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Nintendo making Skylanders-like NFC figurines for Wii U, 3DS

Similar to the Skylanders and Disney Infinity video games, multiple Nintendo titles will now get their own line of figurines. Also, TuneIn Radio gets a social tune-up and Mink promises printable makeup.

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The 404 1,453 : Where Facebook is future (podcast)

Facebook gets their hands on the Oculus Rift VR headset for 2.3 billion, a lot of people messed up their text donations during last week's #nomakeupselfie campaign, HTC just announced the HTC One M8, and your tattoo artist may some day get replaced with a Makerbot 3D printer.

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Sci-Fi tech now real at CES

We take a look at some of the futuristic TV shows and movies that predicted the tech we saw finally saw with our own eyes at CES 2014.

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MakerBot prints the future at CES 2014

Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, talks to Donald Bell and Bridget Carey about a new line of 3D printers and a new universe of printable objects.

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At CES in Las Vegas, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis shows off the company's new industrial-strength 3D printer, the Z18. The new printer is 12x12x18 inches and designed for the professional 3D printer market, and will be available in the spring of 2014.

MakerBot's newest 3D printer? It's the massive Z18

At CES in Las Vegas, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis shows off the company's new industrial-strength 3D printer, the Z18. The new printer is 12x12x18 inches and designed for the professional 3D printer market, and will be available in the spring of 2014.

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Jim Sanduski, Sharp VP of strategic product marketing, onstage at CES 2014.

Scenes from CES 2014 -- Press Day (pictures)

New and innovative television form factors, all sorts of wearable tech, and a bit of Hollywood drama for some spice played a big role in CES 2014 on Monday.

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LAS VEGAS -- At <a href="http://ces.cnet.com/">CES 2014</a>, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis talks about the history of MakerBot and all of the things that people have built with its 3D printers.

MakerBot flaunts new 3D printers at CES 2014 (pictures)

MakerBot shows off its latest 3D printers, the MakerBot Replicator Mini, Maker Replicator, and MakerBot Replicator Z18.

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Ep. 1307: Where Chromecast doesn't know its own strength

Google's new Chromecast is a big "finally!" moment for anyone looking for an easy, cheap way to move content wirelessly from your computer to your TV, and we have one for show and tell today. Tune in to see why the Chromecast is a game-changer.

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<p>Way back in the Mesozoic era when I was a kid, I would crack wise during old sci-fi movies I watched with my dad, marveling at the "futuristic" technology on display in many of them. He would patiently explain to me that when many of these movies were made, the gadgets really <i>were</i> futuristic. I laughed it off, but as I grew up (or at least as I got older), I watched as things that I thought were futuristic in movies became mundane and even obsolete technology. Even in the otherwise future-tech-laden "Back to the Future Part II," my son asked why they were still using faxes instead of e-mail, and my daughter asked about those mysterious bundles of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaserDisc" >"giant DVDs"</a> seen in an alleyway. Lest anyone think my 6-year-old is a 21st century digital girl, the one tech item she asks me for the most: a rotary telephone. Not even joking.</p>

<p>I went through the tons of products we've reviewed recently at CNET and grabbed a handful that were in the realm of science fiction movies not that long ago, starting with the Leap Motion, which CNET's Scott Stein (the lucky guy) got to get his hands on. Or above. As much as it pained me, that meant excluding things we've had stories about on CNET News, such as <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57592041-76/worlds-first-approved-bionic-eye-to-launch-in-u.s/">bionic eye implants</a>, what is essentially a <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57594279-76/star-trek-tricorder-becomes-the-real-mccoy/">medical tricorder from "Star Trek,"</a> and our <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57593396-1/be-afraid-darpa-unveils-terminator-like-atlas-robot/">possible future robot overlords</a>.</p>

<p><b>Disclosure</b>: "Star Trek," which gets mentioned frequently in this gallery (I'm a longtime "Trek" geek), shares the same parent company with CNET.</p>

From silver screen to store shelves (pictures)

We went through the tons of products we've reviewed recently at CNET and grabbed a handful that were in the realm of science fiction movies not that long ago, starting with the Leap Motion, which CNET's Scott Stein (the lucky guy) got to get his hands on. Or above.

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3D printer made almost entirely out of Legos

An engineering student lacking the funds for a Makerbot creates one himself with the goods he happened to have available: a box of Legos.

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Correction: MakerBot acquisition

This story originally reported that financial terms of the merger between Stratasys and MakerBot were not announced. The companies said it was a stock-for-stock transaction worth about $403 million.

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During his opening keynote speech at South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, Texas, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis debuted his company's new Digitizer printer, which uses a laser scanner to grab a 3D rendering of an object to be replicated and printed.

Stratasys acquires MakerBot in $403 million deal

The acquisition gives Stratasys a leading consumer 3D printing platform, and gives MakerBot the deep pockets it needs to grow and compete.

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