Ink Cartridge Scam

How printer companies are ripping us off

September 16th at 9:58 AM

How printer companies are ripping us off

Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years. Computers have gotten faster, phones have become magical portals to nearly every piece and type of information on the planet, and TVs have gotten razor-thin. Concurrently, modern technology has become easier and more intuitive.

Printing, however, is the exception to the rule. Printing, for reasons that defy logical explanation, remains a clunky, confusing, and aggravating endeavor. And to top it all off, printer companies, in addition to blessing us with nothing but frustration, are all too willing to rip us off in the process.

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Heart Disease Cholesterol Fast Test

How a 16-year-old used a hacked printer to create an insanely fast heart disease test

August 6th at 6:30 PM

How a 16-year-old used a hacked printer to create an insanely fast heart disease test

A 16-year-old inventor came up with a clever way to detect heart disease faster and cheaper than before. The method involves a hacked printer that can quickly perform a test that’ll offer clues about whether a person might have heart disease. More →

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How to Save Money on Printer Ink

Teen discovers that simply changing fonts can save tons of money on printer ink

March 28th at 11:00 PM

Teen discovers that simply changing fonts can save tons of money on printer ink

Studying ways to reduce paper and ink use for his school, a 14-year old teenager figured out that by switching from Times New Roman and other fonts to Garamond, organizations and businesses could save a ton of money on printer ink each year, CNN reports. More →

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CES

MakerBot’s Replicator is the personal 3D printer we’ve been waiting for

January 11th at 12:10 AM

MakerBot’s Replicator is the personal 3D printer we’ve been waiting for

MakerBot announced their brand new personal 3D printer, the Replicator, at CES yesterday and we just had a chance to see it up close and in person. What do we think? Well, let’s just say that we want one of them, and fast. For starters, the unit comes preassembled from MakerBot, but it also features a larger printing footprint so you can print even bigger designs. There’s also the option of using two different colors of plastic to print two-color objects — you can also choose from either ABS plastic or a more eco-friendly variant. While the printing footprint is larger, the unit itself isn’t that big, and it’s reasonably quiet. In fact, it seems more quiet than the previous models MakerBot offered. It starts at $1,749.99 and goes up to $1,999.99 if you’d like the dual extrusion option. Check out our gallery to see the unit for yourself.

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BGR Breaks It Down: How to use AirPrint with any printer

November 29th at 9:20 AM

BGR Breaks It Down: How to use AirPrint with any printer

Apple’s latest iOS update finally adds AirPrint to iOS devices, bringing wireless printing capabilities to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in order to use AirPrint, you need a compatible printer. Since very few printers are compatible at this point in time, odds are pretty good that yours isn’t one of them. Don’t worry, though — that’s where hobbyist hackers come in.

If you own a Mac [update for Windows PCs added below] and a printer, you can use AirPrint. In fact, your printer doesn’t even have to be wireless. A simple new hack using an OS X app dubbed AirPrint Hacktivator will enable printing via AirPrint for nearly anyone in a matter of minutes. Hit the jump for a guide that will get you up and running in no time. More →

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Hands on with the Epson Artisan 700

December 3rd at 2:19 PM

Hands on with the Epson Artisan 700

As the holidays continue to creep closer, time is running out as far as rounding up gifts for friends and family is concerned. Every year you tell yourself that you’re going to take care of things with plenty of time to spare next time around, but for some reason things never go as planned and frantic last-minute shopping is inevitable. There are plenty of tech-related gift guides to be found around the interwebz but here at BGR, we’re going to do our best to pepper in a handful of solid recommendations over the coming weeks and as time permits we’ll even throw in a hands on review here and there.

To kick things off, we wanted to cover an essential piece of gear that is often overlooked come holiday-time: Printers. As digital as we are these days, the printer is still a key component to any computer setup. Even where home offices are concerned, many people use a free printer that accompanied some computer purchase several years back and for some that might be fine. As often as many people use their printers however, most don’t realize that a good quality printer can make a massive difference and these days it doesn’t even have to cost you an arm and a leg. The best options are definitely printers that offer a combination of versatility, print quality and all-in-one functionality, and your buddies at BGR have a gem picked out for you.

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