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6
Feb

How 3D printing will change manufacturing

As 3D printing takes the center stage world wide, it promises to revolutionize the way the world produces its products. One of which is the way the world manufactures its goods. While China is playing a predominate role in manufacturing products and shipping them to countries all over the world, 3D printing technology is leveling the playing field by placing manufacturing back into the hands of local manufacturing companies and everyday people.

According to information provided from Harvard Business Review [1], this new technology will allow machines to produce any object, onsite and as needed. Which means, there will be a large shift in the paradigm that will allow products to be produced closer to the point of consumer consumption or purchase. The shift does not only involve local manufacturing companies but production at the household level. For instance, the consumers may purchase the raw materials that’s needed for specific items, download the file, and print the item at home.

In addition to eliminating China as one of the dominate manufacturing sources for the world, centralized plants will also see a change in their manufacturing role. Instead of producing large volumes of products in a huge centralized manufacturing facility, the goods can be made and distributed locally. So, 3D technology will also lend itself to former times when most items were made and distributed within local communities.

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Keeping any operation running smoothly can be a challenge on so many levels. From operating an automobile manufacturing operation to running a trucking company, there is a wide diversity of parts needed on a continuous basis. With 3D CAD images machines onsite, the future will be dramatically different for business all over the world. According to Forbes [2], the new technology will offer rapid parts for operations that need them. For instance, when trucking companies need new parts for their vehicles, they may choose to make their parts onsite instead of ordering the parts from a supplier that is located overseas. This option may be used as the norm instead of the exception because large trucking companies will have access to the machinery that designs the parts in a fraction of the time. With these growing trends, over seas suppliers will eventually have a large reduction in the things that they manufacture for the world’s use.

Reduction in Prices

The costs of virtually every product has skyrocketed over the years. One of the major contributing factors is tacking on the associated cost of manufacturing and shipping to the products that come from overseas companies. However, with 3D technology the cost of these same products will be substantially reduced since the products can be made and distributed within local areas. Thereby, completely eliminating the added overhead shipping cost that is currently added on top of each item that is sold.

Marketplace for 3D Increasing

As 3D technology is being ushered into the mainstream, companies who want to stay on the cutting edge in their industries will have to follow the technology closely so that they are ready for this new era. In some cases, getting ready may involve making investments into companies that produce 3D technology software applications and hardware. This is normally a great move for companies who want to increase their profits by investing in the companies that support 3D printing and 3D scanning related functions. Therefore, they may choose to buy stocks in the companies that are on the list of major players in developing 3D machinery and 3D design copyrights.

Additionally, companies who are currently in the manufacturing business should prepare themselves by ensuring the expertise that they need is on staff. From professionals who are well skilled in developing 3D software applications to engineers who know how to develop various kinds of product designs, local companies must be prepared to take on their new role in manufacturing if they are going to remain relevant.

With all of the changes in today’s technology, people all over the world are advancing in virtually every industry. Even though there has been major growth in the past, the future is also very promising as well. As 3D technology levels the playing field by allowing the local production, China can also expect to lose their vast manufacturing footage since the countries that they service presently will become more self-reliant.

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28
Dec

Battlefield 4 banned in China

Electronic Arts Battlefield 4 China Rising was banned in China by the Chinese government. The Battlefield 4 game is set in the year 2020 and it’s where the Chinese citizens rise up to overthrow the Chinese government being led by Admiral Chang with the help of Russia. China’s Ministry of Culture charges EA with creating a form of “cultural invasion” and that it “smeared China’s image” according to China State-run newspaper. The Chinese government banned all sales, downloads of the game, demos, patches, news and everything related to the game in China. China government requests that the game to be deleted from consoles and PCs as soon as possible claiming that it’s an “illegal game with content that endangers national security”. Read moreRead more

28
Dec

Yet Another YouTube redesign (Late 2013)

It’s almost the end of 2013 and YouTube is testing a another design. If you open YouTube not signed in with no cookies, you get a random chance to see this new design they are testing. YouTube seems to be always redesigning their site, this is like the 5th or 6th redesign? I lost count. Never seen a site go thought this many redesigns!

New YouTube design

New YouTube design Home Page

The home page looks cleaner and less cluttered it seems. Read moreRead more

19
Nov

The Future of iGeekable

So we haven’t been around for a while. We’ve been doing occasional updates to the site itself, but not very many posts.

We have been searching for writers, bloggers, podcasts hosts, and more, but to little to no avail. If you are interested, feel free to contact me at [email protected]

But we will be maintaining radio silence until the end of the year as we continue to search for more staff. Please forgive us.

 

See ya on the flip side,

Zac

 

~end of line~

13
Sep

Instagram Cake

Who wants to eat their favorite camera app on their smartphone? It’s now possible with this Instagram logo styled cake.

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I want cake now… Read moreRead more

18
Jul

Hyperloop: The Future of Travel

The founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors is at it again. Elon Musk is set to release the design plans as open source on August 12, 2013 for a new method of travel called the Hyperloop. Elon Musk describes this as a mix between “a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table”. With this new method you could travel from New York to LA in just 45 minutes. It would be a network of airless vacuum tubes. People and packages ride in capsules sent through the tubes. Sorta similar to the tubes they use at the banks when using the drive through but more complex and with people.

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22
Jun

Photoshop Cracked in less than a Day

photoshop-cc-pirated-in-one-day-630x362The new Adobe Creative Cloud Suite was released on June 20 and by the next day, its main program, Photoshop CC, was up on ThePirateBay. The new Creative Cloud suite is the successor to Creative Suite 6 released in 2012.  Read moreRead more

22
Jun

Jobs movie trailer released

Today the trailer for the Steve Jobs biopic movie titled Jobs, staring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs was released today! The movie will be hitting a theater near you on Aug. 16!

This movie is a diffident must see from the looks of the trailer! Can’t wait to see it.

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11
May

Google ads

Now I want to start this post of by saying, this is a non biased article. We use Google ads on our site to help us fund it. Now for the post.

I think Google has it out for Apple. Just my blatantly honest opinion. I was watching some tech reviews on Youtube, and came across this ad on a TechnoBuffalo  video. Screen Shot 2013-05-11 at 10.12.52 PM

 Now what I really want to point out is this: at the bottom left corner of the picture is says: “Ads by Google”.

I want to know who approved an ad for an iOS jailbreaking app on a video that has 50,000+ views, on a channel with 230,595,287 video views and 515,797 subscribers.

Just a little food for thought.

18
Apr

iSteve

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Justin Long as Steve Jobs

 

Funny or Die released a parody biopic type of film starring Justin Long(as Steve Jobs), Jorge Garcia(As Woz), Anthony Gioe(As Justin Long), Michaela Watkins(as Melinda Gates) and more! You can check out the trailer Here.

This is Funny or Dies “comedic” take of the story of Steve Jobs and Apple. The story has some funny moments and some not so funny moments. Read moreRead more

9
Apr

(Resolved) iMessage and FaceTime outage affecting some users

Apple’s system status page http://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus/

 

For the past couple hours, iMessage and FaceTime has had an outage that is affecting “some users”, according to Apple’s system status page. I noticed the issue a little bit ago when messaging Zac about some server upgrades.

It said to me “<personal info removed redacted> is not registered with iMessage.”, when indeed his address is registered with iMessage.  Then chatting with someone else it only worked on the second send.  Read moreRead more

6
Apr

Google Fiber heading to Austin, Texas?

Google Fiber, the 1 Gbit(1,000 Mb/sec download and upload speeds) internet service that is currently in Kansas City, may be heading to Austin Texas. Google and the city of Austin sent out invitations to an event next week. Details are still not known yet fully, and the story is still developing but it’s highly speculated to be Google Fiber. [1]

Google Fiber is taking advantage of “dark fiber” that Google has been buying up since 2005. [2] Dark Fiber is fiber that is already wired underground but isn’t hooked up to any networking equipment. Over time Google lit up some of this fiber(hooking it up to networking equipment) to link up its own data centers and peer up with other internet service providers to save money on bandwidth for products such as YouTube. [3] So since Google already has a large network of unused fiber under the ground already, they can start lighting them up for consumer use. Read moreRead more

12
Mar

Apple releases two new iPhone Ads

Apple just hours ago have released new iPhone ads. These are very similar to the iPad Ads they been airing recently, but these show the iPhone instead.

 

“Brilliant” ad, features a card app, Pass book and more

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1
Mar

Apple award money cut to $599 million

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Last summer, Apple called out Samsung on 6 patent infringements for various products. Judge Lucy Koh, who preceded over the trial, originally ordered Samsung to pay just over 1 billion dollars.   According to a report, the award money has been reduced to just under $599 million, under half the original sum. The judge plans to open a new damages trial.

 

Source: Yahoo! News

26
Feb

iPod engraving gone wrong

iPod EngravingReddit user jayhawk503 bought a new 5th generation iPod Touch, and got more than he expected. The back of the iPod Touch was engraved “No thanks. I don’t want my iPod engraved.” on the back, and he claims he didn’t want it engraved. Not sure how true that is and I’m thinking he did this on propose, as you can leave the engraving line 1 and line 2 boxes empty and click “Continue” to skip it, with Apple’s clean and simple check out process.

So I’m pretty sure he just typed that as the engraving just to have a popular post on Reddit, but anyways I find it funny and noteworthy.

Source: Reddit

25
Feb

Apple released new iPad TV ad during the Oscars

Apple released a new iPad TV ad during the Oscars. I didn’t watch the Oscars, I was sleeping but I did see that Apple’s YouTube channel uploaded a new video.

This ad is one of those “drum roll ads”, like the iPad Alive Ad and iPad Together Ad. The new ad is called “Hollywood”. The ad features apps such as iMovie, different camera apps and a clapboard app.

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24
Feb

Playstation 4! Would you buy?

playstationWe have all heard about the PlayStation conference that occurred at Manhattan Center Studios in New York few days past. Although many have heard about it, do you know much of what happened? Sony’s Computer Entertainment President and Group CEO Andrew House took the stage to explain the specs and features of Sony’s new PlayStation 4 (To be released in holidays of 2013). Let us get into it. First off, all rumors about them changing the naming style are not true, the new Sony entertainment system will be named the PlayStation 4, thus standing with Sony’s tradition.

There was several rumors that Sony was ditching the Dual Shock controller design, this rumor caused large controversy with blogs and gamers. Many loyal PlayStation players loved the DualShock design and comfort. Sony did not ditch the DualShock, instead now we have the DualShock 4. Lets talk about the specs Read moreRead more

24
Feb

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 announced

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The screen on it is a 8 inch 1280×800 resolution display. It features a 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor. It has 2GB of ram and has built-in storage options of 16GB or 32GB. if you need more storage, it’s expandable with a MicroSD card. Something not all tablets on the market support, so that’s great!

It features a 5 megapixel back camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera that seems comparable to the iPad 3 and above , and iPad mini cameras.

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22
Feb

Tweet from the grave

You may wonder what will happen to your Twitter account once you die. Maybe you’re worried that all your followers will miss all your funny Tweets and rants, or maybe that’s the last thing on your mind.

But what if I told you there’s an app that will look at your Tweets and use computer algorithms to analyze your Tweets to learn about things you like, your tastes and the way you speak. Then it pretends it’s you, once you’re dead. Sounds like something from The Twilight Zone, right? Well there’s an app for that. Read moreRead more

19
Feb

3D Drawing Pen

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Startup WobbleWorks started a KickStarter so they can produce a product called the 3Doodler. It’s the world’s first and only 3D pen that lets you draw in the air, so you could draw the Eiffel tower base on a piece of paper or cardboard and then lift it up into the air off of the paper, creating a 3D model. Way more fun than drawing boring old 2D models. Read moreRead more