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  • 3D Printing Technology for Color Copiers

    Printing hasn’t experienced significant 3D advancement, thus far. A few years ago, touch screens were added to printers and copiers. Next, WiFi connectivity, which allows printing from anywhere with an internet signal, became the latest addition. The next big step for color copiers is 3D technology. Comparing this new realm to some of our older and traditional options provides us with some very interesting considerations. Pricing The price of the average copier depends on its applications and functions. Today’s printers are typically priced based on output capacity, WiFi capabilities, the tray capacity, touch-screen options, and other features. These are all additions and enhancements to the same basic machine which produces the same product, printed paper. Though all these advancements are great and they certainly affect the price of the machine, which ranges from roughly $40 to well over $1,000, the 3D copier is a completely different machine with its high-end functions that well exceed traditional systems. Due to its recent introduction into the consumer market, these products are still considered costly and out-of-reach for the average consumer. They can be found in some tech shops, online, and even a few home goods stores, but usually cost over $1000. The price

  • Your Computer and Phone Cameras Are On — Beware!

    Spying through smartphone cameras, computer webcams, laptops and tablets is widespread and governments have been checking people out for years. Between 2008 and 2012, GCHQ, Britain’s NSA, ran a program called Optic Nerve that scanned live webcam chats on Yahoo (and probably other chat services). Many of the images obtained were very personal ones and could be used to either embarrass or blackmail users. Reports in the UK say that NSA engineers helped GCHQ develop the Optic Nerve program. Many have either claimed or speculated that one way the NSA and other U.S. spy agencies got around the prohibition of spying on Americans was to let a third party do it for them. According to the New York Times, the Australian Signals Directorate tapped a U.S. law firm representing Indonesian interests and offered their intercepts to the NSA.This sort of special intelligence cooperation is a regular occurrence under the “Five Eyes” program. The cooperating countries are the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada. News reports, based on the leaks of NSA information by Edward Snowden, say that GCHQ stored millions of images gleaned from its webcam surveillance. These images can be retrieved in various ways, including the use of advanced