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Xerox Takes SupplierPay Pledge to Help Small Suppliers Get Paid Faster

November 21, 2014 – Xerox – and 25 other companies – are taking the SupplierPay Pledge. Launched by President Obama, the initiative is designed to help small businesses working as suppliers to large organizations get paid faster. In the blog, Whitehouse spokesperson Tanya Somanader notes: “On average, corporations take 46 days to pay their invoices […]

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This Week in Imaging: Memjet Rising; Holiday Gift Guide; Smart MFP Ecosystem; Impika; More

It’s getting cold around these parts. Cold enough to huddle around your laser printer in order to soak up some of that wasted energy in the form of dissipated heat. However, if the powers that be at your workplace decide to splurge on the latest big iron – in this case inkjet – from Canon’s […]

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HP Printer Veteran Joins 3D-Printing Company Stratasys

November 20, 2014 – 3D-printing company Stratasys reports that Chris Morgan has joined Stratasys as senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO). Morgan is a 25-year veteran of HP. Effective immediately, Morgan will assume responsibility for Stratasys’ global marketing activities, including developing strategy and building a global team that will support the company’s worldwide […]

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Print Audit’s New Report Helps Dealers Select which Printer and MFP Models to Include for Auto Toner-Fulfillment

November 29, 2014 – Calgary-based Print Audit is introducing an MPS Readiness Report exclusively for Print Audit Premier members. The firm says the report will help alleviate one of the biggest challenges managed print services (MPS) providers face today: implementing an effective automatic toner-fulfillment program, also known as Just In Time (JIT). Print Audit notes […]

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Lexmark Enhances ‘Smart MFP Ecosystem’ with Server-Less Routing and Secure Printing, AirPrint Certification

November 19, 2014 – Lexmark International is announcing new enhancements to its smart MFPs that are designed for converting hardcopy workflows into digital ones, making mobile printing easier, and reducing security risks. The firm says all of these solutions are part of its  “Smart MFP Ecosystem,” which consists of a set of capabilities enabled by every […]

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New Ricoh MFP Series with Optional Smart Operation Panel for Tablet and Smartphone Use

November 19, 2014 – Ricoh Americas is rolling out a new line of smartphone- and tablet-friendly mono MFPs that it says provide powerful information-management capabilities, as well as 11” x 17” printing, and which are designed for mid-size to large workgroups. Ricoh says its new MP 2554, MP 3054, and MP 3554 – with print […]

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Memjet: 2014 has been a ‘Banner Year’ with Record Product Development and Growth

San-Diego-based Memjet, maker of page-wide color inkjet print heads for the office-, label-, wide-format-, and package-printing markets, reports that 2014 was a record year for its product development and growth within its partner ecosystem. During 2014, Memjet partners Afinia, Beiren, Colordyne, TechNova, TrojanLabel introduced new Memjet-based printing solutions for the print on-demand business and label-converter […]

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Holiday Gifts from Epson for the Connected Person in Your Life – from Smart Glasses to Mobile Printers

Epson has been on a tear lately, releasing a wave of new connected tech solutions, including everything from the littlest All-in-One ever, to a portable scanner, to ground-breaking smart glasses with augmented reality. Virtually all of these will be appreciated by any connected individual or household. Here are several current and recently=-ntroduced Epson products that […]

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Prynt Previews $99 Smartphone Case that Prints

French startup company Prynt, is previewing a smartphone case with built-in printing. The printer uses Polaroid printing technology and Bluetooth connectivity, and can print photos in about 50 seconds. Currently, only one sheet of paper can fit in the case, but Prynt will soon increase this to 30 sheets. It’s also currently designed for 4″ […]

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Kyocera Reports ‘Significant Profit’ in MFP Sales for Half Year of its Fiscal Year

Kyocera Corporation of Japan reported financial results for its fiscal first half-year (April to September 2014). Net sales for the company’s half-year were ¥714,329 million, an increase of ¥14,666 million, or 2.1 percent, compared with ¥699,663 million for the previous first half, due to increased sales in the Semiconductor Parts Group and the Information Equipment […]

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Canon’s Océ Division Officially launches its First Full-Color Inkjet Printing System

Canon Solutions America’s Océ  division has officially launched the Océ ImageStream 3500 inkjet press, which is the first full-color continuous-feed inkjet press in the Océ brand portfolio, The ImageStream 3500 can print on standard offset coated paper, and is designed for publishing and commercial printing. Specifications include: Print speed: Up to 525 feet per minute. […]

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This Week in Digital Imaging: MPHJ Scan-Patent Enforcer Gets off Easy? Good News from Sharp, Kodak; More

Perhaps the most interesting news this week was that U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with notorious “scan-patent troll” MPHJ Technology Investments. There were many howls of indignation that the settlement really doesn’t do much, except require MPHJ not to be deceptive in its practices. For instance, MPHJ cannot state in a demand letter that […]

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ReadSoft is Now Officially Part of Lexmark International, Merged into Perceptive Software

After winning a protracted bidding war with Hyland Software, Lexmark International has officially acquired ReadSoft, which will now be merged into Lexmark’s Perceptive Software division. ReadSoft will have an updated brand name, shown below. ReadSoft says its merger “is an exciting step,” as Lexmark has a significant international presence and has acquired ReadSoft in a […]

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Sharp’s Direct Sales Force Opens New Showroom and Sales Center in Chicago

Sharp Business Systems reports that it’s opened a new showroom and sales center, the Oakbrook Terrace Showroom and Sales Center, the first of its kind in the Chicago marketplace. The new center is located at 1815 S. Meyers Road, Oakbrook Terrace, in Chicago, Illinois.  Sharp Business Systems is a direct-sales division of Sharp Electronics Corporation. […]

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Beware of Toner-Cartridge Scams – California Town Scammed for $62,820.50

The Taos News reports that a small California town – whose municipal headquarters have just one copier – was billed $62,829.50 from 2010 to 2012 for toner cartridges officials say staff never ordered. The toner was shipped to Questa by Imaging Supply Center, a now-out-of-business company once based in Villa Park, California. It’s listed by the […]

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New Mid-Volume Document Scanner from Epson, the WorkForce DS-520, with Scan to Cloud

Epson America is continuing its fall 2014 product launches, rolling out its latest document scanner, the WorkForce DS-520 ($399.99 MSRP) sheet-fed scanner, which it rates at up to 30 ppm/60 ipm (based on letter-size scans at 300 dpi in black-and-white, grayscale, or color mode), and which is designed for mid-volume scan volumes. Included is Epson’s Document Capture Pro […]

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In Landmark Third Quarter, Kodak Returns to Profitability

Driven by strong sales increases for key strategic technology products and intellectual property licensing payments, last week, Eastman Kodak reported net earnings of $19 million for the third quarter of 2014. Net earnings in the third quarter of 2013 were $1.99 billion as a result of a $2.21 billion reorganization item gain in that quarter. […]

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FTC: MPHJ Can Continue to Send Demand Letters for Use of Scan Patents

MPHJ Technology Investments issued a press release today stating that it had reached an agreement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that concludes the FTC’s investigation into MPHJ’s scan patent-enforcement activities. Under the agreement, MPHJ continues to have the right to enforce its patents by contacting companies it suspects of infringing upon its scan patents, and […]

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