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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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Android malware scanner only detects 15% of malicious code

Android malware scanner only detects 15% of malicious code

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean features a new security tool that quickly scans downloaded apps for malicious code. It's essentially Google's way of addressing the long-time threat of malware on the company's mobile platform. However, a computer scientist at North Carolina State University found that only about 15% of malicious apps were caught by the built-in scanner.

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Canon unveils CanoScan scanner and new PIXMA wireless printers

Canon unveils CanoScan scanner and new PIXMA wireless printers

Canon has announced its new wireless PIXMA printers, the MG6320, MG5460, and iP7220, as well as the CanoScan 9000F Mark II photo scanner. These additions to Canon's rather vast catalog of printers and scanners represent a nice addition for photographers. No word on when they'll be available, but we're guessing it'll be soon.

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Scanadu SCOUT Medical Tricorder recalls Star Trek – and it’s real

Scanadu SCOUT Medical Tricorder recalls Star Trek – and it’s real

For those of you waiting for the real-deal collection of Star Trek gadgets and gizmos, you'll find that today is a great day - the tricorder has arrived. The folks at Scanadu have been developing a handheld device that, while not exactly service the same function as the 60's series tech, is certainly Star Trek-worthy in its abilities. This device has been in development for less than a year and will be prototype ready by the end of 2012 - so says the NASA-Ames Research Center-based startup team themselves.

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Doxie One portable scanner now available worldwide

Doxie One portable scanner now available worldwide

Doxie has announced the worldwide launch of its Doxie One, a portable scanner that doesn't require a computer. The device was first introduced less than a month ago, and comes in a higher-end model that is wireless as well. The unit is available now worldwide for $149, while the wireless model is a bit more expensive at $199.

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Google Books engineer creates open source book scanner

Google Books engineer creates open source book scanner

There seems to be a lot of lessons wrapped up in this story. One, never under estimate the things you can create with a vacuum cleaner. Two, there are benefits to giving employees personal time. And three, a 1,000-page book can be scanned in an hour and a half with the right equipment. Or so we've learned from Google Books engineer Dany Qumsiyeh, who - along with team mates - has created a $1,500 book scanner and made it open source.

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Genius Podpad portable scanner is aimed at mobile pros

Genius Podpad portable scanner is aimed at mobile pros

There are a lot of mobile professionals in a number of different industries that could benefit from having a mobile document scanner. Genius has announced a new portable wireless scanner specifically made with the on the go professional in mind called the Podpad. The scanner is intended to be used for creating digital copies of time sensitive documents that can be sent instantly over the Internet.

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AuthenTec to reportedly give non-Apple customers the boot next year

AuthenTec to reportedly give non-Apple customers the boot next year

Earlier this year, we found out that Apple had purchased AuthenTec, a company that provides fingerprint scanning technology to many other companies around the world. At the time, it wasn't clear what Apple was planning to do with AuthenTec, and while its intentions are still unknown for the most part, it seems that Apple isn't willing to let others in on AuthenTec's products. A report from Korean site ETNews claims that AuthenTec will cut off all non-Apple customers sometime next year, which could spell trouble for some of AuthenTec's biggest customers.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i scanner is almost the road-warrior’s salvation

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i scanner is almost the road-warrior’s salvation

Having talked about how you can print from your iPhone yesterday, now how about getting some paper content into your handset thanks to the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i. The portable scanner works with PCs and Macs, as per previous models, but also plays nicely with iOS and Android devices thanks to apps for each platform. Unfortunately, it's not quite the roadwarrior dream it could've been.

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HP unveils new office and consumer all-in-one printers

HP unveils new office and consumer all-in-one printers

HP's taken the wraps off of a handful of new printers for the latter half of 2012, in a variety of price ranges, sizes and configurations. This represents a pretty comprehensive refresh of HP's huge printer line,and new models should start showing up on HP's website and retail partners this summer. The focus is on easy operation, as all the new models feature color touchscreens.

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TSA full body scanners seemingly circumvented

TSA full body scanners seemingly circumvented

Just how hard is it to sneak a concealed weapon or item past the TSA’s new full body scanners? If claims by blogger Jonathan Corbett are to believed, easier than you might think. In a video posted to YouTube, he describes a method of being able to get items past the scanners by taking advantage of the way scanned images are produced.

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