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This Week in Imaging: Funai Poised to Take on Inkjet Market?; Mobile Printing a Game Changer?; Canon Makes a Big Move; More

  As Canon’s camera business continues to lag (but office MFP and production sales continue to be healthy), the company is seeking other growth avenues. This week it’s looking to acquire Axis Surveillance, maker of network video-surveillance systems, for $2.83 billion. This would be the largest purchase Canon’s ever made, and seems to sadly reflect […]

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Nuance Reports Loss for First Quarter, but Revenue Exceeds Expectations

February 9, 2015 – On February 5th, Nuance Communications (which now officially owns Notable Solutions) announced financial results for its first quarter for its fiscal year 2015 ending December 31, 2014, with revenue of $474.0 million, up 0.9 percent from $470.0 million reported for first-quarter 2014, and a net loss of $50.5 million, or $0.16 per share, […]

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New Panasonic Document Scanners Feature Nuance PaperPort 14 Professional Software

January 15, 2015 – Panasonic is launching two new workgroup document scanners, the Panasonic KV-S1057C and KV-S1027C. The firm says the scanners’ small footprint design allows them to fit into small spaces, such as counter tops in reception areas of a bank or hospital, and that they feature new paper-feed mechanisms for faster scanning of […]

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Chinese Company Baidu Rumored to be Acquiring Nuance Communications

January 13, 2015 – The Boston Business Journal reports that Nuance Communications, which is based in Burlington, Vermont, and markets speech-recognition and document-conversion and scanning products, may be acquired by Chinese Web-services company Baidu. Asian Sweeper, a Web site focused on business in Asia, first reported on the possible sale. Baidu, which is valued at […]

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This Week in Imaging: Further Details on OKI’s 5-Year Warranty; HP’s Latest Financial Results; More

This newsletter is coming to you early this week because of the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States. Plus, it’s snowing fairly hard today in northern New Jersey, and many have the day off. (FYI, northern New Jersey is the North American headquarters for a disproportionate number of major imaging vendors, including Sharp, Konica Minolta, […]

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Nuance’s Fourth-Quarter Exceeds Forecast, but Reports Loss for Full Year

November 25, 2014 – Nuance Communications has reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal-year 2014. For the full year, revenue was $1,923.5 million, up 3.7 percent from $1,855.3 million in fiscal 2013, but the firm reported a net loss of $150.3 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to a net loss of $115.2 million, or […]

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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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Revenue up for Nuance’s Third Quarter, but Firm Reports a Loss

Nuance Communications today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2014, ended June 30, 2014. Revenue was $475.5 million, an increase from the $469.8 million reported for the same quarter a year ago. Nuance also reported bookings of $547.0 million, up 16.7 percent from $468.8 million for third-quarter 2013. Year-to-date, Nuance reported bookings of […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/4/2014 – HP ‘Instant Ink Professional;” Ricoh, Sharp Financials; More

What do you do if the supplies for your product are being made and sold by unauthorized third parties and are cutting into your revenue stream? You either a) enforce your patents through litigation to end the sale of those supplies, and/or b) make your supplies more economical and easier to obtain. Canon Inc. continues […]

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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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New Canon Print Service for Mobile Printing from Android 4.4 and Select HP Slate Tablets

Canon U.S.A. has launched Canon Print Service, a mobile-print app that enables users to print from any Android version 4.4 (KitKat) enabled device, as well as from select Hewlett-Packard Slate tablets to select Canon printers and MFPs. Canon Print Service works on top of Android’s recently announced printing framework, and enables users to print their business documents, […]

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Top News for the Week of 6/16/2014 – What Sets New OKI A3 Apart; 100-ppm inkjet from Epson; More

This week, there was lots of new hardware, from OKI Data, Ricoh, Lexmark, and Konica Minolta. In a sign of the times, this week it was OKI Data and Lexmark adding new A3 hardware, while Ricoh and Konica Minolta added A4 desktop units. (Speaking of Konica Minolta Business Systems [KMBS], this week, we noted that, […]

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Samsung in Talks to Buy Nuance, According to Wall Street Journal

According to The Wall Street Journal, which cited sources familiar with the matter, Nuance Communications is talking with Samsung regarding a potential sale. Nuance is also reportedly discussing a sale with Apple, which Nuance provides with its mobile assistant Siri. Nuance markets speech-recognition technology such as Dragon, and its speech-recognition technology is used in smartphones, […]

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Xerox Aims to Build Production Inkjet Portfolio Comparable to Toner Portfolio

Speaking at the recent expansion of its Impika facility in Aubagne, France, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns stressed the company’s commitment to production inkjet, commenting, “We need to build the same depth of portfolio in inkjet as we have in xerography. We could have thrown a lot of money at building it up from scratch, but […]

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Top News for the Week of 2/24/2014 – Good Quarter for HP, New Solutions for Healthcare, More

Solutions At the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference that’s dedicated to healthcare IT and was held this week in Orlando, Florida, several imaging vendors showcased new and existing solutions for making the capture, distribution, storage, and retrieval of healthcare records into Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems more efficient and less error-prone. Konica […]

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New eCopy ShareScan Connector for Scanning to Electronic Health Record Systems

Nuance Communications is launching what it’s calling the only MFP scanning solution that allows users to scan documents directly into the NextGen Healthcare electronic healthcare records (EHR) document-management system.  eCopy ShareScan is the world’s best-selling document scanning and workflow solution for networked MFPs and scanners. The eCopy ShareScan application runs embedded on MFPs and scanner […]

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Nuance’s Latest Version of eCopy ShareScan, v 5.2, Extends Support to Tablets, Smartphones, More

Nuance Communications today announced eCopy ShareScan 5.2, which it says enables enterprises to make their document workflows more efficient across a variety of capture devices, including mobile devices. The new version enables businesses to capture content through a scanner, tablet, smartphone, or A4 capture device. These captured images, as well as any existing electronic documents, […]

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