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January 29, 2014 by

Xerox already holds approximately 12,000 patents for their innovative technology, but they managed to patent even more in 2013. 1,168 new US patents, to be exact.

 

Xerox already has an impressive portfolio that enables businesses to simplify and speed up their transactions, which, in turn, enables businesses to grow their bottom line. As they add more patents, they become even more valuable to office productivity.

 

Does anyone remember when Xerox was synonymous with photocopying? This is because Xerox invented the photocopier. Their first model was the 914, and offices worldwide used the device on a regular basis. Today, businesses simply cannot thrive without some form of photocopier and printer unit.

 

They also invented the laser printer, which millions of offices use regularly. Many older generations still refer to their laser printers and photocopiers as a Xerox machine, and everyone understands the reference.

 

Apparently, Xerox also invented the personal computer, but gave away the technology. They are credited with the invention of the graphical user interface, among other innovations, and they have employed some of the most prolific inventors in the history of computers, printers, and other like-minded technology.

 

With the success of Microsoft and Apple, people assume that at the time, Xerox leaders were insane for giving away the technology, but perhaps they just wanted to concentrate more on the printer and photocopier side of business. Regardless, we can all give thanks to Xerox for paving the way to a more efficient future.

 

 

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November 22, 2013 by

Tech Day recently reviewed the Xerox ColorQube 8570 printer and had some interesting things to say about it.

 

Do you remember when the brand Xerox was synonymous with the term “photocopy?” The machines were large, bulky, and noisy. Apparently, the ColorQube 8570 is still a large unit and it is manufactured in everyone’s least favorite peripheral device color, beige. Does your office have a good “hiding spot” for this unattractive printer?

 

We hope it does, because the unit has a lot going for it in terms of speed and low-cost solid ink usage. The ColorQube 8570 prints at a quick 40 pages per minute, after warming up, and it uses solid ink, which is an economical and environmentally friendly choice.

 

The quality of the prints is comparable to that of an inkjet printer, and the unit is equipped with the ability to optimize ink and power consumption by learning your usage habits.

 

One con includes a warning not to move the printer right after you have used it. You should give the ink some time to partially solidify otherwise you may run into issues when you use it again.

 

Xerox has the right idea using solid ink however, it is cheap and results in a lower amount of waste – there is no cartridge and uses less packaging. There is also no microchip dictating how much you can print.

 

The ColorQube 8570 was only given a rating of 6.5/10 by Tech Day, but the only cons were that the unit is beige and that it can’t be moved directly after printing. Xerox will no doubt continue to improve on this technology and bring new models to the market.

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November 15, 2013 by

Xerox has many legally owned patents, which are apparently being infringed upon, and have been for some time. According to Xerox, they are working together with the US Customs and Border Patrol to seize counterfeit products once they cross the border. This has been an ongoing issue and has come up again recently.

 

More patent-infringing counterfeit Xerox products turned up recently during a raid in China and Dubai. Approximately 55,000 boxes of counterfeit Xerox products were found, and this is only a small portion of what is believed to be in circulation.

 

A rewards program has been set up for their customers as a way for Xerox to combat counterfeiters. Purchasers of authentic Xerox products can register and enter a code, gaining rewards points redeemable towards future Xerox purchases. They will start you off at 1000 points when you purchase a new printer.

 

All original equipment manufacturers (OEM) also have issues with compatible cartridges, as they take money away from the manufacturers and most manufacturers make the bulk of their money from selling the OEM ink or toner at an inflated price. However, counterfeit cartridges may pose a risk.

 

If you do not know where or how the ink or toner cartridges were made, it may mean that were not created in a quality facility using quality components. Only buy compatible ink and toner cartridges from a brand you can trust.

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November 11, 2013 by

This is a major win for Xerox – they have brought facial recognition to a line of printers launching this year. The printer will sense your presence by your body heat, read your face, and wake up to serve you with a tailored menu.

 

The new line of printers will break out of sleep-mode when you are nearby, sensing you by your body heat. When you get closer and the unit reads your face, it will open a personalized menu for you. This can save precious moments as you won’t have to wait for the standard wake-up amount of time, which can be upwards of 10 seconds. Fuji Xerox says that the printers can wake up in 3.1 seconds after you approach the unit so it will be ready to copy or print once you get there.

 

Fuji Xerox has called this innovation the WelcomEyes Advance, and it is the first of its kind in the world. They are releasing 20 different models, which also boast being ultra-quiet.

 

The printer’s innovative technology saves you from having to remember yet another PIN. Perhaps more secure than fingerprint scanning, facial recognition may be more difficult to replicate or hack, although someone will probably try as soon as the printers are out on the market.

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