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+.

2015 Corvette Z06 Gets Flogged at the Track


Chevy has made it clear that the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most track capable Corvette ever made for the streets. Motor Trend got its hands on a version of the car with all the aero goodies and the paddle shift 8-speed automatic transmission and proceeded to beat the crap out of the car on the racetrack all day. The track day abuse also netted us some real world performance metrics, and they are impressive.

The Z06 was able to reach 60mph in 3.2 seconds from a standstill. It has impressive braking too with the ability to go from 60mph to zero in only 91 feet. The car has levels of lateral acceleration that Motor Trend says is the highest ever measured for a non-race car at 1.16g.

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Sonim XP6 Rugged Android Smartphone Hits AT&T


There is no shortage of Android smartphone on the market today, but most of those devise aren’t up to the task of working in harsh environments. For people that work in these harsh environments, they need a rugged device if it is going to last. AT&T has announced that it now has a new rugged smartphone that meets, and exceeds some military standards called the Sonim XP6.

This device runs the Android operating system and has a physical keypad for dialing and operating the phone with gloves on. In addition to that physical keypad, the smartphone also has a touchscreen that is bright enough to be viewed in direct sunlight. AT&T is mum on hardware specifications, but this isn’t a smartphone that you buy for hardware performance.

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2015 Nissan Juke Gets New Standard Features and Colors


Nissan was on hand at the LA auto show to talk about a pair of 2015 model SUVs. One of the new vehicles is the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano, which will hit showrooms in December starting at $29,560. The bigger news was the refreshed 2015 Nissan Juke. For 2015, the Nissan Juke gets updated front and rear fascias. The car looks much the same as it has since 2011, but is a bit more rounded in the front based on the images.

Along with the revised front and rear, the Juke buyer can also use the Color Studio to choose accessories for the car. Color Studio accessories can be purchased in eight different colors with 12 accessories to choose from. The accessories will include things like wheels and other items.

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Scion iM Hatchback Concept Debuts at LA Auto Show


Scion has proven to be a popular car brand with people looking for interesting cars that have lower price tags. At the LA auto show Scion unveiled a new concept car that is destined for production called the iM. Scion has also noted that the iM will morph from concept version in LA to production ready version at the New York auto show.

Scion plans to put the iM into production and launch in the fall of 2015. That is a short turnaround for a vehicle to go from concept to dealerships. I’d wager what this means is that the car you see in the image here called a concept in LA is probably the actual production version of the car. The car gets 19-inch wheels and vented brake rotors with 4-piston front calipers.

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Florida to get World’s Tallest Rollercoaster in 2016


A massive rollercoaster will be coming to Orlando, Florida in 2016 with construction set to being in 2015. The gigantic rollercoaster is called the Skyscraper and will be part of a complex called Skyplex. Skyplex and the tall rollercoaster will sit on a 12-acre plot of land on International Drive in Orlando. Total floor space will be 495,000 square feet.

In addition to having, the rollercoaster attraction there will also be restaurants, retail spaces, and roller coasters inside the Skyplex building. The roller coaster will be situated on a 55-story tall tower and will wrap and loop around the building as well. Once complete it will be the tallest building in Florida. Atop that 55-story, 570-foot tall tower will be a restaurant and observation point.

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Ken Block Gymkhana 7 Does Lot of Donuts


You might recall not too long ago when I mentioned that Ken Block had unveiled his highly customized 1965 Mustang at SEMA that would be used in the next Gymkhana video. That video has now been published and even if the Mustang is a bit ugly, that thing is full on beast mode in action. The car sounds every bit as awesome as you would expect a V8 with over 800hp to sound.

It’s crazy to see a vintage Mustang spinning all four wheels. Block and the builders of the car converted the traditionally rear-wheel drive car over to AWD for the video. Block gets up to his typical hoonigan stunts blasting through the streets of LA and around some of the iconic landmarks of the city, including the Hollywood sign and others.

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Volvo XC90 Virtual Test Drive App Hits Android


Back in August, Volvo unveiled its latest new car model called the XC90. That SUV has some interesting tech packed inside the cab. Volvo has now announced a new app that is available right now for Android users and will be landing on November 18 for iPhone users.

The app can be downloaded free and it is intended to be used along with the Google Cardboard virtual headset for best performance. If you don’t have one of those cardboard headsets, you can use the app alone. The app lets fans of the XC90 go on a virtual test drive down a mountain road.

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Expansion Launches


World of Warcraft gamers can now get their hands on the fifth expansion pack for the popular MMORPG. The new expansion pack is called Warlords of Draenor and it can be purchased in three versions right now. A standard physical version costs $49.99. Gamers can also get a digital deluxe version for $69.99 and a retail collector’s edition for $89.99.

The deluxe digital and collectors editions of the game each have additional content to help players in the game. The collector’s edition also comes with a hardcover art book, behind the scenes Blu-ray movie, and a mouse pad. Warlords of Draenor will see players fighting against the Iron Hoard, an army of infamous orc clans from the history of Warcraft.

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Cadillac ATS-V Performance Car Unveiled


Cadillac is set to officially unveil the sweet ATS-V performance car at the LA Auto show soon. Ahead of that official unveil, all the details on the car along with photos have now leaked. The ATS-V looks to be a very impressive car. In the photos, we see a car with a wide valance in the front with lots of cooling slots to keep that powerful engine frosty. The car also has some carbon fiber tidbits all around and upgraded brakes and tires.

The car is powered by a twin-turbo 3.6L V6 that produces 450hp. GM is aiming the ATS-V directly at the BMW M4. There is no word on how much the car weighs or if it’s designed to handle well. American automakers sometimes forget handling is as important as straight-line power.

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Zap&Go Graphene Superconductor Hits Indiegogo


One of the new technologies being developed that has a big chance of drastically changing how long gadgets and other devices powered by batteries last is graphene. Graphene has found its way inside a cool new supercapacitor that has landed on Indiegogo seeking funding to come to market. That charger is called the Zap&Go.

The big feature of the Zap&Go is that it needs only five minutes to charge fully from a completely depleted state. You can plug it in literally at the last minute and have extra power for your mobile devices. The Zap&Go has 1500mAh of power stored inside. That is enough power to charge an iPhone from dead to 100%.

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PepsiCo Testing Doritos Flavored Mountain Dew

There are plenty of flavors of Mountain Dew on the market today aside from the original flavor with the green tinge. As many snack and drink companies do, PepsiCo is constantly testing new flavors of drinks and at times, they take feedback from consumers on what flavors should come to market. This is exactly what has been happening at some colleges and universities around the country with a few new flavors of Mountain Dew.


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Documents Show Coast Guard Fire Concerns Scrapped Google Barge Project

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The WSJ reports that documents it has obtained via the Freedom of Information Act have shed light on why Google scrapped its barges just as they were nearing completion. According to the documents, the barge project was fraught with fire safety concerns from the Coast Guard that eventually led to the project being scrapped.

The Google barges piqued the interest of people around the world when they first surfaced in coastal US cities. We learned last year that the barges were intended to be floating showrooms for technology demos. Shortly after learning what the purpose of the barges was, Google scrapped the entire project and sent the barges to the scrap heap.

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