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Samsung Refreshes Business Printers

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Samsung Refreshes Business Printers

Probably sharpened by competition against Apple, Samsung no longer fears the competition-- at a recent Milan launch event, Samsung declared war on the dominance HP and Xerox in business printers.

Not only refreshing its printer range, Samsung is also adding technologies learnt from the smartphone arena. High-end Samsung printers now carry touchscreen UIs, with 7-inch touchscreens for A3 copiers/printers and 4.3-inch displays for A4 printers.

The UI allows users to customise up to 40 short-cuts, Continue reading...

Kodak Intros Budget All-in-One Printer

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Kodak Intros Budget All-in-One Printer

Kodak launches the ESP 3.2-- an entry-level all-in-one printer/scanner combo with a feature set ideal for mobile device users.

The package not only offers scanning, copying and printing, but also handles wireless printing tasks. It lacks an ethernet port, connecting to PCs via USB and wifi.

Wireless printing comes through Google Cloud Print, Kodak's email printing service and Pic Flick app (available on Blackberry, iOS and Android devices).

The printer also features a 2.4" LCD touchscreen (handling Continue reading...

IDC: W. European Printer Market Flat

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IDC: W. European Printer Market Flat

The printer market grows by a "slender" 0.2% Y-o-Y in Q3 2011, remaining virtually flat and shipping 6.4M units according to IDC-- while revenues experience a -11.9% Y-o-Y decline and fall to $2.8BN.

In comparison, Q3 2010 revenues total $3.1BN.

Both consumer and commercial print hardware demand are stalling across W. Europe as economies struggle with the sovereign debt crisis, the analyst says. The only segment showing "robust growth" within commercial print products is the laser MFP product segment.

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The Little Cloud-Powered Printer

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The Little Cloud-Powered Printer

Printers are the least friendly and cute pieces of equipment, right? Not according to Berg-- the London-based design studio announces The Little Printer, a little device printing content from the web on receipt-style rolls of paper.

And it looks cute while doing the job, too.

The Little Printer picks up content from various online sources (launch partners include Arup, foursquare, Google, the Guardian and Nike) via in-built wifi, after users configure what the printer "collects" via iPhone app. Continue reading...

Printers: Hackable Hazard?

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Printers: Hackable Hazard?

Can hackers really access a printer and order it to overheat until it catches fire? Or, even, worse, use it as a copy machine for identity theft? Sounds far fetched, but not according to researchers at Columbia University.

The researchers claim to discover a security exploit in internet-connected HP Laserjet printers using little more than an infected firmware update. Hackers could send a file containing the hack directly to a device, since most printers look for firmware updates every time a job Continue reading...

Memjet Pushes Inkjet Printer Speeds

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Memjet Pushes Inkjet Printer Speeds

Printer maker Memjet claims its technology breaks records as far as print speeds are concerned-- saying the Memjet reference colour office printer can print out photo-quality pages at speeds of up to one page per second.

The secret lies in what Memjet calls Waterfall Printhead technology-- printing through a single fixed 8.77" printhead covering the entire width of an A4 sheet of paper with 70400 nozzles (x17 the amount in a regular inkjet) to deposit 774 million dots of ink per second. Being stationary, Continue reading...

It's All About Lasers at Lexmark...Or Is It?

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It's All About Lasers at Lexmark...Or Is It?

Printers. There's a product category you haven't given a lot of thought about lately. It's all about making money on ink cartridges, right?

Let's look at Lexmark. Though it's a printer giant sprung whole from the loins of IBM, Lexmark is relatively small player in the printer market compared to giants like HP, Canon, Epson and the new aggressor, Samsung.

Lexmark had 5 million inkjets sold (3.6% market share) in the 88 million unit inkjet printer market in 2010. It sold 1.7 million laser printers (only 3.7% market share) in the 46 million unit laser printer market.

Naturally you think the company needs to make the transition from inkjet to laser printers: in a few years, its inkjet printer sales will shrink to fewer than 100,000 inkjet printers and laser printer sales should rise to nearly 3 million.

Of course, the mix of the lucrative printer cartridge sales must follow the changing mix of printers over the forecast period. But less printing overall means less ink cartridges, too...

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Standard Set For Cloud Printing

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Standard Set For Cloud Printing

ThinPrint's mobile division, Cortado, creates the Cloud Printing Alliance-- an organisation set to create standards for mobile cloud printing.

Membership is open to printer and networking equipment manufacturers and hotspot providers, and already includes the likes of Brother, Dell, Funkwerk, Konica Minolta, Kyocera and OKI.

Cortado supplies the alliance's members with its Workplace technology, a free cloud printing solution. The technology allows smartphone and tablet users to print any file Continue reading...

A Printer With Speed and Looks

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A Printer With Speed and Looks

The Genesis, Lexmark's latest AIO printer, not only looks stylish but also offers speedy scanning, inkjet printing and wifi connection.

The company says the Genesis can scan a page in 3 seconds thanks to its 10MP imaging sensor.

A 4.3" touchscreen handles the user interface and allows users access to Lexmark's SmartSolutions cloud-based application suite (including Evernote and Box.net). A Twitter and Facebook app lets users print pictures posted on their social media through the printer itself. Continue reading...

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