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Imagine a world without shops or factories

<b>I have come to think that our world is being turned upside down. We probably do not grasp the huge implications because, perhaps, we are still imprisoned by our past.</b><p>We are all of us, almost everywhere, swept up in a maelstrom of change which overturns many of the assumptions we have lived with for …

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach

Amazon's business is built on three basic concepts: faster delivery, greater selection, and cheaper prices.<p>In service of that, it has built enormous warehouses staffed largely by robots that shuttle around, pulling goods out of bins at remarkable speed. It can take just a matter of minutes to go …

Software patents are now illegal in New Zealand

“A computer program is not a patentable invention.”<p>Time to bust out the champagne*, neckbeards! The above statement is from a bill that just passed in New Zealand.<p>In a word, free software advocates have won a big battle in a small country, but the ramifications of the decision are encouraging and …

French pay dearly for 'Made in France' campaign

Francois Hollande, the French president, has urged consumers to "buy French" to boost the economy – but a new report suggests it will cost them dearly.<p>In an effort to stem the country's decades long industrial decline, Mr Hollande and Arnaud Montebourg, the industry minister, launched a "Made in …

Made in America 2.0: behind Google and Apple's sudden patriotism

Tech giants are making innovative electronics in the US again, but why?<p>The Moto X is on its way. The long-anticipated Android phone — expected to be the first truly Google-influenced product from Motorola since Google acquired the company back in 2012 — is due to be unveiled in New York City on …

3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann …

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Today’s complex global supply chains are poised to be dismantled

Nothing exemplifies the exceptional power and scale of today’s highest performing supply chains than the simple phrase: designed in California, …

Dodgy wind? Why "innovative" turbines are often anything but

1. Do they claim to exceed Betz’ limit?<p>In 1919, Albert Betz calculated that the maximum energy that could be extracted from the wind regardless of …

Mars-bound astronauts will print food & tools, NASA says

NASA will transport 3D printers to space so astronauts can print tools — and potentially even food.<p>NASA’s chief administrator Charles Bolden discussed the role of 3D printers during a recent press tour of the Ames Research Center. According to <i>ComputerWorld,</i> Bolden believes the technology could be …

NASA to get $100 million for asteroid mission, senator says

<i>By Mike Wall</i><i><br>Space.com</i><p>NASA will likely get $100 million next year to jump-start an audacious program to drag an asteroid into orbit around the moon for research and exploration purposes, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., says.<p>The $100 million will probably be part of President Barack Obama's federal …

London-Based Startup 3D Industri.es Aims To Become The Google Of 3D Search

Halfway between the Chinese factories and Silicon Valley tech giants, right in the heart of London’s emerging tech scene, is a startup that aims to revolutionize both manufacturing and internet search.3D Industri.es (3DI) commercializes advanced 3D search technology, creating applications based on …