Toshiba Becomes Sponsor of New Vegas Arena

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 Apr 10, 2015

A 20,000-seat arena being built on the Las Vegas Strip by MGM Resorts International and entertainment company AEG will prominently feature Toshiba technology. Read more »

HP Unveils Page-Wide XL Series Wide Format Printers

Ron Gilboa
 Apr 9, 2015

In the run up to the ISA show taking place in Las Vegas April 9-11, 2015, we expect a range of new announcements, one of which was made today by HP. With fanfare the company revealed to the world their new portfolio of single pass, wide format CMYK printers, aimed at production and workgroup environments that produce CAD and GIS drawings, and also intended to enable migration into graphics applications.

The HP PageWide XL printers are fast wide format print solutions with up-to 75 meters per minute print speed, both in monochrome and color. This product portfolio consists of four configurations, the XL 4000, 4500, 5000, and 8000. The XL 4000 prints eight A1 pages per minute (PPM); productivity increases with each model in the series, up to 30 A1 pages per minute for the XL 8000. The first HP PageWide XL printer to be commercially available will be the XL 8000, in September 2015. In November 2015 the XL 5000 will be available, followed in January 2016 by the XL 4000 and 4500.

HP PageWide XL8000

HP PageWide XL8000

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Acquisition-Hungry Konica Minolta Continues to Gobble Up Managed Services Companies

Brendan Morse
 Apr 8, 2015

Konica Minolta has continued its aggressive acquisitions of managed services providers in the US. In January 2015, the company acquired the assets of Preferred Network Corporation of Atlanta, and in April, the Boston- and California-based EveryNetwork. These come on the heels of 2014 acquisitions of Detroit-based Integrated Data Solutions, Inc. and its sister company RockIT Cloud Solutions, and Southern California-based KnowledgeCentrix.

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Neopost takes GMC to SMB market

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 Apr 6, 2015

Three years after the GMC acquisition, Neopost has done what it said it would do at time of the purchase— adapt the high-end GMC document composition technology as a scaled-down SaaS offering available for its many Small & Medium sized Business (SMB) customers.

Called neoPreference, and marketed by Neopost (not GMC), the solution focuses on helping SMB companies create, send and archive multi-channel communications. Through a print driver, an existing structured document such as an invoice, newsletter or statement can be submitted to the system. At time of writing, the system accepts MS Excel, MS Word, or PDF files and converts them into HTML. At this point, users (using a web-based interface ) need to identify data capture areas (see Figure 1), setup business rules or specify document enhancements just once to create the document template. Once the business rules or document enhancements have been specified and the rules are activated, each subsequent document submission will follow an automated workflow that enables document enhancements, digital signatures (for secure invoicing), multi-channel output, cloud-based archiving and tracking of electronic communications.

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Kornit Digital Concludes a Successful IPO

Ron Gilboa
 Apr 3, 2015
Kornit Digital

Kornit Digital

On April 2, 2015, Kornit Digital Ltd. (KRNT) became a member of the Nasdaq stock exchange after concluding a successful IPO with 7.1 Million shares raising over $122 million. The newly minted stock closed at $14 or 40% over its opening price. Kornit Digital, which was founded in 2002 in Israel, develops and manufactures digital printing solutions for the textile and garment industries, from direct-to-garment print systems to roll-to-roll digital presses for fabrics. Kornit is based in Israel and has offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and now has customers in over 100 countries worldwide.

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USPS Rate Increase Postponed – What Does an Increase Mean for High-Volume Mailers?

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 Apr 2, 2015

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced that it will postpone the April 26th, 2015 implementation date for price increases.

Early last month, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) remanded part of the Postal Service’s rate increase proposal, requiring further USPS review and explanation for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services. Among the concerns raised were unequal commercial and nonprofit discounts. On March 12th, USPS responded with revised rates and further explanations, hoping to stay on track with the April 26th implementation date. However, on March 18th the proposal was again remanded.

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[Camera phone] Memories….like the corners of my mind…

Carrie Sylvester
 

Yesterday was first day of April, April Fool’s Day on the calendar, I was reminded that it is also my twelfth year with InfoTrends. In 12 years watching the photography and mobile imaging markets has turned me into a mobile imaging enthusiast. To celebrate my 12 year journey I decided to take a walk down my camera phone memory lane.

B.C. (Before camera phone)

In 2003, people had not even thought of a camera phone. Many people had already had their first car phone by the early 2000s most of those would hardly be categorized as “mobile” Read more »

Xeikon Promotes Digital Production for Packaging with 2015 ‘Café’ in Belgium

Bob Leahey
 Apr 1, 2015

In this era of equipment suppliers holding their own trade shows, Xeikon added to the list by recently hosting the 2015 “Xeikon Café: Packaging Innovations” at its main plant in Lier, Belgium. The event’s title connotes an intimate setting, but the scene was also a dynamic one, dedicated to digital label and package converting and with over 500 attendees and dozens of market partners. Xeikon drew from far and near, with converters and suppliers from the U.S., India, China, Australia, and Latin America giving the whole event a global look and feel. Meanwhile, before and after the Café (March 10, 11, 12), Xeikon held separate events for European brands and for design and marketing professionals, upping the total guests for the week to over 700.

Xeikon's Event Drew Hundreds of Visitors

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