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HP's 3D in 2D

Just in case you thought 2D printing didn’t churn through enough ink, take a look at HP’s new TopShop LaserJet Pro M275. It can capture physical objects – shoes, jewelry, whatever – in a pseudo-3D way. Not to be confused with true 3D…
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Nest: A Thermostat that Raises My Temperature

It’s not easy to get excited about a thermostat. But when you get an eyeful of Nest, billed as the first learning thermostat, your blood will warm. Thermostats, says the company, control about half of your homes’ energy – more than your…
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Can the New Nook Tablet Help Reclaim Barnes and Noble Stores as a Destination?

Before the Apple Store became the best “pick up” spot in New York, there was Barnes & Noble. Its spacious square footage quickly became a mash up of date location and library. It seems digital times have made the bookstore – even a…
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Welcome to Wild World of…Shopping?

They used to say “be careful what you wish for”. Now it’s be careful what you “tap” for. Shopping is quickly becoming as easy as tapping your phone at the checkout counter. Imagine this scenario:  You’re walking past Bloomingdales. …
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Fit and Fun: My Life with Gaggle of New Body Monitors

If you’re not wearing a body monitor that senses your moves and tallies up your daily energy expenditure, then your workout may be missing it’s pizzazz. Or at least its brains, because I’m telling you, these smart monitors are pretty…
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3D Printing: Coming to a Home Near You

Sometimes you have to dig a bit underground to hear the noise of a trend in the making.  I attended MakerFaire, NY earlier this year and saw the world of 3D exploding with possibility. As the costs come down and the ease of use goes up we should…
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Sesame Street 40+ Years Later

My kids were Sesame Street kids and they were all the better for it.  OK, Cookie Monster ate too much sugar; the Count might have been a bit scary, and Oscar did grumble a lot, but it was the one show we could watch as a family, each delighted…
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Zen and the Art of Asus

It takes guts to announce an ultrabook – the sleek format PC competitors to the MacBook Air – just a few days after the death of Apple’s Steven Jobs, but that’s exactly what Jonney Shih, Chairman of ASUS did at the launch of their…
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The Skinny on 3D, From a PhD

Dominick Maino, PhD, our favorite specialist in pediatric and binocular vision is presenting his newest thought on the 3D Vision Syndrome at the American Academy of Optometry this week.  The man is a fountain of knowledge about how 3D works,…
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New Headsets from Plantronics Means Good Things for Busy Parents

I’m not one for walking around the streets looking like a plainclothes detective; nor do I like driving with a Bluetooth headset (it’s still distracting) but I sure like wearing Bluetooth around the house and office.  No one I’m talking…
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Counterintuitive? HP Pushes for Print as the New Delivery Medium

The whole world is moving towards screens. Screens to read magazines, screens for textbooks, and screens for all sorts of information on the go. HP is putting their money on the old printed word in a new, broad strategy announced today. All…
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Consumers Showing Need for a Tech Slowdown?

The economic climate, a mature CE-saturated environment, and an “enough already” attitude may cause many high tech companies to rethink their strategies. We’re seeing two steps forward and one step back everywhere. A few cases in point…

My Date With Solid State Storage

The demand for storage is endless, but the demand for speed of access may be even greater. Even when you have the cloud storing your music/photos/books and movies, it’s still slow going. If it is speed you’re looking for, there’s only…
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Andrea SuperBeam Headset SB-205

Who knew I could sound so cool so easily. Many corded headsets on the market do a fine job providing a high-quality listening experience but not as many provide a good voice recording experience. If you Skype, record your own podcasts, use speech-to-text…
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MyKeepOn Combats Autism

The adorable, plain-looking robot KeepOn was initially invented to be a therapists tool in helping to treat autistic kids. Developed by Marek Michalowski, the idea was for a therapist to control the toy from a remote location using a video camera…
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KAPi Awards Find the Best in Kids Tech

An Expert Panel's Look at the Best of the Year Weird. Pricey. Those words best describe the kid’s toy industry as we head towards the holiday. Analysts are saying that there’s no single standout gotta-have-it product but high-tech…