Manufacturers make a lot of money out of our penchant for printing, but the new EcoTank range is different — this all-in-one Mac-compatible printer and scanner includes a four-tank silo into which you can squirt enough ink for, according to Epson, two years’ worth of printing. Is it a good value?
Sometimes you may want to use your Mac as a Wi-Fi scanner so that you can detect which routers in your vicinity might interfere with your own router. If there are many routers on the same channels as yours, then you may start noticing network slowdowns. You may think you need to head to the Mac App Store to get an app that will handle this task, but in fact this feature is built right into OS X. It's a bit hidden, but we'll unearth this feature and show you how it works.
Our weekly roundup of the latest noteworthy iOS apps is back with another round of potential App Store favorites! In this edition, we'll shine a spotlight on Evernote's new mobile scanner app, talk personal finance, show you how to beam live iOS video to an Apple TV, create your own emoji keyboard, use voice search with an Amazon Fire TV Stick, and check out a gaggle of updates to Hangouts, Adobe Premiere Clip, and more. Off to the App Store we go...!
This week's New App Recap has a clear focus on reinvention, as several apps in our lineup have been rebooted, refreshed, or otherwise reinvented with new versions that offer a fresh new look and feel. But don't change that dial, because we've also got a few new discoveries as well — so without further ado, let's dive in!
With a gorgeous interface and a good developer pedigree, we had high hopes for Scanbot. There's a clean, simple aesthetic that runs through every screen, helping you capture and organize your documents with ease. The priority here is speed, as Scanbot's foolproof interface can attest to, but it doesn't come at the expense of professional features, including high-resolution output, a low-light indicator, and automatic edge detection. Our final products weren't always perfect, but the powerful cropping tool and one-touch enhancer fine-tuned things nicely.
The latest entry in our "cool stuff from CES 2014" file comes from 3D systems, which today announced an iPad version of its unique Sense 3D scanner. Appropriately enough, it's called the "iSense," and it can scan three-dimensional objects and then send the data to your iPad, thus eliminating the need for the large, bulky scanners usually required for such technology.
Looking to get rid of all the scraps of paper that accumulate on your desk and banish them to the cloud instead? Neat's latest touchscreen-based digital filing system makes it easy — and completely wireless.
With each passing year, the need for a computer diminishes as enterprising developers contribute additional superpowers to iOS devices. One of the latest to arrive on the iPhone is optical character recognition (OCR), courtesy of Pixter Scanner. While there are plenty of solutions for turning an iPhone into a mobile scanner, few allow captured text to be converted to editable text – let alone translate it into 70 different languages. Pixter Scanner OCR does just that, recognizing typewritten (and in some cases, even handwritten) text in 32 languages. In our tests, OCR worked quickly with nearly 100 percent accuracy, even with a variety of different type styles.
Happy hump day! Whether you're looking forward to a break from school or some time off from the job over the holidays, the calendar continues its incessant march forward and before you know it, we'll be curled up with some egg nog roasting chestnuts on an open fire with our loved ones. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, maybe you'd prefer a handful of tech news from the last 24 hours or so, and we're happy to serve it up to you now...
Epson is calling their latest line of printers “small-in-one,” a nod to their packing a ton of features into a single compact package. At 15.4 by 13.3 by 7.5 inches with all the trays folded up, the XP-800 isn’t exactly small, but it is smaller than many similarly-equipped all-in-ones.