First few devices available now, all devices patched by end of August
Following reports of image substitution affecting copied numbers on a range of Xerox WorkCentre devices, the imaging company has started addressing the situation in a series of software patches. The company has "confirmed that errors can occur under a set of limited conditions when scanning 'stress documents' to PDF -- which can include very small font sizes, stray pixels and be difficult to read." The first batch of software updates is available now.
Problem linked to JBIG2 compression algorithm, workaround available
A handful of Xerox devices have been found to randomly substitute characters while performing a copy action, but not an optical character recognition (OCR) analysis. Confirmed by experiment, both the Xerox WorkCentre 7535 and 7556 perform the swap, with a possible eight other devices also by Xerox manifesting the issue. The researcher who found the problem discovered that "patches of the pixel data are randomly replaced in a very subtle and dangerous way: The scanned images look correct at first glance, even though numbers may actually be incorrect."
Job switch set to take place February 28th
Apple has hired Xerox executive vice president and CFO Luca Maestri as its new corporate controller, a Xerox press release reveals. Maestri will officially leave Xerox on February 28th, after helping to "manage the financial leadership transition" at the company. The executive is relatively new to Xerox; he was hired in February 2011, having formerly been the CFO of Nokia Siemens Networks. The bulk of Maestri's career took place at General Motors, where he held different financial jobs for more than 20 years.
Efforts led to the first PC and Ethernet
Jacob Goldman, Xerox’s chief scientist behind the creation of the company's renowned Xerox Palo Alto Technology Center (Xerox PARC) died on Tuesday. Dr. Goldman was 90. Among the many technologies Xerox PARC gave to the world was the modern concept of a PC with a graphical user interface, which first reached the market with the Lisa and later the original Mac.
Adds new models, updates others
Apple late today release updated printer drivers for Canon and FujiXerox printers, scanners and AIO units via its Software Update mechanism. The Canon update brings almost all of the company's drivers up to v10.42.1.0 and adds some new models as well, while the FujiXerox update changes the version on a handful of the company's many supported printers to either v2.1 or v2.2, leaving most of them (including some new-model additions) at v2.0.
Protocol patent at center of dispute
Apple, Adobe, Tivo, HP and Xerox are among 23 companies being sued by an Allen, Texas business, Ganas, in a new patent infringement lawsuit. Although four patents in total are said to be at stake, the key one is 7,136,913. This describes "a system for communication over the internet and through a firewall utilizing a single communications protocol," using a simple object access communications protocol, or SOAP.
Xerox silver bullet ink used for flexible gadgets
A new conducive ink developed by Xerox will allow for the development of electronic circuits on flexible plastics, films and textiles. This so-called 'silver bullet' melts at 140 degrees Celsius, which means it could be laid into clothing and other products that use materials with melting points much lower than traditional metals. Typical melting points of metals range in the 1,000-degree Celsius range would melt such materials.
Could also remove iPod touch upgrade fees
The US government has tentatively approved new accounting rules which could significantly impact the iPhone, and possibly the iPod touch, says Fortune. Under influence from corporations like Apple, TiVo and Xerox, the government has relented to pressure and made initial changes to regulations involving subscription accounting. Because Apple releases periodic software updates for the iPhone, the company has had to spread relevant revenue reporting across a two-year time period.