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Kodak EasyShare M580: Good Pictures, Ho-Hum Features

If you want a camera that takes great photos and has a larger-than-normal optical zoom range, the 8X-optical-zoom Kodak EasyShare M580 ($170 as of September 20, 2010) fits the bill. It's one of the best point-and-shoot cameras  we've tested this ...

Canon Pixma MX7600

Considering the price ($400 as of 6/6/08), the Canon Pixma MX7600 color inkjet multifunction printer had better be good--and it is. It offers plentiful features, fast performance, and vivid output, making it a great choice for small businesses and home ...

Canon's Pixma MG8120 Performs Well and Looks Great

The shiny, black Canon Pixma MG8120 color inkjet multifunction printer  (which prints, copies, and scans), is nothing if not cool-looking--the control panel integrated into the top lid is a must see. But it also produces smooth text output at a ... In our tests, the Pixma MG8120 was quite fast for an inkjet. Our text documents--ten pages of plain text, and a newsletter with a smattering of grayscale graphics--looked crisp and printed at a peppy 8.27 pages per minute (ppm) on the PC and 7.87 ppm on the Mac. The snapshot-size color photos in our PC-platform testing printed at just under 3 ppm to plain paper and about 2 ppm using Canon's own photo paper. The larger, higher-resolution photo that we use to test photo printing on the Mac took just over 2 minutes--a midrange speed. Also swift were monochrome copying (which took about 17 seconds) and color scans (20 seconds for a full-page photo at 600 dpi, and 55 seconds for a cropped section of that photo at 1200 dpi).

Color images and copies showed an orange tinge on plain paper (a common tendency of Canon MFPs), but this imperfection was less pronounced on photo paper. Simple monochrome text copy looked as good as the original, but color scans appeared somewhat dark.

The Pixma MG8120's ink costs are slightly lower than the norm. The standard-size, 328-page black cartridge is $16, or 4.9 cents per page. The individual cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges each cost $14, and last for around 450 pages, which works out to about 3.1 cents per color per page. A typical page with all four colors costs 14.2 cents. Also priced at $14 each are the dedicated photo-black and photo-gray cartridges, which make the darker areas of photos look smoother and more realistic. They add relatively little ink to a typical document, and Canon says that the photo-black cartridge should last for about 670 4-by-6-inch photos, and the photo-gray cartridge for about 171.

Granted, other Canon multifunction printers, such as the Pixma MX870 and the Pixma MG5220, offer equally good output and features for a lot less money. Choose the Canon Pixma MG8120 if you want that something extra: a little more speed, and a control panel that's also a conversation piece.

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Google Keeps Growing While Facebook, Bing Plot

Google improved its already dominant  Internet search market share in September, capturing 66% of all searches, according to research unveiled just as Microsoft announced its new partnership between Facebook and its Bing search engine. Google searches accounted for 65.4% of ...
Google's market share increase came just as Microsoft announced that it's teaming up with Facebook to make search more "social."

"When you search for something on Bing or in web results on Facebook (powered by Bing), you'll be able to see your friends' faces next to web pages they've liked. So, you can lean on friends to figure out the best websites for your search," Facebook official Bret Taylor wrote in a blog post.

Bing, of course, already powers Yahoo searches, making it the most serious competitor to Google in terms of providing back-end search technology.

Bing has enjoyed a fast rise, coming online only in June 2009, replacing the previous Microsoft service known as "Live Search."

Despite Bing's quick start, Google's market share has remained pretty steady. Google held 65% of the market in May 2009, whereas Yahoo held 20% and Microsoft held 8%, according to comScore. Bing's impact has therefore been more pronounced on Yahoo's market share than on Google's.

ComScore is not the only firm analyzing search share. According to Hitwise, Google did even better in September than comScore indicates. Hitwise numbers show Google increasing from 71.59% in August to 72.15% in September.

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To Apple's iPhone and Google's Android, Microsoft has one thing to say: "Daddy's home!"

Even though Microsoft’s been missing in action for this generation of smartphones, that time is over. ...

Mac Lion: The King of the OS X Jungle?

Apple has hinted that new Macs and a new OS X will be on the agenda during its next product announcement, scheduled for Oct. 20. The new OS will most likely be nicknamed "Lion," but beyond that, what Apple has ...

Nokia 6600i unleashed in India

The Nokia 6600i has just been launched in India and it establishes itself as the smallest 5-megapixel phone in the market. The 6600i has a slider form factor with an extremely impressive design and style.The camera being the phones USP ...

Opera aims for Android, hardware acceleration

OSLO, Norway--Opera Software announced significant new steps for its browsers today, including the release soon of Opera Mobile for Android phones and extensions technology in the upcoming Opera 11 for computers.In both those cases--and also in the Opera Mini browser ...

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