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Monday, August 26, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Recyclable Printers by Samsung

Samsung just introduced 3 conceptual model printers -- Origami, Clip and Mate. They are made from recyclable materials which helps reducing plastic material usage, protecting the environment and reducing the package box materials which are being thrown away after opening the package. Printers' manufacturing process is simplified to reduce the printers' costs.

The 3 printer models received gold medals at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) exhibition this year.

Samsung Origami is a recyclable personal mono printer, designed for eco-conscious. Its exterior is made of 100% recyclable paper while still ensuring the high level of durability. The model name was inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding which turns a cardboard box into the printer's body. In addition, at the end of the printer's life, its material can by recycled to produce more paper for printing. This eco-friendly circulation is Origami's key concept. However, Samsung state the Origami's batch production is highly unlikely.

Samsung Clip's body resembles the Origami body but it was made of compressed polyethylene plastic. The printer assembling process is very simple with no need of any technical knowledge or assembling tools. One can simply fold and snap the shell together. The Clip' batch production more is likely after clearing some technical problems.

Samsung Mate allows users to easily personalize the printer based on their desired color combination and mood. The exterior printer housing is composed off different-sized modular panels available in a variety of colors. The modular panels are assembled and integrated with the internal engine unit using a sliding method, removing the need of screws and frustrating, time-consuming assembly work.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

First InkJet Printer to Feature NFC Mobile Print and Scan by Brother

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Brother International is rolling out the MFC-J870dw ($149.99 estimated street price), the flagship model of its new Work Smart series of color inkjet All-in-Ones for small office/home office (SOHO) users. The MFC-J870dw features wireless connectivity and "tap-and-print" NFC print and scan, Wi-Fi Direct printing, Web connectivity, and a suite of Brother Cloud Apps. Brother will also be introducing other new WorkCentre inkjet All-in-Ones for SOHO users in soon.

NFC (Near Field Communication) is a short-distance wireless protocol that allows the user to "touch to connect" for direct printing or scanning from NFC-capable mobile devices, without the need for a wireless network, (the MFC-J870dw must be connected via its WiFi connectivity to the Internet).

With Wi-Fi Direct printing, users can wirelessly print from a compatible mobile device without a router or wireless network.

The MFC-J870dw, as with all models in Brother’s Work Smart series, also feature a Wireless Assistant, a new wireless network tool that requires no USB cable or password, for easier wireless setup. All models in the WorkSmart series feature front-loading ink cartridges, and free phone support for the life of the product.

Specifications for the MFC-J870dw include:
· Print speed rated at 33 (black)/27 (color) ppm in Fast Mode.
· Print speed rated at up to 12 (black)/10 (color) ppm using the ISO/IEC 24734 test method.
· 2.7" touch screen plus touch panel that only shows the keys needed for the function being used.
· 20-page automatic document feeder for fax, copy, and scan.
· Automatic (2-sided) duplex printing.
· Wireless 802.11b/g/n and wired Ethernet network connectivity.
· Wireless printing from mobile devices via Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan, Wi-Fi Direct, and Cortado Workplace
· Web connectivity from the touch screen with Facebook, Picasa Web Albums, Flickr, Google Drive, Evernote, and Skydrive, so that, from the touch screen, users can print documents and photos stored at these Web sites, as well scan documents and photos to these Web sites.
· Software for scanning.
· Ink Save Mode that helps reduce ink consumption per page by outlining images for draft printing.
· Four separate ink cartridges so that users only replace the ink that’s empty.
· Uses standard or high-yield ink cartridges.
· Print from and scan to media cards; print from PictBridge-enabled cameras and USB memory drives.
· 20-sheet photo bypass tray for printing on photo-size media.
· Print directly on CD/DVD/Blu-Ray discs.
· 2-year limited warranty and toll-free technical support for the life of the machine

Brother will also be introducing a full line of Work Smart Series inkjet all-in-ones to replace its current SOHO inkjet series. The MFC-J650dw ($129.99), MFC-J470dw ($99.99), and MFC-J285dw ($99.99) will all be available in late August 2013.

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Source: Wirth Consulting

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Xerox MFPs and Scanners Can Alter Numbers on Scanned Documents

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The machines randomly change details on scanned documents on certain settings.

PC World reported on the findings of computer scientist David Kriesel, who last week posted a number of scans on his website after discovering information had changed from the original documents to the scans.

Kriesel used a Xerox WorkCentre 7556 to scan some building construction documents, with the floorplan scanned marking each room with its area in square metres – 14.13m2, 21.11m2 and 17.42m2 – but on studying the scans, he discovered that the figures had changed from the original document. Having switched off optical character recognition, Kriesel knew "it wasn’t related to that", and so he investigated further.

He soon found that "when scanned in TIFF mode, a pixel-for-pixel reproduction, the copy was identical to the original", but when images were compressed, "things started getting weird", with one image showing every room marked with 14.13m2, another with two rooms marked 17.42m2, and a third with two labelled 14.13m2.

Kriesel stated on his website that "there seems to be a correlation between font size, scan dpi used", and that he "was able to reliably reproduce the error for 200 DPI PDF scans without OCR, of sheets with Arial 7pt and 8pt numbers". He instantly began receiving emails from other Xerox users after publicizing his findings, and narrowed down the issue to the scanner’s JBIG2 image compression.

The compression software, in order to "reduce file space", looks for areas in an image "that are similar" and "makes one compressed version and reuses it across all the similar areas", and because the numbers were printed "in a small, fine font, the scanner apparently mistook them for identical and reused data resulting in figures for room area getting reproduced".

In a statement responding to the claims, Xerox confirmed the JBIG2 software "as being at the root of the problem", noting that it "stems from a combination of compression level and resolution setting", and that the machines have been warning users "for years" that this could occur. The OEM continued by stating: "The devices mentioned are shipped from the factory with a compression level and resolution that produces scanned files which are optimized for viewing or printing while maintaining a reasonable file size."

"We do not normally see a character substitution issue with the factory default settings however, the defect may be seen at lower quality and resolution settings. For data integrity purposes, we recommend the use of the factory defaults with a quality level set to 'higher'."

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Source: Xerox MFPs and scanners can alter numbers on scanned documents

Friday, August 02, 2013

Remanufactured Laser Toner Cartridges. It's Your Choice

Using remanufactured inkjet cartridges and laser toner cartridges is purely budgetary consumer choice:
· Remanufactured products provide a quality, Earth friendly and economical alternative that saves you money.
· Remanufactured cartridges can have a 60% smaller carbon footprint than the OEM products
· You can save up to 50% of the cost of the OEM consumables
· Remanufactured inkjet cartridges and toner cartridges have been fully reconditioned, refilled with toner or ink and tested before sold.

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