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Industry Notes for the week of Jan. 10 News People on the Move Updates 

Industry Notes for the week of Jan. 10

Framen acquired by Axel Springer Visual 1st reports German digital frame startup Framen has been acquired by multimedia giant Axel Springer. Hans Hartman shares how the company, led by CEO Dimitri Gärtner, pivoted from a digital frames/photo viewing business to an online advertising platform. Former Ritz Camera headquarters building sells for $15.685 million Commercial real-estate firm Edge Tuesday announced it brokered the sale of 12200... Read More
Nikon discontinues international warranty for lenses, accessories News 

Nikon discontinues international warranty for lenses, accessories

Nikon Inc. announced it will no longer offer an international warranty for its interchangeable lenses, including both F-mount and Z-mount lenses, and accessories, including mount adapters, speedlights, and other Nikon accessories. Here is the text of Nikon’s statement: Notice regarding transition from international warranties for interchangeable lenses and accessories Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs. Nikon will... Read More
Scodix announces 50 million holiday cards were enhanced in 2020 season News 

Scodix announces 50 million holiday cards were enhanced in 2020 season

Scodix announced Scodix customers in North America have surpassed a combined total of more than 50 million cards with personalized and embossed foils for the 2020 peak holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. “We are delighted that the Web-2-Print business has seen outstanding continued growth, even during the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Jason Rollo, president, Scodix North America. “The numbers... Read More
German grocery giant Aldi launches personalized photo site with Picanova News 

German grocery giant Aldi launches personalized photo site with Picanova

German supermarket giant ALDI launched a personalized photo products site, powered by Picanova, at the beginning of the year. “We wanted to make the use of ALDI photos as easy, flexible and intuitive as possible for our customers,” says Vittorio Rotondo, Director Buying, ALDI Services, ALDI SÜD. “And we succeeded in doing this together with the renowned photo service provider Picanova.”... Read More
Circle Graphics acquires wall-art company Graphik Dimensions News 

Circle Graphics acquires wall-art company Graphik Dimensions

H.I.G. Capital announced its portfolio company, Circle Graphics acquired Graphik Dimensions, LLC, a High Point, NC-based provider of customized framed wall décor products. Graphik Dimensions, which was founded by the Feinsod family in 1965, operates in several verticals, including PictureFrames.com. “Graphik Dimensions’ high-quality custom-framed products further expands Circle’s wall décor product offering into another highly complementary category,” commented Andrew Cousin, CEO,... Read More
Perfect launches video version of AI/AR makeover app News 

Perfect launches video version of AI/AR makeover app

Beauty retouching app maker Perfect Corp. launches the new standalone video editing app YouCam Video. Built on the award-winning AI and AR makeover tech from the highly popular YouCam Makeup app, YouCam Video lets users edit portrait-style footage with makeup, reshape facial features on selfie videos, and add  video effects in seconds. AR makeup powered by the patented AgileFace tracking technology... Read More
Copyright reform part of COVID-19 relief legislation News 

Copyright reform part of COVID-19 relief legislation

Copyright reform was tucked into the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. After more than a decade of negotiations, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act was finally signed into law, leading to the creation of a small claims process that makes it easier for photographers, designers, songwriters, and other creatives to protect... Read More
Olympus completes transfer of imaging business to JIP News 

Olympus completes transfer of imaging business to JIP

Olympus Corp. concluded the previously announced transfer of its Imaging business to Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (JIP) on Jan. 1, 2021. With the completion of the transfer, OM Digital Solutions Corp. takes over the Imaging business from Olympus. Heads of sales and marketing and R-and-D for imaging products will be relocated to the headquarters of OM Digital Solutions Corp. Production... Read More
Industry Notes for the week of Dec. 20 News People on the Move Tips and tricks Updates 

Industry Notes for the week of Dec. 20

Retail news Australian shopper shocked to find single-use cameras selling for $22 The Daily Mail Australia reports a shopper was stunned after she stumbled across a disposable flash camera selling for $22 as the ‘retro’ product continues to make a comeback. Nostalgic Australians spotted the Kodak cameras at Kmart and Big W for $22. Daily Mirror: Sentimental Brits turning to printed photos after... Read More
Google Photos adds Cinematic effect, more Memories options New Products News 

Google Photos adds Cinematic effect, more Memories options

Google Photos has updated how it presents photos and memories with a new “Cinematic” effect. Cinematic photos use machine learning to predict the image’s depth and produces a simulated 3D representation (even if the original image doesn’t include depth information. Cinematic photos will be automatically created for users of the most recent version of the Google Photos app. Google Photos... Read More
U.S. Government adds DJI to list of national security list News 

U.S. Government adds DJI to list of national security list

Leading drone company SZ DJI Technology Co. was added to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List, designating the Chinese company as a national security concern and banning U.S.-based companies from exporting technology to the company. The filing listing DJI accuses the company of “enabled wide-scale human rights abuses within China through abusive genetic collection and analysis or high-technology surveillance.” The... Read More
Venus Optics announces the wide-angle MFT lens for  Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT News 

Venus Optics announces the wide-angle MFT lens for Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT

Venus Optics announced the second Laowa ultra-wide-angle lens with “Zero-D” for Micro Four Thirds cameras, Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT. This “Zero-D” lens is extremely compact (4.4oz, 125g) and has a 96° Angle of view. Laowa 10mm f/2 Zero-D MFT is an ultra-wide and ultra-fast prime lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of around 20mm. The 10mm lens is... Read More
PPA announces 18 photographers that will represent the United States in the 2021 World Cup News 

PPA announces 18 photographers that will represent the United States in the 2021 World Cup

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the Federation of European Photographers (FEP) have announced the teams from 38 countries who will participate in the 2021 World Photographic Cup. The competition aims to unite photographers in the spirit of friendship and cooperation. It was created in 2013 by PPA and FEP. “The unveiling of Team USA’s images and creators is always... Read More
GoPro debuts Remote device, adds firmware update News 

GoPro debuts Remote device, adds firmware update

GoPro, Inc. announced a new firmware update for its HERO9 Black flagship making it compatible with the company’s new ruggedized, waterproof, Bluetooth $79.95 remote named, The Remote. It is currently available in North America only with a worldwide release coming in Feb. 2021. HERO9 Black’s new v1.5 firmware also includes: Up to 30% faster wireless transfer of content from the camera... Read More