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Fujifilm announces instax mini Link SE, a printer for the Nintendo Switch
by João Carrasqueira
It's probably not the integration anyone was expecting, but Fujifilm-owned brand instax has announced the instax mini Link SE, a new mini film printer that's designed for use with the Nintendo Switch. It allows users to print in-game screenshots from the console thanks to a new instax mini Link app that will be available for smartphones soon.
The release of the instax mini Link SE lines up perfectly with the upcoming New Pokémon Snap, both of which are launching on April 30. The long-awaited sequel to the Nintendo 64 game revolved around taking photos of various Pokémon in their natural habitats, and the new game features built-in photo sharing and editing, and the ability to print those photos seems to fit into the nature of the game. It's also a very interesting callback to the original title, when Nintendo partnered with Blockbuster to allow players to print their own pictures from the game. However, the instax Mini SE can be used to print in-game screenshots from any Switch title.
To connect the Switch to the printer, you'll need the accompanying smartphone app, which bridges the gap between the console and the printer using the QR code sharing feature that was added to the console a few months ago. The app itself also features some Nintendo flair, with themes based on titles including the aforementioned New Pokémon Snap, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Super Mario Odyssey. Even if you're just taking regular photos, it will also let you add Nintendo-themed frames to those pictures, with examples being based on the same games. If you want to go even further, a special protective based on Pikachu is also available for the printer.
There are other features for the app and printer that are less Nintendo-themed. You can collaborate with a friend on a collage, each using their own phone, or take a picture with a friend and answer a series of question to have a "match test" displayed on top of the printed image. The instax Mini SE even support motion controls for your smartphone camera, for some reason. You can tilt to zoom in and out and take a picture with the power button, or flip the printer over to reprint pictures.
As mentioned above, the instax mini Link SE is coming next week, on April 30, and it will cost $99.95 or $119.95, if you want it bundled with the Pikachu case.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft finally fixes print spooler issue for the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
by Rich Woods
Last weekend, Microsoft acknowledged a bug that caused Windows to fail to print. Unfortunately, this affected all supported Windows versions, including Windows 8.1 and all versions of Windows 10 that got an update on Patch Tuesday. In other words, every version of Windows 10 except for 1511. Earlier this week, the company released new cumulative updates to fix the issue for versions 1909, 1903, 1809, and 1803, but that left everyone else, including those on the latest version of the OS, without a fix.
Now, everyone else on Windows 10 is getting the update. Microsoft is releasing cumulative updates for versions 2004, 1709, 1703, 1607, and 1507. Version 1703 wasn't originally listed as affected, but that might have been an oversight given that Windows 10 version 1703 is only supported for the original Surface Hub.
Here's the list of updates:
Version KB Build number Download link 2004 KB4567523
19041.331 Update Catalog 1709 KB4567515
Update Catalog 1703 KB4567516
Update Catalog 1607 KB4567517
Update Catalog 1507 KB4567518
As was the case with the updates earlier this week, these are not being provided through Windows Update, so if you want them, you'll have to use the download link above. The only version that's left unpatched is Windows 8.1, which will probably get a preview of its monthly rollup at some point.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft releases cumulative updates to fix Windows 10 print error issues
by Rich Woods
Over the weekend, Microsoft acknowledged a print spooler issue that was caused by last week's Patch Tuesday updates. It might be causing you to be unable to print, and that could even include software printers, such as printing to PDF. The issue affected all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 versions 1507, 1607, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909, and 2004.
Today, the Redmond firm is releasing cumulative updates to fix the issue, but only for some of the affected versions. Versions 1909 and 1903 are getting KB4567512, version 1809 is getting KB4567513, and version 1803 is getting KB4567514. As of right now, there's no solution for Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 versions 1507, 1607, or 2004.
Here's the full description of the fix:
There are a couple of known issues too, depending on what version of Windows 10 you're on. For versions 1909 and 1903, here's what you should be aware of:
Symptom Workaround After installing this update on a Windows 10 device with a wireless wide area network (WWAN) LTE modem, reaching the internet might not be possible. However, the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) in the notification area might still indicate that you are connected to the internet. We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.
And there's also one known issue for version 1809:
Symptom Workaround After installing KB4493509, devices with some Asian language packs installed may receive the error, "0x800f0982 - PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND." Uninstall and reinstall any recently added language packs. For instructions, see Manage the input and display language settings in Windows 10. Select Check for Updates and install the April 2019 Cumulative Update. For instructions, see Update Windows 10. Note If reinstalling the language pack does not mitigate the issue, reset your PC as follows:
Go to the Settings app > Recovery. Select Get Started under the Reset this PC recovery option. Select Keep my Files. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.
These updates are not available via Windows Update, so if you want them, you'll have to install them manually. Click here for versions 1909 or 1903, here for version 1809, and here for version 1803.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft acknowledges printing issues with all Windows 10 versions
by Rich Woods
Microsoft started testing out Windows 10 20H1 back in February 2019, and the RTM build was released to Insiders for testing in December. After that, it was serviced for five months before being released as the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. Still, there are a ton of known issues in it.
Added to the list over the weekend is a print spooler issue that might cause it to close when trying to print. Moreover, Microsoft says that you might not even be able to use software-based printers, such as printing to PDF.
The issue was introduced with the latest Patch Tuesday update, but unfortunately, this isn't even exclusive to the May 2020 Update. This issue affects all supported versions of Windows 10, Windows Server, and even Windows 8.1. To be clear, those supported versions include 2004, 1909, 1903, 1809, 1803, 1709, 1607, and 1507. If you installed this month's Patch Tuesday updates, you might have a problem with this.
Microsoft didn't post a workaround, but the obvious fix would be to uninstall the problematic update.
The Redmond firm made some other changes to the known issues over the weekend. There's an issue with opening Office apps that was added as already resolved, thanks to an external fix. Also, an issue affecting mouse input in games that use GameInput Redistributable has been resolved.
iCopy - Free Photocopier 184.108.40.206
by Razvan Serea
iCopy is a free Windows application that lets you combine your scanner and printer into a powerful copy machine. With a single click, you can directly print your copies or save them to image or PDF files without the need of other software. Its simple user interface lets you manage scanner and printer options, like scaling, brightness, resolution, contrast, number of copies in a couple of seconds. iCopy supports Automatic Document Feeders, so that you can copy a large amount of pages automatically. iCopy is small and no installation is required. And, most importantly, it is free and Open Source.
Scanning mode selection Scan to file function Scan Multiple Pages before printing Preview function Scaling by percentage function No installation needed Little hard disk space required Compatible with all WIA scanners and all printers Command line parameters iCopy 220.127.116.11 changelog:
NEW: Update to .NET Framework 4.6, as .NET 2.0 is not maintained anymore FIX: The regression on the file path is now actually fixed [bug #340] FIX: Updated French translation System requirements:
Microsoft Windows XP SP or newer, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or newer Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or higher (download page) A WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) compatible scanner (mostly all scanners, check here) Download: iCopy 18.104.22.168 | 858 KB (Open Source)
Download: iCopy Portable 22.214.171.124 | 564 KB
View: iCopy Homepage
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