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This Week in Imaging: Memjet Rising; Holiday Gift Guide; Smart MFP Ecosystem; Impika; More

It’s getting cold around these parts. Cold enough to huddle around your laser printer in order to soak up some of that wasted energy in the form of dissipated heat. However, if the powers that be at your workplace decide to splurge on the latest big iron – in this case inkjet – from Canon’s […]

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New Ricoh MFP Series with Optional Smart Operation Panel for Tablet and Smartphone Use

November 19, 2014 – Ricoh Americas is rolling out a new line of smartphone- and tablet-friendly mono MFPs that it says provide powerful information-management capabilities, as well as 11” x 17” printing, and which are designed for mid-size to large workgroups. Ricoh says its new MP 2554, MP 3054, and MP 3554 – with print […]

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Memjet: 2014 has been a ‘Banner Year’ with Record Product Development and Growth

San-Diego-based Memjet, maker of page-wide color inkjet print heads for the office-, label-, wide-format-, and package-printing markets, reports that 2014 was a record year for its product development and growth within its partner ecosystem. During 2014, Memjet partners Afinia, Beiren, Colordyne, TechNova, TrojanLabel introduced new Memjet-based printing solutions for the print on-demand business and label-converter […]

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This Week in Digital Imaging: MPHJ Scan-Patent Enforcer Gets off Easy? Good News from Sharp, Kodak; More

Perhaps the most interesting news this week was that U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with notorious “scan-patent troll” MPHJ Technology Investments. There were many howls of indignation that the settlement really doesn’t do much, except require MPHJ not to be deceptive in its practices. For instance, MPHJ cannot state in a demand letter that […]

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FTC: MPHJ Can Continue to Send Demand Letters for Use of Scan Patents

MPHJ Technology Investments issued a press release today stating that it had reached an agreement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that concludes the FTC’s investigation into MPHJ’s scan patent-enforcement activities. Under the agreement, MPHJ continues to have the right to enforce its patents by contacting companies it suspects of infringing upon its scan patents, and […]

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Hands-On Review and Videos: OKI’s C941dn Multimedia Color Printer – Pushing the Envelope of Image Quality with White and Clear Toner

The C941dn is a member of OKI Data’s C900 Multimedia Production Platform series that consists of a range of advanced digital-color printers that are intended for creative and commercial-print applications. These fast, toner-based printers have unusual media-throughput capabilities, and can handle a wide range of media sizes and types. Most noteworthy is that the C941dn […]

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Report: Project CISS with Photo Gallery and Videos! Continuous Ink-Supply System Inkjet Printers – How do They Stack Up?

Wirth Consulting is pleased to announce a comprehensive new test report – likely the first of its kind – that summarizes the results of exhaustive testing of inkjet printers equipped with CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System). CISS is an inking system that consists of a large external refillable ink supply that may or may not […]

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Toshiba to Merge its MFP and Barcode Divisions in Europe

November 24, 2014 – Toshiba Tec reports that it’ll be merging its MFP division with its barcode printing division (BCP) in Europe. The firm says the integration of the two Toshiba Tec printing divisions has “in one stroke created the most innovative and comprehensive Printing Solutions Business in the world that now enables customers to […]

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Canon Expands AirPrint Mobile-Printing Support to New imageRUNNER Advance Color MFPs

November 24, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. reports that its new imageRUNNER ADVANCE C350iF and C250iF A4 color MFPs for mid-size workgroups now support AirPrint mobile printing from Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch mobile devices. AirPrint enables iOS users to wirelessly print photos, emails, Web pages, and documents without installing device drivers. Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless […]

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Xerox Takes SupplierPay Pledge to Help Small Suppliers Get Paid Faster

November 21, 2014 – Xerox – and 25 other companies – are taking the SupplierPay Pledge. Launched by President Obama, the initiative is designed to help small businesses working as suppliers to large organizations get paid faster. In the Whitehouse.gov blog, Whitehouse spokesperson Tanya Somanader notes: “On average, corporations take 46 days to pay their invoices […]

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HP Printer Veteran Joins 3D-Printing Company Stratasys

November 20, 2014 – 3D-printing company Stratasys reports that Chris Morgan has joined Stratasys as senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO). Morgan is a 25-year veteran of HP. Effective immediately, Morgan will assume responsibility for Stratasys’ global marketing activities, including developing strategy and building a global team that will support the company’s worldwide […]

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Print Audit’s New Report Helps Dealers Select which Printer and MFP Models to Include for Auto Toner-Fulfillment

November 29, 2014 – Calgary-based Print Audit is introducing an MPS Readiness Report exclusively for Print Audit Premier members. The firm says the report will help alleviate one of the biggest challenges managed print services (MPS) providers face today: implementing an effective automatic toner-fulfillment program, also known as Just In Time (JIT). Print Audit notes […]

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Lexmark Enhances ‘Smart MFP Ecosystem’ with Server-Less Routing and Secure Printing, AirPrint Certification

November 19, 2014 – Lexmark International is announcing new enhancements to its smart MFPs that are designed for converting hardcopy workflows into digital ones, making mobile printing easier, and reducing security risks. The firm says all of these solutions are part of its  “Smart MFP Ecosystem,” which consists of a set of capabilities enabled by every […]

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Xerox’s Impika Focusing on Product-Sales Expansion in Asia

Xerox’s Impika reports that it’s strengthening its presence in Asia by building a network of resellers to sell its production inkjet printers for the growing demand for the printing of books, direct mail, catalogs, brochures, invoices, and financial statements. According to research from trade association NPES, China will be the largest print market in the […]

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HP’s Dion Weisler: The Vision and Promise of Blended Reality

From the blog of Dion Weisler, executive vice president of HP’s Printing and Personal Systems division, and soon-to-be president and CEO of HP’s new HP, Inc.: “HP helped found Silicon Valley and built a rich heritage of innovation that has made it one of the world’s leading technology companies. Today, we are delivering on our […]

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New PrinterLogic Printer-Management Platform Eliminates the Need for Print Servers

Utah-based PrinterLogic today launched the latest version of its Web-based PrinterLogic Printer Management platform, which enables businesses of all sizes to eliminate print servers. Regardless of how many offices or employees an organization might have, PrinterLogic says IT staff are now able to centrally manage all printers while eliminating print servers altogether, potentially saving millions […]

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Prynt Previews $99 Smartphone Case that Prints

French startup company Prynt, is previewing a smartphone case with built-in printing. The printer uses Polaroid printing technology and Bluetooth connectivity, and can print photos in about 50 seconds. Currently, only one sheet of paper can fit in the case, but Prynt will soon increase this to 30 sheets. It’s also currently designed for 4″ […]

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Kyocera Reports ‘Significant Profit’ in MFP Sales for Half Year of its Fiscal Year

Kyocera Corporation of Japan reported financial results for its fiscal first half-year (April to September 2014). Net sales for the company’s half-year were ¥714,329 million, an increase of ¥14,666 million, or 2.1 percent, compared with ¥699,663 million for the previous first half, due to increased sales in the Semiconductor Parts Group and the Information Equipment […]

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Canon’s Océ Division Officially launches its First Full-Color Inkjet Printing System

Canon Solutions America’s Océ  division has officially launched the Océ ImageStream 3500 inkjet press, which is the first full-color continuous-feed inkjet press in the Océ brand portfolio, The ImageStream 3500 can print on standard offset coated paper, and is designed for publishing and commercial printing. Specifications include: Print speed: Up to 525 feet per minute. […]

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ReadSoft is Now Officially Part of Lexmark International, Merged into Perceptive Software

After winning a protracted bidding war with Hyland Software, Lexmark International has officially acquired ReadSoft, which will now be merged into Lexmark’s Perceptive Software division. ReadSoft will have an updated brand name, shown below. ReadSoft says its merger “is an exciting step,” as Lexmark has a significant international presence and has acquired ReadSoft in a […]

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Sharp’s Direct Sales Force Opens New Showroom and Sales Center in Chicago

Sharp Business Systems reports that it’s opened a new showroom and sales center, the Oakbrook Terrace Showroom and Sales Center, the first of its kind in the Chicago marketplace. The new center is located at 1815 S. Meyers Road, Oakbrook Terrace, in Chicago, Illinois.  Sharp Business Systems is a direct-sales division of Sharp Electronics Corporation. […]

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