If you were asked to think up locations that could lend themselves to becoming 3D-printing hubs, a trendy unit in Shoreditch or the shop floor of a technology giant might spring to mind.
But perhaps surprisingly, 500-year-old Royal Mail is getting in on the action and is looking to get the kit into Post Offices. As part of a pilot with iMakr, 3D-printing services will be available at a central London delivery office, where customers will be able to print from a library of products or straight from their own designs.
We hope the pensioners and stamp collectors don't mind the extra company in the queue.
It's been a bonzer week for those of us who love the intersection of high culture where concept art meets business telephony solutions.
Reseller NG Bailey IT Services recently revealed it had finished work on its "most unusual" ever project (pictured), which involved installing a fully operational call centre as the foundation of a live interactive art exhibit.
The VAR's head of new business, Scott Baker, called the installation "mind-bendingly wonderful", shortly before quitting his job, donning a pork pie hat and taking his bongos to the Urban Poetry Jam. Probably.
Google Apps partners
It's not often CRN is scooped on a channel-specific news story by the Wall Street Journal, but hats off to the US rag for revealing that Google is hoisting the commission it pays top partners from 20 to 30 per cent.
Although we were unable to verify that figure, Google confirmed a new partner programme will launch in January.
Looks like the search giant has finally realised that the best way to a partner's heart is through their wallet.
Technology companies have seemingly been giving the public markets a resounding thumbs-down in recent weeks.
First came an interview with Michael Dell, in which he predicted that a raft of other big-name tech vendors would follow his firm into private ownership. The eponymous tech chief claimed that leaders at 10 other listed companies have been in touch with him to pick his brains about the possibility of going private. One publicly quoted player that is being delisted is Daisy.
The telecoms firm's £494m MBO was declared unconditional last week, and it could be taken off the London Stock Exchange as soon as next month.
The UK and IoT
Poor old George Osborne. It never rains but it pours. Despite his svelte appearance and "trendy" haircut, and him delivering what he thought was a positive Autumn Statement recently, some people will always focus on the negative.
According to industry body TechUK, the UK is slipping further away from the opportunity to become an Internet of Things powerhouse and is instead losing ground to China and India.
But unfortunately for George, there were no helpful hints as to what he should be doing to rectify this problem, so it looks like we could slip even further down the list by the time he has figured out what (if anything) to do about it.
Drones are getting a bad name for themselves barely before they have got off the ground. Some numbskull thought it would be a great idea to fly a quadcopter near Heathrow airport, resulting in a near miss with a commercial airliner that could have had disastrous consequences. In the US there have been more than 175 incidents reported at airports in the past six months.
And with kids all over the country demanding one of these from mummy and daddy this Christmas, parents are being warned to keep an eye on their little darlings when flying these things, or it could take more than a couple of weeks' withheld pocket money to put things right.
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