WINDOWS AND 3D PRINTING

Here’s the future calling: Windows 8.1 is already set up for the day when we will all have 3D printers sitting on our desk. You know, those devices that will make almost any object you select or design. Some of these printers are around $1,300 now, only a fraction of what laser printers cost back when they were new. Make your own bobble-head. You’ll still need 3D software to design your object but the software won’t care what kind of printer you have. As explained in TomsGuide.com, it will be just like when you get a new ink jet printer: Microsoft Word doesn’t need to know about the new device. It still uses the print command. Here’s the rub, as Bill Shakespeare might say: your 3D printer […]

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TAPPING THE KEYS

Bob uses what is called a mechanical keyboard. That is, there is an actual switch under each key. Press the key and you close a circuit that sends a digital code to the computer, perhaps a letter or a punctuation mark.

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CAMERAS FOR CAMERA PHONES

You may not be satisfied with the photos your smartphone takes. One solution is to clip on a professional lens. They’ll look strange and they’re costly, but the features are great.

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POCKET PLUG

At the racetrack the other day, we were amazed to see someone with the same Android phone case we had. It reads “Keep Calm and Carry On,” advice from Winston Churchill during World War II, but applicable to many situations. If we didn’t like that one so much, we’d be tempted by the new PocketPlug case: The PocketPlug is for iPhone only and is a case with a retractable plug. Instead of having to remember to carry a cable, you can plug your iPhone into the wall. It also has a micro USB slot, in case you do have a cable with you and a place to plug in other than a wall outlet. It’s $60 to $70 from goprong.com. […]

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MICHAEL JORDAN ROLLS OVER

Every so often, a project at Kickstarter.com gets our attention. Kickstarter projects invite the public to chip in with money to help a product get launched. In return they get one of the first units. The “EVO ONE” is a basketball with a digital sensor inside that tells you how to adjust your shot. The micro-sensor weighs less than half an ounce and sits inside the ball. It emits a sound that can be used to judge how good your shot was. You’ll hear something only when your shot has the ideal backspin of plus or minus two revolutions per second. (Or you could look up at the basket and see if your shot went in.) A wobbly, slow or […]

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THE READER’S DILEMMA

A reader presented us the following dilemma: He is retiring soon and will need a phone and a computer, or maybe just a tablet. What should he get? We suggested he get all three, which if bought at current discounted prices, cost no more than just getting an iPad. Buying older versions of each of these, the total cost could come in as low as $400 and $530 at the maximum. Getting a new iPad by itself would cost $500. Here’s how it works: The iPhone Most people say that the iPhone is easier to use than an Android phone. We have to agree. We got an Android phone because we wanted to be able to test Android apps for […]

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MORE FOR THE MAC

We can’t have too many ports to plug into. The new “Thunderbolt Express Dock” from Belkin is for the power Mac user.

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A SQUARE DEAL?

You may have heard of the “Square,” an attachment for an iPhone that lets you swipe credit cards and do sales. Now they have a $299 stand that does the same thing for the iPad.

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GOOGLE GLASS

In case you’ve been wondering about the coming of “Google Glass,” let us clear the view. Google Glass is the latest in eyewear. Some call it “Google on your face.” So far the only users are a group of beta testers willing to pay $1500 for the privilege. We’re tempted to call this new product “Google Glasses,” but unlike a pair of glasses, there’s no glass, only a tiny viewer (very tiny) attached to one side of the frame. A small receiver (very small) attaches to the glasses frame and projects a display onto a tiny (still very tiny) screen in front of one eye. It not only displays incoming data, you can ask questions and send messages. Google Glass […]

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FIND THE CAR KEYS AND THE REMOTE

We lose keys and TV remotes constantly. With SticknFind, you could put a Bluetooth sticker on something and then page it.

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