MakerBot announced their brand new personal 3D printer, the Replicator, at CES yesterday and we just had a chance to see it up close and in person. What do we think? Well, let’s just say that we want one of them, and fast. For starters, the unit comes preassembled from MakerBot, but it also features a larger printing footprint so you can print even bigger designs. There’s also the option of using two different colors of plastic to print two-color objects — you can also choose from either ABS plastic or a more eco-friendly variant. While the printing footprint is larger, the unit itself isn’t that big, and it’s reasonably quiet. In fact, it seems more quiet than the previous models MakerBot offered. It starts at $1,749.99 and goes up to $1,999.99 if you’d like the dual extrusion option. Check out our gallery to see the unit for yourself.
Apple’s latest iOS update finally adds AirPrint to iOS devices, bringing wireless printing capabilities to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in order to use AirPrint, you need a compatible printer. Since very few printers are compatible at this point in time, odds are pretty good that yours isn’t one of them. Don’t worry, though — that’s where hobbyist hackers come in.
If you own a Mac [update for Windows PCs added below] and a printer, you can use AirPrint. In fact, your printer doesn’t even have to be wireless. A simple new hack using an OS X app dubbed AirPrint Hacktivator will enable printing via AirPrint for nearly anyone in a matter of minutes. Hit the jump for a guide that will get you up and running in no time. More →
As the holidays continue to creep closer, time is running out as far as rounding up gifts for friends and family is concerned. Every year you tell yourself that you’re going to take care of things with plenty of time to spare next time around, but for some reason things never go as planned and frantic last-minute shopping is inevitable. There are plenty of tech-related gift guides to be found around the interwebz but here at BGR, we’re going to do our best to pepper in a handful of solid recommendations over the coming weeks and as time permits we’ll even throw in a hands on review here and there.
To kick things off, we wanted to cover an essential piece of gear that is often overlooked come holiday-time: Printers. As digital as we are these days, the printer is still a key component to any computer setup. Even where home offices are concerned, many people use a free printer that accompanied some computer purchase several years back and for some that might be fine. As often as many people use their printers however, most don’t realize that a good quality printer can make a massive difference and these days it doesn’t even have to cost you an arm and a leg. The best options are definitely printers that offer a combination of versatility, print quality and all-in-one functionality, and your buddies at BGR have a gem picked out for you.