Jun 24, 2015
InfoTrends latest analysis shows the market for SF & MF Printers in Russia contracted 8.5% in 2014 versus the year prior. That equates to more than 330k placements. The highest decline was in office laser placements (-9% yoy) suggesting that the weak economy is hindering investment for the majority of companies. Added to that is the continued depreciation of the Ruble which financial analysts suggest fell more than 90% against the USD in the Calendar year 2014. Blamed as the reason why businesses are not investing, it is now also a reason not to invest. The fall-out of the Ruble is mostly attributed to the conflict in Ukraine and the resulting Western Sanctions as well as the low oil price. Read more »
Jun 23, 2015
Mint Bills has a new business model for billers who want to offer customers mobile bill pay.
We have been following Mint Bills since it was a fast-growing startup named Pageonce, when it rebranded to Check, and when Intuit acquired the company and later rebranded it to Mint Bills. We recently caught up with Steve Schultz, General Manager of the Biller Network for Mint Bills, to discuss how the company is doing with its new identity and expanded support structure, as well as to discuss its new business model for billers.
First off, tell us how things have been going since the acquisition and rebranding last year?
Check was already growing fast ahead of the acquisition by Intuit and rebranding to Mint Bills. It’s been about a year now and our metrics have doubled in most categories, including payment volume, payments, payers, and accounts. This is only partially from biller growth. We also have Read more »
Christine Dunne Dunne
A recent 3Dprint.com article reported that Samsung has filed a patent application for a multicolor 3D printing process that includes a method to control multicolor photocurable ink using an anti-intercolor bleed agent.
The technology would reportedly prevent the undesired bleeding of different colored polymer ink compositions prior to curing.
A copy of the patent appears to be listed in Google’s database of patents, including a drawing of the technology. It appears as though the patent was filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Patent Register, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Drawing Included in Samsung’s 3D Printing Patent Application Filing
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Jun 22, 2015
Document fraud is growing at an alarming rate. Authorities say criminal networks are now faking, forging and doctoring more Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, travel documents and identity papers than ever before. Read more »
Jun 19, 2015
Funai Electric, the worldwide licensee for Kodak Consumer and SOHO Inkjet Printers, announced earlier this week it is launching its first Kodak-branded product this month. Funai has a long history of manufacturing inkjet and laser printers for a number of brands around the world. They have built more than 130 million inkjet printers over the last 16 years. According to Kiyoshi Chinzei, Funai Electric’s General Manager, Office Solutions, the KODAK Verité 55 is the first in a line of new and innovative printing products from the company.
Kodak Verité 55 All-in-One Inkjet Printer
According to Funai, the new inkjet printer provides end-users with up to 50% savings on their printing costs with standard large capacity (XL) color and black cartridges that doubles the print yield. The XL cartridges will print 360 color pages and 400 black pages. Funai is offering $50 worth of large capacity ink cartridges included in the box compared to standard size ink cartridges from other leading manufacturer’s printers priced below $100.
Kodak Verite XL Ink Cartridges
The printer has built-in wireless connectivity for printing, scanning and copying. Users can scan or print from a smartphone or tablet in a single swipe using Flick Print with the Kodak Verite Printer App, available
for Apple and Android devices. It also features wireless direct and local Wi-Fi connectivity to enable wireless printing from mobile devises through Kodak’s Verite Printer App with support for Apple AirPrint and Google CloudPrint. The new printer has a recommended duty cycle of 1,000 pages and print up to 10ppm in monochrome and 4.2ppm in color with a draft print speed of 20ppm and 15ppm respectively. Scanning to multiple file formats is available from Windows, MAC and Mobile Apps. According to Funai, the printers, will be available in North America initially through Wal-Mart stores then Tesco in the U.K. later this year. The Kodak Verite 55 All-in-One Inkjet Printer has a suggested retail price of $79.47.
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Jun 17, 2015
InfoComm 2015 is the largest professional AV trade show in North America, featuring the latest technologies for audio, video, display, projection, lighting and staging, digital signage, conferencing, digital content creation, networking, signal distribution and much more. This year the event started yesterday and continues through Friday, June 19th in Orlando, Florida, bringing in over 980 exhibitors and more than 38,000 attendees from 110+ countries.
Ricoh is at the show through this Friday (at booth 4043) demonstrating an array of new solutions that support rapidly emerging work styles including interactive whiteboards, and portable videoconferencing systems and projectors. The solutions help organizations easily access important, relevant information and collaborate with teams working from home, the office or the road. Read more »
Jun 12, 2015
The Augmented World Expo (AWE) was held June 8-10, in Santa Clara, California. The show organizer, AugmentedReality.org, expected more than 3,000 attendees, with just over 100 exhibitors and a series of presentations and discussions featuring more than 200 speakers and panelists.
Cameras, imaging, and display technologies are important components of many Augmented Reality (AR) applications, and we are following the AR market as part of InfoTrends’ new Imaging Innovators Service.
We were unable to make it to AWE 2015 in person, but my colleague, Ed Lee, and I were invited to teleport to the event, using a robot-like video device called a BEAM*. Read more »
Jun 11, 2015
I spoke recently at a user group meeting composed largely of commercial printers when the topic of the ‘Cloud’ came up. I was a bit surprised to hear a very high level of suspicion. I asked the audience: “Who is excited about the opportunities presented by the Cloud.” Two hands went up. “Who’s not?” About half the audience raised their hands. Multiple questions were put forward about data security, possible integration issues, and overall viability. The bad vibes were much stronger than I anticipated.
It continued. The ‘Cloud’ was dismissed as a marketing buzzword. “It’s just a question of where the server resides,” said one attendee. Others were very skeptical about turning over their production data or any client data to a third party. Some said that their agreements with clients would not allow it. Another attendee told a horror story of a cloud service that became unavailable for two days because of a snowstorm and power outage on the East Coast. There was also concern that integrations that their companies had built on top of workflow software could stop working if software revisions were made to the cloud offering. Loss of control, concerns about expense, and cloud-based licensing issues were also key themes. One attendee described the cloud today as a “royal cluster of inconsistent services.” Wow.
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