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Top News for the Week of 8/18/2014 – New Memjet Print Engine, Printer Revenue Down at HP, More

This week, the big news was Hewlett-Packard’s reporting of its results for third-quarter 2014. The good news is that HP achieved a slight revenue increase after several quarters of revenue decline, the bad news was lower printer revenue, including lower supplies revenue. However, HP CEO Meg Whitman was overall pleased with HP’s performance. According to […]

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Canon Takes Toner-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Campaign to Russia

Canon Inc. reports that it’s filed a suit for enforcement of its Russian Federation patent 2467370, which relates to toner cartridges. Canon filed the suit with the Moscow City Economic Court against the defendant, X-Com Shop Ltd., a distributing company. Canon alleges that certain models of toner cartridges sold on the Russian market under the […]

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Slight Revenue Increase for HP; Printing Revenue Down, but PC Revenue Up

Hewlett-Packard reported results for its third quarter, with net revenue of $27.6 billion, up 1 percent from the previous year. Third-quarter GAAP earnings per share were $0.52, down 27 percent from the third quarter a year ago, and down from HP’s previously provided outlook of $0.59 to $0.63 per share. Earnings were $1 billion, down 29 […]

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OKI to Preview New Color Label Printer, C711DW, at Labelexpo

OKI Data Americas reports that it’ll be participating in the Labelexpo Americas 2014 trade show and conference taking place September 9-11 in Rosemont, Illinois, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. At the show, OKI Data will introduce its new C711DW, a digital-color label printer with finishing system, that OKI says is ideal for short-run […]

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Lexmark Increases its Bid for ReadSoft for Third Time, Gains Majority Voting Control

Lexmark International reports that it’s acquired shares from the founders of Sweden-based software maker ReadSoft, gained majority voting control, and that it’s increased its offer price for ReadSoft shares to SEK 57.00. Lexmark International acquired 1,193,580 class A ReadSoft shares, and a further 5,822,390 class B ReadSoft shares, from the company’s founders Lars Appelstål and […]

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Gartner: Mainstream Consumer Adoption of 3D Printing is Five Years Away

According to market-research firm Gartner, consumer adoption of 3D printing is more than five years away, while business and medical 3D-printing applications will have the greatest impact in the next two to five years. “Consumer 3D printing is around five to 10 years away from mainstream adoption,” commented Pete Basiliere, research vice president at Gartner. […]

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Canon Expands Cloud-Connected PIXMA Color Photo All-in-One Family with Three New Models

Canon U.S.A. is expanding its PIXMA photo All-in-One family with three new PIXMA Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-Ones – the PIXMA MG7520, MG6620, and MG5620. Each model is compatible with Canon’s PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) application and Canon’s new mobile-friendly Easy-PhotoPrint+ Web application, both of which provide cloud-connected printing, as well as editing and personalization of […]

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New Brother Small-Office Laser Printers and All-in-Ones Feature Faster Print Speeds, Cloud and Mobile Connectivity

Brother International U.S. is rolling out its newest monochrome laser printers and All-in-Ones for small-office and home-office (SOHO) users. The new models feature faster print speeds than their predecessors, as well as easy wireless setup, and mobile print and scan, and cloud connectivity. The new HL-L2360DW standalone printer has an estimated street price of $149.99 and replaces […]

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Memjet Launches Next-Generation Print Engine, Sirius, for More Versatile Media Handling

Memjet, maker of page-wide print heads for color inkjet printing, and headquartered in San Diego, California, is launching its next-generation Sirius-12G compact color print engine sub-system developed for printer manufacturers that wish to create compact color inkjet printers that easily integrate with their their media-handling systems. Memjet says its Sirius print engine makes print-head maintenance […]

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New Xerox DocuMate 4830 Scanner up to 67-Percent Faster

Xerox says its new DocuMate 4830 workgroup scanner ($2,495) now includes updated hardware that increases black-and-white scan speeds by 67 percent, from 30 to 50 ppm. Scan speed in duplex mode is 100 images per minute. The scanner has both an A3-size flatbed for scanning larger documents and a 75-page automatic document feeder through which […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/11/2014 – Printer, MFP Shipments Up; Key Legal Rulings for MPHJ Technology, Kodak; More

This week, some of the most interesting news came from market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) with its Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker (which covers printers, MFPs, and copiers that print on and/or scan A2- to A4-size media). According to IDC, the Western Europe market for printers/MFPs/copiers enjoyed its fifth consecutive quarter of growth, with shipments […]

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OKI Expands Commercial-Printing Portfolio with New Entry-Level C711DW Digital-Color Label Printer

OKI Data Americas reports the availability of its new C711DW Digital Web Press and HS711DLF, a digital-color label printer and finishing system for short-run commercial label-printing applications. Together, OKI says these systems can be used to print full-color finished labels on-demand, as they provide digital die cutting and film lamination to deliver a complete digital-label […]

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Judge Gives Favorable Ruling to Collins Inkjet in Dispute with Kodak

U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett has ruled that Kodak must adhere to an injunction that it not differentiate pricing for print-head refurbishing services based on whether the customer uses Collins ink or Kodak ink for use with Kodak Versamark production printers – that is until and if a preliminary injunction issued on March 6th […]

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MPS-Software Provider PrintFleet and Toner-Optimization Provider Preton Join Forces

Canadian-based PrintFleet, a provider of managed print software and solutions, has announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Israeli-based Preton, a provider of toner-optimization and user-metric solutions. “We are extremely pleased about working with Preton to offer our customers a joint solution enabling them to not only manage their devices but to also enjoy […]

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Vermont AG Suit against ‘Patent Troll’ MPHJ Technology to Proceed

In a key decision unfavourable to notorious “patent troll” MPHJ Technology Investments, Law360 reports that a suit filed by the Vermont Attorney General accusing MPHJ of violating state consumer-protection laws will move forward in Vermont state court after the Federal Circuit tossed MPHJ’s appeal that argued that the case involves federal patent law, and shouldn’t […]

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Improved Earnings for Kodak in Second Quarter, Smaller Loss

Eastman Kodak has reported a net loss of $62 million for its second-quarter 2014; however, this loss is a $162 million improvement from the $224 million net loss that Kodak reported for second-quarter 2013. The firm says that key products in packaging, digital plates, digital printing, and workflow software are helping it increase revenue growth. […]

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Can your Printers and MFPs Print from Chrome? Chromebook Sales to Reach 5.2 Million

Market-research firm Gartner reports that Chromebook sales will reach 5.2 million units in 2014 – and will nearly triple by 2017. Additionally, in 2014, sales of Chromebooks to consumers will account for over half of all Chromebook sales. According to Gartner, sales of Chromebooks will reach 5.2 million units in 2014, a 79 percent increase […]

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IDC: Western Europe Printer/Copier/MFP Market Continues to Strengthen

Western European printer and MFP markets continued to show strong growth, with second-quarter 2014 growth increasing 5.0 percent compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC). This resulted in a second-quarter 2014 market figure of 4.92 million units, with growth of […]

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