The Big Trends in 3-D Printing

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It’s been a fast-paced year for 3D printing, with more capital, more companies, and more big ideas than ever. Behind the scenes, we’ve witnessed no fewer than 50 new ventures raising money in the 3D printing sector. That doesn’t include more than 40 crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter alone.

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Manufacturing will radically change with HP’s move into the 3D printing market

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HP’s new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer.

In October, HP announced that it’s entering the 3D printing market with an industrial machine that is 10 times faster and 50% cheaper than current systems, immediately brought out the online snark.

 

 

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All of the biggest and oldest tech companies will be forced to break up: Marc Andreessen

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eBay, Hewlett-Packard and Symantec are three huge companies that have decided to split apart.  Super investor Marc Andreessen was involved in two of these companies and predicts that this is only the beginning. He sits on the boards of eBay and HP.

 

 

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‘Brontobytes’ – a new word being used in the computer industry

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A new HP machine will be able to crunch through “brontobytes” of data.

You are probably familiar with the terms megabytes, gigabytes, or terabytes. Those words describe how much data a computer can store.  But thanks to the big data trend, the computer industry has had to invent new words to describe the amounts.

 

 

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HP busted for putting less and less ink into printer cartridges

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What you see is not what you get.

The price for HP ink cartridges isn’t shrinking but the amount of ink that HP puts into those cartridges sure has, according to an investigation by HP Ink Cartridges.co.uk.

The site took two of the same model of ink cartridges, the HP 350. One was produced in 2010, the other in 2012. They sawed off the top and measured the spot that holds the ink with a sponge. The one from 2012 held about half the ink from 2010. But from the outside they looked the same…

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100,000 Chinese Students Ordered to Work for Foxconn

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Students at a vocational school in the central Chinese province of Henan have been ‘ordered’ to work for Foxconn.

As many as 100,000 students at a vocational school in the central Chinese province of Henan have been ‘ordered’ to work for Foxconn, the giant electronics manufacturer that has been plagued by a wave of suicides.  Foxconn, which had revenues of $62bn (£41bn), more than Apple, Dell or HP, manufactures a range of products for the world’s leading electronics brands, including Apple’s iPad and Sony’s Playstation 3.

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HP Buys ‘Palm’ In $1.2 Billion Takeover

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Hewlet-Packard takes over smartphone makers ‘Palm’.

HP had been without a credible smartphone branch of the company and the aquisition of Palm sees the world’s largest technology company move into a rising and highly profitable market.

HP now has an edge over competitors such Dell and Acer by offering its new devices without ties to operating systems from Google and Microsoft.

‘It would be at their risk to ignore it,’ said C.L. King & Associates analyst Lawrence Harris. ‘I would say HP looked around and said, ‘we need to be in this space.’ Google is here, Apple is here.’

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