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$300 iBox Nano 3D printer gets funded

$300 iBox Nano 3D printer gets funded

This is a tiny little guy with a platform of roughly 1.57″ x 0.79″ x 3.54″ but it is also the same price as a decent inkjet all-in-one printer and takes up about the same amount of space on your desk as a tissue box. 3D printers, rapid prototyping and the ‘maker movement’ have always […]

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One AutoCAD Dimension style, different appearances

One AutoCAD Dimension style, different appearances

This is a great How-To on creating what are known as ‘child dimension styles.’ One of the benefits somewhat closed-over in the article is that the styles are still linked, meaning if you change the font of the parent style, the child style updates as well. If you had created a brand new style, the […]

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Apple: The killer and restorer of economies all over the world

Apple: The killer and restorer of economies all over the world

Apple seems to be building the reputation of either a killer or a saint, depending on the country you live in. The Australian Bureau of Statistics credits the iPhone 6 for a retail surge of 1.2 percent in September. This is a huge leaps after a sad 0.1 percent rise in August. What I find […]

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AT&T & Verizon agree to VoLTE interoperability next year

AT&T & Verizon agree to VoLTE interoperability next year

In a rare act of cooperation, AT&T and Verizon have agreed to allow Voice over LTE calls to be placed between the carriers next year. Right now there are a handful of US markets that allow VoLTE which allows for superior call quality (the experience is supposed to be similar to High Def VOiP calls) […]

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Autodesk does it all . . . Including fighting cancer!

Autodesk does it all . . . Including fighting cancer!

That’s right folks . . It slices, it dices . . . It develops tech to help doctors and scientists 3D print a virus that will attack cancer cells! This is an awesome endeavor and is just further proof to my beliefs that CAD is in almost everything we do, see and touch. 99% of […]

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Offset Gap Tip by Lynn Allen

Offset Gap Tip by Lynn Allen

Lynn Allen (for those who don’t know) is a Technical Evangelist for AutoCAD. She blogs, records video tips and travels around the world giving presentations, meeting customers and generally getting everyone excited about AutoCAD (essentially, my dream job, though mine would focus on AutoCAD for Mac, lol) This is a great tip on the offset […]

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What to do when iCloud Keychains fail to sync

What to do when iCloud Keychains fail to sync

Simple walkthrough of a problem but it reminds us to isolate the issue to a specific device first and work from there. A handy workflow for many tech problems.

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Best Webcam: Dropcam Competitor Showdown

Best Webcam: Dropcam Competitor Showdown

Wonderful article / comparison of a number of webcams and how they stack up to the reigning favorite, Dropcam. I have worked with Dropcams at a number of my clients and I can attest they are simple to setup and the image quality is superb. The speaker / microphone addition is great as well, if […]

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Secret Powers of the Chrome Address Bar

Secret Powers of the Chrome Address Bar

I tend to stick with Safari, only because it is the fastest browser on most of my devices and syncs with my desktop, laptop, iPhone and iPad. Not only my bookmarks, but open tabs and reading lists too. However, I know many use Chrome and I do use it occasionally for some website incompatibilities, so […]

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Starwood begins first phase of Mobile Phone Hotel Room Key

Starwood begins first phase of Mobile Phone Hotel Room Key

Only a handful of the 10 starter locations are ones I could visit at the moment, but I do stay at a few of these hotels every year and this is a very interesting concept for me, as someone who occasionally forgets their key but NEVER their phone . . .

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