Canon expands imageRUNNER series to Middle East

November 27, 2015



The OEM has released the i-SENSYS LBP250 series, the imageRUNNER 1435P and the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C350P in the Middle East market.

Trade Arabia reported on the unveiling of the new printers, which were previously released in South Africa in October.

The LBP250 series replaces the LBP6310dn and 6600 series, and are “rapid” monochrome laser machines including wireless connectivity, AirPrint and Google Cloud Print compatibility and a free iOS and Android app – Canon PRINT Business – alongside a colour touchscreen, NFC (near-field communication) technology and security features.

In turn, the imageRUNNER 1435P features many of the same settings as the LBP release, but for “larger workgroups and enterprises”, while the imageRUNNER ADVANCE C350P features “high quality” printing with the OEM’s V2 colour technology for “impactful images”.

Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director for Canon Middle East, said: “Print management is a costly exercise for most businesses, including administration and handling – over time it can dwarf the cost of the device and consumables.

“Canon has designed the new range to provide seamless and consistent management efficiency, along with improved integration capabilities. We understand that ease of use is of paramount importance for SMEs and not only do the new printers work out of the box, the new devices are additionally optimised to make light work of printer management, widen access to mobile printing and ensure a hassle-free experience.”

He added: “The addition of these new devices to our portfolio allows Canon to offer an even wider range of flexible solutions to customers for productivity, efficiency and on-the-go working.”

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Holographic ink developed for inkjet printers

November 25, 2015

HologramOffice printers can now produce the holographic images that are commonly used to tackle the counterfeiting of manufactured goods.

Scientists at ITMO University in Saint Petersburg, Russia, have developed the nanocrystalline ink, which can be loaded into an inkjet printer and then deposited onto microembossed paper, creating “unique patterned images”, EurekAlert reported.

Holograms of “practically any size” can be printed on transparent film “in a matter of minutes”, rather than over several days using conventional methods, which involve creating a master hologram, involving temperature control and vibration isolation, to be laser recorded onto a thin layer of photosensitive polymer and then embossed using a metallic matrix.

The new technique involves simply covering the microembossed paper with varnish, meaning the holographic image is exclusively seen in the areas where the protective ink is deposited.

Project supervisor Alexander Vinogradov said: “The peculiarity of our ink lies in its high refractive index in all visible range of light. The use of nanocrystalline ink forms a layer with high refractive index that helps preserve the rainbow holographic effect after the varnish or a polymer layer is applied on top.”

David Connett, Editor of The Recycler, said: I am always amazed at the applications inkjet printing seems to be capable of and this is another great example.

“Obviously there are issues around the possibility of holograms being counterfeited, which happens already. But the real benefit is that it brings the opportunity of this technology into the mainstream of printing and could be developed into a bespoke retail or service option.”

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Inkjet printer used to make drinks machine

November 20, 2015

The Alkomat uses an inkjet printer chassis, carriage and motors to serve alcoholic drinks.

The Alkomat machine

The Alkomat machine

Ars Technica reported on the Alkomat, built by Russian hardware hacker ‘Strn’, which can serve “up to five different drinks at a time, then offers a toast”. The machine is Wi-Fi connected and is “built on the chassis of an old inkjet printer, using the printer carriage and paper feed motors to control the movement of its nozzle”.

In turn, the system itself is powered by a microcontroller, which is connected to a Wi-Fi module, with pumps sucking alcohol from bottles “hooked up to the Alkomat’s nozzle system” thanks to a motor driver. Drinks can be selected up to “five at a time” from a webpage on a server built-in to the system, while an OLED display and buttons can also activate the machine.

‘Strn’ used a 3D printer for the front display, and built a cabinet to include all the machinery “from furniture parts designed using a CAD-CAM programme”, while recycled countertop is used with “recessed positions” for drinks glasses. A series of photosensors detect “when the glasses are present” in the recesses, with the Alkomat automatically starting “once the right number of glasses has been placed in position”.

Another piece of old machinery – a recycled CD tray motor – is used to “move the tray into position and eject the finished drinks”, while a built-in MP3 encoder “plays a little music” as a toast. ‘Strn’ added that “his next step is a better user interface” and “an Alkomat app”. You can watch the Alokmat in operation below.

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Businesses given cyber insurance advice

November 19, 2015

Lloyd’s of London advises businesses to “create and develop their own lists” of scenarios that might arise in terms of cyber attack.Backlit keyboard

Lexology reported on the advice from the insurer, passed on by lawyer Jonathan Reich of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice LLP, in the form of a “market bulletin” earlier in November. The memo, while aimed at “syndicates which make up the Lloyd’s insurance market”, is also useful for “insight into how this insurance market leader believes its constituents should be approaching cyber insurance”.

Reich adds that the memo “can be applied to business owners and purchasers of cyber insurance as well”, stating that businesses should “create and develop their own lists of ‘plausible but extreme’ types of cyber-attack scenarios” along with lines of business that “may be affected”. He notes that “this is good advice for anyone purchasing cyber insurance” as it is “important for policyholders to understand what types of cyber attacks would most affect their business”.

In turn, the information is useful because it can help identify “the possible scope and scale of the attack”, as well as the “possible expense”, and with these details “a business can plan for what types and how much insurance to purchase”. Different types of attack include denial of service (DDoS), data theft or damage, reputational harm or physical damage, and economic damage “may differ” for each, with Reich concluding businesses “should be asking themselves” these questions when buying cyber insurance.

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HP Inc releases new wide-format devices

November 19, 2015

HP's DesignJet T830 MFP

HP’s DesignJet T830 MFP

The DesignJet machines launched include the “industry’s most compact and affordable integrated MFP” in wide-format.

The new range are said to “reinvent large-format printing”, and includes five new printers: the “flagship” DesignJet T830 MFP; the T730, T930 and T1530 printers; and the T2530 MFP. The range is aimed at the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) markets, and are “engineered to withstand tough environments” as well as offer “faster and easier” wide-format printing; and are all set to be released worldwide on 30 November.

The T830 MFP, as HP Inc noted, is the “industry’s most affordable, compact and transportable integrated large-format MFP”, and is “half the size of competitive large-format MFPs” but “with the same footprint” as the T730 printer. The machine’s “damage-resistant design” includes a built-in scanner and an extendable front panel that can also be “operated from a tablet”, with a “rugged case” providing “enhanced damage and dust protection” alongside “reinforced wheels”.

The T730 shares “many of the same features” as the T830 MFP, with both featuring speeds of 25 seconds per A1/D-size print, an automatic sheet feeder, flexible inkjet cartridges sized from 40 to 300ml, and an Econofast print mode to save “ink and time spent printing”. Of the other three models, the T930 printer is aimed at small- and medium-sized AEC teams and uses six inks including grey and photo black; while the T1530 printer has a dual-roll 36-inch capacity and six inks. Finally, the T2530 MFP can print A1/D-size prints in 21 seconds, and features secure printing.

Xavier Garcia, HP Inc’s Vice President and General Manager of Large Format Printing, commented: “Even as AEC and design professionals become increasingly mobile, they prefer making edits and reviewing plans on the printed page. HP’s innovative new large-format printers and MFPs simplify collaboration with next-level features and mobile printing capabilities to meet this blended reality and print whatever and wherever AEC professionals need.”

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OKI launches A3 printer

November 19, 2015

The C911dn A3 colour printer is said to provide “outstanding print speeds” as well as “advanced paper handling and low running costs”.

OKI's C911

OKI’s C911

The new device, OKI Systems UK states, “takes office printing to a new level”, with the machine utilising LED technology and offering print speeds of up to 50ppm in both colour and monochrome A4, alongside 28ppm in colour and monochrome A3. Other features include a print resolution of 1,200 x 1,200dpi, a maximum paper capacity of 2,950 pages, and a maximum paper weight of 360gsm.

OKI Systems UK added that the “high performance” machine is “ideal for creative office printing and general business use”, and is aimed at medium-to-large office workgroups. The print speeds are said to be “up to 40 percent faster than its nearest rivals”, with the OEM noting that the machine “serves a broad range of office and creative needs”.

Guy Boxall, OKI Europe’s Senior Product Manager, commented: “The new C911dn A3 colour printer delivers a fantastic price-performance ratio for the office market. For the first time, office workgroups have access to super-fast colour, high graphic quality and incredible media flexibility all for an affordable upfront cost, improving productivity and providing advanced colour and mono printing capabilities for a wide range of business needs.”

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OKI launches A4 monochrome MFP

November 18, 2015

OKI MFPThe ES5162LP prints at up to 47ppm, or copies per minute, and the first page can be printed in as little as five seconds.

It also features a legal-size flatbed platen and a 50-sheet duplex reversing automatic document feeder (RADF). The device has an ID Card Copy function, file sharing and document delivery options, easy to access primary functions, and job macro functions.

Energy-saving features include a toner save function, fax previewing, deep sleep and auto power off modes, along with the “efficiencies” of OKI’s LED printing technology.

Hiroyuki Fukushima, Vice President of Office Solutions Product Marketing for OKI Data Americas, said: “The ES5162LP monochrome multifunction printer represents a valuable addition to OKI’s Executive Series of devices developed for – and offered exclusively to – the BTA channel.

“This new MFP delivers versatility, productivity and reliability to the marketplace, and further underscores OKI’s commitment to channel development and customer satisfaction.”

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Xerox printers with infrared cameras launched

November 18, 2015

Xerox smart cameraThe devices can detect when someone is in the room from their heart signature and ready the printer for use.

The range of 36 MFPs were on display at the OEM’s DocuWorld 2015 event in Kuala Lumpur, and are separated into four different categories and include colour and monochrome models, The Star Online reported. Two broad categories make up the range, the standard DocuCentre-V printers and the ApeosPort-V models, which are fully customisable to the client’s needs.

Print resolutions for the lower end of the range are up to 1,200 x 2,400dpi, while the higher end models print at up to 2,400 x 2,400dpi.

All models include LED printheads, ‘eco-toners’ with a lower melting point and controllers that consume less power than before. The cameras on some of the models also feature Smart WelcomEyes Advance 2, with an infrared camera and a regular camera built into the front of the printer.

The infrared camera scans the room to detect the heat radiating from a human body while the second camera scans their footsteps, only turning on if it detects them coming towards the printer, and so allowing the deivce to stay in sleep mode for longer.

The devices can also save copied and scanned files to Xerox’ cloud service, and can then be translated automatically from one language, producing prints in another. Automatic translation is available to and from English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and even Bahasa Malaysian.

The devices support Apple’s AirPrint technology, and driverless printing from Android devices and Google Cloud Printing, and the camera can be used to scan QR codes and receive print jobs.

Security features include support for NFC chips in smartphones, but they are not integrated with NFC-enabled smart cards, and some models include cameras with facial recognitions software for identifying the user.

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China patent applications grow 22 percent

November 16, 2015

chinaChina received 1.876 million in the first three quarters of 2015, 709,000 (37.8 percent) of which were for inventions, up 21.7 percent compared to the figures for the respective quarter of 2014.

According to data from the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), 779,000 were for utility model patents, increasing 33.6 percent, while the remaining 388,000 were for design patents, increasing 4.4 percent, Lexology reported.

Of the invention patent applications 610,000 were domestic, up 24.9 percent, while 99,000 were from overseas, increasing 5.1 percent. In the domestic subcategory, 492,000 were service applications, accounting for 80.7 percent, while 118,000 were non-service, making up 19.3 percent of the inventions.

In the first three quarters of 2015, SIPO granted 1.176 million patents of all the three kinds, up 25.8 percent. Among them, 248,000 were invention patents, up 46 percent; 599,000 were utility model patents, up 18.9 percent; and 329,000 were design patents, up 26.1 percent.

The SIPO granted 1.176 million patents in the quarter, up 25.8 percent, 181,000 of which were domestic, up 52.5 percent. 67,000 of the SIPO domestic invention patents were from overseas, growing 31.1 percent; with 164,000 for service invention patents, making up 90.6 percent, while 17,000 were not, accounting for 9.4 percent.

The SIPO said the major trends were that applications were growing rapidly, particularly invention patents, which were up 9.5 percent compared to last year, while the number of invention patents granted hit a high growth rate of almost 50 percent.

Utility model patents and design patents were both registered higher than invention patents, and the proportion of domestic invention patent applications had a stable level at 80 percent, while the overall proportion of domestic service invention patents granted came in at over 90 percent.

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HP mis-sends personal details

November 13, 2015

Backlit keyboardThe entire identity of a woman from Georgia, USA, including her income, as well as her children’s identities, appeared on a stranger’s computer, while she view all his.

Shannon Sandry says the mistake occurred after she sent her laptop to HP’s repair centre in Indiana, after which she got a call from a man in Maryland who asked: ‘Is your Social Security number this?’, 13WMAZ reported.

She could see his private details on her device, including pictures, bank records, and his address. Sandry said: “There is his TurboTax folder showing that he did it on TurboTax. I know how to access his bank if I want to.

“My information went to Prince Frederick, Maryland. Where else did it go?”

The two determined that HP must have mixed the computers up. Sandry says she called the OEM, but their response was inadequate. 13WMAZ said they had attempted to call HP but their enquiry had not been returned.

In the meantime Sandry still feels that her identity and her children’s will always be in danger. Both computer owners say they will consult with lawyers about the incident.

“They [HP] know they’re wrong. ‘Sorry’ is not going to fix it,” Sandry said. “They’re not offering me anything to protect my children’s identity. They’re not offering anything to protect my identity. All they’ve told me so far is they want the computer back.”

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