This Week in Imaging: Tips for New Tech Gear, from Drones to Printers

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Photo credit: Kathy Wirth

It’s nearly inevitable that somebody in your household will receive a tech gadget this year. Following are a few tips so that you can quickly get the most out of it and set it up right the first time.

Drone – To be sure, register it with the FAA. Do not test fly it within gunshot range of your neighbor’s home.

Hewlett-Printer or All-in-One – If your printer is Instant Ink-eligible, be sure to sign up for the HP Instant Ink Program in order to save time and money.

Any Printer or All-in-One – 1) As soon as you’ve installed the software, go into printer preferences (click or right-click the printer icon in Devices and Printers) and set black-only, grayscale, or draft print modes as the default. This will save you a considerable amount of time and money. When you need better quality, specify it in the print settings dialog box before you print. 2) Depending on your printer model, if you wish to remotely print from your new laptop or Android device, set up HP ePrint, Epson Connect, Brother Connect, install the Canon Print app (iOS, Android), etc. If you wish to print from your new Chromebook, set up Google Cloud Print.

Apple iPad or iPhone – You just overpaid for a pretty product with a comparatively great camera but average performance. Make sure that you protect your pretty product by wrapping it in an ugly case as soon as possible.

Microsoft Windows 10 Tablet – Immediately go into privacy settings and turn off every option that appears dubious (such as automatic reporting of your activity to Microsoft). Keep in mind that if you get too enthusiastic, some stuff won’t work properly and you may have to turn some back on again.

Android Phone or Tablet – Wait for the Marshmallow OS upgrade. While you’re waiting, disable as many pre-installed bloatware apps as possible.

Non-Hovering HoverboardDon’t leave it plugged in overnight. Be prepared for a nasty fall (or two or three . . .). Do not re-gift to Grandma.

USB Charger or Battery Pack – Make sure that you have a new or suitable charging cable (the thicker the better), or charging will still take forever.

Smartwatch or Wearable – Don’t worry about the styling it’s the performance that counts. I’ve been wearing a rather large Samsung Gear S (it lets me leave my phone at home) for months and only one person has noticed that I was wearing it.

Office-Imaging News

2 Billion Mobile Internet Users by 2016, Reports IDC – Read more here.

New Printer Installed Base and Page Volume Report from gap Intelligence – Read more here.

Context: Printer Sales Down 7 Percent in Third Quarter in EMEA; Inkjet All-in-One Sales Flat – Read more here.

Canon Expands AirPrint Mobile-Printing Support to imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5200 Series- Read more here.

Other News

Massive Changes Underway at Toshiba, Job Cuts, Toshiba Tec Sale Possible – Read more here.

2,000 Counterfeit HP-Brand Cartridges Seized in the U.K.- Read more here.

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