Top News for the Week of 3/10/2014 – Samsung Cloud Print App, HP Business Inkjets, More

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Products and Solutions

  • Samsung is determined to make mobile printing as ubiquitous and easy as possible. It just previewed its new secure Cloud Print app and new desktop printers and MFPs equipped with NFC (Near Field Communication) tap-and-print mobile printing. The new Cloud Print app, among other things, will enable users to share up to 20 NFC Samsung printers with other users for mobile printing.
  • Hewlett-Packard is also determined to make it easy to print from mobile devices, and also to bring inkjets to business users. Its latest Officejet Pro color inkjet All-in-Ones feature perhaps the broadest suite of mobile-printing solutions on the market, including Mopria certification and NFC support, and are also eligible for HP’s Instant Ink subscription service. Under Instant Ink, customers can print up to 300 pages per month – black-and-white and/or color – for $9.99 per month, which equates to 3 cents per page for a color print. 
  • Canon U.S.A. announced the availability of two new color A3 imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs which Canon says provide significantly faster scanning speeds via their single-pass duplexing document feeder. There’s also mobile printing from smartphones and tablets, as well as print from and scan to cloud-based document storage sites.
  • You may not have ever heard of it, but CISS is a big thing around the world. CISS stands for Continuous Ink Supply System. In the form of printers and kits, CISS provides refillable external ink tanks that users can re-fill with bulk-priced ink. After several months of testing, and many ink-stained fingers, Wirth Consulting has just completed a comprehensive test report on a selection of CISS printers and All-in-Ones, which we invite you to check out.
  • EFI jumps on the Chromebook bandwagon. It’s just released its latest version of PrintMe Mobile, which now supports not only Apple iOS and Android, but Chromebooks, which appear to be rapidly replacing Windows and iOS portables in the classroom. 

Marketing

  • Staples is shutting down 255 stores across North America. While acknowledging that online sales now make up about half of the company’s revenue, the online sales haven’t added to the company’s revenue. Staples essentially faces two big problems – Amazon.com, where small-business owners can order supplies, often with free shipping, and the very difficult economic environment for small businesses across the United States that have faced tight credit and lower consumer demand over the last several years.

Legal Briefs

  • In litigation with Collins Ink that’s been going on for about two years, Eastman Kodak received a set-back when a federal judge barred Kodak from charging customers more for refurbished print heads if they bought their ink from Collins instead of directly from Kodak. The print heads and ink are used with Kodak’s Versamark inkjet production-printing systems. Only Kodak and Collins supply the ink for the Versamark printers.
  • Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell ​put up a good fight against scan-patent “troll” MPHJ Technology Investments, but after a judge indicated that Sorrell’s attempt to stop MPHJ’s demand activities likely violated federal patent law, Sorrell withdrew his request for a court injunction to stop MPHJ’s law firms from sending out demand letters.
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