This is the fifth year Makerbot has been to CES, and the company has moved from a 10-by-10 booth to a jam-packed press conference at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. The company has now sold more than 44,000 units and users have downloaded more than 48 million digital designs from its website, Thingiverse. Today it announced a new model, the Makerbot Replicator Mini, a smaller, cheaper unit that CEO Bre Pettis called the "point-and-shoot" model for the Makerbot family. "It's basically one touch, set up for speed. It's the point and shoot of 3D printers."
Pettis said it will retail for $1,375 and be available in the spring of 2014.
The PlayStation 4 has sold more than 4.2 million units since its launch last November, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House announced at CES today.The cumulative sales figure, as of Dec. 28, puts Sony well on its way to hitting or exceeding its target of 5 million PS4s sold by March 2014, the end of the company's current fiscal year. At launch, Sony announced it had sold more than 1 million PS4 consoles on launch day.
This news comes one day after Microsoft announces 3 million Xbox One's sold.
Jelly, a new question-and-answer platform from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, is coming out of stealth today. The app, available on both iOS and Android worldwide, will go head-to-head with the likes of Quora and go a step further, incorporating features like visual imagery to steer people to getting better answers from within and outside their network.S tone has posted about the new app on the Jelly blog, and also in an email that he has sent out today.
At its CES keynote on Tuesday, Sony announced PlayStation Now, a new game streaming service that will bring older titles from the PS2 and PS3 to the PS4, smartphones, TVs and tablets.Games will be available via rental or subscription. PlayStation Now is based on the Gaikai streaming technology that Sony purchased in 2012.The service is expected to go live in the US this summer, though a closed beta will take place later this month. Sony is demoing PlayStation Now at CES with the popular Last of Us PS3 game streaming to a Bravia TV and the PS Vita.
Apple has announced that customers of its App Store spent more than $1 billion in December alone, and more than $10 billion across the whole of 2013.The company announced the mammoth figures today, noting that it means iOS developers have now earned more than $15 billion through the App Store. These figures were obviously given a bit of a boost approaching Christmas, as in December alone nearly 3 billion apps were downloaded from the App Store.
EE, the first network operator to offer 4G connectivity in the UK, now boasts over 2 million subscribers. The company reached 1 million customers in September last year, hitting its internal target for the end of 2013 with a little under three months to spare.The carrier appears to be gaining momentum, having doubled its subscriber base in just four months. The brand is now in the public consciousness, in part due to the ongoing marketing campaign with actor Kevin Bacon and the flood of EE brick-and-mortar stores that now dominate the high street.
Mophie followed up its Juice Pack line of battery cases today by officially announcing the Mophie Space Pack. The pair of battery packs promise to not only double the battery life of your iPhone 5 or 5S, but also double your device's storage capacity at the same time.
While the company doesn't give hard specifics on battery capacity, the new cases come in 16GB and 32GB varieties, allowing users to store more photos, music, and especially video. The cases also come with the free app Space, which allows the user to organize local files without offloading them to their computer.
The Mophie Space Packs are available for preorder for $149.95 for the 16GB model and $179.95 for the 32GB model. Each will go on sale on March 14th.