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Updated – What You Should Know About Continuous Ink-Supply Systems

Note: This post has been updated due to the results of our extensive Project CISS Hands-On Test. CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System) is an inking system for inkjet printers that consists of a large external refillable ink supply. It’s attraction to the many users who just plain hate buying ink for the sake of it […]

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Windows 8.1 Update is Welcome Refinement but Microsoft Sucker-Punches Start-Button Whiners

I visited the Windows Store last night and attempted to update our three Windows 8 PCs: Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx Tablet Lenovo C440 All-in-One Gateway GT5082 Desktop A Few Hiccups The 8.1 upgrade process took a bit of time, as Microsoft’s download servers were working hard. The two Lenovo PCs upgraded successfully, but the upgrade was […]

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Windows 8 Gets a Raw Deal and Lenovo (and Others) by Extension

This post has two parts: 1) why Microsoft Windows 8 is being unfairly tarred; and 2) why PC vendors (particularly tablet makers) are being unfairly affected by extension–particularly Lenovo, because we have experience with one of its Windows 8 tablets that we can use as a foundation for our arguments. Before we begin, a little […]

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Evernote Introduces ScanSnap – Evernote Edition Document Scanner

Evernote, the online document-storage site that claims approximately 50 million users, has introduced the ScanSnap – Evernote Edition document scanner optimized for scanning directly to an Evernote account. The ScanSnap Evernote ($495) with WiFi wireless scanning and one-button scanning to Evernote accounts, is available for pre-order, and will begin shipping October 25th in the United […]

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Report: Want to Control Printing Costs? PretonSaver Print-Management Solution to the Rescue

Need to control the cost of printing? Who doesn’t? We recently subjected the PretonSaver Print Management solution from Preton Ltd. to a Hands-On Test and found that it offers a wide variety of ways for virtually any company (with IT staff or not) to monitor, track, control, apply printing rules and save toner/ink when printing […]

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Review: You Need ‘Thumb Keyboard’ for Your New Nexus 7 Tablet (or any other Android mobile device)

Typing on touchscreen devices’ virtual keyboards has always frustrated me. To be sure, it was far better than the T9 tap, tap, tap method using a phone’s numeric keyboard. However, ever since my first tablet (the original iPad), I’ve found that the productivity advantages offered by the larger screen were largely offset by the inability […]

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Sharps Adds Drivve User Authentication for Sharp OSA MFPs

Sharp MFPs incorporating the company’s OSA open-development platform now support Drivve Single Sign On (SSO) device authentication. With Drivve SSO device authentication, users need only authenticate once when using any third-party application such as Sepialine, Equitrac, or PaperCut, as well as Drivve’s own device authentication application, Drivve | Print. Drivve | Image provides two types of user authentication: Device-Level Authentication […]

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Xante Previews Memjet-Based Excelagraphix at European Trade Show

Xanté, which markets wide-format and commercial print systems, previewed its Memjet-based Excelagraphix 4200, a wide-format color ink-jet printer based on Memjet’s ink-jet imaging, at the FESPA trade show in Barcelona, Spain. The firm expects to begin shipping in June. The Excelagraphix 4200 uses Memjet Waterfall Printhead Technology, which incorporates a 42″ wide print head that delivers more than 3 billion drops of […]

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Print Audit Launches Software Subscription Plan for Dealers

Print Audit has launched Print Audit Premier, a new subscription plan that provides office-equipment dealers access to all of Print Audit’s print-management products for one monthly fee. Under the program, dealers can then charge their customers for Print Audit’s software by per page or per device, while paying a fixed cost to Print Audit. According […]

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Lomond to Sell Memjet’s Color Ink-Jet EvoJet Office Printer in Europe

In its December newsletter, Memjet reports that partner Lomond will soon be selling the Memjet-powered EvoJet Office color ink-jet printer in Europe. Last April, Memjet reported a partnership with Lomond under which Lomond is distributing the EvoJet in Russia. LG Electronics (LG) distributes the EvoJet Office printer (called the Machjet LPP6010N) in South Korea, while […]

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Xerox’s Global Imaging Systems Acquires Wisconsin Office-Products Distributor

Xerox’s Global Imaging Systems has acquired office-products distributor Merizon Group Incorporated, which operates MBM, formerly known as Modern Business Machines (MBM), and which is based in Appleton, WI. The acquisition furthers Global Imaging’s strategy of creating a “nationwide network of locally-based companies focused on improving document workflow and office efficiency.”  Earlier this year, Global Imaging […]

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New OKI – Agiliant Partnership Will Add OKI Managed Print Services to Agiliant’s Managed Network Services

OKI Data Americas and Agiliant, Inc. have announced a new partnership that will allow dealers to provide key elements of OKI’s Total Managed Print Services along with Agiliant’s Managed Network Services. Under the agreement, Agiliant’s Managed Information Technology and Output Services offering will incorporate OKI’s Managed Print (TMP) solution, and will be offered through the […]

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Lexmark Links MFPs with ImageNow Solutions for Automating Government Document Workflows

Lexmark has enhanced its workflow solutions for the government sector by making its Perceptive Software group’s ImageNow solutions available for use with Lexmark MFPs. Essentially, what ImageNow software does is make sure that users scan documents – such as applications for food stamps, unemployment and Social Security benefits in the government sector – correctly, indicating at […]

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HP Acquires Hiflex to Enhance Cloud-Printing Strategy

In a move designed to expand its cloud-printing strategy, Hewlett-Packard has acquired Hiflex Software GmbH for an undisclosed sum. Hiflex is a privately held German software company that specializes in Web-to-print and management information solutions for printing. Hiflex’s products include MIS, Print Support, and Webshop, the last of which enables customers to submit print jobs […]

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HP Offering Enhanced Box.com Accounts for Select Business PC Customers, Acquires Hiflex to Expand Cloud-Based Printing Strategy

Hewlett-Packard is offering buyers of select business PC customers access to enhanced Box.com services. Box.com is a cloud-based service for sharing, storing – and printing – documents and images. Box.com is a cloud-based service for sharing, storing – and printing – documents and images. The upgrades include larger document storage capacity and syncing of stored files: U.S. […]

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Xerox Offering Free Extended Warranty Coverage with eConcierge Automated Supply Service

Xerox is offering extending warranties for select Xerox Phaser and WorkCentre printers and MFPs for companies that sign up for its free eConcierge automated supply-delivery service. About 44 Xerox printers and MFPs are eligible – a list of eligible printers can be found here.   To qualify for a warranty exchange – up to $800 per […]

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Printer Makers Launch Joint Ink- and Toner-Cartridge-Recycling Program for Singapore; Users Will be Able to Drop Off Depleted Cartridges at Libraries

Five printer vendors, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson and Lexmark, have launched Singapore’s first-ever joint ink- and toner-cartridge recycling program with the support of Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) and National Library Board (NLB).  The program, called Project Homecoming, is an expansion of a joint ink-cartridge program, called Ink Cartridge Satogaeri, begun in Japan three years […]

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Cortado’s Instant Printer Prevents Laptop Users from Installing Unauthorized Print Drivers

One security challenge many enterprises face is unauthorized print driver and software downloads, as these can result in security risks such as users inadvertently downloading viruses, Trojan horses, etc. along with software. However, many mobile laptop users may still need to print – typically using an unfamiliar printer when out of the office, and need […]

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