Does your home office suffer from a burning absence of professional quality color printing and 4 in 1 functionality? Have you sought for an integrated printer, copier, scanner and fax machine – but been put off by the massive prices of existing models? If so, the expansion of HP OfficeJet
range may spark your interest.
The newly announced Hewlett Packard OfficeJet 4500 starts at $99 - making it HP’s “most affordable” all-in-one printer. 100 sheets of paper slot beneath its piano black chassis, and it prints 6 pages per minute. The recommended output per month is 3000. Meanwhile, the 1200dpi scanner includes a 20 page document feeder.
The more costly 4500 Wireless version comes with WiFi connectivity for consumers opposed to USB cables. Both versions will cut your electric bill – they’re Energy Star qualified. Finally, HP promises that printouts using ColorLok paper dry extra quickly.
Commenting in the Press Release, HP’s Vice President of Inkjet Business Solutions Hatern Mostafa said: “HP believes in the entrepreneurial spirit and strives to create products that help customers turn their ideas into reality.” Of course, this applies to people whose idea is saving space and money at their home office. SummaryRelease Date
: March 2010Manufacturer
: Hewlett PackardFeatures
: Printer, Copier, 1200dpi Scanner, Fax machine, 20 page automatic document feeder, Wifi connectivity, Fast drying ink, Energy Star qualified.Pages Per Minute
: 6Operating Systems
: Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow LeopardInk Cartridges
: Black - $14.99 (200 sheet capacity) and $31.99 (700 sheet capacity), Color - $21.99 (360 sheet capacity)
I admit it, I am a social media enthusiast. I began using Twitter
even before main stream media, I use it both personally and professionally, and I honestly did a happy dance the day Foursquare
opened up in my hometown.
Are we going too far? Last night as I was sitting home alone I saw a tweet from @PleaseRobMe
. They called out my username and said I was not home. Talk about scare tactics. I try to be smart online, do not think the high tech burglars could find my home address to print, do not post anything overly personal and only friend those I know and trust, but are our beloved Foursquare and Twitter postings putting me at risk?
On their website
they even provide search functionality allowing potential criminals to put a location in and hit go for a list of recent empty homes, including mine, that potential criminals could print
Many of us location-sharing social media enthusiasts get so caught up in the novelty and bonuses that we ignore the possible reactions. There have been cases of Twitter burglaries (Israel Hyman) and Facebook burglaries
in the past, now PleaseRobMe alleges that they are making potential targets aware.
Do you think PleaseRobMe is providing a public service by making targets aware? Or is it set up to assist would be criminals further their endeavours?
Recently there was a meeting between labeling regulators and ink cartridge
brands at The National Conference on Weights and Measures.
According we reported in this blog
, the US Conference of Weights and Measures would compel manufacturers to improve their labeling standards.
No longer could Epson cartridges list misleading printout yields. No longer would HP hide the ink volume of their cartridges. Instead consumers would pick up an OEM cartridge – they’d see that it housed 20ml of ink – they’d realize it cost $24.99 – and they’d snort with disgust.
Years later and OEM cartridge profits would plummet an estimated $5 billion.
Of course that was last month, and the brilliant dawn of realization hasn’t happened. There are two possibilities:
(1) the labelling regulators and toner brands are still debating or
(2) The conference was sensationalized.
Post-conference ink labeling standards remain the same, and we must accept that The Weights and Measures Conference solved nothing.
Yet there has been fallout in the blogging world.
On February 2 Taeho Lim at Cartridge News outlined his scheme to help consumers keep track of their toner use. He proposes that consumers who know their rate of ink consumption could make more informed decisions, and that printer software ought display this.
In short, he takes the consumer desire for more information as literal. By doing this Lim misses the point of the labeling furore completely.
The absence of accurate labeling is a problem because OEM brands are hiding the real cost of ink from consumers. That consumers wish to precede each purchase with a quantitative analysis of how the last cartridge fared (as Lam suggests) is unlikely.
Dean Gallea of Consumer Reports even argues that the most useful information
for consumers is that already given by OEM brands: pageyield. To label the volume of ink contained in a cartridge will not tell consumers how many prints the cartridge contains; some printouts use more ink than others.
Instead, stating the volume of ink on the cartridge is important because it tells consumers how much they’re paying per liter. It lets consumers compare what they pay with the cost of production. It reveals OEM brands for the price gougers they (likely) are.
Charles le Compte of Lyra Research puts it best: volume information “sets in motion a dynamic that will drive down cartridge prices over time.” Once the consumer not only complains but proves he’s being overcharged, prices must tumble.
Before The Conference of Weights and Measures, chief Max Gray told American Public Media why he targeted ink cartridge labeling: “All of this lack of clarity… led me to feel that maybe this should be addressed.”
To what end addressed?
Gray may intend that OEM brands give all possible facts, as Lim outlines. He may be launching a covert attack to make OEM brands lower their prices. The conference last month solved nothing: ink cartridge
labels remain unclear.
With any luck what Gray intends will become clear in the near future.
Ready for your iPad? The majority of us do not yet have access to the iPad until late March, and once it is in stores it may take you a while to save up the $500+ for this new device. Solution? Print an iPad and start drooling!
Jess Silverstone, the lead artist for Revolutionary Concepts put together a printable Apple iPad for your viewing pleasure.
The directions are simple: Make sure you have some good color cartridges
for printing, select borderless printing if your printer offers the advanced function, then click here to print the iPad front
and feed the page back in to print the Apple back
As illustrated in the graph above, newspaper ad sales (a.k.a. revenue) have dropped at an accelerating rate since April, 2006. The Newspaper Association of America reported that print ad sales fell by a historic 29.7% to $5.9 billion in the first period of 2009.
What will the future of newspapers look like in 2010? With the wide use of the internet, we can find news we are most interested in, and even print
our own Sunday coupons.
While on Social networking sites like Facebook
you probably read updates shared by friends in the same town or with the same interests, as well straight from news sources such as Associated Press, Wall Street Journal or your hometown news channel. Many are now getting news immediately and at demand with no charge. Facebook
also allows users to share news they are reading with friends, and start a discussion. Users are increasingly heading to Facebook
to get their news and entertainment in one place. Facebook
has an extensive user base, and many social networking users claim news as a primary reason for Facebook and Twitter use. As seen in the graph above, Experian Hitwise conducted a study finding 3.52% of the upstream visits to News and Media websites came directly from Facebook
last week. Compared to 1.39% from Google News and a decline in printed newspapers, Facebook
looks to be the most popular news source. Facebook
has a huge lead in that everybody is already there, and they're spending more and more time there checking their live feed, playing games, sharing photos and posting status updates. If news is right in your live feed, you are going to see news articles there frequently without having to search for it. Have you subscribed to your favorite news source yet?
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Get all your friends to “like” your photo!
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It’s impossible that you haven’t heard the news. Even the birds were singing about the announcement of the Apple iPad yesterday – while blog hubs like Technorati have strained under the weight of gossip.
Yet of all the excited parties, people in print
publishing have perhaps the most reason for a speculation-fest. Why? Because few other industries are screaming quite so loudly for the savior that the iPad has the potential to become.iPad to the Rescue?
Earlier eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle have only hurt existing book revenues. According to a January 12th post by Daniel Fitzgerald at ProPrint.com, Christmas 2009 marked the first year Amazon sold fewer paper books than electronic books.
What’s more, newspapers have been floundering for months to revive their basement-level print income – or make charging for content online viable. Rubert Murdoch recently poured scorn
on Google for enabling users to bypass pay walls, for example.
Hence if a group of people ever deserved to break out the karaoke and sing Bonnie Tyler (“I need a hero…”) it’s the hardworking people in print publishing.
What’s more, Apple is now called the savior of the music industry thanks to iTunes (perhaps prematurely given how widespread piracy remains.) So why couldn’t the iPad and its partner application iBookstore achieve the same results?
By partnering with Apple, both publishing houses and newspapers can release their content through iBookstore – and bring their industries back from the brink.
Already The New York Times has confirmed an iPad app to make articles readable on the Apple device. And according to an internal source at the newspaper, Steve Jobs “believes in old media companies and wants them to do well. He believes democracy is hinged on a free press and that depends on there being a professional press."
All of which makes the iPad a great prospect both for publishers.Doubts About the iPad
Yet if Apple is to be print’s savior it must overcome some obstacles first.
For example, according to General Manager of Griffin Press Ben Jolly, several publishers aren’t ready
to exploit the revenues the iPad may bring - not least because publishers have to submit apps themselves to make their websites viewable.
Second is the fact that reading on the iPad is an untested experience. If the device isn’t a commercial success, it won’t give publishers any benefit regardless of how they price their content.
Last is the certainty that a successful iPad will continue to erode the paper book market.
The iPad certainly has the potential to give a new lease of life to print newspapers. The Apple brand alone (compared with the Amazon Kindle) has the potential to spark an e-reading explosion. But right now too many questions remain to know whether Apple will raise publishing from the ashes, or (without meaning to) hasten its decline.
There has been much discussion lately regarding the cost of ink. As manufacturers lower their price on printers, they in turn raise the prices on cartridges that allow you to continue printing. If only you could compare how much ink is contained in a cartridge prior to purchase.
The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) 95th Interim Meeting is being held January 24 - 27, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The NCWM is an organization of weights and measures officials of the states, counties and cities of the United States, federal agencies and private sector representatives. These meetings bring together government officials and representatives of business, industry, trade associations, and consumer organizations on subjects related to the field of weights and measures technology, administration and enforcement. NIST participates to promote uniformity among the states in laws, regulations, methods, and testing equipment that comprise the regulatory control of commercial weighing and measuring devices and other trade and commerce issues.
One of the significant agenda items that will be considered is the Method of Sale of Commodities Regulation, including Packaged Printer Ink and Toner Cartridges. The NCWM Laws and Regulations Committee (L&R Committee) will discuss a proposed method of ink sales that would clarify the labeling requirements for packaged inkjet and toner cartridges to ensure that consumers are informed about the net quantity of contents of these products so that value comparisons can be made.
One recent consumer advocate study estimated that consumers could save billions of dollars a year if they were armed with full information about how much it would cost to operate various printers. The American Consumer Institute, in a study in late 2008, said that consumers were being lured into a bad deal by buying the lower cost printers and then overpaying an estimated $6 billion per year for Original Manufacturers ink cartridges. The push for more exact information, including a "liquid measure" has finally gotten enough attention to urge this meeting between NCWM regulators and manufacturers over how the cartridges are to be labelled.
An attorney for Lexmark
argues that ink use varies due to print quality chosen, and that the cost of the ink is only a small part of the cartridge, a sophisticated micro-machine, and its related cost and therefore disclosing ink volumes would actually be misleading to consumers. NCWM is told to expect a fight from such manufacturers accustomed to being exempt from labelling laws.
Many ink and toner manufacturers and retailers, such as Clickinks.com
, do self regulate, providing customers with an average page yield like shown below. If you are purchasing a new printer it is highly recommended that you do some research to find page yield per cartridge on your own, at least until all manufacturers are required to follow suit, labelling printer ink and toner cartridges with such measurements.
Most couples save the photo album
for after the wedding. But when North Carolina resident Derick Childress stumbled upon a novel way to propose to girlfriend Emily, his Canon 7D digital camera
saw some major use. To generate his light-writing proposal, Derick employed 2 friends and took more than 800 exposures over 3 nights.
Their website, derickandemily.com, hosts a Making Of video
– but (perhaps thanks to links from Neatorama) it’s currently down.
Valentines Day is upon us, what romantic inspiration do you have?
Many U.S. companies have pledged Six-figure sums to aid Haiti relief in the last week. According to a frequently updated list by the Chamber of Commerce
, among the larger contributors are: Microsoft, which has donated $1.25 million, and Pepsi, which is pledging $1 million.
Other contributors include Crocs, which is donating thousands of pairs of shoes, and Nestle, which has donated $1m in bottled water.
Leading printer brands are also adding to Haiti relief. According to a 15 January press release by Hewlett Packard
, the household name has contributed $500,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.
HP will also match $250,000 in contributions from its employees, coming to a possible $750,000.
Group has also pledged $220,000 to aid victims of the earthquake, which struck Haiti last week.
Speaking in the Canon Press Release, President and Chief Executive Officer at Canon USA Joe Adachi said: "A tragedy of this magnitude requires support from the global community and it is our hope that our contribution, along with all of the aid coming in from around the world, will help the people of Haiti begin the rebuilding and healing process."
According to the 17 January report at USAToday.com, US donations are set to exceed the $2b pledged after the Asian tsunami two years ago.
Notable pledges outside the corporate world include: $1m contributed by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Doctors Without Borders, and $500,000 contributed by The New York Yankees.
Sal Fabens of United Way Worldwide says that cash is the most useful pledge, because donations of food etc. may not be able to reach the disaster-struck areas.
If you’d like to pledge Haiti relief, you’ll find information at the Haiti Earthquake Recovery