In early October, Konica Minolta will be attending Print 19 in Chicago. Konica Minolta will be showcasing their award-winning print technology at an event dedicated to the print industry. The Bizhub c360i will be showcased at the event. The Bizhub c360i earned the Better Buys Editor’s Choice Award in the MFP category for Quarter 3 of 2019, is going to be on display. Konica Minolta will also be showcasing the rest of the i-Series, which was recently released.

Print 19 will be hosted at McCormick Place North on October 3rd through October 5th and is for all of the printing industry. Anyone who is a part of the print industry, from manufacturers, to customers are welcome to go and enjoy the event. To read more about Print 19, click here.

Konica Minolta recently released the new i series, 7 new products which are all color. 6 of these new products will replace existing ones, while 1 product is a new model. There are 3 new shared multifunction printers (MFP), 2 new desktop multifunction printers, and 2 new desktop single function printers (SFP). Additionally, Konica Minolta has 1 more product being released in the near future.

The 3 new shared MFPs are the c360i, the c300i, and the
c260i. All of the shared MFP offer multiple finishing options, which include
various stapling, hole punching, and folding options. Additionally, these 3
shared MFPs include 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB Solid State Drive, and 10.1″ touchscreen
display panel. The c360i prints at 36 pages per minute (PPM), and scanning at 100
ppm in simplex (single sided) and 200 ppm in duplex (double sided). The c300i
prints at 30 ppm, and scans at 100 ppm in simplex and 200 ppm in duplex. The
c260i prints at 25 ppm, and scans at 100 ppm in simplex and 200 ppm in duplex.
All of these printers are improved by features and upgrades that make user
experience better. They include a new user interface, mobile connectivity, and improved
security features.

The 2 new desktop MFPs are the c4050i and the c3350i. Both of these printers come with 5GB of RAM, a 256GB Solid State Drive, and a 10.1″ touchscreen display panel. The c4050i has printing at 42 ppm, and scanning of 100 ppm in simplex and 200 ppm in duplex. The 2 new desktop SFPs are the c4000i and the c3300i. Both come with 4GB of RAM, and a 7” display panel. The c4000i prints at 42 ppm and the c3300i prints at 35 ppm. All of these printers come with a copier warm up time of 13 seconds for black and white, and 15 seconds for color.

The last product that will be released in the near future is the c3320i, which is an all-in-one (AIO) that will print at 35 ppm.

Augmented Reality is taking an image from a computer or phone and putting it into the real world through a display, which is different from virtual reality. Virtual reality creates a whole new environment, where augmented reality takes the existing environment and adds to it. For example, many apps have augmented reality features. Apple has an app called Measure, which allows users to measure items in real life using their phone. Nike has added a similar feature that measures the user’s foot and suggest the size for different shoes. This is useful for online shopping because some shoes run smaller or larger. While these are useful, there is so much more that augmented reality can be used for.

The future of augmented reality is unknown because there is so much potential. This is even more true if augmented reality glasses become a common item in the world. When traveling, imagine having directions that act as a line on the street, or when shopping for furniture imagine being able to see what it would look like in your house without having to buy it. These are all options that can improve aspects of life. Additionally, just being able to display information onto the screen. Examples could be walking down the street and seeing the ratings of restaurants, or a doctor being able to see the patient’s vitals while preforming the surgery. The possibilities are almost endless.

Technology is making things that seemed impossible before reality. The benefits of these new technological advances will make our lives a better place, by either making certain aspects easier, or making certain unknowns easier to manage.

When you run a company that users have an account with you, it is important to protect their data. Securing their email, password, and other personal data is crucial. Recently, it was reported that Facebook was storing 1.5 million Instagram passwords in plain text. This means that the storage of these passwords were basically the passwords in a word document. There was no encryption of the passwords, which means the password is encrypted into ciphertext (which takes the password and uses a method for turning into something that looks random). The way it is encrypted and decrypted is using a key. The only issue with this is if a hacker can get access to the key, they can decrypt it and have the passwords. So, what should businesses do?

First, they can use salt and hashing. What salt does is take the person’s password and adds to it. This is usually a few letters and numbers. Then, it hashes the password to make it random letters and numbers. The strength of this can also be a downside. Hashing is impossible or really difficult to reverse, so what are other options for businesses? One is to force stronger passwords. One way is to not allow common phrases, such as qwerty or 12345. Other ways are to require an uppercase, lowercase, a number and a character. This ensures the passwords are hard to crack. Furthermore, including 2FA, or Two-Factor Authentication, and restricting the use of old passwords ensures a stronger password and security.

Protecting your customers data is important and the right thing to do. Customers put their information in your hands and expect you to protect it. The lack of protection can cause serious  issues. People’s passwords getting taken which could lead to their account being accessed by someone not authorized. Furthermore, it can lead to issues for your company. Lawsuits, fines loss of business and trust are all things that could happen. So being proactive and protecting their information is not onlt the smart thing to do, but the right thing to do.

Just like the VCR, soon the satellite dishes on your house might become obsolete. AT&T, who owns DirecTV, does not plan to buy more satellites and just recently launched their last one. What does this mean for TV? Well it could be going towards a streaming based option. DirecTV NOW is the same as their normal satellite plan, but without the dish. All channels are streamed, like a Netflix show, and the costs are kept lower due to not having to get a dish and the lack of using a satellite.. But this is not the only example of this companies moving away from hardware.

There have been rumors that Xbox plans to have a all-digital console. The “Xbox Maverick” would be a all-digital Xbox One S, which means no disc drive and all games are downloaded to the Xbox. Google also planned a streaming based console called the Google Stadia. This means that games are not downloaded, and instead streamed like Netflix. These changes are showing a shift in media as a digital or streaming based option, and moving away from the old ways of these ideas.

So why is this happening? One reason is that the internet and WiFi has become a standard in houses. Many people use WiFi with their phones, televisions, and other smart devices. Furthermore, it can save costs for companies. Maintaining and buying satellites is not cheap, which is one reason DirecTV could be changing towards a digital model. Xbox has been offering games digitally, and the lack of a disc drive could make the models less expensive to produce which means it is less expensive for customers to buy.

So just as it has happened in the past and will happen in the future, change with technology will occur.  People went from having cell phones that flipped open, to those that have touch screens. Evolution and progress is part of the technology industry, and it is what makes it great.

With many apps and websites, they have a default background color of white. However, there has been the emergence of a dark mode, also known as night mode. What this does is change the background color to a darker color, such as black or dark blue. While many enjoy dark mode for the aesthetics, there are many benefits of using dark mode.

One benefit is that dark mode is that it induces less eye fatigue/eye strain. Employees whose work involves looking at a screen all day will know about eye fatigue, and how it can introduce dry eyes, headaches, and more. Additionally, night mode reduces the amount of blue light that is admitted from screens. Blue light is known to make it difficult to fall asleep, so by reducing the amount of blue light that a person is exposed to, the easier it will be to fall asleep at night.

Another benefit of dark mode is that it saves energy and can improve battery life. This is especially important for phones and laptops. When dark mode is enabled, the phone’s battery is improved. While it depends on how high the device’s brightness is and what device is doing, it is still helpful to know for those who travel, or just use their phones frequently.

Many companies are looking towards the future and are aiming at becoming sustainable. Konica Minolta is one of the companies that has been committed to that idea. Back in 2009, Konica Minolta announced Eco Vision 2050. This idea was to reduce CO2 emissions, promote recycling and restoration of the environment. As of 2013, Konica Minolta reduced their CO2 emissions by about 55% from their 2005. These goals have been furthered now with Konica Minolta joining RE100.

RE100 is a global initiative with the goal of having companies use 100% renewable energy. RE100 is led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP. Over 150 companies have joined RE100 so far, including Apple, Coca-Cola, Nike, and many more. Joining RE100 will further Konica Minolta’s stance of sustainability and becoming environmentally conscious. Additionally,  Konica Minolta’s medium and long-term policies will help accomplish this. They plan to begin with production plants outside of Japan.

Google announced that it would be shutting down Google+, their social network, after a security vulnerability was discovered. While this vulnerability was fixed in March, knowledge of the issue was not known to the public until October of the same year. Google did not inform users that this happened because no one’s user information was taken. Google is under scrutiny because they did not inform users. Congress has questioned why Google did not release information about vulnerability earlier and wants more information. Google believes that the work and resources to maintain Google+ is not worth it, which is why they are shutting it down. The original shut down was scheduled for August of 2019; however, a second leak happened in November and was open for 6 days. This caused Google to move the planned shutdown up to April of 2019. Additionally, all Google+ APIs will shut down on March 7th.

Google+, which was announced in 2011, was aimed to challenge Facebook. Instead it has been in the shadows of Facebook, and other social networking platforms. Google+ did not catch on, and eventually found a niche group of users. Google stated that 90 percent of user’s interaction with Google+ was less than 5 seconds long.

Recently, Apple had a security issue appear that affects all users of Apple products. The issue occured with their popular FaceTime app. The bug would allow you to listen and see like a normal FaceTime call even if the person did not answer the call. This would happen if the person making the call made the call a group call. The caller would add another person, or themselves, to the call, and then they would be able to hear the person who they were originally calling. Additionally, if the person that was getting called hit the power button, then the person who was calling would be able to see whatever the front camera of that person’s device could see.

Once information of this bug became wide known, many Apple users disabled FaceTime entirely to make sure they were safe from potential eavesdropping. However, shortly after Apple disabled group FaceTime on a server level to make sure those not aware of the bug were still safe. Apple fixed the bug on February 7th, but the option to add a person to a call is grayed out, meaning if you want to add a person to the call, you have to hang up and then add the person before you call. So the option to add during a call is not working.

With new technology comes new issues of privacy and security, whether it be phones, computers, or printers. If you have any questions about the security of your printers or network, call us at (702) 851-9090 and visit www.pdplv.com/security to learn about the security of Konica Minolta printers.

Wi-Fi has evolved and changed, just like your phone’s software, or Windows. Since 1999, there have been 5 versions of Wi-Fi.  Wi-Fi version is written as 802.11 followed by a letter or letters. The current version of Wi-Fi is 802.11ac, but how would you know that it is better than 802.11n or 802.11g? This system does not follow set rules, such as the original being 802.11a and then 802.11b, and so on. A lot of companies use number system, which is usually easier to tell what version is newer. This is because they use numbers to describe the version. Windows has been using numbers more recently, with Windows 7, 8, and 10 and Apple has also been using numbers, with IOS 12.

Instead, they are dropping this way of naming their versions and are just going to be using numbers. This means the current version is Wi-Fi 5, and previous versions before it are their retrospective number. This will make it easier for people to understand what version is the most updated and best. This change will not change Wi-Fi and how it works, just how it is branded and named.