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The future of printing is 3D according to Sculpteo

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Forget 3D movies and television, the real future is 3D printing! It's not cheap, yet, but the folks at Sculpteo are trying to pioneer a new way to create truly personalized items from ceramic and other materials. Naturally, they have an app for that, and it supports the iPad as well. It lets you choose from an existing collection of designer-created 3D printable objects or create a personalized item like a mug with your child's silhouette built-in or an iPhone case with your custom message. I'm tempted to say the custom images or text are embossed, but that's technically inaccurate. The item is crafted in 3D with your edits. You have to see it to understand, and you can download the app for free and play with it.


Look to Livio to make your next car more iOS friendly

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Our readers know of Livio Radio (see my review here) for their Bluetooth in car radio hardware kit, available at your local Radio Shack, but you may not know that they have created Livio Connect, an API targeted at hardware makers and app developers. I had the opportunity to speak with Jake Sigal, CEO of Radio.



Bring a Bag of Rhythm to Your Next Jammin' Party this Summer

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Phil Spector gave us the Wall of Sound. Julie Andrews gave us the Sound of Music. Now, Bob Marley's family wants to give us the Bag of Rhythm. I've written about the House of Marley before, and their commitment to both quality audio equipment and charitable efforts through their 1love foundation, named after Bob Marley's classic song.



VIP Orbit: Groups, circles and orbits, oh my!

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I wrote about VIP Orbit a while ago, but they've made some enhancements that leverage the real estate of the iPad, and address some of the cosmetic concerns I raised in my initial review. As Hannibal used to say on the A Team, I love it when a plan comes together. Well, Mike Muhney, the creator of both VIP Orbit and of the highly popular ACT database program must love how the world has migrated to both circles in the case of Google and the cloud in the case of Apple and others.



Protect that new iPad

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If you're like me, you ordered the new iPad as soon as Apple's servers allowed, and you are waiting patiently (or perhaps impatiently) for it to arrive. Now is the time to think about protection. In fact, I sold my old iPad at SellYourMac.com and got full price because it was in such good shape. I keep my iPads and iPhones in cases pretty much full time and they look brand new. Now keep in mind, the new iPad is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, and has a bigger opening for the camera, so there's a chance your old case might not work.


iBattz gives your iPhone enough mojo to last for days!

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For centuries, man has searched for a perpetual motion machine... Unlimited power that never runs out. Now a true perpetual motion machine doesn't exist but with the iBattz Mojo Battery Case, you can come close.



MWC Report IV: EXCLUSIVE: Nokia PureView 808 high-ISO images; binned resolution tests; vs. Panasonic ZS3/TZ7

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Let me continue (previous article HERE) with the systematic test of the Nokia PureView 808, Nokia's new cameraphone flagship model, which, based on my tests and measurements so far, will be even bigger a hit than the Nokia N95 was back in the day. (Just to remember: back in its day, the N95 had by far the best camera among all mobile phones.)

In this current installment, I try to provide you with answers to

- the high ISO behaviour in both full-resolution and binned mode
- whether the downsampling helps at keeping absolute resolution high; that is, is the (binned) image quality, detail-wise, comparable to those of the Foveon sensors



MWC Report Part III: camera & video tests of four just-announced high-end smartphones

Let me continue (previous article: MWC Report Part II: EXCLUSIVE: Nokia PureView 808 resolution tests!) with my systematical tests of four high-end Android ICS phones, all sporting true (not the PenTile joke of Samsung) 720p resolution screens I've conducted here in Barcelona, at MWC. (Personally, I, who has spent hundreds if not thousands of bucks on iOS and Symbian apps, don't want to invest in another ecosystem so I won't purchase any of them – now that Windows Mobile is, unfortunately, no more, I prefer the iOS + Symbian dual setup: that is, iOS for apps, games & tablets and Symbian for phones & cameras.)



MWC Report Part II: EXCLUSIVE: Nokia PureView 808 resolution tests!

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Let's continue my MWC report series (previous (first) part HERE) with the stuff that makes a camera & smartphone freak like me salivate: some serious (and I do mean serious!) camera tests. Note that, as there were no really-really groundbreaking iOS announcements at MWC (as opposed to the announcements and new models of almost all other major manufacturers), I'll only cover iOS later. My exclusive stuff, measurements and new tablets, smartphones  first, even if they aren't made by Apple.



MWC Report I: Now Apple has some serious competition: the new Nokia phone and the Samsung Note 10.1

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I've just returned to my hotel room from the first day of MWC so that I can get ready for the MobileFocus event in the evening. I couldn't wait with sharing my experiences with you on the spot. Having little free time, however, let's start with the most two important pieces of news: the Nokia PureView 808 (a phone with a freaking good camera) and the Samsung Note 10.1 (a really decent tablet). I had some quality hands-on time with both models. Let's start with the former.

Nokia PureView 808



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