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Printing and Peripherals

Oki Aims Printers at SMB Clients

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Oki Aims Printers at SMB Clients

Oki announces a range of printers and MFPs aimed at SMB customers at its Smart Colour Solutions event in Milan, Italy, with offerings including the affordable C332dn and MC363dn, and the higher-end C612dn and C712dn.

“The new portfolio is designed to change perceptions of what a printer can do for businesses and organisations," the company says. "We are encouraging customers to take a fresh look at the potential of these affordable devices to help them build their brand, save time and money and enhance productivity. They can also help develop a streamlined and secure document workflow and management, enabling them to enjoy the benefits of a digital organisation.”

All devices in the range offer improved connectivity through gigabit ethernet ports for the faster transfer of large colour files across a network. Other printers, such as the C542 and MC573, feature Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print connectivity for wireless mobile printing, and all printers incorporate security through Private Print, optional Card Release and Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) compliance.

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HP Blocking 3rd Party Ink Cartridges?

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HP Blocking 3rd Party Ink Cartridges?

Dutch printer ink vendor 123inkt accuses HP of reprogramming printers to reject 3rd party cartridges, effectively forcing customers to stick exclusively with official inks.

123inkt says on 13 September 2016 it received a "large number" of complaints involving the same error message-- "Problem with cartridge. One or more cartridges seem damaged. Remove the cartridges and replace them with new cartridges." The company insists nothing was wrong with its cartridges, and the official line from HP claims it is due to a firmware update unintentionally stopping 3rd party cartridges from certain printers.

Printers showing the problem come frome the HP OfficeJet Pro and OfficeJet Pro X lines.

However, 123inkt says the affected printer models have not received a firmware update since March 2016, and in any case printers with older firmware versions are also experiencing the same problem. Making things more curious is the fact even printers not connected to a network (meaning they receive no firmware updates) are affected by the issue.

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HP Buys Samsung Printing Unit

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HP Buys Samsung Printing Unit

HP proves printers are still a relevant business as it buys the Samsung printer unit for $1.05 billion, an acquisition the companys says will "disrupt and reinvent" the copier industry.

The deal also covers some 6500 printing patents, as well as 1300 researchers and engineers making the Samsung printing team. Post-acquisition Samsung printing technologies will be folded within the HP product offering, such as the PageWide A3 MFP line. It also provides HP with the means of manufacturing own printing engines, a critical component making laser printers.

“When we became a separate company just 10 months ago, it enabled us to become nimble and focus on accelerating growth and reinventing industries,” HP CEO Dion Weisler says. “We are doing this with 3D printing and the disruption of the $12 trillion traditional manufacturing industry, and now we are going after the $55 billion copier space. The acquisition of Samsung’s printer business allows us to deliver print innovation and create entirely new business opportunities with far better efficiency, security, and economics for customers.”

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IDC: 3D Printing Spending to Reach $35bn in 2020

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IDC: 3D Printing Spending to Reach $35bn in 2020

According to IDC global 3D printing revenues will reach $35.4 billion in 2020-- a sum double the $15.9bn revenues forecast for 2016, and one representing a CAGR of 24.1% over the 2015-2020 period.

Around half of the revenues for the forecast are made by 3D printers and materials, but software and related services should also see "significant" growth. For instance, CAD software revenues are forecast to grow by 300% over the 5-year period, while on-dmeand parts services will nearly match such growth. Driving such results is the rapidly expanding use of 3D printing for design prototyping and products demanding a high degree of customisation in non-traditional environments.

"Customer spending on 3D printing capabilities is following the market away from mass market consumer printers towards holistic solutions that enable higher-end-– and more profitable-– use cases," the analyst says. "As the market for printers, materials and services matures, IDC expects new 3D printing capabilities to enable a next-wave of customer innovation in discrete manufacturing, product design, and life sciences."

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It's All About the (Specialty) Keyboard...

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It's All About the (Specialty) Keyboard...

Logickeyboard launches their Astra series, the next-generation backlit keyboard that let's you see your keyboard in a dark room. The ASTRA keyboard offers five selectable light levels for any lighting environment-- go from a bright room or dim, with just a tap of your finger.

With one wire for the USB hub and a separate one for the keyboard, the ASTRA series is designed for editing systems that use USB KVM extenders, and installations that require data security.

More importantly, The ASTRA series keyboard is compatible with Logickeyboard's Read more...

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