Top News for the Week of 2/10/2014 – Mopria-Certified Printers On the Way; PaperCut for Controlling Mobile Printing; More
- He’s got a lot of other things on his mind – namely the closing of three traffic lanes feeding into the George Washington Bridge last September – but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made short work of a proposed New Jersey law that would require sellers of ink cartridges to show on how many pages the user could expect to print with a cartridge. Christie vetoed the bill, but the New Jersey Assembly is back re-introducing the bill. Keep in mind that the New Jersey Legislature can over-ride a governor’s veto with a two-third majority vote.
- In the ongoing war to protect our lifeblood, Canon files suits against cartridge manufacturers, but one of the defendants. Union Technology, is prepared to take it to court.
- The new Sharp Cloud Portal Office is now available. First introduced in November 2013, Cloud Portal Office is being offered on a SaaS (software as a service) basis, meaning that customers pay for it on a monthly basis – which could amount to a nice revenue stream for Sharp dealers.
- Innovative EFI launches a new digital front end, the Fiery EB-32, a controller that’s designed expressly for Ricoh Production Printers.
New & Improved Solutions and Services
- The Mopria Alliance for mobile-printing reports that Mopria-certified printers are on the way. The non-profit alliance has also added many new members, and seems to be progressing well in its drive to create industry standards for mobile printing, and to make mobile printing as easy as possible for end-users.
- PaperCut announces that its print-management software can now be used to manage and monitor mobile-print volumes generated by Google Cloud Print ready printers.
- More mobile, more better–Canon adds a new Mobile Scan App for imageCLASS MFPs. Alas, it’s only for Apple’s iOS even though Android market share is at 78.6 percent.
- OKI keeps rolling on, reporting that it’s enhanced select MFPs with Google Cloud Print mobile printing.
- A good move by Nuance, as it announces that its latest version of eCopy ShareScan, v5.2, which adds support for tablets, smartphones, and more.
- Obvious OCR anomaly ABBYY releases its next generation of FineReader OCR (v 12), which features faster document conversion and more.
Markets and Marketing
- IDC reports that the Western Europe printer and hardcopy markets show good gains in the fourth-quarter of 2014. While we may never go back to the print volumes of yore, news like this is still good news.
- It’s always heartening to hear news that Xerox is doing something related to its core business. It recently announced that it landed a new print-services contract with Purdue University.
- As part of its strategy to expand and strengthen its services businesses, Konica Minolta announces that it’ll be setting up five new Business Innovation Centers dedicated to research and innovation. The first Konica Minolta Business Center just opened in Singapore.
Thanks for reading!
Terry and Kathy Wirth