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Home 3D printers could be $70 billion industry per year, analyst says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:06 pm

Consumers following 3D printing likely haven't purchased a unit for use at home, but the market could evolve into a $70 billion per year industry, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

 

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"In spite of widespread publicity around 3D printing over the past year or so, 3D printers designed for home use are only at the beginning of their long journey towards widespread consumer adoption," said David Mercer, Strategy Analytics Principal Analyst, in a press statement. "The industry must overcome a number of barriers if the long-term potential of 3D printing as a consumer market is to be realized."

 

3D printing has become a popular topic of discussion in the business world, with consumer companies, manufacturing, biotech and medical industries especially interested in the emerging technology. However, until the price of printers - and materials - drops more in 2014, home users are likely going to simply sit and wait to see how the market develops.

GoPro is headed to Wall Street, files IPO papers with SEC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:05 pm

GoPro is unmistakably the largest action camera brand in the world, and the company is about to get a whole lot bigger. This morning GoPro filed plans for its initial public offering with the US securities and exchange commission, a step that begins is journey down the path to transitioning from private ownership to becoming publicly held.

 

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The filing is a confidential process which makes it hard to determine how much the company plans on raising with the IPO, but during 2012, GoPro was valued at $2.5 billion based on an investment from Foxconn of $200 million for 5.88-percent of GoPro. Additionally in 2012, GoPro made more than $500 million in revenue in 2012, and estimates put the company at over $1 billion for 2013, which means that a valuation of $3.5 - $5.5 billion is not out of the question. With the company seemingly doubling year over year, I would not be surprised to see a number closer to $6 or $7 billion total for the IPO.

LeakedTT: PlayStation Now launch titles surface in new screen shots

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 7:02 pm

Its been about a month since Sony unveiled its PlayStation now service at CES 2014, and today we are getting a look at the game download service and what titles will be available on launch day thanks to a leaked image that has appeared on Reddit. Along with the screenshot comes a rumor that the service will cost customers $49.99.

 

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AAA titles like God of War, Pay Day, The Last of Us, and Beyond Two Souls are said to be among the list of day-one titles with several others. Unfortunately, this image did first surface on Reddit from a user who had made an account just to post the image, so take this leak with a grain of salt. While it would be very exciting to see all these titles launched on the service on its opening day, until official word comes in from Sony, we won't be holding our breath. Take the $49 pricetag about as serious as the game titles as well, but $50 does seem like it is within the price range Sony will try to hit.

PG&E to install additional security following gun attack in San Jose

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 6:30 pm

PG&E will build fences around critical power substations after its Metcalf power substation located in South San Jose was hit with numerous gun shots. During the nighttime attack last April, there was 19 minutes of shooting with more than 100 rounds fired, hitting 17 transformers which took more than a month to properly repair. Prior to the shooting, those responsible also cut through AT&T fiber-optic cables, with phone service temporarily disrupted.

 

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The FBI said the PG&E power station attack doesn't appear terror-related, from domestic or international terrorists, but is a significant security issue that must be properly addressed. Even if this case wasn't direct terrorism, some PG&E officials are concerned the San Jose shooting attack was a precursor for a bigger, more sophisticated future attack.

 

This attack, which went largely unnoticed by most Americans, was "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred", said Jon Wellinghoff, former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman.

Bitcoin prices plummet as bug takes MT Gox withdrawals down

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 5:48 pm

Bitcoin prices took another hit today when Mt. Gox announced that it would not be reinstating withdrawal transactions until it was confident that its transaction tracking system was completely secure and its customers were safe. The issues center around what Mt. Gox is calling "transaction malleability," a bug that allows nefarious users to make it appear as if a Bitcoin transaction never took place.

 

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This fools the system into thinking that the original transaction never completed, and leads to the transaction taking place a second time. At the moment Mt. Gox says that the issue is being caused by software bugs, and that the bugs are not unique to Mt. Gox and any system that involves sending Bitcoins from one person to another coube be affected by the bug. Bitcoin prices have taken a big hit due to Mt. Gox suspending transactions and has dipped as low as $500 in the last 24 hours, and while the price is back up some, we expect it to continue to fluctuate until Mt. Gox gets all of the transaction bugs fixed.

AMD officially releases its Radeon R7 250X, will retail for $99

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 4:42 pm

This morning AMD releases the next GPU in its R-series lineup. The new AMD R7 250X is designed to fill the gap between the R7 250 and R7 260 and features the Cape Verde GCN 1.0 GPU. Rumor has it that the R7 250X is on par with AMD's older Radeon HD 7770, and support for Mantle is supported but big red left out TrueAudio on this GPU.

 

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The AMD R7 250X features 640 stream processors, 40 texture units, and 16 ROP's and features a core clock of 1000MGz. 2GB of GDDR5 is onboard which runs on a 128-bit bus and a clock speed of 4.5GHz. A TDP of 95W does mean that the AMD R7 250X does require external power via a PCI PSU connector. AMD says that the card is available in retailers today with an MSRP of $99 which is about $40 less than the R7 260x which should perform much better. For someone looking for a light-weight gaming machine on a budget the R7 250X should fill that hole nicely.

iPhone 5's loaded with Flappy Bird auctioning for $100k on eBay

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 3:36 pm

While Flappy Bird may be gone from the App Store, its still available on thousands of iPhones around the world. With Flappy Birds quick rise in popularity combined with its abrupt end, there is no doubt that there are those who are willing to pay handsomely for a copy of the game they never got to download.

 

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After the game was pulled from both marketplaces yesterday, iPhone's began popping up on eBay with the game installed. Surprisingly many of these phones quickly sold for anywhere between $400 to upwards of $2000, but the biggest surprise came when one phone quickly climbed to $10,000 and continued to rise from there. At the time of this writing, the price is sitting at $99,000 with 74 bids in total and over six days left on its auction clock.

 

I have bid on some crazy stupid stuff on eBay before, but spending $100,000 on an iPhone to be able to play a simple game that amounts to noting more than a rip-off of a rip-off takes the cake. In my town, $100k will buy you a fairly new 1500 square foot home, with enough left over for an economy-class car. On a side note, if anyone is looking for a slightly used HTC One with Flappy Bird installed, I know where one might be for sale for a cool $98,000.

HTC to concentrate on $150-$300 smartphones this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 9:35 am

HTC had some bad times last year, but the Taiwanese smartphone maker is looking to right wrongs in 2014. HTC will make more mid-range smartphones this year, selling them for a cheaper price than its current models.

 

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HTC's Chief Financial Officer, Chang Chia-Lin, said that the company will sell products in the $150-$300 price range in both existing and developing market. HTC hopes this will turn the company around from its problems from last year, where in saw its global market share drop to just 2%, its stock price dive 80%, and its profits slide 83% in Q2 of 2013, from the previous year. HTC co-founder and chairperson Cher Wang, when speaking with Reuters, said that HTC's "problem" last year was "concentrating on [its] flagship".

 

Out of HTC's entire range in China, just two of them retail for under $150 - where 21 of its handsets retail for over $500. Wang said that with HTC focusing on higher-end models, it saw the company miss "a huge chunk of the mid-tier markets" in 2013.

Google leaps over Exxon Mobil,now is No. 2 most valuable U.S. brand

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 3:53 am

Tech giant Google is now the No. 2 most valuable company in the United States, trailing behind fellow Bay Area rival Apple, with Exxon Mobil and Microsoft also in the mix. The Google Android mobile OS has become a major success for the Mountain View, California-based company, as Google bundles advertising services into the OS.

 

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It was unsure how tech companies such as Google would begin to throw around its weight, though the companies are becoming integral in global initiatives. For example, Google has such a wide catalog of consumer and business services, and is able to serve a large number of consumers and business users.

 

It's not easy to remain at the top of the most valuable company list, but Google continues to push forward with software and hardware.

Dyson wants to see 'advanced household androids' in every home

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 2:32 am

You might have heard of the brand Dyson - which makes some of the best-engineered vacuum cleaners and hand dryers - with British entrepreneur, Sir James Dyson, outlining his latest vision for what he sees as the future of households: advanced household androids.

 

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Dyson envisions a future where this autonomous robots will clean your house, guard your property, and as the technology improves, many more household tasks. Dyson has announced a new $8.2 million robotics center at Imperial College London, where the inventor says the technological revolution is coming, and he sees a future where every home in Britain is filled with "robots that understand the world around them".

 

Dyson's team of engineers are now working on the first multi-purpose household android with scientists in Japan, where researchers at Waseda University have just unveiled their Twendy-One robot, which is capable of obeying voice commands, cooking, and providing nursing care. Dyson employs close to 2,000 engineers and scientists, with his plans involving the new center to overcome the problem with robotic "vision", so that the androids could see, and react to everything around them.

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