Printers are not simply "dumb" devices designed to squirt ink or deposit toner — most run rudimentary operating systems and some are capable of printing and scanning without a PC attached. While this is great for productivity, it also offers hackers with a new attack vector — one HP had to recently deal with.
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HP has recalled the batteries in over 50,000 notebook computers over concerns batteries in selected models can overheat and potentially catch fire. The recall affects computers in several different portable PC ranges. HP has provided a tool for assessing whether your computer is affected asn has instituted a replacement program that comes both user replaceable and internal batteries.
Get those face-palms ready folks. About the same time last year, HP pushed out a firmware update for its inkjet printers that blocked the use of third-party cartridges. This did not go down well with anyone and within a month, the company removed the block and we all moved on. Except HP of course, which appears to have done it again.
Privacy and security should be at the top of mind for anyone using a computer. Generally, this means having a strong password or passphrase when you log on, possibly biometric security and 2FA as well, and encrypting data. But the hardware we use everyday can go a little further. HP's Elitebook x360 is an example of what can be done on the hardware side to protect your data.
Over the years I've spent a lot of money on various bits of tech. But as the reliability of hardware has improved and performance of hardware has moved along, I find that I no longer need to buy the latest and greatest gear in order to get hardware that does what I need. That's led me to looking more closely at used and refurbished equipment.
We were meant to be paperless by now. Seriously, between smartphones and tablets, there's no reason to carry paper is there? The reality is, paper still makes the world go round. And that means a decent printer for the office is a must. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 looks like a big office multi-function printer but comes at a small office price.
We're not making light of printer security. We just never imagined Christian Slater would be preaching about it. The veteran actor is the star in HP's new web series, The Wolf, where he goes around hacking printers and other devices in a company, all while talking menacingly about why organisations need secure printers.
After being poked by CHOICE and eventually apologising for locking out third-party ink cartridges for use with its printers, HP has -- as promised -- released updated firmware for affected devices which should disable the block.
Earlier this week, we reported that some HP printers had started rejecting replacement ink cartridges that aren’t manufactured by the vendor. Consumer rights advocacy group CHOICE is now investigating HP for potentially breaching Australian Consumer Laws. Read on to find out more.
The HP Pavillion x360 is a small convertible notebook that I didn't expect to like at all. At first glance, it reminded me of a netbook I used to own which was a hunk of crap and I'm not a huge fan of 11-inch devices because there just isn't enough screen space for me to use effectively. This story doesn't have a fairy tale ending. I didn't fall in love with the X360, but I did (surprisingly) walk away without loathing it.
The Star Wars saga has been adored for decades, spawning a ton of merchandise based on the epic sci-fi universe including figurines, LEGO, video games and even toilet decals. Now with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there is yet another opportunity for enterprising companies to make money from the franchise. HP is one of them. The vendor has released the Star Wars Special Edition HP 15-an007tx, a notebook with added Star Wars bits. Spoiler alert: this isn't the laptop I'm looking for.