After preloading an iPhone app on Sansumg camera phones and expanding to Mexico, Scanbuy announced Tuesday that its ScanLife multi-bar code reader is now compatible for mobile phones running on Google Android.
As in any other mobile device, the ScanLife application allows for scanning a 2D bar code and automatically performing an action or function associated with that code. The action can be displaying a specific Web site, launching a video, dialing a phone number, or anything else a smartphone can do.
This way, bar codes can help eliminate the need to use the phone's tiny keyboard. You can … Read more
This diagnostic utility quickly scans your computer looking for any problems. The biggest problem is there's nothing you can do to fix those issues unless you purchase the full version of PC MightyMax.
PC MightyMax is a colorful, well designed program that's easy to use. Users only have a few options, highlighted by very large, very visible buttons. You can diagnose problems, speed up your computer, or manage previous actions you may have taken. Choosing to scan the system for problems, prompts the program to spend about five minutes scanning the entire system looking for broken shortcuts, invalid … Read more
If you've noticed your system is running slower, or you've just purged your hard drive of several programs, this registry scanner may be the program for you.
Registry Cleaner provides an intuitive design and a quick scanning tool that is easily mastered. We were happy to see that users can choose to back up the current registry files before scanning, just in case something critical gets deleted or misplaced. While this seems like an obvious feature for a registry cleaner, we've seen quite a few without this must-have safeguard. After the back up, scanning is just a … Read more
Between surfing for work and play, you may not realize how many types of files actually reside on your system. This free application will open your eyes as to the many file types you possess and help you manage them in a systematic fashion.
FileTypesMan loads a simply designed interface with two panes. The upper, larger pane lists all file extensions and types registered on your computer. For each file type, the following information is displayed: Type Name, Description, MIME Type, Perceived Type, Flags, Browser Flags, and more. The lower, smaller pane lists the files associated with the type you … Read more
Epson's having a rare sale: you can get a refurbished Epson Stylus Photo RX595 all-in-one printer for just $55 shipped.
What's significant about this model? Most of the cheapie multifunction printers I come across have low-end print engines, meaning they're not great for photos. The Stylus Photo RX595, as you might infer from the name, was built with glossies in mind.
It accepts just about any memory card on the planet (USB drives, too), previews images on a 2.5-inch color LCD, and prints using a six-cartridge system. It can also print on CDs and DVDs, scan … Read more
GPS vendor TomTom announced Thursday that it has launched an online mapping solution to compete with MapQuest and Google Maps. Dubbed TomTom Route Planner, the free service provides door-to-door route planning options to any address in the U.S. or Canada.
Using TomTom's MapShare technology, the service provides users with continued map improvements made by TomTom users that see flaws and correct them. According to the company, improvements are uploaded regularly to provide up-to-date driving conditions. TomTom's IQ Routes feature will offer more accurate arrival estimates by accessing average speeds for each road instead of employing posted speed … Read more
We'd like to invite you and one of your printers to join our secret society: it's called Best 5, and although we don't have perverted initiations, secret handshakes, or kooky hats, you do get to feature your X7675 Professional on our list of the Best 5 printers.
We put the X7675 printer/scanner/copier/fax machine through a series of grueling tests to gauge its print speed, ease of use, and output quality, and we're impressed with the results. The front mounted control panel contains individual buttons that toggle commonly used preferences, and you … Read more
As regular readers know, I've seen sweet deals on wireless inkjets and lasers and on Ethernet-equipped multifunction printers. But I've never seen such a great price on a wireless MFP.
Built for smallish offices, the Brother MFC-490CW prints, scans, copies, and faxes, all in color. It features an unusually large (3.3-inch) wide-screen LCD, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, a media-card reader, and … Read more
If you've ever had trouble finding scanned documents on Google, it's probably because it was not indexing them. On Thursday, this all changed. Google has announced that it is now indexing scanned documents.
Google is now able to perform optical character recognition (OCR) on any scanned document it finds stored in the PDF format. OCR technology is able to "read" a scanned document and covert it into words that can be searched and indexed.
OCR technology has always impressed me, I mean deciphering between a "0" and "O" is hard enough for … Read more