Hardware

Epson to exit the Laser Printer Business in 2026

Epson has long been associated with printers, though when I think Laser Printers; HP, Brothers and Lexmark come to mind not Epson. Growing up we had an Epson printer in the house. Except they were not laser or even inkjet, rather Dot Matrix (or impact) printer the MX-80. Later on we ended up getting an Oki Data printer. My father did eventually get a laser printer. This was in later 80’s and I remember you could always tell when he was printing as the all lights in our 1960’s California house would start flickering. I am surprised running the printer…

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Microsoft will make Surface 9 Pro Parts Available to Consumers in 2023

Late last month Microsoft Corporation 255,02 +0,33 +0,13% release the next generation of their tablet computer. The Surface Pro 9 release on October 25, 2022, has been re-designed to make it easier for consumers to repair (instead of having to replace) the device. Microsoft will also make more parts available for purchase by consumers and repairs shops during the first half of 2023. That improved stance is reflected in the company’s latest designs. Microsoft says repairability [sic] was a “major focus” in the Surface Pro 9’s construction, and iFixit has confirmed as much in its independently run teardown of the…

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5G network roll-out in Africa Continues but Pricey Devices Impede Adoption

In the US the major wireless carries started slowly rolling out 5G networks to parts of select cities in 2019. By the December 2021, they expected to fully activate their 5G networks, but delays ensued due to concerns about possible interface with certain instruments on commercial aircraft. With all the advertising the big three (AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon) US wireless carriers have been pushing out about 5G it is hard to realized there are still other parts of the world that are not using 5G as much. The adoption of the fifth generation (5G) mobile network in regions like North…

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Apple Confirms Future iPhones will Comply with EU USB-C Mandate

Apple Exec have confirmed the future iPhones (likely the iPhone 15 due out in Fall 2023) will have USB-C charging port.  So far only the EU has mandated for new mobile devices with 1000 watts or less power consumption produced on/after December 2024 must have USB-C charging port.  Brazil and India are considering similar rules and in June 2022 several Democratic US Senators sent an open letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo pushing the US to follow the EU’s steps. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior Vice President of marketing, confirmed on Tuesday that the company will comply with EU’s ruling, but stopped…

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Samsung’s Maintenance Mode

Samsung Electronics Co., 40,60 0,00 0,00% has begun to rollout a ‘Maintenance Mode’ feature on their Galaxy devices with One UI 5 installed. For now this means the S22, but more Samsung devices will be added in 2023. This privacy feature was first tested this past July in Korea on the Galaxy S21. The purpose of this feature allows Samsung Galaxy device owners needing to have their device repaired to protect their personal data and still allow a repair tech to have full functional access. Once Maintenance Mode arrives on your phone, you’ll find the option to enable it within…

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Microsoft Fixes Printer Issues Blocking Windows 11 22H2 Update

Over the weekend Microsoft Corporation 255,02 +0,33 +0,13% has come up with a fix for user who have been unable to update to the Windows 11 2022 Feature Update (22H2) due to compatibility issues with printers using Universal Print Class or Microsoft IPP Class drivers. This fix however will not be pushed out as part of a Windows Update. Rather, users will be able to use a troubleshooter to resolve the printer drive issues and eventually be offered the update for Windows 11 22H2. Users who want to receive the troubleshooter sooner, should restart their computer then Check for Updates….

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Weekly Round-up: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Today is Sunday, October 16th: time for the weekly roundup of the good, the bad and the ugly tech news of the week! The Good The iPhone 15 will be the first to have a USB-C charging port. The next generation iPhone 15 due out in the fall of 2023 will have USB-C charging port. Apple is also transitioning to USB-C charging by the end of 2024 for other devices such as wireless earbuds. This is ahead of European Parliament’s ruling requiring mobile devices with a power delivery of 100 watts or less must use USB-C charging by the end…

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Apple Fined (again) By Brazilin Government

Apple Inc. 147,81 -0,50 -0,34% has already had to pay a $2.3 million fine to the Brazilin Government in September as a result of their ‘environmental’ practices with the iPhone 12. Specifically Apple choosing not to include a charging brick with the iPhone 12. Now, it appears Apple is going to have to pay even more fines and provide free chargers to all Brazilin customers who recently purchased an iPhone 12 or 13. Apple keeps on losing court battles in Brazil over its decision to stop shipping iPhones with a charger. The São Paulo state court has ruled against the tech…

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Windows 10 21H1 support ending in December

Microsoft Corporation 255,02 +0,33 +0,13% has announced they will no longer be offering updates for Windows 10 21H1 (May 2021 update) after the December 2022 Patch Tuesday (December 13th): Microsoft said in an update to the Windows health dashboard that systems running Windows 10 21H1 (also known as the May 2021 Update) will no longer receive security updates. Customers using it should upgrade to the latest release as soon as possible to avoid exposing their systems to attacks exploiting unpatched security vulnerabilities. “The December 2022 security update, released on December 13, is the last update available for these versions. After…

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iPhone 15 to have USB-C Charging Port

Apple Inc. 147,81 -0,50 -0,34% iPhone 15 slated for a Fall 2023 release will have USB-C charging port. Even before the recent EU ruling it seems Apple could read the writing on the wall. They knew at some point they were going to have pull the ripcord and switch to USB-C instead of their current Thunderbolt charging ports. Given the EU’s requirement for USB-C charging ports for devices using 100 watts or less was not going into effect until the end of 2024 Apple would have needed to make the switch by the iPhone 16 (Fall 2024). In May, Bloomberg’s Mark…

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