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Lawmakers rush to ban 3D-printed guns, but enforcement options are murky

Local legislators take aim at a plastic pistol<p>Defense Distributed's attempts to 3D print a firearm have always been a shot across the bow of politicians. The group made a point of naming its ammo magazines after anti-gun legislators, and founder Cody Wilson has said the project is a way to make …

Google accelerates push to replace passwords by joining FIDO Alliance

Amid a growing consensus that passwords are not adequately secure, the group of tech companies working to supplant them with something stronger has gained a significant new ally. The FIDO Alliance said today that Google, which has shown a strong interest lately in making user authentication more …

Study Finds 3D Printing Could Save The Average Home Up To $2,000 A Year

While I don’t have to remind you about the value of studies – many company-funded studies are best dropped directly in the trash after publication – this one about 3D printing does have some merit. Produced by the authors at Michigan Technological University, it posits that at a home 3D printer can …

Here’s why 2014 will be the year of the ‘Internet of things’

Consumers have been snapping up connected fitness gadgets such as the Fitbit and the Jawbone this year.<p>Next year, we’ll see this kind of ubiquitous sensor technology extend to the enterprise as part of the “Internet of things,” according to an analyst at Frost & Sullivan.<p>In fact, machines will …

Consumer drones are coming, and they will change everything

I recently spent a week flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. It’s a 2.5 pound drone with an attached camera and easy flight controls, and I …

The Next Generation Of USB Connector Will Plug In Either Way

Truly revolutionary<p>The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is a group of tech companies that promotes USB, has announced that the next USB plug specification is currently being developed.<p>The new plugs and receptacles will be bilaterally symmetrical, so <i>never again will you try and fail to plug in a USB</i> …