With more and more people working from home, the demand for better home office printers is on the rise. Canon, the camera and photo conglomerate, has released a new set of all-in-one printers for the home office.
The Canon PIXMA MX330 and PIXMA MX860 both have an impressive list of features that include Auto Duplexing which allows for printing double-sided documents automatically, wireless LAN, Ethernet, Auto Scan which automatically detects the type of media being scanned, and Super G3 fax. Both are Energy-Star compliant as well.
The highly regarded VoIP, video, and IM service Skype has released a new version for Windows. Considering the 14.5 million online as I write this, I’m sure that the new interface and features will please the masses.
Skype 4.0 offers video calls, improved peripheral hardware setup, and improved call quality. Unfortunately, (not Skype’s fault) there is still no support for emergency calls such as 911 in the U.S. That has to do with VoIP regulations, etc.
Video calls have been on the rise over the last few years and Skype aims to keep up the momentum by making video calls easier and offering free face-to-face video calls. You can also go full screen for a more direct feel to the call. New bandwidth management allows for quality video even on lower bandwidths.
Much like the auto industry of America, Japan electronics industry is in need of some serious help. With overall tech sales plummeting to all-time lows through the holiday season and post holiday season sales just as bad, consolidation may be the answer that Japan needs.
Many problems stem not just from the poor global economy right now, but from things such as too many companies, the Japanese yen performing poorly particularly against the Korean won, and some poorly performing supposedly hot items like the PS3.
Although some companies are posting large sales numbers and making attempts to drive the market, it simply doesn’t seem enough. And despite Panasonic’s recent agreement to work with a struggling Sanyo, some like former Sony CEO Nobuyuki Idei see this step as potentially producing even more problems.
Tired of not having control when replicating digital content on DVDs? Old digital copy methods simply copy the exact pre-encoded files (provided you have permission) to your computer. Protect Software has released LiveDigitalCopy; software designed to allow for transcoding when creating DVD copies and distribute them to a range of devices.
In a wave of closings, layoffs, and cutbacks one company in the gadget world is looking to stand their ground against the economic tide. Best Buy, the tech and gadget superstore, could hugely benefit from store closings, but one particular may catch their eye.
Circuit City is looking to soon close thousands of stores in the U.S. alone as it liquidates its assets and closed shop. Best Buy is looking to potentially snatch up some of those locations around the country according to CEO, Brad Anderson. Anderson apparently told Reuters recently that quality financial standing was more important at the present time, though.
Another name is added to a long and growing list of tech items to be axed by various corporations. The Nokia N810 Internet Tablet WiMax Edition has been discontinued. WiMax is a wireless network with a longer range than Wi-Fi and aims to take the place of potentially both Wi-Fi and cellular broadband networks.
Nokia spokeswoman Laurie Armstrong did not state reasons as to the removal, but did state that newer technology will be necessary as WiMax tablets begin to grow in use. Other manufacturers have reported plans to produce WiMax enabled computers. Until that happens, though, WiMax users will require an external modem.
Digital cameras are a fantastic innovation. There are waterproof ones, ones designed to take a beating, even airtight ones to protect against dust and air contaminants. But who wants a different camera when snorkeling as opposed to mountain biking?
Panasonic has released the Lumix TS1 digital camera. This rugged piece of picture taking power is waterproof to 10 feet, airtight to keep out dust, shockproof with drops under 5 feet, and has reinforced glass and carbon resin components.
Amidst the Circuit City bankruptcy and Microsoft layoffs, not to mention poor sales numbers for both the PS3 and PSP, Sony has found the need to reform. And with two warnings about falling profits coming less than three months apart it’s not a moment too soon.
Projecting a potential annual loss of $2.9 billion, their numbers are a far cry from the average $2.2 billion they usually record for annual profits. Sony CEO Howard Stringer blames a variety of things for the steep decline. Largely, the issues seem due to a falling Japanese Yen, department rivalries, and out-of-control costs, but the fact that Sony has yet to hit the software market certainly has some impact.
Social media is huge right now and the more interactive it is the better. Having realized this, Hollywood.com has teamed up with Buddy Media and announced the release of a new social app for Facebook and MySpace.
The application is a branded “top 5” voting application. Users can vote on their top 5 for everything from celebrity couples to celebrity divorces and more. Essentially they have built an application to engage audiences while spreading brand advocacy, sort of a virtual street team.
Man, your car has everything: GPS turn-by-turn directions, awesome stereo system, DVD, almost every gadget you can think of. But does it have MTV or Comedy Central?
AT&T and RaySat Broadcasting have announced that, via the AT&T CruiseCast service, MTV and Comedy Central will be broadcasting directly to your car. The satellite television and radio service will be broadcasting 22 TV channels to include not only MTV and Comedy Central but Nickelodeon, Noggin, and more as part of MTV’s mobile channels.