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Epson faces consumer suits

Consumers fed up with the high cost of ink jet cartridges are taking Epson America to court, accusing it of manipulating equipment in order to sell more ink. A lawsuit filed Friday in District Court in Texas claims some models of Epson ink jet cartri...

New tools protect, preserve PCs

New tools to guard against viruses, system crashes, spyware, and PC performance shortcomings are among the practical product announcements at the TechXNY show in New York this week.

Secure IE offers paranoia-free surfing

Surfing the Internet shouldn't feel like a stroll at 2 a.m. on the shady side of town. But home-page hijackings, suspicious pop-up ads, and an increase in Flash-based marketing ploys are making browser-related distractions a growing concern with surf...

AOL prepares version 9 update

Call it keeping up with the Internet Joneses, or maybe with MSN and Yahoo: America Online Inc.'s latest update to its client service, AOL 9.0 Optimized, sports a new look and functions, from a blogging tool to a messaging spam filter and firewall.

Remove unwanted spyware and adware

Long a favourite tool of computer users looking to rid their systems of annoying adware and spyware, Lavasoft’s Ad-aware has returned in a new, free standard edition that offers an improved interface and more customisation options. Two new pay versio...

Kazaa Version 2.5 ships

Sharman Networks Ltd. launched an update to its popular file-swapping Kazaa Media Desktop software Tuesday, promising an improved interface, better search options, plus a new program that rewards users willing to share their PC with the network.

CeBIT to dazzle America

The first CeBIT show in America may be all work and little play, but plenty of business-savvy gadgets abound at this confab hosted by the German conventioneer.

Kazaa set to hatch points program

File-swapping software giant Kazaa is steps closer to music-business legitimacy with a software upgrade later this month that lets users win prizes and earn points that they can use to buy multimedia content.

Fake ink cartridges becoming a big problem

Inkjet and printer toner cartridges have joined the ranks of counterfeit Rolex wristwatches and fake Nike sneakers. Canon, Epson, Lexmark, and other leading ink makers are battling a rise in counterfeiters that are selling phony ink packaged as the r...

Ad-aware 6 software

Long a favourite tool of computer users looking to rid their systems of annoying ad-ware and spyware, Lavasoft’s Ad-aware has returned in a new, free standard edition that offers an im-proved interface and more customisation op-tions. And two new pay...

MusicNet on AOL tunes up again

America Online Inc. hopes to strike a chord with its members Wednesday with the launch of MusicNet on AOL, its first music subscription service. MusicNet on AOL will be a premium service, offering the ability to hear, download, and make CDs of music ...

CES - Antec launches slick new PC cases

Looking to capture the imagination of what it says is an ever-growing population of people building their own PCs, case maker Antec is unveiling two new products lines: The Lifestyle and LANBOY series.

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

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I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

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