This new 3D-printing pen draws with wood, copper, and bronze

This new 3D-printing pen draws with wood, copper, and bronze

on September 1, 2016 12:00 pm …


3Doodler’s 3D-printing pens have always had a lot of potential (who doesn’t want a souped-up glue gun that can draw 3D structures in midair?), but in our hands-on with the pens, their rough build quality means they come across more as toys than serious design tools. The company’s latest model, the 3Doodler Pro, wants to shake up this perception, offering professional users more control, faster-setting plastics, and a whole new range of materials to work with.


Some of the new filaments on offer are pretty wild, too. 3Doodler says the Pro supports materials including wood, copper, bronze, nylon, and polycarbonate. Obviously, this doesn’t mean you’ll be sticking a length of dowel in the back of the Pro to draw tiny pieces of wooden furniture — instead, these new materials blend elements of their namesake into the plastic standard filament.

So, in the case of the wood filament, there are actual bits of wood chips embedded in the plastic. Speaking to The Verge, 3Doodler’s co-founder and COO Daniel Cowen said that this means that not only does the filament smell like wood, it also feels like it. “Because real wood is used the finished items can be sanded or stained,” says Cowen. “Cooper and bronze, as you will feel, also have the weight of real copper and bronze, more strength, and can be polished or sanded for a real metallic glimmer or shine. This cannot be done with plastic alone.” It’s an impressive claim, and one we’ll have to check out for ourselves to get the full measure of.


The iPhone 6 “touch disease” has become a major headache for Apple



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Apple’s reputation for building high-quality, premium products that “just work” seems to be under more pressure than ever this week, after a damning report from a third-party repair firm, confirming a raft of complaints over failing touchscreens for the iPhone 6.

The two-year-old iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

So-called “touch disease” occurs when users notice a flickering grey bar at the top of the screen, and find the touchscreen has become unresponsive.

The post from iFixit quotes a number of repair specialists who’ve encountered the problem, including one who says the issue is so widespread that it’s just a matter of time before nearly all iPhone 6 or 6 Plus models will experience it:

‘“This issue is widespread enough that I feel like almost every iPhone 6/6+ has a touch of it (no pun intended) and are like ticking bombs just waiting to act up,” says Jason Villmer, owner of STS Telecom—a board repair shop in Missouri. He sees phones like this several times a week.’

Apple’s Genius Bar staff at its stores can’t fix the touchscreen issue, so consumers with the fault have little choice but to buy a new or refurbished phone.

FORBES contributor Ewan Spence has pointed to the big problem here for Apple, which is timing. iFixit’s post, which confirms many pages of complaints on Apple Support forums, comes just two weeks before Apple is about to announce its iPhone 7.

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That could leave millions of owners of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus naturally questioning whether they should automatically move on to the next iPhone, or consider making the leap to a high-quality Android device like the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Note 7.

Apple has always prided itself on its reputation for quality on all its products. It’s one of the most reputable companiesin the U.S., which is why consumers are willing to pay a premium on the price tag. But widespread “touch disease” on its biggest-selling product calls that reputation for high quality into question, and it threatens to damage consumers’ trust in Apple generally.

This is all the more significant given that Apple is best known as a developer of excellent hardware. Already in software, Apple has come under criticism for buggy or messy proprietary services like Apple Maps or Apple Music.

Veteran Apple writer Walt Mossberg said in February 2016 that he’d noticed “a gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps,” in the last couple of years.

Ironically enough, touch problems with the two-year old iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may be caused by the controversial “bend gate” issues that beset them soon after launch. iFixit points to a structural design flaw that Apple fixed with the iPhone 6S, by strengthening weak points in the rear case.

For the older phones, as they have flexed over a year or two of use, the Touch IC chips which control the touch screen have lost contact with the phone’s logic board.

Apple had also moved the crucial Touch IC chip off the logic board and onto the display assembly for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which don’t seem to experience the same touchscreen problems.

Any Apple customers looking to upgrade to the iPhone 7 this September are more likely to do so from the two-year old iPhone 6.

That puts pressure on Apple CEO Tim Cook to address the “touch disease” problem. He could just as easily sweep it under the rug at the iPhone 7 launch event next month and focus on Apple’s successes. This one will be hard to ignore, though.

Hacking for the good guys is a lucrative skill to learn [Deals]

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With companies like Instagram paying big bug bounties, it’s a great time to learn ethical hacking.
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Finding faults in a computer system can mean exploiting it — which is what we’ve been conditioned to think of when we hear the term “hacker” — or it can mean you’re trying to find ways of making the system stronger.

That’s what so-called white hat hacking is all about, and it’s a skill that’s becoming increasingly lucrative as more and more businesses are looking to do business over secure networks. This Ethical Hacker and Pentester Pro Bundle is a great way to join the light side of the hacking workforce, and you can get it for whatever you’re willing to pay.

Breaching cybersecurity systems is a serious challenge, but this nearly 150-hour ethical hacking training bundle can help any coder develop a profitable skill set. From common platforms and languages like Linux and Python to principles of system administration and programming, this bundle of nine courses covers a full landscape of subjects that will be useful even if you just want to more thoroughly understand the systems you already work with as a developer and IT pro.

The courses and certifications in ethical hacking cover key tools and techniques for system penetration and testing, and could turn you into the Neo of your company’s network. Or maybe even the next kid to snag a $10,000 bug bounty from Instagram.

Ouch: Some Slack developers have been exposing corporate data

Ouch: Some Slack developers have been exposing corporate data
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Some Slack bot developers have been careless, and now you can find their Slack tokens with a simple GitHub search.
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If you perform a very specific query in the search field of online code repository Github, where many Slack bot projects are stored, you can get info that potentially lets you access a trove of corporate data, including companies’ internal chats and files.
This is because a lot of Slack bot developers — and there are a lot of them, since building a Slack bot is quite easy — included their Slack tokens (personal Slack account credentials) directly in the code, which they share publicly on Github.
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The issue was discovered by security company Detectify, which notified Slack about it on March 26. Detectify  managed to find “thousands” of such tokens with a simple GitHub search. The story was first reported  by … Some Slack developers have been exposing corporate data

Microsoft’s new tool for building line-of-business apps is now in public preview

Microsoft PowerApps allows anybody to build basic business apps without having to touch any code. These apps can run on the web and on mobile (through the PowerApps apps for iOS and Android). Microsoft first announced a private preview of this project last November but starting today, it’s open for anybody who wants to give it a try.

Building apps in PowerApps is mostly a drag-and-drop affair. While the service offers an online dashboard, the design work happens in a Windows 10 desktop app.

Most line-of-business apps rely on being able to connect to a variety data sources. Thankfully, Microsoft makes it easy to connect to both its own tools like Excel, Office 365, SharePoint Online, OneDrive and Dynamics CRM, but also to third-party tools like Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Slack and Twitter. If you rely on a service that isn’t integrated into PowerApps yet, you can also connect your apps to any RESTful API.


To get new users situated, Microsoft offers a number of templates for a couple of standard use cases. For the most part, though, building new apps from scratch is pretty straightforward — though maybe not quite as trivial as Microsoft’s marketing wants to make it look.

download (1)PowerApps also includes some basic integration with Microsoft Flow — an IFTTT-like service for connecting apps that don’t usually talk to each other the company quietly released earlier this week. Thanks to this, you can trigger Flow actions from your PowerApps apps, for example.

Flow, for the most part, gives you a bit more flexibility in how you want to trigger actions than similar tools like IFTTT and Zapier do, but for the time being, it doesn’t offer anywhere near the amount of services you can connect with each other. Unsurprisingly, Flow’s focus is more on business tools like Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Yammer, MailChimp, Slack, GitHub and SalesForce, but it also supports a few standard Facebook and Twitter actions.

Warrant Let L.A. Cops Force Open Apple iPhone With Owner’s Fingerprints

Warrant Let L.A. Cops Force Open Apple iPhone With Owner’s Fingerprints

It’s been a year and a half since an American judge declared it legal to use criminal suspects’ fingerprints to open up smartphones. In a landmark 2014 decision, a Virginia Beach Circuit Court ruled that David Charles Baust, accused of strangling his girlfriend and later found not guilty, could not be forced into handing over the passcode for his iPhone. But he could be compelled to supply his biometric information used to unlock the device.

Since then, however, no evidence has emerged of police trying to open iPhones with users’ prints. Until now. In February, as the FBI tried to force Apple to help it access the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook – a contentious case that came to a close this week with the FBI hacking its own way in – cops down the road acquired a warrant letting them apply a user’s fingerprints to an Apple AAPL -0.15% device of interest. Thatwarrant, uncovered by FORBES and dated 25 February 2016, allowed an LAPD detective to visit the premises of a Paytsar Bkchadzhyan in Glendale, C.A., and take the latter’s fingerprints to open up their iPhone.

Signed off by a judge in the District Court in the Central District of California, the warrant’s killer line, on the final page of the short document, reads: “Law enforcement personnel are authorized to depress the fingerprints and/or thumbprints of the person covered by this warrant onto the Touch ID sensor of the Apple iPhone seized… on 25 February.”


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What’s unclear from the warrant, though court records show it was executed, is what happened once the document was signed off. Cops could have taken fingerprints directly from Bkchadzhyan. Alternatively, ashackers have proven possible in recent years, they could have obtained a fingerprint from an object, such as a glass, and used it to create a fake finger that would unlock the iPhone. The handwritten inventory of property taken in the search is ambiguous: “PAYTSAR BKCHADZHYAN – FINGERPRINT ON IPHONE DEVICE.”