Canon decided to update its PIXMA printer line with just four weeks to go before 2012 moves into the rear-view mirror. There are three new printers in all, including two wireless all-in-one models -- PIXMA MG6320 and MG5420 -- and a wireless photo printer -- iP7220 -- along with a new CanoScan 900F Mark II Photo Scanner that's capable of scanning up to 9600x9600 dots per inch (DPI) for film and up to 4800x4800 dpi for all other media.
It feels a bit surreal reporting on Kodak's decision to ditch its dedicated capture devices business, including digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames. In a weird sort of way, it's a bit like the death of Tony the Tiger's real life voice in 2005, only Kodak is still alive, albeit on life support after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a couple of weeks ago.
Late last month, researchers at Columbia University claimed to have discovered a vulnerability in some HP LaserJet printers that, if exploited, could let attackers set printers on fire from afar. HP bristled at the suggestion and went as far as calling it “sensational and inaccurate reporting.” Despite ruling out any remote combustion potential in any of its printers, the company did acknowledge the security vulnerability and offered to issue a remedial firmware update at the earliest. That firmware update is now available. Hit the jump for more.
Not only could a hacker from the opposite side of the globe take control of your printer and issue instructions that could ultimately set the thing on fire, but it's very likely to happen, along with a host of other misdeeds, and it's all thanks to a new class of computer security flaws that has the potential to wreak havoc with businesses, with consumers, and yes, government agencies too.
It's no secret that Hewlett-Packard plans to vindicate its decision to buy Palm by using the concomitant IP, especially webOS, to plot its success in a range of web-connected device segments, including tablets, smartphones and printers. It has now further reinforced its commitment to webOS by suggesting that it no longer has room for other OSes.
According to former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, who currently spearheads HP's gadgets business, the world's leading PC maker has scrapped plans of developing an Android tablet. Also, the company will not let Windows Phone 7 infiltrate its smartphone portfolio, despite the fact that the platform belongs to its key ally Microsoft.
If you’re going to print your photos yourself, you might as well print them really big. After all, you can always show your photos to friends and family on your laptop or mobile phone, but there’s nothing quite like a framed 13x19-inch print to really show off your skills as a photographer.
Canon’s Pixma Pro9000 II is the low-end model in the company’s large-format printer line, but with prices ranging from $370 to $460 online, it’s hardly a frivolous investment. Plus, you need to factor in the cost of ink—$12 per cartridge or $86 for a full eight-pack. The Pro9000 II uses eight different ink colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, green, red, and black, plus photo cyan and photo magenta.
The combination of eight inks and 6,144 nozzles allows for fast printing, even in high-quality mode. In our testing, a 5x7 test print took 34 seconds, an 8x10 took 71 seconds, and an 11x17 on fine-art paper took 4 minutes, 15 seconds. Black-and-white prints, however, took considerably longer; an 11x17 black-and-white print took a little more than 19 minutes.
Perhaps one of the most frustrating points of owning a printer comes down to what is actually getting printed. Driving directions always end up with a few extra pages barely containing even a sentence worth of ink, rendering the single sheet of paper practically useless. Fortunately, The Printliminator helps eradicate these exasperating situations by converting any webpage into an economical, simple to print document.
The Printliminator is a bookmarkable link that makes any webpage to print. Once you click the link, this simple tool shows up in the top right corner in your browser window with options to remove any extraneous elements from the page and irrelevant graphics for economical printing. You can select “Remove all Graphics” to quickly zap out any video previews and high-resolution color images.
G2 Microsystems has pioneered a new technology that will allow devices like headphones, speakers and other WiFi devices to directly communicate with notebooks Intel Centrino 2 chips. The company’s WiFi networking module can be planted inside consumer devices to allow them to connect to Intel My WiFi-enabled computers without the use of access points.
The technology promises to make tasks “such as wireless printing and synchronization between a digital photo frame and your photo archives” less onerous, according to the company’s founder and CEO Geoff Smith.
With the advent of Intel My WiFi Personal Area Networks, made possible by G2 Microsystems, WiFi has sneaked into Bluetooth’s territory.