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Printers will have their own email address

HP is one of the largest tech firm in the world with products ranging from PCs to LCD monitors to devices like printers. HP may be best known for its computers, but a large portion of the company's profits come from printers and more specifically the ink that often costs more to replace than the printer cost to purchase new.

HP is set to try to reinvigorate the printing industry with a new line of printers that has a very interesting feature -- their own email addresses. When HP talked about using its newly purchased webOS operating system on devices like printers, there were many who though that a web connected printer was a gimmick and something that most consumers would not use. However, as more information on HP's goals and Google's plans for cloud-based printing is unveiled, webOS in printers is looking more and more like a very big deal.

New York Times reports that the new web-connected printers with their own email addresses are set to hit the consumer market this month while products for business user will come this fall. HP promises that a myriad of devices like smartphones and tablets will be able to print documents and images without having to be connected to a printer.

With the new HP printers, users of iPhone OS or Android-based would simply need to email a photo to the printer's email address where it could be automatically printed and waiting when you get home from an event. The head of HP's printing operations is Vyomesh I. Joshi. Joshi said, "We think by next year more printing will be done from the Web than from word-processing applications."

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More printing from the web???
By HomerTNachoCheese on 6/7/2010 9:26:44 AM , Rating: 5
We think by next year more printing will be done from the Web than from word-processing applications.

I think the article got cut short - I believe that the full quote would have been "We think by next year more printing will be done from the Web than from word-processing applications because now our printers will be spewing out Viagra ads and all sorts of other spam."

RE: More printing from the web???
By Brandon Hill on 6/7/2010 9:30:39 AM , Rating: 5
You know, I never thought of that. Man, that opens up a whole new can of worms. And guess who stands to gain from all of this extra ink being used up by spam?

**Evil Grinch Grin**

RE: More printing from the web???
By quiksilvr on 6/7/2010 10:08:39 AM , Rating: 3
The ink industry really has us by the balls. It's infuriating. Not only do they make it unnecessarily difficult to make your default settings set to USE ONLY BLACK INK and QUICKPRINT/FASTDRAFT quality, they charge insane prices for the ink as well.

And don't even get my started on Walgreens with their "replace ink for only $10-$15" bullsh*t. How are we suppose to know if they are filling it completely (or even half)? Use CostCo people; you get what you pay for.

RE: More printing from the web???
By Dr of crap on 6/7/2010 10:30:00 AM , Rating: 3
Ever heard of filling the ink yourself?
I've done it for years with no trouble.
You can fill each cartridge 3 or 4 times before your suppose to not do it again.
And for $25 I can fill maybe 8 times, you do the math!
Way better than any option out there.
And before someone thinks that this will void any warranties - it won't!
For may Cannon present printer I can get cartridges for $5 each. You just have to search the web!

RE: More printing from the web???
By Murloc on 6/7/2010 10:53:51 AM , Rating: 2
it's toxic.
There are quite some people having health problems because they mess with the cartridges.

By AstroCreep on 6/7/2010 12:13:21 PM , Rating: 2
Ink is? Like, from an inkjet printer?
I know that toner is carcinogenic (some "studies" show it being as bad as second-hand smoke), but I hadn't heard that about the ink before.

By Stan11003 on 6/7/2010 11:51:13 AM , Rating: 2
Color laserjet --> I haven't bought in ink in 2 years. Inkjet is a horrible technology from cost standpoint.

RE: More printing from the web???
By rzrshrp on 6/7/2010 9:43:43 AM , Rating: 2
Needs whitelisting for from e-mail addresses. That would help with the spam.

By kattanna on 6/7/2010 11:12:20 AM , Rating: 2
the funny/sad part of this is that spam will be the easiest to print, while legit uses will be hard.

say like someone who is using outlook in rich text mode trying to send an email to the printer and wondering WHY it willnt print.

what about PDF's ? if they can print them, what about malicious PDF's, will they be able to take over the printer?

now while i can see the positive use of this feature, the negative side of opening up your printer to the general public, via email, is very bad. to counter act it will require lots of complicated, to most people, settings that will only server to confuse and annoy people. which will have the net effect of them not being used properly, or at all.

The Million dollar question...
By MrBlastman on 6/7/2010 9:27:53 AM , Rating: 2
Is simple actually, in execution:

Exactly how much will the ink cost for this thing?


Can HP best the >8000.00/Gallon pricepoint finally? Consumers need to know!

By milodog on 6/7/2010 9:36:40 AM , Rating: 2
Well keep in mind you can always set the default print to be black and white draft mode. I work retail and I cant tell you how many people come in with print outs that are in full color and then complain that their printers use a lot of ink. Most of the stuff they print is material they are going to throw away anyways like a sale item or map.

So basically...
By Drag0nFire on 6/7/2010 11:09:26 AM , Rating: 2
they invented the modern equivalent of a fax machine. Lol.

RE: So basically...
By GaryJohnson on 6/7/2010 12:02:35 PM , Rating: 2
They didn't really invent anything. There are printers on the market currently that can print from an email sent to them. We used to have a copier/scanner/fax/printer here at work that could do it (I forget the brand).

By Brandon Hill on 6/7/2010 9:17:03 AM , Rating: 3
With the new HP printers, users of iPhone OS or Android-based would simply need to email a photo to the printer's email address where it could be automatically printed and waiting when you get home from an event.

Reminds me of the late, great George Carlin :

"Can anyone explain to me the need for one-hour photo finishing? You just saw the f***in' thing!"

By bradmshannon on 6/7/2010 10:33:25 AM , Rating: 2
I have something important to show you...


[Insert pic here]

Oh, joy.
By Old Man Dotes on 6/7/2010 11:18:58 AM , Rating: 2
Considering how "well" HP printer drivers work now (which is to say, they are total crap ever since HP outsourced driver development to foreign countries), this just puts the nail in the coffin as far as I am concerned.

If there's anything I don't need, it's a printer that automatically uses up all my toner and paper without actually working when *I* want it to print.

HP printers are forbidden at the place where I work - and it happens to be the place where I hold 85K shares of stock.

Oh yuck
By YashBudini on 6/7/2010 11:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
Real or not, man you gotta by a real attention junkee or a brainless follower to ink yourself.

What happened to the good old days when people didn't advertise their stupidity and gullability?

"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton

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