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+.

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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Citroen Divine DS Shows off in Paris

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Citroen has been showing off a new concept car at the Paris Motor Show called the Citroen Divine DS. The car made its first appearance in September, but we are learning more about it in Paris. It has a reptilian design that has a design reminiscent of scales on the inside and outside of the vehicle. Citroen also uses a diamond pattern in the design of the vehicle.

The car sits very low at 1.35meters tall overall and it is covered in metallic grey paint. The grille in the front has a diamond pattern on it with the diamonds in different shades of shiny material. One of the cool features is laser headlamps that have a front mount camera to keep them from blinding oncoming drivers.

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Netflix Increasing 4K Streaming Price for New Customers

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If you own a 4K resolution TV, one of the few places where you could get content to watch on the TV in full 4K resolution was Netflix. Netflix has a smattering of 4K content such as House of Cards and Breaking Bad that has been included in the cost of a normal streaming plan for those with the hardware to watch. That is now all changing.

Netflix has reportedly begun to roll out a price increase for those streaming 4k resolution content. New customers wanting 4K streaming will have to pay another £3 on top of the normal £5.99 per month streaming plan in the UK. Before people get upset about having to cough up more money for something they already get, keep in mind the price increase is only for new customers.

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Glympse Express Shares Location Data with Facebook Messenger and More

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Glympse is an app that has been around for a long time now that lets you share your location data on a live map with friends so they can find you. I guess the idea is to allow them to meet up with you for hangouts and the like. A new app has landed called Glympse Express that is very similar and is designed to allow you to share location data with other apps.

Glympse Express lets you cut and paste links into other apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Twitter, and more. Glympse Express can also send location data via SMS or email to people in your contact book. The links lead to a real-time map of where you are. Like the main Glympse app, Express makes it easy for people to keep up with you when you are traveling.

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Samsung Protection Plus Mobile Elite Protects Galaxy Note 3/4 and Galaxy S 4/5

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Any smartphone user knows that it’s all too common to have a device slip out of your hands and hit the floor as you go about your day. Sometimes these drops leave your device none the worse for wear, and other times your expensive smartphone ends up with a broken screen or worse. Samsung has announced a new protection plan for some of its smartphones that protects from life on the road.

The new Samsung protection plan is called Protection Plus Mobile Elite and it is available for Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 smartphones as well as the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 phablets. The plan for both devices offers the same fast resolution with 24/7/364 support. I guess the call center gets one day per year off. The warranty extends protection two years from the date of purchase.

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Porsche 911 Carrera GTS and GTS Cabriolet Pack 430hp

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Porsche has added a new model to its long running and very popular 911 line up. The new Porsche model is the 911 GTS, available in coupe and cabriolet form. This car is meant to skirt the gap in the 911 lineup between the 911 Carrera S and the 911 GT3 bred for the racetrack. In coupe or convertible form, the car has a 430hp engine, which is the same engine used in the 911 Carrera S Powerkit.

Both versions of the 911 GTS feature the Sport Chrono package and Sport Exhaust. The cars also ride on standard PASM active damper system, which lowers the car by 10mm compared to the normal 911 Carrera. Porsche says that when the car is fitted with the PDK paddle shift transmission, it can reach 60mph in 3.8 seconds for the coupe and 4.0 seconds for the cabriolet.

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iPad is the Top Brand for 6 to 12-year-olds

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Kids like what they like and there is nothing much that parents or anyone else can do about their favorites. A recent poll form a research firm called Smarty Pants asked parents what their kids’ favorite brands were. Some of the names that made the top spots on the list are no surprise, names like McDonalds and Disney for instance are on the list.

The number one brand might be a bit of a surprise considering we are talking about children, the top brand on the list was the iPad. Apple’s tablet is undeniably popular, and is only one of two products on the top ten of the list. The next product that isn’t a food or video platform is the Xbox at number ten.

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