Archive for March 20, 2018

HP Releases World’s Smallest Laser In Its Class

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2018 by itnerd

HP Inc. today unveiled the new HP LaserJet Pro M15 and M28 series, the world’s smallest laser in its class designed to give micro and small business owners unparalleled fast and productive printing that fits absolutely anywhere. Learn more at hp.com/go/smallestlaser.

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The rise of the gig economy is having reverberations on how and why people work. Business models are shifting and new careers are emerging. For example, according the World Economic Forum (WEF), small businesses make up 99% of the private sector in the UK, and there are more than 57.9 million small business employees in the U.S. Similarly, WEF reported that in China, small and micro enterprises and self-employed entrepreneurs accounted for 94.2% of all firms.

Smallest Form Factor with Maximum Productivity

Now 30% smaller than the previous generation, the HP LaserJet Pro M15 and M28 printers are about as tall as a standard No. 2 pencil or the average smartphone. The printers feature a sleek compact design that will fit nearly anywhere.

Even with the tiny size, these new LaserJet Pros can print at speeds up to 18/19 pages per minute, allowing users to quickly finish projects on a tight schedule.

Easy Mobile Printing

The HP LaserJet Pro M15 and M28 printers allow mobile workers to easily print business documents and scan on the go—all from a smartphone or tablet. For example, the HP Smart App is designed to completely control the printer from a smartphone, offering simple set up in minutes, fast scanning to the cloud, and making it more convenient than ever to order supplies or print from virtually anywhere. In addition to the HP Smart App, the new laser devices also support Apple AirPrint; Google Cloud Print, Mopria-certified and Wi-Fi Direct.

 Affordable Laser Quality

The smallest laser in its class from HP is also the company’s lowest priced, allowing micro business users to save money while enjoying the quality and reliability expected from the industry leader.

The printers are intuitive, feature a simple design and automatically save energy with HP Auto-on/Auto-off technology. In addition, preinstalled cartridges help users get printing professional-quality documents right out of the box.

 Availability and Pricing

HP’s new LaserJet Pro M15 and M28 series is estimated to be available for purchase worldwide starting April 2018. More information can be found at hp.com/go/smallestlaser.

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udoq: First Patented Multi-Device Docking/Charging StationFor All Mobile Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2018 by itnerd

udoq announced today that it is now shipping udoq, the first worldwide patented universal docking station for all mobile devices of every brand and generation. Just in time for Father’s Day and graduations, udoq is a one-size-fits-all station for charging and docking all Android, Apple, and other smartphones, tablets, music players, smartwatches, eReaders, and other devices. Created by the minimalist designers of Porsche and other brands according to German engineering standards, udoq is made of elegant sturdy high-grade aluminum built to last. It features an innovative patented process which allows users to quickly and neatly move and slide back and forth all the charging cables from multiple devices in one station without the mess and disorganization of tangled cables and lost devices.

Connector Cables Slide Back & Forth in Any Order – Mix & Match Devices

udoq includes cables from Apple, Android, or other devices as chosen by the user, such as Lightning, Micro USB, USB-C, and 30-Pin, with an adapter for the Apple Watch. The cables snake through the back of udoq’s aluminum bar, snapping onto the patented udoq connectors which slide along the track on the bottom and can be moved into any position for optimal viewing, operating, and charging.

udoq is fully customizable to any  range of mobile devices, allowing users to mix and match Android, Apple, or other devices with a quick cable swap. All connectors can be adjusted in height to fit thick bumpers and cases. Simply open the udoq adapter to adjust your cable to the required height with the included small tool, or custom configure the dock ahead of time when ordering at https://udoq.com/configurator/from a drop down list of devices. udoq keeps the cables tidy and hidden away, connected to its multi-port USB charger contained in the box behind the udoq which plugs into a wall outlet, or you can plug the cables directly to your computer.

All smartphones, tablets, eReaders, and music players, such as iPods, are propped vertically or horizontally (according to the location of the charger port) and stay fully accessible for use while docked and charging or syncing. The dock protects devices against slipping with a double layer of silicone strips, so you can safely store and use your devices without the fear of sliding or scratching their surfaces. All versions of udoqs can also be mounted to a wall with the rock-solid udoq wall mount set, which contains machined aluminium brackets.

Four Different Versions Available from 10 inches to Almost 2 ½ Feet:

udoq is available in four different model lengths: 250mm, 400mm, 550mm, and 700mm. The smallest size (udoq250) is around 10 inches and perfectly fits four smartphones or one iPad and one iPhone. The largest model (udoq700) at almost 2½ feet can accommodate a tablet and six smartphones — and still have room for an iPod.

udoq Models:

  • udoq250 – at about 10 inches (250mm) – fits up to 4 devices.
  • udoq400 – at about 15½ inches (400mm) – fits up to 6 devices.
  • udoq550 – at about 21½” (550mm) – fits up to 8 devices.
  • udoq700 – at about 27 ½” (700mm) – fits up to 12 devices.

udoq Features:

  • Elegant high-grade aluminum docking station, built for years of use.
  • Available in four different lengths.
  • Includes user-selectable cables for Lightning, Micro USB, USB-C, and 30-Pin.
  • Includes udoq’s patented slideable connectors.
  • Apple MFi certified.
  • Devices can be moved back and forth by sliding sideways.
  • Adjustable in height (up to 8mm) to fit protector cases or bumpers.
  • Includes tool for attaching cables to udoq connectors.
  • Includes silicone strips for extra protection from slippage.
  • Manual.
  • Optional Wall Mount is available to attach any udoq to the wall.
  • Udoq’s CboxS box neatly stores and hides all cables.

udoq was created from Founder Marcus Kuchler’s desire to organize the chaos resulting from  multiple devices, cables, and chargers. “I’m the father of two active kids, and of course they love their smartphones and iPads,” said Kuchler. “After struggling with our various charging and syncing routines and the chaos of it for several years, I got sick and tired of the daily search for cables, chargers, and phones. Bringing all my expertise of 25 years working as a product designer with my company, marwin, for brands like Adidas, Porsche, Rimowa, Cherry and Leica – and my 12 years of ‘internship’ as a husband and father – I invented udoq.”

Pricing & Availability

Priced from $100-$200, udoq is available immediately from https://udoq.com/shop-2/, completely customizable at: https://udoq.com/configurator/. For more information, see www.udoq.com.

Why You Need To Quit Facebook Right Now

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2018 by itnerd

Over the last couple of days, it’s come to light a company called Cambridge Analytica was gathering Facebook data to try and manipulate the behavior of millions of voters. Most notably for the 2016 US election. Reports by The New York Times and Guardian revealed that Cambridge Analytica misused data harvested by University of Cambridge researcher Aleksandr Kogan, allowing the firm to better target around 50 million Facebook users with political ads.

What this highlights is that your data on Facebook is not safe. In fact, it never was. Sure Cambridge Analytica did some underhanded things to get access to your data, but they aren’t the only ones. Facebook itself is in the business of mining data to make money. And I’m talking about the data that you create by uploading your photos, changing your status, and even surfing the net outside of Facebook. Don’t believe me? Here is a link to an article published in Time magazine in 2014 that detailed some of the ways Facebook had used users data up until that time. And here is a link to a BBC news article published in 2015 about the fact that Facebook was even tracking internet users who were not members of the social media network. Let’s face it. Information is power and Facebook has a mountain of it when it comes to every single person who uses Facebook. That means that anyone who has access to that data can do anything they want with it. Good or bad. And as the current example with Cambridge Analytica, it currently falls into the “bad” camp.

Scary isn’t it?

This also highlights one other fact, when it comes to Facebook, which is that you are the product. I for one don’t like being the product. Rather I prefer to be a consumer. And you aren’t that if you use Facebook. So, besides the fact that your personal info isn’t safe on Facebook, this is one other reason to dump the platform. Finally, you’ll also get the bonus of getting back a ton of free time by not being on Facebook. Think of what you could do with that time. You could learn a language, take up a hobby, improve the relationships that you have with people. The list is endless.

To permanently delete your account, go to this page. To deactivate your account, go here. Facebook will use some weird tricks to try and keep you as a user, because without you they have less of a business model, so be aware of that. If you need more advice as to how to dump Facebook, click here. But take it from me, this week’s events highlight that Facebook is not a net benefit for your life. It is the exact opposite. Do yourself a favor and ditch it. You’ll thank yourself by doing so.