Instagram comes to life with this inexpensive printer

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A printer that doesn't suck.
Photo: Epson

Epson’s new all-in-one printer, the Epson XP-430, positions itself as an affordable wireless printer that also integrates with the photos on your social networks. You can use the included Epson Creative Print software to link your Instagram account and print out your photos, plus scan and share photos directly to your Facebook. It’s pretty nifty, considering printers are typically some of the most tedious gadgets on the planet.

This little business printer is all your office needs

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This utilitarian black box has all you need and more. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
This utilitarian black box has all you need and more. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

The non-intuitively named Brother MFC-L2740DW multifunction black and white laser printer is ideal for that small office you have, you know the one. You’ve got all of a closet to put your desk, chair, Mac, printer, and maybe a small Bluetooth speaker, if you’re lucky.

What you need is a multifunction device that can get your documents scanned, printed and (if you’re still living in the 1990s) faxed without taking up a lot of space.

I brought this rectangular box of printing joy into my tiny home office, plugged it into the wall, added it to my Airport Wi-Fi network, and was printing from it within 10 minutes of taking it out of the box.

Things you wish Apple designed

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Puppies

As Sebastian Dittman, CEO of Audanika put it on Twitter: "Puppies. Clearly puppies designed by Jony Ive would be the sh*t. CC-licensed, Patrick Theiner on Flickr.

Printer

This mobile robotic printer, which started life as a Kickstarter project, is ripe for the Apple touch. Reader Theodor Sandaker says, "It goes against the whole paperless idea, but some of us still need to print things. An iPrinter would be awesome."

iRobot

"A household robot. One that could drive. Please," says Michelle Lightwood-J on Twitter. Will there be an iRobot in our future?

Smart Home Computer

There are all sorts of Apple-integrated smart homes these days, but reader Golden Cindy goes one step further. She wants the "house" computer embedded in a countertop. This is from Swedish designer Ballingslov.

Food Packaging

I've been known to strip labels from soap, shampoo etc., because the design annoys me - so I can really understand reader Christian Alvarez's chiming in on Facebook to suggest the Apple treatment for food packaging. Here's a nice take on the on the ho-hum olive oil bottle by Comeback Studio.

Solar Pen

This is the MathPen, which has a 360° degree solar module to power all your crazy calcs. Reader Warren Galloway says,"How about a Solar Pen/Pencil that stores energy and uses low heat to write? Aka never running out of 'ink'?"

Solar Powered Remote

Reader Warren Galloway says, "how about a Solar Powered TV remote? I love what Logitech did with the K760 (solar keyboard)... Maybe they should do it."

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Toothbrush

ToothbrushIf ever a common item could use a makeover, it's the toothbrush. Here's the buy-one-give-one Bogobrush.

We showed you ours. Now it’s your turn. Here are the items big and small that Cult of Mac readers most want to see designed and produced by the mothership. We’ve got Apple solar pens, food packaging and yes, puppies — because even pets could use the Sir Jony treatment.

The xPrintServer Lets You Use Any Printer With Your iOS Device [Macworld 2013]

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SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD/iWORLD 2013 – Lantronix is showing off at Macworld what they call the xPrintServer, a small device that you can attach to your network to allow nearly any printer to become compatible with your iOS device using AirPrint.

The xPrintServer comes in two models, a consumer edition that should suit the needs of the average user, as well as an office edition more suited for a corporate setting.