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New HP ‘Instant Ink Professional’ – Print up to 2,000 Pages per Month for $59.99

Hewlett-Packard has introduced Instant Ink Professional, an ink-cartridge subscription program under which users pay a monthly fee to have ink cartridges automatically delivered to them whenever ink levels become low, enabling, for instance, users to print 2,000 pages per month for $59.99 per month. This latest program follows up on HP’s Instant Ink program introduced […]

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Total Sales and Net Income up at Brother; Sales up for Printers and All-in-Ones

Brother International of Japan recently reported that both sales and net income were up for its fiscal first quarter (April to June 2014), continuing the upbeat results for its latest entire fiscal year (see below). Sales for the first quarter were up 15.2 percent to 160 billion yen, while net income was 29 billion yen, […]

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Brother Announces New Business Smart Plus Series of A3 Inkjet All-in-Ones, MFC-J5620DW

Brother International is announcing the first model in a new series of inkjet color All-in-Ones, called the Business Smart Plus Series. The first model is the MFC-J5620DW ($199.99 estimated street price), which will be available in October, and which has a dedicated paper tray for 11″x17″ A3-size media. Brother will also be introducing the MFC-J5720DW ($249.991), […]

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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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Revenue and Earnings Exceed Epson’s Expectations for Latest Quarter

Seiko Epson of Japan reported that revenue and earnings exceeded its expectations for its latest fiscal quarter, due to a continuing depreciation of the Japanese yen, steady growth in its information-equipment, devices and precision products, and sensing and industrial-solutions business segments. For the quarter, total revenue was 246.2 billion yen, an increase of 10.9 percent versus […]

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Canon Extends imagePROGRAF Large-Format Lineup with Six New Models

Canon U.S.A. today introduced six new models in its imagePROGRAF lineup: four new five-color, large-format inkjet printers: the 36″ iPF785 and iPF780 models, 24″ iPF685 and iPF680 models, and two new large-format imaging systems, the iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40. Canon says these printers provide faster printing speeds and lower operation costs compared […]

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Epson Beefs up Managed Print Service Offerings with Support for ECi FMAudit

Epson America reports that its WorkForce Pro business printers have achieved validated device-support status for printer-monitoring and management ECi FMAudit software from partner ECi FMAudit. Epson’s validated device-support status with FMAudit provides Managed Print Service (MPS) providers with extensive access, data monitoring and collection to streamline MPS deployments of Epson WorkForce Pro business inkjet printers. According to […]

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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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RTI Digital Expands Distribution of Memjet-Powered Vortex 4200 Wide-Format Printer

RTI Digital, part of the Reprographic Technology group of companies and a supplier to the digital production print, wide-format print, and label-print markets, reports that it’s negotiated new reseller agreements with Adkote, CMYUK, Druma, and Printingworld. The new reseller agreements are designed to support RTI Digital’s global brand awareness and grow sales of its Vortex […]

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PrinterPoint is Managed Print Services for Wide-Format Printers

There’s managed print services (MPS) for office printers and MFPs, but what about managing wide-format printer? Sepialine has a solution with its just released Printerpoint, a cloud-based wide-format MPS solution for dealers and resellers of Hewlett-Packard, Canon, and Océ printers. According to Sepialine, Printerpoint simplifies printer meter-read collection, provides instant device error and warning messages, and […]

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New Brother Business Smart Inkjet All-in-One with 11″x17″ Printing and $169.99 Street Price

Brother International is introducing new Business Smart color inkjet All-in-Ones that it says feature lower price points, faster print speeds, and improved color touch screen. Designed for small and home offices, the new Business Smart printers start at $169.99 and are rated up to 20 (black)/18 (color) ppm. Brother also introduced a new inkjet All-in-One with […]

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Epson to Invest Some 10 Billion Yen Over 12 Months in PrecisionCore Inkjet Printing

Epson of Tokyo reports that it’s increasing the production capacity of its PrecisionCore inkjet print heads. PrecisionCore print heads, which Epson says provide “blazing fast print speeds and stunning image quality,” are used primarily in Epson’s office, commercial, and industrial inkjet printers. The company is investing approximately 10 billion yen (approximately $98 million U.S.) beginning […]

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Epson Introduces First A3 Inkjet Printers with Continuous Ink Supply System

Epson Middle East is launching its first A3 color printers (print on up to 11″x17″ media) that feature its continuous ink supply system (CISS). Available in the Middle East, the new L1300 is a four-color A3 printer, designed to deliver low-cost printing to offices with high print volumes, while the L1800 is designed for photographers, […]

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Canon Hit with Class-Action Suit Claiming PIXMA Print-Head Defect

Law360 reports that Canon U.S.A. Inc. was hit with a class-action lawsuit in June, claiming that several of its PIXMA inkjet printers have a defect with their inkjet print heads that makes the printers inoperable after their warranty runs out. The complaint was filed in New York federal court on Jun 27th by Texas resident Marcus […]

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Epson Rolls Out Next-Generation SureColor T-Series Printers with PrecisionCore TFP Inkjet Print Head

Epson America today introduced its next-generation family of large-format color printers, the Epson SureColor T3270, T5270, T7270, T5270D, and T7270D. Available in both single- and now dual-roll models, the SureColor T-Series features the Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP inkjet print head and Epson UltraChrome XD pigment ink, and are designed for technical, corporate, and marketing, for printing CAD drawings, GIS maps, corporate graphics, retail […]

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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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Top News for the Week of 6/30/2014 – Good News for Production Printing; Average Copier Sales-Manager Compensation; More

Is this a trend? It sure seems like it. Last week, we reported on IDC research showing that the worldwide large-format printer market enjoyed its third consecutive quarter of growth in terms of both unit shipments and shipment value (7.4 percent and 3.7 percent respectively) for first-quarter 2014. This week, IDC delivered more good news, […]

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