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The Palette 2 lets any 3D printer output color

The Mosaic Manufacturing Palette 2 – an upgrade the original Palette – is a self-contained system for full color 3D printing. It works by cutting and splicing multiple filament colors and then feeding them through as the object is printed. The system uses a unique and internal cutter called the Splice Core that measures and cuts filament as it prints, ensuring the incoming filament can change colors quickly and easily. The printer can out items in four colors and it can print any amount of any color. It extrudes excess color into a little object called a tower, allow it to print as much or as little of a color as necessary. It also has automatic runout detection which lets you print larger objects over a longer period. It works with a number of current 3D printers and the printers require ...

Costco now supports Apple Pay across all of its US stores

Apple has landed a big new partner for Apple Pay in the U.S. after Costco began accepting the mobile payment service across 750 stores. The retailer plans to include support at its gas stations, but that isn’t yet complete. The rollout — first reported by MacRumors — follows limited trials at selected Costco outlets, including a warehouse near its corporate headquarters in Washington. This new partnership comes hot on the heels of Apple’s landing similar deals with CVS and 7-Eleven. The deal with CVS is particularly notable since the retailer had held off on supporting the Apple service, to the point that it even developed its own alternative that is based on barcodes. Apple also secured a deal this summer to add Apple Pay support to eBay which gives it more breath among online retailers, ...

Google gives its AI the reins over its data center cooling systems

The inside of data centers is loud and hot — and keeping servers from overheating is a major factor in the cost of running them. It’s no surprise then that the big players in this space, including Facebook, Microsoft and Google, all look for different ways of saving cooling costs. Facebook uses cool outside air when possible, Microsoft is experimenting with underwater data centers and Google is being Google and looking to its AI models for some extra savings. A few years ago, Google, through its DeepMind affiliate, started looking into how it could use machine learning to provide its operators some additional guidance on how to best cool its data centers. At the time, though, the system only made recommendations and the human operators decided whether to implement them. Those humans can no...

Making way for new levels of American innovation

Matt Weinberg Contributor Matt Weinberg is a former White House appointee with the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Investment and Innovation. More posts by this contributor New tech trade associations will have big role in future tech policy ITC protection of IP necessary for continued innovation New fifth-generation “5G” network technology will equip the United States with a superior wireless platform unlocking transformative economic potential. However, 5G’s success is contingent on modernizing outdated policy frameworks that dictate infrastructure overhauls and establishing the proper balance of public-private partnerships to encourage investment and deployment. Most people have heard by now of the coming 5G revolution. Compared t...

Globacom rolls out enhanced data connectivity package, Oga SIM

By Prince Osuagwu, Hi-Tech Editor & Juliet UmehLAGOS—Globacom Wednesday rolled out another SIM package called, Oga SIM,with enhanced data connectivity benefits. Globacom-offices The new package is a special SIM that offers subscribers huge value to enrich their experience on the network. Unveiling the offering at Mike Adenuga Towers, Victoria Island, Lagos, the company’s Regional Chief Marketing Officer, Ashok Israni, said the product  gives Glo subscribers  125 percent bonus on data bundle subscriptions. He said: “Oga SIM is revolutionary considering its offerings. A  new data subscriber who buys any data plan on Glo, automatically gets 125 percent bonus. “The subscriber  does not need to  do anything  else to enjoy the benefit  besides just  buying  a  preferred ...

Fossil announces new update to Android Wear watches with HR tracking, GPS

Fossil’s Q watch line is an interesting foray by a traditional fashion watchmaker into the wearable world. Their latest additions to the line, the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR, add a great deal of Android Wear functionality to a watch that is reminiscent of Fossil’s earlier, simpler watches. In other words, these are some nice, low-cost smartwatches for the fitness fan. The original Q watches included a clever hybrid model with analog face and step counter. As the company expanded into wearables, however, they went the Android Wear route and created a number of lower-powered touchscreen watches. Now, thanks to a new chipset, Fossil is able to add a great deal more functionality in a nice package. The Venture and the Explorist adds untethered GPS, NFC, heart rate and 24-hou...

Your vegetables are going to be picked by robots sooner than you think

In the very near future, robots are going to be picking the vegetables that appear on grocery store shelves across America. The automation revolution that’s arrived on the factory floor will make its way to the ag industry in the U.S. and its first stop will likely be the indoor farms that are now dotting the U.S. Leading the charge in this robot revolution will be companies like Root AI, a young startup which has just raised $2.3 million to bring its first line of robotic harvesting and farm optimization technologies to market. Root AI is focused on the 2.3 million square feet of indoor farms that currently exist in the world and is hoping to expand as the number of farms cultivating crops indoors increases. Some estimates from analysis firms like Agrilyst put the planned expansions in in...

Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones vulnerable to hacking – Researchers

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 smartphones contain a microchip security flaw, uncovered earlier this year, that put tens of millions of devices at risk to hackers looking to spy on their users, researchers told Reuters. The Galaxy 7 and other smartphones made by Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) were previously thought to be immune to a security vulnerability known as Meltdown, which researchers said affected most of the world’s PCs, smartphones and other computing devices. Researchers from Austria’s Graz Technical University told Reuters they have figured out a way to exploit the Meltdown vulnerability to attack Galaxy S7 handsets. The team plans to release their findings on Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. They are looking into Meltdown’s impact on oth...

Chip labour: Robots replace waiters in China restaurant

This photo taken on July 30, 2018 shows robots at the ROBOT.HE restaurant in Shanghai.The little robotic waiter wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, “Enjoy your meal.” / AFP PHOTO The little robotic waiter wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, “Enjoy your meal.” The futuristic restaurant concept is the latest initiative in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s push to modernise service and retail in a country where robotics and artificial intelligence are increasingly being integrated into commerce. Raising efficiency and lowering labour costs are the objective...

Substandard Products: Nigeria, China to blacklist, prosecute 7 importers

By Prince Okafor No fewer than seven companies importing substandard and life-endangering products into Nigeria from China would be blacklisted and their promoters prosecuted in both countries. Substandard tyres This is the fall out of the war against dumping of substandard and life-endangering products into the nation being waged by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON. The companies, according to the Director General of  SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, against which court orders have been procured includes: Awulu Investment Nigeria Limited, Doncas Associate Nigeria Limited, Britto International Commercial Industrial Limited, GNCSP Global Services, Ike and Sons Enterprises, Kumara Global Limited, and Chudon Global Impex Limited. In a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to ...

Hope rises for Broadband devt in Nigeria

…Over 100m internet users…116 per cent teledensity… 22 per cent broadband penetration By Juliet Umeh Going by available statistics, Nigeria’s broadband development may not be as bad as many Nigerians are made to believe. Indications are that internet is fast penetrating all sectors of Nigerian economy. •Prof Umar Garba Danbatta For instance, the Executive Vice- Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, at the just-concluded 2018 Information Communications Technology  and Telecommunications, ICTEL, exhibition of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, claimed that as at May 2018, there were over 162 million active mobile connections and over 100 million internet users in Nigeria with teledensity standing at over 116 per cent. He...

What every startup founder should know about exits

Benjamin Joffe Contributor Benjamin Joffe is a partner at HAX. More posts by this contributor 70 years of VC innovation 2017 crowdfunding guide The dream of a startup founder can often be summarized by the following well-intentioned, and mostly delusional, quote: “We’ll raise a few rounds and in a few years we’ll IPO on Nasdaq.” But a more likely scenario looks something like this: You invest a few years of hard work to build something of value. One day you receive an acquisition offer out of the blue. You’re elated. And you’re not prepared. You drop everything to focus on this opportunity. Exclusive due diligence starts. Your company is a mess (IP, contracts, burn). Days become weeks; weeks become months. You’ve neglected business and fundraising. You’re running out of money. M&A is n...