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With 360 degree photos and HD quality video, Messenger gets even more visual News 

With 360 degree photos and HD quality video, Messenger gets even more visual

Facebook made the following news announcement regarding the imaging capabilities of Facebook Messenger Visuals are the best way to add delightful expression and meaningful emotions to your chats. Earlier this year we shared that the ability to send photos, videos, stickers and GIFs in Messenger is extremely popular and now we are continuing to make these features richer, sharper, and... Read More
Shutterfly goes all-in on AWS News Press releases 

Shutterfly goes all-in on AWS

Leading online retailer and manufacturer of high-quality personalized products and services taps AWS to accelerate its cloud-first transformation and deliver its next-generation platform SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFLY) is moving its infrastructure to AWS—going all-in on the world’s leading cloud to power its Cloud Transformation initiative. Shutterfly... Read More
Memjet and Canon enter into cross-licensing agreement News Press releases 

Memjet and Canon enter into cross-licensing agreement

SAN DIEGO — April 4, 2018 — Memjet (www.memjet.com) and Canon have entered into a long-term, global agreement to cross-license their patents around key segments and applications.  Terms of the agreement remain confidential. “We are excited and pleased with our agreement with Canon, which validates the value of our technology,” said Len Lauer, CEO of Memjet. “This agreement showcases the... Read More
Crafts retailer Michaels to fold Aaron Brothers into main stores News 

Crafts retailer Michaels to fold Aaron Brothers into main stores

Michaels Companies will shutter 94 Aaron Brothers framing and art supplies stores, planning to make Aaron Brothers a “store-within-a-store” within its 1,300 craft stores in the United States and Canada. According to its quarterly earnings report, the company will rebrand its “Framerspointe.com” custom-framing website to AaronBrothers.com. In fiscal 2017, Aaron Brothers net sales totaled approximately $110 million and had no material impact... Read More
“Kodachrome” movie to debut on Netflix April 20 News 

“Kodachrome” movie to debut on Netflix April 20

The long-delayed “Kodachrome“ movie – starring Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, and Elizabeth Olsen – finally debuts on Netflix on April 20th. The story is loosely based on A.G. Sulzberger’s 2010 New York Times article titled, “For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas.” Here’s the synopsis: Struggling A&R executive Matt (Jason Sudeikis) finds his world turned upside down... Read More
Digipix invests in HP Indigo 12000 HD Digital Press for high-definition photofinishing News Press releases 

Digipix invests in HP Indigo 12000 HD Digital Press for high-definition photofinishing

Latin America’s online digital photo leader to offer breakthrough quality photo products Digipix, a pioneer in worldwide digital photo printing innovation, is growing its digital photo business with a new HP Indigo 12000 HD Digital Press, making it the first to install the newly released press in the Americas. The Sao-Paulo, Brazil-based Digipix will use its new HP Indigo 12000... Read More
Shutterfly closes transformational acquisition of Lifetouch News Press releases 

Shutterfly closes transformational acquisition of Lifetouch

Company Issues $825M Term Loan B to Finance Acquisition Updated Credit Ratings Maintain Ba3/BB- Rating REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shutterfly (NASDAQ: SFLY), the leading online retailer and manufacturer of high-quality personalized products and services, today announced it has closed its previously announced acquisition of Lifetouch, the national leader in school photography. The company financed the acquisition with the proceeds of an... Read More
Adweek: Snapchat lays off 100 staff in advertising department News 

Adweek: Snapchat lays off 100 staff in advertising department

According to Adweek, Snap‘s third-round of layoffs this year impacted 100 people from the advertising department. According to Laurie Johnson, Adweek’s senior technology editor: After cutting jobs for roughly 120 engineers earlier this month and 22 staffers across the company in January, Snapchat is downsizing its staff yet again—and its latest round of layoffs targeted its advertising department. Snap is... Read More
In remembrance of Chuck Westfall: College tuition for Anna Westfall News People on the Move 

In remembrance of Chuck Westfall: College tuition for Anna Westfall

On March 16, 2018, the photographic industry lost a true legend, and the world lost a great human being. Chuck Westfall had an impact on nearly everyone in the photo industry, was considered one of the most brilliant and knowledgeable techs in the business and was synonymous with the Canon brand for over 35 years. But what really set Chuck... Read More
Done deal: Lytro reportedly closing shop, selling assets to Google News Opinion 

Done deal: Lytro reportedly closing shop, selling assets to Google

In one of the least-surprising developments in the hardware sector, light-field photography pioneer Lytro has apparently thrown in the towel after nearly $200 million in investment. According to an enigmatic post on the Lytro blog: (emphasis added) At Lytro, we believe that Light Field will continue to shape the course of Virtual and Augmented Reality, and we’re incredibly proud of... Read More
Vivid-Pix announces SDK, commercial-use program for Picture-Fix technology News Sponsored post 

Vivid-Pix announces SDK, commercial-use program for Picture-Fix technology

Image-enhancement software creator Vivid-Pix is now providing SDK and commercial-use programs for its patented Picture-Fix technology, aimed at photo kiosk and lab workflows. Vivid-Pix targets 2 unique and very large markets: Faded Images: RESTORE Picture-Fix improves scanned prints, slides, and documents. Great for the expanding genealogy/family history market. Underwater Photos: LAND & SEA SCUBA Picture-Fix improves underwater photos. Great for... Read More
Handelsbatt features Cewe century of success News 

Handelsbatt features Cewe century of success

Handelsblatt Global, “Your top source on German business, finance and politics,” recently published a detailed feature on the methods European photofinishing giant Cewe Color made the transition from wholesale photofinisher to digital dynamo. The article describes how the company adapted to a market that wiped out 90 percent of the CEWE’s main business: printing photos from negatives. “No one else... Read More
i/o Trak pivots to emphasize photo scanner rental News Press releases 

i/o Trak pivots to emphasize photo scanner rental

Photo scanning leader E-Z Photo Scan to focus on growing rental market Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Altamonte Springs, FL – i/o Trak, Inc. has announced the closing of its photo scanner equipment sales, as of April 1, 2018, to focus on its growing rental business. i/oTrak formed its E-Z Photo Scan group and began offering KODAK’s best-in-class Picture Saver Scanning... Read More
Impressed photo app is now Pikto News 

Impressed photo app is now Pikto

Canadian photo lab Pikto has merged its mobile efforts by combining the user experience (UX) of its award-winning Impressed photo app with the Pikto brand. The company notified users by email, reinforcing the message the app continues with the same publisher and same back-end lab. “We are very excited to bring the excellent UX of Impressed to Pikto’s mobile efforts,” says... Read More
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