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Dear Kim, here are the best phones to replace your BlackBerry – CNET

Kim Kardashian told us (the internet) that her beloved BlackBerry Bold just died. We have a few suggestions on which phone she should buy next.
Source: CNet

Eerily complete whale skeleton found on bottom of sea – CNET

Whale I’ll be. A submarine crew spots the mammal’s bones, complete with weird wiffleball-like growths, decomposing off the California coast.
Source: CNet

Chinese bus glides over cars stuck in gridlock (Tomorrow Daily 402 show notes) – CNET

Instead of building new infrastructure for public transportation, China’s trying a 300-passenger bus made to drive over the streets.
Source: CNet

Olympians can now visit the Poke gym – CNET

Wildly popular augmented-reality game heads to Central and South America.
Source: CNet

Intel recalls fitness watch, ends support due to overheating – CNET

Out of concern for skin burns, the company urges users to immediately discontinue use.
Source: CNet

Oliver Stone wants you to 'turn off your phone' – CNET

The “Snowden” director explains why phones are great for watching cat videos but bad for keeping your online activities private from an all-seeing government.
Source: CNet

Apple says it's mended the pay gap for women and minorities – CNET

In its annual inclusion and diversity report, the tech giant says men, women and minorities at Apple earn equal pay for equal work — but that’s only part of the picture when it comes to diversity in tech.
Source: CNet

Trip back to the '90s with online issues of Nintendo Power magazine – CNET

Put down your Ring Pop and Ecto-Cooler, and relive those childhood days when guiding Mario to the castle was your only goal.
Source: CNet

DraftKings, FanDuel allowed back in NY under new law – CNET

Daily fantasy sports sites return to the Empire State but still face legislative battles in other states.
Source: CNet

App Store posts best month ever in July – CNET

Apple’s App Store has a record-setting July, according to CEO Tim Cook. We’re betting Pokemon Go had something to do with it.
Source: CNet

Tesla posts $150 million Q2 loss, may miss 2016 delivery targets – Roadshow

Hot on the heels of the Gigafactory grand opening and confirmation of the SolarCity merger comes some… generally disappointing news on the earnings front.
Source: CNet

Sales paused for OnePlus 3 in Europe due to high demand – CNET

From August 9 to September 12, sales of the OnePlus 3 will be temporarily suspended in 25 countries.
Source: CNet

​See Batman get schooled by a rapping Flash in parody video – CNET

Lex Luthor, Aquaman and the Flash guest star in this hilarious “Batman v Superman” music video from comedy duo Auralnauts.
Source: CNet

Could this hacker's tool slow down phishing?

At the BSides Las Vegas event (a precursor to Black Hat), CSO’s Steve Ragan sat down with a hacker named Munin to chat about a tool that could help administrators defend their networks from phishing attacks and other threats.
Source: Security

Hands-on review: Primera Trio mobile all-in-one colour printer

Hands-on review: Primera Trio mobile all-in-one colour printer

When we reviewed the HP DeskJet 3720 All-in-One Printer a couple of weeks ago, there was a paragraph at the very end saying that HP’s claim of selling the smallest all-in-one printer applies only for products costing less than 223 Euros (around £190, $250, AU$325).

It is not by any means the smallest multi-function printer around. That medal goes to a little known US printer manufacturer called Primera Technology with a product called the Primera Trio.

As for the price of the Trio, the cheapest we could get it for was £319 on Amazon UK (around $420, AU$560) and that doesn’t even include a charger (not that you need one – more on that later).

Primera Trio open

The consumables are also not what we’d call affordable. From Primera’s website, a pair of high capacity ink cartridges (black and colour) will set you back just under £100 (around $130, AU$175) and will deliver less than 1,000 combined pages in draft mode, equating to a cost of printing of around 10p per sheet.

That’s partly because the printer and the head are part of the same module, like HP, but unlike Epson.

Primera Trio close-up

However, this is no ordinary printer and certainly not one that you’d like to keep at home. Indeed, Primera technology’s forte is specialist printers; they sell printers for health services and labels and much more.

So comparing it to the much cheaper Deskjet 3720, for example, is something of a futile exercise.

Anyhow, the first thing you will obviously notice out of the box is how small this device is. It occupies a volume of only 2.2 litres, which is barely bigger than your average family-size fizzy drink bottle; its dimensions are 29 x 4.6 x 16.5cm.

Primera Trio side on

The HP Deskjet 3720, in comparison, is about five times that size and weighs far more. The Trio tips the scale at 1.3kg including the battery.

But that’s not all – to further its mobile ambitions, Primera integrated a Lithium Ion battery that is capable of printing up to 350 pages. The box also includes a single colour ink cartridge (standard yield type), a USB cable, a calibration sheet and a quick reference guide.

Primera Trio rear

There’s no power adaptor because, as is the case with some smartphone vendors, you are expected to plug the device straight into a computer for charging. Or into your car’s cigarette lighter socket as Primera also sells a vehicle mounting kit complete with a black painted metal bracket.

Primera also sells snap-on covers, an interesting but ultimately odd accessory for a business audience. The entire printer has a cheap plastic look due to its shiny, glossy finish, and about all you get on the body of the device is a power button, status lights and the microUSB port.

You won’t be able to use it without a computer (Mac or PC) and since it is not wireless, don’t expect to use it with a smartphone or any other mobile device. Plus, there is no card reader or USB host ports should you want to use anything other than a PC.

Primera Trio scan

The reason why the Trio only works as a tethered peripheral according to Primera is because setting up a wireless printer will require longer than just plugging and printing, plus doing so with the Primera Trio trickle-charges the device at the same time.

You will need to download and install the driver from Primera’s website. The device’s control panel is rudimentary and has a definite 1990s feel to it, being rather unintuitive in its operation.

As expected there are some compromises that have been made in order to achieve this level of integration and compact size.

Primera Trio angle

There is no output tray and the input one can hold just 10 sheets. You will have to swap cartridges if you intend to print in colour (your colour cartridge can mix three colours to produce a grey-ish black, but that will only suck more ink).

There is a rear paper feed for printing photos, boarding passes and documents with barcodes.

The printing speed is abysmal at a rated 2.4 pages per minute in colour (although it does print at up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi). Surprisingly, the Trio does offer borderless printing up to a standard photo size of 4 x 6-inches.

As for the scanning capabilities, the device is limited to one page at a time (through a dedicated slot located at the front of the unit – the speed is rated at up to 1.6 pages per minute at 300 dpi with the maximum scanning resolution topping at 600 dpi).

Primera Trio UI

Scanning turned out to be a rather noisy process, emitting a loud noise not dissimilar to that made by an egg timer. On the flipside, the scanning process starts automatically when you load the paper.

We managed to scan documents with an average of 36 seconds per sheet. Note that in PDF mode, the software will prompt you to feed in additional pages or save the document.

Printing was equally noisy especially as the paper was loaded. We achieved just over two printed sheets in one minute in normal mode. Print quality was below average with noticeable bleeding due to the use of dye-based ink.

Early verdict

The Primera Trio will thrill those looking for a way of printing a document, or scanning a form or invoice away from the office. Yes, it is expensive and so are the consumables, but for the target audience, its selling points are likely to far outweigh pricing concerns.

Source: Tech Radar

Hands-on review: Primera Trio

Hands-on review: Primera Trio

When we reviewed the HP DeskJet 3720 All-in-One Printer a couple of weeks ago, there was a paragraph at the very end saying that HP’s claim of selling the smallest all-in-one printer applies only for products costing less than 223 Euros (around £190, $250, AU$325).

It is not by any means the smallest multi-function printer around. That medal goes to a little known US printer manufacturer called Primera Technology with a product called the Primera Trio.

As for the price of the Trio, the cheapest we could get it for was £319 on Amazon (around $420, AU$560) and that doesn’t even include a charger (not that you need one – more on that later).

Primera Trio open

The consumables are also not what we’d call affordable. A pair of high capacity ink cartridges (black and colour) will set you back just under £100 (around $130, AU$175) and will deliver less than 1,000 combined pages in draft mode, equating to a cost of printing of around 10p per sheet.

That’s partly because the printer and the head are part of the same module, like HP, but unlike Epson.

Primera Trio close-up

However, this is no ordinary printer and certainly not one that you’d like to keep at home. Indeed, Primera technology’s forte is specialist printers; they sell printers for health services and labels and much more.

So comparing it to the much cheaper Deskjet 3720, for example, is something of a futile exercise.

Anyhow, the first thing you will obviously notice out of the box is how small this device is. It occupies a volume of only 2.2 litres, which is barely bigger than your average family-size fizzy drink bottle; its dimensions are 29 x 4.6 x 16.5cm.

Primera Trio side on

The HP Deskjet 3720, in comparison, is about five times that size and weighs far more. The Trio tips the scale at 1.3kg including the battery.

But that’s not all – to further its mobile ambitions, Primera integrated a Lithium Ion battery that is capable of printing up to 350 pages. The box also includes a single colour ink cartridge (standard yield type), a USB cable, a calibration sheet and a quick reference guide.

Primera Trio rear

There’s no power adaptor because, as is the case with some smartphone vendors, you are expected to plug the device straight into a computer for charging. Or into your car’s cigarette lighter socket as Primera also sells a vehicle mounting kit complete with a black painted metal bracket.

Primera also sells snap-on covers, an interesting but ultimately odd accessory for a business audience. The entire printer has a cheap plastic look due to its shiny, glossy finish, and about all you get on the body of the device is a power button, status lights and the microUSB port.

You won’t be able to use it without a computer (Mac or PC) and since it is not wireless, don’t expect to use it with a smartphone or any other mobile device. Plus, there is no card reader or USB host ports should you want to use anything other than a PC.

Primera Trio scan

The reason why the Trio only works as a tethered peripheral according to Primera is because setting up a wireless printer will require longer than just plugging and printing, plus doing so with the Primera Trio trickle-charges the device at the same time.

You will need to download and install the driver from Primera’s website. The device’s control panel is rudimentary and has a definite 1990s feel to it, being rather unintuitive in its operation.

As expected there are some compromises that have been made in order to achieve this level of integration and compact size.

Primera Trio angle

There is no output tray and the input one can hold just 10 sheets. You will have to swap cartridges if you intend to print in colour (your colour cartridge can mix three colours to produce a grey-ish black, but that will only suck more ink).

There is a rear paper feed for printing photos, boarding passes and documents with barcodes.

The printing speed is abysmal at a rated 2.4 pages per minute in colour (although it does print at up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi). Surprisingly, the Trio does offer borderless printing up to a standard photo size of 4 x 6-inches.

As for the scanning capabilities, the device is limited to one page at a time (through a dedicated slot located at the front of the unit – the speed is rated at up to 1.6 pages per minute at 300 dpi with the maximum scanning resolution topping at 600 dpi).

Primera Trio UI

Scanning turned out to be a rather noisy process, emitting a loud noise not dissimilar to that made by an egg timer. On the flipside, the scanning process starts automatically when you load the paper.

We managed to scan documents with an average of 36 seconds per sheet. Note that in PDF mode, the software will prompt you to feed in additional pages or save the document.

Printing was equally noisy especially as the paper was loaded. We achieved just over two printed sheets in one minute in normal mode. Print quality was below average with noticeable bleeding due to the use of dye-based ink.

Early verdict

The Primera Trio will thrill those looking for a way of printing a document, or scanning a form or invoice away from the office. Yes, it is expensive and so are the consumables, but for the target audience, its selling points are likely to far outweigh pricing concerns.

Source: Tech Radar

Perseid meteor shower should be twice as spectacular this year – CNET

One of the best shooting-star showers of the year could be especially memorable when it hits this August.
Source: CNet

Walmart reportedly in talks to buy online retailer Jet.com – CNET

Jet could be worth as much as $3 billion in a sale.
Source: CNet

Why compliance is a necessary evil

At the BSides Las Vegas event (a precursor to Black Hat), CSO’s Steve Ragan chats with Yvette Johnson, the Governance, Risk & Compliance Lead at Pindrop, about how security compliance needs to be more than just another box to check.
Source: Security

Windows 10 free upgrade is still available using Windows 7 and 8 product keys

In spite of the official end of the free Windows 10 update offer on July 29, it seems any valid Windows 7/8.x retail product key still installs Windows 10 for now.
Source: Microsoft

A real moon shot: Feds okay first private trip to the moon – CNET

If all goes according to plan, Moon Express will become the first private company to land a craft on the moon — and lay claim to Google’s Lunar XPrize.
Source: CNet

Samsung Pass to let you access your financial apps via your irises – CNET

The iris scanner on Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 will retrieve your banking information in the blink of an eye.
Source: CNet

Unofficial Pikachu Pokemonument statue erected in New Orleans – CNET

A wild Pikachu statue appeared in a Louisiana park during the night. Its origins are shrouded in mystery, but fans love the monster’s defiant pose.
Source: CNet

Hacking the refugee crisis in Europe (The 3:59, Ep. 89) – CNET

CNET’s Ben Fox Rubin traveled to Greece to uncover tech’s role in helping migrants.
Source: CNet

Windows 10 Mobile's Anniversary Update to roll out August 9 – CNET

PCs, tablets and the Xbox One are already getting their updates, but Windows Mobile smartphones will apparently have to wait almost another week.
Source: CNet