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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
Holiday weekend sales top records Market research News 

Holiday weekend sales top records

A record 189.6 million U.S. consumers shopped from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, an increase of 14 percent over last year’s 165.8 million, according to the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Shoppers spent an average $361.90 on holiday items over the five-day period, up 16 percent from $313.29 during the same period last year, the... Read More
Small world: Shutterfly CEO has connection to former Shutterfly CEO News Opinion People on the Move 

Small world: Shutterfly CEO has connection to former Shutterfly CEO

Newly private photo personalization leader Shutterfly Inc. named a new CEO last week, a move that surprised many industry watchers. Ryan O’Hara had only come on board in June, 2019, succeeding in an orderly manner the departing Christopher North. North’s departure was announced in February, and the company had three months of transition to O’Hara, during which the company announced... Read More
Facebook launches photo transfer tool to Google Photos News SDKs and APIs Updates 

Facebook launches photo transfer tool to Google Photos

Facebook launched a photo transfer tool (initially in Ireland) to enable users to port their photos directly to Google Photos  via encrypted transfer. Facebook says it is still testing the feature based on feedback but states “worldwide availability” is coming in the first half of 2020. The company added the service is part of the Data Transfer Project, “a collaborative effort... Read More
Shooting products for your e-commerce website the right way  Feature News Tips and tricks 

Shooting products for your e-commerce website the right way 

About 75% of online shoppers state that pictures significantly influence their purchasing decisions, according to a recent e-commerce photography report by Weebly. It means that if your marketplace listings or e-commerce site doesn’t have properly-photographed images of your product, or doesn’t have any pictures at all; you’re putting off a lot of potential customers. So why are these photos so... Read More
Lux Optics’ Spectre Camera named Apple iPhone app of the year News 

Lux Optics’ Spectre Camera named Apple iPhone app of the year

Lux Optics‘ long-exposure app, Spectre, was named iPhone app of the year by Apple Inc. Spectre uses AI to help make long-exposure photographs to remove crowds from busy city streets, turn nighttime highways into rivers of light and make waterfalls look like paintings. Spectre’s intelligent computational shutter takes hundreds of shots over the span of a few seconds and saves... Read More
CEWE to supply photo products to U.K. drug chain Boots in 2020 News 

CEWE to supply photo products to U.K. drug chain Boots in 2020

Oldenburg’s CEWE Foundation & Co. KGaA will provide its full range of photo services to Boots, the largest British and Irish drugstore chain. Under the heading “Bootsphoto powered by CEWE”, customers will be able to order CEWE products both on the Boots website and in more than 1,000 branches, the announcement said, adding around 2,500 CEWE photo stations and product... Read More
PrintCube receives the German Design Award 2020 News 

PrintCube receives the German Design Award 2020

  di support GmbH received the German Design Award 2020, it’s third since 2015. The Eschborn company received the award for the PrintCube in the “Computer and Communication” category, which had already attracted international attention and won the coveted Red Dot Award, the company said. The jury of experts – which is made up of 30 design experts from business,... Read More
Back at ya, HP! Xerox to take merger case to shareholders in hostile bid Acquisitions News 

Back at ya, HP! Xerox to take merger case to shareholders in hostile bid

Xerox Inc. management has responded bruskly to HP‘s rebuff of its offer to combine the two printing giants. Earlier this week, HP rejected Xerox’s advances, citing what it said were Xerox’s declining fortunes and it’s own perceived bright prospects. In response, Xerox vice-chairman and CEO John Visentin says the refusal to engage in the process “defies logic.” Specifically, Visentin rejects... Read More
Thanksgiving weekend is a multibillion-dollar shopping weekend News 

Thanksgiving weekend is a multibillion-dollar shopping weekend

According to Adobe Digital Insights, total e-commerce sales over the entire Thanksgiving weekend are forecast to reach $29 billion, with Cyber Monday tipped to become the largest online shopping day in U.S. history, according to a report from Statista. “Not surprisingly, this year’s Thanksgiving weekend is expected to shatter online shopping records once again,” the report said. Read More
Shutterfly names Hilary Schneider to president, CEO News People on the Move 

Shutterfly names Hilary Schneider to president, CEO

Shutterfly, Inc. appointed Hilary Schneider as president and CEO, effective Jan. 15, 2020, succeeding Ryan O’Hara, who had served as president and CEO since June. No reason was provided for O’Hara’s departure; the statement said he moves to a role as an advisor to parent company Apollo supporting “transactions in the technology and media sectors.” The company also appointed Dwayne... Read More
Sigma announces December dealer workshops Events News 

Sigma announces December dealer workshops

Sigma Corporation of America announced its Dealer Workshop lineup for the month of December: The New Jersey Camera Show at Unique Photo Where: Fairfield, New Jersey When: December 6-8, 2019 The New Jersey Camera Show is the largest photography event in the state featuring workshops, giveaways and exclusive sales. During the show, come and talk to Sigma reps Danielle Rischawy and Marc... Read More
PhotoShelter, World Photography Organisation release The Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests News Photo contests 

PhotoShelter, World Photography Organisation release The Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests

PhotoShelter released results from its seventh annual guide, The 2020 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests. The guide was developed in partnership with the World Photography Organisation, a global platform to honor, present and share the best contemporary photography from around the world, according to the press release. Readers will find tips for creating winning images, interviews with numerous contest winners and a list of... Read More
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