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CES 2014: What you missed on day 2

With smartphone cases that can stun you, 3D printers for the consumer market and Hollywood director meltdowns, you'd be forgiven for being so caught in the endless stream of CES news that some of the biggest stories float right by you.

Thankfully ITProPortal has been steadfastly covering the deluge, and day two of the Vegas show was packed with stories that will reverberate across the Internet in the days to come. Here are our highlights.

If you've been itching to update your clunky old office printers with something more high tech, 3D systems were on hand to bring 3D printing to the "prosumer" market. CubePro is a 3D printer that can print at high resolution in up to three colours with multi-materials and at large-capacity.

With a gargantuan 10.8in x 10.45in x 9.5in build area, CubePro starts you off with 25 free designs to begin your 3D printing journey. A price tag of around £3,000, however, may force this purchase to wait until the post-Christmas wallet is able to refill itself.

Meanwhile, one of the biggest conferences of the day was held by T-Mobile, where CEO John Legere announced that the carrier will pay the early termination fees customers are handed when they decide to leave their current contract for a T-Mobile one.

It's a move designed to tempt customers away from rivals and over to the pink side, especially in the US where the mobile network has long been resigned as the underdog.

One of the day's more unusual stories came in the form of a stun gun smartphone case. A Baton Rouge-based startup specialising in personal protection took the opportunity of CES to launch a 600,000-volt stun gun case for the iPhone 5 and 5S.

Elsewhere, another startup we caught surfing the tidlewave of media attention at CES told us about the importance of using crowdfunding to kick start your business.

We weren't sure if it was just us who thought MiiPC would be a good idea," MiiPC's chief product officer Richard Sah told us, "so we wanted to use Kickstarter to validate the product - and we got funded within 24 hours, so that was very encouraging."

"But what's more important is creating the community of users that can give you that feedback and suggest features and changes."

Sah repeatedly highlighted the value of startups building a user community and said Kickstarter had exposed MiiPC to new people right across the world who were keen to bring fresh ideas to the table.