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3D printers in front of a man with short hair and a beardThe falling cost of 3D printers combined with the ability to share plans online has lowered the barriers of industrial design. What used to require machines, tools, casting equipment and skilled technicians can now be accomplished by anyone with a laptop.

In 2011, artist and tinkerer Ivan Owen designed a mechanical hand for a costume and posted a video of the device to YouTube. When a South African carpenter who had lost his fingers contacted him for help, a movement was born. [click to continue…]

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Instagram Proves UX is King in the Tech World

by Modis on August 24, 2016

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Social Media UX in Speech BubblesTech companies are in a UX race and users are behind the wheel. Amidst the rapidly changing market and heated competition to be the first-to-market, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom just shocked the world. When asked about the similarities between Instagram’s new story feature and the popular app Snapchat, Systrom gave all the credit to Snapchat.

Systrom claims he didn’t hijack the feature, he expanded upon it. This is something tech companies do regularly, but Systrom is the first to admit it. His vision of Instagram’s story feature goes far beyond piggybacking off of Snapchat. It’s a broader one. One that calls to attention tech companies’ dependence on user experience (UX) as a whole to deliver fresh and engaging content to their customers.

“…This isn’t about who invented something. This is about a format, and how you take it to a network and put your own spin on it,” Systrom said.

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BLS Regional Jobs Report

While year-over-year regional unemployment continues to trend in a positive direction, there is little month-over-month change. Two regions had an unemployment rate significantly different from the national average. On a state level, the majority of states did not see significant month-over-month unemployment rate changes.

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How Wearable Tech Enhances the Sports We Love

by Modis on August 17, 2016

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athlete using wearable tech in trainingWearable technology has come a long way from the 17th century Chinese abacus ring and the calculator watches of the 1980s. Innovation in microchip manufacturing led to on-chip sensors, such as GPS, compass, gyroscope and biometric sensors, allowing device manufacturers to incorporate additional features. These sensors allow smartphones, fitness bands, smartwatches, and other devices to detect movement in any direction and react accordingly by changing screen orientation or sending data to connected devices. The appetite for wearables has no indication of waning, with IDC predicting that global shipments of wearable devices will almost double by 2019.

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running out of data storageEach day, the world creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. Could we run out of data storage? Theoretically, the world’s storage capacity is unlimited. Companies can simply add more server capacity or rent more cloud storage. But keeping track of data and the hardware that holds it can be a tough job.

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technology in sports like track are changing the gameSpirited competition and fierce athleticism have always been hallmarks of the sports realm. Given the intense nature of the world’s top sporting events, and the level of training that goes into preparing for them, finding new ways to improve the accuracy of scoring and tracking systems has been an important focus in recent years.

The push to incorporate more modern technology in sports—from the events themselves to the fan experience—is changing the game in a lot of fascinating ways. Close calls are inevitable in many sporting activities, but the latest sports tech is removing the potential for human error from the equation.

Here’s a look at five popular sports and how cutting edge tech is ensuring the right decisions are being made when it comes to declaring a victor among the many skilled athletes competing for glory.

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