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Top News for the Week of 9/22/2014 – New Ricoh, Xerox Inkjet Production-Print; Canon ‘Maxify'; MPHJ, HP Lawsuits Dismissed; More

Inkjet technology dominates the week with announcements of new inkjet systems from Canon, Epson, Xerox, Memjet, and Ricoh. The new inkjet systems range in size from portable printers to big-iron production-printing systems. Sprinkle in a couple of 3D-printing announcements and new workflow solutions, and we’ve had a busy week of toner-free news. One of the […]

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UPS Bringing 3D-Printing Services to Over 100 UPS Stores Across the United States

Following the successful launch of 3D-printing services in six markets across the country, The UPS Store, which has 4,400 franchises across the United States, is expanding its 3D printing services to nearly 100 additional locations nationwide. As the first nationwide retailer to offer 3D0printing services in-store, in collaboration with 3D-printer maker Stratasys, The UPS Store […]

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Ricoh Officially Launches 3D-Printing Business, Two New Rapid Fab Facilities

Ricoh Company of Tokyo has officially launched an additive manufacturing business (AM Business) centered on 3D printers. Through this new business, Ricoh says it will sell 3D printers and its associated output service directly to manufacturing customers, as well as provide consulting services to these customers. To support its launch, Ricoh will open two “RICOH […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/15/2014 – Mobile Print: Too Complicated? Hacked Printer; Memjet at Graph Expo; More

The Million Dollar Question(s) This week, Epson America continues introducing its next-generation color inkjets, ranging from home and photo units, to small-business units. One thing that has struck us about these latest inkjets is the myriad forms of mobile-printing options they support – the latest models, by the way, are Mopria-certified for Android printing. Not […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/8/2014 – Major Initiatives from Xerox, HP, Samsung; Ricoh In-House 3D Printers; More

This week, our big news is from Xerox and Hewlett-Packard, with both companies making big announcements – with Xerox focusing on small- and mid-size business MFPs and more, and HP focusing on printer/MFP security. Of note with Xerox is a new managed print services program available for its channel partners under which channel partners provide […]

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Ricoh Aiming to Bring its own 3D Printers to Market in 2016

According to the news site, Jiji Press of Japan, Ricoh Company of Japan reported on September 8th that it will enter the 3D-printer market, first with its other companies’ 3D printers, and then with its own 3D printers. Ricoh will first set up two offices in Kanagawa Prefecture by the end of September, one in Yokohama and […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/1/2014 – MPHJ Scan Patents Under Review; Samsung Acquires PrinterOn; New Samsung A4 Models with Enterprise-Level Features; More

Samsung continues to strive to bring enterprise-level performance to its A4 laser series, with the introduction of two new ProXpress standalone laser printers and two new ProXpress laser MFPs this week. The new models support Samsung’s XOA open-development platform for adding Samsung, third-party, and custom-developed solutions, including solutions for document workflow, cost-accounting, and print-fleet management. […]

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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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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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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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‘BadUSB’ Malware Has Effectively Killed USB Devices in the Enterprise

As our industry is a major source of secure hardware and workflow solutions for the security-conscious enterprise, this news is both disruptive and disturbing. Findings from security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell will be presented next week contending that the security of USB devices has long been fundamentally broken. BadUSB is a new form […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/28/2014 – Printer, MFP Revenue Slips at Xerox; OKI, Konica Minolta MFP and Printer Revenue Up; More

In this week’s financial news, Konica Minolta, OKI, Epson, and Kyocera continue to roll along, steadily rebounding from the effects of the recession and appearing poised for future growth now that their customers’ budget restraints appear to be slowly loosening. Of note with most of these vendors is that they offer workflow solutions that can […]

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Amazon Opens 3D Printing Store for Customizing Fashion Accessories, Home Decor, Toys, and More

Giant online retailer Amazon today launched a 3D Printed Products store that gives customers access to more than 200 print on-demand products that can be customized with 3D printing by material, size, style, and color variations, as well as with personalized with text and image imprints. Amazon says the new store is one of the largest […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/21/2014 – Strong Quarters for Lexmark, Canon; Epson Invests Big in Inkjet; More

Both Lexmark and Canon Inc. continue to report strong financial results. In the case of Lexmark (which has been all quiet on the hardware front lately), revenue from its Perceptive Software division and managed print services (MPS) continues to drive growth. In particular with Lexmark, MPS revenue grew 14 percent compared to the same quarter […]

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Top News for the Week of 7/14/2014 – Survey Shows Disparity in Attitudes Towards Digital-Imaging Technologies; Epson Wide-Format Inkjet; Canon Lawsuits; More

This week, Canon U.S.A. released the first of what will be annual surveys that examine the attitudes of both IT and non-IT executives towards key trends in our industry – cloud-based document management, mobile printing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and managed print services (MPS). Unfortunately, it seems IT executives will have to work hard […]

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Home Depot Begins Selling MakerBot 3D Printers in Select Stores

Home-improvement retail chain Home Depot has begun selling 3D printers and a 3D scanner in select stores in New York City, Chicago, Los Angelos, and San Francisco. The 3D printers and 3D scanner are made by Makerbot, which was acquired by Stratasys last year. As noted below, Home Depot is also a 3D printer from […]

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Konica Minolta Lays out Compelling Roadmap for Printing: from Production, to Office, A4, and 3D Printing

This week, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. held its “Print Production Technology Showcase and Our Blueprint for the Future” conference for press and analysts, where Konica Minolta executives introduced the new bizhub PRESS C1100, a flagship digital color production-printing system, and also laid out where the company stands today and its roadmap for the future, […]

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New Cortado Cloud App for Mobile Printing; Mobile Printing for 3D Printers on the Way

VentureBeat reports that Cortado – formerly known as ThinPrint, and headquartered in Germany – will introduce its Cloud Printer app at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat 2014 conference today. The app, which will be compatible with iOS and Android mobile devices, will enable users to “point their device’s camera at a printer, scan a QR code, and print any document stored […]

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