Category: Opinions

HP Inc.: How 3D Printing is Set to Change Manufacturing

In the following blog post, HP Inc. outlines the evolution of manufacturing – from the First Industrial Revolution to 3D printing, and how 3D printing is changing manufacturing, including the key ability to make modifications within the manufacturing process: “Until the rise of the First Industrial Revolution, products...

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Consumer Reports: ‘Third-Party Ink Cartridges Can Save You Money, But It Pays To Be Cautious’

Consumer Reports recently published the results of its annual printer survey, with 37 percent of respondents saying they’ve tried using third-party printer ink cartridges, which can cost much less than name-brand products, but which may not always be reliable. “They don’t always work well, ” say Consumer Reports’ testers,...

Five Ways to $ave on Ink – We Analyze Ink-Saving Programs, Strategies, Technology, and Printers

We’re big fans of inkjet and firmly believe that it’s the imaging technology of choice for the new millennium. It’s economical, consumes minimal energy, and minimizes manufacturing and disposal waste, and there’s less harmful emissions. On the other hand, we’re well aware of the lingering resentment resulting from...

This Week in Imaging: Brother Moving Upmarket; Epson Ramping Up; Decision Time for Sharp?’

This week’s op-eds discuss the new Brother/Amazon ink service, the doings of Brother International, Epson and Sharp Corporation, Cost per Page and Total Cost of Ownership: This week we had some interesting news from both Brother and Epson. While both of these vendors were previously focused primarily on...

Is Printer/Copier Reliability Testing Still Relevant?

We’ve been in the business of office-product testing and evaluation for longer than we care to mention. Nevertheless, for a bit of perspective we cut our teeth testing complex mechanical and electro-mechanical devices that frequently required maintenance by trained service technicians in order to perform to satisfaction. As...

It’s Official: Half of USB Devices Have Unpatchable Security Flaws

Following up our article on BadUSB malware, the security researchers that discovered the vulnerability have since tested the USB controller chips from eight of the major suppliers. Hacker Karsten Nohl presented at the recent PacSec security conference in Tokyo that he and his fellow researchers Jakob Lell and Sascha...

Holiday Gifts from Epson for the Connected Person in Your Life – from Smart Glasses to Mobile Printers

Epson has been on a tear lately, releasing a wave of new connected tech solutions, including everything from the littlest All-in-One ever, to a portable scanner, to ground-breaking smart glasses with augmented reality. Virtually all of these will be appreciated by any connected individual or household. Here are...

Has ‘BadUSB’ Malware Effectively Killed USB Devices in the Enterprise?

As our industry is a major source of secure hardware and workflow solutions for the security-conscious enterprise, this news is both disruptive and disturbing. Findings from security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell will be presented next week contending that the security of USB devices has long been...