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3D Printing Market Set to Explode in the Coming Years

3D Printing Market Set to Explode in the Coming Years

When 3D printing first became a reality, some insiders dismissed it as a fad that would soon disappear. Current market trends seem to indicate that they’re wrong. At the end of 2013, the global market value of the 3D printing industry was approximately $2.5 billion, $700 million of which was generated by actual printers. An additional $1.5 billion came from materials and services. Canalys, a leading telecom and tech market research firm, predicts that the 3D printing market will experience explosive growth over the next four years. The firm anticipates that by 2018, 3D printing equipment will generate $5.4 billion in…

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Google to Launch New Wearable Device “Android Wear”

Google’s increasing their presence in the wearable device market, unveiling Android Wear, which may be a game changing technology.  The first Android Wear-powered products are expected to be smartwatches, and should be available to consumers by the end of the year. Google is staying largely mum on its specific plans, but did say that it was working with the Fossil Group, a fashion industry mainstay, on a line of Android Wear smartwatches. In addition to the Fossil Group, Google acknowledged that it is negotiating with numerous electronics manufacturers, including Samsung, Motorola, LG, Asus and HTC, on an expanded line of wearable…

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iBeacon Becomes a Fixture in MLB Ballparks

iBeacon Becomes a Fixture in MLB Ballparks

Baseball season has arrived, and Major League Baseball parks are abuzz with delighted fans celebrating the return of the grand old game. However, in 20 of the 30 MLB stadiums, there’s something beyond peanuts and Cracker Jacks enhancing the fan experience: iBeacon positioning technology. iBeacon is a new device developed by Apple to enhance the iOS operating system’s ability to deliver location-based services. iOS app developers are leveraging the technology to take user engagement to an entirely new level. Essentially, the iBeacon allows a user to register when he or she arrives at a participating MLB stadium. Baseball clubs can…

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Microsoft Releases Flagship “Office” Software for iPad

Microsoft Releases Flagship “Office” Software for iPad

Microsoft and Apple, two long-standing rival heavyweights of the American tech industry, recently joined forces to launch Office for iPad. The productivity software release features three familiar programs — Word, Excel and PowerPoint — which have been thoroughly revamped for the iPad’s touchscreen interface. Ecommerce analysts believe that Microsoft’s tenuous alliance with Apple is likely influenced by strategic factors. Commentators note that while Microsoft and Apple are fierce competitors, they share a similar business model based on hard sales and licensing fees. Google, whose Android tablets are swallowing up an ever-growing share of the market, is largely fueled by advertising…

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New Smartphone Case Is Capable of Functioning as a Health Monitor

Azoi, an India-based consumer electronics manufacturer, announced the arrival of Wello, a new smartphone case, in a press release dated March 6. The Wello case offers a unique, never-before-seen functionality: the ability to monitor your vital signs and other key health indicators. The Wello case is designed to accommodate several iPhone models, including the 4S, 5 and 5S. It uses Bluetooth connectivity to communicate with the handset while providing real-time monitoring of a comprehensive list of health-related vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature as well as blood-oxygen levels, respiration and ECG. Azoi claims the Wello’s detection…

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Attack Detection Mode: Your iPhone to the Rescue?

Attack Detection Mode: Your iPhone to the Rescue?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently revealed details of a patent filed by Apple for a mobile device feature capable of automatically summoning emergency assistance. Apple calls the feature a “mobile emergency attack and fail-safe detection” system, and it is comprised of software and hardware additions to smartphones. According to the patent filing, Apple’s new emergency detection system would leverage a range of features, enabling the smartphone to determine whether a user was attacked or faced with another type of serious emergency. The mobile device would then automatically place a call to local emergency services, or use another…

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Doctors Bring Google Glass to the Emergency Room

Doctors Bring Google Glass to the Emergency Room

While the new Google Glass wearable is still in its infancy, it is already proving to be a hit in the medical community. Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston recently completed a test run using Google Glass in its emergency department, and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. The hospital’s chief information officer, Dr. John Halamka, wrote, “I believe wearable computing will replace tablet-based computing for many clinicians who need their hands free and instant access to information.” During the Beth Israel Deaconess experiment, Google Glass was used to help doctors access internal data while meeting with, assessing and treating…

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25 Years Ago the World Wide Web Was Born

25 Years Ago the World Wide Web Was Born

March 12, 2014 was an important milestone in the history of the Internet, as it marked what is widely being called the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. On March 12, 1989 computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee filed a proposal for a computer information management system. Berners-Lee’s system created the foundation for the network-based exchange of digital information we now know as the World Wide Web. In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, Berners-Lee offered his take on what the World Wide Web has become, and where it might be headed. He expressed concern about government and corporate…

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Smartphone “Kill Switch” to Deter Cell Phone Theft?

Smartphone “Kill Switch” to Deter Cell Phone Theft?

There was a time when you could really be in for a major headache if your credit card was stolen. The thief could theoretically tally up hundreds or thousands of dollars in unauthorized purchases, leaving you on the hook for the bill. Then, credit card companies made it possible for customers to cancel stolen cards within minutes. Though the shift didn’t spell an end to credit card theft, it did deter thieves and save consumers untold millions of dollars. If a New York congressman has his way, the same principle could soon be applied to stolen smartphones. Citing a recent…

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Apple Apps and Hardware: Coming Soon to a Car Dashboard Near You

Apple Apps and Hardware: Coming Soon to a Car Dashboard Near You

Apple gave the automotive and tech worlds a special sneak preview of its new CarPlay system at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, and the display dazzled insiders in both industries. In essence, the CarPlay system transforms a compatible vehicle’s dashboard into an iPhone- or iPad-like interface, turning it into a fully functional extension of a smartphone. While the CarPlay system is not a complete standalone OS, it does facilitate more iOS integration than any vehicular informatics system ever built. To use CarPlay, you’ll need an iOS 7 or newer iPhone to go with a vehicle which supports the system….

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