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AR shipments to increase more than 30 percent, according to Statista Market research Opinion 

AR shipments to increase more than 30 percent, according to Statista

Statista reports Apple’s acquisition of Akonia Holographics, a small Colorado-based company specializing in smart glass lenses, has added fuel to the rumors Apple is working on augmented reality (AR) glasses that could complement and possibly replace the iPhone in the future. Tim Cook is not the only one to see huge potential in augmented reality. While still in its... Read More
Fujifilm launches global site for Wonder Photo Shop News Opinion 

Fujifilm launches global site for Wonder Photo Shop

Fujifilm Corp. has launched a consumer-oriented global website for its Wonder Photo Shop retail concept stores. The site includes a directory of global locations around the world in 22 countries. The site is thin on details, but gives a overview of the creative possibilities outlined by the stores: Express your creativity via digital and analogue images at the WONDER PHOTO SHOP,... Read More
Roundup of Nikon Z-series reviews News Opinion 

Roundup of Nikon Z-series reviews

Press coverage of cameras and photographic products is a weird thing. Manufacturers curry favor with tech blogs and consumer sites that have a passing knowledge of photography but still have massive audiences. In many cases, tech blog reviewers jump from product to product, reviewing a game system or wireless speaker at one moment, then a DSLR the next. That’s why, when a... Read More
Statista: iPhones interest is waning Market research Opinion 

Statista: iPhones interest is waning

Apple has scheduled an iPhone event for Sept. 12. But do consumers really care anymore? According to Statista, Apple is rumored to release three new iPhones this year, based on iPhone X design, as well as new Apple Watches. Writer Felix Richter notes, however, Apple’s new product announcements seem to be losing their luster: “While Apple’s iPhone announcements are still... Read More
Polaroid consolidates as Polaroid BV, sets up headquarters in Amsterdam New Products News Opinion Press releases 

Polaroid consolidates as Polaroid BV, sets up headquarters in Amsterdam

[Editor’s Note: Polaroid has quietly been changing its business, as the note below shows. Since the merger between Impossible Project and PLR IR Holdings – which essentially licensed the Polaroid name – the company has parted ways with CEO Scott Hardy, who kept the brand alive for nearly 13 years. Running Polaroid from Amsterdam will be Oskar Smolokowski, the 28-year-old entrepreneur... Read More
Digital camera household penetration is at 55%, according to CTA Market research Opinion 

Digital camera household penetration is at 55%, according to CTA

A recent study from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) shows, for the first time, the three most frequently-owned tech products are screen-based devices. TVs (96%), smartphones (87%) and laptops (72%) are the three most-used devices, according to CTA’s 20th Consumer Technology Ownership and Market Potential Study. The digital camera comes in at 55 percent of household penetration, which is no surprise to... Read More
Shutterfly announces second quarter 2018 financial results Earnings reports News Opinion Press releases 

Shutterfly announces second quarter 2018 financial results

[Editor’s Note: The press-release text featuring the major points of the Shutterfly second-quarter earnings release is below, followed by a link to the extensive tables. A review of the detailed tables does provide some interesting information, including this by-segment breakdown in the Shutterfly Consumer Business: Appendix 1.5 Shutterfly, Inc. Shutterfly Consumer net revenue by Brand (In thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months... Read More
Recipe for a profitable Talking Portrait Feature News Opinion 

Recipe for a profitable Talking Portrait

What’s America’s favorite recipe for making profitable Talking Portraits for the professional high volume photographer?  It’s a little early to know for sure, but I have discovered what is cooking up well in central California that I’m glad to share… In case you are not familiar with the new eProducts known as Talking Portraits, they are 20- to 45-second long... Read More
Fujifilm, Xerox split appears to be permanent Opinion 

Fujifilm, Xerox split appears to be permanent

The imaging industry’s messiest breakup doesn’t look like it’s heading for a reconciliation any time soon Industry watchers and customers hoping for a resolution between the on-going conflict between Xerox Corp. and Fujifilm Holdings over the failed merger didn’t get much encouragement from the company’s top executives.  Last week, Xerox CEO John Visentin emphasized in the company’s second-quarter earnings report his desire... Read More
Act fast: Kodak Alaris discontinues last Kodak Picture Saver scanner model News Opinion 

Act fast: Kodak Alaris discontinues last Kodak Picture Saver scanner model

Kodak Alaris notified its largest reseller of photo scanners, E-Z Photo, the last remaining Kodak Picture Saver model, the PS80, was discontinued. E-Z Photo has acquired the remaining new units in North America for resale. “As the world’s largest reseller of this product, E-Z Photo, powered by i/oTrak, received notice Kodak Alaris has stopped production in June of Kodak Picture Saver Scanners, after... Read More
Apple closing Photo Print Products Service by Sept. 30 News Opinion 

Apple closing Photo Print Products Service by Sept. 30

Apple Inc. will be closing its integrated Photo Print Products service this fall, according to a dialog box in the macOS 10.13.6 Photos app. The app now recommends the user download a Photos Project Extension from the Mac App Store to create books, cards, calendars and prints. The company added final purchases using the existing built-in service must be placed by... Read More
Instagram reaches a billion users, launches IGTV New Products News Opinion 

Instagram reaches a billion users, launches IGTV

Instagram announced the app has reached 1 billion users, a mere eight years after launch and six years after its 2012 acquisition by Facebook. Facebook now has four platforms in the billion-plus users club: Facebook (2.2 billion), Messenger (1.3 billion), Whatsapp (1.5 billion) and now Instagram. In other Insta-news, the company also introduced a new app for creating and showing long-form,... Read More
Apple updates iOS 12 Photo search, yields photo innovation leadership to Google News Opinion 

Apple updates iOS 12 Photo search, yields photo innovation leadership to Google

Buried under the announcements of the recent Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) hosted by Apple Inc. were several enhancements to the iOS Photos app. Overall, the WWDC coverage mentioned how mild the announcements were – and we will leave you to delve into the live-blogging and extensive articles by others – they were especially true for photography. Compared to some of... Read More
Photo specialty can compete – and win – against big players Feature Opinion Sponsored post 

Photo specialty can compete – and win – against big players

Guest post by Steve Giordano Jr., president, Photo Finale. I spend my day talking to photo specialty retailers. Many share their triumphs and challenges being an imaging industry entrepreneur. One common thread is frustration over the apparent competitive advantage enjoyed by Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walgreens, and other large-scale photofinishing brands. I say “apparent” because, the truth is, an independent retailer can beat a... Read More
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