Apple recently unveiled its new wireless printing technology for iOS called AirPrint. The new technology will be made available as part of the new iOS 4.2 update that is to be released in November this year. What AirPrint does is basically detect printers in the neighborhood that are compatible with wireless networks and pass on text, image or other documents to the printer wirelessly for these files to be printed on paper.
At this point, AirPrint can interact wirelessly with the HP ePrint printers. Apart from this, you can also connect to any printer that is connected to a Mac or a PC. AirPrint is designed to work with a wide range of printers and so the device at your home or office should most definitely be included in the list of supported devices.
Check out this video walk-through of AirPrint in action. The demo was made by folks at WhenWillApple.com
A former researcher who was employed by Canon to develop a printer technology that improved the quality of images produced by laser printer has won a case against Canon to be appropriately paid for his invention. The researcher is learned to have worked with the company back in the 80s and 90s.
However, the researcher may not be happy with the verdict. The former Canon employee had sued the company for compensation worth ¥100 million. According to a ruling by the Tokyo District Court, the contribution of the researcher’s invention in the total profits was only close to 1% and hence the compensation was brought down to less than 3 million Yen.
Not everything is settled though. The court is yet to hear on another case between the two parties over a separate patent compensation.
The all-in-one inkjet printer renders color prints at 22 pages-per-minute while monochrome pages are rendered at 28 pages-per-minute. But do note that this is more likely only for draft publications. Otherwise, expect a reduction in speed.
There are some disadvantages with HP Officejet 4500 as well. The device does not print from memory cards or USB drives and is limited to one-line text only LCD prints. Nevertheless, at a price of $129, it is quite a bargain.