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MacPhun officially changes name to Skylum News Press releases 

MacPhun officially changes name to Skylum

Bellevue, WA — After ten years, the award-winning software company known as Macphun has changed its name to Skylum Software, embracing a new vision and growth strategy emphasizing its flagship Luminar and Aurora HDR products as well as other enterprise and global ambitions. Macphun began in 2008 as a company that developed apps for iPhone. In the first three years,... Read More
Deason, Icahn at odds with Fuji Xerox merger News 

Deason, Icahn at odds with Fuji Xerox merger

Investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason are opposing the proposed merger of Fuji Xerox and Xerox, detailing in an open letter – reprinted below – their points. Also, Deason filed a lawsuit on February 13 seeking to enjoin the transaction, terminate the Xerox/Fuji joint venture lock-up and joint venture agreements and pursue strategic alternatives for Xerox. Defendants in the suit included... Read More
MailPix acquires archrival RitzPix News Press releases 

MailPix acquires archrival RitzPix

MailPix, the photo-printing, canvas and gifting site, announced the acquisition of the RitzPix.com brand, formerly part of Ritz Camera. Terms were not disclosed. “Bringing the RitzPix name home to the MailPix family is a great way to start 2018,” says Fred H. Lerner, CEO and founder. “Our management team has a long history with the Ritz brand, and look forward... Read More
DPS Magazine article features automated photobook finishing News 

DPS Magazine article features automated photobook finishing

DPS Magazine had a does a nice job reviewing the production process – primarily in automated finishing – for photobooks.  The article by Melissa Donovan describes how the photobook production process is intricate and requires a series of automated tools. “There is a strong demand for photobooks,” she writes. “To keep up, print providers consider print quality, finishing power, and... Read More
Business Forum Imaging Cologne 2018 announces program Events News 

Business Forum Imaging Cologne 2018 announces program

On February 28 and March 1, 2018, manufacturers, imaging service providers and photo retailers will meet at the Business Forum Imaging Cologne 2018 in the Congress Centre East of Koelnmesse. Under the theme ”Creating new realities“, the photokina Innovation Congress will focus on new technologies as well as on digital retailing strategies and new opportunities for the print business. All lectures... Read More
InfoTrends: Video services offer opportunities for pro photographers News 

InfoTrends: Video services offer opportunities for pro photographers

Ed Lee from InfoTrends writes professional photographers should add video services more aggressively to boost their business. “In InfoTrends’ Professional Photography and Videography studies, we have discovered a number of things about pro photographers and their relationship with video through the years. In 2010, only 16% of pros said that they offered to shoot video for clients,” he writes. “In subsequent... Read More
Google Photos adds create-your-own themed movies News Updates 

Google Photos adds create-your-own themed movies

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Google Photos has introduced a “create-your-own” themed movie feature. Users have had the capability to see Google’s automatically created movies, but now they can initiate the process, while choosing from different themes. According to Google, the process is “open the Google Photos app, go to the Assistant tab, and tap Movie to get started.... Read More
NRF forecasts retail sales will increase between 3.8 and 4.4 percent in 2018 News 

NRF forecasts retail sales will increase between 3.8 and 4.4 percent in 2018

WASHINGTON, February 8, 2018 – The National Retail Federation today released its 2018 economic forecast, projecting that retail industry sales will grow between 3.8 and 4.4 percent over 2017. Online and other non-store sales, which are included in the overall number, are expected to increase between 10 and 12 percent. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. Retail sales... Read More
CEWE acquires a shareholding in Stardust Media And Communication S.A.S. News Press releases 

CEWE acquires a shareholding in Stardust Media And Communication S.A.S.

Oldenburg, 8 February 2018. CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA (SDAX, ISIN: DE 0005403901, “CEWE”) acquires a shareholding in Stardust Media And Communication S.A.S., Paris. A subsidiary of CEWE concluded a purchase contract with the owners of Stardust Media And Communication S.A.S. today for around 80 % of the shares in the company, with the option of acquiring the remaining 20%... Read More
Winners and losers of the Shutterfly/Lifetouch combination News Opinion 

Winners and losers of the Shutterfly/Lifetouch combination

The photo industry’s biggest merger in years has brought up rampant speculation among competitors, vendors and gadflies about the Shutterfly acquisition of Lifetouch. Details of the combination are still coming out, but it’s clear there is a short-term positive reception. Shutterfly’s stock rose to more than $70 a share, after being mired in the mid-$50 range for months. From a... Read More
Third-party Android apps can now use Google’s Pixel 2 Visual Core News 

Third-party Android apps can now use Google’s Pixel 2 Visual Core

Photos taken with the impressive Google Pixel 2 smartphone will soon look better when taken with popular apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Google engineering manager Ofer Shacham posted the company was turning on the Pixel Visual Core technology to third-party apps. Shacham notes Visual Core powers the HDR+ technology debuted in the Pixel 2, which had only been accessible using the... Read More
Retail jobs increased by over 11,000 in January News Press releases 

Retail jobs increased by over 11,000 in January

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2018 – Retail industry employment increased by 11,100 jobs in January over December, the National Retail Federation said today. The number excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Overall, the economy added 200,000 jobs, the Labor Department said. “These numbers reflect the strong holiday season and how retailers matched consumer demand for consumption by hiring additional staff,”... Read More
Apple passes Samsung to capture the top position in the worldwide smartphone market while overall shipments decline 6.3% in the fourth quarter, according to IDC News 

Apple passes Samsung to capture the top position in the worldwide smartphone market while overall shipments decline 6.3% in the fourth quarter, according to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A slower than expected 2017 holiday quarter closed out the year bringing minimal change to the worldwide smartphone market when compared to 2016. According to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 403.5 million units during the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), resulting in a 6.3%... Read More