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Google Gives HP Printers Own Email Addresses

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 35 comments

Printers with widgets, an app store, a Web connection and their own email addresses.

Web-connected printers are slowly gaining prominence and HP has always been at the forefront of this endeavor to make these smart printers a mainstream commodity. This week we learn HP has teamed up with Google to give Web-connected printers their own email addresses.

A recent article in the New York Times talks about HP's new strategy when it comes to printers. It discusses Web-connected printers and the company's desire to load these peripherals with apps (think movie tickets, coupons, directions) from a dedicated app store. However, one thing we didn't know is that Google is interested in the direction HP is taking printing and the two have formed a unique partnership. According to NYT, the collaboration allows people to send things like Google Docs and Calendars directly to HP's printers.

It makes sense when you think about it; if your printer has it's own email address, you can have someone send those important documents straight to your printer, and nearly cut your computer out of the equation completely.

Would you buy a smart printer? Let us know in the comments below!

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    manitoublack , June 8, 2010 11:00 PM
    someone on the inside of google post a few printer emails. time to spam a printer ;) 
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    zoemayne , June 8, 2010 11:10 PM
    no more hp's for me their ink is like $8000 a gallon....
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    tashfeenmajid , June 8, 2010 11:08 PM
    It would definitely be interesting.

    But the only thing I am concerned about is, my printer printing all those Nigeria bank account hoax and enlarge your penis junk mails sent to it.
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    manitoublack , June 8, 2010 11:00 PM
    someone on the inside of google post a few printer emails. time to spam a printer ;) 
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    horatio b , June 8, 2010 11:06 PM
    Absolutely! I can print things on the road and tell my wife(who is not so tech savvy) it's on the printer. My only concern however is what if someone accidentally e-mails my printer a 500 pages?
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    tashfeenmajid , June 8, 2010 11:08 PM
    It would definitely be interesting.

    But the only thing I am concerned about is, my printer printing all those Nigeria bank account hoax and enlarge your penis junk mails sent to it.
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    zoemayne , June 8, 2010 11:10 PM
    no more hp's for me their ink is like $8000 a gallon....
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    jacobdrj , June 8, 2010 11:17 PM
    I like the idea. Needs some good secure passwording, and some solid processing on the printers' part (Can it print Cry... PDFs?)
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    sliem , June 8, 2010 11:19 PM
    It's good if it can have filters and configurable settings.
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    blueer03 , June 8, 2010 11:50 PM
    Great, now I need to worry about getting chain letters from my printer too!
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    Camikazi , June 8, 2010 11:57 PM
    Can't wait till the SPAM prints start coming, it will be like those SPAM faxes from years ago.
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    Anonymous , June 9, 2010 12:16 AM
    @No more HP's for me. All printers rip you off on the ink no matter what brand it is. That is exactly why you just refill your ink so you can reuse the cartridge. Refill it is when it's about half full. I have refilled my HP ink cartridge over 10 times already and have had no problems with it.
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    zoemayne , June 9, 2010 1:17 AM
    timorang@No more HP's for me. All printers rip you off on the ink no matter what brand it is. That is exactly why you just refill your ink so you can reuse the cartridge. Refill it is when it's about half full. I have refilled my HP ink cartridge over 10 times already and have had no problems with it.
    If you do a little research youll see that monochrome printer can print 12000 pages from a $70 cartridge/drum....... ie on new egg the "brother DR360 Drum Unit"
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    zoemayne , June 9, 2010 1:24 AM
    so you can print 12000 brother pages or 1000 hp pages for $70...... 12K is like enough for few years.
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    likebutter , June 9, 2010 2:02 AM
    It's not a bad idea. Your documents "emails" would be stored in Gmail(in the cloud). The printer downloads the document only if the user decides to print it. It's the next evolutionary step in faxing! And to think it only took 20 years! LOL I blog about this on my site http://avillacampa.homeserver.com/blog/
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    dEAne , June 9, 2010 3:14 AM
    As I know this things will happen. There are lots of things in the web and more problems too I hope HP will learn from that.
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    edwilson , June 9, 2010 3:19 AM
    this would be cool for about 5 minutes until some stupid spammer sends 100 pages to your printer and depletes all your comsumables.
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    Anonymous , June 9, 2010 3:53 AM
    spam can be countered easily in this situation ie require a password to print. spamming wont be a prob.
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    spectrewind , June 9, 2010 4:02 AM
    So much for the "paperless office"...
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    HappyBB , June 9, 2010 8:20 AM
    A smart printer definitely sound interesting. However, how do we ensure the security and storage space?
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    Gandalf , June 9, 2010 8:32 AM
    No thanks! I get enough SPAM email on my current email account.
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    gti88 , June 9, 2010 9:08 AM
    I don't think I need this feature.
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    dthx , June 9, 2010 10:02 AM
    This feature has been around in all kyocera network printers for approximately 5 years! (pop3 printing).
    What impresses me with HP devices is the insane consumables oriented business model (why do people still buy this crap?), not the features !
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