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Gary Pageau is principal of InfoCircle LLC, continuing his marketing communications career. InfoCircle LLC is a marketing and communications consulting firm, specializing in business-to-business markets. For nearly 25 years, he was with PMA International, serving most recently as Publisher, Content Development and Strategic Initiatives. His primary responsibilities included overseeing the Association’s editorial department, marketing research unit, education and corporate relations department.

Worldwide Photo Imaging Market Trends conference announced for May 4-6 Events 

Worldwide Photo Imaging Market Trends conference announced for May 4-6

The Dead Pixels Society announces the Pro Imaging CONNECT: Worldwide Photo Imaging Market Trends virtual conference May 4-6, for a global look at the photo/imaging markets featuring some of the top industry research firms. Each of these sessions, starting at 11 a.m. EST, is designed to be information-packed in a less-than-two-hours program format. Registration is free at this link. The free... Read More
Private equity firm acquires MyHeritage News 

Private equity firm acquires MyHeritage

Family history company MyHeritage announced private equity firm Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm, has completed the previously announced acquisition. The transaction was signed on Feb. 24, 2021, and was pending regulatory approvals, which have recently been received, and hence the acquisition was completed today. Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage, will continue to lead the company. No changes... Read More
MyHeritage updates popular Deep Nostalgia animations New Products 

MyHeritage updates popular Deep Nostalgia animations

Family history site MyHeritage is building off its popular “Deep Nostalgia” AI face animation technology with 10 additional animation styles. Since launching five weeks ago, more than 72 million family photos have been animated using 10 original “animation drivers,” available for free. The new 10 animations are available only to MyHeritage Complete plan members. The 10 new special animations are:... Read More
Best Buy is piloting paid membership program in 60 markets News 

Best Buy is piloting paid membership program in 60 markets

Best Buy announced a new pilot membership program, called Best Buy Beta, proving customers in select markets benefits including exclusive member pricing, unlimited Geek Squad technical support, up to two years of protection on most product purchases, free standard shipping and delivery, and free installation on most products and appliances. The cost is $199.99 per year or $179.99 per year... Read More
Canva announces $15 billion valuation; announces presentation suite News 

Canva announces $15 billion valuation; announces presentation suite

Canva, the global visual communications platform, announced an updated valuation of US $15 billion following a US $71 million investment. This latest valuation affirms Canva as one of the fastest-growing software companies in history, surpassing $500 million annualized revenue this year, the company said. Canva formally announced a suite of new features for its flagship workplace product, Canva Presentations. “Now more... Read More
Shootsta launches AI video creation app for sales executives New Products 

Shootsta launches AI video creation app for sales executives

Singapore-based Shootsta launched an AI-powered application called “Elevate” that helps sales teams easily create personalized branded videos for their prospects. The app contains pre-set scripts, an autocue for filming the video, and options for branding and cutaway vision. Once the raw footage is submitted, the video is automatically edited within three minutes by the tool’s AI, the company claims. The target... Read More
Photosuite Canada launches managed service solution for Canadian volume photographers New Products 

Photosuite Canada launches managed service solution for Canadian volume photographers

Photosuite Canada, a division of Fotosko, launched a managed services solution for Canadian independent volume photographers as well as its new distributor role of Norway’s Netlife Photosuite PRO solution for bigger studios in North America. Photosuite Canada combines the Netlife Photosuite LITE workflow with managed services such as end-consumer online and phone support, allows independent volume photographers to streamline their... Read More
WhiteWall releases HD Metal Prints suitable for sheltered outdoor areas New Products 

WhiteWall releases HD Metal Prints suitable for sheltered outdoor areas

WhiteWall announced its new HD Metal Print is suitable for use in protected outdoor areas. Using the most recent process technology, the colors combine permanently with the coating of the aluminum. Users can choose between glossy and brushed aluminum. The glossy aluminum works particularly well with vibrant colors; the brushed version allows the metal surface to shine through, the company... Read More
Japan’s Photozou begins to sell used photo gear on Amazon in United States News 

Japan’s Photozou begins to sell used photo gear on Amazon in United States

Photozou Koukoku Co., Ltd a subsidiary of publicly traded Photozou Holdings, Inc., in Japan, announced it has begun selling used cameras and lenses on Amazon in the United States. One can purchase such items from the following Amazon site. The products will be sent from Japan to an Amazon facility, where they will be managed and sold by Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA).... Read More
MAC Group makes more personnel announcements News 

MAC Group makes more personnel announcements

Photo/video distributor MAC Group made several more personnel announcements this week, following those made last week. Kevin Aamodt is joining MAC Group as the X-Rite Brand Champion and Lead Technical Support for all of the current X-Rite product line. He will be responsible for technical support, training, software and hardware testing, as well as advising on new product development going... Read More
AlphaGraphics reveals brand refresh and new website News 

AlphaGraphics reveals brand refresh and new website

Printing franchisor AlphaGraphics, a franchisor of printing and marketing solutions with 260 stores in six countries, has recently undergone a full brand refresh. The company said it has made several changes to reflect the brand’s overall growth as a company. AlphaGraphics was founded in 1970, and the company began offering franchise opportunities in 1979. “Fifty years ago, we started out... Read More
LG closing worldwide mobile phone business News 

LG closing worldwide mobile phone business

LG Electronics Inc. announced, in a decision made by its board, it is closing its mobile business unit: LG’s strategic decision to exit the incredibly competitive mobile phone sector will enable the company to focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services.... Read More
NRF: Economy “has come a long way” in a year Market research News 

NRF: Economy “has come a long way” in a year

With more vaccines in arms, federal stimulus putting money into pockets, and consumers shopping again, the U.S. economy has made dramatic progress since the coronavirus pandemic brought activity to a near-standstill this time last year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). “The economy has come a long way compared with a year ago,” said Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist, NRF.... Read More