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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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Samsung’s New Office in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District to Showcase Business Mobile Products

The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung Electronics North America, which has its North American headquarters in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, is opening a flagship office in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The office is located at 836 Washington Street, and consists of a six-story glass-and-steel building rented from Taconic Investment Partners and Thor Equities […]

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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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Samsung Smart Printers and All-in-Ones with Mobile Printing Now Available at Office Superstores

Samsung Electronics America reports that its lineup of Smart printers with mobile printing are now available at Office Depot, OfficeMax and Staples stores nationwide. The Smart-printer lineup provides wireless mobile  printing via support for Google Cloud, Near Field Communication (NFC), and Wi-Fi Direct printing. The following Samsung printers are now available at Office Depot and […]

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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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Middle East and Turkey Printer/MFP Market Growing at Double-Digit Clip

The Middle East and Turkey hardcopy peripherals (HCP) markets continued their strong recovery from the recession by posting their third successive quarter of growth in first-quarter 2014, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The research and advisory firm’s Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker for first-quarter 2014 shows that shipments to the combined region were […]

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IDC: Worldwide Printer, MFP Market Records Growth for Three Consecutive Quarters

The worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) market grew for the third quarter in a row to 26.4 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14) resulting in 2.1 percent year-over-year growth, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. The two biggest regions, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) and Western Europe, recorded year-over-year […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/27/2014 – Ink Still Flowing at HP; Ricoh Goes Retail; More

Last week, the big news was about Hewlett-Packard, which reported essentially flat revenue growth for its first quarter. versus its first quarter a year ago. However, in a May 22nd conference call, HP executives provided a deeper look at revenue (HP: Printing, Ink, Continues to Bolster Revenue). Interestingly, while HP’s total printer-hardware revenue was down […]

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Former HP Exec Matthew Smith is New VP of Sales and Marketing for Samsung’s Printing Group

Samsung Electronics America announced the hire of Matthew Smith as vice president of sales and marketing for its printing solutions business group. Smith joins Samsung as a member of its Enterprise Business Division leadership team, where he will be responsible for managing B2B sales, fostering channel relationships, and driving market share growth for the Samsung […]

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Recovery in India’s Printer/Copier/MFP Market; HP Remains Market Leader

International Data Corporation reports that despite a slowdown in the consumer segment, the India Hardcopy Peripherals (HCP) market enjoyed a recovery in first-quarter 2014.  The growth was primarily driven by the government procurement,  and supported by mid-size and large enterprises in India. Hewlett-Packard remained the market leader in India, but Ricoh made very strong gains […]

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Top News for the Week of 5/12/2014 – More Good News from Japan, Western Europe, Mopria

Good news this week from Japan and Western Europe. This week in news from Japan, Sharp finally returns to a profitable year, Konica Minolta reports a stellar year, boosted by sales of bizhub MFPs, while OKI also reports a profitable year, with sales of its office MFPs up. Previously in the last several weeks, Epson reported a sharp improvement for its fiscal year, with sales of its […]

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Growth in Western Europe Printer, Multifunctional Market Continues into Fourth Quarter

According to the latest Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC), the Western European printer and MFP markets grew 7.1% year-over-year in first-quarter 2014 — the fourth quarter of continuous growth in the region. Note that in its hard-copy peripheral research, IDC, IDC includes single-function printers, printer-based multifunctional systems (MFPs), and single-function digital […]

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Samsung Chairman Suffers Heart Attack, in Stable Condition

Bloomberg News reports that the chairman of Samsung Electronics of South Korea, Lee Kun Hee (above), remains hospitalized in stable condition after surgery following a heart attack. According to Bloomberg News: “Lee’s heart and brain functions are in “very stable condition,” and he is being treated at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul with a sedative, […]

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Top News for the Week of 4/28/2014 – Xerox Upgrades Print Security, Mopria Certification Soon; Sharp Improvement for Ricoh, Epson; More

This week, Xerox was in the spotlight, introducing several new products and solutions for virtually everyone. For enterprises, there was the Xerox Secure Print Manager Suite, with everything from user accounting to print rules. For commercial printers, there’s the new 100-ppm Versant 2100 Press, and for small and mid-size businesses, the 65-ppm Phaser 4622. Along […]

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Mixed Results for Samsung’s First Quarter, Lower Display Panel Revenue

Samsung Electronics of South Korea reported revenue of 53.68 trillion Korean won for its first quarter ended March 31, 2014. The firm says its revenue slipped 9 percent quarter-over-consecutive quarter due to “weaker seasonality,” but says its saw gains compared with the same quarter last year. For the quarter, the company posted consolidated operating profits […]

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Top News for the Week of 4/21/2014 – New Samsung 2014 A4 Lineup, BR-Docs from Brother, More

New Products and Solutions Samsung Rolls Out 2014 ‘Smart’ Desktop Printer and MFP Lineup with NFC, Google Cloud Mobile Printing: Samsung Electronics U.S. launched three new A4 printer and MFP lines, the Xpress C18x0, M28x5, and M20x0, all of which feature multiple provisions for mobile printing and scanning, including Google Cloud mobile printing, Near Field Communications […]

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