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Epson has extended its range of Ink Tank System (ITS) printers with five new models that are designed to deliver ultra-low-cost printing without the need for ink cartridges.

Including models that come with enough ink to print up to 12,000 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour, Epson is offering a new way of printing that delivers hassle-free results for home and office users. The range includes models with 1200dpi scanning functionality (L365), copying, faxing and Wi-Fi capabilities, a large LCD screen and SD card slot for easy PC-free printing (L455).

Epson’s new printers for the home come with two years’ worth of ink included. The L130 and L220 can print an incredible 6,500 pages in colour and 4,000 pages in black using only the ink included in the box. Also for the home, the L310, L365 and L455 include two extra black ink bottles increasing their combined black print output to 12,000 pages.

The L365 features both copying and 1200dpi scanning functionality, Wi-Fi connectivity for wireless printing, and the L310, offers print speeds of up to 9.2ppm. For the home, the L130 and L220 deliver the same ultra-low-cost printing with print speeds of up to 7ppm. For additional peace of mind, all models benefit from a one-year warrantee (30,000 pages for the L455, L365 and L310 and 15,000 pages for the L130 and L220).

The L455 meets the needs of homes for a fast solution for printing, scanning and copying – and occasional photo printing – without requiring a PC. Its large LCD screen and SD card slot makes it even easier print out a range of A4 colour office documents, including graphics, advertising materials and presentations.

All new models with Wi-Fi allow users to utilise Epson Connect, which allows printing from anywhere in the world just by emailing photos and documents to the printer, or via a remote print driver. Epson Connect also includes the Epson iPrint app for easy printing over Wi-Fi from smartphones and tablets. Documents and photos can also be printed with L455 and L565 direct from mobile devices thanks to compatibility with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Easy Wi-Fi set-up helps to connect these printers to a wireless network.

Kelvin Reynolds, general manager, Epson South Africa, says: “Complimenting our line-up of existing products, these models feature Epson’s Micro Piezo technology and offer unrivalled durability, quality and reliability. Over 10 million end users worldwide made their choice in favour of Epson Ink Tank System printers in less than four years. They are ideal for home and small office users who want to print high volumes of everyday documents and for whom price and convenience are key factors.”

These models are all available to the South African market at a recommended retail price as follows:

L130: R2 542.11

L220: R3 242.11

L310: R3 046.49

L365: R3 797.37

L455: R4 955.26

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AppDate: Shedding light in our times of darkness

SEAN BACHER’S app roundup highlights two load-shedding apps, along with South AfriCAM, NBA 2K Mobile, Virgin Mobile’s Spot 3.0 and SwiftKey.

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Load Shedding Notifier

With all the uncertainty about when South Africans will next be plunged into darkness by Eskom, the Load Shedding Notifier tries its best to keep up with Eskom’s schedule. The app is very simple to use. Download it, type an area in and click the save button. The app automatically tells you what load shedding stage Eskom is on, the times you can expect to start lighting candles and for how long to burn them.

Multiple areas can be added and one can switch between the different stages to see how each one will affect a certain area.

A grid status is also displayed, showing how strained the country’s electrical network is.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

EskomSePush Load Shedding App

EskomSePush does much the same as the Load Shedding Notifier, but allows multiple cities to be tracked. However, they may just want to rethink the name of the app if they want wider respectability.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

South AfriCAM

South AfriCAM enables users to add branded stickers and frames from popular lifestyle magazine titles to their posts, including Huisgenoot, YOU, Drum, Move!, TRUE LOVE, Women’s Health and Men’s Health. 

In the process, they can earn JETPoints for their social influence: through the app’s built-in JET8 social currency, users are rewarded for their engagement. For every in-app like, comment, and share, users earn JETPoints, which can be used to redeem products online or over the counter across more than 2 500 retail stores in South Africa. Users are additionally awarded JETPoints for cross-posting onto external social media networks.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device

Click here to read about console quality graphics on a mobile phone, Virgin Money payments made easier, and an app that redesigns the keyboard.

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Western Cape agritech

Aerobotics is set to change how farmers treat their crops by using drones and machine learning, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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The Western Cape is poised to be a hotbed of innovation in the agritech sector, with drone piloting set to playing a major role in in the tech start-up scene.

This is the view of Tim Willis, chief operating officer of pioneering drone company Aerobotics, a Cape Town drone company recognised as a world leader in agritech.

“Drone piloting is a key skill that feeds into the value chain of the budding 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Willis. “Cape Town and the Western Cape is uniquely positioned to be the melting pot for innovation in the agritech sector, as a leading agricultural exporter and a hub for creative tech start-ups.”

He was speaking at AeroCon, a drone expo organised by Aerobotics and held in Johannesburg this week aimed at providing opportunities for drone pilots to apply their skills in South Africa, and to show how drones are being used to collect data on crops. 

The event was supported by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Wesgro, PROMMAC, MicaSense, and Rectron, among other

“We’re starting to sign up farmers across the country,” said Willis. “It’s exciting because farmers are starting to use drone technology on their farms. When a farmer wants a drone flown, they want it flown [now] so it’s important for us to capture that data as quickly as possible to show that drones are fast and effective.”

According to aerobotics, drone technology can help farmers reduce pesticide use on their crops by up to 30%. The result is environmentally friendly farming, reducing stressed crops and a healthier harvest. 

“We use aerial imagery from drones to recreate a 3D model of every single tree on a farmer’s orchard,” said Willis. “We’ve done this for millions of trees and it starts to give the farmers metrics of what they’re doing. We provide them with the health of the trees, the height, the volume, the canopy area, which enable the farms to make decisions on what to do next.”

Click here to read more about AeroCon and what it offers to those wanting to get into the drone industry.

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