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3-D printing may have an image problem. It's sometimes seen as a hobbyist pursuit -- a fun way to build knickknacks from your living room desktop -- but a growing number of companies are giving serious thought to the technology to help get new ideas off the ground.
Boeing, NASA, Lockheed Martin and GE are among the large corporations that for decades have used additive manufacturing, known more popularly as 3-D printing.
You can order Microsoft's latest Surfaces today, but you can't buy all their accessories.
From battery boosts to portable productivity to, um, music mixing, the slew of new Surface accessories covers most everyone's needs.
Lat year at IDF, Intel showed off a camera peripheral from Creative that could recognize the user, listen for his voice, and interpret gestures. This year, Intel has taken it a step farther.
So long, Bamboo: Wacom on Wednesday announced that its consumer and pro tabletop tablet lines would merge under the Intuos name. (The Cintiq name continues to represent the company's top-tier tablet display.)
From mundane 2D devices, integrated cameras in laptops and tablets in the future will change into powerful 3D tools that can sense movement, track emotion, and even monitor reading habits of children, according to Intel.
In the future, phones, tablets and wearable computing gadgets won't come with chargers, they'll use inductive chargers built into desks, kitchen counters, bedside tables, cars, and other surfaces.
Toshiba will soon launch the world's fastest SD cards, which will offer write speeds of up to 240MB/s.
Thunderbolt may be the better technology, but that doesn't matter if nobody can afford it.
The new MacBook Air sports built-in compatibility with the newest draft networking standard, 802.11ac, an upgrade of the current 802.11n.
Google is facing some tough questions from Congress over the privacy concerns raised by Glass, its fledgling augmented reality system for recording and receiving information on the fly. But on the ground at the company's I/O conference for developers, attendees are largely enthusiastic about the technology.
3D printing has been attracting more attention in recent months as a tool to create gadgets, toys and miniature works of art. Now President Barack Obama thinks it can also play a role in strengthening the military and America's sagging manufacturing industry.
The would-be camera -- which its co-founder is looking to crowd-fund -- connects to the Internet using Microsoft's Skype service.