regal Smartphone Runs Andorid

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Gresso has been making high-end smartphones and mobile devices that are focused on looks and style over performance for a long time. The devices also happen to be some of the most expensive smartphones on the market making the new iPhones look like raging bargains comparatively.

The latest device for Gresso is called the Gresso Regal and it uses a minimalistic design and high-end materials. It rather looks like the love child of the iPhone and an Android device. The case of the smartphone is made from grade 5 titanium making it durable and lightweight. The back of the phone has been polished in a process that is performed manually and takes three hours.

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Detroit Electric Unveils Final SP:01 EV Design

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Detroit Electric has revealed the final design for its new electric sports car called the SP:01. The final design has changed a bit from the original concept car shown off at car shows previously. The car looks much the same as the original, but has tweaks to improve stability and aerodynamics for the car at speed.

Detroit Electric says that the car will go on sale in Asia, Europe, and North America starting in 2015. The car will be the world’s fastest production electric car when it goes on sale according to the maker. Top speed for the SP:01 will be 155mph and the car will be able to reach 60 mph from a standstill in 3.7 seconds.

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Tesla Unveils Lease Program that makes it Cheaper to Get a Model S

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There are certainly a lot of people out there that like what Tesla has to offer and would like to get a Model S, but want a lower monthly payment. Tesla has unveiled a new lease program that makes it less expensive to purchase a Model S by reducing the down payment and monthly lease payments.

The new lease program is in conjunction with US Bank rather than using Tesla’s own money as the original lease plan did. That original lease plan was a 72-month purchase deal at 3% interest with 10% down and Tesla agreed to purchase the car back in three years at a set price. The new US Bank lease program will get drivers a 60-kWh Model S for $777 per month for 36 months at 12,000 miles per year compared to the $932 Tesla charged before.

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Flappy Paddle Lotus Exige S Automatic Coming to a Racetrack near You

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The Lotus Exige S is one of the coolest sports cars out there and focuses more on handling that power. Since the Exige S was introduced, it has only been offered with a single transmission, a proper 6-speed manual. Things are changing over at Lotus and the automaker realizes that some folks who want an Exige S also want to drive it in traffic and prefer an automatic.

For these folks Lotus has announced that it will be offering an Exige S Automatic in countries where the car is available. Sadly, that means not in the US since the car is no longer available to purchase here. Manual transmission purists may feel a bit different when they hear that the paddle shift Exige S Automatic was no slower on the test track in Hethel than the manual version of the car.

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Sony Launches G Series XQD version 2 Memory Cards

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Sony has launched some new memory cards called the G Series XQD version 2 memory cards that are designed for people who are using high-end DSLR cameras that are capable of 4K video recording such as the Nikon D4/D4S. These new memory cards are very fast with up to 400MB/S read and 350MB/s write speeds. Storage capacity for the memory cards is up to 128GB.

The cards support both PCI Express Gen.2 and USB 3.0 interfaces and all capacities ship with a USB 3.0 card reader. The USB 3.0 card reader and fast read and write speed mean that photographers will be able to move large RAW file formats and 4k video to and from the camera much faster than they were able to in the past.

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Montblanc Rolls out Pens and Leather Covers for Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung has done very well with its line of phablets called the Galaxy Note series. One hallmark of these smartphones is that they have very large screens and those screen scan be written on with a stylus. The Stylus is called the S Pen and stores away in the top of the smartphone. Montblanc is a company that has been making fine writing instruments for decades.

Montblanc and Samsung have teamed up to make a high-end line of accessories for the Galaxy Note 4 that includes a couple pens and leather covers for the smartphone. There are two pens that are able to write on the screen of the smartphone and on plain paper. The pens include the Montblanc e-StarWalker and Montblanc Pix.

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BMW X4 M40i Caught on Nurburgring sans Camo

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If you are into cars, you probably know that manufacturers from around the world like to take their cars to Germany for testing on the famous Nurburgring racing track. Many of these cars are never meant to be used on a racetrack; the makers just like to say that they were track tuned. Such is the case with BMW and a new car that was recently spied testing in Germany.

The car is the BMW X4 M40i and it’s a hopped up version of the existing X4 vehicles. Word is that the M40i version will use the same 3.0L turbo six-cylinder engine that the M235i uses. That engine produces 365 to 375 hp in M235i form. Cars like theM235i sit below BMW’s infamous M series of vehicles such as the M3 and the new M4.

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E-Fun Nextbook 2-in-1 Windows Tablet Unveiled

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If you are in the market for a new Windows powered device for use on the go, E-Fun has rolled out a new 2-in-1 tablet that looks interesting. The tablet has a 10.1-inch screen and falls into the E-Fun Nextbook line. The device has a detachable, foldable POGO keyboard and uses an IPS display. The brain of the device is a quad-core Intel Atom processor.

Windows 8.1 is the operating system so it should run most of your software. Thanks to the POGO keyboard, users of the tablet can fold it into the keyboard making it like a thin notebook or pull the keyboard off to make a tablet device. Connectivity features include Bluetooth and WiFi.

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Custom Ford F-150s Aim for Hottest Truck Award at SEMA

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Ford plans to bring a pair of customized 2015 F-150 trucks to the SEMA show in Las Vegas early next month. The 2015 F-150 is the most significant redesign of the incredibly popular truck in its lifetime. This year model marks the first time Ford is moving from steel body panels to aluminum. Using aluminum brings massive weight savings to the trucks of 700 pounds to increase fuel economy and performance.

At SEMA Ford is bring a pair of customized F-150s to the show including the Deegan 38 truck built to honor Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan. The truck has custom wheels, graphics, tires, and special Fox Racing Shox. It’s powered by a 3.8L EcoBoost twin turbo V6 with special tuning for more power. The EcoBoost V6 has a higher towing capacity than many V8 engines.

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Chevrolet Shows off Concept Cars Bound for SEMA

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Every year in early November, a massive car show kicks off in Las Vegas called SEMA. This show brings out some of the coolest cars at any car show of the year. The best part is that most of the cars shown off at SEMA have been modified for style and performance. Chevy will have several cars on hand at SEMA this year with the most interesting of them being a customized version for the 2015 Chevrolet SS.

The SS sport concept gives the V8-powered sedan a number of accessories that change the way it looks. It has body color door handles and mirrors, Chevy accessory grille kit, fog lamp bezels, side fender vents, and a rear spoiler. It also has accessory stripes on the hood and trunk lid.

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2015 Mustang and 2015 Camaro SS fight it Out Head to Head

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Ford and Chevy have been battling each other in the Pony Car wars for decades now. With the all new 2015 Mustang being unveiled and packing some serious improvements, Motor Trend decided to pit the new Stang against the 2015 Camaro SS to see which of the cars comes out on top. The new mustang gained a bit of weight, putting the two cars very equal in performance, there is only a 72-pound difference in weight between the two this generation.

Both reached 60mph in 4.4 seconds with the Mustang finishing the quarter mile a bit faster. The Camaro outperformed the Stang in 60-0 braking and with higher lateral g on the figure eight track. One of the editors chose the Camaro as the more fun to drive car.

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Amazon UK Launches Same-Day Pick-up Service

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Amazon Prime subscribers in the UK have a new delivery option that they can use to get their packages the same-day in some locations. The service is an expansion of the Amazon Pick-up Location program and is a partnership between Amazon and Smiths News. Smiths News is a newspaper and magazine distributor.

To begin with, Prime subscribers in the UK will be able to use the same-day service at no additional cost. With the new service orders placed as late as 11:45am will be available to pick up from delivery locations starting at 4pm. When the order is ready for pickup, customers will get an email from Amazon. The packages will be available for pickup until 11:59pm, though that last pickup time could vary depending on when the location the package was delivered to closes.

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