Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The 5 Types Of Wireless Printer Connections


When you are considering a wireless laser printer, be certain that it will be compatible with all the devices you might want to connect to it, including tablets and smartphones. Below is an overview of some of the options available for wireless connectivity.

Wi-Fi Networks

Wi-Fi is so common that you may take it for granted. However, while 802.11 is currently the standard, even it has variations — b, g, and n. All but the most basic printers for home or home office use very likely will support those options. However, because hard-wired Ethernet connections are so common in business settings, printers intended for business and office use may only offer a Wi-Fi connection as a high-priced add-on.

Wi-Fi Direct

Technologically, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct connections are identical. However, while Wi-Fi requires that all devices connect to the printer through a network, Wi-Fi Direct allows Wi-Fi enabled desktops and laptops to connect directly to the printer without being added to the network. It is not a common option, but it would be useful in an office setting when a visitor from outside the company, such as a sales rep or consultant, may want to print a document.

AirPrint

Printers that support AirPrint allow Apple iOS devices — iPads, iPod Touches, newer iPhones, and Mac computers running OS X — to access the printer without the need to install an additional app. Most printers will require your iOS device or Mac to be connected to the network, but some models do allow direct Wi-Fi connections.

Near Field Connection (NFC)

If you have seen the television commercials that show smart phones sharing information after being tapped together, you have seen NFC in action. With this newer wireless option, tapping an NFC device — a smartphone or tablet — on the printer’s NFC-pickup spot authorizes a connection between the two and creates a link. The NFC device then either transmits the document or image on its screen to the printer via Wi-Fi or another wireless connection, or else a menu opens that allows you to select printing options.

Bluetooth

Like NFC, Bluetooth pairs the printer and the Bluetooth device, but unlike NFC, the device and the printer communicate directly. Bluetooth has been waning in popularity, however, as Wi-Fi is now favored.

Other Connection Options

To enable printers to connect with newer iOS and Android devices, manufacturers constantly develop their own apps. In addition, HP offers ePrint, which assigns an email address to your printer. When you send an email that contains an attachment to that address, the printer automatically prints the attachment. Printers with Google’s Cloud Print option allow remote printing from mobile devices that connect to Cloud Print via installed apps. For more information, please check out the West X Business Solutions website.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Engage Your Customers: The Future of Retail Displays


Every retail business knows that it takes an excellent display to promote its products. Whether it is clothes, shoes, jewelry, other accessories, or even technology, it takes that proper display of the items to have that sales pitch.  Retail displays allow customers to view the item and from there they start imagining how it will fit their style. But the question is, “What is the most engaging retail display?” Recent news has it that six futuristic retail displays are make its way to the shopping experience. According to 6 Futuristic Retail Displays That Will Change Your Idea of ‘E-Commerce,’ digital displays are about to merge online and offline shopping experiences (2015).

Shopping and Making Purchases In Front of a Window

In the past, customers have walked by a clothing retail window, saw a display mannequin of a particular outfit, and wondered how it would look in another color or style? Well guess what? Replacing in-store displays, Bloomingdale’s is starting the clothing to-go window for Ralph Lauren clothing. “Shoppers [passing by] could tap color swatches on a touchscreen facing the sidewalk. That same colored shirt, tie or pants would materialize behind the window. If they liked what they saw, they could text “POLO” for a link to a checkout page” (Kedmey, 2015). This technique will surely engage customers, with its theatrical image giving the public an extremely new, interesting, and easy way to shop through its point of purchase displays.

Shopping and Making Purchases in the Dressing Room

Another engaging display is the interactive dressing room. In the past, every retail shopper has experienced trying on clothes in the fitting room, and realizing that they need a different size or color, they find themselves having to get dressed again just to go out in the store to retrieve the right item. To create a more simple shopping experience, Rebecca Minkoff is coming out with the dressing room that contains a touchscreen mirror that allows customers the opportunity to browse through alternative designs, colors, and sizes (Kedmey, 2015). They even have the ability to make a purchase right in the fitting room.

Interactive Gaming Displays

Some people have an eye for gaming. That is why Angry Birds is coming out with a new way to engage its customers. “Game maker Rovio installed a gaming booth where shoppers could strap on Samsung Gear VR goggles and start slinging birds in three-dimensions” (Kedmey, 2015). This in-store display is not only interactive and engaging, but customers no longer have to wait turns to try out the games.

These future store displays have goals to make customer shopping experiences interactive, engaging, and uncomplicated. From walking up to a window, choosing alternative selections, and making a sale, the new technological ease of shopping will make customers want to come back for more.

Reference

Kedmey, D. 6 Futuristic Retail Displays That Will Change Your Idea of ‘E-Commerce. Time. 2015. Access via: http://time.com/3938488/retail-displays/

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WMD 238 with Matt Triano

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This week on the sleuthiest LIVE comics radio program around, we welcome artist Matt Trianoback to the Monster Cave. Matt is hard at work on the ‘Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon’ series from Dynamite. He joins us to chat about this and more. If you have a question for Dennis, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

We will also be reviewing a comic from last week’s crop, which we picked up at Strange Adventures, in our ‘Shit Comic Reviewers Say’ segment.

The music for this episode is provided by:
“The Wreckage” by Fredericton’s Cry Oh Crisis
“Wanted” by Moncton’s The Bricklins
“Heavy Lies the Crown” by Charlottetown’s Death Valley Driver

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Episode 237 with Matt Fraction

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This week on the only LIVE comics radio show that always hits the bulls-eye of awesome, we welcomeMatt Fraction to the Monster Cave. You’ve read Matt’s work on such comics as The Immortal Iron Fist, Uncanny X-Men and Casanova. He is currently the writer of Fantastic Four and FF as well as the best comic Marvel is producing currently; Hawkguy…I mean Hawkeye. He joins us to chat about everything he has going on right now so please, if you have a question for Matt, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-452-6056.

We will also be reviewing a random comic from last week, which we picked up at Strange Adventures, in our ‘Shit Comic Reviewers Say’ segment.

Music this week will be:
Re-Agent by Fredericton’s SpineSplitter
Blind By Midnight by Moncton’s Iron Giant
Lie to Live the Lie by Halifax’s Orchid’s Curse

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Episode 236 with Dennis Calero

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This week on the only LIVE comics radio show that isn’t afraid to hind behind a mask, we welcome the artist of MASKS from Dynamite Entertainment,Dennis Calero to the Monster Cave. You’ve seen Dennis’ work on X-Men: Noir as well as Captain Victory from Dynamite’s Kirbyverse. He joins us tonight to catch us up on his activity since he was last our guest. This is, of course a LIVE interview so, if you have a question for Dennis, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

We also watched the brand new Iron Man 3 trailer as it was released today and it got us all super excited to see the first installment of Marvel: Phase 2. We’ll be joined at the top of the show by Brent O’Hara, who is a writer and artist for Advanced Iron, Iron Man’s fan magazine, and also one of the volunteers on the committee that’s steering the ECCE. Brent will be lending his vast Iron Man knowledge to help us break down what exactly we were seeing in this great new peek at Marvel Studios’ next offering.

We will also be reviewing The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #1, which we picked up at Strange Adventures, in our ‘Shit Comic Reviewers Say’ segment.

Music this week will be:

“Huffer” by Diablo Strange off of the “Diablo Strange” EP

“No Apologies” by Rising Waters off of the “The Fall of Rising Waters” album

“Wrecking Ball” by Moment of Inertia off of the “In These Riot Streets” EP

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Episode 233 with Renee Witterstaetter

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This week on your favourite LIVE comic radio show that is a LIVE comics radio show we welcome back one of our most frequent guests and friend of the show, Renee Witterstaetter. Renee joins us to chat about the artists she represents through Eva Ink Artist’s Group as well as any of her own projects she may have on the go from Eva Ink publishing. As always, if you have a question for Renee, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

Also; ‘Shit Comics Reviewers Say’; Last week we picked up Snapshot #1 from Strange Adventures.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Episode 232 with Danica Brine

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This week on the only LIVE comics radio show that isn’t afraid to tell it like it isn’t, we welcome illustrator Danica Brineto the Monster Cave. You may have heard us talk with Ms. Brine during our trip to Hal-Con last October and this week she joins us to catch us up on what work she has coming our way. If you have a question for Danica, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

Also; ‘Shit Comics Reviewers Say’; Last week we picked up Mars Attacks: Zombies Vs. Robots One-Shot and Masters of the Universe: Origin of He-man #1 from Strange Adventures.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Episode 231 with Kel Symons and Mark A. Robinson

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This week on your favourite trouble making LIVE comics radio program, we invite writer Kel Symonsand artist Mark Robinson into the Monster Cave. This duo is responsible for I Love Trouble, a new comic series from Image Comics. They join us on the show to chat about their new book (which just started in December-never too late to get on board), coming to comics from Hollywood and of course artistic process. If you have a question for Kel or Mark, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

Also; ‘Shit Comics Reviewers Say’; Last week we picked up Young Avengers #1 from Strange Adventures.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Listen To Jimmy with Jimmy Palmiotti #66

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This week on L2J:
-Yiynova MSP19U Vs. Wacom Cintiq
-Sex and Violence
-Art Show – Stranger Factory
-Listener Questions
-Barnes and Noble
-The Final Cut
-PLUS: No Spoilers for All-Star Western #19 (but you should order it just in case something awesome happens!)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Episode 230 with Marv Wolfman

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This week on Where Monsters Dwell we welcome another legend of the comic book industry, Marv Wolfman to the Monster Cave. You know Marv’s work from The New Teen Titans for which he created Cyborg, Starfire and Raven. He’s also the man responsible for Tomb of Dracula, Blade and Bullseye, Daredevil’s recurring nemesis at Marvel. He is perhaps best known for his (at the time) unprecedented overhaul of the DC Universe along with George Perez on Crisis On Infinite Earths. He joins us to chat about all of this and much more and to take your questions, so if you have a question for Marv, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

Also; ‘Shit Comics Reviewers Say’; Last week we picked up Savage Wolverine #1 and John Byrne’s The High Ways #1 from Strange Adventures.