Top News for the Week of 12/9/2013
- Hewlett-Packard rolled out new high-volume MFPs, the S900 Series, at its HP Discover Conference held in Barcelona, Spain. The new MFPs are sourced from Sharp, confirming recent rumors that Sharp Corporation would be OEMing its high-volume MFPs to HP. But unlike with HP’s past forays into the high-volume segment, HP won’t be distributing through the BTA channel, but instead through its managed print services contracts.
- Solutions provider extraordinaire Nuance is seeking to leverage its OCR technology and releases OmniPage Capture SDK 19.
- The new “Smart MFPs” from Ricoh feature its ICE Platform. What is smart about ICE? Find out after the jump.
Have fun with this, especially the What’s an MFP? video starring Kevin Kern, a Konica Minolta senior vice president of marketing. Also, be sure to discover the Konica Minolta Magical Dream Printer.
Business & Research
- The latest research from Gartner shows that printer, copier, and MFP shipments have increased 13.2 percent in India in third-quarter 2013.
- Konica Minolta plugs a hole in its nationwide coverage with the acquisition of Florida dealer CopySource.
- Ricoh study: Most readers unlikely to give up printed books anytime soon. Keep in mind that high-speed digital monochrome printers are poised to be the platform of choice for book printing–and Ricoh has got one for you.
In the Courts
- It seems that Static Control is perpetually in court in cases with Lexmark. Its latest challenge is at the U.S. Supreme Court level where the court seems poised to rule against Lexmark in a long-running false advertising case.
- Definitely not a patent troll, e-ImageData files a patent-infringement lawsuit against Konica Minolta that involves the scanning and digital conversion of microforms.
- Nuance loses one, as a California federal judge upholds a jury verdict that cleared ABBYY and Lexmark of patent infringements of Nuance OCR patents.
This one’s a doozy: a hacker steals bank statements off a Fuji Xerox print server. Don’t forget to wipe those hard drives clean!