Chromebooks didn’t exactly take the world by storm when they first hit the market. Far from being an instant hit, they were widely panned for their limited functionality. They have clearly come a long way since then, though. The over 2 million Chromebooks that were shipped in 2013 are a testament to how much Chrome OS has matured since its early days, when it was probably nothing more than an overhyped browser. Now, the cloud-based OS is all set to tick another key box: document scanning support.
As antivirus programs and end users alike become more adept at identifying badware, malware authors are getting even sneakier in their quest to infect your computer. Social engineering is the name of the game now – just ask the NBC News exec who clicked on an infected Christmas tree attachment from an unknown sender. A new report says that scammers have begun using a novel trick to get users to open malicious files; they send emails that claim to be from the office’s printer/scanner, which is actually pretty friggin’ clever.
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.
So little desk space, so many peripheral devices. All the extra hardware that comes with a PC – think printers, routers and racing wheels – can threaten to overwhelm and consume even the largest of executive-sized desks. But, hey, things are slowly getting better; the fax machine went the way of the dodo (at least in home offices) with the rise of scanners, and now, you might be able to toss the scanner in the trash too, thanks to LG’s new LSM-100 mouse scanner.
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?
If you got a jones-ing for portable scanning, Fujitsu has got just the thing: the ScanSnap S1300 Mobile Scanner. This compact and lightweight device has a long list of features and, best of all, is designed to be used on-the-go.
The S1300 checks in at 3.1 pounds, and is 11.2 inches across. It offers duplex scanning, up to eight pages per minute at 300dpi for color and 600dpi for grayscale. It can work with documents as small as business cards and as long as 34-inches. The sheet feeder will accommodate up to ten pages, with double-sided pages automatically handled.
The S1300’s software, which is both Mac and PC ready, allows output to searchable PDFs, Word and Excel documents, and content management software, such as Entourage or ACT! You can also dump output straight to email.
It can be a real pain in the butt to go from browsing a Web page on your desktop or laptop to pulling up said page on your mobile phone. The process usually involves texting or emailing the URL to yourself or, if you're a real masochist, manually typing in the URL using your phone's built-in keyboard (or worse yet, T9-based keypad). Even converting the URL to a bit.ly or a goo.gl link still requires you to actually spend time fidgeting with your phone to get to the page. No matter what, this process just isn't very fun.
Not very fun, that is, until I stumbled across the Mobile Barcoder add-on for Firefox. With but the quick hit of a button, you can convert any Web page you're looking at into one of those neat cube QR codes. Depending on your phone, you can then use a built-in or downloaded application to scan said QR code directly from your monitor. Without a single press of a letter or number button, you'll have the page you were just looking at right in your phone's mobile browser.
Neat, eh? Click the jump to find out where to get this awesome add-on!
While the concept of a scanner being reworked into a camera isn’t entirely new, someone creating one that can take photos at 130-megapixels is.
A yet unnamed Japanese man with some tech know-how was able to create this beastly camera by fusing a 1200 dpi Epson GT-S620 scanner and old Cannon FD 50mm lens together. He says that he chose this scanner because it has a CCD sensor, uses a camera-like lens and has LED lighting.
If you want to see photos taken by the camera, you can check out his Flickr stream here.
It’s estimated that two percent of the population suffers from OCD;
IntelliScanner’s business model seems predicated on being able to
capture but a small fraction of this fraction of the populace, for only
the most compulsive of collectors—like me—will find a use for this
product. However, if you are an obsessive collector of media—and you
have a reasonable amount of disposable income—the IntelliScanner Mini
might very well become a lifelong companion.