Business Tech Tools: 5 Trends for 2010

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Cloud-Friendly Hardware

With more companies storing data in the cloud, hardware makers are loading printers and scanners with features that make it easier to create and manage digital documents. At CES, Canon introduced four multifunction printers with an Auto Document Fix feature that makes scanned documents easier to read by automatically sharpening and blackening them, as well as removing the background on newspaper and magazine pages. The Pixma MX870, the most expensive model in the line, is priced at just $200. Canon’s higher-end laser printers, including the ImageCLASS MF4690 all-in-one laser printer, which costs $399, lets you send scanned documents directly to an e-mail address or USB flash drive.