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Apple iOS 8 keyboard update allows for system-wide barcode scanning

Posted June 5, 2014

Apple unveiled dozens of new features in its upcoming iOS 8 operating system for iPhone, iPods and iPads at their World Wide Developer Conference on Monday.

Of particular interest to those who use iOS devices for light inventory management or asset tracking is the support for custom 3rd party keyboards.

Android has supported 3rd party keyboards for years, but the feature is new to iOS. Third party keyboards are commonly used to offer different ways of entering text, by swiping, for example.

Custom keyboards can be used for more than just typing. They can also be developed with a new “scan” button that, when tapped, uses the camera to scan a barcode and enter the text or numbers from that barcode anywhere you can type: web pages, email, other apps, etc.

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ID TECH’s Shuttle and UniMag II Approved for the Visa Ready Program

Posted June 5, 2014

ID Tech Shuttle Card ReaderID Tech has announced two of their secure mobile magstripe readers, the Shuttle and UniMag II, are now approved solutions of the Visa Ready Program.

The Visa Ready Program is designed to ensure that devices, software, and solutions used to initiate or accept Visa payments are compatible with Visa’s requirements.

The ID Tech Shuttle and UniMag II are two-track encrypted magnetic stripe readers that transform any mobile device into an mPOS solution. Both mobile readers encrypt card data before it enters the mobile device increasing the merchant’s business reputation by inhibiting fraudulent activity. The Shuttle and UniMag II support TDES and AES encryption using DUKPT key management and administer superior card reading performance with a single swipe in either direction. With the Visa Ready Program’s security requirements and ID Tech’s continuation to innovate secure payment solutions, merchants can rely on the safety of their mPOS system.

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Wasp Launches MobileAsset v7, MobileAsset.EDU with iPhone, iPad, Android Connectivity

Posted June 4, 2014

2014-06-04_0758Wasp has announced the release of their MobileAsset v7 and MobileAsset.EDU. Wasp’s fixed asset tracking solutions include all the features a business or educational institution needs to account for its valuable assets.

Wasp’s MobileAsset v7, designed for IT departments, and MobileAsset.EDU, dedicated for K-12 and higher education institutions, are the most convenient and competitive tracking solutions available. The MobileAsset.EDU edition is the first of its kind, with two available options, Professional and Enterprise; while the MobileAsset v7 is available in three editions: Standard, Professional, and Enterprise.

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Direct Thermal vs. Thermal Transfer

Posted June 3, 2014

thermal_transferFor those new to label printing, getting a handle on printing basics can be confusing especially with the new set of vocabulary you have to get familiar with.  One of the biggest concerns when choosing the right kind of media and printer for your application is deciding between what type of printing, Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer, you’ll need.

Direct Thermal Media

Direct Thermal media uses a transparent heat-sensitive coating applied to its surface to image text and bar codes. When the heat from the printhead contacts the coating, it initiates a chemical reaction that turns the coating black. This method is ideal for temporary label uses like shipping labels, food packaging, or any other short term application. If your needs are are short term, Direct Thermal is the easiest and most cost effective solution.

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Tips for Storing Thermal Receipt Paper

Posted June 2, 2014

thermal-case-largeThe switch over to thermal receipt paper has become commonplace across most  retailers due to the cost savings and faster printing it offers. While these thermal paper receipts get us out of the store faster, there is a downside. Thermal paper receipts can fade, are sensitive to heat,  and require proper storage to ensure you get the most of them.

To better understand the best way to handle thermal receipt paper it helps to know how exactly it works. Thermal paper has a special heat sensitive coating which purchase information is heat transferred onto as the paper runs through the receipt printer. The coatings can be affected by a variety of things; heat and exposure to direct sunlight being the primary problems.

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ZXP Series 7 Wireless Option Now Available

Posted May 30, 2014

Zebra ZXP Series 7 Card PrinterZebra’s fast and reliable ZXP Series 7 card printer now offers 802.11 b/g wireless connectivity. Using the latest in Zebra card-printing technology, the ZXP Series 7 provides professional, fast and reliable performance while offering users exceptional value by lowering the printer’s total cost of ownership. Now it’s the only product in its category to offer 802.11 b/g wireless connectivity.

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Datalogic Installs 600 Mobile Computers with Automotive Safety Leader Autoliv

Posted May 29, 2014

_img_gal_234_600Datalogic has deployed more than 600 Datalogic mobile computers for automotive safety systems manufacturer, Autoliv, across its European plants.

As Autoliv has a critical requirement to combine the most advanced technologies with the highest level of quality to guarantee secure vehicles that substantially reduce traffic accidents and injuries, the company needed to optimize efficiency in production line and warehouse operations with state-of-the-art technology, fast operation, ease of use and robustness. In order to achieve this, Autoliv chose to deploy Datalogic Falcon X3Skorpio X3 and Memor mobile computers to work with the new SAP system.

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Motorola’s TC55 Now Supports Verizon and Google Mobile Services

Posted May 28, 2014

Recognizing the needs of enterprise smartphone users to minimize user access and network interaction to only enterprise apps, Motorola has expanded its portfolio of Android-based, enterprise mobile computers with the availability of the TC55 touch computer—available for the Verizon network—along with new options for Google Mobile Services (GMS).

Designed for field service, field sales, merchandising, logistics and postal applications, the device is a complete business solution—featuring a thin design, without compromising the capabilities or durability expected from a mobile device.

Available now with three radio platforms (global HSPA+/GSM, Americas LTE/HSPA+, and Verizon LTE), the device provides global coverage to meet the 4G communication needs of businesses. By capturing bar codes, signatures, documents, photos and videos with the TC55’s suite of high-performance data capture features, mobile workers can better serve their customers and improve efficiency.

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StarPRNT Utility Updated to V2.1

Posted May 22, 2014

starStarPRNT’s capabilities continue to expand with support now for Windows 8.1. The current v2.1 applies to the TSP650II, FVP-10, TSP700II, TSP800II, SP700, SP500, TUP500, and TUP900 printer lines.

StarPRNT is an all-in-one driver, configuration utility, and support package designed to make deploying your Star printers simple and easy.  Preloaded with drivers and a large array of configuration setting options for the most popular Star Printers, StarPRNT provides a comfortable Graphical User Interface (GUI) to cut down installation and customization time even more. Installable in many different environments, StarPRNT offers full functionality for both 32- and 64-bit Operating Systems.

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KoamTac’s New KDC20 Miniature Bluetooth Laser Barcode Scanner

Posted May 21, 2014

KDC20KoamTac has announced the release of its new KDC20 miniature laser barcode scanner at CONNECT 2014, KoamTac’s annual partner conference. The KDC20 is the companys most cost-efficient, stand-alone Bluetooth scanner. Equipped with a convenient swing-out USB connector, the scanner conserves consumer resources by eliminating cables and enabling the use of off-the-shelf multi-USB charging solutions.

Highly configurable, the new device includes four buttons: scan, up and down (for controlling Bluetooth connections and remotely activating soft keyboards), and a delete key. Customizable features available include, a vibrating option and an optional backup battery for the real time clock. The scanner is certified by Apple for use with iOS devices, as well as, compatible with Android, Blackberry, Mac, and Windows devices

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