Despite the best efforts of device makers to create a paperless world, the truth is that there are just too many times when a hard copy of a document is necessary. Various wireless technologies including Bluetooth have made it easier to print while on the go, but this week HP introduced something that could be a real game changer for printing, ensuring that the paperless world will probably never actually get here – for good and bad.
The company unveiled its new category of Web-enabled printing solutions this week, which will allow users to essentially print from the cloud. This would allow a user to print from an e-mail compatible device, such as a smartphone, and send to the new HP ePrint-enabled printer. And unlike wireless technology that requires you to be in close proximity to the printer, this could work from extremely great distances. In other words, you could be on the go in a far off city and have a document printed back at the home office.
On the surface this sort of has a “Fax 2.0” ring to it, but unlike a fax, you could also store documents and files to the cloud and save for later printout when, and more importantly IF, a printout is actually needed. The new ePrint-enabled printers, which HP has just announced with prices ranging from $99 and up (available this fall), will also work with the Google Cloud. And without requiring a local proxy PC or web appliance, plus the new printers will be compatible with mobile print apps from numerous partners including Yahoo, Facebook and Picasa.
Mobile TV Launches in the Motor City
Mobile TV is on the air, or rather on your handset – at least if you’re in Detroit, Michigan, and have a device that can receive the signal. Last week two stations, WDIV and WXYZ both launched Mobile Digital Television (DTV) as part of the Open Mobile Video Coalition’s efforts to roll out the format. This follows the launch of Mobile DTV in Washington, D.C., where users can experience TV programming via specially equipped handsets and netbooks. While the technology is still rolling out, it could change the way users stay in tune with news and entertainment, notably while traveling.
Desktop Monitors Still Moving, So What’s That Mean For Tablets?
Monthly worldwide production of LCD monitors in May neared an all time high, suggesting that the desktop PC is anything but close to being at death’s door. There have been many recent comments suggesting that tablets, such as Apple’s iPad, would erode the desktop market – but clearly as production has increased, along with sales, it is a sure sign that the computer is going to stay at the desk, with the monitor on top.
These were the findings from DisplaySearch’s latest Monthly Desktop LCD Monitor Brand and OEM Production Report. “Analysis of the LCD monitor supply chain shows that brands are bullish on the seemingly mature monitor market mainly due to continued growth of first time PCs purchased in China, as well as corporate PC refresh cycles in mature markets,” said Chris Connery, Vice President of Personal Computer Displays at DisplaySearch. “Current production plans indicate that, in spite of the push towards mobile computing, there is demand for larger size, external displays for all types of computing applications, leading to the conclusion that desktop computing is far from dead.”