Epson unveiled a new AIO printer today called the NX625. The new printer is a slick looking black unit that can print on both side of the paper and is aimed at home users and students. The NX625 has all sorts of nice features like the ability to produce two-sided pages at 7.6 ppm in black and 4.6 ppm in color.
Kodak has been in the multifunction printer business for a long time now. The big claim to fame for all of the company's printer offerings is the cheap ink. You can get the cartridges that Kodak printers use for much less money than competing printers from other makers like Epson.
We need printers -- after all, we're not in a completely paperless world, quite yet. But, seeing a concept such as this, from designers Chia-Chen Hsiao and Yuexun Chen, shows us exactly why printers themselves aren't all that necessary, and work more like a middleman and nothing more. These instant cartridge printers are designed to be ready on the fly, when you need them, and easily disposable, as soon as the ink runs out.
It's July 1st 2010, the first day of Q3 2010, and that means Palm has officially slotted into the warm crevices of mother HP. Public announcements of what exactly we can expect from the combination vary from the mundane (webOS-based printers, anyone?) to the mysterious (HP's various tablet strategies and the company's refusal to clarify on any of them), but according to the Palm blog this morning they're aiming for "an amazing roadmap of new tools for your mobile and web-connected future."
The second Pogoplug update in around a month has been announced, promising remote printing functionality for the network-attached drive sharing device. The new update, due for release this coming summer, will add a new Web Printing tool when a USB printer is hooked up; users will be able to send print jobs locally or remotely, or even email them direct to the printer.
Considering the amount of time people spend on their mobile devices, especially their smartphones, you'd think that printing from them would be pretty commonplace by now. Especially with the fact that they're all fused with WiFi and Bluetooth. But, it's still not everywhere quite yet, so when Kodak announces a brand new printer that features the missing link, well, we get pretty excited.
We have to admit, when HP announced their new ePrint line-up last week, we did wonder about whether giving printers their own email addresses was taking wireless technology one step too far into the mundane. Having played with the new line-up today, we're may not quite be 100-percent convinced, but at least we know the system works. After the cut, why your printer might end up your most frequent correspondent, and how HP hope to distract your offspring.
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Hey gang; it's time for another week in review. HP debuted its slick web-connected printer service on Monday. The service will let you do some cool things like print from your smartphone by emailing a document to the printer. Ahead of WWDC early Monday, AT&T started to tweak the upgrade eligibility for many iPhone 3GS owners. This was no surprise given that we knew Steve was going to be pulling that new iPhone out of his pocket a few hours later that day.
Google have been fleshing out their upcoming Cloud Print service, which is now apparently being tested internally. Similar to what we saw with HP's ePrint system yesterday, Google Cloud Print allows users to send print jobs from their smartphone to any compatible networked printer; in fact, Google took to the stage with HP to demo the interaction of the two systems, and confirm that any of HP ePrint printers announced will also be fully compatible with Google Cloud Print.
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As tipped earlier today, HP has announced their HP ePrint web-connected and cloud-aware printer system, which will allow users to store documents remotely and print them from wherever they are in the world. At its most basic, users will be able to email print tasks to their printer from smartphones, iPads and other internet-connected devices; however, HP ePrint will also allow for scheduled prints of online content, such as MSNBC news or Disney activities for children.
When HP purchased WebOS, I figured at best we would see the OS on things like netbooks, tablets, and new smartphones. When HP started to mention that webOS would find its way onto other devices like printers, I wondered what the point was. WebOS on a printer alone was of little value in my mind, but the New York Times is talking about a new feature for printers that would be very useful.