This Week in Imaging: Mobile-Print Solutions Keep Coming, But Many Still Can’t Print; Contentious MakerBot Lawsuit; More

orange flowers 2As sales of tablets gradually slow, it’s nice to see that Samsung has found a way to “waste not, want not.” In what appears to be an effort to capitalize on the diminishing sales of its very own Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and reduce inventory, it looks like Samsung has strapped a lightly modified version of one onto its new MultiXpress A3 MFPs (introduced earlier this year, but now shipping) for use as a touch screen-control panel.

We primarily use our home printer to print the photos that are frequently shown above. Yes, the process uses a lot of expensive ink but we go with the best alternative – Hewlett-Packard XL ink purchased in Combo Packs. When the printer started behaving badly, we upgraded it with an HP Envy 5660, which qualifies for the HP Instant Ink Program. Be sure that you check out our story about the process of selecting a new printer and how HP’s amazing Instant Ink Program effectively sealed the deal.

IDC provides evidence for what most of us suspected – that it’s challenging for many users to print from smartphones and tablets. We recently tested a portable device that promises to ease that pain by enabling or upgrading virtually any old PCL printer or MFP with mobile- printing capabilities such as NFC Touch-to-Print and WiFi Direct Printing. Sound interesting? If so, you should check out our Hands-On Test of the TiS Mobile Printing Hub.

Meanwhile, mobile-printing pioneer Lantronix unleashed the latest version its xPrintServer that enables printing from both iOS and Android mobile devices and more without the need to download and install an app. That sounds good to us!

Feature Story

  • MakerBot, Stratasys Hit with Class-Action Lawsuit Alleging Investors Deceived, and Defective 3D Printers – Read more here.

Office-Imaging News

  • Samsung Now Shipping Next-Generation MultiXpress 7 MFP Series with Android-Based User Interface – Read more here.
  • Lantronix Next-Generation xPrintServer Office is 1st Print Server that Provides Both AirPrint and Google Cloud Print Mobile Printing – Read more here.
  • IDC: 35 Percent of Smartphone Users Want to Print, but Can’t – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

  • New Konica Minolta EngageIT Variable Data Solution for Variable-Data Printing – Read more here.
  • OKI Acquires Seiko Instruments’ Wide-Format Inkjet-, LED-Printer Subsidiary – Read more here.

Other News

  • Who’s Still Printing and Why? OKI’s Carl Taylor Explains – Read more here.

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