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IDC: 2021 smartphone growth to reach Its highest level since 2015 News 

IDC: 2021 smartphone growth to reach Its highest level since 2015

Following back-to-back quarters of growth, International Data Corporation (IDC) raised its near-term outlook for the global smartphone market. According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, shipments of smartphones are forecast to reach 1.38 billion units in 2021, an increase of 7.7% over 2020. This trend is expected to continue into 2022, when year-over-year growth will be 3.8% with shipments... Read More
USPS filed notice requesting 6.9 percent postal rate increases News 

USPS filed notice requesting 6.9 percent postal rate increases

The United States Postal Service (USPS) filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) requesting price changes to take effect Aug. 29, 2021, in accordance with approvals provided by the PRC last year. The complete Postal Service price filings with prices for all products can be found on the PRC site. The proposed price changes would raise overall Market Dominant... Read More
Panasonic developing LUMIX GH6 camera for later this year, updates GH5 News 

Panasonic developing LUMIX GH6 camera for later this year, updates GH5

Panasonic announced it is developing a new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, LUMIX GH6, featuring a new image processor, by the end of 2021. The company said the LUMIX GH6 will have a high-speed sensor and Venus Engine image processor, providing 4:2:2 10-bit DCI 4K/60p recording capability and a 10-bit 4K 120p High Frame Rate (HFR) and Variable Frame Rate... Read More
Western Digital unveils SanDisk Professional line News 

Western Digital unveils SanDisk Professional line

Western Digital unveiled the SanDisk Professional brand of premium storage solutions for content creators and professionals. Born on the foundation of the company’s SanDisk consumer brand and its professional-grade G-Technology brand, the new SanDisk Professional line features 16 modular workflow solutions with professional-grade performance and enterprise-class reliability that will include: PRO-CINEMA CFexpress VPG400 – An all-new professional-grade, rugged CFexpress card for... Read More
Bregal Sagemount investment pushes Printful to unicorn status News 

Bregal Sagemount investment pushes Printful to unicorn status

Printful, the Latvia-based print-on-demand drop shipping, and fulfillment company, announced a $130 million non-control investment from Bregal Sagemount, a leading growth equity firm. The financing establishes Printful as the first privately owned company with Latvian roots to achieve unicorn status with a valuation of above $1 billion, the company said. The new partnership will support the launch of additional products... Read More
Shutterfly investors fail to convince court of class suit merits News 

Shutterfly investors fail to convince court of class suit merits

Shutterfly Inc. investors lost their bid to revive a would-be class suit over the 2019 merger with Apollo Global Management LLC because the investors failed to show the company misled them, the Third Circuit said, according to Bloomberg Law. Investors, led by a former shareholder Robert Garfield, accused the retailer of misleading them in a proxy statement intended to secure approval for... Read More
Fujifilm opens online printing site in the United Kingdom News 

Fujifilm opens online printing site in the United Kingdom

DigitalCameraWorld reports Fujifilm UK has launched a new dedicated online retail platform called “MyFUJFILM” for printed products and gifts. The new U.K. service joins a wider rollout of myFUJIFILM platforms across other European territories, including France, Germany, Spain, and Sweden. In addition to photo prints, customers can choose to make canvas, acrylic prints, photo books, calendars, kitchenware, and soft furnishings. “This... Read More
TIPA recognizes CEWE retail system, WhiteWall among awards News 

TIPA recognizes CEWE retail system, WhiteWall among awards

The Technical Image Press Awards (TIPA) were recently announced, showcasing winners in 40 categories, including cameras and lenses, papers and printers, imaging software, still and video accessories, lighting, monitors, and more. The camera gear awards are widely covered, so we thought we’d look at a few of the output-related recognitions. CEWE won two awards: For the Wall Calendar A2 Gold... Read More
Snap announces tools, monetization opportunities for creators New Products News 

Snap announces tools, monetization opportunities for creators

Snap Inc. announced new tools, workflows, and monetization opportunities to support creators’ growth on Snapchat. Story Studio is Snap’s new standalone app offering editing tools to make professional content for mobile, on mobile for Snapchat and other platforms, the company said. Story Studio for iOS will launch later this year with these features: Insights into trending #Topics, Sounds, and Lenses... Read More
Shutterfly, Lifetouch class action suit dismissed News 

Shutterfly, Lifetouch class action suit dismissed

A U.S. District Court judge dismissed a proposed Shutterfly LLC and Shutterfly Lifetouch LLC class-action suit over allegedly unsolicited school photographs sent as part of Lifetouch’s “Family Approval Program.” The complaint, The ruling on the suit, filed in the Northern District of California, No. 5:20-cv-06040, said the plaintiffs failed to distinguish the conduct of the respective entities in their complaint.... Read More
Shutterfly changes ad agencies News Opinion 

Shutterfly changes ad agencies

Shutterfly has selected Mischief @ No Fixed Address as agency-of-record for its namesake brand following a five-month review, according to Advertising Age. There aren’t any current plans to hire an agency of record for the remainder of its brands, such as Snapfish and Lifetouch, a spokesman for Shutterfly confirmed to Advertising Age reporter Brian Bonilla. Mischief, started by Greg Hahn, the... Read More
Rise Above Research study finds adding value to prints can boost photo printing Market research News 

Rise Above Research study finds adding value to prints can boost photo printing

According to a new study from Rise Above Research, nearly half of all respondents are interested in printing more information on the back of their photos. This shows the U.S. photo print market still has opportunities for growth and sustainability through new features that add value to printed photos. The interest level in the ability to print more information on... Read More