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More Peripherals Opinion

  • Opinion: Microsoft launches revamped, right-handed Sculpt Mouse on International Left-Handers Day

    Most ergonomic tech gear tends towards the practical. But Microsoft's new Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse may actually inspire some envy from design nuts as well.

  • Opinion: MakerBot 3D printers expand to more Microsoft Stores

    When Windows 8.1 rolls out to PCs everywhere this fall, it will come with 3D printer support that is supposed to make creating a plastic figurine as easy as printing off your monthly expense report in Excel. Not wanting to miss a golden opportunity to show off the capabilities of 3D printing and Windows in the same place, MakerBot 3D printers are debuting now in 18 Microsoft Store retail locations across the U.S.

  • Opinion: 3D printing is coming to a UPS Store near you

    Apparently, Brown can do more for you than just ship your packages. UPS retail stores, starting with one in San Diego and coming to more locations around the US in the future, will begin offering 3D printing services using a StratasysuPrint SE Plus printer.

  • Opinion: Study finds major savings through household 3D printing

    Originally published by Txchnologist.

  • Opinion: Secrets of the paperless office: optimizing OCR

    Since I started using a document scanner about seven years ago, I've scanned many thousands of pages and used OCR (optical character recognition) software to convert those scans into searchable PDFs. I've also written extensively about the paperless office. But when you try to reduce the amount of paper you use, you inevitably increase the amount of hard-drive space you use. I began to wonder what combinations of scanner settings and software would get the best quality scan results while using the least hard-disk space.

  • Opinion: The Mac office: Embracing the nearly paperless future

    I have a nice document scanner. I have great OCR and document-management software. I have a solid system for converting paper into digital documents. I hardly ever print anything. I even wrote a book on the paperless office. And yet, somehow, I still have tons of papers in my home office, and despite my best efforts, more appear all the time. What's happening?

  • Opinion: How to rip a DVD with HandBrake

    [Editor's note: The MPAA and most media companies argue that you can't legally copy or convert commercial DVDs for any reason. We (and others) think that, if you own a DVD, you should be able to override its copy protection to make a backup copy or to convert its content for viewing on other devices. Currently, the law isn't entirely clear one way or the other. So our advice is: If you don't own it, don't do it. If you do own it, think before you rip.]

  • Opinion: Is it me, or are the walls melting in this 3D printed room?

    We've seen some pretty weird 3D-printed stuff, including Stephen Colbert's tentacle laden head, but a 3D-printed room with walls that look like they're melting takes the cake. Designed by Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer, the Digital Grotesque project is an amazing, gothic, yet organic architecture project that aims to create the world's first completely 3D-printed room.

  • Opinion: Ripped DVDs and the empty AUDIO_TS folder

    A reader who wishes to remain anonymous is curious about the structure of DVDs. He or she writes:

  • Opinion: Windows 8 touch-compatible accessories

    It might not seem obvious but a touch-compatible mouse will really help you make the most of Windows 8.

  • Opinion: 3D printing could lead to bionic brain chips, microscopic toy bunnies

    The idea of applying a regular computer chip directly to your brain is silly, so scientists at Japan's Yokohama National University have created a new material that can be shaped into complex, conductive microscopic 3D structures. What does that mean? It could potentially lead to custom brain electrodes.

  • Opinion: BotObjects announces the world's first full-color 3D printer

    It's finally here. A new 3D printing outfit in New York called BotObjects say that it's come up with the first full-color desktop 3D printer. Unlike other consumer-grade 3D printers, the ProDesk3D does not print in just one or two different colored plastic mediums; instead, it prints using the whole gamut of the rainbow by mixing five base colors together.

  • Opinion: CRT magnet art looks eerie; don't try it on your home TV

    Where you one of those kids who liked to wave a magnet against your old CRT display to watch the rainbow of colors bending to your will? You certainly weren't the only one, and a German artist wants to help you relive those memories, albeit on a grander scale.

  • Opinion: 3D printing comes to phones and games at MakerBot's first hackathon

    3D printers have gotten to the point that they can print just about anything you can imagine (yes, even food). But while we've been focusing on better machines and more insane prints, you may have forgotten about the most important step that magically turns a digital file into a physical object--the software.

  • Opinion: Trax is a wearable GPS for your pets and little ones

    When your smaller mammalian responsibilities wander, it may be wise to keep tabs on them. Wonder Technology Solutions (aka WTS) has come with a suitably diminutive, well, solution. The Trax (funding through April 12) should allow you to keep an intelligent digital leash on your children or pets.

  • Opinion: Kindle and Raspberry Pi join forces in this wireless terminal hack

    It's pretty obvious that we love hardware hacks, whether it be Kindles that gets jailbroken into makeshift displays or some amazing uses of the Raspberry Pi. Now one hacker named Max Ogden has combined these two great hack flavors into one ultimate combo he calls the Kindleberry Wireless.

  • Opinion: Key sounds: Get better sound for your home entertainment

    Whereas most consumer technology becomes impossibly slimmer and smaller with each new generation, the rules of physics demand decent-size speaker cones should you want to achieve the best sound. But rules were meant to be broken, and you can get 'good enough' sound from a smaller, more stylish solution.

  • Opinion: Multi-monitor tracking system keeps you focused, makes sure you don't miss anything

    A multi-display setup is a great work setup because it helps you multitask, but at the same time it can be extremely distracting when you are surrounded by ten different open apps.

  • Opinion: How to add YouTube to your Roku box

    Did you hear the news? Roku just announced a new box, the Roku 3, complete with a faster processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a headphone jack in the remote.

  • Opinion: App Spotlight: FineReader Touch brings multi-lingual OCR scanning to iOS

    There are plenty of apps that can turn your phone into the equivalent of a mobile scanner, using the camera to take snapshots of various documents, then letting you file and/or share those documents.



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