Low-cost 'printing' technology is ushering in a revolution in manufacturing, advocates say, as machines produce tangible objects from malleable materials.
By Dana Blackenhorn
When I want to really feel young, I look at the 3-D printing space. There's a 1976 feel to the industry.
- Shapeways just got New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg out to cut a ribbon on its 25,000-square-foot "factory of the future," hoping to create five million new products a year.
- A series of 3-D Print Shows offer an early Comdex gleam against the MakerFaire's West Coast Computer Faire vibe.
It's fast, light and secure, but Microsoft's new operating system struggles to be more than the sum of its many parts.
Mazel tov, Mr. Ballmer and Mr. Gates. On Friday, after what feels like 13 years of development, the Windows 8 operating system ships to consumers and businesses.
"It's a big step," Bill Gates said in a video he posted about the rollout. "It is key to where the personal computer is going."
But like all fast-growing adolescents, this OS brainchild can be utterly, totally maddening. The computer software desktop that we all know is out. "Nick-at-Nite"-style graphic tiles are in. The trusted keyboard and mouse have been replaced by something called a NUI (that's "newie"), geek speak for a touch-based natural user interface.
The slim tablet has generated the usual Apple buzz, but is it overpriced compared to direct competitors? Here's a look.
The smaller iPad is priced higher than competitors, but it appears to have what it takes to help Apple maintain its lead in the market for lower-end tablets.
By Chris Ciaccia
Apple (AAPL) announced a slew of new products on Oct. 23, including the long-awaited iPad Mini.
After demoing the product, as well as Apple's new fourth-generation iPad, it's clear that the tech giant still has a lead on its tablet competitors.
The smaller iPad Mini, which starts at $329 for the 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi version, looks exactly like the larger iPad, but there's a whole lot more to it. The iPad Mini has a screen size of 7.9 inches, significantly larger than the smaller tablet from Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) when you take into account actual viewing size.
Telecom investors can breathe a sigh of relief following the release of Verizon Communications' solid third-quarter results.
By Antoine Gara
Verizon Communications' (VZ) stronger than expected third-quarter earnings cast doubt on the assessment of skeptics warning that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5 will be a drag on telecom-sector profits. Undeterred, some skeptics are reaffirming their expectations that the smartphone is likely to cut into carriers' earnings by year's end.
In reacting to Verizon's third quarter -- which was bolstered by higher than expected wireless margins and subscriber additions -- analyst Shing Yin of Guggenheim Securities said AT&T (T) is likely to see an iPhone 5 earnings hit this quarter. The analyst suspects other carriers will face margin pressures heading into 2013 as the iPhone 5 goes global.
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