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Autodesk, MakerBot Join Forces

MakerBot and Autodesk, who are sharing a booth this weekend at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013, just announced a partnership deal involving the Replicator 2 and Autodesk’s 123D suite. Folks who purchase subscriptions to Autodesk’s 123D tools get a discount towards the purchase of a Rep2, and Autodesk has …

Printrbot Simple Debuts at Maker Faire

If you were hoping to pick up Brook Drumm’s new Printrbot Simple at Maker Faire Bay Area this year, well…you’re too late. The Printrbot Simple beta edition sold out Saturday afternoon. Still, with alpha availability slated for June, you don’t have too long to wait.<p>Printrbot’s latest model is true …

Beyond 3D Printing: The 3 Horsemen of Small Manufacturing at Maker Faire

The bland-looking machines that lined the east wall of the Makerspace at Maker Faire did a good job of being entertaining throughout Maker Faire. They were constantly surrounded by kids watching them do all sorts of etching and inscribing tricks.<p>But the three machines — from ShopBot, Epilog, and …

Is it a Hackerspace, Makerspace, TechShop, or FabLab?

The past decade has seen the sudden, dramatic appearance of community spaces offering public, shared access to high-end manufacturing equipment. These spaces are interchangeably referred to as hackerspaces, makerspaces, TechShops, and FabLabs. This can lead the intended audience to become …

Brendan Dawes: Sharing Your Work

This week, I interviewed the designer and maker Brendan Dawes for my podcast, Looking Sideways. Brendan’s known for early interactive web projects like Psycho Studio, that allows users to remix Hitchcock’s famous shower scene themselves. He’s also known for his physical projects, such as the …

Ten Tips for Adhesive Tape

Tape, tape, tape! There are so many different kinds and so many applications. Tape can be used for the jankiest repairs up to near-permanent fastening.Tape can be quite useful in the workshop and in the making process if you know which type is best for different situations and materials.<p>I’d like to …

Sign Up Now for Maker Training Camps

Have you ever wanted to:<p>Learn about Arduino?<br>• Build a weather-monitoring site?<br>• Build a marshmallow blaster to wow your neighbors?<p>But been frustrated by how hard it is to learn something new?<p>There are few options for makers seeking to learn a new skill. Many Makerspaces offer courses, but these are …

Kickstarter: If at First you Don’t Succeed…

What do you do if your crowdfunding campaign fails? Break your product down, figure out what actually works, and try the whole thing again.<p>That’s what Zach Supalla and the Spark team have done. Quite successfully, too. You may remember Zach from his valiant (but not quite successful) attempt to …

Coursera bringing online courses to 64-campus SUNY university system

Online education provider Coursera is partnering with 10 more university systems and schools, including The State University of New York (SUNY), to explore how massively open online courses (MOOCs) can be used on campus. Coursera says that the partnership will give professors the option of …

SmartThings opens up its home automation platform to developers

To say SmartThings' Kickstarter campaign was a success is an understatement: the Internet of Things outfit, which offers a clever array of home automation sensors, routers and smartphone apps, raised more than $1.2 million (over four times the company's original goal), nabbed over 6,000 backers and …

Plex app now available for Drobo's media-savvy 5N NAS

With its quad-core ARM processor, the Drobo 5N is capable of much more than just storing files, and you can now grab a Plex app to help it live up to that potential. Once installed, it'll turn the NAS into a full blown media server to distribute up to 16TB of protected media to any of your Plex- or …

Telly video discovery app now optimized for Android tablets

Social discovery applications are becoming more and more popular amongst mobile users, and Telly's certainly one that's leading the way in this category. Today, in an effort to get on as many devices as possible, the video-focused service has released a new version of its app which is vastly …

Google SVP: We're working on enhanced privacy features for Android, guest user option

Afer being asked by <i>AllThingsD</i>'s Walt Mossberg whether Google SVP Sundar Pichai saw the need for more privacy, Pichai said that he wants to bring several of the security and privacy options that users already see on Chrome across to its mobile platform. "When we did Chrome, we invested in incognito …

Adobe Kuler color selection iPhone app is now available, redesigned web interface in tow (video)

Although the shiny new iOS app and retooled web interface were demoed a few weeks back at MAX 2013, Adobe has released both facets of its new and improved Kuler color selection tool into the wild. The iPhone software enables hue selection with the handset's camera or selecting a previously captured …

Pioneer announces XDJ-R1 all-in-one digital DJ deck with MIDI, iOS control features (video)

Sure, DJ controllers might be the emerging force in spinning, but CDJs are still largely the club standard. Pioneer has always had thumbs in both of these pies, of course, but the new XDJ-R1 sees the brand uniting them for the first time. The all-in-one unit offers two CD players, USB media …

Treasury Department official says money laundering crackdown isn't part of an anti-Bitcoin campaign

In March, US Treasury department FinCEN — which handles enforcement of financial crimes — turned its eye towards the world of virtual currency. The bureau published guidelines for how the federal Bank Secrecy Act applied to both centralized and decentralized virtual money, most prominently Bitcoin. …

Fan TV revealed: is this the set-top box we’ve been waiting for?

Built in secret, Fanhattan is finally showing off its Yves Behar-designed device to the world.<p>In June 2011, a Silicon Valley startup released a well received iOS app named Fanhattan to serve as a central place for finding streaming video. More recently, Fanhattan brought its service to the web. But …