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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.

Michaels reports disappointing third-quarter results Earnings reports News 

Michaels reports disappointing third-quarter results

The Michaels Companies Inc. reported net sales were $1,222.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $1,274.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The decrease in net sales was primarily due to a 2.2% decrease in comparable store sales, the closure of Pat Catan’s stores during the fourth quarter of 2018, and a decrease in... Read More
Apple buys U.K. startup to improve iPhone picture taking: Bloomberg Acquisitions News 

Apple buys U.K. startup to improve iPhone picture taking: Bloomberg

Apple Inc. acquired a U.K.-based startup, named Spectral Edge Ltd., with technology that improves photos taken on smartphones, according to Mark Gurman, writing at Bloomberg. According to U.K. filings made public on Thursday, Apple corporate lawyer Peter Denwood was recently named a director of Cambridge-based Spectral Edge Ltd., while the startup’s other advisers and board members were terminated. According to the... Read More
Worldwide large-format printer shipments down slightly, according to IDC Market research News 

Worldwide large-format printer shipments down slightly, according to IDC

The worldwide large format printer market decreased modestly in the third quarter of 2019 with shipments declining by roughly 0.5% compared to the previous quarter, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker. “While the large format printer market has been soft, there were some surprising areas of growth when we get into the breakdown by... Read More
Kodak Moments settles patent infringement action about panorama prints News 

Kodak Moments settles patent infringement action about panorama prints

Kodak Moments, a division of Kodak Alaris, said it settled a patent infringement lawsuit that it brought against Citizen Systems, DNP Imagingcomm and Dai Nippon Printing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in August, 2018. The suit alleged certain printers sold or manufactured by these companies infringed Kodak Alaris’ panoramic printing patents. As a result of... Read More
Dreamstime releases proprietary AI tech to third parties News 

Dreamstime releases proprietary AI tech to third parties

Dreamstime, the world’s largest community in stock photography, with 27 million users and more than 118 million images, recently released its proprietary Artificial Intelligence technology (AI) to third party companies. Implemented on Dreamstime’s website in 2017, PhotoEye technology uses sophisticated algorithms to screen and optimize images and uses machine learning to constantly adjust parameters to improve its capabilities, the company... Read More
MailPix personalized yoga mats featured on “The Today Show” News Press releases 

MailPix personalized yoga mats featured on “The Today Show”

Huntington Beach, CA – MailPix, the photo-printing, canvas and gifting site, announced its photo yoga mat was featured today, Dec. 10, on “The Today Show” as part of a segment on holiday gifts. During the segment, Jill Martin presented hosts Hoda Kotb and Maria Shriver with personalized yoga mats featuring their own images and inspirational quotes like “Stop asking why... Read More
Improving the Image: The Benefits of Photo Retouching for Online Businesses Feature Marketing 

Improving the Image: The Benefits of Photo Retouching for Online Businesses

Ecommerce is growing nonstop and has boomed over the last few years. It’s estimated that consumers worldwide will have spent almost $3.46 trillion online in 2019, and it’s expected to grow even more in the future. In today’s competitive marketplace, digital photos play an important role in attracting businesses and representing the brand. Images show off your products and services... Read More
Canon, Sony, Panasonic commit to photokina 2020 support Events News People on the Move 

Canon, Sony, Panasonic commit to photokina 2020 support

A delegation of the City of Cologne, Koelnmesse and the association of the photo industry (PIV)  recently visited Tokyo, Japan. The Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse, Gerald Böse, and the Chairman of the PIV, Kai Hillebrandt, were warmly welcomed at a celebratory reception in the German Embassy in Tokyo by Ambassador Ina... Read More
Unique Photo opens photography superstore in Philadelphia’s Old City District News 

Unique Photo opens photography superstore in Philadelphia’s Old City District

New Jersey-based photography superstore Unique Photo announced the opening of a four-story superstore in the historic Old City District of Philadelphia. The 9,600-square-foot location opened its doors on Nov 29. Located at 28 South Street, the superstore features four floors of retail space, a multi-media learning center, professional photo lab and studio space. Additionally, the store is an Apple authorized service... Read More
Growing your photo business with blogs Feature Marketing 

Growing your photo business with blogs

How do photo businesses market themselves in today’s complex and connected world? Many would first say social media, and they would be right. Facebook, Instagram, and other sites have certainly changed the game when it comes to imaging industry outreach. Yet blogs and websites showcasing work also have an equal, if at times more key, role to play. We might... Read More
App updates, people on the move and more for the week through Dec. 4 News 

App updates, people on the move and more for the week through Dec. 4

Rumours and interesting items from around the internet Shutterfly sent improper arbitration email, says class-action suit, via Law360. Just a filter doesn’t cut it anymore,’ says Glo Up Club founder, via Yahoo Finance Pro photography news It’s crunch time for Seattle-based photo giant Getty Images, and for photographers, via the Seattle Times: “With its vast archive of more than 350... Read More
Carl Icahn publishes letter blasting HP for “recalcitrance” in rejected Xerox offer Acquisitions News Opinion 

Carl Icahn publishes letter blasting HP for “recalcitrance” in rejected Xerox offer

Activist investor Carl Icahn posted an open letter to HP shareholders today, criticizing the HP Inc. board for rejecting Xerox Corp.‘s merger overtures. Icahn, who respectively owns about 10.85% of Xerox and 4.24% of HP, stated HP is going down the path forged by former foe Eastman Kodak Co., which is often criticized for wasting resources on a series of failed... Read More
Venus Optics announces three lenses: 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D, 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO and 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro New Products 

Venus Optics announces three lenses: 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D, 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO and 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro

Venus Optics has added three Canon RF and Nikon Z variant lenses. Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D provides the new world’s widest angle of view and fastest f/2.8 aperture on Canon & Nikon’s mirrorless systems, the company claims. The 100mm f/2.8 ultra-macro creates 2X magnified close-up shots without chromatic aberration and and the 25mm f/2.8 ultra-macro revolutionizes macro photography between 2.5X... Read More
Phase One launches Capture One 20 New Products Updates 

Phase One launches Capture One 20

Phase One has launched the latest version of its image-editing software, Capture One 20, with enhancements driven by user feedback from the Capture One user community. These improved capabilities include a Color Editor and Noise Reduction Tool. These developments all stem from user-input and Capture One’s commitment to satisfy requests and deliver beyond. “We want to enable creatives to achieve... Read More
Canon introduces PIXMA G7020 Wireless MegaTank printer New Products 

Canon introduces PIXMA G7020 Wireless MegaTank printer

Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced the PIXMA G7020 Wireless MegaTank All-In-One Printer for volume printing of photos and documents. The $399 PIXMA G7020 printer provides printing up to 6,000 black text pages, 7,700 vivid color pages and 8,300 black economy pages per each full ink bottle set. The PIXMA G7020 printer uses both pigment-based and dye-based ink allowing for sharp black... Read More
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