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100+ UPS stores will offer 3D printing: is there one near you?

(Tech News) After a successful pilot, UPS has announced they will be adding professional 3D printers in 100 locations, making the technology accessible overnight.

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You too can use a 3D printer

If you have an urge to go print out a custom mug, golf ball, name plate, keychains or other interesting items, even though you don’t own a 3D printer, there’s probably one in your city, thanks to UPS who says they’re adding 100 more stores to their list of locations offering 3D printing.

The company has been testing 3D printing services at six locations, and after a successful pilot, they seek to serve small business customers, also noting that 3D printing have been used by “startups, inventors, artists and a wide range of professionals” to create prototypes of their designs.

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“We are committed to offering small business owners, entrepreneurs and consumers high-tech solutions in order to assist with all of their business needs,” said Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and sales at The UPS Store.

Home printers vs. professional printers

UPS has teamed up with Stratasys, which is providing the uPrint SE Plus (aka “professional printers”) in stores, which the company says offers a much higher quality product than the 3D printers available for home use.

They claim to be the first retailer to offer 3D printing nationally, but Staples might beg to differ (#semantics).

Where are these 3D printers located?

Fully 24 states now feature these 3D printers, and not just the big ones you’d expect (hello, South Dakota!).

Below is the list of stores currently featuring these new 3D printers and there are more to come, according to UPS – is there one near you?

Alabama

The UPS Store #2389
5184 Caldwell Mill Road, Suite 204
Hoover, AL 35244
Phone: (205) 980-8180

The UPS Store #3465
3066 Zelda Road
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone: (334) 270-8456

Arkansas

The UPS Store #1572
1818 North Taylor Street
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: (501) 666-2338
Email: store0208@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #6271
3511 Southeast J Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: (479) 464-9000
Email: store1572@theupsstore.com

California

The UPS Store #1847
650 Castro Street, Suite 120
Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone: (650) 390-8400
Email: store1847@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #2388
325 Sharon Park Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (650) 233-1953
Email: store2388@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #5567
19069 Van Buren Boulevard, Suite 114
Riverside, CA 92508
Phone: (951) 780-9394
Email: store5567@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #5824
335 East Albertoni Street, Suite 200
Carson, CA 90746
Phone: (310) 217-1214
Email: store5824@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #6286
2335 E Colorado Boulevard, Suite 15
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: (626) 304-0383
Email: store6286@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #6322
9187 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite 115
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 569-6631
Email: store6322@theupsstore.com

District of Columbia

The UPS Store #2092
611 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 543-0850
Email: store2092@theupsstore.com

Florida

The UPS Store #1858
4798 S Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33813
Phone: (863) 647-1108
Email: store1858@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #2554
12472 Lake Underhill Road
Orlando, FL 32828
Phone: (407) 658-0101
Email: store2554@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #3751
301 W Platt Street
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 251-9593
Email: store3751@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #4969
174 Watercolor Way, Suite 103
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 231-3505
Email: store4969@theupsstore.com

Georgia

The UPS Store #3226
3522 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
Phone: (770) 234-0444
Email: store3226@theupsstore.com

Hawaii

The UPS Store #2164
4348 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 733-0800
Email: store2164@theupsstore.com

Idaho

The UPS Store #2218
1775 W State Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 384-8500
Email: store2218@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #3386
148 Blue Lakes Boulevard N
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Phone: (208) 736-3800
Email: store3386@theupsstore.com

Illinois

The UPS Store #4569
4044 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (773) 871-1400
Email: store4569@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #5261
1042 Maple Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 493-0765
Email: store5261@theupsstore.com

Indiana

The UPS Store #5811
1075 Broad Ripple Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Phone: (317) 466-9616
Email: store5811@theupsstore.com

Kansas

The UPS Store #5941
4000 W 6th Street, Suite B
Lawrence, KS 66049
Phone: (785) 856-0707
Email: store5941@theupsstore.com

Kentucky

The UPS Store #0830
743 E Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 584-2802
Email: store0830@theupsstore.com

Louisiana

The UPS Store #5036
9618 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 293-4080
Email: store5036@theupsstore.com

Minnesota

The UPS Store #5396
40 S 7th Street, Suite 212
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 332-4117
Email: store5396@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #6160
2038 Ford Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Phone: (651) 698-1685
Email: store6160@theupsstore.com

New York

The UPS Store #4541
230 Kings Mall Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 336-4877
Email: store4541@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #4766
82 Nassau Street
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 406-9010
Email: store4766@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #5706
28-24 Steinway Street
Astoria, NY 11103
Phone: (718) 204-7770
Email: store5706@theupsstore.com

North Carolina

The UPS Store #3468
401 Hawthorne Lane, Suite 110
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: (704) 370-6030
Email: store3468@theupsstore.com

North Dakota

The UPS Store #5998
4302 13th Avenue S
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone: (701) 356-8803
Email: store5998@theupsstore.com

Oklahoma

The UPS Store #3309
10026-A S Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74133
Phone: (918) 249-8773
Email: store3309@theupsstore.com

Oregon

The UPS Store #0798
13500 SW Pacific Highway, Suite 58
Tigard, OR 97223
Phone: (503) 624-7148
Email: store0798@theupsstore.com

Pennsylvania

The UPS Store #2756
3440 Lehigh Street
Allentown, PA 18103
Phone: (610) 966-4255
Email: store2756@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #5642
19 Colonnade Way, Suite 117
State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 238-8001
Email: store5642@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #5971
3945 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 621-6261
Email: store5971@theupsstore.com

South Dakota

The UPS Store #2494
2522 W 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: (605) 338-8814
Email: store2494@theupsstore.com

Tennessee

The UPS Store #3395
9245 Poplar Avenue, Suite 5
Germantown, TN 38138
Phone: (901) 624-9701
Email: store3395@theupsstore.com

Texas

The UPS Store #0393
12407 Mopac Expressway N, Suite 250
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 834-2633
Email: store0393@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #5218
17503 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 104
San Antonio, TX 78257
Phone: (210) 694-6550
Email: store5218@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #6058
11625 Custer Road, Suite 110
Frisco, TX 75035
Phone: (972) 540-5130
Email: store6058@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #6498
24230 Kuykendahl Road, Suite 310
The Woodlands, TX 77375
Phone: (832) 698-4475
Email: store6498@theupsstore.com

Washington

The UPS Store #1277
10002 Aurora Avenue N, Suite 36
Seattle, WA 98133
Phone: (206) 527-5065
Email: store1277@theupsstore.com

The UPS Store #2355
914 164th Street SE, Suite B12
Mill Creek, WA 98012
Phone: (425) 787-5100
Email: store2355@theupsstore.com

UPS will be updating their location list on their website; check back soon.

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Nate app: $38M Series A fintech startup you should keep an eye on

(TECHNOLOGY) The nate app combines the best of social media and shopping into one platform, streamlining the check-out process for hassle-free purchases.

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No one likes to hop around from store to store searching aimlessly in aisles for all of their necessary items. That’s why the big guys win, like Walmart, Amazon, and Target – they have all you need in one swoop! Users choosing to shop online feel the same way. Having to reenter payment, billing, and shipping information over and over again becomes a pain – or worse, a deterrent to purchase, resulting in cart abandonment- that’s where the nate app comes in.

Nate combines the best of social media and shopping into one platform.

The well-funded, series A startup utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to complete purchases seamlessly without all of the fluff a user discovers when checking out at various online retailers. Once a user inputs shipping and payment information into the app during sign-up, nate keeps the data on file for subsequent purchases, virtually eliminating the time-consuming check out process. If a user sees a product they like from an online merchant, they simply have to “share” the item to the nate app, and it will take care of the rest.

Unicorner’s startup analysis states, “In essence, nate is bringing the benefits of shopping on a centralized platform like Amazon to a decentralized shopping ecosystem.”

Brown leather wallet with tip of credit card sticking out next to a iPhone showing a shoe purchase on the Nate App.

With a nod to Pinterest and LikeToKnowIt, the platform allows for users to create visual product lists on a personal account that can be shared with followers. If a follower likes an item they see, they can purchase the item in-app in just a click or two.

In contrast to the big wigs of the social media world, the nate app hopes that users will purchase based on true inspiration and not a targeted algorithm suggesting what they should buy. Instead, the app runs its business model on a $1 fee for each transaction which covers the ability to issue virtual cards, protect online privacy, and apply available discounts.

The nate app simplifies gift giving as well. Users are able to select a gift item and enter the recipients phone number – if the recipient is a nate app user, it can be shipped directly – otherwise, they will receive a text asking them where to send their new gift! This makes it a perfect choice for the upcoming holidays (yes, 2021 is almost over…whew).

To stay up to date on everything nate, download it now on the App Store.

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Facebook deletes developer over ironic browser extension invention

(TECHNOLOGY) Think a muted week for a nipple shadow is bad? Facebook just permabanned this inventor for…helping others to use the platform less.

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It must be true that corporations are people because Facebook is pulling some seriously petulant moves.

In a stunt that goes beyond 24hr bans for harmless hyperbole, and chopping away at organic reach (still bitter from my stint in social media management), Facebook straight up permanently banned one of their users for the high crime of…aiming to get people to use the platform a little less.

Developer Louis Barclay came up with Unfollow Everything, an extension that basically instantly deleted your feed without having you unfriend anyone or unlike anything. Rather than have users manually go through and opt out of seeing posts, they’d now opt IN to keeping who they wanted front and center.

In his own words on Slate: “I still remember the feeling of unfollowing everything for the first time. It was near-miraculous. I had lost nothing, since I could still see my favorite friends and groups by going to them directly. But I had gained a staggering amount of control. I was no longer tempted to scroll down an infinite feed of content. The time I spent on Facebook decreased dramatically. Overnight, my Facebook addiction became manageable.”

Since more time spent on Facebook means more ads that you’re exposed to, means more you spend, the add-on started slowly making headway. I myself pretend to be a ranch owner to keep ads as irrelevant to me as possible (though my new addiction to hoof trimming videos is all too real), and Unfollow Everything probably would have been a great find for me if it hadn’t been killed by a cease and desist.

Law firm Perkins Coie, representing the internet giant, let Barclay know in their notice that Unfollow Everything violated the site’s rules on automated collection of user content, and was muscling in on Facebook trademarked IP.

They also added, in what I can only assume was a grade-school narc voice, that the add-on was “encouraging others to break Facebook’s rules.”

Barclay, not having the resources to fight a company with the finances of a small country, promptly ceased and desisted. Practical.

Officially speaking, Facebook might have actually have some ground to stand on vis-à-vis its Terms Of Service. The letter and legal team may have been warranted, not that we’ll ever truly know, since who’s taking Facebook to court? But then they followed up with a ‘neener neener’ deletion of Barclay’s 15 year old account – which was still very much in use.

Look, Facebook is the only way I connect with some of my friends. I don’t take enough pictures to make full use of Instagram, I fully hate Twitter, my Tumblr is inundated with R-rated fanfiction, and any other social media platform I’m happy to admit I’m too haggish and calcified to learn to use. So a complete WIPE of everything there with no notice would be pretty devastating to me. I can only imagine how Barclay felt.

And in light of the fact that the browser extension wasn’t hurting anyone, taking money, or spewing hateful rhetoric, there’s really only one thing to say about Facebook’s actions…they’re petty.

Sure, they may have the legal right to do what they did. It’s just that when you notice every fifth post is an unvetted advertisement, their high ground starts to sink a little. I mean nothing says ‘We’re being totally responsible with user information’ like the number of add ons and user tactics popping up to avoid seeing the unnecessary. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Facebook put up a fight against losing ad traffic.

We all know all those stores with amazing deals aren’t actually going out of business, or even using their own photos right? Right?

Barclay added in his article, “Facebook’s behavior isn’t just anti-competitive; it’s anti-consumer. We are being locked into platforms by virtue of their undeniable usefulness, and then prevented from making legitimate choices over how we use them—not just through the squashing of tools like Unfollow Everything, but through the highly manipulative designs and features platforms adopt in the first place. The loser here is the user, and the cost is counted in billions of wasted hours spent on Facebook.”

Agreed, Mr. Barclay.

Now I’m off to refresh my feed. Again.

 

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Glowbom: Create a website, using just your voice

(TECH NEWS) Talk about futuristic! This app allows you to create quizzes, surveys, an online store, and even a website in minutes–without typing.

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In the past, we’ve discussed things like simplified coding and no-code app creation. Now, a San Francisco startup has taken the process a step further with no-type app creation.

Glowbom is a voice app that allows you to dictate steps to an AI – from adding information all the way to exporting code–in order to create a simple app, survey, or game. While the built-in options for now are limited to four simple categories, the power of the app itself is impressive: By asking the Glowbom AI to complete tasks, one is able to dictate an entire (if small) program.

It’s an impressive idea, and an even more impressive product. Glowbom founder and CEO Jacob Ilin showcases the power of Glowbom in a short demonstration video, and while he only uses it to create a simple survey, the entire process–up to and including the exportation of the API–is accomplished via voice commands.

Furthermore, Glowbom appears to process natural inputs–such as phrases like “Let’s get started”–in the context of an actual command rather than the colloquial disconnect one tends to expect in AI. This means that users won’t need to read a 700-page manual on phrases and buzzwords to use before jumping on board–something the Glowbom user base was probably hoping to avoid anyway.

As of now, the options one can use Glowbom to create include a quiz, a survey, an online store, and a website. It seems reasonable to expect that, as support for the app grows, those categories will expand to comprise a larger library.

Glowbom certainly opens a few doors for people looking to take their businesses or ideas from an offline medium into the digital marketplace. As coding becomes less centralized in computer language and more contingent on processes such as this, we can expect to see more products from folks who may have missed the coding boat.

Perhaps more importantly, Glowbom and products like it make coding more accessible to a wider base of disabled users, thus taking a notable step toward evening the playing field for a marginalized demographic. It’s not true equality, but it’s a start.

This story was first published here in October 2020.

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