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Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Print Parts At Low Costs

3D printing, aka additive manufacturing, is a state-of-the-art technology, which is used for fabricating objects with the help of a machine that binds materials, such as metal or plastic together and then prints the object layer-by-layer. The application areas of this technology include medical field, education, manufacturing, architecture and archaeology, just to name a few.

Since 2010, the 3D printing industry has been making a lot of progress on a global level. After 4 years, the market size grew to an awesome figure of 4.1 billion dollars. Primarily, 3D printing uses high quality materials, equipment and software in order to print objects.

For ease of understanding, you can make two categories of the equipment used for 3D printing: personal equipment and industrial equipment. 3D printers that are designed for personal use come with a lower price tag. Basically, they are used in education and personal DIY projects.

By the end of 2014, the sales volume was around 100,000 units across the globe. On the other hand, 3D printers used in industries have various applications. They are marketed in Japan, USA, and Germany. The market share of the USA is about 40%, according to the statistics released in 2014.

The two giant players, Stratasys and 3D Systems have become one through acquisition. As far as the sales value is concerned, the two players got a share of 34% in 2014. During the same year, Stratasys managed to acquire a number of other companies, such as Robtec, Laser Reproductions, GrabCAD and Solid Concept, just to name but a few.

Nowadays, the share of China in the 3D printing market is not very noticeable. For instance, many core parts and 3D printing stuff for Chinese 3D printers is imported from other countries. However, the 3D printing technology has an edge in the national defense and aviation industry of the world. Moreover, the size of 3D printing market share of China was 4.65 billion. The market size went up at a fast rate after 2010.

Around two years back, the 3D printing market in China featured a lower concentration level, and the number of players involved in the industry was around 100. However, all of the companies were small.

Lately, an increasing number of companies are becoming part of the industry because of the new favorable policies of the state. Hopefully, in the next few years, we will see this industry on the list of No 1 industries of the world.

So, 3D printers can allow you to print 3D objects inexpensively and with ease. If you are new to this technology, you can give it a go by buying a 3D printer. The cost has come down considerably over the past few years. So, you can check out one.

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Choose the Best Gaming Laptop for You

There is no doubt that gaming laptops are a different beast than standard laptops that you have seen so far. If you want to play some popular games such as Grand Theft Auto V, The Witcher 4, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dirt: Showdown, and Assassin’s Creed, then finding the best gaming laptop is a must.

Things You Must Know

There are some factors which can be considered when you are looking for the best laptop that is used for gaming. The best laptop that you want to buy depends on your budget, lifestyle, and games that you want to play. To help you find the best laptop, you can follow our tips and advice below.

Don’t Choose a Touch Screen Laptop

Make sure that you avoid touch screens. It is true that touch screen laptops offer more benefits, but they are also more expensive. If you are not a designer, then there is no need to buy a touch screen laptop.

Check the Keyboard

When buying a gaming laptop, it is important that you check the keyboard. A good gaming laptop should come with a keyboard that is comfortable. Try the keyboard first before you buy.

Don’t Choose a Laptop for Low-End Titles

It is easy to find some laptops that can be used to play some low-end titles such as Candy Crush or World of Warcraft. However, if you need a laptop that can be used to play some games such as The Witcher 4 and Grand Theft Auto V, then these laptops should be avoided.

Check the Size of the Screen

The size of the screen is an important factor that you must check too when buying a new gaming laptop. By choosing a larger screen, you can expect a better viewing experience. 17-inch laptops are more powerful, but the least portable. If you need a gaming laptop that is easy to carry, then a 13- or 14-inch laptop is a better choice.

Choose Solid State Storage

It is a good idea to invest in an SSD for faster load times and game installs. By choosing an SSD, it allows you to instantly launch applications. The only downside is that the price tag is much more expensive than traditional hard drives.

By reading our tips, we hope that you can save your time when looking for the best gaming laptop. Simply choose the best laptop according to your desired functionality as well as your budget.

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The Alternative Power Source For The Amazon Echo

Most owners of this device use it for more than listening to music or asking interesting questions and requests. Other applications include being able to obtain transportation, order a pizza and the ability to control integrated smart devices inside their home.

According to the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRPs), it estimates that 3 million units of the Amazon Echo were sold in the United States. The data does not account for the sales of the new additions to the line, the Tap and Echo Dot. Novelty aside, the Echo is growing in popularity on a daily basis. The reviews of the device are above average, while the benefits are even more surprising.

Amazon is one of the leaders in digital media, but it didn’t have any idea how well consumers would receive the Echo. It started out being a sleeper item until word of mouth made it a household name and not to mention, the recent appearance of commercials showing off its neat features.

The “skills” utilized by the device through the digital assistant are updated periodically and now open to outside developers to add their innovative and well-meaning list of skills for more technological enhancement. Because of the Echo is the first of its kind so to speak, they have competitors clamoring for their piece of the pie. Such as Google Home, which will have a better interactive interface and then, of course, the re-emergence of Apple TV.

The number of consumers that own the Echo is quite impressive. However, some have complained about the cost and the inconvenience of having to move it from room to room. To address these issues, Amazon introduced two additional Echo models.

The Tap, which is the portable version of the speaker, does not need to be plugged in unless the battery is being recharged. It functions the same as the Echo, but is not voice activated. The talk button has to be pressed for interaction with the device, thus the name Tap. The other new member is the Echo Dot. It is as small as a hockey-puck but has the same voice activation as the Echo. A Bluetooth speaker or stereo system can be connected to it.

I own an Echo, but for it to work efficiently, there must be a Wi-Fi connection and electricity. Without either, it will not function. Because of the need for electricity, some consumers have taken to purchasing one for each room in their house. It saves them time from having to move it from room to room and waiting for it to reboot once it is plugged into an electric outlet.

Some consumers debated whether to purchase the Tap since it’s portable. However, lucky for them they procrastinated, because a few third party vendors have introduced a new accessory for the Echo, a battery boot or base.

It is now possible to enjoy the device in more than one room without having to be tethered to an electric outlet. However, there is still a need for a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. There are several battery boots to choose from according to the needs of the user. The more popular model has its own 18-volt proprietary power adapter that will charge up to 18 hours.

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Expand MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air Storage

I hear variations of “How can I get more storage space on my MacBook Air?” and “I’m out of room on my MacBook Pro Retina” all the time. Until recently, all we could do was delete files from the disk in order to free up space. Now, however, we have options.

Option Number 1: Transcend JetDrive Lite

Many MacBook Airs and all MacBook Pro Retinas come with an SDXC card slot on the side. It’s there so you can take the card out of your camera and stick it right into the laptop for transferring photos to the Mac. Turns out almost nobody uses that slot, so it’s just sitting there doing nothing… until now. Transcend makes a product called the JetDrive Lite in 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB sizes, and all you do is pop it into that unused SDXC card slot, instantly increasing the storage capacity of the machine.

The JetDrive Lite is designed to fit absolutely flush with your laptop rather than stick out a little, like a normal SDXC card would, and since the various Apple laptop models use different SDXC slots it is important to get the card that’s made for your machine. That’s not hard: just go to the Apple menu, then About This Mac, and then More Info. You’ll see your model’s official name there.

Armed with the model number, visit Transcend’s website and choose the proper model for your laptop. They have JetDrive Lites for MacBook Airs from 2010 to 2015, and MacBook Pro Retinas from 2012 TO 2015. That pretty much covers it!

Thrill-seeking advanced users can back up their entire hard disks and then use Disk Utility to create a single partition from the combined internal disk and the JetDrive Lite, and then copy everything back, but this makes it impossible to use the SDXC slot for anything else since that card has to stay in if the machine is going to work properly.

My recommendation: keep the card as a separate disk. That way, you can still pull the card out and use the slot for importing pictures from a camera if you ever feel like doing that. Plus, the card is slower than the SSD, so it makes sense to put rarely-used files on the card, leaving the system and application and frequently-used files on the SSD.

Option Number 2: Transcend JetDrive

The very easy way to upgrade MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air storage involves sticking a card into the SDXC slot. That was the “JetDrive Lite” described above. The less-easy way, but perhaps better-for-you-in-the-long-run way, is to take out the original too-small SSD and replace it with something bigger- namely, the “JetDrive” (without the “Lite”). This requires opening up the case but that’s not all that hard, and Transcend has a great video that shows you how it’s done

The JetDrive comes in 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB models, and as with the Lite cards you have to get the right one. Use Transcend’s website to figure out which one’s right for your machine