Items tagged with Printers

A senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit public interest organization, says Epson may be engaging in "deceptive" behavior by intentionally preventing third-party ink from working in its printers. According to the complaints EFF has received, Epson is doing this through firmware updates, though it's not clear what specific models might be affected. If true, it's easy to see why printer owners and organizations like the EFF would be miffed at Epson. Genuine printer ink is typically expensive, especially compared to what generic alternatives cost. There is a presumed quality difference between genuine ink sold by the printer manufacturer and cheap third-party generic... Read more...
Bug Bounty programs are very common today with most of the big tech firms hosing them. The goal is to get hackers to report any bugs they find for a payday rather than turning to the black market to sell their hacks. HP has announced a new Bug Bounty program to lure researchers in to hack its printer software. The program offers up to $10,000 to hackers who can find these vulnerabilities. HP’s opened its Bug Bounty program in May and had 34 security researchers signed up at the start. One of those researchers was already paid out $10,000 for what was identified as a serious flaw with HP's printers. HP has a wealth of product outside of printers, but says that it chose the printer arm for... Read more...
Printers are expensive. Recycling and selling used/refilled printer ink cartridges has often been seen as a way to recoup the money that often gets sunk into the cash cow of the printer business - the ink itself. The ruling of Impression Products, Inc. v Lexmark Int’l, Inc, a recent and rather obscure court case, could potentially change how printer ink cartridge items are used, recycled, restored and resold, once they have been purchased by a customer. Impression Products is a small business that specializes in buying and re-manufacturing used printer cartridges. Lexmark International, Inc. recently decided to add the company to a list of other business that they had decided to sue as a result... Read more...
It's no secret that printer companies gouge consumers on ink. This is why they can get away with selling cheap printers -- they know you'll spend a fortune on ink, especially if you print a lot of color photos, which can drain ink tanks at the same clip as an old V8 muscle car chugging on gasoline. The question is, would you be willing to pay a higher cost upfront for a printer with low ink costs? Epson aims to find out with its new line of EcoTank inkjet printers. Starting at $380, Epson's EcoTank models include enough pre-installed ink to last up to two years, depending on how much you print. More specifically, you can print up to 4,000 black pages or 6,500 color pages before needing to add... Read more...
People taking old hardware and tuning it to make music isn't anything new, but it's not often we see it done on a much grander scale. Today, we can, thanks to some geeks over at isthis.gd. Inspired by other "radical tinkerers", they set out to create a MIDI orchestra for the Grey London PR agency and Brother - a company that makes many things, but one thing we're all especially familiar with: printers. Understanding that finding old gear was going to be a bit tough, they set out to a landfill, and apparently hit the mother-load. They took the good ones back to their workshop, tore them apart, and like any self-respecting geek, reverse-engineered them. This was necessary in order to get each... Read more...
Lexmark has been a mainstay in the inkjet printer business for as long as we can remember, so it comes as a bit of a shock that the company is bowing out of the segment as part of an aggressive restructuring plan to cut costs. By ceasing development and manufacturing of inkjet hardware, Lexmark estimates it will save some $95 million annually. "Today's announcement represents difficult decisions, which are necessary to drive improved profitability and significant savings," said Paul Rooke, Lexmark chairman and chief executive officer. "Our investments are focused on higher value imaging and software solutions, and we believe the synergies between imaging and the emerging software elements of... Read more...
If you are old enough to remember Polaroid's instant cameras, then the concept behind Dell's new Wasabi PZ310 "ultra-mobile printer" will look very familiar to you. The Wasabi is a small printer that fits in the palm of your hand that can print color photos in less than a minute from digital cameras, mobile phones, and other mobile devices. The Wasabi uses a printing technology called ZINK, which stands for "Zero Ink." As its name implies there is no ink involved in the printing process, and therefore no potentially messy and costly ink cartridges to replace:"At the heart of the ZINK Technology is the patented ZINK Paper, an advanced composite material with cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals... Read more...
With Christmas just around the corner, I'm sure some of you are looking for the perfect gift. In the year 2005, a pair of slippers might cut it. But how about new photo printer? Designtechnica looks to make the job a little easier with their Fall 2005 Buying Guide for Photo Printers. "You may have to dig a little deeper with other models that don't have 'photo' in their names. This doesn't mean you can't print photos with them; rather, there are models like the ones just mentioned that utilize specific technologies to deliver the ultimate in photo-quality prints. At this time, inkjet printers are the most popular way to make prints at home but... Read more...
Good moring everyone. It's time for your morning news fix.  We have an interesting collection today, covering printers, hard drive enclosures, video cards and more.  Let us jump right into it and see what's on tap for today... The Tech Zone took five of the smallest color printers on the market and pit them against each other to see which one is best: "Fast forward to today, where color printers offer great print quality and weighs just a few pounds. Whether it's going from bar to bar to take photos with Coors babes or taking wedding photos at the country club, there are plenty of reasons to pack a portable printer the next time you hit the road. To help you along we have assembled... Read more...
Hey gang, JeffB ringing in the weekend with the Friday morning news.  It's funny, since I've relocated to North Carolina and decided to work from home, weekends and holidays don't mean so much anymore.  I used to look forward to the weekend, and long weekends like Memorial Day, and now it really doesn't matter anymore.  Takes a little getting used to, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Well, enough of my babble, let's get this show on the road: Review of the Belkin TuneDok Car Holder for the iPod @ WhiningDog.net: "With the TuneDok in place, the iPod looks right at home inside your car. Granted the wires coming out of your iPod do appear to be a bit unsightly but... Read more...