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Internet Archive materials and equipment destroyed in fire

Internet Archive materials and equipment destroyed in fire

Nothing fills out a week full of things being on fire like the Internet Archive headquarters burning in a fire. The blaze, which took place earlier this week, was not catastrophic and no one was harmed, but the San Francisco nonprofit is asking for $600,000 in emergency donations from the public to pay for the hefty repairs and to help compensate for the loss of some physical archival material and equipment.

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Brother ADS-1500w wireless scanner uploads straight to Google Drive, Facebook, and more

Brother ADS-1500w wireless scanner uploads straight to Google Drive, Facebook, and more

Brother has unveiled a new compact scanner, the ImageCenter ADS-1500w, a wireless device it calls its flagship in what will be a new series of products aimed at the home and small business markets. With the svelte device comes the ability to upload scanned documents and photographs to a variety of cloud storage and social websites, among them being the popular offerings of Facebook, Flickr, Google Drive, and more.

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IRIScan Mouse points and scans documents

IRIScan Mouse points and scans documents

If you have ever had to purchase a new mouse, you probably noticed that there are hordes of different models available on the market today. There is a mouse for every hand and every need. Honestly, most of those mice are pretty much the same the side of brand name and color.

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MakerBot unveils Digitizer 3D desktop scanner

MakerBot unveils Digitizer 3D desktop scanner

MakerBot is known for its amazing consumer-level 3D printers, but today the company unveiled a new toy unlike anything they've done before. MakerBot announced and unveiled the Digitizer at SXSW today. It's essentially a desktop 3D scanner that can scan any object and upload it onto your computer for 3D printing later on.

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Outbox launches mail digitizing service in San Francisco

Outbox launches mail digitizing service in San Francisco

When I was a kid it was always exciting to get mail in the mailbox. Now that I'm an adult, I realize how wasteful most of that snail mail is because I don't read it. It tends to go right the trash and the stuff I do need to keep seems to get lost. On the other hand, an important e-mail that I need to keep I can archive and have pretty much forever right at my fingertips.

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HoverCam Mini 5 pocket scanning camera hands-on

HoverCam Mini 5 pocket scanning camera hands-on

Today at ShowStoppers during CES 2013, we've seen a lot of nifty gadgets, but one in particular is really impressive. The HoverCam Mini 5 is a pocketable scanning camera that plugs into your computer's USB port, and it folds out into an overhead scanner. We ended up stopping by the company's booth and getting a hands-on session with the new device.

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Project Paperless patent trolls continue fear tour with nameless subsidiaries

Project Paperless patent trolls continue fear tour with nameless subsidiaries

This year we got wind of a company by the name of Project Paperless, a group of "patent trolls" whose goal it was to target companies who didn't have legal means to defend themselves with patent claims for items such as scanning and emailing PDFs. In short, this means that you, as a business, would receive a legal threat from P.P. demanding $1,000 USD per employee for their actual physical use of a scanner device in your office because they own the patent that describes the device's use. Through the year they've been targeted themselves by some rather angry business owners who decided that, "no, we're not going to freak out and pay you this absurd amount of cash, we're going to see first if you actually have the rights to request such a sum!"

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