$300 3D printer lets kids design and print their own toys

It’s easy to assume that traditional kid’s toys are taking a beating due to the sky-high popularity of tablets and smartphones among the younger generation. But toy-maker Mattel is attempting to strike back with a concept that, honestly, sounds amazing: an affordable $300 3D printer designed to let your sprogs (or, let’s be honest, immature […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Rivals pile on to mock Apple’s ugly iPhone battery case

Apple made a minor design faux pas with its newly-launched iPhone Smart Battery Case, so of course all of the company’s rivals are doing the mature thing and getting on with their own work, knowing that joining the pile-on will only come back to bite them. Wait — that’s not what’s happening at all! In […]

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Walmart takes on Apple Pay and Android Pay with… Walmart Pay

Walmart, a.k.a. the world’s largest retailer, has announced the launch of its new Walmart Pay service — a mobile payment service for both Android and iOS, designed to work with all major credit, debit, and Walmart gift cards in the retailer’s U.S. stores. The service, which launches in select stores this month, will be fully […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Slowing handset sales triggers Samsung firing spree

You know the way that Apple’s heroically struggling to build a new “spaceship” HQ capable of housing its army of brilliant worker ants who design the iPhone? Well, Samsung has an easier solution for its phone division: just fire a load of people. New statistics published courtesy of Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service underline the degree […]

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Surface Pro 4 wants to kill iPad Pro and MacBook Air in one go

Microsoft’s not taking the threat of the iPad Pro lying down. During today’s keynote event, the company called its brand new 12.3-inch Surface Pro 4 “the most productive device on the planet.” “We have competitors. You may have noticed,” said Microsoft hardware guru Panos Panay as he introduced the tablet. “They’re chasing it, it’s pretty […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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You miss out on HealthKit when using Android Wear with iOS

Android Wear made the leap to iOS yesterday, meaning that iPhone owners can now buy and use Android Wear smartwatches should they feel so inclined. One thing they can’t do, however, is to use Apple’s HealthKit platform to monitor their Android Wear fitness data. According to Apple, data such as step count and heart rate […]

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Video reminds us of how far iOS and Android have come

We’ve spent thousands of man-hours over the years debating whether Android is better than iOS, or vice versa. A new video series by YouTube video producers ColdfusTion explores that same premise, by talking through the history of both platforms and how they’ve evolved over the years. Whether you’re new to the world of mobile, or […]

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iPhone users are 50% dirtier than Android owners

iPhone owners are 50 percent dirtier than Android users, according to a new study commissioned by the U.K.-based online retailer Brighthouse. Brighthouse tested 170 items as part of its study, including game controllers, remote controls, laptop computers and 38 different phones — with 24 being iPhones and 14 being unspecified Android devices. A “hygiene score” […]

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Touch ID will let your Apple TV know which family member is watching

Apple could opt to include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor in its new Apple TV remote, according to a patent application published today. Unlike the iPhone and iPad, however, this sensor wouldn’t be used for unlocking your device, but rather…Read more ›

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