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In a letter to TikTok, Senators Blackburn and Blumenthal ask about executives who transferred from ByteDance to TikTok in the US despite “its independence” (Georgia Wells/Wall Street Journal) October 3, 2023

Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal: In a letter to TikTok, Senators Blackburn and Blumenthal ask about executives who transferred from ByteDance to TikTok in the US despite “its independence”  —  In a letter to TikTok, Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Richard Blumenthal seek information about ties to parent company

Jennifer Lawrence inspired the new face in 'Star Trek Beyond' – CNET

Co-writer Simon Pegg reveals that the mysterious character was inspired by one of Jennifer Lawrence’s earlier movies.
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Why NASA's video feed cut away from that 'UFO' – CNET

Suspicions are spreading on YouTube and elsewhere that the space agency saw something odd in orbit that it might not want to share with the world. We went ahead and asked about it.
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​Government drones spray ferrets with M&Ms – CNET

The US Fish and Wildlife Service wants to make sure endangered ferrets stay safe from a deadly disease, so it comes up with a plan involving remote-controlled chocolate.
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Chinese businessman gets nearly 4 years in prison for US hacking case – CNET

Defendant worked with two hackers in China for several years, targeting sensitive military technical data for theft.
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After 32 years, Koss finally considers color options for the Porta Pro headphones – CNET

Koss is calling on its loyal Porta Pro fans to vote on a new colorway.
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Pokemon Go: How to protect your device from scams, malware, and privacy issues

Pokemon Go has become a global sensation, but it has also attracted the attention of scammers and attackers. Find out how to protect your mobile device on your quest to become a Pokemon master.

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Pokemon Go has generated huge interest around the world. Despite only being launched in a limited amount of regions, the game has been installed millions of times in less than a week.

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See the Black Panther costumes that didn't make the movie – CNET

Marvel concept artist Andy Park shares three different designs, including his favorite.
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Fans dream of 'Game of Thrones'-themed Pokemon Go-style game – CNET

When Jigglypuff met Joffrey: It probably won’t happen, but it’s fun to imagine the fantasy series landing an augmented-reality game.
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Hands-on review: Ricoh Aficio SG-2100N

Hands-on review: Ricoh Aficio SG-2100N

Every now and then, a new printing technology comes to the market with the promise of challenging the status quo. Dot matrix was displaced by inkjet and laser printers with dye-sublimation and solid ink left by the roadside.

In 2009, Japanese technology company Ricoh wanted to do something with its proprietary GelJet solution (which uses piezo electric technology, making it somewhat related to what Epson employs in its inkjet printers) to deliver something that brings the best of the laser and inkjet worlds together.

When it launched the SG-2100N nearly two years ago, the company made some impressive claims, but things didn’t pan out as expected and the printer is now available from a rock-bottom £29.99 (around $39, AU$52) at online retailer Ebuyer – that’s half its original selling price.

Ricoh Aficio SG-2100N tray

That is impressive as it includes free delivery, a surprise given that this is a printer that weighs more than 10kg. This review unit of the Ricoh SG-2100N was provided by Ebuyer.

At the heart of that printer is a print-head that’s different from others in this price range. The head is wider at 32.3mm and spreads two colours through 384 nozzles each via 2pl ink droplets.

Speaking of ink, the SG-2100N uses gelatinised, pigment-based ink which is water insoluble, dries almost instantaneously and reduces smudging, just like laser printing.

Ricoh Aficio SG-2100N side

Another significant difference is that Ricoh mixed the electrostatic transfer belt technology used in laser printers with the paper-feed conveyance technology used for inkjet printers. That, Ricoh says, reduces paper jams and allows for faster printing.

On an overall level, though, the SG-2100N reminds us of a laser printer rather than its inkjet peers. It definitely has a more business feel to it, with a cuboid shape and a two-tone monochrome colour scheme.

Its heft adds to the air of solidity and ruggedness about this device, and that robustness is even more surprising given that the printer is made mostly from recycled plastic. Ricoh claims that it can deliver a jaw-dropping 10,000-page monthly duty cycle and we’d be inclined to believe the firm.

Ricoh Aficio SG-2100N front

Uniquely amongst printers, everything, from the paper trays – one of which is a pull-out affair – to the controls, are all available on the front, which means that you can shove the device on a shelf or between a drawer unit and your table-top. This is something we’d like to see more from other vendors.

Because the paper path is curved rather than straight, this printer will only handle A4 sheets up to 163gsm. Up to 250 sheets – half a paper ream – can fit in the feed tray, with the output tray having the capacity for 100 sheets in all. There’s a small opening on the former that allows you to gauge how much paper is left in the tray.

The control panel sits above the trays and is a two-line (16-character) LCD screen. It is non-backlit which makes it hard to read unless you come level to it.

Ricoh Aficio SG-2100N top

Opening the printer up is fairly easy, as is installing the consumables – with four gel cartridges, you won’t need to discard any half-empty combo colour cartridges, which is sadly the norm for some competitors.

The colour cartridges are reasonably cheap at £9.99 (around $13, AU$17) a pop, each enough for 400 pages, while the high capacity ones (only available in black), good for more than 2000 pages, cost just over twice the price. The new ones bundled with the printer are rated at 600 pages each although they show up as half full when inserted into the printer.

We’d advise you to check the online manual for the SG 2100N and Ricoh’s driver page as the latest driver release (v1.13.0.0) dates from June 2016! You will need to install the drivers as Windows 10 can’t either find or load them; that entails unzipping, then searching for files in your temp folder. You will then need to add the printer, manually selecting the port USB001.

The printer also comes with a myriad of other applications for end users and IT managers, all of which can be downloaded from the aforementioned page.

Loading the cartridges is pretty straightforward, but we were taken aback by the fact that we had to wait six minutes before being able to use the device. During all that time, the printer was far noisier than expected.

Ricoh Aficio SG-2100N rear

The SG-2100N promises to print at up to 25 pages per minutes regardless of whether you’re outputting colour or mono content. In reality, the printer never reached that speed even with the help of the 32MB on-board memory.

After a warm up period of 35 seconds, it printed 21 pages of a PDF document in 116 seconds, which translates into a printing speed of 11 pages per minute. You can however tinker with the controls to reduce quality in order to improve speed (and vice versa).

The quality of the output, helped by a 3600 x 1200 dpi resolution, certainly ranks amongst the best efforts we’ve seen south of £50 with impressive colour reproduction and very little smudginess.

The picture of the emerald blue lagoon of Flic-en-Flac in Mauritius was beautifully rendered, with deep blacks and no signs of banding. The downside is that it takes far longer to be printed.

Ricoh Aficio SG-2100N ports

Connectivity-wise, the printer offers an Ethernet port and a USB 2.0 connector, both hidden behind a flap. The power socket is recessed and there’s a groove in which the power cable sits nicely (ditto for the USB 2.0 cable).

Ricoh claims that it uses only 27W to run which is higher than inkjet printers but far lower than laser ones.

Early verdict

At £30 (around $39, AU$52), we didn’t expect much from Ricoh’s printer but it pleasantly surprised us. With a long warranty (two-year onsite), exceptionally good prints and a wealth of features (including an Ethernet port) that you’d usually find on far more expensive printers, this is a no-brainer for small businesses looking for a printer that can deliver fast output at a low price.

Buy the SG-2100N while stock lasts as we don’t expect it to be around for long, sadly.

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Can everyone just leave Captain Picard alone and let him read? – CNET

Hey Worf, keep the music down and the fighting to a minimum, will ya? The Captain wants to engage with his book.
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Reworked trailer puts haters of the 'Ghostbusters' reboot in their place – CNET

Before you see the reboot hard-core fans think will be horrible, watch this not-so-gentle reminder from Honest Trailers that “Ghostbusters 2” already was a bad sequel to the original.
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Porsche recalls all the 918 Spyders out of an abundance of caution – Roadshow

After picking up on a simple printing error, Porsche decided to recall all 918 examples of its hybrid hypercar.
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Netflix pumps 'Bloodline,' renews series for third season – CNET

Season 3 of the Florida Keys-set family thriller will air in 2017 and consist of 10 episodes.
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Unity aims at VR with $181 million – CNET

The San Francisco-based tech company raises money to help developers bring games to the growing market of virtual and augmented reality.
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I nearly strangled my Amazon Echo on Prime Day – CNET

I wanted a dome surveillance camera. Alexa thought I said “dumb surveillance camera.” An attempt at voice-shopping on Prime Day goes very, very wrong.
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Mercedes-Benz designed the prettiest golf cart ever – Roadshow

The automaker calls its cart “a real sports car,” which is the best dad joke we’ve heard an automaker make.
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Microsoft's new online certification program kicks off with data science specialization

Microsoft is launching the pilot of an online certification program, called the “Microsoft Professional Degree”, with a data-science-focused competency.
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ABC app brings back classics to nudge into the streaming game – CNET

The revamped app will feature seven original shows and 38 “throwback” titles.
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Forget Google Street View. Meet this tiny island's sheep view – CNET

In Google’s absence, the Faroe Islands have strapped cameras to sheep to capture their countryside’s windswept majesty.
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The Airbus A380 is flying into turbulent skies – CNET

The aircraft maker announces at the Farnborough International Airshow that it is sharply cutting production of the jumbo jet.
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Shootout: Honda Civic LX coupe vs. Volkswagen Golf TSI S 2-door – Roadshow

Can $20,000 two-doors be any fun? Or, are they just dull, basic transportation?
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Killing the password: FIDO says long journey will be worth it

The FIDO (formerly Fast Identity Online) Alliance is out to kill the password.

It wouldn’t seem to be a tough sales job. There is little debate among security experts that passwords are a lousy, obsolete form of authentication.

The evidence is overwhelming. Most people in spite of exhortations to use long, complicated passwords, to change them at least monthly and to avoid using the same one for multiple sites, don’t.

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Pokemon Go is go in Europe, officially launching in Germany – CNET

European Pokemon fans have been playing the game unofficially, until now.
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London has replaced train tickets with contactless credit cards, and soon you could too – CNET

Transport for London has licensed its contactless payment system that allows you to board trains and buses with a swipe of a credit or debit card.
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Feds to hire 3,500 cybersecurity pros by year's end

Last October, the U.S. government began hiring 6,500 new cybersecurity IT professionals. It has hired 3,000 so far, and plans to hire another 3,500 by January 2017, the White House said Tuesday.

The government is now trying to improve its recruiting and retention of cybersecurity professionals. This includes finding ways to improve government pay, which can be well below the private sector.

This strategy was detailed Tuesday in a White House memo. In it, officials called for expanded job recruiting campaigns “in order to raise awareness of employment opportunities and compete for top cybersecurity talent,” Shaun Donovan, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Beth Cobert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management and federal CIO Tony Scott wrote in the memo.

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