#364 June 2, 2014 – Affordable 3D Printing

This week’s headline story: Affordable 3D Printing

new_matter_hero3D printing may be coming to a desktop near you, sooner than you think! Two companies have successfully funded 3D Printer projects through crowd sourcing. M3D has raised over $3 million on kickstarter to manufacture its Micro 3D printer that will sell to the public for $349. New Matter has raised over $450,000 on indiegoo, to manufacture a consumer 3D printer that will sell for $149. Both printers feature an end-to-end printing solution that includes a catalogue of objects to print, and software that makes it easy to edit and send a print job to the printer for manufacturing over your home wireless network. Unlike previous 3D printers, these printers are designed to be user-friendly, self-maintaining, and ready to use right out of the box.

and elsewhere in Tech News.

  • The Big Business of Bitcoin: Dish To Accept Virtual Currency [NewsFactor]The unregulated virtual currency, Bitcoin, has gained some credibility this week. Dish Network announced that it will become the first TV provider, and the largest company in any industry, to accept Bitcoin as a valid form of payment. In addition to the usual payment options of credit cards, debit cards, and bank accounts, Dish Network users will be able to pay in Bitcoin, which Dish will then process into dollars using services from Coinbase.
  • ISPs Issue 1.3M Copyright Warnings to U.S. Consumers [NewsFactor]Internet service providers have sent out 1.3 million warnings to people suspected of violating intellectual property laws by downloading pirated materials in accordance with the new Copyright Alert System (CAS). The MPAA, RIAA, and five major American ISPs have implemented the system, which was created by the Center for Copyright Information 10 months ago. The CAS uses a tiered warning system. Initially, educational notes are sent to consumers, but over time, the warnings can escalate into legal action against the person receiving them. There are six levels in total and since the CAS has only been active for a short period of time, the majority of warnings going out to consumers are only educational.

and in Information Security news this week..

  • Apple, PayPal React to iPhone Ransom Scam [NewsFactor]iPad and iPhone users in Australia were targeted by hackers last week. Their devices were mysteriously locked and a message was displayed demanding a ransom of $50 to $100 payed via PayPal to regain access to their devices. While early reportings suggested that all Australian iPhones and iPads were being hijacked, it ended up being just a subset of of the Apple devices who’s owners fell victim to a targeted phishing attack and inadvertently gave their iCloud credentials to the hackers.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Apple Bets Big on Music with $3B Beats Buy [NewsFactor]Apple has acquired the music subscription service Beats Music and Beats Electronics — maker of the Beats headphones, speakers and audio software– for a whopping $3 billion.

    Beats hit the market five years ago and has become a massive cultural hit. Not only does apple get the Beats brand, but, perhaps more importantly, it also gets the team of creative minds who launched Beats to success.

  • White and Male: Google Releases Diversity Data [NewsFactor]Google has admitted publicly that the vast majority of its workforce is made up of white males. Just 2 percent of Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. The search giant said the transparency about its workforce — the first disclosure of its kind in the largely white, male tech sector — is an important step toward change. “Simply put, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” Google Inc. senior vice president Laszlo Bock wrote in a blog.

and finally…

  • Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer To Buy LA Clippers for $2B [NewsFactor]So, what do you do after retiring from a multi-billion-dollar job in a big tech company? Well, apparently you buy a sports team. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, is purchasing the NBA team the LA Clippers for a record-breaking $2 billion.

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