Like any other Target fanatic, I try to stay on top of the sales and deals year-round, but they get especially juicy around back-to-school time. Not only can you find a great deal on something you've had on your wish list all year (a Flip camcorder!), but you can stock up on all of the essentials. You know, ink, netbooks, flash drives, ereaders, that sort of thing. This weekend's circular is stuffed with all kinds of bargains and extras (items could be different in your area, so be sure to check your local ads before you head out) — take a look at a few of my faves below!
HP has announced a line of Internet-connected printers designed to easily work with a smartphone or other Internet-connected device. The printers come equipped with both an email address and cloud access to accept print jobs. Since they're wired directly to the Internet, they eliminate the need for a print server or PC; just email or upload your file from any device for easy printing. The printers also feature touch-screen navigation and the ability to schedule printing on a regular daily or weekly basis.
HP has suggested that the printers also be set up for public use in hotels, airports, or other public places, which would be convenient if you're having trouble reading a file on your phone if you're away from your home or office printer. They cost from $99 to $299; the least expensive wireless version is $199. They'll be available for consumers later this month, and to businesses starting in the Fall.
Nevermind that the iPad doesn't have Flash support or a camera, one of the other (and, admittedly, more minute) drawbacks is lack of printing capabilities. Say you buy a book through the iBookstore and want a hard copy of your receipt (for expense purposes perhaps), you aren't able to since the iPad is driver-free. Using one of Google's soon-to-be-released Cloud Printing apps — for the iPad, mobile devices, Gmail, and Chrome — you can send your print job through the app, and Cloud Printing takes over from there.
Just set up your printing parameters through Cloud Printing, and the app will send your print job to your home printer or any printer worldwide you specify. This makes business printing easy, or even printing documents that you received on your mobile so you don't have to fire up your home computer.
- Nokia's upcoming Booklet will offer 12 hours of battery life and have WiFi and a SIM card slot for 3G access — Engadget
- Lexmark has just unveiled three web-connected touchscreen printers — CNET
- California may start banning environmentally unfriendly televisions by 2011 — Unplggd
- With the new Zune HD coming out on Sept. 15, Microsoft has decided to discontinue all other Zunes — Wired
- A recent survey showed that more people watch Hulu than Time Warner Cable — Switched
- Here are 8 great game documentaries, which will teach you more about the history of gaming — Green Pixels
This morning here in San Francisco, HP announced their first web-enabled printer called the TouchSmart. With a touchscreen control panel that has the look and feel of an iPhone, the TouchSmart will offer apps that make it easy for one-touch printing. HP has already teamed up with companies like Fandango (movie-ticket printing), Google (maps, calendar printing, etc.), USA Today (news article printing), and Nickelodeon (kids activities) to offer useful applications. The printer's API is completely open, so you can expect hundreds of more free apps — like RSS reader apps and airline apps — to become available by its Fall launch date.
To see what else I thought about the printer and to find out how much it will cost, read more
- I can't wait to get my hands on one of these. Similar to the technology in Polaroid's Pogo printer, Dell's pocket-sized Wasabi printer uses paper that's infused with dye crystals which respond to heat. — Gizmodo UK
- A new Windows Media Center extension called Secondrun.tv makes Hulu.com videos television-friendly. — Boing Boing
- The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is now available from T-Mobile for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a mail-in rebate. — Cnet
- A recent study revealed that the average teenager spends 31 hours online a week. That's about four hours after school each day and 11 hours on the weekend. — CrunchGear
- Digital Blue and Lego have teamed up to create a Lego-inspired electronic device for kids, which is said to be released by this Summer. — The Boy Genius Report
On Tuesday, a fire broke out in actor Nick Nolte's Malibu home, forcing him to make a quick exit and escape through a window. The fire was said to have been caused by an electrical malfunction, which Nolte believes originated from his faulty printer. The damage was estimated at three million dollars.
We've heard about fires from bad batteries in cell phones, and laptops over-heating, but I'm wondering if any of you have actually had any "real life" serious experiences with gadgets malfunctioning and causing damage to your home? Let me know in the comments below!
Are the latest nail color trends just not enough for you? Are the airbrushed designs offered by nail artists not creative enough? Then hit up this salon in Oakland, which now houses an Inkjet printer with the ability to print digital images on your nails. You can bring in any JPEG, they upload it, and you put your hands inside the printer and voila. Printed nails!
Watch till the end to see the newly-chic (male) news anchor's nails.
I know I boasted about being out of the printer game, freeing up the desk space for more efficient things a few months ago, but it appears I'm back in — my boyfriend and I decided that we really needed a scanner, and Ta-Da! Our scanner came with a printer (bonus: it makes my Fandango outings a lot easier).
So now it looks like I will be back to shopping for one of the most annoying things to shop for ever: printer ink refills. However, Lifehacker tipped me off to the best place to find refills: Amazon's Ink and Toner Finder. Simply select your printer manufacturer and the model, and Amazon will return results for everything that will work in your printer, even generic brands, so you get the best savings!
I've never considered printers to be a "fun" gadget, but that's certainly the name of the game with Canon's compact SELPHY CP770.
The Selphy, which resembles a rubber bucket, is definitely a family friendly printer. Just insert your memory card, check out your pics on the 2.5-inch display and start printing — no computer required! You can also print via Bluetooth with other devices. With a typical 4 x 6-inch photo only taking three minutes to print, this may be a useful on-the-go printer after all. And as for quality? They say it is lab-quality, but we'll have to see about that. It's priced at $150. What do you think? Do you love? Or feel like leaving it?