Canon on Tuesday added a couple of new members to its Pixma printer family, namely the MG3520 Wireless Photo and the MG2420 All-in-One (AIO). Both are billed as being "easy-to-use models" and targeted at users in need of "superb quality and functionality at an affordable price." While we can't speak of the quality without having any samples on hand to play with, we do like that they're both priced less than a C-note.
During my many years of covering technology I’ve seen all sorts of horror stories when it comes to the fallout of malware, but this one left me scratching my head. Malware authors usually set out with the goal of stealing private information, enslaving your machine, or perhaps forcing you to click popups, but printing hundreds of pages of junk? “Trojan.Millicenso” as it is known among security researchers has hit thousands of office printers around the world, and has destroyed countless reams of paper.
Hewlett-Packard today announced that it's shaking things up in a big way. As part of what the company calls an "organizational realignment," HP has decided to combine its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) and its Personal Systems Group, or printer and PC businesses, into a single entity. At the same time, executive vice president of IPG, Vyomesh Joshi, is calling it quits after serving 31 years with the company.
Think that HP’s going to throw in the towel now that they’ve blown up the PC world and announced plans to spin-off or sell their personal computer group? Think again. The company just pulled the curtain off of its new HP TopShot Laserjet Pro M275 – a scanner that can scan 3D images rather than just plain-jane 2D papers. It’s not anywhere near as cool as those 3D printers you’ve seen on YouTube, but still kind of nifty.
Printer and digital camera maker Canon today posted consolidated results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2011, and blamed the March 11 earthquake and tsunami for its drop in profits. Net profits sank nearly 20 percent year-over-year, while operating profit for the quarter dropped 31 percent from one year ago. Canon reported numbers down almost across the board, including 14 percent less revenue than the same quarter in 2010.
Hewlett Packard this week unveiled its "most compact color multifunction printer" yet, the 'HP LaserJet Pro 100 color MFP M175nw.' It's the smallest laser printer in HP's stable and is aimed at small to midsize businesses (SMBs), the company said in a statement. One of the printer's nifty tricks is the ability to print emails, photos, and other documents from a smartphone, notebook, or other mobile device using HP's ePrint feature.
How exactly do you justify a million dollar 3D printer? We're not sure, but we'll gladly gawk at what others have created, including a golf ball made from pure titanium powder. And if you don't have $1 million to spare, don't worry, i.materialise will do the dirty work for you.
"We're overjoyed that we're the world's first 3D printing service to let consumers order titanium 3D prints," the company said. "Titanium 3D printing opens up an entirely new world of advanced engineering, manufacturing, and jewelry applications for creative people worldwide. Titanium's high heat resistance, high accuracy, and unparalleled strength lets designers now make things that before now could only be made by the research and development departments of only the largest corporations in the world."
Of course, outsourcing your 3D titanium projects will cost a pretty penny, too. A standard 2cm x 2cm x 4cm print with a volume of 1 cubic centimeter runs $124, and a part with the same bounding box and 4 cubic centimeters of volume will cost $192, i.materialise says.
Designer Byeong Min Choe's latest concept hits you square in the face the way only epiphanies can. Why not skip the middle man -- in this case, Photoshop or whatever photo manipulation program you use, and even a dedicated printer for that matter -- and jettison those Print Screen captures from your monitor to paper in one simple keystroke?
Meet the "Document Extractor," a combination monitor, printer, and scanner all rolled into one. Sure, we can think of a handful of reasons why this has never been done before (it would cost too much, if one function breaks you have to replace the entire unit, etc), but reservations aside, we have to admit this is a seriously cool concept.
In Choe's mind, the monitor would support multi-touch capabilities so you could manipulate screen captures and crop/resize as necessary before printing them out. When you're ready, the screen grab comes out of the bottom of the panel, and there's a paper tray in the back. And of course you could use this for printing more than just screen grabs.
So what's the verdict? Cool concept or useless gadget?
Won't somebody think of the children? Or the editors?
It seems that mass hysteria is breaking out across the Internet--or Slashdot, the only Internet a geek needs to know--about a new proposed treatment by HP and Yahoo in regards to that whirring hunk of metal and plastic in the corner of your room. I'm not talking about WALL-E, nor Jeffrey, but your printer. You know, that crude device that that basically transforms your hard-earned money into a few pages of text and color?
There are few more toxic battlegrounds than the ol' home printer, the site of a thousand separate arguments over the role a manufacturer can play in shaping your fate with a product post-purchase. It cuts to the very heart of what's an "open" environment-perhaps not in direct function or in one's ability to install Linux on a device, but rather, the concept that what you purchase should be yours to alter and modify as you see fit sans infringement or prevention by others.
According to the Internet hysteria, HP is ready to invade that sense of ownership with unwanted, location-based advertising to accompany your print jobs. But that simple generalization is, thankfully, completely blown out of proportion.
With smart phones and other internet-enabled devices growing in popularity, an increasing number of applications that have hitherto remained exclusive to the PC are going mobile. Printing will soon break the shackles and cease to rely on any particular device. Internet Week's inaugural day in New York saw Hewlett-Packard unveil its all new ePrint service that will let users print from any device capable of sending e-mails.
Each ePrint-enabled printer will ship with a unique e-mail address so that all print tasks can be simply emailed to the printer from any internet-enabled device. ePrint printers, if you haven't already guessed it, will be tapping into the cloud. There is no need to worry about drivers and formatting as the HP ePrint Web service will be taking care of all such issues.
HP's ePrintCenter will function as the online command center, where the user will be able to manage printers and print tasks. Print tasks can even lie dormant in the cloud, only to be executed at a scheduled time. This feature, according to HP, can transform the printer into a content delivery system: “Users simply register for the news or content feeds of their choice through the HP ePrintCenter and schedule the day, time and frequency of delivery so items will be printed and waiting when they want them.”