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PIXMA printers now support AirPrint

Some models of the Canon PIXMA All-In-One inkjet printer line-up now support AirPrint – wireless printing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. AirPrint allows users to print photos, emails, web pages, and other documents without the need to install device drivers.

AirPrint will initially be supported in three recently launched PIXMA models – the MG8250, MG6250 and MG5350. AirPrint will be supported in the majority of Canon PIXMA inkjet printers launched from this date onwards.

AirPrint works with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch (3rd generation and later) running iOS 4.2 or later.

Ultra-large sensor tracks faint meteors and more

An ultra-large-scale, ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor developed by Canon has enabled video recording of meteors with an equivalent apparent magnitude of 10. Apparent magnitude is a measure of a star's brightness as seen by an observer on Earth. The brighter the celestial body appears, the lower the value of its apparent magnitude. The darkest star visible to the naked eye has an apparent magnitude of approximately 6.

The sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205mm, has the world's largest surface area for a CMOS sensor (as at 12 September 2011). It has been installed in the Schmidt telescope at the University of Tokyo's Kiso Observatory.

The ultra-large-scale, ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor is among the largest that can be produced from a 300mm (12-inch) wafer. The sensor is approximately 40 times the size of Canon's largest commercial CMOS sensor – the  21.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor used in the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II cameras. It m…