Around the IT Industry 8/13-8/17

by Modis on August 17, 2012

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3D Printers Have Gone Portable

3D printing technology is nothing new, as the earliest models have existed for years now, but they’ve always been cumbersome devices restricted to taking up considerable floor or desk space. Now, Emmanuel Gilloz has created a 3D printer that is capable of being carried in a portable suitcase. The device is capable of producing three-dimensional objects from a base medium just as well as its larger cousins, allowing jet-setters to carry a veritable on-demand toolbox with them wherever they may go.

Microsoft Surface Causing Ripples

Microsoft’s Surface tablet caused quite a stir a few months back when it was first unveiled, but the powerful, portable electronic left one burning question in the mind of consumers: How much would such a device cost? Microsoft’s answer is nothing short of stunning: $199. Tablet producers like Acer have every right to be concerned about this revelation, as Microsoft’s own device undercuts competitors on the same platform considerably and promises some of the best technology in the industry. The price point likely puts Microsoft at a loss for each device sold, but the intention of the device is perhaps more to generate buzz for the new Windows 8 operating system… and convince consumers to buy into it to complement their tablets.

New Internet Video Standard Will Make Downloads Faster Than Ever

Forget .mp4 and .avi; there’s a new standard coming that will revolutionize streaming video and media downloads. It’s called High Efficiency Video Coding (HVEC), and it will be twice as fast to download as today’s standards. This new format is expected to be available as soon as 2013, which is good news for customers and service providers alike. Since video is expected to account for 90% of all data traffic by 2015, a more efficient standard means less strain on network hubs for the same amount of media.

Summarizing the Terms of Service?

A new project called TOS;DR (which is Internet shorthand for “Terms of Service; didn’t read”) aims to eliminate a lot of the mystery surrounding the monolithic documents accompanying virtually every piece of software or service on the market these days. Using a simple grading system, the project highlights the merits and concerns of various user agreements as presented by their developers and presents them in a manner easier to understand for everyone. Then, rather than blindly clicking “I Agree” to an agreement that may actually violate your privacy, you can review the summary and understand the real deal behind the agreement before moving forward.

Understanding Apple’s Litigious Madness

Apple has been making waves lately with its patent litigation suits against Samsung and several other popular handset manufacturers, and many people wonderwhy the company doesn’t simply go after the heart of its competition in the smartphone market: Google’s Android platform itself. The reason, it seems, is complicated. Google itself does not manufacture any products which compete with Apple’s devices, but device manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola do. Additionally, Google’s legal arsenal is substantially more formidable than that of the manufacturers, a fact which Apple knows well. Perhaps most important is the ability to place two devices side by side and compare them before a jury, who represent the real deciding factor in these cases. The issue is much more complicated, to be certain, but Apple is clearly chipping away at Google’s support without braving a head-on conflict.

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David Vallerga August 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I was interested in the 3d printer and was disappointed that no source was provided for more information. For those that wanted more, google “FoldRap” for more information.

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