Printers & Scanners News - Page 3
I know, this may seem a bit mundane to most, but it really is the epitome of proliferation of wireless technology. HP has released a new All-In-One printer that is just a bit more all-in-one. By that, I mean that the new HP Hotspot LaserJet Pro M1218nfs MFP--really long name, I know--will scan, print, copy, AND serve as a hotspot, allowing up to 8 people to get wireless internet.
For now, the printer is only available in India, where it might be a bit more needed due to economic conditions. However, this is something that could easily, and probably will at some point, come to the United States and Europe. "The HP Hotspot is a new All-in-One+1 printer that completely redefines the role a multifunction printer can play in a SOHO or small business environment," Nitin Hiranandani, director of printing for HP India, said in a statement.
The printer will set you back 18,306 rupees, which is equivalent to $334. Is this a feature that you would use? Would you like to see a printer like this in the US? Let us know!
For those people who can't afford a 3D printer but still want to get something printed out in 3D, Staples will be bringing 3D printers to stores in a couple of European countries in Q1 2013. The new service, called Staples Easy 3D, will be available to Staples customers in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Customers will be able to print out full-color 3D objects from their own files and have them shipped to their door or pick them up in store. Staples will be utilizing the Mcor IRIS 3D printer, which is capable of printing objects roughly 6 inches high, 9 inches wide, and 6.5 inches deep.
The exact details of file requirements and the rest are unknown, but the service will be heading to other countries after the initial stores are up and running. This means it could possibly be coming to the United States. Pricing is unknown, though the Mcor IRIS 3D reportedly has the lowest operating cost of any commercial printer, so they will hopefully be somewhat low.
Is this a service that you would take advantage of? Maybe print a custom computer part or trophy? Let us know!
Samsung has broken rule number 1 of computer security by leaving an admin backdoor hard coded into the firmware of its printers. More importantly, the backdoor is left open even when the protocol it runs on is disabled. Even worse is the fact Samsung has left it wide open and it requires zero authentication.
The admin backdoor could allow anyone who knows about it access to data on the printer, which means that those sensitive business documents could easily be obtained by nefarious people. It's also thought that the printer could be used for further attacks on an otherwise secure corporate network. Oops.
The backdoor was discovered by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). The backdoor is also present in some Dell printers, the ones that happen to be manufactured by Samsung. Printers released after October 31, 2012 do not have the backdoor present and a patch will be released "shortly" for the affected models.
It was only last week that we reported that Apple's new iPhone 5 "Lightning" connector would be hard to clone because of its authenticator chip, but, those days are now over. Chinese hackers have reportedly been able to clone Apple's Lightning authenticator chip.
These new third-party Lightning cables can do everything an official Lightning cable can do, and more. The cloned product can charge and sync an iPhone 5 and just for kicks, it glows. This should provide us with a future of cheap third-party Lightning cables and accessories, but at what cost to Apple? This is breaking Apple's IP, so I suspect there's going to be a lawsuit filed, if there hasn't been one already.
We should expect Apple to make an announcement, or lawsuit with their Made For iPhone (MFi) program - asking them to comply, or feel the wrath of their iLawyers, soon.
Earlier on today we visited the VIA Technologies headquarters here in Taipei where we got our first up, close and personal look at 3D printing.
VIA had a demo of its 3D printing station earlier this month at Computex, but we didn't have enough time at this stage to stick around and see a full print. We were invited back to the VIA offices today where we got our first look at 3D printing. Although not a new technology, guys were first messing around with 3D printing back in the 1980's, it's our first time to see it in person, and for me personally, I'm impressed.
VIA hooked up one of their VE-900 Mini-ITX motherboards to a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer along with a customised VIA user interface all displayed on a touch-screen panel. We are told the VIA user interface here is much more advanced than the standard 3D printing interfaces and it provides advanced ability such as providing Dropbox connectivity and more. It's a nice interface to use too with clear menus and information provided on screen such as the device temperatures and so forth...
I'm a bit of a fan of the maker community and I have a real interest in 3D printing and prototyping. I've been chasing a 3D printer for a while now, but the cost has always kept me from buying or building one. A former MakerBot exec has now created a 3D printer that is ready to print and it costs less than $500!
Solidoodle is the company that produces this latest printer. It is led by Samuel Cervantes, who is MakerBot's former COO. The new printer can print objects up to 6"x6"x6" and is strong enough that "a 200-pound man can literally stand on top of the machine while it's printing." Not quite sure why you need that, but there it is.
The video above gives a quick explanation of how the printer works and shows some examples. Some of the stuff, such as Yoda, is really cool! It's incredible what you can now make in your house. A quick design on the computer and it can be printed in almost zero time. This is perfect for case modders like myself.
The new printer is called the Epson Stylus Pro R3000 and Epson claims that the printer is the most advanced 13-inch printer ever. The printer uses nine different ink cartridges and each of those cartridges has 25.9ml of ink inside. The print head uses MicroPiezo AMC Print Head technology with 8-channels for precision and grain free prints.
The inks inside the nine cartridges are UltraChrome K3 with vivid Magenta ink tech. I can only assume that the ink for this printer will cost you as much as a nice normal printer when the cartridges need replaced. The printer itself is very expensive as well at an MSRP of $849. It is set to ship in March.
The S1100 is the smallest ScanSnap in the world measuring in at 10.74" x 1.87" x 1.33" and weighing 12.3 ounces. It is fast despite the small size and can scan a full size sheet of paper in only 7.5 seconds. It can also scan documents directly to cloud storage like Evernote and Google Docs.
Continuous document feeding makes it fast and easy to scan multiple-page documents into a single PDF for easy archiving and other uses. The scanner also supports plastic cards, thick paper stock and other material that would jam a normal scanner. Another cool feature is that the user can mark a page with highlighter or pen and the scanner will use the marks as keywords to enable searching. The S110 is available now for $199.
All of the 12 models are from HP, seven of which are compatible out of the box, those seven are:
The printer is made to look as good as it performs. It looks more like a media server or set top box than a printer with no exposed paper or output trays. Those trays slide out like a CD ROM tray does on a computer to keep things looking neat. The printer runs the Android operating system and has a 3.45-inch touchscreen on the front. The printer uses two ink cartridges with one black and one for color printing.