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3D printer invention makes 2500sqft houses in 24 hours

3D printer invention makes 2500sqft houses in 24 hours

3D printing has grown from a fascinating novelty to the means by which dreamers will usher in the future. One such dreamer is professor Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California who has developed a massive 3D printer that, he says, can "print" an entire house over the course of a mere 24 hours. With the invention comes the collective melancholy of all those who work in construction.

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One day these nanowires will make your whole dashboard touch

One day these nanowires will make your whole dashboard touch

If "wearable" is the big buzzword of CES this year then "flexible" can't be far behind. Cambrios Technologies isn't a company you might associate with it - LG's G Flex and Samsung's transforming curved TV are certainly more eye-catching - but the company's ClearOhm silver nanowires are likely to enable the next generation of flexibly flexible touch panels, including turning your whole car dashboard into one vast finger-responsive surface.

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Pure uses Caskeid technology for wireless music system, intro’s developers kit at CES

Pure uses Caskeid technology for wireless music system, intro’s developers kit at CES

Pure, which has debuted a couple new products here at CES, has detailed the technology it uses to offer its Jongo multi-room music streaming setup, something that works via both Bluetooth and WiFi using what is called Caskeid technology. The idea behind the multi-room setup is that many Jongo speakers can be placed in different rooms around one's home or apartment, and that Internet music services and radio can be played across them all using the Caskeid tech.

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Laptop searches by U.S. border agents ruled legal

Laptop searches by U.S. border agents ruled legal

For most people, one's laptop is a like a trusted friend, packed full of data that one would not give out part and parcel to just anyone, particularly not strangers. Random laptop searches at United States borders have been taking place for years, and have been the subject of much outcry, particularly due to the complete lack of suspicion needed to perform the search. Civil rights attorneys filed a lawsuit against this activity, citing reasons of being unconstitutional, but a New York judge has dismissed their complaint, giving border agents the go-ahead.

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Tagged sharks send auto-tweets when swimming too close to shore

Tagged sharks send auto-tweets when swimming too close to shore

Shark attacks, while not terribly frequent when viewed in light of how many people visit the beach every day, are a valid concern for beach-goers and have been increasing in recent years. To give surfers and others an edge over the ocean-bound creatures, researchers tagged 300 or so sharks with transmitters. Similarly situated are receivers for the transmitters under the water that keep an eye on where the sharks are and send out tweets when they get too close.

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Rolls-Royce predicts drone ships in a decade

Rolls-Royce predicts drone ships in a decade

Rolls-Royce may not have a fleet of autonomous luxury cars on the road yet, but the ship-building engineering group that bears the same name is predicting self-piloting drone ships within the next ten years. Over-cautious regulations and nautical miles of red tape are the key factors holding adoption back, Rolls-Royce marine innovation engineering chief Oskar Levander told the FT [subscription required], concluding that the remaining technological challenges around creating autonomous cargo ships are dwarfed by the problem of getting rule-makers around the globe to agree on new standards for such vessels. However, Levander also predicts that autonomous ships could begin operations sooner, albeit on a smaller scale.

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