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Ricoh launches RICOH360 Tours virtual platform News 

Ricoh launches RICOH360 Tours virtual platform

Ricoh launched “RICOH360 Tours” worldwide, which allows visitors to show off homes and schools remotely using virtual reality tours. Ricoh is expanding its 360-degree image data services business outside of Japan and the United States, where it has been offering these services for the past several years via www.ricohtours.com. Ricoh aims to achieve 300,000 users globally by the end of... Read More
Adorama debuts Summer Nights Photography Challenge News 

Adorama debuts Summer Nights Photography Challenge

Adorama announced its fourth Create No Matter What Challenge: Summer Nights, a nighttime photography contest. Revealed by photographer Pye Jirsa, the Summer Nights challenge asks entrants to explore astrophotography, nighttime cityscapes, or even nighttime portraits and submit their best images for a chance to win. One grand prize winner will receive a Nikon Z6 camera package worth more than $3,000, and three runners-up will... Read More
Nikon announces the 38th Nikon Photo Contest News 

Nikon announces the 38th Nikon Photo Contest

Nikon announces the 38th international Nikon Photo Contest; for instructions for how to apply, as well as to view the 2018-2019 Nikon Photo Contest winning submissions please visit https://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/. Since the Nikon Photo Contest was first held in 1969, more than 440,000 photographers have submitted more than 1.71 million images. Last year, approximately 33,000 photographers from 170 countries and regions... Read More
Apple Design Awards honors Darkroom app from Bergen Co. News 

Apple Design Awards honors Darkroom app from Bergen Co.

Darkroom, from Bergen Co., was one of eight apps recognized by Apple Inc. with an Apple Design Award. The announcement said: “Darkroom is a powerful photo and video editor whose interface is as beautiful as it is easy to use. It delivers great performance with super-intuitive controls and a layout that both casual and pro photographers can truly appreciate. With... Read More
Industry notes for the week of June 27 News 

Industry notes for the week of June 27

Retail News Microsoft is closing all company-owned retail stores After 11 years, Microsoft is throwing in the towel on its physical retail stores and is refocusing its retail sales efforts around its online/digital store, according to David Porter, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Store. Think Tank Photo appoints Transcontinenta BV as new distributor in Germany and Austria Think Tank Photo... Read More
HouseLens announces partnership with Zillow News 

HouseLens announces partnership with Zillow

HouseLens, a visual marketing services platform for the real estate industry, announced a partnership with Zillow Group Inc. to provide Zillow Premier Agents with special access to the HouseLens Certified Artist network to capture photos and Zillow 3D Home Tours. The partnership also includes a steep promotional discount offer for the remainder of 2020. Additional details of the promotion can be... Read More
Google redesigns Google Photos, adds map view News 

Google redesigns Google Photos, adds map view

Google has redesigned its Google Photos app with a new three-tab structure featuring larger thumbnails, auto-playing videos and reduced white-space between videos. To compensate for ever-growing photo libraries, Google Photos puts search front and center in a tab. The library tab features high-impact areas like Albums, Favorites, Trash, Archive and more. For U.S., E.U. and Canada users, the library tab... Read More
DigiMedia Tech names Kodak licensee JK Imaging in patent suit News Opinion 

DigiMedia Tech names Kodak licensee JK Imaging in patent suit

DigiMedia Tech LLC has added Kodak brand licensee JK Imaging to its list of targets, according to LawStreetMedia. DigiMedia Tech sued JK Imaging in the Central District of California for patent infringement for camera-related zoom and focus patents. The patents-in-suit are U.S. Patent No. 6,914,635 (the ’635 patent); 6,545,706 (the ’706 patent); 7,715,476 (the ’476 patent). DigiMedia is represented by Cotman IP Law Group, APLC; and Kent & Risley... Read More
Rise Above Research says North American digital camera sales to decline 28% in 2020 Market research News 

Rise Above Research says North American digital camera sales to decline 28% in 2020

Rise Above Research, the new industry research firm, predicts a 28% decline in camera sales for North America this year, followed by a rebound in 2021. In 2021, North American camera sales will generate almost $2 billion in revenue. Digital camera sales have been on the decline for the last ten years, as the saturation of smartphones has dramatically reduced the... Read More
PRINTING United moves to online format for 2020 Events News 

PRINTING United moves to online format for 2020

COVID-19 has claimed another event victim. PRINTING United, originally scheduled to take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 21-23, 2020, will now move to an online experience this fall due to constraints surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, according to organizer PRINTING United Alliance. The decision to terminate the in-person expo comes after extensive conversations, up-to-the-minute surveys, and... Read More
U.K. event photography company Picsolve out of administration News 

U.K. event photography company Picsolve out of administration

UK digital photography company Picsolve has been sold out of administration, saving more than 600 jobs, to PomVom, a Tel Aviv-based AI-tech company specializing in creating real-time digital photography experiences in amusement parks, events and sports, according to Business Sale.com. The deal also includes the company’s 35 sites across the UK and Europe. According to the report, Matt Cowlishaw and Richard... Read More
ScanCafe trims Bhutan photobook design workforce News 

ScanCafe trims Bhutan photobook design workforce

The Bhutan-based subsidiary of ScanCafe, located at the Thimphu Tech Park in Serbithang, laid off 29 employees who were on probation period on June 17, due to COVID-19 concerns, according to Kuensel Online, the national news organization of Bhutan. The Scan Café facility designs photo books for Shutterfly customers, with a staff of about 250, the article said. The Chief Executive... Read More
Jostens adds safety products to school offerings News 

Jostens adds safety products to school offerings

Jostens launched Jostens Safety, a line of environmental and personal protective products to help schools meet enhanced safety requirements this fall. Jostens Safety products include personal protection kits of hand sanitizer, facemasks, thermometers, cleaning wipes, and surface disinfectant, as well as environmental signage, social distance floor graphics, and protective barriers for classrooms and cafeterias. The limited supply of products are available... Read More
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