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Understanding the Value of Genuine Printer Supplies

Posted October 1, 2012

Before purchasing supplies, buyers would do well to remember the words of Warren Buffett, a man who knows a little about buying smartly: “price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” The point is simple: it’s not the initial purchase price that ultimately matters, but rather the value delivered by the purchase. This is particularly true when it comes to printer supplies.

Genuine printer supplies are designed by OEM engineers and qualified with the printer itself as part of the research and product development process. They are developed to precise specifications, so that they perform with the printer at a consistently high level, time and time again.

Only genuine supplies:

  • Are engineered in conjunction with the printer for superior quality, performance, and reliability.
  • Fully protect your hardware investment.
  • Keep warranties beyond reproach.
  • Benefit from an OEM’s years of operational experience in the market, and with specific applications.
  • Mitigate risk of downtime due to printer failure.

Genuine supplies typically bear the imprint or endorsement of the OEM clearly on the packaging. Consulting the OEM or a recognized OEM channel partner is a sure way of verifying whether the supply you have in hand is genuine.

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Honeywell’s New Granit Industrial-Grade Area-Imaging Scanners

Posted September 27, 2012

Not all scanners are created equally especially when dealing with real-world industrial environments.  From the warehouse to the production floor and even outdoors, the Honeywell Granite series was made to handle anything you throw at it.

Honeywell’s new Granit series of industrial-grade area-imaging scanners were engineered specifically for businesses that highly value device durability and expect high performance scanning. Built to meet demands beyond those indicated by Ingress Protection ratings alone, these area-imagers have been extensively tested in preparation for everyday life in the most extreme environments. In addition to the innovative new housing that was custom-built for hazardous and unpredictable surroundings, the offerings also include the same Adaptus 6.0 imaging technology and decoding architecture found in the best-in-class Xenon series delivering exceptional bar code reading.

To learn more about  how this new series of industrial-grade imagers can maximize device uptime no matter how intense the use-case, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Intermec Offers Industry’s Most Flexible HTML5 Capable Browser for Select Intermec Rugged Mobile Computers

Posted September 26, 2012

Intermec announced a new HTML5-capable browser, allowing for the development of OS agnostic web applications that can run on iOS, Android and select Intermec rugged mobile computers, enhancing workflow efficiency and offering increased flexibility to mobile workforces.

Unique to the industry, Intermec’s HTML5 offering includes a true web browser application, based on WebKit, for multiple models of Intermec’s handheld computers for Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded operating systems. Additionally, Intermec’s HTML5-capable browser supports applications designed to run either on-line (connected to a web server), off-line (no connection to a web server) or a combination of the two.

Intermec’s HTML5 browser for Windows Embedded Handheld is not only built on the state-of-the-art Webkit engine, like iOS and Android, but it is offered conveniently preloaded and free of licensing fees or license activation requirements on Intermec CN50CS40CN70CN70e and CK70, and is available for free download for the CK3CK71 and CV41. HTML5 applications that run on consumer-grade smartphones and tablets can now also be run on these select Intermec rugged mobile computers without changes or rewrites.

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Socket Scanner Now Integrated Into NCR Apple iPad POS Solution

Posted September 25, 2012

Socket Mobile announced that NCR Corporation has selected the 7Ci Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner for use with NCR Silver, a simple and affordable cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) software platform
that enables small business owners and entrepreneurs to take payments and manage their entire business with one POS solution.  NCR Silver is a complete point-of-sale solution that runs on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch device.

NCR Silver makes it easy for small retailers to run their businesses, connect with customers, and sell anywhere. The CHS 7Ci is part of a complete NCR Silver hardware offering that also includes a wireless receipt printer, iPad stand, cash drawer and encrypted credit card reader.

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The New Denso AT20Q Full 2D Imager

Posted September 24, 2012

Denso, inventor of the QR Code, launched a new and more versatile AT20-Q handheld scanner, which offers high-speed scanning of both 2-D barcodes, such as the QR Code, as well as conventional 1-D barcodes.

The AT20Q features a high-speed shutter that eliminates the effect of camera shake and allows quick reading from any direction, increasing operator efficiency. Anti-reflection technology enables reliable reading of barcodes on mobile-phone LCD screens.

By combining the latest Denso algorithms with an increased number of pixels, the AT20Q provides trouble-free scanning of wide barcodes, such as those used for utility and medical bills. A newly developed scanning module easily accommodates 1-D barcodes with resolutions down to 0.125 mm and 2-D barcodes down to 0.167 mm, further extending the AT20Q’s application range.

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New Study Finds Men Shop and Scan More Than Women on Mobile Devices

Posted September 21, 2012

New research into the mobile consumer buying habits of men and women reveals that, not only do men shop more via mobile devices than women, but they also make more use of barcode scanners.

As mobile devices become the most common way people get online, uSamp decided to conduct a survey of the mobile shopping habits of 1,100 men and woman, ages 18 – 75. The results may surprise many people in that it found men to be the bigger online mobile shoppers.

What was everyone buying?

  • 27% of males purchase consumer electronics on mobile vs. 8% of females
  • 23% of males purchase movie and event tickets on mobile vs. 11% of females
  • 30% of males purchase digital content on mobile vs. 20% of females
  • 13% of males purchase food and drinks on mobile vs. 8% of females
  • 8% of males purchase office supplies on mobile vs. 4% of females

Another interesting result from the study was that 91% of the time men were scanning barcodes with their mobile purchase versus the 85% of women. The survey found that men and woman who scan barcodes with mobile devices are shopping at these types of stores:

  • Electronic store: 27% male vs. 12% female
  • Convenience store: 7% male vs. 3% female
  • Health & Beauty Store: 6% female vs. 2% male

More info on the study can be found here.


Start Taking Mobile Payments With ID Tech’s Shuttle

Posted September 20, 2012

Everything is moving more and more to mobile platforms and payment processing is no different. Taking the point-of-sale wherever it is needed can be easily done with the right tools for your Apple, Android, or Blackberry smartphones.

The ID Tech Shuttle is a magnetic stripe reader that communicates with mobile devices via the headphone jack.  The Shuttle utilizes ID Tech’s proven MagStripe reading technology, providing bi-directional card reading of up to two tracks of information and supports TDES and AES encryption using DUKPT Key Management.  The Shuttle is the only audio jack MSR with firmware upgradeability in the field and compatible with over 100 different phones and tablets which is critical to ensure device functionality with the widest variety of host devices in the market today. You can find a complete list of compatible devices here.

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PCI Compliance Explained!

Posted September 19, 2012

Point-of-Sale businesses are paranoid, with good reason, about protecting sensitive customer and company information. Financial institutions require that any company that stores, processes or transmits credit card information complies with the PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry, Data Security Standards).

Companies that fail to comply are subject to fines, lawsuits, and can even be banned from processing credit cards. Even worse, companies that are breached can find themselves in the news headlines, significantly impacting goodwill with customers, partners and shareholders. Ensuring your POS system and wireless infrastructure are in compliance is crucial.

The objective of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards is to protect cardholder data. The standards are developed and published by the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC), which consists of hundreds of industry participants who have a vested interested in reducing vulnerabilities in the card-processing ecosystem.

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Introducing the Unitech MS910 Wireless Scanner

Posted September 18, 2012

Do you need to scan barcode data into your Smartphone or Tablet quickly and easily? Then check out the Unitech MS910 mini wireless Bluetooth barcode scanner.

Unitech launched its ultra compact or mini barcode reader the MS910, which is being recognized as the smallest and most elegant design in its class. The MS910 is an “out of the box” data collection solution as well as a stylish accessory. It provides the convenience of wireless technology with the simplicity of a single-button scanning design which makes barcode data collection simple, reliable and efficient for all users. Furthermore, the MS910 features Unitech’s high speed decoder paired with an aggressive scan engine, which provides outstanding scanning performance up to 240 scans per second.

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The Importance of Enhanced Security and Encryption Protocols for Wireless Hardware

Posted September 17, 2012

In the storefront, at the office, throughout the warehouse, and on the road, wireless technology is a critical tool for conducting and improving business. Yet, despite its ubiquitous presence in business, we still read, almost daily, about hackers breaking into large network databases—heightening concerns about identity theft and credit card fraud. Security risks associated with wireless networks have forced businesses to comply with new, more stringent regulations for network security and data encryption. This document outlines the risks your wireless network faces and summarizes current state-of-the-art wireless hardware security systems. It also highlights critical factors to consider when selecting hardware partners to protect your future investment in wireless technology.

The Business Case for Wireless

The use of 802.11 wireless devices has been a driving force in the advance of worker efficiency. It has also brought higher levels of service to retail and commercial customers alike. The unassailable benefits of wireless devices are driving the growth of 802.11 technology. According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, chipsets sold on an annual basis to support wireless technology will grow to one billion units by 2012 (Ref. ABI Research). Clearly, companies that ignore the value of wireless technology will be left behind as their competitors benefit from its many advantages. However, the use of wireless technology is not without risks, and astute companies will take measures to mitigate these risks before wholly embracing wireless devices.

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