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Monday, November 28, 2011

HP Scores Highest in Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics

Hewlett-Packard was the top scorer in Greenpeace’s 2011 Guide to Greener Electronics, scoring 5.9 out of 10, and displacing Nokia, which had scored the highest for the last three years. Overall, Greenpeace, an environmental advocate organization, noted that HP is the “strongest on sustainable operations and energy criteria.” Nokia came in second, followed by Apple.

Now in its 17th edition, the Greenpeace Guide ranks 15 leading mobile phone, TV, and PC manufacturers on their environmental policies and practices for reducing their impact on the climate, producing greener products, and making their operations more environmentally sustainable. Greenpeace ranked the companies in three areas: Energy & Climate, Greener Products, and Sustainable Operations.

In the printer category, Greenpeace noted HP’s recycling of depleted ink cartridges, noting that HP has used more than 20,000 tons of recycled plastic resin in 760 million ink print cartridges from 2005 to 2009. HP’s goal is to use a total of 100 million pounds (45,000 tons) of recycled plastic in printers, including ink cartridges, between 2007 and 2011. Greenpeace’s Report Card on HP’s environmental initiatives and programs can be downloaded here.

HP was followed by Dell, which scored 5.1 out of 10. Samsung came in seventh, scoring 4.1 out of 10, while Panasonic came in ninth, and Sharp came in 11th. The Greenpeace Guide can be accessed here.

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Free iPhone app: Scan Pages

Ricoh Copier Cartridges Ricoh Innovations, Inc. (RII), Ricoh's R&D subsidiary in Silicon Valley, California released a new free iPhone application called Scan Pages. Scan Pages application turns your smartphone into a mobile scanner. It organizes and cleans your mobile images using RII’s advance mobile image processing technology, and allows you to combine scanned pages in a PDF file and store in Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox or share via E-mail.

Since its release in September, 2011, Scan Pages application has gained 110,000+ users with very positive comments, such as “Simply the Best. Just tested paid apps, this one way better by quality and is easy to use”. The application has also ranked in the top 100 business apps lists of over 40 countries in the Apple App Store.

Dr. Berna Erol, the Research Manager of Advanced Personal Technologies group at RII said that “Our previous mobile applications ‘Whiteboard Share’ has exceeded 100,000 users and ‘Image To Text’ has exceeded 150,000 users. We are very happy to create yet another popular mobile imaging application for users.”

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Monday, November 21, 2011

How the Olympics gave birth to the desktop printer

Olympic Circles Japanese OEM Epson created its first portable printer for the 1964 Olympic Games.

With the 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching, millions of fans around the world are looking forward to cheering their athletes on for the gold. It’s probably a safe bet that none of them are thinking about desktop printers.

But as the LA Times sports blog recounts, the Olympics may have had a crucial role in the creation of the desktop printer in Japan over 50 years ago by Seiko Epson.

At the 1964 Tokyo Games Suwa Seikosha Co. was given the prestigious task of becoming official timekeeper for the event, thanks to the reputation of its famous Seiko watches. A subsidiary called Shinshu Seiki Co was charged with handling the games, and debuted both new quartz timing technology and advanced LCD displays at the event.

A more unexpected innovation was the creation of their first portable printer. With some scores recorded electronically, the team realized they needed a way to quickly get them onto paper, leading to the creation of a small electronic printer.

While companies such as Xerox had already debuted printers, Shinshu Seiki’s machine was much smaller and easier to transport. Realizing the potential, they set about manufacturing a compact printer for wider use, resulting in the Ep-101 in 1968.

The EP (Electronic Printer) proved successful, and in 1975 Epson (the “son of EP”) was born, releasing its first dot-matrix printer in 1978.

Today Seiko Epson Corporation has continued in the spirit of its 1964 forbearers, as evidenced by the recent release of its “small-in-one” NX420 inkjet, one of the most compact in the market.

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Lexmark’s new app supports mobile printing

Lexmark Printer Cartridges Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) announced availability for its Lexmark Mobile Printing App for both Android and Apple iOS.

* The Lexmark Mobile Printing App, which is designed for Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets, allows you to print from virtually anywhere directly to the Lexmark Pro715 or Pro915 all-in-one (AIO) inkjets or most Lexmark laser printers introduced since 2005.

* The App makes it easy to “locate” a print device, add it to your list of preferred printers, and send pdf, tiff, or jpeg file formats for quick, on-demand printing.

* Apps for Android and Apple are available for free and easy download from the Android App Store or the iTunes Store.

Tablets, smartphones and cloud-based technology are changing the way small businesses and enterprises manage their day-to-day activities. For those on the go, moving between locations requires a greater need to access and produce documents anytime, anywhere with ease.

In today’s unwired world, mobile technology to quickly complete tasks is a new prerequisite to doing business. The new Lexmark Mobile Printing App, which works on both Lexmark inkjet and laser compatible products, has simplified wireless printing to meet the needs of any size business.

This new mobile print capability for Lexmark’s latest AIO inkjet technology, along with the Lexmark cloud-based Print Release solution announced in October, are among many Lexmark solutions designed to help small and medium businesses and enterprises be more efficient, saving them time and money.

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