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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
Timing is everything: Wag struggles as CEO leaves News Opinion 

Timing is everything: Wag struggles as CEO leaves

Business Insider reports Wag Labs Inc., the dog-walking startup that was the previous job for new Shutterfly CEO Hilary Schneider, has had SoftBank’s Vision Fund giving up its nearly 50% stake in Wag!, following Schneider’s departure, at value far less than the $665 million valuation. Vision Fund invested $300 million in Wag last year. Bloomberg reported in October the company... Read More
Kodak Alaris announces EKTACHROME E100 availability in 120 and sheet formats News 

Kodak Alaris announces EKTACHROME E100 availability in 120 and sheet formats

Kodak Alaris announced the launch of EKTACHROME E100 in larger formats. A new 120 format 5-roll propack and a new 10 sheet 4×5 box will be available to order worldwide by year-end. These new format offerings follow on the highly successful launch of EKTACHROME E100 in 135- 36x size last year, the company said. “Our new E100 film is a... Read More
Nikon is cutting authorized repair shops News Opinion 

Nikon is cutting authorized repair shops

In a report on iFixit, Nikon Corp.  is ending its relationship with 15 Authorized Repair Station members by not renewing their agreements after March 31, 2020. In a November letter obtained by iFixit, Nikon stated: “The climate in which we do business has evolved, and Nikon Inc. must do the same.” Authorized service will be provided at its Melville, NY... 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
Popular app maker VSCO acquires video company Rylo Acquisitions News 

Popular app maker VSCO acquires video company Rylo

Photo-sharing subscription service VSCO announced the acquisition of Rylo, a maker of a compact camera with powerful video stabilization technology. Terms weren’t disclosed, but published reports say Rylo will abandon the hardware business to focus on the video tech. Rylo had raised roughly $38 million in VC funding, reaching a valuation of $120.25 million with a $20 million Series B announced in October... 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
Photo organization app Mylio announces simplified pricing model Promotions 

Photo organization app Mylio announces simplified pricing model

Photo organizing app Mylio announced a new, consolidated two-level pricing plan: Mylio Free offers up to 25,000 photos, three devices, and image editing, and Mylio Premium now includes unlimited photo storage, unlimited devices, and RAW image editing for $9.99 per month ($99.00 per year). This is a savings of $150.00 over previous pricing plans with significantly more flexibility to address today’s growing photo... Read More
Photo-Me reports six-month revenue up 3% Earnings reports News 

Photo-Me reports six-month revenue up 3%

Photo-Me International plc, the U.K.-based instant-service equipment company, announced six-month increased 3.3%. The Group’s first-half performance was in line with expectations, delivering further revenue and profit growth and further expansion of the Laundry business,” according to a company statement. “Total revenue increased by 3.3% to £123.9 million and by 0.4% to £120.3 million on an underlying revenue basis. Profit before... 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
Printful taking Printify to court over intellectual property infringement News 

Printful taking Printify to court over intellectual property infringement

Printed products manufacturer Printful Inc. filed charges in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco on Dec. 3, accusing print on-demand platform Printify Inc. of infringement of intellectual property rights and unfair commercial practices, according to Printful Latvia representatives. According to published reports, Printful Latvia representatives announced  Printful has accused Printify of illegally copying and... Read More
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