The Emergence of 3D Printing

3D printing has recently been filling up stories in the media with displays of its remarkable potential and versatility. This has come to light due to the costs of production reducing at such a rate. Whereas once, it was almost insurmountably expensive, now there is the real chance of 3D printing being made for the masses. So how did this exciting technology start?

Initially, it was used exclusively for large companies who needed detailed prototypes for their products. It was termed as ‘rapid prototyping’, but there was a problem: the materials that the prototypes were made of were not strong enough. The ‘printer’ could produce the design and desired structure, but it was just too fragile, almost like wax. So to begin with, this technology catered for engineers who needed to see how their designs looked in the flesh.

Then, as it always does, technology progressed. Companies started seeing the future potential of this prototype machine. Money and energy was invested in creating more durable materials. This was the key to its success, as nanotechnology took over to forge designs that were no longer flimsy, but felt as tough as metal. The creations were as strong and resistant as concrete and the evolution of the 3D printer grew very suddenly from thereon.

These machines no longer produce prototype designs, but actual working parts that can be used straight away. Companies began dreaming big and rethinking their strategies. Now all of a sudden, here was a technique to make elements for all manner of different uses in a much simpler and cost-effective way than before.

The potential of this technology is vast. It is still relatively new, but in just a few years, the landscape of industrial processes could be radically altered as a result of 3D printing. It would radically change the way large manufacturers such as automotive and defence industries produce parts. In the not too distant future, you could see it on a grand scale, even domestically. You want a new kettle? Order it and print it in the comfort of your own home!

The beauty of 3D printing is its versatility, and so can even be used for health and medical industries in creating parts for the human body or prosthetics. The time and cost of producing these kinds of bespoke materials will be massively reduced by new technologies. With costs of 3D printing machines coming down all the time, the revolution has firmly arrived. Time will only tell how far they will go to achieving their huge potential.

App Crazy With the New iPad

he new sell is for a lot of people what its manufacturer claims it is – “resolutionary.” With the Retina Display, users are now treated to the best experience as far as visuals among all tablet PCs available in the market. Just for the new screen, the reviews are in and a majority of them think that it is worth selling iPad 2s and getting the new iPad.

Apart from just enjoying the screen, people should also enjoy how the apps run on this beefed up iPad. People who love to read or watch videos on their iPad will surely appreciate this new screen. The digital versions of books will be clearer making your eyes adjust easily and reading will become much easier and pleasurable. For those who want to know more about what apps would be great with the new iPad, below are some suggestions. Take note that some apps are free and some are available for a fee.

For those who love to read articles online or if you are following several websites, you will love the “Feeddler RSS” Reader Pro, which you can download for only $4.99. This app allows you to organize and synchronize all the articles from your favorite websites. No need to worry about synching between different devices as it does that for you. You can utilize Google Reader for easier editing of the blogs and websites you follow. That is certainly one good reason to sell your used iPad and get an upgrade.

Another paid application that you would want to have on your iPad is the “GoodReader”. This $4.99 app allows you to read a variety of file types including PDF, MS Office formats, HTML and many others. You will find this very useful especially if you review articles and even make use of the sticky notes that can guide you.

If you love taking panoramic pictures, the “Photosynth” by Microsoft is your best bet. The great thing about this app is that you can take several pictures of the view and then let the software do its magic by stitching together the picture. The end result is a picture with a more complete and wide-angle view. You can take pictures both horizontally and vertically, giving you an almost 360 degree view.

Twitter is another social media networking site that has developed an app for the iPad. Now, you can view the tweets of your friends and those people and celebrities that you follow on your home screen. It also makes tweeting easy to do because of the large screen of the iPad, which allows you to touch-type while composing your tweet.

For travelers, one app that you would want to install is the XE Currency Converter. This will help you stay within your financial limits especially when you are traveling on a budget. No need to do mental arithmetic that might lead to wrong numbers and make you spend more than what you really should.

These apps will certainly run better with the ‘resolutionary’ new iPad. Maybe it’s time for you to consider selling iPads that are used to enjoy the new generation of iPads.

Apple MacBook Pro 17-Inch And ASUS Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Laptop – A Comparison Review

After looking closely at the updated MacBook Pro MD311LL/A and the new ASUS G74SX-AH71, we have to rate the ASUS the king of the gaming laptops while the MacBook is a nice upgrade to an existing line.

Looking at the basic, the ASUS G74SX-AH71 comes out on top starting with memory. Where the MacBook computer offers a maximum of 8 GB of memory, as well as the use of Intel’s Multi-Threading technology, the ASUS offers access to up to 16 GB of memory as well as to the same Multi-Threading technology.

In the video arena, the ASUS comes about ahead as it offers the latest Nvidia GTX 560 M chipset with 3 GB of independent video memory, although the MacBook does a good job with video by offering the latest AMD Radeon HDG770 video chipset, but only 1 GB of dedicated video RAM. Granted the Apple video memory is GDDR5, but still the ASUS comes to the field ready to play, while the Apple arrives sort of ready to play both in the video arena and the standard arena by implementing Intel’s 3000 chipset as part of its system software.

Then there’s the matter of heating. Both laptops are state-of-the-art and use the latest quad-core Intel I7 processor. Each also uses Intel’s Multi-Threading technology so that each of the processors can actually run two tasks at the same time, allowing multi-tasking. And, since these are Intel devices one can assume both have access to not only Direct X 11, but also direct access to the available memory.

What happens here, though, is that a lot of heat is generated and while the Apple does use a single piece of aluminum as the case for the MacBook, it does tend to run warmer than the ASUS. The ASUS case, which has been designed to have at least a five-degree tilt for comfort – what they don’t tell you is that the tilt also helps airflow, but that’s thermodynamics for you – as well as a specialized method of drawing in cooling air so that the processor is cooled and the air is then shunted away from the keyboard and you out specialized vents to make the ASUS a much cooler-running machine, despite the fact that it does have twice the memory and a high-speed gaming-oriented video chipset.

Finally, the ASUS keyboard is almost full-sized and features a desktop-style numeric keypad as well as specialized palm rests and a high-definition gaming-optimized display. (Both displays run at high-definition levels of 1920 by 1080, by the way, although the ASUS is optimized.)

Don’t get us wrong, for lightweight gaming work, the Apple MacBook is fine, but if you are into heavy-duty gaming, then the ASUS should be the choice.

Top 5 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Tablets

The introduction of Jelly Bean by Google transformed user experience completely. Android 4.1 Jelly bean runs more smoothly than the previous versions. It also introduced the offline typing feature, Google voice search which gives you instant results plus web search options, and a better camera.

  • Asus Transformer TF300

This tablet operates on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, a superfast quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and 1GB of RAM. Other features include Micro-HDMI, expandable storage, and a pretty good camera. The screen is also wider standing at 0.38 inches.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

While the Note 10.1 comes in many versions, they all sport a simple design, fast performance, and have useful features. The tablet features a 1.4 GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor and 2 GB RAM, expandable to either 16GB or 32GB. The notable feature on this tablet is the S Pen Stylus which is very useful when drawing or for precise tapping. In addition, it sports a 5 mega pixel rear camera; an improvement from the predecessor’s 3 mega pixel camera.

  • Asus Transformer Infinity TF700

With a 1.6GHz Tegra 3 CPU, Infinity’s processing speed is unparalleled. It also has a high resolution IPS screen that drives Android visual experience beyond normal expectations. Although this tablet is costly, its performance and features make it worth the value of your money. The TF700 is one of the premium tablets that have curved a niche for themselves.

  • Google Nexus 10

The Nexus 10 tablet boasts a superior design and performance. It has an extremely high resolution Super PLS screen with a very sleek design. Nexus 10 tablet also features a touch-screen that has a fast responsiveness and accuracy. This is one of the costly premium tablets available in the market but its fast performance and high-quality build make your money worthwhile.

  • Google Nexus 7

You can just say that performance and value is the trend with the premium tablets. Though having just a 7inches screen, Google Nexus 7 will give you value for your money through its exceptional performance. Nexus 7 features a sharp resolution IPS screen, and a very fast 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, all which heighten user experience. This tablet does not let you down compared to the prevailing premium tablets.

There are not many tablets operating on Android 4.1, but the few that are available in the market are definitely giving their users an exceptional experience. Asus Transformer TF300, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Asus Transformer Infinity TF700, Google Nexus 10, and Google Nexus 7 top the list.