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Lexmark to Acquire Kofax for $1 Billion – Will Create ‘Broadest’ Portfolio of Document- and Data-Capture Solutions

March 25, 2015 – Lexmark International reports that it will be acquiring Kofax Limited for some $1 billion, acquiring all Kofax outstanding shares for $11.00 per share in cash. Lexmark will fund the acquisition with its non-U.S. cash and its existing credit. Kofax’s board of directors unanimously recommended in favor of the merger agreement. Kofax […]

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Samsung Releases Android-Based Smart UX SDK to Developers for Creating New MFP Functionality

March 24, 2015 – Samsung Electronics of Korea has introduced its Smart UX Software Developer Kit (SDK) designed to enable in-house developers, independent software vendors, system integrators, and value-added resellers to develop Android applications for Samsung MFPs. The Samsung Smart UX SDK is an Android-based open interface for Samsung’s new Smart UX Device Series MFPs, […]

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Toshiba Signs On Atlanta Office-Equipment Dealer Document Strategies

March 24, 2015 – Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) reports that office-equipment company, Document Strategies, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, will add Toshiba’s line of e-STUDIO MFPs and network document solutions to its existing lineup of office equipment. Document Strategies has over 50 years of experience in the Atlanta marketplace. It specialize in providing MFPs, managed print services, […]

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Xerox Suing Former Employees at Rival IT-Management Firm

March 24, 2015 – Law360 reports that on March 23rd, Xerox filed a lawsuit against three former senior executives in Connecticut federal court, alleging that the former employees conspired to misappropriate Xerox’s allegedly confidential technology information, trade secrets, and intellectual property for their rival customer-service technology startup, TopBox Solutions. TopBox Solutions, which is headquartered in […]

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This Week in Imaging: HP Prepares for Split; Fastest 3D Printing Ever?; Epson, Canon Add Personal Document Scanners; More

News this week is that Hewlett-Packard has revamped its channel-partner programs in order to help its resellers and distributors transition through the impending split of the company. The split makes sense, as it will enable a more effective focus on marketing,  administration and support, and it makes sense that HP kept the PC and printing […]

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Sharp to Cut Some 6,000 Jobs from Global Workforce as Part of Restructuring

March 19, 2015 – Reuters reports that Sharp Corporation of Japan will reduce its global workforce by over 12 percent, which would be some 6,000 jobs, as part of a global restructuring program that’s expected to cost more than $1.7 billion. Of the 6,000 jobs to be cut, half will be in Japan through early […]

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Carbon3D’s 3D Printing Said to be up to 100-Times Faster than Conventional 3D Printing

March 18, 2015 – Silicon Valley company Carbon3D unveiled new polymer-based 3D printing that it says is up to 25- to 100-times faster than conventional 3D printing, which creates objects layer-by-layer. The new Carbon3D 3D-printing technology is based on new Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) that uses light and oxygen to continuously grow objects […]

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Ricoh’s mindSHIFT Launches Cloud Servers in Amazon’s Web Services Market

March 18, 2015 – Ricoh Americas reports that mindSHIFT Technologies has launched mindSHIFT Managed Servers in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) market. mindSHIFT is an IT outsourcing and cloud-services provider, serving small and mid-size businesses that Ricoh acquired in January 2014 (see story here). Ricoh says this latest addition to the mindSHIFT public-cloud portfolio will […]

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New Dispatcher Phoenix 5.0 Adds More Economical Licensing Model, New Upgrades

March 18, 2015 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. reports that it’s released a major upgrade of its automated document-workflow solution, Dispatcher Phoenix Release 5.0. Available in different vertical-market editions, the firm says Dispatcher Phoenix streamlines and automates common document-processing tasks, such as Bates stamping, redaction, file conversion, annotation, indexing, file routing, and more. Some […]

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Canon Withdraws Toner-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Action Against Seine

March 18, 2015 – Canon Inc. of Japan reports that it’s withdrawn its patent-infringement action against Ninestar company Seine (Holland) B.V. that was pending in the District Court  of The Hague in the Netherlands. The suit alleged that certain Seine toner cartridges and photosensitive drum units sold for use in Canon and Hewlett-Packard laser printers […]

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HP Revamps Channel-Partner Programs to Help Partners with Its Separation into Two Companies

March 17, 2015 – Hewlett-Packard reports that it’s updated its channel-partner programs in order to help its distributors and resellers navigate through HP’s upcoming separation into two companies (HP Inc., which will focus on PCs and printing, and HP Enterprise, which will focus on enterprise solutions). It also introduced new programs, including the Partner One […]

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New Epson Perfection V39 Personal Document Scanner with ArcSoft for Scanning Over-Size Documents

March 17, 2015 – Epson America is rolling out its latest personal document scanner, the Epson Perfection V39 ($99.99 MSRP) featuring 4,800 dpi optical resolution, no warm-up time, and buttons for scanning directly to email addresses and to PDF conversion. Users can also send scanned documents and photos to cloud-based storage sites such as Facebook […]

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New EFI Fiery Digital Front Ends for Xerox’s Latest Digital Presses

March 17, 2015 – Electronics for Imaging (EFI) reports that it’s introduced new Fiery digital front ends (DFEs) for Xerox’s newest digital presses. The new Xerox EX-i 80 Print Server and EX 80 Print Server Powered by Fiery are available for the Xerox’s new Versant 80 Press, while the new Xerox EX-P 1000i Print Server Powered […]

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This Week in Imaging: In-Depth with HP JetIntelligence Toner Carts, New LaserJets; More

We attended Hewlett-Packard’s Color LaserJet/JetIntelligence press event held this week in New York City’s Soho district and came away relieved and impressed: relieved that HP has finally updated its popular toner-based LaserJet line with the introduction of new from-the-ground-up designs, and impressed with the new JetIntelligence toner cartridges, as well as with the LaserJets’ upgraded […]

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Brother Seeking to Acquire Industrial Printer-Maker Domino Printing Sciences

March 12, 2015 – Brother Industries of Japan reports that it is seeking to acquire British industrial printer-maker Domino Printing Sciences for £1,031, or about $1.55 billion U.S. The firm says the combination of Brother and Domino, which is based in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, will create a “well-positioned business” in industrial printing with […]

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IDC Finds OEM Vendors Pulling Share from Third-Party Vendors for Ink Cartridges in Asia/Pacific

March 12, 2015 – International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that the printer-consumable market in the Asia/Pacific region excluding Japan (APEJ) declined 0.5 percent sequentially. but increased 4.0 percent year-over-year to reach US $1,729.65 million in fourth-quarter 2014. Out of the total consumable market, third-party (non-OEM) brands contributed nearly US $392 million, which is approximately 23 percent of […]

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Re-Engineered HP Color LaserJets with JetAdvantage Cloud-Based Pull Print, Private Print, Faster Print Speeds, More

March 11, 2015 – Along with its new JetIntelligence toner cartridges (see our story here), yesterday in New York, Hewlett-Packard, calling it its most significant re-engineering since the introduction of the HP LaserJet in 1984, unveiled its next-generation LaserJet family, which it says use up to 53-percent less energy, take up to 40-percent less space, and […]

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HP Wants to Give You 33-Percent More Prints with New JetIntelligence Toner Cartridges

March 11, 2015 – Yesterday in New York, we joined Hewlett-Packard as it unveiled its new JetIntelligence all-in-one toner cartridges, along with three new LaserJets, all of which it says represent it most significant laser printing re-engineering since its introduction of the first LaserJet in 1984. According to HP, the new JetIntelligence toner cartridges deliver […]

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